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

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

So, here we are, the final list of “Film Folks’ Five Favorite Albums for 2006.” It’s been interesting to see what albums have topped the lists of filmmakers and other industry insiders. If I were to tally the results (and I won’t), it would likely result in a list of frontrunners that include 2006 releases from: Arctic Monkeys, Band of Horses, The Beatles, Beck, Neko Case, Cat Power, Clipse, The Decemberists, Bob Dylan, Ghostface Killah, The Knife, Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins, Joanna Newsom, The Raconteurs, TV On the Radio, Scott Walker, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Yo La Tengo. That said, don’t be shocked if any or all of these artists find their way onto an indie-film soundtrack, or the bill at a film festival party.

I’d like to thank all of the “film folks” who participated in this last-minute idea for my blog. Hopefully, it offered some year-end enlightenment all around, and helped make some additions on everyone’s iTunes playlists. If anyone out there would like to include their best-albums list for 2006, feel free to post a comment below. So, without further ado, one last time: 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 11th batch of picks:

David Hudson, editor, GreenCine Daily
(“What, people still listen to ‘albums?’ My iPod’s crammed with samples and teasers carpet-bombed so severely throughout the RSS feeds, it’s tough enough just to keep up with the band names, much less go back for a decisive third or fourth listen: do I want 50 minutes more? So my album downloading tended towards the ‘event’ releases this year. A singles list would surely look very, very different indeed. But okay, albums:”)

1. Scritti Politti, White Bread Black Beer
(“It fell from the sky. One of the late 20th century’s most intriguing artistic entities issues an early 21st century statement just like that, out of blue. Endlessly explorable.”)
2. Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
(“Each year, you need an album that’ll make you get up and move around. This year, for me, this was the one.”)
3. Beck, The Information
(“iTunes does not lie. Last year’s Guero and the Boards of Canada remix of ‘Broken Drum’ guaranteed I’d be going for this one as a whole and, as the numbers have it, the ‘Think I’m in Love’ through ‘Soldier Jane’ coup is the stretch I’ve run most often this year.”)
4. Massive Attack, Collected
(“Every one of their releases has more stuff you don’t need than stuff you need, but I’m a completist when it comes to Massive Attack. ‘Small Time Shoot ’em Up’ alone will hold you over.”
5.(tie) Bob Dylan, Modern Times and Tom Waits, Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards
(“Two of America’s greatest musicologists were in some sort of general assessment mood this year. You just knew you’d have to go for the whole damn thing each time around and, however spotty that whole damn thing might be, it’s essential.”)

Jeff Israel, filmmaker, Back and Forth Films

1. The Knife, Silent Shout
2. Ellen Allien and Apparat, Orchestra of Bubbles
3. Lily Allen, Alright, Still
4. Cat Power, The Greatest
5. Au Revoir Simone, Verses of Comfort, Assurance and Salvation

Hiliary Kerby, sales/marketing rep, SXSW

1. The Black Keys, Magic Potion
(“I looooooove The Black Keys.”)
2. The Flaming Lips, At War with the Mystics
(“Great album, great tour.”)
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Show Your Bones
4. The Raconteurs, Broken Boy Soldiers
(“I used to a have a crush on Jack White until I heard he punched the Von Bondies guy in the face 7 times. I’m not a Von Bondies fan. I just thought it was a little excessive, but I can’t stay mad at Jack.”)
5. Hank Williams Jr., That’s How They Do It in Dixie: The Essential Collection
(“It’s probably not fair to put a greatest hits album in the top 5 pick, but the Ben Folds Five song, ‘Your Redneck Past,’ best explains my reasoning for this pick.”)

Seth Nagel, acquisitions consultant, Hart Sharp Video

1. The Elected, Sun, Sun, Sun
(“Loved this CD from part of Rilo Kiley.”)
2. Jack Johnson, Curious George soundtrack
(“I’ve listened to this more this year than any other album [having a kid will do that]. This is the perfect kids album that adults will love just as much.”)
3. Snow Patrol, Eyes Open
4. My Morning Jacket, Z
(“Yes it came out in late 2005 but it was so different from the last album that I did not fall in love with it until this year.”)
5. Goldspot, Tally of the Yes Men
(“Also released in 2005 but I did not discover it until this year. A really good alternative band.”)

John Pierson, co-president, Grainy Pictures

1. What It Is! Funky Soul & Rare Grooves boxed set (Disc 2)
2. What It Is! Funky Soul & Rare Grooves boxed set (Disc 1)
3. What It Is! Funky Soul & Rare Grooves boxed set (Disc 4)
4. What It Is! Funky Soul & Rare Grooves boxed set (Disc 3)
5. What It Is! Funky Soul & Rare Grooves boxed set (the booklet)
(“An exemplary Rhino package. Sure all 4 discs & booklet come in one box, but listing this jaw-dropping 1967-77 collection only once wouldn’t do it justice.”)

Thom Powers, documentary programmer, Toronto International Film Festival
(“For the sake of variety, I’ll highlight five documentary-related memories from the Toronto International Film Festival, as enshrined by 2006 releases:”)

1. The Dixie Chicks never sounded like a band for me. My mistake. Since the revelation of Barbara Kopple & Cecilia Peck’s Shut Up & Sing, my iPod has the new album Taking the Long Way in heavy rotation.
2. Among the biggest YouTube moments at TIFF 06 was the campfire sing-a-long with The Flaming Lips, who provided music for Bradley Beesley and Sarah Price’s Summercamp! The Lips’ latest album is At War with the Mystics.
3. Wyclef Jean gave a three-hour performance at a TIFF 06 party in support of Asger Leth’s haunting film about Haitian gang leaders Ghosts of Cite Soleil. Wyclef scored the film with Jerry Duplessis. That deserves an album of its own – along with Haitian rapper “2Pac” who’s at the center of the film. Meanwhile, we have Wyclef’s catchy collaboration with Claudette Ortiz, “Dance Like This.”
4. The Kronos Quartet contributed their eclectic skills to the score of Macky Alston’s The Killer Within at TIFF 06. This year, Kronos performed on the album Reich: Different Trains, Electric Counterpoint. Also see their 2005 collaboration with the legendary Bollywood playback singer Asha Bosle, You’ve Stolen My Heart.
5. Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man – the soundtrack to Lian Lunson’s film that premiered at TIFF 05. Note especially, Antony’s rendition of “If It Be Your Will.”

Mark Rabinowitz, blogger, The Rabbi Report

1. Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I Am Not
(“I concur with what Mr. Odenkirk wrote in an earlier post. Just because they’re popular doesn’t mean they aren’t great and just because the songs are written by a 20 year-old doesn’t make them any less brilliant. An XTC for the 21st century, Arctic Monkeys and Kaiser Chiefs are the modern chroniclers of every day English life. If Charles Bukowski were a twenty-year old from Sheffield, he’d be Alex Turner…that’s after he was Shane McGowan, of course!”)
2. Dirty Pretty Things, Waterloo to Anywhere
(“A rousing and rollicking punk classic for the new century.”)
3. The Decemberists, The Crane Wife
(“The closest thing to Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea since the latter’s release. Not a mean feat and a magnificent concept album in a time when those generally don’t exist. A major-label release with two 10-plus minute songs? Unheard of.”)
4. James Hunter, People Gonna Talk
(“My most recommended CD of the year. A mix of Sam Cooke and Van Morrison, The British Hunter is a true original and deserves to be heard Stateside.”)
5. Bruce Springsteen, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
(“I can’t be more enthusiastic about Springsteen and his devotion to traditional American music. As far as I’m concerned, anyone who brings “We Shall Overcome” into modern popular culture wins my support.”)
6. Various Artists, Shortbus soundtrack
(“A perfect collection of pop songs in the film translate easily to the soundtrack album. ‘Boys of Melody’ by The Hidden Cameras might be the most beautiful song I’ve heard in years and this soundtrack is the perfect launching pad for people to discover some bands they might not already know.”)

Jason Tobias, film production consultant, SXSW

1. Psapp, The Only Thing I Ever Wanted
2. Sean Lennon, Friendly Fire
3. The Blow, Paper Television
4. The Raconteurs, Broken Boy Soldiers
5. Ratatat, Classics

Lance Weiler, director of Head Trauma

1. Beck, The Information
2. Grizzly Bear, Yellow House
3. Britta & Dean, Sonic Souvenirs (2003)
4. The Raconteurs, Broken Boy Soldiers
5. Various Artists, Cursed – the HEAD TRAUMA movie project
(“It’s an alternate soundtrack that syncs to Head Trauma in the vien of Darkside of the Moon / Wizard of Oz.”)

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