1. Love - Alone Again
Well, because it's Love! And I love Love. And I love this song!
2. The Search Party - Speak To Me
Late 60s psych band from Sacramento, California. Part of that whole Christian hippie commune movement, like doing acid with Jesus? My friend Gordon sent me this song, it took me ages to find the whole album but was totally worth it.
3. The Shivers - Beauty
From Brooklyn. Pitchfork darlings. Whatever, it's pretty.
4. Danielson - Did I Step On Your Trumpet
From one of my favorite records of the year, 'Ships'.
5. Frog Eyes - Ship Destroyer
My favorite Frog Eyes song. Oh Carey Mercer. I hear alot of Daddy's Hands in Frog Eyes, (as you can with alot of Wolf Parade songs, I think) which is sort of depressing right now. I heard a band recently in Beijing that sounds alot like Frog Eyes - they're called Rebuilding the Rights of Statues. They have a myspace page, if you're interested.
6. Destroyer - European Oils
Another one of my favorite records of this year - Oh Dan Bejar. I love how this album feels so familiar to me, yet still manages to be completely new and fresh. It's quickly becoming one of my favorite Destroyer albums, I heard him do most of these songs live and it was wonderful, but a bit boring, as they sounded so polished and exactly like the record.
7. Ladyhawk - The Dugout
Signed to JagJaguwar records, their self-titled album is another one that's on my top 10 list of 2006. This isn't my favorite song on the album, but the lyrics "I was down at the baseball diamond, seeing you smile in the sun, watching the moon at the tree tops." and also "Seeing your dark eyes shine like the city skyline..." just make me so happy. This is one of my favorite bands to see live, ever, probably just because I've seen them so many times and had so much fun each time. The y played the Terminal City Block Party 2005, and I don't know, I think it was the smell of pot and summer in the air, almost all of my favorite local bands playing in one day, the stress and rush of being an organizer, etc. It was one of those days where I was so happy to be living where I was living. Also, they were one of my first interviews ever, right around the time they started playing songs as Ladyhawk. At that point, all they had for recordings were a couple of songs Duffy had done when he lived in Kelowna. I'm so happy these guys are making it!
8. The Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control
Why aren't the Gossip more famous than the Yeah Yeah Yeahs?
9. The Rapture - Whoo! Yeah, Uh huh, Alright.
Ridiculous name for a song, but so irresistably catchy. The video is fun, too. I'm not a big fan of the rest of the record, but I suppose it does what it's supposed to do. Which is what, exactly?
10. MSTRKRFT - The Looks
There was too much hype for this album, but it stands up Ok if you don't listen to it very often.
11. Xiu Xiu - Boy Soprano
I'm surprised this record didn't get more attention. Another one on my top list for this year, the whole album makes me want to kill myself, but in the good way. Whenever I think of Jamie Stewart, I think of Phil Elvrum, even though the music is really different. The last Xiu Xiu show I went to, he spent half the time bitching about how bad the sound was. There were something crazy like 5 bands on the bill and by the time they went on, it was 2am. I left after a few songs. Once, Phil Elvrum played a solo set at the Mesa Luna, I think we were either on mushrooms or really fantastically drunk and only stayed for about twenty minutes because we were so freaked out by the serious indie nerd assholes and the crazy depressive atmosphere.
12. Channels 3+4 - Knives In
Old old old. Have they disbanded? This song makes me think of when I first moved to Vancouver. Pats Pub. Going to Shine for the first time and wondering what the hell these people were thinking. It felt really decadent, dancing and doing drugs like we thought it was so cool. Walking across the Granville Bridge with Kayla and Jay, drinking 40s and Kayla losing her pointy heels, Jay getting thrown out of the Cambie one night (who gets thrown out of the Cambie?!), spending New Years Eve at the Astoria, missed the countdown because we were locked in a toilet in the boys bathroom - Adam Benzan, Jay and I, lines of coke off the back of one of the dirtiest toilets in the city. Was really into Fuck Me USA at that time too which probably why I always group these two bands together in my head. Golden summer, beautiful winter - Jay and I made mulled wine for our friend Hana's Christmas party and tried to get drunk off the fumes.
13. P:ano - Leave Me With the Boy
This was one of my favorite songs off one of my favorite albums two years ago. Was it two years ago when Brigadoon came out? I can't remember. The album blew me me away though, stylistically so different from the other P:ano records and almost too precious to stand. I did a huge cover story interview with them for Terminal City and Veda Hille fed us treats. I went to Zulu Records a few months after the article came out and they had posted it on their bulletin board for some reason. I don't think it's there anymore though.
14. Shirley Ellis - Soul Time
I love Shirley Ellis. This song is also sampled on a track on the Go! Team record.
15. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Date With The Night
I was going to put a Dandi Wind song in here somewhere, but this song made it on instead. Karen O makes me angry because I always feel like she's ripping off Dandi's style. Despite the love/hate relationship, I do like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, in small doses.
16. Gang of Four - Damaged Goods
Old favorite, old faithful. I'm in China!
17. Phoenix - If I Ever Feel Better
Another old favorite, something you can pretty much always count on hearing if you're going dancing and Jason Sulyma's dj'ing. He was one of the first dudes I met in Vancouver, he used to always play 'Just Can't Get Enough' by Depeche Mode, and then after that it was 'Close to Me' by the Cure. One of the funniest things Katie ever said to me was when we were at Setlist Mondays at Shine. "I am SO fucking sick of dancing to this song, why are we still doing it?" My friend Saelan did an interview with Jason ("My!Gay!Husband!") about his dj'ing, and asked him when he started doing what he was doing. His answer was something like "It was right around the time when Jenn Wong came onto the scene", which is funny considering that at that point, Jason and I weren't really friends anymore, just people who saw each other at clubs once in a while.
18. Shirley Ellis - The Clapping Song
Katie played this for me and I lost my shit, it made me feel so good. While SoulTime is my favorite Shirley Ellis song, I remembered later that my dad used to play this song in the car on the way to school and so the nostalgia makes it one of my all time favorites. Recently made popular again thanks to being in a Zellers commercial. Zellers is like Wal-Mart, but Canadian and way tackier. Also, the dancing instructions in this song don't work, trust me.
19. The Jackson Sisters - I Believe in Miracles
One of my favorite disco songs ever, I had a boyfriend in Calgary that used to play this song all the time. This is when I was really into scratch DJ's, remember that? Oh god. He was the Calgary DMC champion for a few years in a row though, and cheated on me with an ex-girlfriend. I was so infuriated when I found out that I sent a huge nasty email to everyone on his email address book (including his university professors and parents) about what a cheating dirty pathetic scumbag he was. You know, DJ fingers?