Wednesday, December 31, 2008

LEE's list

Yes - LEE goes first, because it's LEE fer chrissakes.  A lover and a fighter, LEE strives to bring the world great music, either through his website or the bevy of compilations that could pack more than a few landfills.

2 L 0 E 0 E 8


1.       ProCon – Kingmaker.  Hey, if you released an album on your label, I’d hope it would be your favorite of the year.  All the right influences mixed up in tomorrow’s blender.  Hooky, dancy, sexy, funky, dirty and pretty much perfect.

2.       The Fireman – Electric Arguments.  This one came out of nowhere and knocked everyone on their ass.  This guy’s 66?  Macca’s got a hell of a run going with the last few records.

3.       David Byrne & Brian Eno – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today.  Two geniuses collaborate again.  And, with staggeringly good results. 

4.       Lindsey Buckingham – Gift Of Screws.  The record everyone wanted when Under The Skin was released.  Well, here it is.  Now shut up and enjoy.

5.       R.E.M. – Accelerate.  The old fart parade continues.  Listening to this record almost impossible to believe it’s been over 20 years since Life’s Rich Pageant.

6.       Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid.  I don’t know why this band isn’t huge.  I really don’t.

7.       Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping.  Not as immediately gratifying as the last few records, but one that pays off in spades.  Incredible packaging on the wax, too.

8.       Sigur Ros – Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust.  I’m always driven to put their records on my year-end lists.  Maybe because there’s (still) nothing like them.  Maybe because they’re just that good.

9.       My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges.  My first time trying on the Jacket, and boy did it fit nicely.  It’s been a long time since I stopped what I was doing to listen to every track on a record.

10.   Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend.  Got it.  Loved it.  Put it away.  Took it back out.  Still loved it.


Ten more that missed it by that much (alphabeticLEE):

Walter Becker – Circus Money

Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

Girl Talk – Feed The Animals

Inara George with Van Dyke Parks – An Invitation

Mudcrutch - Mudcrutch

Jim Noir – Jim Noir

Todd Rundgren – Arena

Skafish – What’s This?

The Week That Was – The Week That Was

The Ting Tings – We Started Nothing



Dennis Wilson – Pacific Ocean Blue


Guess I should get these:

Bob Dylan – Tell Tale Signs

TV On The Radio – Dear Science


Still don’t get why I should care:

The Hold Steady

Kanye West

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