1. Ween, "Shinola Volume 1": I'd suddenly understood Ween's "Quebec" last month, and so I felt compelled to pick this up - a collection of totally unreleased stuff spanning the last 15 years or so. A lot of it is actually quite good - I don't know why they didn't make any albums.
2. Appleseed Cast, "Peregrine": Both volumes of 2001's "Low Level Owl" spent long periods of time in my discman, but I'd stayed away from the next few records as I'd heard they weren't very good. This new one had gotten some moderate praise, and I think Stereogum had leaked an mp3 or 2; in any event, I've given this 2 or 3 spins and it hasn't really done much for me.
3. Loose Fur, "Born Again in the USA": my frontrunner for favorite album of 2006, and "Apostilic" has climbed into my top 20 favorite songs of all time. Unlike the first album, which has really just become a depository for 2 fantastic songs amongst a bunch of stuff I never listen to, this new album is outstanding from top to bottom.
4. Flaming Lips, "At War With The Mystics": Better than Yoshimi, though not as transcendent as Bulletin. As mentioned previously, I was really obsessed with Ween about a month ago and then just as suddenly obsessed with Yes's "Fragile", and those two musical ideologies actually do a pretty good job of summing up what AWWTM sounds like.
5. Aloha, "Some Echoes": I just downloaded this on Sunday; I'm already liking it tremendously. Two songs stick out already, "Come Home" and "Weekend", the latter of which sounds like The Sea and Cake's "Showboat Angel". The xylophone takes a back seat on this album, as do the guitars - this album is dominated by keyboards, which is a choice, I suppose.
6. Built To Spill, "You in Reverse": Heard lots of great things about this, and I got it alongside the Aloha album on Sunday. It is better than "Ancient Melodies", but I think I just have to admit to myself that BTS just doesn't really interest me anymore.