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William Cremin Presents: “That’s What’s Up in 2006”

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William Cremin really loves Raisinets. Maybe he’ll marry them in 2007.

1. Midlake – The Trials of Van Occupanther
My year-end top ten is not based on what I think is the best as much
as it is a list of my personal favorite records. This one was the most
important to me by far. I really love the quaintness of the lyrics,
and the songwriting blows me away on every listen.

2. The Pipettes – We Are The Pipettes
This is one of those albums where it’s physically impossible to be
surly while in its presence. I found myself reaching for it in a
similar way that I go after Raisinets: frequently and with reckless
abandon.

3. My Brightest Diamond – Bring Me The Workhorse
I saw her play with Sufjan Stevens, and I was instantly smitten. Her
moodiness and staggering proficiency sort of remind me of Jeff
Buckley.

4. The Elected – Sun Sun Sun
I almost forgot about this album while compiling this list, but I
listened to it constantly during the first half of the year. “Biggest
Star” may be one of my favorite songs ever.

5. Beirut – Gulag Orkestar
I’m a big fan of Zach Condon’s voice. He’s got the lazy crooner thing
down cold. You can tell right away that he had a clear vision of what
he wanted to do musically and absolutely nailed it.

6. Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out of This Country
I had never heard them before, and then I got sucked into the big
Camera Obscura-shaped abyss from whence one might never return. There
is something irresistibly classy about their records.

7. Joanna Newsom – Ys
If you took The Milk-Eyed Mender, added an orchestra, and stretched
everything out to epic proportions, you’d end up with something quite
a lot like Ys. It seemed really exciting on paper, and then it managed
to exceed my expectations. I’d say that a tip of the hat,
Colbert-style, would not be inappropriate.

8. Oh No! Oh My! – Oh No! Oh My!
While I was busy shouting and pontificating about everything in my top
five, Oh No! Oh My! was quietly creeping into heavy rotation.
Off-kilter pop songs are rarely done this well. I always get excited
about every song on here.

9. Tim Seely – Funeral Music
I liked this one a lot from the start, but I think it really clicked
for me when I saw him at the Crocodile Cafe in September. The song
“Trucker’s Lullaby” was especially poignant. Shortly after, I fully
understood how articulate and compelling this album actually is.

10. Cold War Kids – Robbers & Cowards
This band (and particularly their live show) was something of a
revelation for me this year. They play with admirable intensity. This
album is mostly a re-recording of their two previous EPs compiled onto
one disc, and even though some of the spontaneity and nuances were
lost, they’re still brilliant songs

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By William Cremin

William Cremin is an opportunistic, unscrupulous shark. Born in Harlow, Essex, England, he quickly relocated to the Pacific Northwest for its fertile real estate market at the age of 5. His first
enthusiasm for music came via late-90s mainstream rap, where he saw the extravagant lifestyle that a major label advance and a hit single could yield. Young William soon joined a band, and after graduating from high school through a series of high-profile extortions, he went on to study audio production. It was also during that time that he sang with the Seattle Symphony Chorale, secretly plotting to wrest
control of the ensemble from director Gerard Schwarz. That particular venture went awry when Cremin's chemical dependence on Raisinets
distracted his focus. His band, The Torn ACLs, is largely a front for an illegal gambling ring. He is currently working as an audio engineer, patiently biding his time until he is able to execute a hostile takeover of usounds.com.