Richard has published his annual round-up of the past year’s music available, as usual, on CD for anyone willing to reciprocate. It’s a great idea that always reminds me of Thurston Moore’s essay in Wired magazine on the subject of mix tapes:
Once again, we’re being told that home taping (in the form of ripping and burning) is killing music. But it’s not: It simply exists as a nod to the true love and ego involved in sharing music with friends and lovers. Trying to control music sharing — by shutting down P2P sites or MP3 blogs or BitTorrent or whatever other technology comes along — is like trying to control an affair of the heart. Nothing will stop it.
Inspired by my esteemed colleague’s example, I hereby present a short list of songs from some of my favourite albums of 2006. To say that I bought all these songs would be stretching the truth beyond its elastic limit.
- Forty Dollars from the album Powder Burns by The Twilight Singers
- Off The Hook from the album Cansei de Ser Sexy by CSS
- Britney’s Massive Hole by Divide and Kreate
- Map of the Problematique from the album Black Holes and Revelations by Muse.
- Way Out from the album Show Your Bones by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- Black Swan from the album The Eraser by Thom Yorke
- Honey Child What Can I Do? from the album Ballad of the Broken Seas by Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
- O Mary Don’t You Weep from the album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions by Bruce Springsteen