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The Best Music of 2006, Part. 1

Seamus Connor
 
Ships
Ships
"Danielson incorporate the pop-perfection of the Animal Collective without the meandering moments."
He Poos Clouds
He Poos Clouds
"Ignoring the bad names, Canadian music can do no wrong at the moment it seems."
Six Demon Bag
Six Demon Bag
"If Tom Waits took a large dose of acid and begun singing pop songs, this would be the result. Which, incidentally, is rather good."
Everything All The Time
Everything All The Time
"Intelligent, hook-led indie fare. Well worth a listen."
Ys
Ys
"Only 5, albeit long, tracks on the second offering from Ms. Newsom. Magnificent arrangements, lyrics and musicianship abound, one for the collection."
I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass
I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass
"The indie-rock stalwarts return. They don't take many risks, but then why should they change a formula they perfected years ago?"
Brookland / Oaklyn
Brookland / Oaklyn
"Tarsier IS what Alias' music was lacking. This is a great ambient electronica / hip-hop offering from Anticon."
Let Me Introduce My Friends
Let Me Introduce My Friends
"Really, really catchy indie. Dance like a fool to it..."
Cansei De Ser Sexy
Cansei De Ser Sexy
"...and to this one. Uber-cool Brazilian girls signing over funky tracks from some old guy = this year's LCD Soundsystem."
The Life Pursuit
The Life Pursuit
"Need I explain? You know them by now."
So This Is Goodbye
So This Is Goodbye
"I saw them supporting Broken Social Scene recently. They deserve a much bigger billing."
Espers II
Espers II
"Ethereal folk to dance bare foot in the forests to. Hippy is on its way back, y'know..."
It's Never Been Like That
It's Never Been Like That
"Too catchy for its own good? Why this French band isn't at least as big as the Killers is beyond me."
The Loon
The Loon
"Its about time an modern indie band brought something new to the table. Huzzah for Tapes n' Tapes!"
Writer's Block
Writer's Block
"Maybe my record of the year. Envisage a more catchy, more melancholy, more Swedish version of the Shins. Then buy this."
Silent Shout
Silent Shout
"More electronic goodness from the Knife."
Black Sheep Boy
Black Sheep Boy
"Sounds like a more morose, relaxed version of Conor Oberst at his best ("I'm Wide Awake It's Morning"). Great."
Soft Money
Soft Money
"More brilliant experimental hip-hop from the Anticon stable."