Music For Listeners 2006/12/30 The Best of 2006...that we own anyway.
All songs (except theme songs) from 2006

1) The Beastie Boys-"Country Mike's Theme" From the CD 'Anthology'.
2) Hillary York-"Out of Sight" From the CD 'The Moon'.
3) SOUND team-"No More Birthdays" From the CD 'Movie Monster'.
4) Built To Spill-"Liar" From the CD 'You In Reverse'.
5) Peter, Bjorn and John-"Amsterdam" From the CD 'Writer's Block'.
6) Dr. Dog-"I've Just Got To Tell You" From the CD 'Takers and Leavers E.P.'.
7) Palace Fires-"Nothing Comes Close" From the UK CD single for "Nothing Comes Close".
8) Jim Noir-"Key of C" From the CD 'Tower of Love'.
9) El Goodo-"Stuck In the 60's" From the CD 'El Goodo'.
10) Yo La Tengo-"The Weakest Part" From the CD 'I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass'.
11) Howling Bells-"The Night Is Young" From the CD 'Howling Bells'.
12) The Mechanical Walking Robotboy-"Beautiful" From the CD 'Slow'.
13) Buttercup-"Johnny Appleseed" From the CD 'Hot Love'.
14) Voxtrot-"Four Long Days" From the CD E.P. 'Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, and Wives'.
15) Be Your Own Pet-"Adventure" From the CD 'Be Your Own Pet'.
16) The Dimes-"Doctor, Doctor" From the CD 'The Dimes (Animal E.P.)'.
17) The Grates-"Science is Golden" From the CD 'Gravity Won't Get You High'.
18) Big Soy-"Western Sizzler" From the CD 'Part of You E.P.'.
19) Oppenheimer-"This Is Not A Test" From the CD 'Oppenheimer'.
20) Dawn of the Replicants-"Oh Bumble Bee" From the CD 'Fangs'.
21) The Young Knives-"Weekends and Bleak Days (Hot Summer)" From the CD 'Voices of Animals and Men'.
22) Salaryman-"Van of Angels" From the CD 'The Electric Forest'.
23) Muse-"Starlight" From the CD 'Black Holes and Revelations'.
24) Tacks, The Boy Disaster-"Forget Me Not" From the CD E.P. 'Oh Beatrice'.
25) Pants Yell!-"Kids Are the Same" From the CD 'Recent Drama'.
26) The Lovely Sparrows-"Chemicals Change" From the CD 'Pulling Up Floors, Pouring On (New) Paint'.
27) Sparrowhouse-"Foxes (Sighing Like A Furnace)" From the CD E.P. 'Falls'.
28) Envelopes-"Free Jazz" From the CD single for "Free Jazz".
29) New Young Pony Club-"Ice Cream" From the UK CD single for "Ice Cream".
30) The Flaming Lips-"The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat)" From the CD 'At War With the Mystics'.
31) Mumm-Ra-"There She Is" From the UK CD E.P. 'Black Hurts the Day and the Night Rolls On'.
32) Battle-"Tendency" From the UK CD E.P. 'Back To Earth'.
33) Tilly and the Wall-"Urgency" From the CD 'Bottoms of Barrels'.
34) Mosquitos-"Ele" From the CD 'III'.
35) "The Mid Morning Recording" Mates of State-'Bring It Back'
This album by a husband and wife duo was a surprise, and it almost made it as my favorite album of the year. I like all the previous Mates of State recordings, but I have to say that this is their best album to date. Every song is great, and there could be 4 or 5 singles from this bad least. They are also one of the best, and funniest live bands I saw all year. I was really surprised at how much sound and noise comes out of two people on stage. They get the sounds pretty close to the album, but it's played live. This lead me to believe that they use very little overdubs in the studio. In the live setting, they are the closest band I've seen to another Ben Folds Five, and they don't even sound anything alike. The have two-part harmonies and keyboards, awesome rhythms and melodies, but that's where the comparisons end. This ended up as my second favorite album of 2006, and you should pick it up if you like great organ sounds and great pop harmonies. Beautiful voices and beautiful sounds.
Michael - MFL
36) James-"Sayonara" From the CD 'Wah-Wah'.
37) Dios (Malos)-"I'm Dumb After All" Web-only release from 2006.

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