Liars - Drum's Not Dead
Droning vocals and drum beats. Stays apt to the title. Contender for #1 album of 2006.
Girl Talk - Night Ripper
Some of the most fun I've ever had. Mash-ups to a whole new level. Girl Talk is the new Go! Team and Night Ripper is THE summer album of 2006.
Sunset Rubdown - Shut Up I Am Dreaming
Painfully emotional indie-rock from Spencer of Wolf Parade. Much better than the somewhat disappointing Wolf Parade CD as well. I get so teary whenever I listen to the last track.
The Advantage - Elf-Titled
NES tunes played math-rock style. Very fun to listen to. Yeah, you guessed it, they have Ducktales - Moon!
Islands - Return To The Sea
Indie-pop. This is essentially The Unicorns, but more mature. Half of these songs have lodged themselves in my head, and will never leave.
The Knife - Silent Shout
Sharp, ethereal electronic pop. Singer sounds very weird, like a little child.
Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
It's Belle & Sebastian. Here they are at their poppiest. Far from their best album, but I don't really think these guys can make a bad album.
Built To Spill - You In Reverse
Again, it's Built To Spill. Best guitarist in indie-rock here.
Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies
This is surprisingly better than I thought it would be. Reminds me of The Decemberists somewhat, but I like this more than Picaresque.
Danielson - Ships
Indie-pop, so many people worked on this album from Sufjan to Steve Albini.
Excepter - Sunbomber EP
One of my favorite bands from the Brooklyn scene. Here they're just doing more of what they do best.
The Pipettes - We Are The Pipettes
Wow, I was actually surprised when I gave this its first good listen. These girls don't just have looks that make hipsters faint, but they can sing. Recalling the music of the '50s, these are all just excellent pop songs. Won't be released in the US until 2007.
Terrestrial Tones - Dead Drunk
Proceed with warning. Pretty alienating noise music from Avey Tare of Animal Collective and Eric Copeland of Black Dice. Frankly I don't hear Animal Collective as much as I hear Black Dice, but that doesn't mean this isn't great.
Mono - You Are There
I've been down on 2006 post-rock besides this CD, but damn it's good. Pretty freaking beautiful, buy it if you can, the packaging is great. Japanese post-rock band and one of the members' name is Yoda. Seriously.
Man Man - Six Demon Bag
It sounds weird, the guys are often simultaneously using strange uncommon instruments, howling in deep voices and wailing in falsettos. Very similar to Tom Waits, I've noticed. Essentially this is indie-pop though.
Final Fantasy - He Poos Clouds
Somewhat disappointing, considering this guy puts on one of the most enchanting live shows I've ever seen, but it has its fair share of beautiful songs that remind me why I fell in love with his music in that small club.
Ghostface Killah - Fishscale
Fishscale = cocaine. That sets the tone for this pretty excellent rap album.
Genghis Tron - Dead Mountain Mouth
Grind music with synths. Lots of screaming, lots of thrashing, somehow appealing.
Tapes n Tapes - The Loon
Indie-rock, this is a band that skyrocketed just from blogger-talk. Nothing new here, but it is still a fun listen.
Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
Great electronic music, the singer has a pretty good voice. "Count Souvenirs" is a classic, I must say.
Magik Markers - A Panegyric To The Things I Do Not Understand
Noise rock. I saw these guys live and I thought they were absolute trash. This CD is much better than the awful spectacle of seeing them making a joke of themselves live, though.
All of these I found were great, especially the top 3. If you are looking for something to buy/download, make it one of these.