the texas in africa year in review: music
Today begins the annual Texas in Africa year in review, based on this blog's topics. Today's topic: music.
As was the case in many other areas of life, spending nearly half the year overseas (and another 3 months away from Austin) left me a little out-of-the-loop when it came to music this year. Although I could download music in the Congo, it took up to a week to get an entire album, and that was if the internet connection and the electricity stayed on for three consecutive hours (read: didn't happen). It took just as long to download free MP3's off the music blogs. Add to that the fact that I missed a lot of tours (and saw no shows in Congo), and it's pretty clear that the following isn't nearly as conclusive as it would be in another year. That said, I did my best to make up for lost time this summer and fall. Without further ado:
Best Albums 0f 2006
- Dixie Chicks, Taking the Long Way
- Jenny Lews, Rabbit Fur Coat
- Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
- Calexico, Garden Ruin
- Centro-matic, Fort Recovery
- Rocky Votolato, Makers
- Golden Smog, Another Fine Day
- French Kicks, Two Thousand
- Loose Fur, Born Again the U.S.A.
- "Aicha," Cheb Khalad (this is the video featured above)
- "African Queen," 2Face Idibia
- "Tim McGraw," by Taylor Swift. This song is so awful I don't know where to start. Her lack of vocal talent? Tacky sentimentality? The fact that she actually wants to be remembered by the strains of a Tim McGraw song? Ugh.
- "A Good Man," by Danielle Peck. Although the CPP and I agree that it's remarkable that the chorus of one song could describe one individual so perfectly.
Worst Mainstream Country Songs I Couldn't Help but Like (and download):
- "Leave the Pieces," The Wreckers
- "Every Time I Hear Your Name," Keith Anderson
- Ryan Adams, Charlottesville Pavillion (Charlottesville, VA), July 23
- Sleater-Kinney farewell show, 9:30 Club (Washington, DC), August
- Calexico, Austin City Limits taping (Austin), September 13
- Cat Power and the Memphis Rhythm Band, Austin City Limits taping (Austin), September 18
- The Mountain Goats, The Parish (Austin), October 29
- Dixie Chicks, Tacoma Dome (Tacoma, Washington), November 11
- Wilco, Lollapalooza (Chicago), August 6
- Reverend Horton Heat, Lollapalooza (Chicago), August 6
- Oliver Mtukudzi and Black Spirits, Austin City Limits Festival (Austin), September 15
- Explosions in the Sky, Austin City Limits Festival (Austin), September 16
- Tapes 'n Tapes at The Basement (Nashville), June - I was so excited to get to see Tapes 'n Tapes, a Minneapolis-based indie rock band that got a lot of hype in the first half of the year for their album, The Loon. The show was a total disappointment, little more than derviative post-punk and drunk Vanderbilt frat boys.