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| December 29, 2006 | 2 Comments

THE BEST OF 2006

2006

Here’s our staff’s lists of the best the past year had to offer in albums, singles, concerts, and DVDs!

Top Albums

1. Phoenix It’s Never Been Like That (Astralwerks)
2. Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings The Flood (Anti)
3. Mates Of State Bring It Back (Barsuk)
4. Miles Davis The Cellar Door Sessions 1970 (Legacy)
5. The Decemberists The Crane Wife (Capitol)
6. TV On The Radio Return To Cookie Mountain (Interscope)
7. T.I. The King (Atlantic)
8. Vince Gill These Days (MCA)
9. Low Skies All The Love I Could Find (Flameshovel)
10. Rihanna A Girl Like Me (Def Jam)

Steve Forstneger

1. William Elliott Whitmore & Jenny Hoyston Hallways Of Always (Southern)
2. Mastodon Blood Mountain (Reprise/Relapse)
3. Scott H. Biram Graveyard Shift (Bloodshot)
4. Lamb Of God Sacrament (Epic)
5. William Elliott Whitmore Song Of The Blackbird (Southern)
6. Hank III Straight To Hell (Curb)
7. Bible Of The Devil The Diabolical Procession (Cruz Del Sur)
8. The Dresden Dolls Yes, Virginia (Roadrunner)
9. Scissor Sisters Ta-Dah! (Universal)
10. Strapping Young Lad The New Black (Century Media)

Trevor Fisher

Top Reissues

1. Johnny Cash Johnny Cash At San Quentin (Sony/Legacy)
2. Various Artists The Best Of Studio One Collection (Heartbeart)
3. Boston Boston (Sony)
4. Pete Townshend Empty Glass (Hip-O)
5. Muddy Waters King Of Chicago Blues (Proper UK)
6. The Clash Singles (Legacy)
7. Wire Pink Flag (Pink Flag)
8. Mott The Hoople Mott (Sony)
9. Brian Eno/David Byrne My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (Nonesuch)
10. Jesus And Mary Chain Psychocandy (Warner Bros/Rhino)

John Vernon

Top Songs

1. “Daniel,” Tortoise & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Drag City)
2. “The Devil You Know,” Todd Snider (New Door)
3. “Steady, As She Goes,” The Raconteurs (V2)
4. “My Amelia,” Slings & Arrows (self)
5. “Addicted,” Lloyd Banks (G Unit)
6. “There It Go! (The Whisper Song),” Juelz Santana (Def Jam)
7. “Born Secular,” Jenny Lewis With The Watson Twins (Team Love)
8. “Fergalicious,” Fergie (Interscope)
9. “Somethin’ Stupid,” DeVotchKa (Ace Fu)
10. “Crazy For Leaving,” Catfish Haven (Polyvinyl)

– Steve Forstneger

1. “Falling Slowly,” The Frames (Anti)
2. “Some Surprise,” Gary Lightbody/Lisa Hannigan (Oxfam)
3. “Trees,” Marty Casey & Lovehammers (Sony)
4. “Crazy,” Gnarls Barkley (Downtown)
5. “Girl In The War,” Josh Ritter (V2)
6. “Flame,” Bell X1 (Island)
7. “Saving Grace,” Tom Petty (American)
8. “Chasing Cars,” Snow Patrol (A&M)
9. “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’,” Scissor Sisters (Universal)
10. “9 Crimes,” Damien Rice (Heffa/Vector/Warner Bros.)

Janine Schaults

Top Concerts
1. Neko Case — Vic Theatre, March 31st
2. Rhymefest — Intonation Festival, June 25th
3. Against Me! — Metro, May 4th
4. Peeping Tom — Lollapalooza, August 5th
5. CocoRosie — The Hideout, September 10th
6. Drive-By Truckers — Vic Theatre, May 19th
7. Jon Langford — Opal Devine’s (Austin, Texas), March 18th
8. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club — Metro, February 8th
9. Dwight Yoakam — Park West, August 30th
10. Manu Chao — Lollapalooza, August 6th

— Steve Forstneger

1. Scott H. Biram/Slim Cessna’s Auto Club — Abbey Pub, July 21st
2. Lady Sovereign — Lollapalooza, August 4th
3. William Elliott Whitmore — Beat Kitchen, August 30th
4. Shooter Jennings — Joe’s, September 30th
5. Early Man/The Sword — Empty Bottle, March 4th

Trevor Fisher

1. Radiohead — Auditorium Theatre, June 20th
2. James Brown — House Of Blues, January 12th
3. Willie Nelson — Charter One Pavilion, August 20th
4. Muse — Aragon, July 27th
5. Common — House Of Blues, February 28th
6. Erasure — Park West, May 18th
7. Bonnie Raitt — Ravinia, June 23rd
8. Bruce Springsteen & The Seeger Sessions Band
— First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, June 13th
9. Morrissey — Aragon, November 21st
10. Duran Duran — Sears Centre, October 26th

— Andy Argyrakis

Top DVDs
1. Seven Samurai: The Criterion Collection
(Criterion)
2. Superman: Ultimate Collector’s Edition
(Warner Home Video)
3. Essential Art House – 50 Years Of Janus Films
(Image Entertainment)
4. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire: Two-Disc Special Edition
(Warner Home Video)
5. Double Indemnity: Legacy Series
(Universal Studios)

— Timothy Hiatt

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  1. George Drwiega says:

    Could you please redesign your site (www.illinoisentertainer.com) so it could be easier viewed on PDA’s?

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    Thanks,
    GJD

  2. Jill H says:

    Nice Slings & Arrows pick!

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