Friday, December 08, 2006

Best of 2006

Looking back on 2006, I guess it was another pretty good year for music. I like doing lists like this because it makes me resurrect cd's that I haven't listened to recently. Like the fabulous RF - Views of Distant Towns. I had almost forgotten that it came out in 2006.

I've noticed as the years have gone by, that my "best of" lists contain less and less ambient music. Now, a lot of the releases on this list have ambient qualities, but are not exactly ambient music per se. This year Scott Solter, Andrew Chalk & Forest Fang fill my traditional ambient quota in the list.

There was no way I could keep the list to a top ten. So here is my list, in no particular order, of the best of 2006(I reserve the right to add to it whenever I feel like it).
Please add your own lists in the comments section.

  1. Rf - Views of Distant Towns
  2. Christopher Willits - Surf Boundries
  3. Burial - st
  4. Scott Solter - One River
  5. Yellow 6 - The Beautiful Season has Past
  6. Triosk - The Headlight Serenade
  7. Forest Fang & Carl Weingarten - Invisibilty
  8. Helios - Eingya
  9. Andrew Chalk - Goldfall
  10. Clint Mansell & Mogwai - The Fountain Soundtrack
  11. The Necks - Chemist
  12. Svalastog - Woodwork
  13. Ceptual - Shifts Personal
  14. Halma - Back to Pascal
  15. Johann Johannsson - IBM 1401
  16. Loscil - Plume
  17. Marsen Jules - Les Fluers
  18. Ryan Teague - Coins & Crosses
  19. Loren Connors - Night Through, singles & collected works
  20. The Gentleman Losers - st
  21. Paul Simon - Surprise
  22. Joanna Newsom - Ys
  23. Sufjan Stevens - Avalanche
  24. Deaf Center - Levende
  25. Taylor Deupree - Northern
  26. North Sea & Rameses III - Night of the Ankou
  27. Adrian Klumpes - Be Still
  28. Phelan Sheppard - Harps Old Master
  29. Hammock - Raising Your Voice...
  30. Greg Haines - Slumber Tides
  31. Boxhead Ensemble - Nocturnes
  32. Green Kingdom - Lucky Bamboo

8 comments:

jessica said...

wow--this is a great list!

lots here i haven't heard that i'll check out because you've got great taste, i'm sure they are all stellar.

i can never make lists of any kind (of music, movies, etc), it just causes far too much anxiety.

happy new year, and thanks for the great music!

Brian Bieniowski said...

Hi Dave!

I see our lists are going to have some similarities! I'm still deciding my final choices, but I'll have something posted before the new year. I'm trying to limit myself to ten selections. (Tough.)

BTW, where is that Deaf Center available? I did not see it for DL on the Type site!

dave said...

Brian,

The Deaf Center is a Boomkat exclusive. It's available here...
http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=25204

Anonymous said...

Hi Dave,

I will have to check out those choices , I've loved every mix you have done so far.

My more mainstream list follows, not exactly Low Light material but...

Keep up the good work, greetings as ever from a seasonally chilly London, UK

Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People
Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
CSS - Cansei De Ser Sexy
Charlotte Gainsbourg - 5:55
Hot Chip - The Warning
I'm From Barcelona - Let Me Introduce My Friends
The Long Blondes - Someone To Drive You Home
Micah P Hinson - Micah P Hinson And The Opera Circuit
Midlake - The Trials Of Van Occupanther
M.Ward - Post-War
Sparklehorse - Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain

Bubbling Under
Albert Hammond Jr - Yours To Keep
Lambchop - Damaged
Mstrkrft - The Looks
Susanna And The Magical Orchestra - Melody Mountain
The Young Knives - Voices Of Animals And Men

Single Of The Year
Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control

dave said...

Thanks for that list! Now I have some new stuff to check out.

Mike (aka TheGreen Kingdom) said...

Dave, you are too kind- probably the only list I'll make this year :)

Thanks for all of the great mixes!

Anonymous said...

Thanks again, raining heavily here, storm warning so makes for a welcome soundtrack. Hope 2007 finds you time to make some more great mixes.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

Amazing