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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Top 10 Albums of 2008

With less than 7 hours to spare here are my top albums of the year. Overall a somewhat disappointing music year, but still plenty o'favorites. My top 2 techinically released late last year though I wasn't able to get either delivered until this year hence 2008...deal with it :-)

Top 10 Albums of 2008

The Black Angels
Directions To See A Ghost

Lucinda Williams
Little Honey


Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes


Don't Be A Stranger


Okkervil River
The Stand Ins


Gary Louris
Vagabonds/Acoustic Vagabonds

Damien Jurado
Caught In The Trees

Black Mountain
In The Future

A.A. Bondy
American Hearts

Travis Tooke

Just Missed
Avett Brothers - The Gleam II, Black Keys - Attack & Release, Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago, Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark, Grand Archives - Grand Archives, Raveonettes - Lust, Lust, Lust, Retribution Gospel Choir - Retribution Gospel Choir, Ryan Adams - Cardinology, Sun Kil Moon - April, Throw Me The Statue - Moonbeams

Best Live Album
The Thermals - Live At The Echoplex 12/07/07

Best Soundtrack

Best Reissue
Whiskeytown - Stranger's Almanac, All of the Replacements albums

Best Live Shows I Saw This Year
Damien Jurado @ Triple Door
Cave Singer @ The Moore
John Vanderslice @ Bumbershoot
Old 97's @ Bumbershoot
Lucinda Williams @ Bumbershoot
Colin Meloy @ The Showbox

Most Disappointing Albums of the Year
Counting Crows - Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings, Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark, Ryan Adams - Cardinology

2008 Mixtape
1. Counting Crows - "Hanging Tree"
2. British Sea Power - "Waving Flags"
3. Black Angels - "You on the Run"
4. Raveonettes - "Aly, Walk With Me"
5. The Muslims - "Bright Side"
6. Moondoggies - "Changing"
7. Black Mountain - "Evil Ways"
8. Ryan Adams - "Magick"
9. My Morning Jacket - "I'm Amazed"
10. Magnetic Fields - "California Girls"
11. Damien Jurado - "Coats of Ice"
12. Grand Archives - "Torn Foam Blue Couch"
13. Throw Me The Statue - "About to Walk"
14. Avett Brothers - "Murdered in the City"
15. Gary Louris - "True Blue"
16. A.A. Bondy - "There's a Reason"
17. Bon Iver - "Skinny Love"
18. Fleet Foxes - "White Winter Hymnal"
19. Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson - "Rattlin' Bones"
20. Roadside Graves - "Far and Wide"
21. Travis Tooke - "Would You Burn?"