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

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

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 fourth batch of picks:

Steven Cantor, co-director of loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies and the upcoming James Blunt: Return to Kosovo

1. Cat Power, The Greatest
(“The film business is stressful and Chan Marshall’s voice is a lullaby. I play it at night. A lot. And all her other albums too.”)
2. TV on the Radio, Return to Cookie Mountain
(“It’s lush and expansive and they take some tough political and moral issues to boot. Plus give it up for the exploding NYC/Brooklyn indie music scene, which these guys are now spearheading.”)
3. Ali Farka Toure
(“If you haven’t yet discovered this West African gem of a musician, wait no longer. I would start with his eponymous first album, a masterpiece. Last year’s In The Heart of The Moon and this year’s Savan, are remarkable.”)
4. Gnarls Barkley, St. Elsewhere
(“Face it – it’s infectious and you like it too. I think you’re crazy. Just like me. Enough said.”)
5. (tie) Joanna Newsom, Ys and Regina Spektor, Begin to Hope
(“Both these singers are breathy and literate and inventive and my 3 year old daughters’ favorites so they are in heavy rotation on the ipod. Van Dyke Parks does some incredible things on both of Newsom’s albums.”)
(“Honorable mention – Ghostface Killah, Fishscale. As vital as any hip-hop album in years, and this from an artist in his late thirties.”)

Karina Longworth, editor, Netscape.com
(“I only have three because I went through this heavy Gershwin phase this year, and most of the stuff I listened to came out in, like, 1931…”)

1. Sonic Youth, Rather Ripped
(“Sonic Youth are probably my all-time favorite band, but like probably everyone else, I lost faith in their ability to put out a cohesive masterpiece somewhere in the late 90s. This record shut me up.”)
2. The Evens, Get Evens
(“Fugazi is functionally dead, so Ian MacKaye has been making records with Amy Farina. Pop records, with biting political critique delivered via boy-girl harmonies.”)
3. The Big Sleep, Son of the Tiger
(“This Brooklyn band can’t seem to decide if they want to make super-aggressive instrumentals, or lush, semi-shoegazey ballads. Whatever. Every song on this record is awesome.”)

Bob Odenkirk, co-creator/co-host of Mr. Show, director of Let’s Go To Prison

1. to 3. Arctic Monkeys
4. Cat Power, The Greatest
5. Bonnie Prince Billy, The Letting Go

(“All you assholes start to give the Arctic Monkeys their due. It’s not their fault the songs are catchy and therefore inspired a mass buying spree. The lyrics are poetry, dammit. Poetry about plain old shitty life as seen from the eyes of a raving young man. I can’t stop playing it. The Cat Power album is so much better than anything she’s done, it’s in another class. Somebody helped her. And Will Oldham topped himself with his most listenable album of sweet, painful, literate songing.”)

Dustin Smith, acquisitions, Roadside Attractions

1. The Hold Steady, Boys and Girls In America
(“No record this year made me more nostalgic for the days of sitting in the front seat of some beater in the Midwest with a 16-year-old girl, a six-pack of Beast and a bag of weed. Man, last weekend ruled.”)
2. Lily Allen, Alright, Still
(“OK, I must admit that I’d love to screw Lily six ways from Sussex . But I hear she’s havin’ a baby in like six months and she’s got herpes, no syphilis, no AIDS, AIDS. That’s it. She’s got AIDS.”)
3. The Thermals, The Body, the Blood, the Machine
(“A tortured, angry howl against the theocratic, Orwellian police state under which we currently find ourselves. If the Democrats could only muster one-tenth of the intelligent, combative accessibility of this record, we might not all vote for them with our noses held. And oh yeah, it fucking rocks.”)
4. Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat
(“Being the only straight male in indieland not attracted to Jenny Lewis (hell, Blake is sexier), I am free to fully appreciate this beautiful, haunting record on its own merits. And has there ever been a more emo song than ‘Handle With Care?’ How did I not see it before?”)
5. Paul Westerberg, Open Season/Message to the Boys
(“Some say that doing the soundtrack for a CGI critter cartoon and recording Replacements’ “reunion” songs for a greatest-hits package is tarnishing the ‘Mats’ legacy. I say shut up.”)

David Wingo, composer for George Washington, All the Real Girls, Undertow, and the upcoming Snow Angels.

1. Midlake, The Trials of Van Occupanther
2. El Perro Del Mar, El Perro Del Mar
3. Sunset Rubdown, Shut Up I am Dreaming
4. Band of Horses, Everything All the Time
5. M. Ward, Post-War

Stay tuned for many more!

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