Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Jack's list

Jack - A man who not only did battle with A.W. Prop, but funneled that insanity into your favorite record store.  Plus, he kinda looks like Jesus.

Best of the Year 2008  - drowning in a sea of digital of music 

1)    Nick Cave – Dig Lazurus Dig
An intoxicating blend of song craft and passion.

2)    Alejandro Escovedo – Real Animal / Live Animal (EP)

A tough as nails journey through the 70’s music scene.

3)    Bob Dylan – Tell Tale Signs
Amazing wide ranging set of outtakes, alternate versions and live cuts.

4)    Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
A fragile beauty that just draws you in again and again.

5)    James McMurtry – Just Us Kids
A compelling look at the American political landscape and its victims.

6)    Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
A mindless fun concoction of  Afrobeats and 80’s alternative.

7)    Gary Louris – Vagabonds / Acoustic  Vagabonds (EP)
The singer-songwriter cd of the year, for fans of 70’s California pop.

8)    Lucinda Williams – Little Honey
She finds love and her electric guitar, it rocks from the heart.

9)     Mudcrutch – Mudcrutch / EP Live
High school band reforms for a classic country rock homage.

10)    Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
The voices and the vibe mix together into an ethereal listening experience.


Slightly flawed favorites:

The Rolling Stones  - Shine A Light

B.B. King – One Kind Favor

R.E.M. – Accelerate

She & Him – Volume One

The Hold Steady – Stay Positive

My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges

Ra Ra Riot – The Rhumb Line

Santogold – Santogold

Coldplay – Vival La Vida …

Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs

Hayes Carll – Trouble in Mind

Duffy – Rockferry

Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue

AC/DC – Black Ice

Raphael Saadiq – The Way I See It


From the Vaults:

Clash – Live at Shea Stadium

Neil Young – Live at Canterbury House 1968

T.Rex – The Best of the BBC Recordings



Buena Vista Social Club – At Carnegie Hall

Amandou & Mariam – Welcome to Mali



B.B. King – One Kind Favor

Buddy Guy – Skin Deep

Tab Benoit – Night Train to Nashville

James Hunter – The Hard Way

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