Friday, December 29, 2006

The Top 100 Tracks of 2006

Welcome to Pitchfork's best of 2006.

Today we present our 100 favorite songs of 2006; the top albums come at you tomorrow. Before we get to it, a few disclaimers:
1) Note the semantic shift: Unlike this list's equivalent in previous years, for 2006 we extended the candidate pool beyond the confines of singledom-- basically any song released or covered in 2006, whether a single or not, was eligible for this list.

2) To accommodate that shift, we doubled the size: One hundred songs instead of last year's 50 singles.

3) And! Thanks to the divine grace of internet, you can legally download, stream, or watch videos of nearly every song on this list while you read about how awesome they are.

The Top 100 Tracks of 2006


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Preventing Hangover Headache

Like Benchley wrote, nothing short of death will keep you from getting sick if you drink huge quantities of alcohol. But if you plan to drink moderately, there are some things you can do to fend off a headache.

First, Lay says, eat a greasy meal before drinking.

Greasy foods coat the stomach and slow absorption of alcohol. And most greasy foods are full of carbohydrates, which turn into sugar in your body. That gives you an extra supply of the sugars alcohol causes to drop.

When choosing an alcoholic beverage, consider clear ones.

Dark beverages, such as red wine and whiskey, contain more of the flavorful substances called congeners. These natural byproducts of alcohol fermentation may contribute to the inflammation that worsens alcohol headaches.

When drinking, don't guzzle. Sip alcoholic beverages slowly. Give your body time to process the alcohol.

Between drinks, have at least one big glass of a nonalcoholic beverage.

Water is excellent. Fruit juices, such as tomato juice and cranberry juice, help your body replace the glucose it has losing due to alcohol. Soft drinks may also help in this way -- and the caffeine in some of these drinks may help counteract the swelling of small blood vessels caused by alcohol.

If you do consume caffeine, be sure to increase your water intake. Caffeine causes your body to lose water -- and nothing is more important than avoiding dehydrationdehydration when drinking.

Lay off the cigarettes. Lay notes that smoking keeps your brain from getting the oxygen it needs.

And if you didn't already know that drugs aren't good for you, hear this: Don't drink and take drugs.

If you are taking prescription medications, talk to your doctor BEFORE you take a drink. Find out two things: Does alcohol block or enhance the effects of your medication? Does your medication enhance the effects of alcohol?

If you don't have stomach or bleeding problems -- and if your doctor says it's OK -- you might consider taking aspirin or one of the NSAID family of pain relievers, which includes naproxen and ibuprofen. These drugs inhibit prostaglandin -- that pain regulator -- and help counteract the prostaglandin-enhancing effects of alcohol.

Lay says some NSAIDs are particularly effective at inhibiting prostaglandin. One is a prescription NSAID called Ponstel. Another close relative of Ponstel -- not available in the U.S. -- is sold as Clotam in the U.K. A small 1983 clinical trial showed that people who take Clotam before drinking and before going to bed have milder hangover headaches.

"These drugs go after the bad guy in the hangover," Lay says.

However, Ponstel is not approved for use as a hangover remedy. Do not use it for this purpose unless your doctor specifically says you can do so.

DO NOT take either brand-name Tylenol or the generic brand, acetaminophen. In combination with alcohol, this drug stresses the liver.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I posted that cuz come on who soent want to know how to get rd of a hangover

5:02 PM  

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