Ah, the year-end list… What a cliché. Isn’t there a saying about year-end lists, assholes, and belly buttons? Yet we can’t resist, can we? Over the years, Glorious Noise has been pretty laid-back about our list. We don’t have any strict rules for inclusion. The basic gist is: what stuff blew your mind this year?
2006 was good to GLONO. We celebrated our fifth birthday in February, and 8 months later threw ourselves a birthday party, the Black and Orange Ball. An annual event perhaps? We’ll see…
We also launched a couple of subsidiary sites, POLJUNK and the Out Route, focusing on politics and sports, respectively. But not respectfully, ha ha. Look for more expansion of the Glorious Noise media empire in 2007. But shhh, it’s a secret.
On the record label front, we released Riviera’s sophomore album, Capital, and we’ve been hearing great things about it, especially from those fantastic folks in the Netherlands. Who knows why, but the Dutch love some Riviera. A tour of Holland next year, maybe? Let’s make it happen! Thanks a bunch to everybody who’s bought, downloaded or listened to stuff by Riviera and Quasar Wut-Wut. We sincerely appreciate your support.
And thanks to everybody who’s ever posted a comment to GLONO, either in the articles or on the message boards. This would’ve gotten old a long time ago if it wasn’t for the feedback we keep getting from the members of this community. And that’s how we see it: a community. So all you lurkers out there (and we know you’re out there!), come on and make a New Year’s resolution to post some comments. Why not? You’re no dumber than any of the rest of us!
One more thing: we’ve gotta give some love to all the new babies and the expectant parents out there. Everyone we know seems to either be pregnant or parenting a newborn. We’re raising the next generation of music lovers, and that’s a serious responsibility. Congratulations to everyone! And good luck to us all…
Jake and the GLONO Posse
PS – You can read our lists after the jump…
• Golden Smog at the Vic
• Tom Waits – Orphans
• The Mountain Goats – Get Lonely
• Johnny Cash – Personal File
• Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am…
• Natalie Portman – “No More Questions”
• Justin Timberlake – “SexyBack”
• Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy”
• Beyonce – “Ring the Alarm”
• Weird Al Yankovic – “White & Nerdy”
• Primal Scream – “Country Girl”
• Lily Allen – “LDN”
• Rihanna – “S.O.S.”
• Serengeti – “Dennehy” (mp3)
• The third release on Glorious Noise Records, Capital by Riviera
• The midterm elections
• Having a kid… Wow.
1. The birth of my boy, Donovan. Here’s to ya, kid!
2. GLONO site redesign – It was time to throw a new coat of paint on the old girl and so we figured we do some remodeling too. Top on my list – in addition to new kitchen cabinets – was a way to bring older content back to the top. On This Day ensures five years (and counting) of great writing from GLONO contributors past and present isn’t lost into the ether.
3. Carl and Pete – A couple great singles from Pete Doherty and a fine album from Carl Barat gave hope to Libertines fans that the duo would continue to put out great music and a whisp of forlorn that they no longer work together. An outstanding video piece on Carl’s Dirty Pretty Things helped launch yet another new GLONO feature.
4. The end of The OC coverage on GLONO – Our beloved Johnny Loftus is busy as the Music Editor for the Detroit Metro Times and so we bid adieu to his weekly coverage of everyone’s favorite teen drama. Next up: Tom M covers Friday Night Lights on the Out Route.
5. Guns N’ Roses Returns – Still no sign of the fabled Chinese Democracy, but Axl and co. made me eat (most) of my words with what has been a largely successful comeback tour. If Chinese Democracy is worth a shit, I’ll eat my hat.
6. YouTube – The emergence of YouTube has not only brought panty-clad girls dancing before webcams right into the homes of millions but it’s given a venue for long lost footage of some of the best rock and roll performances on tape. Top of the Pops may live no longer on the BBC, but it is alive and well (and free, for now) on YouTube. Thank God for developers with lots of time (and servers) on their hands.
7. The Sinatras: Then and Now – I finally got around to writing my love letter to the Sinatras. I’ve always had in mind and now they’re playing semi-regularly again. You’re welcome, world.
8. POLJUNK – Everyone’s political when it’s an election year. GLONO launched its own political mouthpiece this year and weighed in as the mid-terms loomed. I think we deserve a lot of credit for running the Republican majority out of town.
9. Riviera’s Capital released – Buy it. Seriously, do it now.
10. Fave Albums: Paper Airplane Pilots, Western Automatic Music; Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood; The Raconteurs, Broken Boy Soldiers, Camera Obscura, Let’s Get Out Of This Country; The Kooks, Inside In Inside Out; latecomer Holopaw, Quit +/or Fight.
Top Ten Things in the Bob Dylan Exhibit at the Morgan Library
• The first page of a high-school essay by Bob called “Was Steinbeck Sympathetic to His Characters?” Bob got a B, but his teacher wrote, “Your footnoting is wrong. Your bibliography too. Check the forms I passed out in class.”
• learning Bob Dylan was in the Latin Club
• seeing a picture of Echo Helstrom
• Woody Guthrie’s ancient, banged up guitar (a Martin)
• Letters from Joan Baez to her mother, breathlessly referring to Dylan as “you know who”
• The tambourine allegedly featured in “Mr. Tambourine Man” (it’s huge, and has an incredibly strong aura)
• A note from Dylan to the son of a family friend bluntly advising: “Don’t quit your day job.”
• The old broadsheets praising Dylan and then lambasting him
• Dylan’s copy of Woody Guthrie’s songbook with his underlining in it. Bob heavily underlined: “Sing in an everyday, conversational tone of voice” and “Don’t imitate anyone too closely”
• Dylan’s name advertised among others in a line-up, spelled “Bob Dillon”
Top 10 NYC Concert Stops of 2006
One: Wolfmother at Hammerstein Ballroom, November 3, 2006
Two: The Raconteurs at Roseland Ballroom, September 25, 2006
Three: Chris and Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes, Birds of a Feather, at Town Hall, April 15, 2006
Four: My Morning Jacket at Roseland Ballroom, November 30, 2006
Five: The Strokes at Hammerstein Ballroom, March 1, 2006
Six: The Flaming Lips at Hammerstein Ballroom, September 24, 2006
Seven:The Black Keys at The Nokia Theatre, November 3, 2006
Eight: The Allman Brothers Band, March Madness, at The Beacon Theatre, March 2006
Nine: Roger Waters: Dark Side of the Moon Tour at Madison Square Garden, September 5, 2006
Ten: Pearl Jam at Irving Plaza, May 5, 2006
1. Ghostface Killah, Fishscale – The first track alone is a film in miniature, the rest of the record knocks you the fuck out and then stands over you laughing. (review)
2. TV On The Radio, Return To Cookie Mountain – Dense, abstract, beautiful and completely unsettling. (review)
3. Lupe Fiasco, Food & Liquor – Robots + skateboards + zombies + effortless, delightful storytelling = mainstream hip-hop, are you listening? Because this is your future.
4. The Bound Stems, Appreciation Night – Former Chicago high school history teacher and his friends make a first full-length record that sounds like pure, loopy joy. Keep an eye on these kids.
5. Justin Timberlake, Futuresex/Lovesounds – Yes, I am a total sucker.
6. Snowden, Anti-Anti – Proving that formulaic isn’t a synonym for stale. Overlooked by everyone but nerdy bloggers, and that is a damn shame.
7. Regina Spektor, Begin To Hope – Gorgeous, smart and impossibly endearing, it’s not your average sensitive-chick-with-piano joint.
8. John Legend, Once Again – He just makes everything look so easy.
9. the Mountain Goats, Get Lonely – What and who are we when we get lonely? If we are John Darnielle, we make a record that will break your heart and haunt you for weeks.
10. Maritime, We, The Vehicles – This is Midwest pop from some veterans of the scene at its finest and darkest.
11. The Futureheads, News And Tributes – This might be the one band that Vagrant hasn’t ruined. Yet.
12. The Walkmen, A Hundred Miles Off – The Walkmen go Southern-fried and punchdrunk, and it’s bliss. (review)
13. Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings The Flood – A happy anachronism from one of the most lovely voices ever.
14. Twilight Singers, Powder Burns – Who knew Greg Dulli could make a record this excellent while completely sober?
Why 2006 Will Not Be Remembered As A Stellar Year
1. Dick Clark returns to the airwaves on Rocking Eve. For longer than he should have. Perhaps he should learn a few tricks from Keith Richards (see #6).
2. Barry Manilow gets advanced hip replacement work done. The man cannot be denied. He will continue to rock in a way that Rod Stewart can only dream of. Speaking of whom. . . .
3. Rod Stewart appears on “Dancing With the Stars.” His potbelly protrudes from a strained button on his shirt. Do ya think he’s sexy? Of course not. But apparently all of those desperate housewives who grew up listening to him do and he’s raking it in like never before.
4. Britney goes her own way and in a desperate attempt to regain some of the heat that she’d foregone when she wed, attempts to achieve a level of heat that she hadn’t had before. Perhaps sexier than Rod, but. . . .
5. Gwen Stefani puts out another disc with another lifting from another song from another realm. When the girl samples, she samples large. Does this portend a Julie Andrews comeback? No doubt.
6. The Rolling Stones continue to tour. Endlessly. Perhaps they really are vampires or other forms of the undead. (Face it: Richards didn’t fall out of a tree in Fiji. It was one of those trees featured in The Lord of the Rings, and it threw Richards from its trunk in a way that would have killed an Orc and a goblin and whatever else. But somehow, he survived. . . .)
7. With half the band dead, The Who continues to tour. See previous comment.
8. Beyonce appears on endless shows promoting albums, movies, etc. Often wearing clothes her mother designed, which just goes to prove that even an attractive woman in bad clothes can be, well, not particularly attractive. Perhaps a turn as a faux Diana Ross will turn things around and it will be hard to discern any clothes as a massive thicket of outsized hair will become the new look.
9. U2 releases U218 Singles. No one cares. Perhaps they should have followed up How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb with U238 Singles. More WMD power.
• M. Ward, “Post-War” (buy)
• Islands, “Return to the Sea” (buy)
• Annuals, “Be He Me” (buy)
• The Decemberists, “The Crane Wife” (buy)
• TV on the Radio, “Return to Cookie Mountain” (buy)
• The Hold Steady, “Boys and Girls in America” (buy)
• Asobi Seksu, “Citrus” (buy)
• Hot Chip, “The Warning” (buy)
• Cat Power, “The Greatest” (buy)
• Band of Horses, “Everything All the Time” (buy)
top things in 2006
• ghostface killah – fishscale. the best album of the year, hands down.
• grape stomp (i know i’m going to hell for making this my favorite youtube video of the year
• neko case – fox confessor brings the flood. i love neko, but could she actually show up for an f’n new pornographers show once? seriously.
• favorite concert: dj shadow at the vic
• clipse – hell hath no fury – 2nd biggest surprise of 2006 (see below).
• sonic youth – rather ripped. i want kim gordon. bad. watching her dance like a teenager at lollapalooza still makes me smile.
• the beatles – love. the sound of this album blew me away.
• the roots – game theory. not their best album, but it’s dope. also has the best single of the year – ‘in the music’
• flaming lips – at war with the mystics. another lips album that gets better with every listen.
• the democrats finally f’n won something. (biggest surprise of the year)
• top movie: brick. made me want to pick up my videocamera again. it came out in late 2005, but i didn’t see it till 2006.
• top tivo show: 24. jack bauer kills people dead.
2006 BAKER’S DOZEN
1.) CAT POWER – The Greatest
2.) T.V. ON THE RADIO – Return To Cookie Mountain
3.) MASTODON – Blood Mountain
4.) THE DECEMBERISTS – The Crane Wife
5.) DESTROYER – Destroyer’s Rubies
6.) THE ARCTIC MONKEYS – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
7.) TAPES ‘N TAPES – The Loon
8.) LOVE IS ALL – Nine Times The Same Song
9.) WHITE WHALE – WWI
10.) CLIPSE – Hell Hath No Fury
11.) YO LA TENGO – I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Be Your Ass
12.) BORIS – Pink
13.) SONIC YOUTH – Rather Ripped
• ROBYN HITCHCOCK – Ole Tarantula (review)
• THE RACONTEURS – Broken Boy Soldiers
• COMETS ON FIRE – Avatar
• BOB DYLAN – Modern Times
• M. WARD – Post War
• THE HOLD STEADY – Boys And Girls In America
• NEKO CASE – Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
• THE FLAMING LIPS – At War With The Mystics
• GHOSTFACE KILLAH – Fishscale
• LIARS – Drum’s Not Dead
• IRON MAIDEN – A Matter Of Life And Death (review)
• MISSION OF BURMA – The Obliterati
• MORRISSEY – Ringleader Of The Tormentors
TOP 5 SINGLES:
• GNARLS BARKLEY – “Crazy”
• THE SOUNDS – “Song With A Mission”
• JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – “SexyBack”
• CHRISTINA AGUILERA – “Ain’t No Other Man”
• PRINCE – “Black Sweat”
TOP FIVE REISSUES:
• VARIOUS ARTISTS – What It Is! Funky Soul & Rare Grooves
• VARIOUS ARTISTS – Tropicalia: A Brasilian Revolution In Sound
• THE CLASH – The Singles
• SEBADOH – III
• THE PRETENDERS – Pretenders
1. The Thermals – The Body, the Blood, the Machine
2. Silversun Pickups – Carnavas
3. TV On the Radio – Return to Cookie Mountain
4. Crime in Choir – Trumpery Metier
5. Slackers – Peculiar
6. Supersystem – A Million Microphones
7. Optimus Rhyme – School the Indie Rockers
8. Two Gallants – What the Toll Tells
9. Benjy Ferree – Leaving the Nest
10. Trainwreck Riders – Lonely Road Revival
1. Built to Spill – “Going Against My Mind”
2. The Thermals – “A Pillar of Salt”
3. Silversun Pickups – “Little Lover’s So Polite”
4. TV On the Radio – “I Was A Lover”
5. Teddybears – “Punkrocker”
6. Ratatat – “Wildcat”
7. Slackers – “Propaganda”
8. Supersystem – “The Lake”
9. Benjy Ferree – “In the Countryside”
10. Street to Nowhere – “Tipsy”
Best albums of 2006:
• Cat Power – The Greatest
• Bob Dylan – Modern Times
• Band of Horses – Everything All The Time
• Bonnie “Prince” Billy – The Letting Go
• Jon Langford – Gold Brick
• Calexico – Garden Ruins
• Flaming Lips – At War with the Mystics
• Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins – Rabbit Fur Coat
• Solomon Burke – Nashville
• Big Buildings – Water Everywhere
• Magnolia Electric Co. – Fading Trails
• Espers – II
• Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
• Frida Hyvonen – Until Death Comes
• Joanna Newsome – Ys
• Califone – Roots & Crowns
• TV On The Radio – Return to Cookie Mountain
• Yo La Tengo – I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass
• Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldiers
• Pearl Jam – Pearl Jam
• Loose Fur – Born Again in the USA
• Johnny Cash – American Music V
Other good things:
My nephew being born, friends having babies, sea change in American politics, camping/hiking in Wisconsin, Wilco/Califone at the Auditorium Theater – November 25th, schadenfreude over political scandals (Foley, Abramoff, “Macaca”, shotgun meets face), endless & senseless parade of videos on youtube.com, season 4 of “The Wire”, Chicago Politics (particularly the Foie Gras and Big Box ordinances that were used to set the ground for the mayoral elections in 2007), Hugo Chavez at the UN, coming across New Glarus Brewing Company, Penn Jillette on Free FM, “Metropolitan” finally released on DVD, “Even Dwarves Started Small” screened at the Music Box, Robert Altman getting the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement and then making his exit.
Did we miss anything? Let us know! And what are you excited/nervous about for 2007?