Hot Chip – The Warning
I consider this masterpiece one of my favorite albums of all time. Every track on this beauty brings a little something different and completely unique. This was one of the nominees for the 2006 Mercury Music Prize while the album’s lead single “Over and Over” was rated as the best single of 2006 by NME.
Mstrkrft – The Looks
Aside from being from my neck of the woods, Jesse F. Keeler (formerly of Death From Above 1979) and AL-P, (producer of Death From Above 1979’s You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine) have created one of the quintessential dance albums of 2006. Check them out and get yer booty shaking.
David Bazan – Fewer Moving Parts EP
With this release, David Bazan (of Pedro the Lion fame) collects five tracks with both an acoustic and electric version of each. Some excellent stories being told here.
Page France – Pear
This band reminds me of Neutral Milk Hotel, with a little Ida thrown in for good measure. I was turned on to this band after hearing their 2004 track “We Remain as Two” in which they state: “I saw a flower on the doorstep making love with the sun, and it turned into a garden when they were done”. It can’t get much better than that.
Chin Up Chin Up – This Harness Can’t Ride Anything
This Chicago band has played with the likes of Pedro the Lion, American Analog Set, Broken Social Scene, Minus the Bear and Pinback. That’s keeping some damn good company, and this is an album which shouldn’t be missed.
Fuijiya and Miyagi – Transparent Things
A really sexy album. Check out “Collarbone”, a song about the enthralling world of sneakers and tripping over shoelaces.
The National Trust – Kings and Queens
I read a description of this album which I could never possibly beat: “Kings and Queens is a freaky conflation of dance music, like a 31-flavor ice cream social on a hot summer?s day where bongos and subs keep time for a gaggle of face-painters, genies and roller-queens.”
Jim Noir – Tower of Love
I wrote about this album here a little while back. Stick it in your significant other’s stocking this holiday season, and if you don’t have a significant other, dry your tears and buy it for yourself.
Girl Talk – Night Ripper
Some people might consider this album offensive. Personally I think it’s offensive that not more of you have heard this masterpiece.
Linus Loves – Stage Invader
Mylo’s buddy is back with his first full-length album. Besides checking this one out, keep your eyes open for his various remixes floating around in the musical ether.