The boys at Teenage Kicks asked me for a list of the year's best CDs and songs. I wish I could follow instructions.
We really should just hit PLAY here, because this is a playlist, not a greatest albums or songs list. It's meant to move.
To be honest, I didn't listen to albums that often in 2008. Or buy them, unless you count that Neil Young show from 1968 that just came out. So this is the best I can do -- a livable, listenable list of songs recording made or released this year. I have been hunting and gathering for several weeks, and am grateful for Largehearted Boy, who each year links all these blogger lists of the best this and that, and I have been waking up early and right-clicking merrily.
Here's the result. It, like I, is rockist and unrepentant. It starts with murder, and features smoking guns, philosophy, Cleveland, `70's guitar licks, a two-cow-garage, truckers to drive by, a girl from Philly, and a remake of Ronnie Laine' s arrangement of a Derroll Adams song. And they say rock is dead.
Murder In The City The Avett Brothers
Times Like These Ryan Adams
Frankie's Gun! The Felice Brothers
Roll On Babe Vetiver
Cleveland Luke Doucet and the White Falcon
Black Pear Tree The Mountain Goats and Kaki King
Paint A Face Neil Halstead
Before It Gets Better Earlimart
Lost Coastlines Okkervil River
Black Balloon The Kills
Night of Joy The Breeders
A Ghost to Most Drive-By Truckers
I Don't Wanna Grow Up Hayes Carll
Slapped Actress The Hold Steady
Great Expectations The Gaslight Anthem
Your Humble Narrator Two Cow Garage
Man Made Lake Calexico
Sex on Fire Kings of Leon
Nothing Ever Happened Deerhunter
You'll Find A Way Santogold
Golden Age TV On The Radio.
Play this list loud!