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The Spin I’m In: Wrap It Up I’ll Take It 2006

  “Ooh La La”
I have simple tastes, I'm just hard to please. I've heard a lot of new stuff but I just end up liking a very small percentage of it. I'm this way with all music really. To me every genre, every scene and era has its gems and it's shoulder shrugs. I don't think that I'm a snob. I'm dying for music that jazzes me.

I'm happy that I've found four brand new artists that released their debut records this year that I really dig. I've featured these artists in The Spin I'm In throughout my six months here at FDL and wanted to share a list of my 2006 favorites with all of you. 

Whitey, Pop Levi, and Jim Noir are all stylish English chaps who write and record everything themselves and then put bands together to tour. (They all also sometimes wear cute little bowler hats.) Cheem is an Aussie transplant in LA whose singer/guitarist Billie Sola also writes and records everything herself. Computers are an amazing asset to a somewhat disenfranchised recording artist. It can be so difficult to keep a band together, but one can at least creatively be pro active on the relative cheap with a computer generated recording studio.  Here's to the shut-ins who still manage to kick out the jams!

2006 also brought cool releases from more established artists like Teddybears, Goldfrapp, Eagles Of Death Metal, Beck, Viva Voce, Bluebird and Gram Rabbit. Can't wait for 2007! Happy New Year everyone!

The Spin I'm In: Wrap It Up I'll Take It 2006






Non Stop


(A Style Called) Crying Chic

Pop Levi

Different Sound


Ooh La La


I Like to Move In the Night

Eagles Of Death Metal

No Complaints







Drown Them Out

Viva Voce

Key of C

Jim Noir

Waiting In the Kountry

Gram Rabbit



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Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her first solo record, Transmiticate, has been released nationwide and a US tour is booked for Spring and Summer 2008. Donita is also the co-founder and front person of the rock band L7 who have released six studio albums.

Her original scores can be heard in the upcoming feature film The Life of Reilly starring Charles Nelson Reilly and in online projects for Activision and Microsoft. In 1991 Sparks and L7 formed Rock For Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation staging numerous concerts benefiting pro-choice organizations.
Donita has been a contributing writer at Firedoglake since July 2006 with her music column The Spin I’m In.