Best of 2006

First off, a couple of notes:

  1. There were, as in any year, many, many albums released in 2006. Some may read this and say "Where's _____? That's an awesome album!" But I have criteria. For instance, the band generally has to be something that I regularly listen to. That's why you won't find metal, hardcore, country, rap or folk on here. Also, the band generally has to not be overly well-known. The purpose here is to call people's attention to excellent bands who they would otherwise probably never hear.
  2. That being said, if you feel like I'm missing one, certainly let me know and I'll listen to it. I'm always looking for new music, and people around me are usually my best source for finding new bands.
  3. I'm not trying to say that this is definitive: it's just what I think. I'd encourage everybody to form a list like this. It makes you really look back at the year and maybe point out some stuff that you missed. It also makes you realize that the year wasn't quite as dry as you had thought. This year was especially like that. I thought that I would have a hard time coming up with just ten, but actually ended up cutting off a couple and having to make decisions toward them.
  4. It's not a coincidence that there are three bands on here originally from the Pacific Northwest. That region has some of the best music emerging right now and it honestly makes me jealous and almost want to move there. Right now, Seattle and Portland are both giving Austin heavy competition for the country's definitive music nexus.
  5. These are actually in a ranking order.

The List

Others (so you know that I didn't forget them):

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