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LAist Zach's Top 10 Best Songs Discovered in 2006

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One of my favorite technocratic pastimes is cruising the iTunes store and finding new bands by the "Listeners Also Bought" feature. Joining forces with LAist last year brought me new avenues to discovering music and I am always excited to share my zeal for something.

And in no specific order...

1. Nearer Than Heaven by The Delays
I discovered these guys on one of the best shows on INHD called London Live.

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2. Plan B by Mute Math
These guys were one of the first bands I covered for LAist. The band's manager forgot to put me on the list at the Troubadour so I marched over to the band's tour bus and met the band. These extremely nice guys can energize up an audience like no other.

3. Hoodwink by Anathallo
One of the most beautiful bands ever. I got to see them this past fall.

4. Bubblecraft by Pilotdrift
Another of the first bands I reviewed. The music is all quite lovely.

5. Matches by The Format
These guys headlined the night I saw Anathallo and were a beautiful surprise. LAist editor Tony Pierce happens to be a huge fan of these guys too.

6. Forest Fire by Athlete
I discovered them in 2005, but I will always love these guys and everything new they put out.

7. Shades of Grey by Waking Ashland
Okay, I discovered these guys in December of 2005. Close enough.

8. Snake Oil by Typical Cats
This is the jazziest hip-hop martini swinging tune.

9. The Ave by Blue Scholors
I just love the 80's sounding game show rings behind the rapping.

10. Dream On by Depeche Mode as sung by Scala & Kolacny Brothers
If there is anything you check, check this hauntingly blissful version sung by a children's choir accompanied by a piano.

11. La Cumbia del Mole by Lila Downs
So 11 is the new 10. Whatever. Along with Julieta Venegas, Lila Downs is one of my favorite female Spanish speaking singers.