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July 3, 2006

Largehearted 2006 Halftime Report

With the year half over, lists of favorite albums have started popping up. My lists have been in a state of flux for the past month, as I added and subtracted albums, EPs, and books almost daily. Books especially were hard to single out, especially as I read one amazing book after another for the "book notes" and "52 weeks" series.

All these lists consist of music and books already officially released this year, and the selections are presented alphabetically by artist and book title. It will be interesting to see what remains on my year-end lists in December, there is much more music to be released (and heard) in 2006, and many more books to read. Enjoy the free and legal music downloads listed after the music releases, and feel free to leave your own favorites in the comments.

Favorite Albums of 2006 (so far):

Let's Get Out of This Country

Camera Obscura: Let's Get Out of This Country
"I Need All the Friends I Can Get" [mp3]
"Let's get Out of This Country" [mp3]

Wind-up Canary

Casey Dienel: Wind-up Canary
"Doctor Monroe" [mp3]

Destroyer's Rubies

Destroyer: Destroyer's Rubies
"European Oils" [mp3]
"Painter in Your Pocket" [mp3]

Return to the Sea

Islands: Return to the Sea
"Rough Gem" [mp3]

Begin to Hope<

Regina Spektor: Begin to Hope

Cast Away the Clouds

Rose Melberg: Cast Away the Clouds
"The Time Has Come" [mp3]

Favorite EPs of 2006 (so far):

Fewer Moving Parts

David Bazan: Fewer Moving Parts

Babylon Springs

Mountain Goats: Babylon Springs

2005 Albums That I Love Even More In 2006:

Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene

Pixel Revolt

John Vanderslice: Pixel Revolt

Favorite Graphic Novels of 2006 (so far):

Fun Home

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, by Alison Bechdel

La Perdida

La Perdida, by Jessica Abel


Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, by Guy Delisle

Favorite Short Story Collections of 2006 (so far):

Come Together, Fall Apart

Come Together, Fall Apart, by Cristina Henriquez

Drowning in Gruel

Drowning in Gruel, by George Singleton

Instant Love

Instant Love, by Jamie Attenberg

Favorite Young Adult Novels of 2006 (so far):

King Dork

King Dork, by Frank Portman

Rose of No Man's Land

Rose of No Man's Land, by Michelle Tea

It's Kind of a Funny Story

It's Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini

see also:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)