Last year, I pointed out a few Best Indie Music of 2005 lists to help tie the year’s indie music scene into a neat little bow for you. Well, it’s time for the best indie music of 2006. (No, there’s no such thing, yes, it’s all relative, but who cares.) Here’s a random smathering of opinions:
- Metacritic’s Best Albums of 2006: Metacritic picks the best 30 albums of the year. I haven’t heard of many of them, which I like. Bob Dylan’s #1 (ok, it’s not really indie I suppose), which I’m a little hesitant about, but a few of my favorites like Yo La Tengo and The Decemberists made it, so all’s good.
- BestMusicPoll’s National Indie Acts of 2006: BestMusicPoll asked the fans what they thought…(but not me, the jerks). Arcade Fire, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Belle & Sebastian, make the list, among others. (Gorillaz won the general music category.)
- NPR’s Best CDs of 2006: The top ten albums as picked by NPR listeners. I’m a big fan of All Songs Considered, and fully trust the show’s listeners to pick a few goodies. The Decemberists are #1, awesome.
- Pitchfork’s Top 100 Tracks of 2006: It’s hard to go wrong with Pitchfork, right? #100 is "Southern Comfort" by Hyperdub, interesting. #1 is "My Love" by Justin Timberlake…egad. Hopefully everything in between is better — btw, mp3s are included with each listing, which is good. Bam, that’s another meg on the ol’ iPod.
- PopMatters’ 10 Best Indie-Pop Tracks of 2006: Ok, that’s a much more digestible list. I’ll admit, I am completely unfamiliar with all of what’s listed, and will have to do some digging…
- Modern Music’s Best Indie Rock of 2006: The top ten indie rock albums of 2006, according to a Blogger blogger.
- About.com’s Top 10 New Albums to Covet in Early 2007: A list of the potential best albums of next year.
So, there you have it. You no longer need to decide what music is best; several music editors have done that for you…with a little free will wiggle room, since opinions vary.
But seriously now — NAME YOUR TOP 5 BAND DISCOVERIES of the year below. Share so the rest of us can check out what you’ve discovered — I recently dove into 20 Minute Loop, The Russian Futurists, and Optimus Rhyme, for example…]]>