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BREAKING: Ron Artest's "My World" Did Not Make Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2006

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Shocking, isn't it?

Artest didn't go through the year without some accolades, though:

  • Best Album By a Current Sacramento Kings Player, beating out Vitaly Potapenko's foray into folk-rap and Francisco Garcia duet album with Celine Dion.
  • Most Terrifying Appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly, beating out Osama bin Laden and Rosie O'Donnell.
  • Man of the Year, from the League of Opposition to Assh*le Argentines in American Professional Basketball.
Still missing an NBA title, but not a bad 2006 for Ron-Ron, all things considered.

As an aside, here are my top 5 musical releases of the year:

  1. The Most Serene Republic - Phages: Glorious glorious glorious - in a million ways glorious. This EP is very much the D'Antoni-era Phoenix Suns - frenetic, energetic, beautiful, excellent. A++.
  2. Mono - You Are There: A great album by one of my three favorite bands on the planet.
  3. Explosions in the Sky - The Rescue: This is probably my least favorite EITS release ever, and it's still in my top 5. And let's just say their new album (which comes out in January) is already my #1 of 2007.
  4. I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness - Fear Is On Our Side: I can't stop listening to this record. I really can't. I listen to it at least once a week...
  5. The Ascent of Everest - How Lonely Sits the City!: This band might use strings better than any other post-rock outfit still playing.
Honorable Mentions: Shearwater - Palo Santo; Joanna Newsom - Ys; Final Fantasy - He Poos Clouds; Mogwai - Mr. Beast; The Decemberists - The Crane Wife; Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit; several others I can't seem to remember.