grammy schmammy...

Since I still have a few academy screeners to view before my best of movies list can best blogged, I first give you my picks for BEST ALBUMS OF 2006, in no particular order...

TV ON THE RADIO •• return to cookie mountain
I have a weakness for any band being compared to Talking Heads, and this band's second album is one of those that gets better the more you listen to it.

MUSE •• black holes and revelations
A great mix of what makes this band rock with the occasional trippy risk that pushes their sound further.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN •• the life pursuit
Sukie in the Graveyard makes me want to boogie.

Dark, fuzzy fantasy electronic pop fun from a one man band.

JAMES FIGURINE •• mistake mistake mistake mistake
Until the new Postal Service album, this will do just fine.

BABYSHAMBLES •• the blinding
Too short to be genius, but pretty near that.

Wit and brilliant music, with the deep sexy soulfull vocals only Jarvis could create.

THE DECEMBERISTS •• the crane wife
Don't call it a concept.

GNARLS BARKLEY •• st. elsewhere
Until the new Gorillaz album, this will do just fine. Great cover of Gone, Daddy, Gone.

KASABIAN •• empire
Even better than their first album, and much more diverse in sound. Also makes me boogie.

THE RACONTEURS •• broken boy soldiers
Responsible for fake bruised photos of people everywhere.

THOM YORKE •• the eraser
If you close your eyes and hold it up to your ear, you can hear Radiohead.