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

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

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 sixth batch of picks:

Malcolm Ingram, director of Small Town Gay Bar

1. The Killers, Sam’s Town
(“I tried not to like them. For serious!”)
2. The Hidden Cameras, Awoo
(“Phil Spector meets Morrissey. Do yourself a favor and also grab Mississauga Goddam and The Smell of Our Own.”)
3. Various Artists, Monkey Warfare soundtrack
(“The coolest swag at this years Toronto Film Fest was vinyl copies of the soundtrack to this urban revolutionary sweetheart of a flick. Sun Ra Arkestra, Weird War, and The Pink Mountaintops. Yes, please.”)
4. The Fembots, Small Town Murder Scene
(“Ok, so it came out a few years ago. But I just got into it this year…..and chances are y’all have never heard it. Top notch tunes by the greatest band….with the most ill fitting name. Whoever doesn’t like this CD is just plain being silly.”)
5. The Beatles, Love
(“Has no business being as good as it is. Then again…Its the fucking Beatles.”)

Stephen Kijak, co-director of Cinemania, and director of the upcoming Scott Walker: 30 Century Man

1. Scott Walker, The Drift
(“Having spent 4 years making a film about the man I was thrilled that his first album in over a decade was a minbogglingly audacious masterstroke.”)
2. Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
(“Country-noir siren returns with best work yet – one of the best lyricists around; strange, haunting, and my lord, that voice!”)
3. Richard Hawley, Cole’s Corner
(“Technically ’05, but got non-stop play this year: a classicist in the Roy Orbison/Johnny Cash tradition; timeless romantic melancholy.”)
4. The Knife, Silent Shout
(“Darkwave freaks from Sweden. Bird-masks, monkey costumes, cold and spooky electro made me want to party like it’s 1984.”)
5. Thom Yorke, The Eraser
(“Grumpy Thom goes glitch – minimal yet melodic, my fave headmusic for rainy days.”)

Joe Swanberg, director of LOL, and the upcoming Hannah Takes the Stairs
(“Through all of the craziness of 2006, I have found comfort and companionship from the same 5 albums, none of which are actually from this year. New music has seemed to pass me by entirely, and the only things I’ve been able to listen to all year are:”)

1. Of Montreal, Cherry Peel (1997)
(“Minutes can make memories that last a life time. I distort my minutes of beauty into something that they’re not.”)
2. Counting Crows, Across A Wire (Live) (1998)
(“We make a lifetime commitment to recovering the satellites, and all anybody really wants to know is…when are you gonna come down?”)
3. The Get Up Kids, Something To Write Home About (1999)
(“I think it’s really gonna happen this time. The calls are on the company dime.”)
4. DJ Danger Mouse, The Grey Album
(“Dudes ask what I do to protect this, shoot at you actors like movie directors.”)
5. The Mountain Goats, The Sunset Tree (2005)
(“I am gonna make it through this year if it kills me.”)

Jarren Wenderlein, my girlfriend (which makes her an honorary film person)

1. Justin Timberlake, FutureSex/LoveSounds
2. Damien Rice, 9
3. James Blunt, Back to Bedlam
4. The Game, Doctor’s Advocate
5. Nelly Furtado, Loose

(“I wanted to put the Fray or Beyonce, but I figured that would result in A LOT of disappointment. I think my animated movie list would have been more fun.”)

David Wilson, co-founder/programmer, True/False Film Festival
(“I don’t buy albums anymore really, so my list is of 5 songs that got the dance party started in ’06.”)

1. Funky Meters, “Hand Clappin’ Song”
(“You can find this all over the place, though I recommend getting the incredible Soul Jazz New Orleans Funk compilation. The Meters were the heart of the NO Funk scene and this song is completely irrestistible.”)
2. Justin Timberlake, “SexyBack”
(“Like many stone cold jams (cf ‘Toxic’ and ‘Hot in Herre’), I wasn’t sure about this the first few times I heard it. Elements seemed wrong or at least misplaced. But that was just my brain and my gut adapting to the new style. Obvious? Sure. Unfuckwithable? Completely.”)
3. The Sweet, “Wig Wam Bam”
(“I found this on the soundtrack to Breakfast on Pluto [Best Soundtrack of 2005/2006!] I had never knowingly listened to The Sweet before. This song shares with all great novelty songs a certain rock candy purity. Put it on. Cavities and foolish dance moves guaranteed to ensue.”)
4. Nostalgia 77, “Seven Nation Army”
(“Where did this come from? Who are these people. Here’s how good this White Stripes cover is — when I first heard it I was POSITIVE that this was, in fact, the original. It was clear that Jack White had unearthed this impossibly funky 70’s obscurity and made mad bank off of it. That this is, in fact, NOT the original somehow makes it even better.”)
5. Roger Miller, “My Uncle Used to Love Me but She Died”
(“Have you heard this song? Have you heard it 300 times? Welcome to the True/False office. Miller’s crazy croon reaches into the back of my brain and fucks with my dopamine levels. I’ve played this at Missouri dance clubs, a T/F New York loft party and on the community radio station in Telluride, Colorado this year. It kills.”)

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