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Film Folks’ Five Favorite Albums for 2006. Part Five.

Film Folks' Five Favorite Albums for 2006. Part Five.

There are so many end-of-the-year lists right now, and so many of the film sites and blogs (this one included) are covered with some sort of “Best Films” list. I decided, in the spirit of this blog, to invite various film industry people to offer their selections for “Best Albums of 2006.” So, every weekday until we’re done, I will post the lists from five different film folks. What were the albums of 2006 that kept spinning on film sets, in editing rooms, on planes bound for festivals, or in industry offices? Here’s the fifth batch of picks:

Tom Hall, programming director, Sarasota Film Festival

1. Serena Maneesh, Serena Maneesh
(“In my opinion, the best record of the year and the best live show I saw in 2006. Can’t stop listening to it all these months later.”)
2. Ladytron, Witching Hour
(“The comeback kids. What a leap forward this record is, and a GREAT live show as well. “)
3. The Knife, Silent Shout
(“Dark, moody and not at all what I expected. That’s a compliment!”)
4. Joanna Newsom, Ys
(“No one makes records like this. The first time I heard it, I looked around the room to see if anyone else was hearing what I was hearing. Absolutely amazing.”)
5. Camera Obscura, Let’s Get Out of This Country
(“The perfect pop record. Lush and dreamy.”)

Ingrid Kopp, producer, Shooting People

1. Hot Chip, The Warning
2. Bonnie Prince Billy, The Letting Go
3. Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
4. Beirut, Gulag Orkestar
5. Cat Power, The Greatest

Ron Mann, director of Imagine the Sound, Grass, and Tales of the Rat Fink
(“My Canadian top five:”)

1. Two Hours Traffic, Isolator
(“Saw them perform at the Atlantic Film Festival – they are from Prince Edward Island –
and became an instant fan.”)
2. Wailin’ Jennys, Firecracker
(“Another Canadian Band, out of Winnipeg that sends me. Listen to ‘Prairie Town’ and your heart will break.”)
3. Greg Keelor, Aphrodite Rose
(“Keelor (from Blue Rodeo’s ) solo effort is psychedelicized soul. In rotation on my IPOD.”)
4. Neil Young, Living With War
(“I saw Neil Young in Ohio this summer lead 30,000 people chant ‘Impeach Bush’ – Neil continues to inspire.”)
5. The Sadies, Tales of the Rat Fink soundtrack
(“Ok, a plug. Still, the Sadies are the best thing to come out of Canada. Get the vinyl LP.”)

Kyle Thorpe, pubicity and marketing, Focus Features

1. Brazilian Girls, Talk to La Bomb
(“The New York Darling’s second album is great eclectic fun. See them live if you have a chance.”)
2. The Sounds, Dying to Say This to You
(“Another sophomore effort, these young Swedes are a great throwback to new wave with amazing style to match. Another live must.”)
3. Goldfrapp, Supernature and We Are Glitter
(“Although most of these songs have been overly-licensed into recent commercials, the album Supernature is one of the most solid I’ve heard in a long time… and We Are Glitter, the companion album of remixes by DFA, Flaming Lips, Carl Craig, François K, etc., is a nice added treat.”)
4. Renee Fleming, Homage: The Age of the Diva
(“The most celebrated American soprano returns with her first opera recital since 2002. It is a collection of mostly rare turn-of-the-century arias that pay tribute to the very women for who these roles were written. This sublime collection is a must for any true classical music aficionado.”)
5. The Dixie Chicks, Taking the Long Way
(“Hands down, the best album of the year.”)

Michael Tully, director of Cocaine Angel and the upcoming Silver Jew

1. Midlake, The Trials of Van Occupanther
2. Ghostface Killah, Fishscale
3. Destroyer, Destroyer’s Rubies
4. Figurines, Skeleton
5. Clipse, Hell Hath No Fury

Stay tuned for many more!

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