THE LAST WORD More Writers' 2008 Lists

We continue our backwards trawl through the year that’s
coming to a close. To view the first part, including BLURT’s Top 50 Albums and
additional writers’ picks, go HERE.

 

 

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JUD COST

 

ALBUMS:

Beck, Modern Guilt (dgc)
Duffy, Rockferry (mercury)
Baseball Project, Frozen Ropes & Dying Quails (yep roc)
Eilen Jewell, Letters from Sinners & Strangers (signaturesounds)
Inara George with Van Dyke Parks, An Invitation (ever loving)
The Duke Spirit, Neptune (shangri-la)
Black Angels, Directions To See A Ghost (light in the attic)
Octopus Project, Hello Avalanche (peek-a-boo)
Radiohead, In Rainbows (tbd)
Brian Wilson, That Lucky Old Sun (capitol/emi)
Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes (sub pop)  
Jenny Lewis, Acid Tongue (warner bros)
She & Him, Volume One (merge)
Steve Wynn, Crossing Dragon Bridge (rock ridge)
Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend (xl)
Randy Newman, Harps And Angels (nonesuch)
Dengue Fever, Venus On Earth (M80
Magnetic Fields, Distortion (nonesuch)
R.E.M., Accelerate (warners)
Conor Oberst, Conor Oberst (merge)

 

HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR:

If there was a highlight of the
year category, mine would be the Treasure Island Festival, held in the middle
of San Francisco Bay under stiff August winds. Alternate
stages with great sight-lines let all ten thousand attendees get up close with
the Raconteurs, Fleet Foxes, Spiritualized, Okkervil River,
Vampire Weekend, Dr.Dog, The Dodos and Tegan & Sara. Perfect bus service to
the island got you there in ten minutes.

 

 

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LAVINIA JONES WRIGHT

 

ALBUMS:

1. Dr. Dog “Fate” (Park the Van)

2. Fleet Foxes “Fleet Foxes” (Sub Pop)

3. Brian Eno and David Byrne “Everything That Happens Will
Happen Today”

4. Nada Surf “Lucky” (Barsuk)

5. The Kills “Midnight Boom” (Domino)

6. The Moutain Goats “Heretic Pride” (4AD)

7. The War on Drugs “Wagonwheel Blues” (Secretly Canadian)

8. Nick
Cave and the Bad Seeds
“Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!”

9. The Black Keys “Attack & Release” (Nonesuch)

10. The Whigs “Mission Control” (ATO)

11. Santogold “Santogold” (Downtown)

12.  Deerhunter “Microcastle”
(Kranky)

13.  Flight of the
Conchords “Flight of the Conchords” (Sub Pop)

14.  She & Him
“Volume One” (Merge)

15.  Apollo Sunshine
“Shall Noise Upon” (Headless Heroes)

16.  Delta Spirit “Ode
to the Sunshine” (Rounder)

17.  Beck “Modern
Guilt” (XL)

18.  Ryan Adams
“Cardinology” (Lost Highway)

19.  Takka Takka
“Migration” (Ernest Jennings)

20. Girl Talk “Feed the Animals” (Illegal Art)

 

REISSUES:

 1. Portastatic “Some Small History” (Merge)

2. Bob Dylan “The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 – Tell Tale Signs” (Columbia)

3. Belle and Sebastian “BBC Sessions” (Matador)

4.  Liz Phair “Exile
in Guyville” (ATO)

5.  Loudon Wainwright
“Recovery” (Yep Rock)

 

NEW ARTISTS: 

1.  Dr. Dog

2. Fleet Foxes

3. Bon Iver

4. Santogold

5. War on Drugs

 

TOURS: 

1.  My Bloody
Valentine

2.  Dr. Dog

3.  The Black Keys

4.  Neil Young/Wilco
(Speculation) or Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings if you don’t like speculation

5.  Fleet Foxes

 

ANNOYING: 

1.  Republicans using
music without artists’ permission for rallies

2.  Katy Perry

3.  Kid Rock vs. Those
iTunes Imposters

4.  Sarah Palin’s
“Real Americans” comment

5.  Naked/Risque
Internet Photos of Young Female Celebrities. 
C’mon.  Does this still surprise
us?  Do male celebrities EVER have their
reputations ruined for bullshit like this?

 

BOOKS: 

1. “Like A Rolling Stone: The Strange Life of a Tribute
Band” by Steven Kurutz

2. “Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon
and the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller

 

COOLEST: 

Democracy.  FINALLY! 

 

 

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ZACH BLOOM:

 

ALBUMS:

1. Cut Copy, In Ghost Colours (Modular/Interscope)
2. Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend (XL Recordings)
3. TV On The Radio, Dear Science (DGC/Interscope)
4. Beach House, Devotion (Carpark Records)
5. Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar)
6. Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles (Last Gang Records)
7. Okkervil River, The Stand Ins (Jagjaguwar)
8. Deerhoof, Offend Maggie (Kill Rock Stars)
9. Earlimart, Hymn and Her (Shout Factory)
10. Mates Of State, Re-Arrange Us (Barsuk)
11. Hot Chip, Made In The Dark (Astralwerks)
12. Portishead, Third (Mercury)
13. M83, Saturdays=Youth (Mute U.S.)
14. The Raveonettes, Lust Lust Lust (Vice Records)
15. Hercules And Love Affair, Hercules And Love Affair (Mute U.S.)
16. Throw Me The Statue, Moonbeams (Secretly Canadian)
17. Bloc Party, Intimacy (Atlantic Records)
18. The Heavenly States, Delayer (The Rebel Group)
19. The Presets, Apocalypso (Modular/Interscope)
20. The Hold Steady, Stay Positive (Vagrant Records)

 

NEW ARTISTS:
1. Vampire Weekend
2. Bon Iver
3. Hercules And Love Affair
4. Crystal Castles
5. Chairlift

ANNOYING:
1. The Raconteurs
2. The Ting Tings
3. CSS
4. Devendra Banhart
5. white guilt

COOLEST OVERDUE RELEASE SINCE I LOST MY VIRGINITY:

Chinese Democracy. It’s good that it’s finally out, but in
both situations, it’s better we all/both forget it happened, move on, and never
ever match cornrows with an Atlanta Falcons jersey again. In the immediate
aftermath there’s a sinking feeling that it will always be this bad. 

 

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BRYAN REED

 

ALBUMS:

1.      Mount Eerie with Julie
Doiron and Fed Squire – Lost Wisdom (P.W. Elverum & Sun)

2.      WHY? – Alopecia (Anticon)

3.      Earth – The Bees Made Honey
In The Lion’s Skull (Southern Lord)

4.      Nomo – Ghost Rock
(Ubiquity)

5.      Mamiffer – Hirror Enniffer
(Hydra Head)

6.      Fuck Buttons – Street
Horrrsing (ATP)

7.      Harvey Milk – Life…The Best
Game In Town (Hydra Head)

8.      Fucked Up – The Chemistry
of Common Life (Matador)

9.      Grampall Jookabox –
Ropechain (Asthmatic Kitty)

10.  The Dodos – Visiter (Frenchkiss)

11.  Bellafea – Cavalcade (Southern)

12.  Wale – The Mixtape About Nothing (self-released)

13.  Double Negative – Raw Energy EP (Sorry State)

14.  The Foreign Exchange – Leave It All Behind (Hall
of Justus/Nicolay Music)

15.  Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop)

16.  Jenks Miller – Approaching The Invisible Mountain
(Holidays For Quince/New American Folk Hero)

17.  Giant Sand – proVISIONS (Yep Roc)

18.  Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III (Universal Motown/Cash
Money)

19.  Johann Johannson – Fordlandia (4AD)

20.  Nachtmystium – Assassins: Black Meddle Pt. I
(Century Media)

 

 

REISSUES:

1.      Johnny Cash, At Folsom
Prison
Legacy Edition (Legacy)

2.      Bon Iver, For Emma,
Forever Ago
(Jagjaguwar)

3.      Megafaun, Bury The
Square
(Table of the Elements)

4.      Ahleuchatistas, The Same
And The Other
(Tzadik)

5.      Pavement, Brighten The
Corners Nicene Credence Ed.
(Matador)

 

NEW ARTISTS:

1.      Mamiffer

2.      Women

3.      Bellafea

4.      Fuck Buttons

5.      The Dodos

 

TOURS:

1.      Billy Bragg

2.      Superchunk/Arcade Fire

3.      Polvo

4.      Little Brother

5.      The Rosebuds/Megafaun

 

ANNOYING:

1.      Kevin Barnes

2.      Sarah Palin entering the
public consciousness

3.      Camel and Rolling Stone’s
“Indie Rock Universe”

4.      Kanye West vs. anyone with
a camera

5.      The overuse of Auto-Tune

 

DVDS:

1.      Kurt Cobain: About A Son

2.      Joe Strummer: The Future Is
Unwritten

 

BOOKS:

1.      Radio Silence: A Selected
Visual History of American Hardcore Music

2.      The Pitchfork 500

 

COOLEST:

Aside from the video of the dude in the gorilla drumming to
“In The Air Tonight” as though he were Phil Collins (www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbLr2NEV_7o),
it’d be finally finding a copy of Double Negative’s 2007 LP, The Wonderful
And Frightening World of Double Negative
, at Lunchbox Records in Charlotte,
after looking for it for more than a year.

 

 

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AARON KAYCE

 

ALBUMS:

1. Bon Iver – “For Emma, Forever Ago” – Jagjaguwar

2. My Morning Jacket – “Evil Urges” – ATO

3. TV on the Radio – “Dear Science” – DGC/Interscope

4. The Mars Volta – “The
Bedlam In Goliath” – Universal

5. TK Webb & The Visions – “Ancestor” – Kemado

6. The Hold Steady – “Stay Positive” – Vagrant

7. Blitzen Trapper – “Furr” – Sub Pop

8. MGMT – “Oracular Spectacular” – Sony

9. Jessica Lea Mayfield – “With Blasphemy So Heartfelt” –
Thirsty Tiger

10. The Raconteurs – “Consolers of the Lonely” – Warner
Bros.

11. Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – “Miles Benjamin
Anthony Robinson” – Say Hey

12. Cold War Kids – “Loyalty To Loyalty” – Downtown

13. Drive-By Truckers – “Brighter Than Creations Dark” – New
West

14. Brendan Canning – “Something For All of Us” – Arts &
Crafts

15. Dead Confederate – “Wrecking Ball” – Razor & Tie

16. Islands – “Arm’s Way” –
Anti-

17. Dr. Dog – “Fate” – Park The Van Records

18. AA Bondy – “American Hearts” – Fat Possum

19. Fleet Foxes – “Fleet Foxes” – Sub Pop

20. Ben Sollee – “Learning To Bend” – R.E.D.

 

 

NEW ARTISTS:

1. Bon Iver

2. TK Webb

3. Dead Confederate

4. Jessica Lea Mayfield

5. Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

 

TOURS:

1. Radiohead

2. My Morning Jacket

3. The Mars Volta

4. The Hold Steady/Drive-By Truckers Tour

5. Orchestra Baobab

 

BOOKS:

“Northline” by Willy Vlautin

 

COOLEST:

The election of Barack Obama.  After eight years of
shame we can finally hold our heads high and dream of the future.  Because
of Obama we can once again say we are proud to be American.

 

 

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JAKE CLINE

 

ALBUMS:

1. The Hold Steady, Stay Positive (Vagrant)

2. My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges (ATO)

3. R.E.M., Accelerate (Warner Bros.)

4. Drive-By Truckers, Brighter Than Creationʼs Dark (New
West)

5. David Byrne and Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will
Happen Today (Todo Mundo)

6. Randy Newman, Harps and Angels (Nonesuch)

7. American Music Club, The Golden Age (Merge)

8. The Gutter Twins, Saturnalia (Sub Pop)

9. Cephas and Wiggins, Richmond
Blues (Smithsonian Folkways)

10. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Real Emotional Trash
(Matador)

 

MOST SOPHOMORIC SOPHOMORE ALBUM:

Jenny Lewis, Acid Tongue (Warner Bros.)

 

REISSUES:

1. Bob Dylan, Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8 (Columbia)

2. The Replacementsʼ catalog (Rhino/Rykodisc)

3. Various artists, New
Orleans: The Original Sound of Funk, Volume 2 (Soul
Jazz)

4. Otis Redding, Live in London and Paris (Stax)

5. Charlie Pickett, Bar Band Americanus (Bloodshot) 

 

BEST COLLABORATION BETWEEN A NOVELIST AND A SONGWRITER: I’m
Not Jim (Jonathan Lethem + Walter Salas-Humara) – You Are All My People
(Bloodshot)

 

BOOK:

The Oxford American Book of Great Music Writing, edited by
Marc Smirnoff (The University of Arkansas Press)

 

DVD:

I’m Not There, dir. by Todd Haynes (Weinstein Company)

 

TOUR:

Drive-By Truckers 

 

ANNOYING:

Kanye West

 

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JOHN SCHACHT

 

ALBUMS:

Centro-matic/South San
Gabriel – Dual Hawks (Misra)

Micah P. Hinson — Micah P. Hinson and the Red Empire (Full
Time Hobby)

Sera Cahoone – Only As the Day Is Long (Sub Pop)

Shearwater – Rook (Matador)

Calexico – Carried to Dust (Quarterstick)

National Eye — The Farthest Shore (Park the Van)

Pontiak — Sun on Sun (Thrill Jockey)

Tindersticks – The Hungry Saw (Beggars Banquet)

Plants & Animals – Parc Avenue (Secret City)

Okkervil
River — The Stand Ins (Jagjaguwar)

Liz Durrett – Outside Our Gates (Warm)

Of Great & Mortal Men – J. Matthew Gerken,
Christian Kiefer, Jefferson Pitcher (Standard)

Ala
Muerte — Santa Elena (Public Guilt)

Damien Jurado — Caught in the Trees (Secretly Canadian)

Thalia Zedek — Liars & Prayers (Thrill Jockey)

Grails — Doomsdayer’s Holiday
(Temporary Residence)

Talkdemonic – Eyes at Half Mast (Arena Rock)

Benji Hughes — A Love Extreme (New West)

Giant Sand — proVISIONS (Yep Roc)

Ry Cooder — I, Flathead (Nonesuch)

 

REISSUES:

Pavement — Brighten the Corners (Matador)

Replacements — Let It Be (Twin-Tone)

Miles Davis — Kind of Blue (Columbia)

Mogwai — Young Team (Chemikal Underground)

CCR – Reissues (Concord/Fantasy)

Nick Lowe — Jesus of Cool (Yep Roc)

Mission of Burma — VS. (Matador)

Dennis Wilson — Pacific Ocean
Blue (Legacy/Caribou)

 

NEW ARTISTS:

Benji Hughes (NC)

Yardwork (NC)

Ala Muerte (Queens)

Sholi (SF)

The Uglysuit (OK City)

 

ANNOYING:

The dreaded return of fucking synth pop

Kevin Costner’s band getting signed

The demise of print

10 Year Anniversary Reissues (what’s next, 5? 3?)

 

COOLEST:

The Take-Away Shows at Crackle.com

NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts

 

DVDS:

Joe Strummer — The Future Is Unwritten

Silver Jew — Silver Jews

 

BOOKS:

Amanda Petrusich — It Still Moves

John Darnielle — Black Sabbath/Master of Reality

 

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APRIL S. ENGRAM

 

ALBUMS:

Elbow, The Seldom Seen Kid, Geffen Records

The Helio Sequence, Keep Your Eyes Ahead, Sub Pop

TV on the Radio, Dear Science, Interscope

Wolf Parade, At Mount
Zoomer, Sub Pop

Friendly Fires, Self Titled, XL Recordings

Blitzen Trapper, Furr, Sub Pop

The Duke Spirit, Neptune, You Are Here

The Dears, Missles, Dangerbird Records

Fujiya & Miyagi, Lightbulbs, Full Time Hobby Records

The Rosebuds, Life Like, Merge Records

Fleet Foxes, Self Titled, Sub Pop

Okkervil
River, The Stand Ins, Jagjaguwar

Ra Ra Riot, The Rhumb Line, Barsuk

Cold War Kids, Loyalty to Loyalty, Downtown

Santogold, Self Titled, Downtown

 

NEW ARTISTS:

Duchess Says

Hercules & The Love Affair

Friendly Fires

Lykke Li

Starf*cker

 

CONCERTS:

Radiohead/Grizzly Bear

Iron & Wine/Blitzen Trapper

The Walkmen/The Decemberists

Eagles of Death Metal/The Duke Spirit

Lykke Li/Friendly Fires

 

ANNOYING:

-The Palin Effect. Does anyone recall what Joe Biden looks
like? (Exaggeration intended there.)  Yet
the media was so focused on this VP candidate that Biden fell through their
cracks. Though I must admit, Palin was an excellent candidate for camera
fodder.

-Politics once again: “Joe The Plumber.”  He now has a book deal…WHAAT?!!

-Rolled over from 2007, High School Musical craze.

-The teenster obsession with the film Twilight.

-(Not sure if this is strictly a 2008 trend). Resurgence of ‘80s
Fashion.  Styles die out for a reason…

 

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JONAH FLICKER

 

ALBUMS:

1) The War on Drugs – Wagonwheel Blues – Jagjaguwar

2) Deerhunter – Microcastle – Kranky

3) Cut Copy – In Ghost Colors

4) She & Him – Volume One – Merge

5) of Montreal
– Skeletal Lamping – Polyvinyl

6) The Lord Dog Bird  – S/T – Jagjaguwar

7) Wilderness – (k)no(w)here – Jagjaguwar

8) Grampall Jookabox – Ropechain – Asthmatic Kitty

9) Mighty Joseph – Empire State
– Phantom Sound & Vision

10) Prodigy – HNIC Pt. 2 – AAO Music

11) MGMT – Oracular Spectacular (Columbia)

12) M83 – Saturdays = Youth – Mute

13) Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer
– Sub Pop

14) Scarlett Johannson – Anywhere I Lay My Head – Ryko

15) Karl Blau – Nature’s Got Away – K

 

REISSUES:

New Order – Movement, Low-life, Power, Corrupion & Lies,
Brotherhood, Technique

 

DVDs:

The Story of the Wu

Hip-Hop Time Capsule – 1994

 

 

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STEVEN ROSEN

 

ALBUMS:

Nick
Cave & the Bad Seeds,
“Dig Lazarus Dig!!!”  (Anti-)

TV On the Radio, “Dear Science”  (DGC/Interscope)

Robert Forster, “The Evangelist” (Yep Rock)

Psychic TV/PTV3, “Mr. Alien Brain vs. the Skinwalkers”
(Cargo/Sweet Nothing)

Andre Williams & the New Orleans Hellhounds, “Can You Deal With
It?” (Bloodshot)

Frida Hyvonen, “Silence Is Wild” (Secretly Canadian)

Drive-By Truckers, “Brighter Than Creation’s Dark” (New
West)

Neil Diamond, “Home BBefore Dark” (Columbia)

Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby (Stiff)

Bon Iver, “For Emma, Forever Ago” (Jagjaguwar)

Kevin Ayers, “The Unfairground” (Gigantic/Lo-Max)

Kath Bloom, “Terror” (Chapter Music)

Bill Frisell, “History, Mystery” (Nonesuch)

Mavis Staples, “Live: Hope at the Hideout” (Anti-)

Barton Carroll, “The Lost One” (Skybucket)

Fredrik, “Na Na Ni” (Kora)

The Hold Steady, “Stay Positive” (Vagrant)

Lambchop, “OH (ohio)”
Merge

Randy Newman, “Harps and Angels” (Nonesuch)

Anathallo, “Canopy Glow” (Anticon.)

 

REISSUES:

Bob Dylan, “Tell Tale Signs” (Columbia)

Hoyt Axton, “My Griffin Is Gone” (Omni)

“The Jerry Ragovoy Story” (Ace UK)

“The Bert Berns Story” (Ace UK)

Dennis Wilson, “Pacific Ocean
Blue” (Legacy)

Blue Ash, “No More, No Less”
(Collectors’ Choice Music)

Kath Bloom & Loren Connors,
“Sing the Children Over” and “Sand In My Shoe” (Chapter Music)

Rodriguez, “Cold Fact” (Light in
the Attic)

Eccentric Soul releases (The Numero Group)

Creedence Clearwater reissues
(Fantasy)

 

TOURS:

Van Morrison doing “Astral Weeks”
at Hollywood Bowl

Nick Cave &
the Bad Seeds, “Dig Lazarus Dig!!!” tour

Shelby Lynne supporting “Just a
Little Lovin’

Jens Lekman

Glen Campbell supporting “Meet
Glen Campbell”

 

ANNOYING:

Return of AC/DC

Return of Guns ‘N Roses

Continued success of “American
Idol”

Endless speculation on Amy
Winehouse’s health

Emphasis on ‘70s hard rock on
classic-rock stations

 

 DVDS:

“The Smothers Brothers Comedy
Hour: The Best of Season 3” (Time Life)

“You Think You Really Know Me: The
Gary Wilson Story” (Plexifilm)

 

BOOKS:

Tom Moon – 1,000 Recordings To
Hear Before You Die (Workman Publishing)

Zachary Lazar – Sway (Little
Brown) 

 

COOL BAND NAMES:

Continued Growth of Bands That
“Make a Statement” by Putting Verbs in Their Names, like The Academy Is…, Sky
Eats Airplane, These Arms Are Snakes, I Set My Friends on Fire, Does It Offend
You, Yeah?, I See Hawks in L.A, I’m From Barcelona, We Are Scientists, and the
veteran Dead Can Dance and …and you will know us by the trail of dead. (Does
The Hold Steady count?)

 

 

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ED MASLEY

 

ALBUMS:

1.         Nick Cave
and the Bad Seeds, “Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!” (Mute)

2.         Elvis
Costello and the Imposters, “Momofuku” (Lost Highway)

3.         Beck,
“Modern Guilt” (Interscope)

4.         Man Man,
“Rabbit Hands” (Anti-)

5.         Nas,
untitled (Def Jam)

6.         Randy
Newman, “Harps and Angels” (Nonesuch)

7.         The Walkmen,
“You and Me” (Gigantic)

8.         Vampire
Weekend, “Vampire Weekend” (XL)

9.         Plastilina
Mosh, “All U Need Is Mosh” (Nacional)

10.       Portugal.
The Man, “Censored Colors” (Equal Visi

 

REISSUES:

1. The Clash, “The Clash: Live at Shea Stadium” (Sony
International)

2. Cheap Trick “Budokan!” (Sony Legacy)

3. Doors, “Live at the Matrix 1967” (Rhino)

4. Various, “Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia” (Sony
Legacy)

5. Jesus and Mary Chain, “The Power of Negative Thinking:
B-Sides & Rarities” (Rhino)

 

NEW ARTISTS:

1.         Vampire
Weekend

2.         The Urges

3.         Heavy Hands

4.         Wallpapers

5.         So So Glos

 

TOURS:

1.         Elvis
Costello

2.         Beck

3.         Vampire
Weekend

4.         Portugal.
The Man

5.         Nick Lowe

 

DVDS:

1.         The Who “At
Kilburn: 1977”

2.         Cheap Trick,
“Budokan”

 

 

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JASON MIDDLEKAUFF

 

ALBUMS:

1) Alejandro Escovedo – Real Animal – Back Porch

2) Murry Hammond – I Don’t Know Where I’m Going But I’m on
My Way – DIY

3) Elvis Costello – Momofuku – Lost Highway

4) Horse Feathers – House With No Name – Kill Rock Stars

5) The Hold Steady – Stay Positive – Vagrant

6) Jesse Malin – On Your Sleeve – Adeline Records

7) Kathleen Edwards – Asking for Flowers – Zoe Records

8) Cold War Kids – Loyalty to Loyalty – Downtown

9) Jackson Browne – Time the Conqueor – Insiderecords

10) She and Him – Volume One – Merge Records

 

REISSUES: 

1) Creedence Clearwater Revival – Catalog – Fantasy

2) The Replacements – Catalog – Fantasy

3) Steve Earle – Copperhead
Road (Deluxe Edition) – Geffen

4) Warren Zevon – Warren Zevon – Rhino

5) Josh Rouse – Best of the Ryko Years – Ryko

 

 

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STEVE KLINGE

 

ALBUMS:

TV On The Radio, Dear Science (Interscope)

My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges (ATO)

Okkervil
River, The Stand Ins (Jagjaguwar)

The Hold Steady, Stay Positive (Vagrant)

Randy Newman, Harps and Angels (Nonesuch)

Los Campesinos!, Hold On Now, Youngster… (Arts & Crafts)

Frightened Rabbit, The Midnight Organ Fight (Fat Cat)

The Mountain Goats, Heretic Pride (4AD)

Santogold, Santogold (Downtown)

Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes (Matador)

Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend (XL)

Shelby Lynne, Just A Little Lovin’ (Lost Highway)

Portishead, Third (Mercury)

Gaslight Anthem, The ’59 Sound (Side One Dummy)

The War on Drugs, Wagonwheel Blues (Secretly Canadian)

Nick
Cave and the Bad Seeds,
Dig Lazaurs Dig!!! (ANTI)

Man Man, Rabbit Habits (ANTI)

Raphael Saadiq, The Way I See It (Columbia)

Girl Talk, Feed The Animals (Illegal)

Sigur Ros, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust (XL)

 

REISSUES:

Bob Dylan, Tell Tale Signs (Columbia)

Steinski, What Does It All Mean? (Illegal)

Quarteto Em Cy, Alleluia (El / Cherry Red)

Thank You Friends: The Ardent Records Story (Big Beat)

The Impressions, This Is My Country / The Young Mods’
Forgotten Story (American Beat / Rhino)

 

NEW ARTISTS:

Frightened Rabbit

Vampire Weekend

Los Campesinos!

Fleet Foxes

The War on Drugs

 

TOURS:

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Radiohead

My Morning Jacket

Wilco

Nick
Cave and the Bad Seeds

 

ANNOYING:

The demise of print music publications

 

DVDS:

Arthur Russell, Wild Combination

Awake My Soul

 

BOOKS:

Sway, Zachary Lazar

1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die, Tom Moon

 

COOLEST:

Obama’s election

 

 

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JAMIE GADETTE

 

ALBUMS:

The Black Angels, Directions to See a Ghost (Light In The
Attic)

The Gutter Twins, Saturnalia (Sub Pop)

Silver Jews, Lookout
Mountain, Lookout
Sea (Drag City)

Imaad Wasif with Two-Part Beast, Strange Hexes
(self-released)

Bonnie Prince Billy, Lie Down in the Light (Drag City)

CarCrashLander, Mountains On Our Backs (Jealous Butcher)

Wolf Parade, At Mount
Zoomer (Sub Pop)

Doomtree, Doomtree (self-released)

Okkervil
River, The Stand Ins (Jagjaguwar)

Crystal Antlers, Crystal Antlers EP (Touch
& Go)

Devotchka, A Mad and Faithful Telling (Anti)

Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers, The Confiscation
EP (Ramseur)

Land of Talk, Some Are
Lakes (Saddle Creek)

Blitzen Trapper, Furr (Sub Pop)

Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop)

Horse Feathers, House With No Home (Kill Rock Stars)

Santogold, Santogold

 

ALBUMS I DESPERATELY WANTED TO BE GOOD, BUT THAT ULTIMATELY
FELL SHORT: Constantines, Kensington Heights;
The Breeders, Mountain Battles-though
“We’re Gonna Rise” is one of the best songs of 2008

 

REISSUE:

Pavement, Brighten the
Corners

Whiskeytown, Strangers
Almanac

 

NEW ARTISTS:

Samantha Crain

CarCrashLander

Fleet Foxes

Santogold

 

TOURS:

The Black Angels, Warlocks

Liars, No Age

Silver Jews, Monotonix

Constantines, Ladyhawk

Dead Meadow

 

ANNOYING:

Vampire Weekend

MTV Video Music Awards, particularly Katy Perry

2 favorite music-themed DVDs

Silver Jews, Silver
Jew

Joy Division, Joy
Division

 

BOOKS:

True Norwegian Black
Metal
, Peter Beste

You Don’t Love Me Yet,
Jonathan Lethem

 

 

 

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ERIC
SCHUMACHER-RASMUSSEN

 

ALBUMS:

1.     The Hold Steady, Stay Positive
(Vagrant)

2.     Alejandro Escovedo, Real Animal
(Back Porch)

3.     Gaslight Anthem, The ’59 Sound
(Side One Dummy)

4.     Gnarls Barkley, The Odd Couple
(Downtown)

5.     James McMurtry, Just Us Kids
(Lightning Rod)

6.     Calexico, Carried to Dust
(Quarterstick)

7.     Cold War Kids, Loyalty to Loyalty
(Downtown)

8.     Paul Weller, 22 Dreams (Island)

9.     Ra Ra Riot, The Rhumb Line
(Barsuk)

10. Erykah Badu, New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War)
(Universal Motown)

11. Rafael Saadiq, The Way I See It (Columbia)

12. Tom Gabel, Heart Burns (Sire)

13. Everlast, Love War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford (Hickory)

14. Lindsey Buckingham, Gift of Screws (Reprise)

15. The Loved Ones, Build and Burn (Fat Wreck Chords)

16. Duffy, Rockferry (Polydor)

17. Lyfe Jennings, Lyfe Change (Columbia)

18. Glasvegas, Glasvegas (Sony)

19. Jackson Browne, Time the Conqueror (Inside)

20. Street Dogs, State of Grace (Hellcat)

 

REISSUES:

1.     Bob Dylan, Tell-Tale Signs (Columbia)

2.     Steinski, What Does It All Mean?
1983-2006 Retrospective (Illegal Art)

3.     Love Train: The Sound of
Philadelphia (Legacy)

4.     Otis Redding, Otis Blue: Otis
Redding Sings Soul (Rhino)

5.     The Clash, Live at Shea Stadium
(Epic/Legacy)

6.     Warren Zevon, Warren Zevon
(Rhino)

7.     Ry Cooder, The UFO Has Landed
(Rhino)

8.     The Smiths ,The Sound of the
Smiths (Rhino)

9.     Tony Joe White, Deep Cuts (Swamp)

 

TOURS:

1.     Hold Steady/Drive-by Truckers

2.     Bruce Springsteen & the E
Street Band

3.     Alejandro Escovedo

4.     James McMurtry

5.     Madonna

 

BOOKS:

1.     Sing Me Back Home, Dana Jennings
(Faber and Faber)

2.     The World in Six Songs, Daniel
Levitan (Dutton)

 

DVDS:

1.     I Got the Feelin’: James Brown in
the 60s (Shout Factory)

2.     Lou Reed’s Berlin (Genius)

 

 

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TIM HINELY

 

ALBUMS:

1.      Robert Forster- The
Evangelist (Yep Roc)

2.      British Sea
Power- D O You Like Rock Music? (Rough Trade)

3.      Murry Hammond- I Don’t Know
Where I’m Going But I’m On My Way (Hummingbird)

4.      The Last Shadow Puppets-
The Age Of Understatement (Domino)

5.      The Incredible Vickers
Brothers- Gallimaufry (Bus Stop)

6.      Eddy Current Suppression
Ring- Primary Colours (Goner)

7.      Silver
Jews- Lookout
Mountain, Lookout
Sea (Drag City)

8.      Okkervil River- The Stand
Ins (Jagjaguwar)

9.      The Ruby Suns- Sea Lion (Sub Pop)

10.  The Asteroid No. 4- These Flowers Of Ours: A
Treasury Of Witchcraft And Devilry- (The Committee To Keep Music Evil

 

 

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STUART MUNRO

 

ALBUMS:

Jamey Johnson, That Lonesome Sound, Mercury Nashville
Glen Campbell, Meet Glen Campbell, Capitol
Kylie Auldist with the Bamboos, Just Say, Tru Thoughts
The Dixons, Still Your Fool, Cow Island
Bahama Soul Club, Rhythm Is What Makes Jazz Jazz, Soulfood
Hacienda Brothers, Arizona Motel, Proper American
The Iguanas, If You Should Ever Fall On Hard Times, Yep Roc
Hayes Carll, Trouble In Mind, Lost Highway
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Dig, Lazurus, Dig!!!, Anti-
The Hold Steady, Stay Positive, Vagrant
Martha Wainwright, I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too, Zoe/Rounder
Bronx River Parkway & Candela All Stars, San Sebastian 152, Truth &
Soul
Crowe Brothers, Brothers-N-Harmony, Rural Rhythm
Belleville Outfit, Wanderin’, Self-released
SteelDrivers, SteelDrivers, Rounder
Ashton Shepard, Sounds So Good, MCA Nashville
Raphael Saadiq, The Way I See It, Columbia
Sloan, Parallel Play, Yep Roc
Alejandro Escovedo, Real Animal, Back Porch
Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, Rattlin’ Bones, Sugar Hill

 

REISSUES:

Hank Williams, The Unreleased Recordings, Time-Life
Porter Wagoner, The Cold Hard Facts of Life, Bear Family
Nick Lowe, Jesus of Cool 30th Anniversary Edition, Yep Roc
Kim Tolliver, Come and Get Me, I’m Ready, Reel Music

Del Fuegos reissues, Wounded Bird

 

ANNOYING:

-The apparently uncontrollable urge to text right now
in your car, at shows, etc.
-Freak folk
-The Internet

 

COOLEST:

Vinyl’s stubborn refusal to die.

 

 

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JIM ALLEN

 

ALBUMS:

Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop)

Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (XL)

The Week That Was – The Week That Was (Memphis Industries)

Mudcrutch – Mudcrutch (Warner Bros)

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Sunday at Devil Dirt (Fontana)

Brent Cash – How Will I Know If I’m Awake (Marina)

Janiva Magness –  What Love Will Do (Alligator)

Sun Kil Moon – April (Caldo Verde)

Make A Rising – Infinite Ellipse and Head With Open Fontanel
(High Two)

David Olney – Live at Norm’s River Roadhouse Vol. 1
(Deadbeet)

 

 

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RICK ALLEN

 

ALBUMS:

Phil Lee – So Long It’s Been Good To Know You –
Pallookaville

The Duhks-Fast Paced World – Sugarhill

The Waifs – Sundirtwater – Compass Records

B.B. King- One Kind Favor – Geffen Records

Jim Lauderdale – Honey Songs – Yep Roc Records

Heybale – The Last Country Album – Shuffle5 Records

Richard Bennett – Code Red Cloud Nine – Everywhere Man

Steve Hunter – Short Stories – Deaconrecords

Denice Franke – Gulf
Coast Blue – Certain
Records

Aimee Mann – @%&*! Smilers – Superego Records

Ruby Rendrag – Wartime Favorites – Ruby Rendrag

Amy Lennard – I Need To Love – Hold Your Own Records

Howlin’ Wolf – Rockin’ The Blues – Live In Germany 1964 – Acrobat Records

Mark Erelli – Delivered – Signature Records

 

REISSUES:

Very Best Of Little Richard – Specialty

Hank Williams – The Unreleased Recordings – Time Life
Entertainment

Bob Wills – Tiffany Transcriptions – Collector’s Choice

Roy Orbison – The Soul Of Rock and Roll – Sony Legacy

Love – Forever Changes (Collector’s Edition) – Rhino Records

 

NEW ARTISTS:

Wink Keziah

Ruby Rendrag

Amy Lennard

Samuel James

Homemade Jamz Blues Band

 

ANNOYING:

Twyla Tharp’s Bob Dylan Musical: The Times They Are
A’Changin’

Rock Of Ages Off Broadway Show

Taking American Idol winners seriously

Sweater-vest rock

James Blunt (Hall Of Fame)

 

DVDS:

Merle Haggard – Live In Austin Texas – New West

Parliament Funkadelic – The Mothership Connection Live 1976
– Shout Factory

The Johnny Cash Show: The Best of Johnny Cash 1969-1971 –
Sony Columbia
Legacy

 

BOOKS:

Jimi Hendrix: An Illustrated
Experience – Atria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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