One of my favorite ways to find good music is to find the year end recommendations from people, magazines, websites, and so on. The Metacritic "Best Albums of 2006" not only gives you the Metacritic list, it also lists more than 40 other year end lists. Fantastic resource.
So now is when I start finding some music from the last year that I missed. Here are a couple I'm listening to and enjoying.
The Beatles: Love
This is a remix/rework of classic Beatles songs for the Cirque du Soleil show in Vegas. I've never thought of myself as a Beatles fan, but this album is amazing.
Jeremy Enigk: World Waits
Thanks to those of you who recommended this album to me. It's a good atmospheric rock album. Enigk's voice is not the best I've heard, but it's appealing for its realness. I'm really enjoying this CD.
Sparklehorse: Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain
I found this by accident in a Borders bookstore. I liked the cover, and I remember reading a review or two but couldn't remember what they said. So I listened to a few songs and loved it, bought it, and it's been in regular rotation since. The musical structures and sounds are wonderfully constructed, though it may take time to appreciate.