We believe that there is an Order to Things and that Order obliges us to complete our Rack And Opinion items for the year before we embark on any sort of inevitable year-end wraps and best-of lists we might have in the offing. As you savvy music fans know well, new releases are going to be slim for the remainder of the year unless your name is The Chick From That Ska Band, are a big-deal rapper or you've got a box set to pimp to holiday shoppers.
So rather than make you suffer through a handful of barely populated Rack And Opinion items spread over the rest of the year, here is an omnibus list of the remaining releases of 2006 that, in our humble opinion, matter. As this is an unorthodox way of going about things for us, we're putting release dates next to the recommendations. It's a pretty standard clutch of reissues, best-ofs and collections, but that newish Okkervil River 12" is probably particularly good. Like us, you are probably already looking ahead to 2007. In the next few weeks we'll publish some obligatory lists. In the meantime, take a last look at the last new, good models coming off the 2006 indie rock production line. Rack And Opinion will resume in 2007.
I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness -- I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness [Reissue] -- Secretly Canadian [12/5]
Okkervil River -- The President's Dead 12" -- Jagjaguwar [12/5]
Sonic Youth -- The Destroyed Room: B-sides and Rarities -- Geffen [12/12]