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2008 – The Year in Recorded Musical Performances

2008 – The Year in Recorded Musical Performances

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A few months into this year I couldn't shake the feeling that 2008 just wasn't going to be the great year for new music that 2007 was.  And so here I am, about a week away from 2009, and I still feel the same way.  It wasn't a total wash mind you, as there was definitely some quality to be enjoyed.  So here's my take on the 2008 music year - good, bad, and ugly. The Best of the Best (Albums) Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop) Yeah, this seems like an obvious choice, but it's also a damn good one.  I'm always up for listening to good vocal harmonies, and this band has them in spades.  The music is gorgeous to boot, and is a highly engaging blend of folk titans like CSNY, America, and early '70s Fleetwood Mac.  The vocal round of "White Winter Hymnal" is worth the price of admission
Album review mini-roundup: Russian Circles, Four Tet, Midlake, The Roots, Portishead, Tapes ‘N Tapes

Album review mini-roundup: Russian Circles, Four Tet, Midlake, The Roots, Portishead, Tapes ‘N Tapes

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It's been a few months since my last album review roundup and I know the public constantly clamors for more of my stunning insight into what new music is worth listening to these days. So here it is... Midlake - The The Trials of Van Occupanther (Bella Union) This came out almost two years ago, but it's new to me. And holy crap is it ever my favorite album right now. It has the warmth and intimacy of early-to-mid '70s Fleetwood Mac, with a dash of Neil Young for good measure. "Roscoe" made some waves in the blogosphere as a single, but I would place a few songs ("Head Home", "We Gathered in Spring") above it. There are plenty of great vocal harmonies on this disc, which I'm always a sucker for. The songs are subtle and subdued without ever being boring. And some great '70s-s...
1994 in popular music – musical hell, heaven or purgatory?

1994 in popular music – musical hell, heaven or purgatory?

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Nothing cures a pesky bout of writer's block like a good old-fashioned Inter-web meme!I stumbled across one today on a blog that is full of crap.  So like the lemming I am, here we go: The gag here is that you travel to musicoutfitters.com and enter the year you graduated high school into their search engine. It gives you a list of the top 100 songs for that year, based on some super-secret algorithm. If you didn't graduate high school, just have a friend read the list to you. (more…)