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Best of 2006: Meg's picksMeg's picks (2006)
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Meg Reinecker is a news editor and reviewer here at Punknews.org -ed

Introduction

2006 brings me my first year-end list as a news editor here at the Org. I've gone from being Sally_Field: semi-hated staff reviewer to just plain 'ole Meg: maybe still-semi hated and the only editorial source of estrogen on Punknews. Despite any flack I've received, these past six months as an editor have been a great experience for me and it's still a privilege to work with such awesome dudes and bring you all the news you need and don't need to know. Thanks for making it memorable, Punknews.

Okay, back on track. While I don't completely disagree with my list from last year, if I had the opportunity I would definitely re-do it. I made my list carefully this year in hopes I won't regret my choices a year from now.

Top 10 Albums
10. Crime in Stereo - The Troubled Stateside
Nitro
With lyrical content describing the struggles of humanity, it would have been easy for The Troubled Stateside to be a depressing album. However, with the even more melodic than before sound, Crime in Stereo manage to avoid the morose feel and create an uplifting album.
9. Owen - At Home with Owen
Polyvinyl
At Home With doesn't seem as consistent as I Do Percieve, yet Mike Kinsella's charming voice and thoughtful lyrics continue to make his releases listenable and loveable.
8. Outbreak - Failure
Bridge Nine
Although the music isn't as blatantly hate-fueled and vulgar as in my favorite Outbreak release (You Make Us Sick), the band's still making fast, solid hardcore.
7. Sinking Ships - Disconnecting
Revelation
Highlights here include the catchiness of "Auburn," the unexpected guest vocals from Scott from Shook Ones in "The Next Time I Go," and the Modern Life Is War - "By The Sea" of "Wait," but together, Disconnecting is an exceptionally well put-together, cohesive unit of heavy, yet still melodic hardcore.
6. Ceremony - Violence, Violence
Malfunction
I don't care what mood I come into listening to this album with, it leaves me feeling furious...in a good way. This album offers a little over 20 minutes of pure, blistering rage and despite it not being an album of completely new material, the new tracks could stand alone in making Violence, Violence intense.
5. Brand New - The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Interscope
I didn't have huge expectations for Brand New, because while I've enjoyed both of their previous albums at their respective times of release, they never really made a huge mark with me. This album changed that.
4. This Is Hell - Sundowning
Trustkill
In 2006, This is Hell easily became one of my favourite hardcore acts, both live and recorded and Sundowning is a major part of why.
3. Set Your Goals - Mutiny!
Eulogy
I'm not sure there's anything to be said about Set Your Goals that I haven't already, but this album manages to be insanely fun and passionate, while remaining relatively serious at the same time.
2. Saves the Day - Sound the Alarm
Vagrant
This album reminded me of why I love Saves the Day, especially with the melodic and aggressive "The End."
1. Have Heart - The Things We Carry
Bridge Nine
Despite not immediately clicking with me, The Things We Carry ended up being my favorite and most listened to album of 2006. Through every listen I've learned to appreciate every aspect of this album on a different level.
Honourable Mentions

Rocky Votolato - Makers, the Hope Conspiracy - Death Knows Your Name, Verse - From Anger and Rage, Cursive - Happy Hollow, Good Clean Fun - From Christian Rock to a Hard Place, Folly - Resist Convenience, Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat, and Dead Hearts - Bitter Verses

Top 4 EPs
4. Death Is not Glamorous - Undercurrents
Dead and Gone
3. Shook Ones - Slaughter of the Insole
Revelation
2. Champion / Betrayed - Split
Rivalry
1. Saves the Day - Bug Sessions Volume One
self-released
Mixtape
    Side A
  1. Cursive - Opening the Hymnal/Babies
  2. Saves the Day - The End
  3. Set Your Goals - An Old Book Misread
  4. Ceremony - Living Hell
  5. Brand New - Jesus Christ
  6. This is Hell - Permanence
  7. Another Breath - Catharsis (The Conclusion)
    Side B
  1. Sinking Ships - Wait
  2. Owen - Bad News
  3. Outbreak - Down Not Out
  4. Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins - Rise Up With Fists
  5. Crime in Stereo - Abre Los Ojos
  6. Shook Ones - So Grown Up
  7. Dead Hearts - Innocence
  8. Have Heart - Watch Me Rise

For 2007, I'm curious to see how new material from Comeback Kid and Shai Hulud will sound with the change in vocalists (though Shai Hulud certainly has adapted well previously). I'm also hoping the Postal Service really did begin writing new material this past June and will finally put out another full-length. Aside from those, hopefully the artists in my top 10 will release more outstanding material.

 

 
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Anonymous (January 8, 2007)

If I knew you I would say MEG just like Peter Griffin, nad your list is horrible only good CD was the Good Clean Fun one.

wallofyouth (January 8, 2007)

thanks for getting me into ceremony. just saw them on a whim last night and it was ridiculous. and that album is awesome.

jonodeath (January 4, 2007)

How is Outbreak and Sinking Ships?

I always hear the names but haven't listened to either band.

And good call on putting CIS on the list, that album ruled.

vocalyouth (January 3, 2007)

Since I know you personally, I'm posting my own top 10 in your comments, Meg.
1. mewithoutYou - Brother, Sister
2. The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America
3. Brand New - The Devil and God are Raging Inside of Me
4. The Bouncing Souls - The Gold Record
5. Endless Mike and the Beagle Club - The Husky Tenor
6. Set Your Goals - Mutiny!
7. The Lawrence Arms - Oh! Calcutta!
8. Page France - Hello, Dear Wind
9. Daggermouth - Stallone
10. A Global Threat - Where The Sun Never Sets

other hits in 06: NOFX - Wolves in Wolves Clothing, No Trigger - Canyoneer, Saves the Day - Sound The Alarm, Dead to Me - Cuban Ballerina, Converge - No Heroes, Hope Conspiracy - Death Knows Your Name

Anonymous (January 2, 2007)

You like hardcore but why no love for Ignite? That was the hardcore album of 2006..

feeeding5000 (January 2, 2007)

Aww, Meg! We all love you. Not in a creepy way, though. Well, okay, maybe in a slightly creepy way. But not significantly. So you live where in Ontario?

Anonymous (January 2, 2007)

Nofx and Strike Anywhere?

lol....

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

You're all on crack. The best albums were NOFX, Strike Anywhere, and The Street Dogs.

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

 

Verse > Have Fart

  

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

yesssssss

I was waiting for someone to give it up for Have Heart

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

any chick?

you suck man really

LeightonESmith (January 1, 2007)

score is for any chick that listens to music like this

backupdork (January 1, 2007)

hi, meg! aside from Sound The Alarm, your list sucks, but i know you're good people, so it's cool with me.

Anonymous (December 31, 2006)

this is awesome.

GlassPipeMurder (December 31, 2006)

this is satire.

Anonymous (December 31, 2006)

The new Saves the Day albums sucks so bad.

I still claim the only good album they've released is Stay What You Are

Archangel (December 31, 2006)

Good list.

i-type-poorly (December 31, 2006)

There is no such thing as girls on the internet.

AmericaRules (December 31, 2006)

Nope.

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