The best CDs of 2008, pt. 1 – the Gold LPs

Most years are pretty good for music if you know where to look, and 2008 was no exception. It’s a shame that you have to search so hard, of course – once upon a time all you needed to keep track of what was good in the world of music was a radio. These days it requires a little effort, though, and while I lost count a long time ago, I probably sampled a few hundred CDs in the last 365. Thank the gods for the Internet and a growing network of friends who make sure to let me know whenever they hear something worthy, huh?

This is part one of three. The Platinum LP Awards will be along soon, and that will be followed by the CD of the Year post. So here we go with last year’s Gold Awards for Very Good CDs. These are in alphabetical order, more or less. Band Web sites link to the band name, and if the CD is available via eMusic, that links to the CD title. If you want to purchase from eMusic, click on the link in the right column for a really good deal (as in lots of free downloads).

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The Last of 2008

OK, this is it, the final review blog of 2008. It was a great year for music, but 2009 looks like it will be hitting us with some winners. Find out more in my next exciting blog! It’s getting kinda crazy around here, what with all the winter madness shaking things up. Hey! I just saw an awesome concert yesterday, by Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles. A fun, rip-roarin’ show, I even got to meet the band, a bunch of nice fellas and lady. Check my facebook for pics. Otherwise, have fun for ’09!

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What makes a great album?

What makes a great album anyway? I wonder about this a lot. On these reviews, I base my decisions on first impressions, based on one listen, and often, I come back to my reviews and question my decision. Because the thing that happens is you revisit records. Sometimes the stars are aligned so that something just hits you right on that first listen, but when you revisit, things have changed, and you see it through different eyes.

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After the Fact, the Stinging Aftertaste of 2008

I’m sure many of you face the same struggle after all those year end lists come in. People obviously have varied tastes, and it is often difficult to tell if you will like something someone puts on a list. I submit to you these reviews of 5 CD’s I saw on best of ’08 lists and tried out. With the exception of Scot Sax, they are all new artists to me. And the results are mixed, some I really liked, some fell a bit flat. I think there is a tendency for high expectations (if they put it on a list it must be GREAT!!) Good luck.

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Audities – Best of 2008

Position
Artist / Album
Total Points

1
Cliff Hillis // The Long Now
310

2
The Major Labels // Aquavia
285

3
REM // Accelerate
259

4
Sloan // Parallel play
255

5
She & Him // Volume 1
242

6
Kelly Jones // SheBANG!
208

7
Nada Surf // Lucky
207

8
Pugwash // 11 Modern Antiquities
197

9
Roger Joseph Manning Jnr. // Catnip dynamite
192

10
Rick Springfield // Venus In Overdrive
181

11
Ike // Where To Begin
175

12
Josh Fix // Free At Last
172

13
Rob Bonfiglio // Bring on the happy
170

14
Jim Boggia // Misadventures in stereo
150

15
Greg Pope // Popmonster
142

16
Sparks // Exotic Creatures Of The Deep
140

17
The Hold Steady // Stay Positive
138

17
The Hold Steady // Stay Positive
138

19
Three Hour Tour // B Side Oblivion
133

20
The Explorers Club // Freedom Wind
129

21
Elvis Costello // Momofuku
126

22
Mike Viola // Lurch
123

22
Mike Viola // Lurch
123

24
Fleet Foxes // Fleet Foxes
120

25
The Fireman // Electric Arguments
118

26
Brian Wilson // The Lucky Old Sun
116

26
Brian Wilson // The Lucky Old Sun
116

28
Matthew Sweet // Sunshine lies
115

29
Wisely // Wisely
102

30
Lindsey Buckingham // Gift of Screws
99

31
Alejandro Escovedo // Real Animal
98

32
Todd Rundgren // Arena
96

33
Elbow // Seldom Seen Kid
92

34
The Well Wishers // Jigsaw days
91

35
Adrian Whitehead // One Small Stepping Man
88

36
The Jellybricks // Goodnight to everyone
83

37
Glenn Campbell // Meet Glenn Campbell
81

37
The Gaslight Anthem // The ’59 Sound
81

39
Oasis // Dig out your soul
80

40
Vampire Weekend // Vampire Weekend
78

41
Bryan Scary & the Shredding Tears // Flight of the knife
75

41
The Pillbugs // Everybody Wants A Way Out
75

43
Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves // Roll With You
74

44
Smith Bros // Restless
71

45
Lucinda Williams // Little Honey
68

46
Brian Eno & David Byrne // Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
66

46
Portishead // Third
66

48
Spiralling // Time Travel Made Easy
62

49
The Feeling // Join With Us
61

49
The Feeling // Join With Us
61

51
Marizane // Cosmosis
60

51
My Favorite Highway // How To Call A Bluff
60

53
Black Crowes // Warpaint
58

54
Glasvegas // Glasvegas
54

54
Brent Cash // How Will I Know If I’m Awake
54

54
Attic Lights // Friday Night Lights
54

54
Duffy // Rockferry
54

54
Tim Christensen // Superior
54

59
Stratocruiser // Egg Shells
53

59
Cut Copy // In Ghost Colours
53

59
Chewy Marble // Modulations
53

59
Cut Copy // In Ghost Colours
53

59
The Academy Is… – Fast Times At Barrington High
53

64
Last Shadow Puppets // Age Of The Understatement
52

64
Peter Bruntnell // Peter and the Murder of Crows
52

64
Bon Iver // For Emma, Forever Ago
52

64
Ben Folds // Way To Normal
52

64
Todd Herfindal // Collective
52

64
Bon Iver // For Emma, Forever Ago
52

70
Someone still loves you Boris Yeltsin // Pershing
51

70
Old 97’s // Blame It On Gravity
51

70
The Tripwires // Makes You Look Around
51

73
Liam Finn // I’ll be lightning
50

73
AC/DC // Black Ice
50

73
The Wellingtons // Heading North For The Winter
50

76
My Morning Jacket // Evil Urges
49

77
The Goldbergs // Under The Radar
48

77
Thom Hell // God If I Saw Her Now
48

79
The Killers // Day & Age
47

79
Frightened Rabbit // The Midnight Organ Fight
47

81
Goodnight Nurse // Keep Me On Your Side
45

81
Goodnight Nurse // Keep Me On Your Side
45

83
Hawksley Workman // Los Manlicious
44

83
Kaiser Chiefs // Off With Their Heads
44

85
Jamie Lidell // Jim
43

85
It Bites // The Tall Ships
43

87
Apes and Androids // Blood Moon
42

87
Take That // Circus
42

87
Peter Adams // I woke up with the planets in my face
42

87
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson // Rattlin’ Bones
42

87
Pete Best Band // Hayman’s Green
42

87
Kooks // Kong
42

93
That Was The Week That Was // That Was The Week That Was
41

93
Butch Walker // Sycamore Meadows
41

93
Steve Wynn // Crossing Dragon Bridge
41

96
Foxboro Hot Tubs // Stop Drop and Roll
40

96
Clint Sutton // Clint Sutton
40

96
Winterpills // Central Chambers
40

96
Houston Calls // The End Of An Error
40

96
Sharleen Spiteri // Melody
40

96
The Crash Moderns – Good Night Glamour Good Morning Disaster
40

96
Cute Is What We Aim For – Rotation
40

103
Frank Ciampi // Big top woman
39

103
Class Three Overbite // Horses for courses
39

105
Bob Mould // District line
37

105
Relient K // The Birds And The Bee Sides
37

105
The Mommyheads // You’re Not A Dream
37

108
Ryan Adams and the Cardinals // Cardinology
36

108
Dropkick // Patchwork
36

108
The Afters // Never Going Back To Ok
36

108
The Orchid Highway // The Orchid Highway
36

108
Future Clouds & Radar // Peoria
36

108
Flight of the Conchords // Flight of the Conchords
36

108
The Pink Spiders // Sweat It Out
36

115
Daisy // It’s About Time
35

115
MGMT // Oracular Spectacular
35

115
The Lucksmiths // First Frost
35

115
MGMT // Oracular Spectacular
35

119
Jenny Lewis // Acid Tongue
34

119
Mudcrutch // Mudcrutch
34

119
Marah // Angels of Destruction!
34

122
Teddy Thompson // A Piece Of What You Need
33

122
Raconteurs // Consolers of the Lonely
33

122
Vivian Girls // Vivian Girls
33

122
Scotty Campbell And His Wadenaires // Smokin’ And Drinkin’
33

122
Augustana // Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt
33

127
Nick Cave // Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
32

127
Kathleen Edwards // Asking For Flowers
32

127
Death Cab For Cutie // Narrow Stairs
32

127
Death Cab For Cutie // Narrow Stairs
32

127
The Spongetones // Too Clever By Half
32

127
Super Furry Animals // Hey Venus!
32

127
Julie Ocean // Long Gone & Nearly There
32

134
Goldfrapp // Seventh tree
31

134
The Maine // Can’t Stop Won’t Stop
31

134
Pretenders // Break Up The Concrete
31

137
Bleu // A Watched Pot
30

137
The Yum Yums // Whatever Rhymes With Baby
30

137
Luluc // Dear Hamlon
30

137
Nicole Atkins // Neptune City
30

137
Frightened Rabbit // Midnight Organ Fight
30

137
Rob Dickinson // Fresh Wine For The Horses
30

137
Capsule Queens // Moonflowers
30

137
Hawk Nelson // …. Is My Friend
30

137
Passing Strange // Original Broadway Cast
30

137
Little Jackie // The Stoop
30

137
Marillion // Happiness Is The Road Vol 1: Essence
30

137
Joy Askew // The Pirate of Eel Pie
30

137
Cowboy Junkies // Trinity Revisited
30

137
Apartment // Sparkle Bicycle
30

137
Army Navy // Army Navy
30

137
Stew and Heidi Rodewald // Passing Strange (Original Cast Recording)
30

137
Slapdash / Reciprocal
30

137
Nicole Atkins // Neptune City
30

137
Tally Hall // Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum
30

137
Kay Hanley // Weaponize
30

137
Rachael Yamagata // Elephants… Teeth Sinking Into Heart
30

137
Kaset Chambers & Shane Nicholoson // Rattlin’ Bones
30

137
Charles Jenkins // Blue Atlas
30

137
Rebecca Martin // The Growing Season
30

161
Kings Of Leon // Only By The Night
29

161
The Baseball Project // Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails
29

161
Marching Band // Spark Large
29

161
Kings Of Leon // Only By The Night
29

161
Andy Reed // Fast Forward
29

166
Santogold // Santogold
28

166
The Whigs // Mission Control
28

168
TV On The Radio // Dear Science
27

168
The Bridges // Limits of the Sky
27

170
Captain Wilberforce // Everyone Loves A Villian
25

170
Paul Weller // 22 Dreams
25

170
Don Dixon & The Jump Rabbits // the Nu Look
25

173
Friendly Foes // Born Radical
24

173
Aimee Mann // @#%&*! Smilers
24

173
Eli “Paperboy” Reed // Roll With You
24

173
Punch Brothers // Punch
24

173
PAS/CAL // I was raised by Matthew, Mark, Luke and Laura
24

173
The Hiders // Penny Harvest Field
24

173
The Boat People // Chandeliers
24

173
Two Car Garage // Speaking In Cursive
24

173
Pat Metheny Trio // Day Trip
24

173
Lydia // Illuminate
24

173
The Academy Is // Fast Times Of Barrington High
24

173
Aimee Mann // @#%&*! Smilers
24

173
Belle & Sebastian // The BBC Sessions
24

173
Jules Shear // More
24

173
Bell X1 // Flock
24

173
Michael Carpenter & The Cuban Heels // New Dog, Old Tricks
24

173
Rose Hill Drive // Moon Is The New Earth
24

173
Greg Laswell // Three Flights From Alto Nido
24

173
Rural Alberta Advantage // Hometowns
24

173
Jules Shear // More
24

173
James // Hey May
24

173
Work Of Art – Artwork
24

173
Kingsizemaybe // Kingsizemaybe
24

173
Andy Lehman // Landline
24

173
The All-American Rejects // When The World Comes Down
24

173
Thao Nguyen // We Brave Bee Stings and All
24

173
Butch Ryan Band // Time to Wait
24

173
Marc Broussard // Keep Coming Back
24

173
Barry Adamson // Back To The Cat
24

173
The Doll Test // Mosque Alarm Clock
24

173
Hello Saferide // More Modern Short Stories
24

204
Los Campesinos // Hold On Now Youngster
23

204
My Brightest Diamond // Thousand Shark’s Teeth
23

204
The Black Keys // Attack And Release
23

204
Sam Shinazzi // Then I Held My Breath
23

204
Dropkick // Dot The I
23

204
Martin Orford // The Old Road
23

204
Greyhawks // Uphill March
23

204
Firekites // The Bowery
23

204
The Lolas // Like the Sun
23

204
Gary Louris // Vagabonds
23

204
Johnny Dowd // A Drunkard’s Masterpiece
23

204
Alkaline Trio // Agony & Irony
23

204
The Orion Experience // The Orion Experience
23

204
1969 // Maya
23

204
Randy Newman // Hearts And Angels
23

204
Hayes Carll // Trouble in Mind
23

204
Leisure Class // N
23

204
The Madd // Ongeneeslijk Beat
23

222
Girls Aloud // Out Of Control
22

222
Stew // Passing Strange Original Cast Recording
22

222
Tim Lee 3 // Good 2B3
22

222
Foxboro Hot Tubs // Stop, Drop and Roll
22

222
Randy Newman // Harps and Angels
22

222
Blood Red Shoes // Box Of Secrets
22

222
Corn Mo & The .357 Lover // Your favourite hamburger is a cheeseburger
22

222
All Day Sucker // The Big Pretend
22

222
Neon Neon // Stainless Style
22

222
The Millers Tale // Overland
22

222
Thenewno2 // You Are Here
22

222
Thinking Aloud // Remote Mind Control
22

222
Chris Townsend // Copenhagen
22

222
Garfield’s Birthday // Let Them Eat Cake
22

222
King’s X // XV
22

222
Shane Nicolson // Familiar Ghosts
22

222
Hawthorne Heights – Fragile Future
22

222
Bells Will Ring // Mood Patterns
22

222
Suzy and Los Quattro // Stick With It
22

222
Testa Rosa // Testa Rosa
22

222
MopTops // Ground Floor Man
22

243
Mop Tops // Ground Floor Man
21

243
Tim Ten Yen / Everything Reminds Me Of You
21

243
Andrew Daly // Nine Sweaters
21

243
Justin Townes Earle // The Good Life
21

243
Coldplay // Viva La Vida
21

243
People In Planes // Beyond The Horizon
21

243
Jay Retard // Matador Singles ’08
21

243
Mates of State // Re-arrange Us
21

243
Amaya Lauciricia // Sugar Lights
21

243
Mike Keneally // Wine & Pickles
21

243
Bloodshot Taffeta // Graveyard Gavotte
21

243
Every Avenue // Shh, Just Go With It
21

243
Melanie Doane // A Thousand Nights
21

243
The Grip Weeds // Inifinite Soul
21

243
New English // New English
21

243
Magnetic Fields // Distortion
21

243
Steve Barton and The Oblivion Click // Gallery
21

243
Pale Hollow // Pale Hollow
21

243
Plain White T’s // Big Bad World
21

243
Mother Mother // O My Heart
21

243
Okkervil River // The Stand ins
21

264
Martha Wainwright // I Know You’re Married, But I Have Feelings Too
20

264
Phantom Planet // Raise The Dead
20

264
The Streets // Everything Is Borrowed
20

264
Drive By Truckers // Brighter Than Creation’s Dark
20

264
Sam Phillips // Don’t Do Anything
20

264
Beck // Modern Guilt
20

264
Ours // Mercy
20

264
Beck // Modern Guilt
20

264
The Gin Club // Junk
20

264
Fiction 8 // Project Phoenix
20

264
Spin Drop Stop // Corner of Tomorrow
20

264
Metro Station – Metro Station
20

264
Quireboys // Homewreckers and Heartbreakers
20

264
Shelby Lynn // Just A Little Lovin’
20

264
Ghosty / Answers
20

264
Calexico // Carried to Dust
20

264
Joe Soko // Floss Like A Beast
20

264
Weezer // The Red Album
20

264
Richard X. Heyman // Intakes
20

264
Frank Barajas // Better Times
20

264
Jeff Caudill // Try To Be Here
20

264
The Stellas // Cry Baby Cry
20

264
Derby // Posters Fade
20

264
Break And Repair Method // Milk The Bee
20

264
Aprilsrain // Stellar Transmission
20

264
Okkervil River // The Stand-Ins
20

264
Bruce Robison // The New World
20

264
Smith & Pyle // It’s Okay To Be Happy
20

264
Chris Knight // Heart of Stone
20

264
The 88 // Not Only…But Also
20

264
Quireboys // Homewreckers and Heartbreakers
20

295
Supergrass // Diamond Hoo Haa
19

295
Paper Or Plastic // Don’t Be Like That
19

295
Marty-Willson Piper // Nightjar
19

295
School Of Seven Bells // Alpinisms
19

295
Silvery // Thunderer And Excelsior
19

295
The Weepies // Hideaway
19

295
Oppenheimer // Take the Whole Midrange and Boost It
19

295
Billy Sherwood // At The Speed Of Life
19

295
The Dandy Warhols // Earth to the Dandy Warhols
19

295
Pistol For Ringo // Solid State Neo-Hedonist
19

295
Mitch Ryder // You Deserve My Art
19

295
Metallica // Death Magnetic
19

295
The Campbell Apartment // Insomniac’s Almanac
19

295
Bill Nelson // Clocks And Dials
19

295
Theresa Anderson // Hummingbird, Go!
19

295
The Spongetones // Always Carry On
19

295
Little Joy // Little Joy
19

295
Baby Lemonade // The Best Of Baby Lemonade
19

295
Dennis Schocket // The Cinderblock Mansion
19

295
Ra Ra Riot // The Rhumb Line
19

295
Jay Bennett // Whatever Happened, I Apologize
19

295
Joel Plaskett // Ashtray Rock
19

295
Mitch Ryder // You Deserve My Art
19

318
Kevin Reeves // It’s About Time
18

318
Mock Orange // Captain Love
18

318
Travis // Ode to J. Smith
18

318
Saul Zonana // Blue Monkey
18

318
Steve Kibly // Painkiller
18

318
Buck Cherry // Black Butterfly
18

318
Q-Tip // The Renaissance
18

318
The Vandas // Slow Burn
18

318
Neal Morse // Lifeline
18

318
Don Dixon & the Jump Rabbits // The Nu-Look
18

318
Sycons // The Men Who Fell To Earth
18

318
The Hussy’s // Superpro
18

318
Fratellis // Here We Stand
18

318
Rachael Yamagata // Elephants…Teeth Sinking Into Heart
18

318
Sons and Daughters // This Gift
18

318
Bob Dylan // The Bootleg Series Volume 8: Telltale Signs
18

318
Frank Lee Sprague // Fulton Chateau
18

318
Article A // Stay Now
18

318
Incredible Vickers Brothers // Gallimaufry
18

318
Jukebox The Ghost // Let Live and Let Ghosts
18

318
Colm Mac Con Iomaire // The Hare’s Corner
18

318
Fratellis // Here We Stand
18

318
Ray Davies // Working Man’s Café
18

318
The Resonars // That Evil Drone
18

342
Afternoons // Sweet Action
17

342
The Features // Some Kind Of Salvation
17

342
Benji Hughes // A Love Extreme
17

342
Paul Steel // Moon Rock
17

342
Jeff Heiskell // Clip on Nose Ring
17

342
The Gutter Twins // Saturnalia/ Adorata
17

342
Keane // Perfect Symmetry
17

342
Chumbawamba // The Boy Bands Have Won
17

342
Tracy Redhead // Walking Home A Different Way
17

342
Neil Halstead // Oh! Mighty Engine
17

342
Troubleflower / Backwater Mystique
17

342
The Squires Of The Subterrain // Feel The Sun
17

342
Diffuser // Sincerely, Wasting Away
17

342
Rockfour // Memories of the Never Happened
17

342
The Cab // Whisper War
17

342
Adele // 19
17

342
Go Crash Audio // Dear, Song In My Head
17

342
Chris Difford // The Last Temptation of Chris
17

342
Mark Wilkinson // Counting Down The Hours
17

342
Revisionists // Revisionists
17

342
The General Store-Mountain Rescue
17

342
Martha Wainwright // I know you’re married but I’ve got feelings too
17

364
Crash Street Kids // Transatlantic Suicide
16

364
The Reducers // Guitar, Bass and Drums
16

364
Paul Westerberg // 49
16

364
Delta Spirit // Ode to Sunshine
16

364
The Kills // Midnight Boom
16

364
Envy & Other Sins // We Leave At Dawn
16

364
Everest // Ghost Notes
16

364
Jesus H. Christ and the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse // Happier than You
16

364
Andrew Keese & The Associates // Desire
16

364
Elliott Brood // Mountain Meadows
16

364
Keith Emmerson Band Feat. Marc Bonilla // Keith Emmerson Band Feat. Marc Bonilla
16

364
The Lost Patrol // Midnight Matinée
16

364
Annuals // Such Fun
16

364
Love Me Nots // Detroit
16

364
The Break & Repair Method // Milk the Bee
16

364
The Innocence Mission // Street Map
16

364
The Very Most // Congratulations Forever
16

364
Teenage Head // Teenage Head With Marky Ramone
16

364
High Places // High Places
16

364
The Presidents Of The United States // Good Times
16

364
Bryan Estepa // Sunday Best
16

364
The Morning Light // The Morning Light
16

364
Michael Stanley // Just Another Night
16

364
The Vandas // Slow Burn
16

364
Love Me Nots // Detroit
16

364
The Lackloves-Cathedral Square Park
16

390
Ron Sexsmith // Exit Strategy
15

390
The Spinto Band // Looking Good
15

390
Sparkadia // Postcards
15

390
The Del Bombers // Vol. 2
15

390
Pierre de Reeder // The Way That It Was
15

390
Mountain Goats // Heretic Pride
15

390
Conor Oberst // Conor Oberst
15

390
The Magnetic Fields // Distortion
15

390
El Perro Del Mar // From the Valley to the Stars
15

390
BoDeans // Still
15

390
Electric Apricot // Burning Man
15

390
The Galaxies // Here We Go!
15

390
A Fine Frenzy // One Cell In The Sea
15

390
Evrery Avenue // Shh, Just Go With It
15

390
Vbeke Saugestad // The World Famous Hat Trick
15

390
HeyBale // The Last Country Album
15

390
Taylor Hollingsworth // Bad Little Kitty
15

390
Big kid // Big Kid III
15

408
Julie Ocean // Long Gone And Nearly There
14

408
The Lackloves // Cathedral Square Park
14

408
Hold Steady // Stay Positive
14

408
No Age // Nouns
14

408
Friendly Fires // Friendly Fires
14

408
Little Red // Listen To Little Red
14

408
Adrian Bourgeois // Adrian Bourgeois
14

408
Our Broken Garden // When Your Blackening Shows
14

408
SKooBER // Say!
14

408
Lykke Li // Youth Novels
14

408
The Lackloves // Cathedral Square Park
14

408
Khalid Hanifi // Pamplemousse Presse
14

408
Every Avenue // Shhh, Just Go With It
14

408
Ruckus // Reunion
14

408
Adrian Bourgeois // Adrian Bourgeois
14

408
Ness // You Can’t Afford To Feel
14

408
James McCann // Sweet Casualty
14

408
The Telepathic Butterflies // Breakfast In Suburbia
14

408
Shearwater // Rook
14

427
Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile // Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile
13

427
British Sea Power // Do You Like Rock Music?
13

427
Pop Archaeology Transmission // It Is What It Is
13

427
The Crayons // What’s Wrong with You
13

427
Van Der Graaf Generator // Trisector
13

427
Readymade Breakup // Alive On The Vine
13

427
Asia // Phoenix
13

427
Bent Back Tulips // Looking Through
13

427
Scott’s Garage // Scott’s Garage
13

427
Sing It Loud // Come Around
13

427
Dungen // 4
13

427
Jonathan Byrd // The Law and the Lonesome
13

427
Albert Hammond, Jr. // Como Te Llama?
13

427
The Guild League // Speak Up
13

427
Jackson Browne // The Conqueror
13

442
The Smith Bros. // Restless
12

442
Tift Merritt // Another Country
12

442
Rodney Crowell // Sex and Gasoline
12

442
Brett Dennen // Hope For The Hopeless
12

442
The Malibus // Now!
12

442
Ani DiFranco // Red Letter Year
12

442
The 88 // Not Only… But Also
12

442
Guns and Roses // Chinese Democracy
12

442
John McKenna // Stone Cold Summer
12

442
The Soundtrack Of Our Lives // Communion
12

442
Drive-By Truckers // Brighters Than Creation’s Dark
12

442
John Legend // Evolver
12

442
CW Stoneking // Jungle Blues
12

442
Venus – Infers The Truth About
12

442
General Store // The Mountain Rescue
12

457
Marah // Angels of Destruction
11

457
Sybris // Into The Trees
11

457
Big Head Todd & the Monsters // All the Love You Need
11

457
Poplord // Full/Filled
11

457
Was (Not Was) // Boo!
11

457
Andy Bopp // This Guitar Kills Singer Songwriters
11

457
The Favorites // Bright Nights, Bright Lights
11

457
Rhys March // The Fragile State of Inbetween
11

457
We Shot The Moon // Fear And Love
11

457
Juliana Hatfield // How To Walk Away
11

457
Scott Kempner // Saving Grace
11

457
The General Store // Mountain Rescue
11

457
Edward Guglielmino // Free At Last
11

457
Graham Day and the Gaolers // Triple Distilled
11

457
The Pop Project // Stars Of Stage And Screen
11

472
Miniature Tigers // Tell it to the volcano
10

472
The New Odds // Cheerleader
10

472
Headless Heroes // The Silence Of Love
10

472
Hawksley Workman // Between The Beautifuls
10

472
Hawksley Workman // Between The Beautifuls
10

472
Ladyhawke – Ladyhawke
10

472
The Ditty Bops // Summer Rains
10

472
The Long Blondes // Couples
10

472
The Submarines // Honeysuckle Weeks
10

472
The Stars Explode // The Stars Explode
10

472
Tyler Burkum // Darling, Maybe Someday
10

472
Valencia // We All Need A Reason To Believe
10

472
The Kennedys // Better Dreams
10

472
Pony Face // Bearded Little Girls
10

472
Jeremy // Pop Explosion
10

487
Snow Patrol // A Hundred Million Suns
9

487
Longwave // Secrets Are Sinister
9

487
For Against // Shade Side, Sunny Side
9

487
Willoughby // I Know What You’re Up To
9

487
The Raveonettes // Lust Lust Lust
9

487
Luke Jackson // …And Then Some
9

487
Susan Tedeschi // Back to the River
9

487
The Heyday // The Heyday
9

487
The Meadows // First Nervous Breakdown
9

487
Junipers // Cut Your Key
9

487
Rookie Of The Year // Sweet Attention
9

487
Jeff Hanson // Madam Owl
9

487
Arden Kaywin // The Elephant In The Room
9

487
Conway Savage // Quickie for Ducky
9

487
Dr. Dog // Fate
9

502
The Helio Sequence // Keep Your Eyes Ahead
8

502
Erykah Badu // New Maerykah, Pt. One
8

502
The Rollo Treadway // The Rollo Treadway
8

502
The Chevelles – Barbarella Girl God/
8

502
Carrie Rodriguez // She Ain’t Me
8

502
Emmylou Harris // All I Intended To Be
8

502
M83 // Saturdays=Youth
8

502
Telepathic Butterflies // Breakfast in Suburbia
8

502
Ferras // Aliens & Rainbows
8

502
Scott Murray // Vinyl Generation
8

502
Sheboygan //  It’s Okay Say Yes
8

502
Stellar Kart // Expect The Impossible
8

502
Matthew Ryan // Matthew Ryan vs. Silver State
8

502
The Lurid Yellow Mist featuring Dave Graney & Clare Moore // We Wuz Curious
8

502
The Hi Risers // Once We Get Started
8

517
Jordan Zevon // Insides Out
7

517
Retribution Gospel Choir // Retribution Gospel Choir
7

517
The Dirtbombs // We Have You Surrounded
7

517
Dave Barnes – Me and You and the World/
7

517
Benoit Pioulard // Temper
7

517
Ladytron // Velocifero
7

517
Tahiti 80 // Activity Center
7

517
The Enemy Uk // We Live & Die In These Towns
7

517
Billie Burke Estate // Let Your Heart Break
7

517
A Cursive Memory // Changes
7

517
Crash Moderns // Good Night Glamour Good Morning Disaster
7

517
Chris Pickering // Excuses Excuses
7

517
The Dress Whites // My God, The Shame!
7

517
Mercury Rev // Snowflake Midnight
7

531
Joe Jackson // Rain
6

531
Bauhaus // Go Away White
6

531
Katjonband // Katjonband
6

531
Deastro // Keepers
6

531
Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams // The Great Unravel
6

531
The Dreaming // Etched In Blood
6

531
Lost In The Trees // All Alone In An Empty House
6

531
Scott Simons // The Start of Something
6

531
Carolina Liar // Coming To Terms
6

531
The Morning Benders // Talking Through Tin Cans
6

531
Driving East // The Future Of The Free World Is Riding On This One
6

531
Any Trouble // Life in Reverse
6

531
Jonny Kaplan & Lazy Stars // Seasons
6

531
The Holy Sea // The Beginner’s Guide To The Sea
6

531
Crash Street Kids – Transatlantic Suicide
6

531
The 88 // Not Only…But Also
6

531
Shannon McArdle // Summer Of The Whore
6

548
Gentleman Jesse & His Men // Introducing
5

548
The Handcuffs // Electroluv
5

550
Doco // The Fossil Record
4

550
Choir Of Young Believers // This Is For The White In Your Eyes
4

550
John Mellencamp // Life, Death, Love and Freedom
4

550
Laurie Biagini // Ridin’ The Wave
4

550
James Hunter // The Hard Way
4

555
Hooverphonic // The President Of The LSD Golf Club
3

555
They Might Be Giants // Here Come The 123’s
3

555
B.B. King // One Kind Favor
3

558
Marti Jones & Don Dixon // Lucky Stars: New Lullabies For Old Souls
2

558
Sheryl Crow // Detours
2

558
John Hiatt // Same Old Man
2

558
The Royal Purple-The Time Element
2

562
Nine Inch Nails // The Slip
1

562
Ollabelle // Before This TIme
1

562
Tim Morrow-Back To Delton
1

2008 is over!

OK, now that 2008 is done, we can start reviewing 2009 records, right? Well, not quite. I still have some 2008 releases to gab about. Oh wait, nobody really cares, huh? Well OK then. But most of these records were not really candidates for my best of list, so if you wanted to see one of these on that list, this is the reason. So enjoy and have fun!

Rob Bonfiglio – Bring On The Happy – ***1/2 – Continue reading

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