Thursday, January 19, 2006

Albums You Should Buy in 2006

So, are you excited for a new year of great music? My appetite has already been whet by a few recent and forthcoming releases that I need to pick up...

Bearsuit - Team Ping Pong (Fantastic Plastic Records)

Bearsuit's first full-length release, Cat Spectacular, was a great accomplishment. But what you might not know is that it was in fact their second full-length album. Their first, In Charge of Meats, was never released because the label went belly-up shortly after the album was recorded. It took years of wrestling, but now Bearsuit finally has the opportunity to release much of that music as Team Ping Pong, including some of their very catchiest songs like "Hey Charlie Hey Chuck" and "Stop What You're Doing What You're Doing Is Wrong."

Film School - Film School (Beggars Banquet)

If you have the four-song EP Alwaysnever, then you know exactly why I'm looking forward to this release so much. If you don't, well here's "Activated" to get you started! Film School's music is lush and as cinematic as the name implies. Also of note, one of the band members has an excellent solo album as well, n.Lannon's Chemical Friends.

Lilys - Everything Wrong Is Imaginary (Manifesto Records)

The wait between 1999's Kinks-y The 3-Way and 2003's eclectic Precollection was a difficult one for me to endure, but this time I had at least a somewhat shorter waiting period as the new album is set for release in February. I have full confidence in Kurt Heasley's ability to churn out the catchiest of indie psyche-pop, so I'm sure it'll be worth the wait once again.

The Twin Atlas - Sun Township (Tappersize Records, available at

Okay, it came out in October of 2005... but if I haven't picked up their record yet, you probably haven't either. This is the Twin Altas's fifth full-length album since 2000, along with two rarities collections. Their prolific nature is impressive, especially considering the reliability and profiency of the tunes they crack out each time. If you haven't picked up on them yet, get cracking in 2006!


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