This one goes to 11. After a not-so-close examination of the music that I listened to a lot in 2006, the following 11 emerged as CDs that received multiple spins which makes them rather extraordinary in my book. Rather than writing 20 words about what each band sounds like, I’ve decided to give you an interesting fact about the band.
1. The Damnwells – "Air Stereo"
Interesting fact: Lead singer Alex Dezen appears ever-so-briefly as the "punk kid" in the movie "The Professional" starring Natalie Portman in her first film role. His part was left on the cutting room floor but might be included in the "deleted scenes" portion of the DVD.
Watch: The Damnwells live at the Ottobar (10/11/06)
2. The Shys – "Astoria"
3. Silversun Pickups – "Carnavas"
4. Model/Actress – "Model/Actress" EP
5. Veruca Salt – "VSIV"
6. Dixie Chicks – "Taking the Long Way"
Interesting fact: Rick Rubin, noted for his work with artists like Slayer, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Beastie Boys, produced the latest effort by the Texas trio.
Watch: The Dixie Chicks perform "Not Ready to Make Nice" on Yahoo! Music
7. Snow Patrol – "Eyes Open"
Interesting fact: Lead singer Gary Lightbody lends his vocals talents to a project called The Cake Sale which was put together by Irish musicians to help support Oxfam Ireland’s Make Trade Fair campaign and their overseas program work.
Watch: Kelsey sing along with Snow Patrol’s "Chasing Cars" in front of her webcam
8. Bel Auburn – "Lullabies in A&C"
9. Army of Anyone – "Army of Anyone"
Interesting fact: A 24-second voicemail message that Richard Patrick left on Louise Post’s answering machine ("I got my pants on!" repeated over and over) is featured on Veruca Salt’s 2005 EP, The Lord of Sound and Lesser Things.
Watch: Dean DeLeo cover Led Zeppelin’s "Rain Song" live
10. Slayer – "Christ Illusion"
11. Damone – "Out Here All Night"
Interesting fact: A series of (bogus) public service announcement featuring Damone are available for viewing on YouTube.
Watch: Damone perform "What We Came Here For" on Fearless Music TV
Also up for consideration but not quite top 11 material (in no particular order):
In Flames – Come Clarity
Howe Gelb – Sno Angel Like You
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova – The Swell Season
Warrant – Born Again
Magnolia Summer – From Driveways Lost View
Slunt – One Night Stand
Dear Leader – The Alarmist
TV on the Radio – Return to Cookie Mountain
Bob Dylan – Modern Times
Jon Auer – Songs from the Year of Our Demise
Shawn Mullins – 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlour
Sean Lennon – Friendly Fire
As Tall as Lions – As Tall As Lions
Sparta – Threes
South – Adventures in the Underground Journey to the Stars
Mute Math – Mute Math
John Kastner – Have You Seen Lucky
Wolfmother – Wolfmother
The Pretty Weapons – The Pretty Weapons
Zero Star – Forever’s Really Not That Long