More on Music: Best Songs, 2006 + Coachella, 2007

As promised in my last post, here are the best 30 “other” songs of 2006 – that is, excluding artists from the top 20 albums, limit one track per artist:

  • Peter Bjorn & John – Young Folks

    These aren’t in any order, but “Young Folks” is definitively the best single of 2006

  • White Denim – Let’s Talk
  • St. Vincent – Paris is Burning
  • Band Of Horses – The Funeral
  • Beach House – Master of None
  • Benoit Pioulard – Palimend
  • Hot Chip – And I Was A Boy From School
  • Ola Podrida – Pour Me Another
  • Lily Allen – Knock ‘Em Out
  • The Flaming Lips – Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
  • Bound Stems – Wake Up, Ma And Pa Are Gone
  • The Black Angels – Black Grease
  • Malajube – La Monogamie
  • Teddybears – Punkrocker
  • Thunderbirds Are Now! – (The Making Of..) Making History
  • Serena Maneesh – Drain Cosmetics
  • Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – The Signifying Wolf
  • Evangelicals – Another Day (And Yoor Still Knocked Out)
  • Shearwater – Seventy-Four, Seventy-Five

    Shearwater gets a shout out here. Check out Tom’s year end music list.

  • The Raconteurs – Store Bought Bones

    Wasn’t ultimately as impressed by the whole album as some people, but this track is impressive.

  • Two Gallants – Waves Of Grain
  • The Thermals – A Pillar Of Salt
  • Juana Molina – Micael
  • Asobi Seksu – Thursday
  • Pretty Girls Make Graves – The Nocturnal House
  • The Pipettes – Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me
  • Casey Dienel – The La La Song
  • Ghostface Killah – Charlie Brown

    Love what he does with Caetano Veloso here.

  • Figurines – The Wonder
  • Regina Spektor – On The Radio

As with the top 20 album, the mixtape-on-request offer still stands.

In other music news, the 2007 Coachella lineup is up:

Coachella 2007 Lineup

While the headliners (with the exception of Bjork) are a bit of a let down (Californication was the beginning of the end for the Chili Peppers for me, and they disappointed at Lollapalooza; I’m also not so into Rage), I’m pretty excited by this lineup, especially:

Bjork, Interpol, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Arctic Monkeys, Sonic Youth, Tokyo Police Club, Comedians of Comedy, Silversun Pickups, the Arcade Fire, the Decemberists, the Good, the Bad, and the Queen (Damon Albarn from Blur/Gorillaz’s new all-star band), LCD Soundsystem, the New Pornographers, Regina Spektor, Hot Chip, Ghostface Killah, Peter Bjorn and John (see above), Roky Erickson & the Explosives (yes, the guy from the 13th Floor Elevators), CocoRosie, Andrew Bird, Girl Talk, Manu Chao, Air, Willie Nelson, Kaiser Chiefs, Explosions in the Sky, !!!, Lily Allen, Jose Gonzalez, Junior Boys, Tapes ‘n Tapes, Teddybears, Lupe Fiasco, Grizzly Bear, and Anathallo

That’s a lot to be excited about. Also, it’s nice that while Friday is heavy on headliners, it’s light on mid-tier acts, which means if I have to teach Friday and show up late, I won’t miss much.

There do seem to be a few disappointing omissions of bands that were announced this morning by KROQ (Of Montreal), bands I thought reasonably probable – The Hold Steady, the highly rumored Police reunion (maybe at Lollapalooza, at least?), the Knife, Sufjan, Modest Mouse, and the Shins – and 1 less likely band I already mentioned I was hoping to see (Swan Lake). Some additions apparently remain, but I’m not crossing my fingers too hard. Still, this is going to be a great Coachella. Any bands I left off my list that I should check out?

Still coming soon: irony


~ by Matt on January 22, 2007.

7 Responses to “More on Music: Best Songs, 2006 + Coachella, 2007”

  1. I love how you’re especially excited about almost half the bands. Reminds me of the length of your voicemail messages. By the way, you made a typo: “Explisosions”

  2. Thanks Urse–I can always count on you to catch my typos :) (fixed)

    I suppose I should be more precise: I’m excited about those bands listed above. I’m especially excited about Bjork, Jesus & Mary Chain, the Arcade Fire (now that they have new material), the Decemberists, Air, Tapes ‘n Tapes, and Grizzly Bear. I was supposed to see Tapes ‘n Tapes at Pitchfork this summer, but we showed up late and just caught a song or two. I also came frustratingly close to seeing the Decemberists when they were in town.

    Aside from these acts, Manu Chao was pretty incredible at Lollapalooza too, and I’m sort of intrigued by Willie Nelson. Coachella seems to be double booking some of the bands from the following week’s “Stagecoach” country music festival (see also Nickel Creek)…though why they couldn’t have done the same with Neko Case, I’m not sure.

  3. Well, if the New Pornographers are there, so is she, right?

  4. Good point. I suppose it would be too much to get her to also perform solo. Same logic re: Bejar/Swan Lake.

  5. I”m seriously thinking about it. The thought of seeing the Arcade Fire, the Decemberists, Blonde Redhead, the New Pornographers, Regina Spektor, Fountains of Wayne, CocoRosie, Andrew Bird, and Girl Talk on my birthday, not to mention all the acts on the other two days, is sounding pretty damn appealing.

  6. Gillian Welsh is my favorite of these…

  7. So, Sarah and I are going all three days. Sounds like some of you are going just Saturday? Is anyone else going all three days? Keep me posted.

    Rebecca, I don’t know much about Gillian Welsh. Can you fill me in a bit?

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