Class of 2006
And this is also a good moment to update the blog radio, something I hadn't done in over a year. Gulp.
This wasn't the greatest year in rock music, but it sure was a tremendous 'live' year. I really had trouble whittling down all those great gigs to a 10-ish number (I only managed to get it down to 11. All Spinal Tap fans will agree that this is actually one better than 10!).
Head over to the forum to boast about your favourites.
Aereogramme - My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go
Japanese import. Official European release isn't until 2007. The 'gramme show a more poppy side on this album.
Daan - The Player
Eurotrash from one of Belgians biggest talents and greatest voices. On this album he examins the borders of good taste.
Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
'Crazy' probably was this years best single. I know it was a bit of a hype, but who cares, as long as the music's good. And it is.
Goose - Bring It On
Block rocking beats from a rockband.
Morrissey - Ringleader Of The Tormentors
Not his finest album, but hey: it's Morrissey!
My Morning Jacket - Okonokos
A superb double live album.
Serge Gainsbourg - Les 100 Plus Belles Chansons (box set)
Various Artists - Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited
Bow to the master. The box set includes the full 'Histoire De Melody Nelson'. I'm not speaking with you again, if you don't have that album.
Sophia - Technology Won't Save Us
You might have heard of this band before...
Tool - 10.000 Days
See Morrissey. Not their finest album, but hey: it's Tool!
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones
If 'Crazy' wasn't the single of the year, then YYY's 'Turn into' sure is. This album is a classic.
Honourable mentions for accomplishments in songwriting go to:
Badly Drawn Boy - Nothing's Gonna Change Your Mind
Balthazar - Lorraine
I Love Sarah - De Gokchinees
The Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control (original and Soulwax remix)
The Hickey Underworld - Mystery Bruise
Vito - Arrested By These Phenomena
And a kiss from the teacher for excellent live performances:
dEUS (Forest National)
My Morning Jacket (Pukkelpop)
Pearl Jam (Sportpaleis)
The Hickey Underworld (SOS cafe)
Tool (Forest National)
Ugly Papas (Petrol)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Pukkelpop)