Tom Whalen   PoOPlist 2006


30 TOPS - - - -

30 - casiotone for the painfully alone - etiquette (tomlab)
makes the postal service sound like the telegram
29 - the thermals - the body, the blood, the machine (sub pop)
makes green day sound really, really old
28 - indian jewelry - invasive exotics (monitor)
doom-plated psych-rock from the bowels of the bowels
27 - grizzly bear - yellow house (warp)
winner of my first annual scott dellamore album layout of the year award
26 - skygreen leopards - disciples of california (jagjaguwar)
straight up heartache; another notch in the jagjag belt
25 - oxford collapse - remember the night parties (sub pop)
In-die rock! In-die rock! In-die rock! In-die rock!
24 - belong - october language (carpark)
sings “I still love you, New Orleans” with torpedo feedback and sun-spot sonics
23 - sonic youth - rather ripped (geffen)
you can’t walk the dog without stepping in a diesel SY full length
22 - girl talk - night ripper (illegal art)
monster mash makes the hipsterpotomos dance
21 - om - conference of the birds (holy mountain)
hammer head tornado forest fire smoke stack

20 - the no-neck blues band and embryo - embryonnck (staubgold)
sour-kraut negative-space rock collaborama
19 - tv on the radio - return to cookie mountain (interscope)
finally, a full length worth the hip-hype
18 - drones - gala mill (ATP)
“if the birthday party beat up neil young” - some dude on
17 - ladyhawk - s/t (jagjaguwar)
zero frills guitar rawk caked in mud, sweat and beers; stoney and adorable
16 - grails - black tar prophesies vol. 1-3 (important)
a filthy welcome mat at the door of the dungeon
15 - brightblack morning light - s/t (matador)
smooth as hell; this year’s big time boot-knock go-to
14 - wooden wand and the vanishing voice - gipsy freedom (5RC)
the highest praise for the lowest depths
13 - beach house - s/t (carpark)
gorgeous; I’ve left this record on repeat for days on end
12 - clogs - lantern (brassland)
ice-cream social nice neo-pseudo-faux-clazickall; title track kills
11 - burial - s/t (cargo)
rubba dub dub from 20.000 leagues; sticks out like a sore thumb and makes me feel like an indie herb

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10 - comets on fire - avatar (sub pop)
if it wasn’t for Bob Dylan and Scritti Pollitti, this would be uncut’s album of the year

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09 - destroyer - destroyer's rubies (merge)
the only destroyer record I own; I don’t feel as if I could handle another one

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08 - parts and labor - stay afraid (jagjaguwar)
a fresh young colt to drip acid all over the jagjag stable; merciless

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07 - band of horses - everything all the time (sub pop)
Horses = MMJ < Interpol = Joy Div < Birds Shit Cucumbers

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06 - boris - pink (southern lord)
the beatles of doom metal load their ‘revolver’ and fire at will

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05 - neko case - fox confessor brings the flood (anti)
fuck jenny lewis; enough hooks to hang 100 Watson twins

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04 - bonnie 'prince' billy - the letting go (drag city)
Billly’s best since ‘darkness’ by a hot mile

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03 - wooden wand and the sky high band - second attention (kill rock stars)
Toth cannot be stopped

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02 - liars - drum's not dead (mute)
nay-sayers run for cover; what the holy hell will this band do next?

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01 - the hold steady - boys and girls in america (vagrant)
when the band stopped playing we howled out for more

Appreciated but Unlisted:

Carla Bozulich, Six Organs of Admittance, Alexander Tucker, Akron/Family, Yo La Tengo, Cat Power, Scott Walker, Sunn 0)))/ Boris, Espers, Metallic Falcons, Beyonce, Pink Mountaintops, Amps for Christ, Kayo Dot, Mogwai, Songs of Green Pheasant, An Albatross, Belle and Sebastian, Wolf Eyes, Xiu Xiu, Mission of Burma, Swan Lake, Mastadon, Swearing at Motorists, Wilderness, Acid Mothers Temple.

5 Key Reissues - - - -

This Heat - Out of Cold Storage (This Is)
Tortoise - A Lazarus Taxon (Thrill Jockey)
Pavement - Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels Edition (Matador)
Animal Collective - Hollinndagain (Paw Tracks)
Chavez - Better Days Will Haunt You (Matador)

“ stop buying your albums at the supermarket ”
- tw 1/29/07