• Top Ten Records 2008

    Jan 8 2009, 3h24

    2008 Top Ten

    1 Centro-matic/South San Gabriel - Dual Hawks
    The most anticipated release of the year for me and and this double shot more than delivered. Will Johnson has to be the most underrated songwriter working in music today.

    2 Dr Dog - Fate
    Every record from this band has been better than the last, this one is no exception. The best three part harmonies in the business and damn great live, too.

    3 The Heavenly States - Delayer
    Local boys (and girl) make good. Nice mix of rockin' and quiet tunes. I look forward to their next effort.

    4 Okkervil River - The Stand-Ins
    Still in the blush of new love for this band, not a weak song in the bunch. Another great live experience.

    5 Calexico - Carried To Dust
    Initially underwhelmed, this record gained steam after a Postcard rave forced a re-listen and its place was cemented in the top ten after witnessing their live show at the Fillmore.

    6 Paul Westerberg - 49:00
    A sloppy, glorious mess; all for forty nine cents.

    7 Al Green - Lay It Down
    It sounds like 1973, but for now it sounds like heaven. Reverand Al is timeless.

    8 Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight
    Tons of hype surrounding these guys and well deserved. This band has legs.

    9 Tift Merritt - Another Country
    A quiet, mature, and assured record from Tift.

    10 Magnolia Summer - Lines From The Frame
    A late in the game arrival, I've just been listening to it too much to have it not make the top ten.

    Bubbling under; on another day any of these records might've taken the number 9 and/or 10 spot:

    Spiritualized - Songs in A&E
    Giant Sand - Provisions
    Dexateens - Lost And Found
    Willy Vlautin & Paul Brainard - Northline
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
    Kathleen Edwards - Asking For Flowers
    My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
    The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
    Paul Weller - 22 Dreams
    The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
    Roger Bryan and The Orphans - Recovery
    Raconteurs - Consoler of the Lonely

    Top Tracks

    1 From - Dr Dog
    A beautiful melody backed by glorious harmonies
    2 Lost In The Light - The Heavenly States
    Rock and roll at its finest
    3 Lay It Down - Al Green
    Could've been the follow up single to "Tired of Being Alone"
    4 Lie Down Here (And Be My Girl) - Nick Cave
    5 Soul On Fire - Spiritualized
    Soaring, and the closest I ever come to religeon


    6 All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You) - Paul Weller
    7 Pop Lie - Okkervil River
    8 Great Expectations - The Gaslight Anthem
    9 Emma Jane - South San Gabriel
    10 Northline Main Theme - Willy Vlautin & Paul Brainard

    It just wouldn't be right not to at least mention these great songs:

    Slowness - Calexico
    Well Enough Alone - Howe Gelb
    Weatherman And Skin Goddess - Robert Pollard
    Strychnine, Breathless Ways - Centro-matic
    The Modern Leper - Frightened Rabbit
    I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory - Kathleen Edwards
    Kid - Dexateens
    Thank You Too - My Morning Jacket
    Broken - Tift Merritt
    Sensitive Boys - Alejandro Escovedo
    Soon When I'm Gone - 13ghosts
    If We Fall - Roger Bryan and the Orphans
  • My SXSW 2008 Bands List

    Mar 17 2008, 6h25

    Two Cow Garage, Glossary, Grand Champeen, The Drams, Brazos, Ed Harcourt, Chris Stamey, Pink Nasty, Joseph Arthur, The Bad Rackets, Steve Smith, The Young Republic, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Hey Negrita, Centro-matic, British Sea Power, Sons and Daughters, Tim Easton, The Whipsaws, Buddy Miller, Okkervil River, Popup, The Heavenly States, Boys in a Band, Hot Little Rocket, The Iguanas, Chatham County Line, The Weakerthans, Liam Finn, The Sadies, O Death, The Golden Dogs, The Little Ones, American Babies, Chuck Prophet, Fleet Foxes, The Quebe Sisters Band, The Hanks, Paul Kelly, David Bazan, John Doe, The Ting Tings, Tift Merritt, The Pendletons, The A-Sides, The Deadstring Brothers, Delta Spirit, Dr Dog.

    It was quite a four day stretch, I gotta say.
  • Top Ten Records 2007

    Dez 27 2007, 0h39

    2007 Top Ten

    1 Richmond Fontaine - Thirteen Cities
    2 John Doe - A Year in the Wilderness
    3 Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
    4 Bruce Springsteen - Magic
    5 The Broken West - I Can't Go On I'll Go On
    6 The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
    7 Okkervil River - The Stage Names
    8 Dr Dog - We All Belong
    9 The Weakerthans - Reunion Tour
    10 Luther Russell - Repair

    I liked a lot of records this year (these in no particular order):

    Mark Olson - The Salvation Blues
    Peter Case - Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John
    Josh Ritter - The Historical Conquests Of Josh Ritter
    The Sadies - New Seasons
    Glossary - Better Angels of our Nature
    Oakley Hall - I'll Follow You
    Calexico - Toolbox
    Jason Isbell - Sirens of the Ditch
    Centro-matic - Operation Motorcide EP
    Matt Pond Pa - If You Want Blood EP
    Various Artists - I'm Not There Soundtrack
    Grand Champeen - Dial T For This

    Tracks of the Year:

    "The Golden State" John Doe
    "$87 And A Guilty Conscious That Gets Worse The Longer I Go" Richmond Fontaine
    "Atlanta" Centro-matic
    "Impossible Germany" Wilco
    "Alaska" Dr Dog
    "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb" Spoon
    "If You Live" Matt Pond PA
    "Girls in their Summer Clothes" Bruce Springsteen
    "Waitomo" Calexico
    "Paranoia in Bb Major" The Avett Brothers
    "Nice of You to Join Us" Grand Champeen