In other news, I don't believe I'll post a halftime report summing up my favorite albums of 2006 (so far), unless y'all are desperately clamoring to hear my opinions in that regard. I will say this, though: Shearwater, Palo Santo. The band is on a short tour currently, do go see them when they're in your neck of the woods.
Shearwater -- Seventy-four, Seventy-five
ETA: The Mountain Goats' Peter Hughes is a man of many talents and interests -- and he's been quite busy lately at home betwixt tours: Check out his lovely photoset from the recording of Get Lonely (tour photos are promised soon), or peep his new automotive blog, Firebird Man.