X-Ray Records Top 50 For 2006

Thursday, January 11 2007 @ 12:37 am CST

Contributed by: Dave

There was some great music last year and anyone who tells you differently wasn't looking very hard or they've maybe just given up. Here's what I liked in 2006. Even though they're numbered, I don't really consider them to be in any particular order since I enjoyed them all.

1) Ray Lamontagne- Till The Sun Turns Black (RCA)
2) Black Keys- Magic Potion (Nonesuch)
3) Woven Hand- Mosaic (Sounds Familyre)
4) The Black Angels- Passover (Light In The Attic)
5) The Aggrolites- S/T (Hellcat)
6) Neko Case- Fox Confessor.... (Mint)
7) M.Ward- Post War (Merge)
8) Bright Black Morning Light- S/T (Matador)
9) Belle & Sebastian- The Life Pursuit (Matador)
10) Cat Power- The Greatest (Matador)
11) The Raconteurs- Broken Boy Soldiers (V2)
12) Califone- Roots & Crowns (Thrill Jockey)
13) Yo La Tengo- I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass (Matador)
14) Andre Williams & The Diplomats Of Sound- Aphrodisiac (Vampi Soul)
15) Anti Clockwise- Artificial Light (3 Beads Of Sweat)
16) Th' Legendary Shack Shakers- Pandelerium (Yep Roc)
17) Azam Ali- Elysium For The Brave (Six Degrees)
18) Bad Wizard- Sky High (Howler)
19) Barry Adamson- Stranger On The Sofa (Mute)
20) The Knife- Silent Shout (Mute)
21) Sunset Rubdown- Shut Up I'm Dreaming (Absolutely Kosher)
22) Barzin- My Life In Rooms (Monotreme)
23) Band Of Horses- Everything All The Time (Sub Pop)
24) Boris- Pink (Southern Lord)
25) Liars- Drums Not Dead (Mute)
26) TV On The Radio- Return To Cookie Mountain (Interscope)
27) Black Heart Procession- The Spell (Touch & Go)
28) Buffalo Killers- S/T (Sympathy)
29) Built To Spill- You In Reverse (Warner)
30) Clearlake- Amber (Domino)
31) Hacienda Brothers- What's Wrong With Right (Proper)
32) Hank Williams III- Straight To Hell (Curb)
33) Richard Buckner- Meadow (Merge)
34) Shannon Lyon- Safe Inside (Busted Flat)
35) The Saints- Nothing Straight In My House (Yep Roc)
36) Sparklehorse- Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mouintain (EMI)
37) The Little Killers- A Real Good One (Gern Blandsten)
38) Kid Koala- Your Mom's Favourite DJ (Ninja Tune)
39) Legendary Pink Dots- Your Children Placate You From Premature Graves (Roir)
40) Brain Donor- Drain'd Boner (Invada)
41) Greg Brown- The Evening Call (Red House)
42) Angela Desveaux- Wandering Eyes (Thrill Jockey)
43) Bardo Pond- Ticket Crystals (All Tomorrows Parties)
44) Bonnie Prince Billy- The Letting Go (Drag City)
45) Entrance- Prayer Of Death (Tee Pee)
46) The Kooks- Inside In/ Inside Out (EMI)
47) Mojave 3- Puzzles Like You (4AD)
48) Mountain Goats- Get Lonely (4AD)
49) Nine Horses- Snow Borne Sorrow (Samadhisound)
50) Noxagt- Noxagt (Load)

Honorable mentions to.....

Chris Smither- "Leave The Light On" (True North)
Tom Waits- "Orphans" (Anti)
Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, Paul Motian- "S/T" (Nonesuch)
Shawn Colvin- "These Four Walls" (Nonesuch)
Ox- "American Lo-Fi" (Indie)
Willie Nelson- "Songbird" (Lost Highway)
Tom Russell- "Love & Fear" (High Tone)
Oneida- "Happy New Year" (Jagjaguwar)

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