December 31, 2006
XO's 2006 Superlatives: What was HOT
XO in Warholian replicate. Weird to see me?
Favorite Group: The Pipettes tied with Pet Shop Boys
Favorite Female Solo Artist: 3-way tie! Amy Winehouse, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lily Allen
Favorite Male Solo Artist: none!
Singing Voice Of The Year: Luke of The Kooks (male) and Lily Allen (female)
Favorite New Artists: The Upper Room (RIP), Lily Allen, The Pipettes, Captain, The Kooks, Hard-Fi, Camera Obscura (new to me!).
Artists Whose Labels Made It Impossible On Their Fans: Alexis Strum, The Modern (aka Matinee Club) and The Upper Room, who were all dropped too soon.
Album Cover(s) Of The Year: see here
Favorite Video(s): see here
Producer: Mark Ronson (see here)
Mashups Of The Year: Madonna vs. Death Cab Hung Up On Soul , The Supremes vs. Ultra Nate Free Love Child, Madonna vs. Trammps Music Inferno
Top B-sides and Remixes Of The Year: see here
My most popular post this year? Probably this one from April '06, complete with old photo de moi and weird tidbits about me.
2006 Annual Kylie Minogue Leaks (eww!) Award: On The Up and So High As usual Kylie discards are better than most pop songs by other artits, God bless her.
Albums / Artists I Liked That Were Near Impossible to Buy: West End Girls, Bertine Zetlitz, Katie Ryan, anything good by Robyn, Linda Sundblad
Artists Who Deserved Better in 2006: The Upper Room, Jamelia, Lorraine, Delays, Pink
Good Rock Stars This Year: Lily Allen, Faris Badwan (of The Horrors), Johnny Borrell (of Razorlight)
Sexiest Stars Of Music: Charlotte Gainsbourg and Ola Salo
Fave Viral Video: There were many but this recent one is also educational. I love how he cals Cheyenne "Cheney"! I cannot do this, btw...
Most Overated: Justin Timberlake. Runner-ups: Timbaland, Stefy, BWO (sorry gang!), Nelly Furtado
Best Imitations: Jessica Simpson’s uberMadge-y A Public Affair, The Upper Room sounding like The Lilac Time, Kate Havnevik sounding like Bjork and Imogen Heap.
Artists Whose Good Records Sadly Made Little Impact In 2006: Richard Ashcroft, Shawn Colvin, Lloyd Cole, Kelis, Prince, Morrissey, Badly Drawn Boy, Frank, Scissor Sisters (for me anyway).
Guilty Pleasure: Jessica Simpson’s ubergay A Public Affair
Best Lyrics Of The Year: The Pipettes “Magician Man” (lyrics by?), “Addicted” by Amy Winehouse, and “The Operation” by Charlotte Gainsbourg (lyrics by Jarvis Cocker)
Best Song Title: Luke Haines’ Off My Rocker At The Art School Bop
Chill Music Of The Year: Skye Edward’s beautiful album Mind How You Go– so low key that no one listened to it., but it’s very good. I should note that Morcheeba fans didn't like it much.
Best Comeback(s): Pet Shop Boys – it practically makes me cry. Some of the best music of their career, not to mention a zillion PSB products!
Artist Who Transcends Pop: Pink. We all thought she might be ovah when her last album didn't do well, but I'm Not Dead was a fantastic genre-popping record with great melodies and "blistering" vocals. Pink is one MTV artist I think should be heard by everyone. She's spunky, beautiful and very talented. I think she's in it for the long haul...
Live Show Of The Year: Arena: Madonna (MSG, NYC) / Mid size: Pet Shop Boys (DC, DAR Hall) / Club: Neko Case (9:30 Club, DC)