Ten Hot Discs of 2006:
1. The Format - Dog Problems
2. Taking Back Sunday - Louder Now
3. The Early November - The Mother, The Mechanic, and The Path
4. Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
5. Saves the Day - Sound the Alarm
6. Be Your Own Pet - Self-titled
7. Mates of State - Bring it Back
8. Bic Runga - Birds (UK)
9. Gatsby's American Dream - Self-titled
10. The Hush Sound - Like Vines
Some Neato Runners-Up:
Dasboard Confessional - Dusk and Summer
Forgive Durden - Wonderland
Moneen - The Red Tree
The Pipettes - We Are the Pipettes (UK)
We Are Scientists - With Love and Squalor
HEY! IT'S ONLY AUGUST!
Fuck, I know. Back off! I should've done a half-year list, but didn't because I wasn't ready to make decisions. But this is where I'm at now, on August 22nd. This could change tomorrow. Muse could go back to three (I'm too amped on EarlyNov right now). Be Your Own Pet could fall further (mm, short-lived fun). Check back in January!
How about that Brand New?
Yeah, really. Interscope has "penciled in" October 10th according to the almighty Jason Tate. Based on the demos, the live songs, the rumors, the hunches... this could actually live up to the hype. And holy shit, what if it does? Album of the year? The last three years? The decade? I have a tough decision to make, naturally -- do I download this when it leaks? It really depends on how early it leaks. If it's several weeks, I don't see a choice in the matter. I'll just have jackass friends going "HOLY SHIT IT'S AMAZING" or "MEH," either of which would send me into a tailspin. But if it's a few days, maybe I can wait. Probably not.
Anything else, jackass?
Actually, yeah. I am in love with that new Killers track, so I am way psyched to hear the new record. The new Decemberists record sounds pretty great, too. But I definitely am interested in the forthcoming records from (in order of potential release): John Mayer, This Providence, Justin Timberlake, New Found Glory, Spitalfield, The Blood Brothers, Cobra Starship, Sparta, Bright Eyes, My Chemical Romance, Incubus, and Copeland. And certainly, there will be surprises along the way (The Pipettes, anyone? Amazing!), so that's just the list of what I know about.
It really comes down to this:
Brand New = Amazing; 2006 = Amazing
Brand New = Fine; 2006 = Okay
Brand New = Junk; 2006 = ARRGGHHHH