honestly, me thinks 2008 was a ho-hum year in music. there were a lot of records that it initially got me all hot, but ended up just giving me musical blue balls. there was a lot of killer, but too much filler to carry me through and through. that being so, i think i could have compiled a pretty solid top 20, if i had the energy or time or patience to do so. each of my picks in my top ten serves a specific purpose for my ever challenged soul.
if you have been following me for long enough my list probably wont come as much of a surprise, at least most of it won’t. there were a few surprises though, most notably stay down, days of my escape and the widespread reign of the great northwest. to say my expectations for stay down were low is overstating it, but fuck me if aint like previous smoking popes records, simply pure pop/punk hook laden bliss. days of my escape is one of the records that i found myself listening to the most over that past year, or at least that’s what my last.fm charts would lead me to believe. to think that kyle and brian have only met a handful of times at best, makes days of my escape an even more compeling piece of work. the widespread reign of the great northwest is the real sleeper of the group. you cant just listen to it once, because i dont think it’ll make much sense. nor can you judge the record by only listening to a couple of tracks, its meant to be listen to as a whole, just because of the way it flows from one song to the next. pretty awesome stuff..
btw, i took the liberty of adding mr nichols’ the last pale light of the west to my list cause while it isnt officially out until 09 you can download immediately it when you purchase the cd.
without much further ado, here are my top ten picks for the ’08.
10. smoking popes.stay down
9. two cow garage.speaking in cursive
8. travel by sea.days of my escape
when it slowly fades
7. the great northwest.the widespread reign of the great northwest
6. the gutter twins.saturnalia
5. calexico.carried to dust
4. ben nichols.the last pale light in the west
3. david vandervelde.waiting for the sunrise
2. centro-matic/south san gabriel.dual hawks
1. drive by truckers.brighter than creation’s dark