2006 Musical Memories

Four years ago I did a fancy compilation of my favourite purchases of the year (2002). I gave it to loads of friends and it still reminds me of what went on in that year (isn’t it amazing how music can do that – a bit like weird smells, really). Every new year since then I have meant to, and failed, to repeat this effort. This year, however, my mate Richard organised a big party to swap compilations with other like minded anoraks and “discuss” our selections over a pint and a curry. I’ve just finished mine, and also managed to rope Katie into doing one too. Here are my 12 choices:

Mountains – Sparklehorse
Smoke & Mirrors – RJD2
No Exit – Interpol
Vigo Boy – Minotaur Shock
It’5! – Architecture In Helsinki
Bloodbook On The Half Shell – Danielson
Chinese Children – Devendra Banhart
Mardy Bum – Arctic Monkeys
Off The Record – My Morning Jacket
First Day Of My Life – Bright Eyes
Karen – The National
I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers

And Katie’s:

What A Wonderful Man – My Morning Jacket
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power) – The Flaming Lips
Harmonise – Herbert
Mi Confesion – Gotan Project
This Is Not A Love Song – Nouvelle Vague
Líð ég um – Hjalmar
Sparring Partner – Paolo Conte
You Are My Sister – Antony and the Johnsons
He Lays In The Reins – Iron And Wine / Calexico
We Are Nowhere And It’s Now – Bright Eyes
Lived In Bars – Cat Power
Staralfur – Sigur Ros