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

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

As the New Year beckons, we come closer to the last few lists from this year’s film folks. Once we’re all done with everyone else (probably just after January 1), I’ll post my own list…

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 seventh batch of picks:

Steve Anderson, director of Fuck

1. Bob Dylan, Modern Times
(“The best just gets better. Why no Grammy love?”)
2. Solomon Burke, Nashville
(“Let the big man show the country folk how it’s done.”)
3. Johnny Cash, American V: A Hundred Highways
(“Thanks for one more John.”)
4. Los Lobos, The Town and the City
(“Perfect LA soundtrack.”)
5. (“a tie for two perfect pairings”)
Eric Clapton/JJ Cale, The Road to Escodido & Mark Knopfler/Emmylou Harris, All The Roadrunning

Marie-Therese Guirgis, acquisitions/distribution consultant
(“In no order:”)

Cat Power, The Greatest
Bob Dylan, Modern Times
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Show Your Bones
Gnarls Barkley, St Elsewhere
TV on the Radio, Return to Cookie Mountain

(“I think it was a soft year for great albums. Even these 5, I don’t feel as crazy about as I did about new albums in recent years. I listened to much more old music than new, this year.”)

Eugene Hernandez, co-founder/editor-in-chief, indieWIRE
(“Five new albums from ’06 that seemed to really stick with me this year:”)

1. Various Artists, Shortbus soundtrack
2. Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I Am Not
3. Dangerous Muse, Give Me Danger EP
4. Erasure, Union Street
5. The Beatles, Love

(“However, since I always keep my iPOD on shuffle, I’ve enjoyed a number of individual tracks from various artists [sorry, some may not even be from ’06], including: The Decemberists, Brazilian Girls, Goldfrapp, Of Montreal, Imogen Heap, Lady Sovereign, Thom Yorke, Scissor Sisters, Nouvelle Vague, and Koop.”)

Gill Holland, executive producer of Sweet Land, and co-founder of sonaBLAST! Records

1. Kelley McRae, Never Be
(“Four stars in Paste magazine. Emmylou meets Patty Griffin. The song ‘Johnny Cash,’ will endure.”)
2. The Old Ceremony, Our One Mistake
(“Best band from Chapel Hill, since Ben Folds Five or Squirrel Nut Zippers, and worthy of following their footsteps.”)
3. Cat Power, The Greatest
(“We love Chan for years now…”)
4. Block, The Last Single Guy
(“NYC’s WFUV DJ and taste-maker Claudia Marshall at WFUV’s ‘top ten album of the year’ as well. The original anti-folk singer is back!”)
5. Konono No. 1, Congotronics
(“It is all about Ugandan thumb pianos and distortion.”)

(“And yes, while of course three of these are sonaBLAST! releases, I love them!!!!!!”)

A.J. Schnack, director of Kurt Cobain About A Son

1. Band of Horses, Everything All the Time
2. Belle & Sebastian, The Life Pursuit
3. The Decemberists, The Crane Wife
4. Silversun Pickups, Carnavas
5. Yo La Tengo, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
(“honorable mention: Dixie Chicks, Taking the Long Way. This may be based solely on Natalie Maines’ raw, impassioned performance of ‘Not Ready to Make Nice’ on the Letterman show last spring and Barbara Kopple & Cecilia Peck’s fine Shut Up & Sing.”)

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