Discoveries of 2006 from WFUV's 'City Folk Morning'

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Claudia Marshall, host of City Folk Morning on New York-based NPR station WFUV, compiled this list of the year's best discoveries: breakthrough artists likely to make a bigger mark in the months and years to come.

Elizabeth and the Catapult

Elizabeth and the Catapult CD

hide captionElizabeth and the Catapult: Elizabeth and the Catapult

The EP only has six songs, but already it's clear that this unsigned New York band has the goods — especially for fans of Aimee Mann.

Will Hoge

Will Hoge CD

hide captionWill Hoge: The Man Who Killed Love

This is the real thing: true Southern rock, with no label and no filler.

Richard Julian

Richard Julian CD

hide captionRichard Julian: Slow New York

Paul Simon and Randy Newman have a brilliant new peer in this New York-based singer-songwriter, who exudes humor, intelligence and soul.

David Mead

David Mead CD

hide captionDavid Mead: Tangerine

See above, add a sparkling power-pop sound.

Block

Block CD

hide captionBlock: The Last Single Guy

A casualty of the music business, Jamie Block quit making music to work on Wall Street. Luckily, though, the songs kept coming, and he returned to the studio to make this remarkable record.

Jamie Lidell

Jamie Lidell CD

hide captionJamie Lidell: Multiply

A British producer turned soul singer gets down on this fine throwback to the work of funk and soul's legends.

James Hunter

James Hunter CD

hide captionJames Hunter: People Gonna Talk

Recalling the soul sounds of Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson, this record propels the music of that era firmly into the present. The recording doesn't do justice to Hunter's high-voltage live performances, but it's a good place to start.

L.E.O.

L.E.O. CD

hide captionL.E.O.: Alpacas Orgling

L.E.O. is a novelty, but it's got a surprising amount of staying power. Pop magician Mike Viola lends his vocals to this tribute of sorts to E.L.O. Meanwhile, Viola also released an acoustic solo CD this year, along with a delightful collection of early tracks from his band The Candy Butchers.

Jay Bennett

Jay Bennett CD

hide captionJay Bennett: The Magnificent Defeat

Wilco remains one of the best bands working today, but it's still hard to accept the departure of multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett, whose The Magnificent Defeat demonstrates the degree to which he shaped the Wilco sound.

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