Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Paul's Best of 2008

A tough year to be sure, but some relief was to be found in the music. Mudcrutch took me back to a very sweet time when Rock music was a lot easier to understand. Somehow I forgot about Portishead, and I hadn’t heard the Byrne/Eno album yet, both of which would have probably made my list. If there is one CD I would say you HAVE to have this year it would probably be the Los Cenzontles album Songs of Wood & Steel. It is at once new and old, modern and traditional, fun and serious. For fans of Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo, this is essential. Also, both the new Dylan Bootleg Series volume 8 and the Neil Young Sugar Mountain live made me feel really good in really bad times. Thanks guys.

Mudcrutch - Mudcrutch
Ryan Adams - Cardinology
Los Cenzontles - Songs of Wood and Steel
Hayes Carll - Trouble In Mind
Spiritualized - Songs In A&E
David Gilmour - Live In Gdansk
Black Keys - Attack and Release
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
John Zorn - The Dreamers
Lucinda Williams - Little Honey
Dungen - 4
Paper Bird - Anything Nameless and Joymaking
Jason Isbell - Live at Twist and Shout
Calexico - Carried To Dust
The Devil Makes Three - The Devil Makes Three
Mercury Rev - Snowflake Midnight
Joseph Arthur - Temporary People
Dr. Dog - Fate
Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely
Otis Taylor - Recapturing The Banjo


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