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  1. bleep!  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    ahhhhhhh

  2. r*obox  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    Where’s the graphs!?

  3. Stereogum readers don’t like hip hop.

  4. dean wermer  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    so much better than the fork, since it omits all the “avant dreck” that no one listened to this year and no one will listen to in the future; but I’m with carson, where’s the hip hop?

  5. it’s good to see Final Fantasy, Sunset Rubdown, Midlake, Beirut, Band Of Horses…

  6. Wait…The Killers are on this list. I don’t hate them or anything (don’t really like them either), but how do the Killers get more votes than Ghostface Killah, Boris or Mastodon. I thought the people on this board claimed to have good taste in music.

  7. you’re not posting every vote for indie rock king and queen like you did last year? not even a graph of the top ten? slackers.

  8. Carson, there’s no hip-hop on the list because unlike hip-hop, Stereogum readers don’t hate melody.

  9. dannygutters  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    Does nobody read the site TinyMixTapes.com? Or maybe it’s not considered a blog? I dunno, I like it better than all the blogs listed in the best blog category..

    And that is a freaking cute picture of chan, she’s still a headcase tho.

  10. 2 sheds  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    this is probably the best list so far. the hold steady are still lame but you acknowledged thom & yyys who everyone else forgot about. and final fantasy, yeah!

  11. How come nobody ever shows any love for 120 Days? I thought their album was great.

  12. steve perry  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    in b4 “LOL the killerz are teh suck. y wood u put dem on teh top 25 ROFL?”

    shut up, it was a good album.

  13. the format – dog problems?

    i can’t be the only person in the world who loved that record.

  14. Nice, you guys have one of the few lists without Ghostface Killah. I like hip-hop but I don’t find his album good to keep listening to several times. I prefered Lupe Fiasco & The Roots this year. Great list.

  15. davidj  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    No Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin? I’ve listened to Broom so many times, anyway it’s a pretty good list.

  16. Attn: Dean Wermer
    re: “avant dreck”

    Just because you don’t like it or understand it doesn’t make it “dreck.”

    Signed,
    Yours truly

  17. mc  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    Why no love (here or on ANY “best of” list, it seems) for We Are Scientists? Not saying they deserve Album of the Year or anything, but the record didn’t even make some of the top 50 lists making the rounds. Top *50*! I dug it a lot in the first half of the year and still play it pretty regularly. Anyway…someone out there loves you, WAS.

  18. Where’s Patience Hodgson of the Grates? Hehehehe

  19. fuck the hold steady. i’m so sick of them.

  20. chaz  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    And not true about absence of avant-dreck; the Liars album is on there!

  21. haha….for a second there i thought you did a best of 2006 list without mentioning Josh Ritter’s The Animal Years!

    …wait a minute….
    …this list is poor.

  22. Jaime  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    Hmm. I actually liked Pitchfork’s list better, and not just because The Hold Steady is number 1 here. The Killers? The Yeah Yeah Yeahs? Tapes ‘N Tapes? M. Ward? I would put Neko Case on here, but at 6? And I really wish people would shut up about Girl Talk.

    I agree that the list might be missing some hip-hop. What we have here is basically 28 albums of white music with Gnarls Barkley and Clipse thrown in.

    Missing: Ships. Seriously. I don’t think it was the best album of the year, in my opinion it’s definitely up there. And besides, this was THE YEAR of the bad singer: show one of its leading icons some respect!

  23. haha….for a second there i thought you did a best of 2006 list without mentioning Josh Ritter’s The Animal Years!

    …wait a minute….
    …this list is poor.

  24. Well again we are subjected to the Joanna Newsom/TV on The Radio/Hold Steady bulls#$t that no one in their right minds will be listening to in ’07. Well.. maybe that TV band because they seem to have some lasting power but otherwise. The Killers make this list but Yo La Tengo doesn’t – hahaha! (hang your heads in shame Stereogum readers..) My personal fav. this year was the Jenny Lewis album and it almost cracks the top ten here, at least.

    One glaring omission on everyone’s list is the Sparklehorse album – I mean.. is Mark Linkous too old or something for people to remember him? I just don’t get that.

    Still.. the top 10 reflects the bandwagon mentality of many indie music fans this year. Again people – the Joanna Newsom album is not any good! The sooner everyone realizes it.. the sooner the healing can begin.

  25. Joe  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    I also voted for Josh Ritter’s The Animal Years…sad to say it didn’t even make the top 30…wow.

  26. Austin, you complain about the “bandwagon mentality” but then you clearly want everyone to realize that Joanna isn’t good? Pick your poison, man, it’s yours to pick after all.

    That being said, I completely agree with TV and Joanna being rivals for the top spot because they did have two of the best albums of the year. If both of those albums weren’t as good as they clearly are (lyrically and musically), they wouldn’t be getting all the attention they are.

    It’s not about people conforming to some bandwagon mentality, it’s about the best music of the year. Sparklehorse had some good songs, and maybe you think that it’s worthy of praise. But that’s your opinion and clearly the consensus disagrees.

    These lists are just people’s opinions, and even this particular list reflects Stereogum readers’ opinions and not much else… just as Rolling Stone’s list ranks Red Hot Chili Peppers above all of the albums ranked in the Gummys.

  27. No Elected Love, eh? Such a pity. I thought that album was at least top ten.

  28. Hey gang,
    Jesus Christ here. It’s great hearing what you guys think is the best of ’06, but really shouldn’t the opinion of the guy who created indierawk be the only voice that matters? no offense, I’m just saying without Me you’d have no cookie mountians, but with Me, you can say to that cookie mountian to move into the sea, and it will be so.

    Here’s the only best of list that will last for eternity…

    http://whatwouldjb.blogspot.com/2006/12/jesus-christs-albums-of-2006.html

    I love you,
    Jesus Christ

  29. Jaime  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    I think in Joanna Newsom’s case, it’s probably a caravan or a boat made out of wicker beetle shell or some other pretentious transportation vehicle, not a bandwagon–but really, I’m pretty sure I’d like Newsom even if all the bloggers hated her, ok? Not to get all bloggy on you, but just because you personally would not listen to a musical artist doesn’t make that artist a valid and welcome contribution to music. Newsom doesn?t make guitar rock or post-punk or more guitar rock like seemingly every other blogged-about band; shouldn?t detractors at least respect that her originality adds a lot more to the current independent music scene than Tapes ?N Tapes or The Hold Steady or Band of Horses or Cold War Kids? Even many of the truly great artists on this list are largely just filling their slot in their genre, however spectacularly (I?m thinking TV On The Radio, Belle & Sebastian, Cat Power, Destroyer, hell, even Bob Dylan to a certain extent). I think this year shows that anything truly great is going to be misunderstood (which really means I need to give Boys and Girls in America another listen, I guess? and maybe rethink my opinion on the excellence of Illinois? Maybe not?).

  30. Jane  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    When do we get an awesome miss indie 2006 pie chart?

  31. D-Roy  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    am i the only person alive who totally loves “putting the days to bed” by the long winters?

  32. Senator Blutarski  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    In twenty years time, when Ms. Newsom is playing the renaissance fair and medieval times dinner theatre circuit, her records will be as fondly remembered and held in just as high esteem as how we today consider the musical output of seals & croft, ELP, etc.

  33. dave f  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    “Carson, there’s no hip-hop on the list because unlike hip-hop, Stereogum readers don’t hate melody.”

    “If both of those albums weren’t as good as they clearly are (lyrically and musically), they wouldn’t be getting all the attention they are.”

    Wow you guys make some really good points. Not.

  34. Memememe  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    More people needed to vote for jefitoblog.com. What is the matter with you peepz?

  35. kevin  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    the records by the long winters and the format are getting ignored everywhere. they’re both way better than half of this subpar list.

    jenny lewis and the watson twins?! come on.

  36. John  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    “Again people – the Joanna Newsom album is not any good! The sooner everyone realizes it.. the sooner the healing can begin.”

    Someone else shit all over this statement. I’m too tired.

  37. Stephen  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    Austin is right about Sparklehorse, that record really flew under the radar, but it’s great — definitely should’ve made that list. Cat Power was good, but there were like 4 or 5 great songs and the rest were mediocre.

  38. Paul  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    It’s so nice to know there is a place in the world (or at least, the world wide web) where people have the same taste in music as me (with the exception of the Decemberists, who i find lame).
    Well done to everyone who voted.

    I’m especially glad to see Regina Spektor getting in on the list, as she’s been heavily overlooked in other lists.

    Did anyone else not think YYYs’ album was really poor in comparison to their first record? Maybe thats just me.

    Anyway, (a mostly) great list!

  39. While I do agree with most of the selections you’ve put on your list, I would have added one more… I’d of added ‘OYE’ by the Colombian rock band Aterciopelados.

    I only found out about them a few weeks ago when I heard about them on NPR [or something of the sort.] GOOD MUSIC IS GOOD MUSIC no matter what genre it comes from you know, sometimes you gotta dig a little deeper, expand your mind to new avenues of music so yeah, give them a listen and tell me if I’m wrong. You can listen to some of their songs off new album OYE on their myspace site at: http://www.myspace.com/aterciopelados

    musically yours,

    Zoe.

  40. Paul  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    It’s so nice to know there is a place in the world (or at least, the world wide web) where people have the same taste in music as me (with the exception of the Decemberists, who i find lame).
    Well done to everyone who voted.

    I’m especially glad to see Regina Spektor getting in on the list, as she’s been heavily overlooked in other lists.

    Did anyone else not think YYYs’ album was really poor in comparison to their first record? Maybe thats just me.

    Anyway, (a mostly) great list!

  41. While I do agree with most of the selections you’ve put on your list, I would have added one more… I’d of added ‘OYE’ by the Colombian rock band Aterciopelados.

    I only found out about them a few weeks ago when I heard about them on NPR [or something of the sort.] GOOD MUSIC IS GOOD MUSIC no matter what genre it comes from you know, sometimes you gotta dig a little deeper, expand your mind to new avenues of music so yeah, give them a listen and tell me if I’m wrong. You can listen to some of their songs off new album OYE on their myspace site at: http://www.myspace.com/aterciopelados

    musically yours,

    Zoe.

  42. While I do agree with most of the selections you’ve put on your list, I would have added one more… I’d of added ‘OYE’ by the Colombian rock band Aterciopelados.

    I only found out about them a few weeks ago when I heard about them on NPR [or something of the sort.] GOOD MUSIC IS GOOD MUSIC no matter what genre it comes from you know, sometimes you gotta dig a little deeper, expand your mind to new avenues of music so yeah, give them a listen and tell me if I’m wrong. You can listen to some of their songs off new album OYE on their myspace site at: http://www.myspace.com/aterciopelados

    musically yours,

    Zoe.

  43. dean wermer  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    zoe, every year there tends to be a token “world music” selection on the lists. 2004 it was konono no1, last year it was amadou and mariam, this year it’s ali farke toure. aterciopelados is a good disc.

  44. hmmm  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    i really like the list, particularly the top 20, except I can’t say I can get down with the Hold Steady, I find their brand of bar room blah-ness to be particularly tedious.

    The rest are pretty great, could really give a shit about regina spektor, but whatever, I’m not opposed to her

  45. mc, re: We Are Scientists… I am also a big fan of theirs, but since “With Love and Squalor” came out in the U.K. in 2005, I think a lot of people don’t really think about them for this year’s lists.

  46. Justin  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    seriously… I dont mean to be a dick but can someone tell me what all the fuss is about with the hold steady? I honestly think it’s some of the worst stuff ive ever heard. Otherwise, great list.

  47. emma  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    I’m a bit surprised to see Beirut came in behind Jenny Lewis and the Whatevers. Not sure if the votes were for Ms. IR-05′s hotness or talent factor. Either way, decent list for the most part.

    Oh, and I’m with Mikey on The Format. Dog Problems is def one of the top releases this year!

  48. Andrew  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    To all those whining about there being no hip-hop (or, more accurately “not enough” hip-hop) on the list:

    This was the top ALBUMS list, not singles (or even just tracks). When hip-hop decides to make some strong albums, then we’ll talk.

    *Obligatory post-script* Half the records up there are pretty weak anyways, so don’t go all OMG HE ONLY LIKES WHITE MUSIC!! (whatever the fuck that is, anyways)

  49. brooklyn  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2006 0

    no BYOP?
    no way!

  50. Great list! I definitely agree with a lot of the albums on here. I’ve post Mirr World’s “Best of 2006″ lists that you can check out/debate/destroy here: http://mirrworld.blogspot.com

    The lists include best albums, best songs, best concerts, best YouTubes, best blogs and best movies from 2006.

    Coincidentally, Stereogum was ranked the #1 blog.

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