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Podcast #1: Best of 2006

I'm not really a big subscriber to the notion that some years are bad for new music. Maybe they can be disappointing in terms of what actually breaks through, but scratch the surface and there's always plenty of interesting material underneath, waiting patiently to be discovered. 2006 has been no different, and just because No Ripcord was ominously quiet for the first 9 months of the year, it doesn't mean we weren't paying attention.

This podcast is really just a very small sample of the music we enjoyed in 2006. For the full story I'm afraid you'll have to wait just a little bit longer for our Top 50 Albums list.

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1) Camera Obscura - "Let's Get Out of This Country"

Taken from the album "Let's Get Out of This Country" (Merge, 2006)

2) The Format - "The Compromise"

Taken from the album "Dog Problems" (The Vanity Label, 2006)

3) Cat Power - "The Greatest"

Taken from the album The Greatest" (Matador, 2006)

4) Destroyer - "European Oils"

Taken from the album "Destroyer's Rubies" (Merge, 2006)

5) Palm Springs - "Softly To Fallen"

Taken from the album "No Hurt Like A Broken Heart" (Random Acts Of Vinyl, 2006)

6) Sufjan Stevens - "The Henney Buggy Band"

Taken from the album "The Avalanche" (Asthmatic Kitty, 2006)

7) Califone - "A Chinese Actor"

Taken from the album "Roots and Crowns" (Thrill Jockey, 2006)

8) Mogwai - "Folk Death 95"

Taken from the album "Mr Beast" (PIAS, 2006)

9) Joanna Newsom - "Cosmia"

Taken from the album "Ys" (Drag City, 2006)

All tracks are podsafe i.e. freely available on the Internet or used with full permission.