I know the question you've been dying to ask me: "Shane, what are your favourite albums of the year?" I'm right, aren't I? Well, I've been wondering that too so I compiled an iTunes playlist of everything tagged 2006. I was amazed at how many albums I haven't given a proper listen to yet. I've barely listened to the following:
Basement Jaxx - Crazy Itch Radio, Beirut - Gulag Orkestar, Burial - Burial, Clark - Body Riddle, Coldcut - Sound Mirrors, Gnarls Barkley - St Elsewhere, Jarvis Cocker - Jarvis, Joanna Newsom - Ys, Juana Molina - Son, Lambchop - Damaged, M Ward - Post-War, The Magic Numbers - Those The Brokes, Max Richter - Songs From Before, Nellie McKay - Pretty Little Head, Rodrigo y Gabriela - Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Roots - Game Theory, Scritti Politti - White Bread, Black Beer, Tony Allen - Lagos No Shaking, Trackheadz - Trackheadz, Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass.
In case you weren't counting, that's 20 albums. What have I been doing with my time?
Anyway, in the knowledge that a good playlist fixes everything, I've made another iTunes playlist. This one combines everything tagged 2006 with songs that I haven't rated. If I haven't rated it, I obviously haven't decided whether I like it. As I rate the songs they'll drop off the playlist.
This playlist will be the only thing I listen to until the end of the year or until all the songs are rated, whichever happens first. Then, I'll post my favourite albums of the year.
Oh, and did the Arctic Monkeys album really come out this year? It seems like ages ago...