Marusin Compilation 2006

It’s 2006 (well, the end of the year I guess) and it’s time to put together the annual compilation (#6, but who’s counting!). I didn’t think it was a good year for music, but then I started going back to what I listened to throughout the year and I guess it was much better than I thought! That’s always the case, though. I say the same thing year after year.

Anyways, enough blabbing, on with the songs:

The Long Winters - Putting The Days To Bed01.) “Pushover” – The Long Winters

There is one reason why I discovered The Long Winters this past year: driving a long distance to go to a meeting. You see, I was driving way out to what I consider past the furthest western suburb I can think of. I got to a point where my radio stopped picking up the radio station out of Chicago that I was listening to. I decided to flip on the iPod and see what I had to listen to but nothing sounded interesting. I decided to peruse some of the the recent downloads that had come through the KEXP Live Performances podcast and happened to pick a recent set that was recorded with The Long Winters. From about 30 seconds in, I was hooked by John Roderick’s witty banter with John Richards. Who knew that I would discover not only my favorite album of the year, but my favorite new band as well? I cannot say enough good things about The Long Winters. If you want a copy of the podcast that clinched things for me, let me know.

Official Site: http://www.thelongwinters.com
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Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not02.) “The View From The Afternoon” – Arctic Monkeys

I’m a sucker for British bands and The Arctic Monkeys (for however much hype they “had”) have been one of my favorite bands to come out of England in some time. The whole album is well worth picking up. I usually put this album on when I’m about to embark on a walk across The Loop after getting off the train. I’ve noticed it allows me to pick up my pace when I’m late to getting somewhere.

Official Site: http://www.arcticmonkeys.com/
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Band of Horses - Everything All the Time03.) “The Funeral” – Band of Horses

I missed out seeing Band of Horses at Schuba’s this year and have really regretted it. I first heard them early this year and this album has been in continuous rotation since…

Official Site: http://www.bandofhorses.com/
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TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain04.) “Wolf Like Me” – TV On The Radio

I’ve been a fan of TV on the Radio for a couple years now. I think the one guy in the band with the huge afro has the best hair in the music business. This whole album is pretty kick-ass, but “Wolf Like Me” is my favorite.

Official Site: http://www.tvontheradio.com/
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Mice Parade - Bem-Vinda Vontade05.) “Steady As She Goes” – Mice Parade

I picked up this Mice Parade album for one reason, I was looking for something new to listen to. I remember distinctly that I was working from home on September 8th and was reading my usual RSS Feeds and discovered this post by Hugh MacLeod. I guess Hugh just doesn’t market wine and tailored suits? :) This is a fantastic chill album. Highly recommended.

Wikipedia Entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mice_Parade
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The Decemberists - The Crane Wife06.) “O Valencia!” – The Decemberists

The Decemberists are a perrenial favorite at the Marusin household and this year’s album continues to impress. I know you’ve heard “O Valencia!” on the radio a zillion times (who listens to the radio anymore, though?), but it doesn’t make it a bad song.

Official Site: http://www.decemberists.com/

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Paul Curreri - Are You Going To Paul Curreri
07.) “Maria” – Paul Curreri

I discovered Paul Curreri while watching the man perform live in my friend, Rick’s basement. This was easily the most intimate and interesting concert I’ve ever been to. I cannot recommend Paul Curreri enough and if you ever get the chance to see him perform, without a doubt go. I cannot wait for the time when he makes it big and I can brag about where I saw him play… :)

Official Site: http://www.paulcurreri.com/
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Ray LaMontagne - ???08.) “Crazy” – Ray Lamontagne

Yes, “Crazy” was this years “Hey Ya” or “Gold Digger”. The version included is a bit different than the one that was crammed down your throats all year. I originally found this version of the song at Stereogum.com (the link has since been removed)…

Photo courtesy of Flickr user, tammylo

Official Site: http://www.raylamontagne.com/

The Replacements - Don't You Know Who I Think I Was? - The Best of The Replacements09.) “Message To The Boys” – The Replacements

It’s amazing to be able to include The Replacements in a compilation. This isn’t their greatest song by any means. I just couldn’t pass on the opportunity to include them. A small piece of my heart resides in Minneapolis.

Wikipedia Entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Replacements
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Catfish Haven - Please Come Back [EP]10.) “Please Come Back” – Catfish Haven

Here’s a local band (to Chicago) that I first heard about last year. If I’m not mistaken, this song was available as a free download from the iTunes Music Store and that really got them some cheap/free exposure. I still haven’t seen them but really need to. I love the gruffiness/lowfi sound of this track.

Official Site: http://www.catfishhaven.com/
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Built To Spill - You In Reverse11.) “Conventional Wisdom” – Built To Spill

In my opinion, BTS is the comeback kid of the year. I have listened to them forever and this whole album is full of some amazing tracks by the band. I would love to be able to replicate the guitar sound in “Conventional Wisdom”.

Official Site: http://www.builttospill.com/
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Track a Tiger - Woke Up Early the Day I Died12.) “Glad To Be Scattered” – Track a Tiger

Another Chicago band that I have never seen. I have no clue where I first hear of the band, but I do know I got hooked by the free downloads that they offer on their website. This pushed me to purchase the whole album and as with all of the other songs included on the compilation, it’s been in constant rotation (actually, I don’t think it has left “slot 2″ on the cd changer in my car ~ is that a sign of something good or laziness on my part?).

Official Site: http://www.trackatiger.com/
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Golden Smog - Another Fine Day13.) “Listen Joe” – Golden Smog

One of my musical highlights this year was seeing Golden Smog at The Vic Theatre in Chicago. It was a perfectly sized crowd that filled the venue. No one was pushing and while it was crowded, there was enough room to maneuver around. I was up on the front rail with my friend Mark and we got to witness this Minneapolis supergroup (there’s that Minn. thing again!). With the show taking place in Chicago, there were rumors of Mr. Tweedy sitting in with the band and indeed he showed up. Fantastic show, but the highlight was the version of “Listen Joe” that Gary Louris (of The Jayhawks) and Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco ~ in case you didn’t know) did together during the encore. If I had a better recording of the show, this would have replaced the studio version.

Official Site: http://www.goldensmog.com/
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Loose Fur - Born Again In The USA
14.) “Hey Chicken” – Loose Fur

Ok, so I’m kinda breaking my own un-written rule of the same performer on multiple tracks. If it wasn’t for me telling you that Jeff Tweedy was singing on “Listen Joe” you never would have known. With that said, here’s another one of Tweedy’s side projects. :)

Official Site: http://www.dragcity.com/bands/loosefur.html
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Benevento / Russo Duo - Play Pause Stop15.) “Soba” – Benevento / Russo Duo

I didn’t get out to many concerts this past year, but did get the chance to see Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon perform with “The Duo”. I had never really heard the Benevento / Russo Duo before the show but was hooked immediately after their opening set. They closed the set with “Soba” and really got the crowd going. I absolutely LOVE the end of this song…

Official Site: http://www.beneventorussoduo.com/
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Yoshida Brothers - Yoshida Brothers II16.) “Kodo (Inside the Sun Remix)” – Yoshida Brothers

I (re-)fell in love with Nintendo again in 2006. If you read my site at all, I know you’re sick of me talking on and on about my Wii and DS. Sorry about that. This is the song from the Wii commercials that have been on the television for the last month or so. Our daughter Maggie loves this song so much that she threw up on Christmas Eve after bouncing around and dancing to this song. How could I not include it on this year’s compilation. :)

Official Site: http://www.yoshidabrothers.com/
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Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood17.) “Star Witness” – Neko Case

I love Neko Case’s voice. Straight up. This song is just awesome. A little bit of her twang, a little bit of her sultriness. I can’t go any further without taking a cold shower. :)

Official Site: http://www.nekocase.com/
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Sufjan Stevens - Songs For Christmas18.) “Sister Winter” – Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens is a perennial favorite on the Marusin Compilation. Over the course of the past several years, he has put out EPs of various Christmas/Holiday songs. They were always in limited supply and the majority of us had to resort to skimming the internet trying to find copies of them. Sufjan got smart and decided to package them all together (along with a brand new disc) and release them to the mass-market. “Sister Winter” is on the “new disc” included in the package and I thought that it was a perfect song to close out this year’s compilation.

Official Site: http://www.sufjan.com
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3 Responses to “Marusin Compilation 2006”

  1. Honold Says:

    Thanks for the compilation….can’t wait to hear the tunes you have selected. Love the comment about Maggie on x-mas eve…gotta love the little ones!!!

  2. marusin.com » Blog Archive » Am I a Rock Critic in Training? Says:

    [...] Listening to the last episode of Sound Opinions for 2006 (via their podcast), both Dero and Kot’s 2006 “End of the Year” Mix Tapes look eerily similar to the Marusin Compilation 2006. [...]

  3. daytrotter Says:

    Track A Tiger’s Daytrotter Session goes online in a couple of hours. It’s a four song set of goodness, with one previously unreleased tune. http://www.daytrotter.com/daytrotterSessions/438/free-songs-track-a-tiger (The link will be live at about 1:00 am, central time.)