KEXP’s Year in Review: Songs That Will Make Me Think of 2006 When I’m 86.

Photo courtesy of Clearlake

Hey… it’s Jo. I’m one of the fill in DJs here at KEXP. One of the hardest things for me is coming up with my Top 10 or Top 20 or Top whatever list at the end of each year. I have an ongoing envy of John and his lists that he keeps updated all the time. Every time I see those in his daily email I think, I really should do that. But, here we are, another year nearly over and once again I am swearing that will be one of my new years resolutions (again). Yay me, very impressive. But for me, a top album list is virtually impossible anyway because I hardly ever listen to anything the whole way through. I’m always midway through a song thinking, OH, that makes me want to hear ________. That’s sort of how my radio show works too. So instead of a top album list, here are the songs that in the future will remind me of 2006:

1. Silversun pickups – Lazy Eye
2. Michael Franti and Spearhead – One Step Closer to You
3. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Mercy (recorded live at the triple door)
4. NOFX – Seeing Double at the Triple Rock
5. Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins – Handle With Care
6. Mountain Goats – Woke Up New
7. Transmissionary Six – Pod Bay Doors
8. Ghostland Observatory – Piano Man
9. The Roots – Don’t Feel Right
10. Belle & Sebastian – Another Sunny Day
11. The Ettes – It Ain’t you
12. Thee Emergency – Girl, You Should Have Known
13. Gothic Archies – Walking My Gargoyle
14. The Gossip – Yr Mangled Heart
15. The Ettes – Begging
16. Mason Jennings – If You Ain’t Got Love
17. The Boy Least Likely To – I’m Glad I Hitched My Apple Wagon to Your Star
18. Two Gallants – Steady Rollin’
19. Band of Horses – The Funeral (MP3)
20. Clearlake – It’s Getting Light Outside

I’m not even 100% sure that all of these were 2006 (I didn’t check dates when I was making this list, I’m remembering the first time I fell in love with each of these songs), and since it’s still the end of November, there are probably still a few more that I’ll add before the year is up. Right now, I’m listening to the bright eyes rarities cd, noise floor, and I’m thinking a couple of these are going to end up on my favorites list by the end of the year. I have the biggest musical crush on Conor Oberst. So that’s the list. Happy Thanksgiving, happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever your pleasure is, happy new year, and thanks for listening and being a member of KEXP. we couldn’t do this without you.


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