Eleventh Hour Songs (the Rest of the Best 2006)

It (Almost) Slipped through the Cracks 2006 #7
A mp3 music series to be published over the month of January!

* Lesser known or under-appreciated songs from favorite artists
* Releases that most people missed because they were listening to top forty radio.
* Alternate, remix & live sets from '06 artists that cast the material in a new light.
(Hey, if I play something from 2005 that overlapped into 2006.... Give me a break please?)

Eleventh Hour by Russell Richards

Previous Posts in this Series:

From Denmark comes The Figurines . The band released its "Skeleton" album - a magnificent release; last year.I got to see the band play live in Boston during the spring tour. They appeared with Tapes N Tapes and Cold War Kids. It really doesn't get much better than that. Here is "Rivarly" - one of the best tracks from 2006. Enjoy.

The Figurines Web

Heaven and Earth! Indie Bloggers are fickle creatures - this much is certain. By year's end most had forgotten about the incredible album from Detroit natives The White Stripes . "Get Behind Me Satan" is a superb album. This is my "My Doorbell" - it's an instant classic from 2006.

The White Stripes Web

You do know about New York musicians, Bishop Allen, right? The reason I ask is the band put out 11-12 EP albums this year. (To be honest I am still catching up on the year end ones, so my totals may be off.) The incredibly talented BA did something incredible this year. They toured constantly and released a new series of songs about once every 30 days. The growth and transitional evolution of their music is amazing. In 2006 they added piano, but what they really did was undertake one of the most ambitious music projects ever! Very, very big thumbs up for Bishop Allen and two songs: Here is their live take on the Talking Heads song, "Psycho Killer" and my absolute favorite BA song: "The Monitor".

Bishop Allen Web

Storming indie sub-culture is the next band. It's Australia's Architecture in Helsinki who I saw play an absolutely wonderful show bill this year with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah this year. There really isn't too much more I can say that to direct to that review. This band is one of the most impressive live shows I have ever been to. It's like the Blue Man Group minus the blue, of course. Here is the sweet song, "Maybe you Can Owe Me".

Show Review is here.

Architecture in Helsinki Web

The next biggest band in the world is... (I can't really say, but I wouldn't be the least bit shocked in any way if it wasn't the Leicester, UK's) Kasabian . Already subject to a multi-national following of indie-rock followers, the band's talent continues to grow. Kasabian are Tom Meighan, Sergio Pizzorno, Chris Edwards and Ian Matthews. The lads take the sounds of a band like the Kings of Leon and kicked it up a notch. I let you folks now about a secret show in Providence and dropped some tracks on you last year. Look for more and better from this band in 2007. Why let a good thing end? Here is the title track "Empire" off their album released last year. You need to get this one. Cheers.

Kasabian Web


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