Given the date, I thought it appropriate to provide my three musical recommendations from 2006. Be clear that this is not a “Best of the Year” list mainly because (A) I don’t listen to near enough music anymore to make such a judgment, and (B) my musical interests are, like everyone else’s, fairly limited. So, why do such a list? First, because I don’t know how many years we have left in which artists will produce “albums” or full CDs in the traditional sense. Indeed, even though I love the concept of a full CD, I mostly put my CDs on the IPod and keep it on shuffle. However, given that I am a middle ager who grew up on vinyl, I want to take advantage of making such a list while I can. Second, because it’s fun to talk about music, especially that music which makes one groove. Third, because I’m trying to help Janet (and the rest of us) by adding XARK content that will eventually push Santa in panties off the page.
OK, so from what perspective are these CDs being judged? From that of a 43 year old guy who had vast punk/alt music enthusiasm as a young man and who now buys only 2-3 CDs a month. What do I buy now? Honestly, I’m still buying up multiple reissues from my youth (e.g., this month, I bought two of the Queen reissues), traditional jazz (both old and new) and contemporary music, but only when enough “mystical” elements lead me to do so (e.g., early this year, I had two friends on the same day mention the Raconteurs; then, a few weeks later when I was house shopping with my Bonnie, we actually ran into Jack White and Brendan Benson, who were looking at buying one of the houses we were interested in. At that point, I felt I was being told to buy their record). So, with those considerations, my top three CDs (in no meaningful order) with a 2006 trademark: