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12/31/2006:"The Obligatory List of 2006 Lists"

I searched for a word that means "fear of lists" but they didn't have one. Maybe they they have a fear of words that mean fear of lists? What is it with this year-end listing compulsion anyway? It's all so recursive and Ouroborosian. It should also be noted that the compulsion to list things is actually a key symptom of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. What does this say about the American psyche? Ah, who cares....on with the listing!

For the ultimate list of 2006 lists, just visit At last count they had over 400.

For me, there are a few events from 2006 that I'll probably always remember:

Dick Cheney's (Man)Hunting Accident
William Shatner Selling His Kidney Stone
Mel Gibson Immortalizing the Phrase "Sugar Tits"
Stephen Colbert Skewering Bush (Google Video) at the White House Correspondents Dinner

And a favorite list:

The Pitchfork Media Top 50 Albums of 2006. To tell you the truth, I don't even like their site, but this list helped me zero in on about a dozen artists I'd never heard of or hadn't listened to yet that pretty quickly became some of my favorite new listening material, including (these Amazon links should all have audio samples):

Peter Bjorn And John - Writer's Block

Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass

Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That

Hot Chip - The Warning

Beach House - Beach House

Fujiya & Miyagi - Transparent Things

The Knife - Silent Shout

I may offer up reviews on these later, but for now I'm too busy enjoying them!