Top 90.3 Albums of 2006

I look forward each year to KEXP’s Top 90.3 Albums list, not only to see how my own favorites from the year fared (and, really, stack-ranking spectacular albums against each other has limited appeal. What does it mean to say that Fox Confessor Brings the Flood is better than Supernature? Each is a kick-ass album in its own way), but also to catch items that I may have missed. Yesterday I found the 2006 list on KEXP’s website and created a copy on Lists of Bests. So now you can use the List of Best version of the KEXP Top 90.3 Albums of 2006 to track your listening progress against some of the best music that was released in 2006.

I’ve actually done this with past Top 90.3 lists as well (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and (created by someone else) 2005), and it’s interesting that I always hover between 25 and 30% coverage on these lists.

I’m also creating a list in eMusic which tags albums I haven’t heard yet that are on the KEXP lists and available in eMusic. —Yes, I am a music geek.

Number 5 with a bullet

New post at the Boycott Sony blog, regarding Sony BMG’s position in PC World’s list of the 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time. I find interesting just how many “consumer” products are on this list—including such wonderful POSes as the CueCat, the Comet Cursor, the Lion King CD-ROM, and Microsoft BOB. The other theme, interestingly, is Apple products, with the Mac Portable and the Apple Pippin (the barely shipped Apple/Bandai game console) in the top 25 and the Newton, the Apple Puck Mouse that shipped with the original iMac, and the 20th Anniverary Mac in the (Dis)Honorable Mention category.