2009 In Music – 1,000+ Good Albums

Posted January 3, 2010 by quiscus
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This has been a mammoth undertaking, and it has occupied way too much of my life.  I hope you enjoy it.

Happy New Year, everyone!

It is now so easy and inexpensive to record and distribute music that far too many albums are released each week for anyone to hear them all.  I thought if I organized and listed all the bands with good 2009 albums I’ve heard this year it might be helpful to others.

My list differs from other year-end lists in three important ways:

Europe – Since the internet gives everyone around the world instant access to all albums released anywhere, it makes no sense for these other lists to ignore albums released in Europe but not the U.S.  Their probable justification, that there is no point listening to and recommending albums that are not available here, is nonsensical and silly.  Albums released only in Europe are instantly available for us to hear, and to buy as downloads, just like American releases.  Since I haven’t discriminated against or ignored Europe-only releases, this list includes a lot of great music missing from other year-end lists.

Finding Quality Via Quantity – Most year-end lists include a limited number of albums.  Does anyone seriously think there are only a few albums released each year that are worth recommending and hearing?  I’ve attempted to include every good album released this year, not just an inherently arbitrary Best Of.  You might conclude from scanning this list that I heard every indie album released.  Didn’t happen – not even close.  In 2009 I proved conclusively, once again, that no one can hear everything that comes out.

I tried to listen to every 2009 album that got substantial press attention.  As a result, any  well-known album not listed below is likely missing because I don’t think it’s worth your time.  Examples of artists that released poor 2009 albums include Alexisonfire, Animal Collective (for both Fall On Me and Merriweather Post Pavilion), Atlas Sound (Bradford Cox of Atlanta’s Deerhunter), Chris Brown, Cartel, Daughtry, Flight Of The Conchords, The Fray, Gossip, Imogen Heap, Jet, Jewel, Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, K’Naan, La Roux, Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, Leona Lewis, Lotus Plaza (Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter), Anya Marina, Matisyahu, Carly Patterson (the gymnast), Peter Bjorn And John, Paul Potts, Rain Machine (Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio), Jill Sobule, Sunn O))), Thenewno2 (Dhani Harrison, son of George), Kanye West, Bernie Williams (Yankees centerfielder).  The common thread among many of these weak albums is their one-dimensionality, sounding the same throughout – how boring is that?  In some cases you wonder whether the artist fell asleep in the studio, or suffered from “obsessive-compulsive repetitious disorder”.

Twentieth-Century Coverage – Other year-end lists copy each other so much they generally include the same albums by the same new artists, and completely ignore albums by artists who’ve been around a while.  Since I don’t ignore older artists (not trusting folks over 30 is such a dated, 60s idea), this list includes categories for artists who made their mark in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, along with categories for well-known 90s artists.  Maybe those other lists only care about New Bands That Self-Proclaimed Trendsetters Decide Are Cool.

So, onward to my list of all artists that released 2009 albums worth hearing:

1.  Given how difficult it is to keep all this information and music straight, I haven’t even attempted to deal with the names of the albums.  Thus, listed below is just the band name, without the album title.  The internet of course makes it easy to discover the name of, and listen to, any of these 2009 albums.

2.  None of these albums are included because of just one song.  I’ve listened to each album at least twice all the way through (well, maybe not all the poor albums listed at the end), and would gladly listen to each again in the future.

3.   When at least two band members release solo albums or side projects, I’ve listed them in a separate category named for the band, which also lists the band’s own album if applicable.  I’ve also listed all-stars who released good albums with more than one band this year.

4.  What’s going on with all the “Black” bands?  Attack In Black, Black Cargoes, The Black Ghosts, Black Gold, The Black Heart Procession, Black Lips, Black Meteoric Star, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Blackbird Harmony, Blackfield, Blackout Beach, Crippled Black Phoenix, Helado Negro, Nadja & Black Boned Angel, Soul Of John Black.  How unoriginal – don’t these bands want to differentiate themselves from each other?  Anyway, all of them released good albums.  (Unlistenable albums were released by Black Cobra, Black Dice, Black Motor, Black Wall Street, Blakroc (with The Black Keys), Zwart Licht {Black Light}.)

The bands in each category are listed in alphabetical order.  We begin with my Top 7 albums of the year, and at the bottom is the full list of my choices as the best albums of the year, along with some awards.  I hope you enjoy reading this, expanding your musical horizons, and discovering some great new stuff!

My Top 10 Albums

Alice In Chains
The Field
The Horrors
Lydia Lunch
Mi Ami
Bob Mould
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Wild Beasts


Alberta Cross
Art Brut
Arctic Monkeys
Bad Lieutenant (Bernard Sumner of Joy Division/New Order and Alex James of Blur)
Band Of Skulls
The Big Pink (Robbie Furze of Alec Empire)
Bombay Bicycle Club
The Clientele
The Cribs (members include Johnny Marr of The Smiths)
The Enemy
Golden Silvers
Heaven & Hell (Black Sabbath members Iommi, Dio, Butler, and Appice) – metal
The Heavy
Hot Chip (with Robert Wyatt of Soft Machine)
The Maccabees
Mongrel (Helders/Nicholson of Arctic Monkeys) (not the same-named U.S. metal band) – rap
The Noisettes
Official Secrets Act
The Rakes
Reverend & The Makers
The Rifles
Sky Larkin
Slow Club
Soulsavers (with Mark Lanegan of QOTSA)
Starsailor (for both All The Plans and Boy In Waiting)
The XX
The Veils
Wave Machines
The Wave Pictures
Wild Beasts

England Post-Punk

The Boxer Rebellion
Brakesbrakesbrakes (not the same-named U.S. jam band) (E. Hamilton, ex-British Sea Power)
Hatcham Social
The Horrors (not the same-named U.S. garage band)
White Lies

England Blues Rock

The Chatham Singers (Billy Childish)
‘Kitty, Daisy & Lewis’ Durham (siblings, mother is Ingrid Weiss of The Raincoats)
Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam
Ian Siegal – solo

England Psych-Folk

‘Nancy Elizabeth’ Cunliffe – female solo
The Leisure Society
Mumford & Sons
Alexi Murdoch – solo
Noah And The Whale
The Unthanks
Kathryn Williams & Neill MacColl (brother of Kristy)

England Experimental

Action Beat
Amusement Parks On Fire
Beak (Geoff Barrow of Portishead)
Les Triaboliques
Malakai (not the same-named U.S. metal band)
65daysofstatic (not a typo)
Rolo Tomassi (named after character in L.A. Confidential movie)

England Cross-Cultural

The Latin Project (Latin)
Oi Va Voi (Yiddish)

England Garage Rock

Joe Gideon & The Shark (his sister, Viva, both ex-Bikini Atoll)
A Grave With No Name
Lovvers (not one of the same-named England experimental bands)

England Hard Rock

Baddies (not the same-named Australia punk band)
Frank Turner – solo

England Prog-Rock

Crippled Black Phoenix (Dominic Aitchison of Mogwai)
The Pineapple Thief

England Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Bibio (Stephen Wilkinson) – solo
The Black Ghosts
Brighton Port Authority (Norman Cook as Fatboy Slim) – solo
Chris ‘Clark’ – solo
Filthy Dukes
F**k Buttons
Chris Lake – solo
Little Boots (Victoria Hesketh) – female solo
Micachu [Mika Levi] And The Shapes
The Qemists
Simian Mobile Disco
Andrew Weatherall – solo
The Whip (not the same-named U.S. psych-folk or hard rock bands)
Zomby – solo

England Male Solo

Jon Allen
‘Just Jack’ Alsopp
Peter Doherty (of Babyshambles and The Libertines)
Ben ‘Esser’
Piers Faccini
Fink (Fin Greenall)
Fryars (Ben Garrett)
John Garrison
Ed Harcourt
Richard Hawley
IAMX (Chris Corner of Sneaker Pimps)
Maps (James Chapman)
Max Morgan
Mika (Michael Penniman)
Alexi Murdoch (Away We Go movie soundtrack)
Jack Penate
‘Jamie T’ Treays
Charlie Winston
Patrick Wolf

England Female Solo

Lily Allen
Bat For Lashes (Natasha Khan)
Bird (Janice Price)
Blue Roses (not the same-named Dan Bejar Canadian band) (Laura Groves)
Olivia Broadfield
The Cocknbullkid (Anita Blay)
‘Helene’ Dineen
Joker’s Daughter (Helena Costas, produced by Danger Mouse)
Florence [Welch] & The Machine
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Tara Jane O’Neil
Gemma Ray
Carina Round
Polly Scattergood
Joss Stone
Theoretical Girl (Amy Turnnidge)
Kate Walsh


Broken Records
Camera Obscura
Danananaykroyd – hard rock
De Rosa
Franz Ferdinand
The Geesin Brothers
God Help The Girl (Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian)
Calvin Harris (Adam Wiles) – solo – synth
Twin Atlantic
The View
We Were Promised Jetpacks

Scotland Post-Punk

The Cinematics
The Twilight Sad

Scotland Psych-Folk

Aidan Moffat (ex-Arab Strap) – solo
James Yorkston & The Big Eyes Family Players

Scotland Male Solo

James Grant
King Creosote (Kenny Anderson)
Paolo Nutini
Alasdair Roberts


Future Of The Left
Cat Le Bon – female solo

Northern Ireland

Boxcutter (not one of the same-named Can., N.Ire., or U.S. bands) (Barry Lynn) – synth – solo
Therapy? – alt-metal


Fight Like Apes – synth
Legion Of Two – experimental
Lisa Hannigan – female solo
The Swell Season


Club Diana
De Staat
DeWolff – psychedelic rock
El Pino & The Volunteers
The Gasoline Brothers
Good Dog Happy Man
The Horse Company
I Kissed Charles
Kismet (not the same-named England band)
The Leo Sunrise – psych-folk
The Madd
Mama Lou
Mark & The Spies
Mdungu (African) – cross-cultural
Moss (not the same-named England metal band)
Most Unpleasant Men
The Polar Exploration Ship
The Secret Love Parade
The Sheer
Starring Lisa
Swelter (not the same-named U.S. hard rock or metal bands)
Templo Diez
We’ll Make It Right
The Wild Specialities

Netherlands Alt-Country

Amarins & Le Gatte Negre
Lucky Fonz III (Otto Wichers) – solo

Netherlands Blues Rock

Big Blind (not one of the same-named Germany, or U.S. blues rock, bands)
Mark Lotterman (shades of Tom Waits/Leonard Cohen) – solo
Andre Manuel & The Kettering Fanfare

Netherlands Experimental

The Giants Of Husavik
The New Earth Group
Stuurbaard Bakkebaard
We Vs. Death

Netherlands Cross-Cultural

Mdungu (African)

Netherlands Garage Rock

Daily Bread
The Death Letters
The Stilettos

Netherlands Hard Rock

Boutros Bubba
The Devil’s Blood
Elle Bandita
The Gathering

Netherlands Soul

New Cool Collective
Postman (Remon Stotijn) – solo
Steve & The Ottowanians
Wicked Jazz Sounds Band

Netherlands Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Aux Raus
Matik (not either of the same-named England or Australia bands)
Transfolmer (Tjeerd Folmer) – female solo

Netherlands Male Solo

Awkward I (Djurre De Haan)
Wouter Hamel
Benjamin Herman – jazz
Kim Janssen
Tom Musca
Anne Soldaat
Meindert Talma
Yoshimi (Niek Hilkmann)

Netherlands Female Solo

Signe Tollefson
Sinja Van Hamel


A Brand
Absynthe Minded
Creature With The Atom Brain
Das Pop
De Anale Face (The Anal Stage)
De Portables
Dez Mona
The Hickey Underworld
Isbells – psych-folk
Jeune Toujours – cross-cultural (Balkan)
Malibu Stacy (not the same-named U.S. band)
The Sedan Vault – prog-metal
The Rudy Trouve Septet
Zucchini Drive – funk

Belgium Psych-Folk

Fred ‘Lyenn’ Jacques – solo

Belgium Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Ansatz Der Maschine (Mathijs Bertel) – solo
Nid & Sancy (not a typo)
Vive La Fete

Belgium Male Solo

The Bony King Of Nowhere (Bram Vanparys)
Tom Pintens
Yppah (‘Happy’ backwards) (Joe Corrales) – solo


Cocktail Slippers
I Was A King
Katzenjammer – cross cultural (Balkan)
Kings Of Convenience – psych-folk
Marit Larsen – female solo – alt-country
Sondre Lerche – solo
The Low Frequency In Stereo – experimental
Skambankt – hard

Norway Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Hans-Peter Lindstrom & Prins Thomas (Thomas Hermansen)
Mungoliian Jetset


Friska Viljor
JJ (neither of the same-named U.S. 70s funk band or the England female solo singer)
The Legends
Mando Diao – garage
Marching Band
The Mary Onettes
Mattias Hellberg & The White Moose – psychedelic rock
Miike Snow
The Sounds
The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
The Thing – experimental
Thus:  Owls
Truckfighters – hard
Wildbirds & Peacedrums (Andreas and Mariam Wallentin – married duo) – experimental

Sweden Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Cirkus (Neneh Cherry)
Fever Ray (Karen Dreijer of The Knife) – female solo
Andread ‘Kleerup’ – solo
Little Dragon
The Field (Alex Willner) – solo
Sally Shapiro – solo

Sweden Male Solo

Loney Dear (Emil Svanangen)
Daniel Norgren
Peter Von Poehl

Sweden Female Solo

Hanne Hukkelberg
El Perro Del Mar (Sarah Assbring)
Taken By Trees (Victoria Bergsman)


Kiila – experimental
The Micragirls – garage
Stratovarius – metal

Finland Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

I Was A Teenage Satan Worshipper – synth
Kiki (Joakim Ijas) – solo


The Asteroid Galaxy Tour
Tim Christensen – solo
Powersolo – garage rock
The Raveonettes
The William Blakes

Denmark Female Solo

Maria Timm
Tone (Sofie Nielson) – female solo


Lay Low (Lovisa Sigrunardottir) – female solo
Storveit Nix Noltes (The Nick Nolte Big Band) – cross-cultural – Balkan
Yagya (Adalsteinn Gudmundsson) (not the same-named India hard rock band) – solo – synth

Iceland Experimental

Riceboy Sleeps (Jonsi Birgisson of Sigur Ros)


Get Back Guinozzi!
John & Jehn (France’s Sonic Youth) – experimental
Krikor & The Dead Hillbillies

France Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

‘Joakim’ Bouaziz – solo
Caravan Palace
Data (David Guillon) (not the same-named England 80s synth band)
General Elektriks (HV Salter) – solo
David Guetta – solo
Chris Joss – solo
Krazy Baldhead (Pierre-Antoine Grison) – solo
Miss Kittin (Caroline Herve) & The Hacker (Michel Amato)
The Penelopes
Variety Lab (Thierry Bellia) – solo
Cosmo ‘Vitelli’ – solo
Yuksek (Pierre-Alexandre Busson) – solo


Finn (Patrick Zimmer) – solo
Ratfront – cross-cultural (Balkan)
The Whitest Boy Alive (Erland Oye of Kings Of Convenience)

Germany Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Chicks On Speed
Hell (Helmut Geier) – solo
Moderat (not the same-named Sweden punk or U.S. bands)


Raz Ohara And The Odd Orchestra


Black Cargoes – prog rock
Sophie Hunger – female solo
The Pussywarmers


Mala Vita – cross-cultural (Balkan)
Nosound – Prog-rock
Zu – prog-metal

Italy Hard Rock

Lacuna Coil
The Vendetta

Italy Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Bloody Beetroots
Misstress Barbara (Barbara Bonfiglio) – female solo
Whitetree (not one of the same-named Russia or U.S. bands)


Cayetano – funk
Palov & Mishkin – synth


Soap And Skin (Anja Plaschg) – female solo – experimental


Agaskodo Teliverek – experimental


Oksana Grigorieva (partner of Mel Gibson) – female solo


OMFO (German Popov) – solo – synth


Infected Mushroom – synth
TV Buddhas – psychedelic rock


‘Netsayi’ Chigwendere (Zimbabwe) – female solo
The Very Best (Esau Mwamwaya of Malawi and Radioclit, England synth band)


Vieux Farka Toure – solo

Africa Female Solo

Asa (Bukola Elemide) (Nigeria)
‘Mariza’ Nunes (Mozambique)

Cape Verde Female Solo

‘Mayra’ Andrade
Sara Tavares


Mulatu Astatle [Ethiopia] & The Heliocentrics [England jazz band]
‘Tommy T.’ Gobena (not the same-named Norway synth artist) (of Gogol Bordello) – solo – reggae

South Africa

Civil Twilight
Dear Reader


Ned Collette & Wirewalker
Decoder Ring – post-punk
Firekites – psych-folk
The Greencards – alt-country
Howling Bells
Lee Memorial (Laura MacFarlane of Sleater-Kinney)
The Kin
St. Helens
The Temper Trap
Wolf & Cub
Wolfmother – hard rock
Youth Group

The Church

The Church
Steve Kilbey- solo

Australia Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Empire Of The Sun (Nick Littlemore of Pnau)

Australia Male Solo

Michael Johns (American Idol)
Ben Lee
Scott Matthew

Australia Female Solo

Kylie Auldist
Butterfly Boucher

New Zealand

Cut Off Your Hands
Moss (not one of the same-named England metal, Chicago blues, or NY bands)
Nadja [Canada band] & Black Boned Angel – experimental
7 Worlds Collide (Neil Finn of Crowded House)

New Zealand Reggae

Fat Freddy’s Drop
Splendid (not one of the same-named Australia or Canada bands)


Zee Avi – female solo


Yura Yura Tei Koku – psychedelic rock

Japan Experimental

Merzbow (Masami Akita) – solo
Mono (not the same-named England synth band)


Eliane Elias – female solo – cross-cultural
Lucy And The Popsonics – synth
Youlu (Viniciuis Marques) – solo


Matias Aguayo – solo – synth
Federico Aubele – solo


Novalina – synth


Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band (Trinidad) – solo
Orange Grove (West Indies) – reggae
Tiempo Libre (Cuba)


Kinky – synth
Murcof (Fernando Corona) & Eric Truffaz – jazz
Rodrigo [Sanchez] & Gabriela [Quintero] – experimental


The Cliks (the name combines clits and cocks – singer is transgendered)
The Framework
Handsome Furs
Kevin Hearn [Barenaked Ladies] And Thin Buckle
The Hidden Cameras
The Junction
The Lost Singers (covers of 80s hits) (Balkan) – cross-cultural
The Lovely Feathers
The Most Serene Republic
Our Lady Peace
Pilot Speed
Still Life Still
Sunset Rubdown (Spencer Krug of Swan Lake)
Tegan And Sara
The Trews
The Wooden Sky
Young Galaxy
The Zolas

Black Mountain

Lightning Dust (Amber Webber and Joshua Wells)
Pink Mountaintops (Stephen McBean) – psych-folk

Broken Social Scene

Apostle Of Hustle (Andrew Whiteman)
Do Make Say Think (Ohad Benchetrit, Julie Penner, and Charles Spearin) – experimental
Amy Millan (also of Stars) – solo
Metric (Emily Haines and James Shaw) – synth
Reverie Sound Revue (Lisa Lobsinger)
Years (Ohad Benchetrit) – solo – experimental

Death From Above 1979

Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains
MSTRKRFT (Jesse Keeler) – synth

The New Pornographers

Destroyer (Dan Bejar) – experimental
Carl ‘A.C. Newman’ – solo
Swan Lake (Dan Bejar, with Spencer Krug of Sunset Rubdown)

Canada Alt-Country

Kendel Carson – female solo
Corb Lund – solo

Canada Psych-Folk

Attack In Black
Blackout Beach (Corey Mercer of Frog Eyes) – solo
Great Lake Swimmers (for both Lost Channels and Song Sung Blue soundtrack)
Jon And Roy
The Rural Alberta Advantage
Andy Shauf – solo

Canada Experimental

Bell Orchestre

Canada Cross-Cultural

The Lost Singers (Balkan) (covers of 80s hits)

Canada Garage

The King Khan & BBQ [Mark Sultan] Show
King Khan & The Shrines

Canada Hard Rock

CFCF (Mike Silver) – solo
Die Mannequin
Three Days Grace

Canada Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Trevor ‘Trouble’ Andrew – solo
Circlesquare (Jeremy Shaw) – solo
Everything All The Time
Junior Boys
Shout Out Out Out Out
The Slew (Kid Koala, with ex-members of Wolfmother)
Tiga (James Sontag) – solo
You Say Party!  We Say Die!

Canada Male Solo

Matthew Barber
Timber Timbre (Taylor Kirk)
Patrick Watson
Matt York – soul

Canada Female Solo

Ash Koley
Melissa McClelland

Athens, GA

Baroness (Savannah, GA) – prog-metal
Modern Skirts
Passafire (Savannah, GA) – reggae
Phosphorescent (Matthew Houck) (now in N.Y.) – solo

Drive-By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers – southern rock
Patterson Hood – solo – southern rock
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit – southern rock

Athens Alt-Country

Luke Bryan (Albany, GA) – solo
The Lovell Sisters (Calhoun, GA)
‘Jason Aldean’ Williams (Macon, GA) – solo

Athens Experimental

Dark Meat


Blackberry Smoke – alt-country
Coathangars – hard
Kaki King – female solo
Manchester Orchestra
Mastodon – metal

Atlanta Garage Rock

Almighty Defenders (Black Lips and King Khan)
Black Lips

U.S. Indie

Action Pack
Bishop Allen
Amazing Baby
Analogue Transit
… And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
The Antlers
Antony & The Johnsons
Army Of Me
As Tall As Lions
Audrye Sessions
Au Revoir Simone
Bad Veins
The Band Of Heathens
Bear In Heaven
Beep Beep
Birds Of Avalon
Black Gold (not the same-named U.S. alt-country or rap, or England, bands)
The Blakes
The Boy Least Likely To
Brian Bonz
Cage The Elephant
Clock Hands Strangle
Cold Cave
The Color Fred (Fred Mascherino of Taking Back Sunday)
The Color Turning
Cryptacize (Chris Cohen, ex-Deerhoof)
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Dead Weather (Jack White and members of The Kills, The Raconteurs & QOTSA)
Death Cab For Cutie
The Decemberists
Rocco DeLuca And The Burden
Digital Leather
The Dodos
The Drums
Justin Townes Earle (son of Steve) – southern rock
Early Day Miners
The Elms
Darla Farmer
Fiction Family (Jon Foreman of Switchfoot and Sean Watkins of Nickle Creek)
Foreign Born
Glass Ghost
Grace Basement
Grand Archives
Harlem Shakes
Harper Blynn
Here We Go Magic
Historics (Mickey Madden of Maroon 5)
Holiday Shores
The Honey Brothers (the actor Adrian Grenier)
Hotpress For Leopold
Idle Hands
Iran (Kyp Malone and Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio)
The Jaguar Club
Jones Street Station
Jupiter One
Kiss Kiss
Le Loup
Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard
The Little Heroes (not the same-named Australia 80s band)
Local Natives
Mae (Multi-Sensory Aesthetic Experience)
Mewithoutyou (not a typo)
Motel Motel
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
Minus The Bear
Operation Aloha (members of Gomez, Maroon 5, and Phantom Planet)
Other Girls
Other Lives
Painkiller Hotel
The Paper Chase
Elvis Perkins In Dearland (son of ‘Psycho’ actor Anthony)
The Postmarks
Portugal. The Man
The Queen Killing Kings
Radical Sons
Real Estate
Royal Bangs
The Scene Aesthetic
Sea Wolf
The Shaky Hands
Steve Shiffman & The Land Of No
Silversun Pickups
The Sun
The Swimmers
The Takeover U.K. (no, they aren’t from Britain)
Tape Deck Mountain
Team B (6 guys, not including Zach Condon, from Beirut band)
The Thermals
These United States
Throw Me The Statue
Thomas Function
Tinted Windows (J.Iha/S. Pumpkins, A.Schlesinger/F.Of Wayne, B.E.Carlos/Cheap Trick)
Until June
Abe Vigoda (named after the actor)
We All Have Hooks For Hands
We Just Shot The Moon
White Denim
White Rabbits
Wild Light
The Young Republic

U.S. Indie – Female Vocals

Asobi Seksu (Japanese for ‘casual sex’) (sounds like the Cocteau Twins)
The Bird And The Bee (Inara George, daughter of Lowell)
Clare And The Reasons
Company Of Thieves
Dirty Projectors
The Ettes
The Fiery Furnaces
Fol Chen
Girl In A Coma
Grand Duchy (Frank Black of Pixies and his wife, Violet Clark)
Heartless Bastards
Magik Markers
Now, Now Enemy Children
Rupa [Marya] & The April Fishes
Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star) & The Warm Intentions (Colm Ciosoig of My Bloody Valentine)
A Sunny Day In Glasgow
Thao [Nguyen] With The Get Down Stay Down

Azure Ray

Orenda Fink – female solo
O+S (Orenda Fink)
Maria Taylor – female solo

Queens Of The Stone Age

Hello=Fire (Dean Fertita)
Sweethead (Troy Van Leeuwen) – hard rock
Them Crooked Vultures (Josh Homme, D. Grohl of F.Fighters and J.P. Jones of Led Zep) – hard rock

Straylight Run

Destry (Michelle DeRosa)
John Nolan – solo

U.S. Post-Punk

All The Day Holiday
The Appleseed Cast
Blank Dogs (Mike Spiner) – solo
Mi Ami (sounds like The Raincoats and The Slits)
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
A Place To Bury Strangers

U.S. Psychedelic Rock

Black Moth Super Rainbow
Crystal Antlers
Darker My Love
Sleepy Sun
Wooden Shjips

U.S. Alt-Country

‘Big Kenny’ Alphin (Big & Rich) – solo
Rodney Atkins – solo
Avett Brothers
Chris Ayer – solo
Sam Baker (from Texas – not the same-named artist from Wisconsin) – solo
‘Jimmy Wayne’ Barker – solo
Blackbird Harmony (Evan Birdsong) – solo
Neal Casal (of The Cardinals, with Ryan Adams) – solo
Neko Case – female solo
The Cave Singers
Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers – female solo
Will Dailey – solo
The Felice Brothers
Jill Hennessey (the actress) – female solo
Sarah Jarosz – female solo
Cotton Jones (for both Paranoid Cocoon and The River Strumming)
Ben Kweller (ex-Radish) – solo
Miranda Lambert – female solo
Phillip LaRue – solo
Love And Theft
Magnolia Electric Company
The Maldives
Cass McCombs – solo
Mandy Moore (married to Ryan Adams) – solo
‘Lissie’ Maurus – female solo
My Cousin, The Emperor
Jake Owen – solo
Landon Pigg – solo
Rascal Flatts
Miranda Lee Richards – female solo
Amy Speace – female solo
Cortney Tidwell – female solo
Trailer Choir
Uncle Kracker (Matthew Shafer) – solo
Carrie Underwood – female solo

U.S. Blues Rock

Johnny Cooper – solo
Ben Harper & Relentless7
The Derek Trucks Band (nephew of Butch of Allman Brothers, husband of Susan Tedeschi)
William Elliott Whitmore – solo

U.S. Psych-Folk

Assembly Of Dust
Devendra Banhart – solo
Bon Iver (Justin Vernon) – solo
A.A. Bondy – solo
Blitzen Trapper
Sam [Brooker] & Ruby [Amantu]
The Builders & The Butchers
Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons
Cub Country
Dead Man’s Bones (the actor Ryan Gosling)
Alela Diane – female solo
The Dimes
Drug Rug
The Duchess & The Duke
The Duke & The King (Simone Felice of The Felice Brothers)
The Echo Falls
Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt) & Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie)
Forest Fire
Fruitbats (Eric Johnson of The Shins)
Laura Gibson – female solo
Trevor Giuliani – solo
Grizzly Bear
Holy Sons
Husband & Wife
Hush Arbors (Keith Wood) – solo
Iron And Wine (Sam Beam) – solo
Scarlett Johansson & Pete Yorn
Lewis & Clarke
Graham Lindsey (ex-Old Skull) – solo
The Low Anthem
Tony Lucca, Jay Nash, Matt Duke
Middle Distance Runner
[Jason] Molina & [Will] Johnson
Monsters Of Folk (Jim James, Conor Oberst, M.Ward)
The Mumlers
MV [Matt Valentine] & EE [Erika Elder] With The Golden Road
Nudge (Honey Owens of Valet)
Old Canes
Our Brother The Native
Pearl And The Beard
Port O’Brien
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Josh ‘J’ Tillman (of Fleet Foxes) – solo
Vandaveer (Mark Heidinger) – solo
Volcano Choir
Emily Jane White – female solo
Wye Oak
Yim Yames (Jim James of My Morning Jacket, covering George Harrison songs) – solo

U.S. Experimental

Aethenor (Stephen O’Malley of Sun O)
Black Dice (like Animal Collective, but much less boring)
Blind Man’s Colour
Tyondai Braxton (Battles) – solo
Ryland Bouchard – solo
Mount Eerie
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (of The Mars Volta) (El Grupe Nuevo, with Cedric of TMV, and 2 solo)
Russian Circles
Saxon Shore
Sufjan Stevens
These Are Powers
Tune-Yards (Merrill Garbus) – female solo

U.S. Cross-Cultural

Beirut (Balkan)
A Hawk And A Handsaw (Jeremy Barnes, ex-Neutral Milk Hotel) (Balkan)
Mariachi El Bronx (Mexican)
Ocote Soul Sounds (Latin)
The Sway Machines (Yiddish)

U.S Garage Rock

Dan Auerbach (of Black Keys) – solo
Beaten Awake
Condo F**ks (aka Yo La Tengo)
Electric Six
Grampall Jookabox (David Adamson) – solo
Heavy Trash (Jon Spencer) of Blues Explosion)
The High Strung
The Hunches
Miss Derringer
The Ohsees
Jay Reatard – solo
Reigning Sound
Ty Segall – solo
The Strange Boys
TV Ghost

U.S. Hard Rock

Adelita’s Way
As Cities Burn
Burn Halo
Capgun Coup
Care Bears On Fire
Charm City Devils
Chickenfoot (S.Hagar and M.Anthony of V.Halen, Chad Smith of RHCP, and Joe Satriani)
CKY (Camp Kill Yourself)
Cycle Of Pain (John JD DeServio of Black Label Society)
Dead By Sunrise (Chester Bennington of Linkin Park)
Endless Hallway
Halfdown Thomas
Janus (not the same-named German metal band)
Ladyfinger (the band from Nebraska, not New York)
The Last Vegas
Loaded (Duff McKagen of Guns ‘n Roses)
Madina Lake
Masters Of Reality
Mika Miko
Need To Breathe
Papa Roach
Papercut Massacre
The Parlor Mob (was called What About Frank?)
Adam Payne (from Cal. – not the same-named guy from Athens, GA, or Mass.) – solo
Person L
The Product
The Riverboat Gamblers
7daybinge (not a typo) (Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down)
Smile Empty Soul
Spinnerette (members from Red Hot Chile Peppers, Pearl Jam and QOTSA)
Steel Panther
Teenage Bottlerocket
Thirty Seconds To Mars
Ultra Violent Lights
Vivian Girls
The Von Bondies

U.S. Industrial


U.S. Prog-Metal

Final Gravity

U.S. Alt-Metal

Cage (Chris Palko) – solo
Street Sweeper Social Club (Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine)

U.S. Prog Rock

The Dear Hunter
Native Window (Phil Ehart and others from Kansas)
Umphrey’s McGee

U.S. Soul

James Dee – solo
Melinda Doolittle (from American Idol) – female solo
Floating Action (Seth Kaufman) – solo
Mayer Hawthorne (Andrew Cohen) – solo
Calvin Richardson (covers of Bobby Womack) – solo
Urban Mystic (Brandon Williams) – solo

U.S. Funk

The Budos Band
Felix Da Housecat (Felix Stallings) – solo
Shafiq Husayn – solo

U.S. Reggae

The Aggrolites
Sean Bones (of Sam Champion band) – solo
Easy Star All-Stars (cover of entire Sgt. Pepper album)
Major Lazer (Wes ‘Diplo’ Pentz)
State Radio

U.S. Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Awesome New Republic
Bad Boy Bill (William Renkosik) – solo
Beehive (Zach Hinkle) (from N.Y. – not the same-named Seattle synth band) – solo
Birds & Batteries
Black Meteoric Star (Gavin Russom) – solo
Blue Stone (not one of the same-named Arizona or Canada bands)
Built By Snow
Andy Caldwell – solo
Cassettes Won’t Listen (Jason Drake) – solo
Dan Deacon – solo
The Deadbeats
Deastro (Randolph Chabot) – solo
Discovery (Rostan Batmanglif of Vampire Weekend and Wes Miles of Ra Ra Riot)
Former Ghosts
The Gaslamp Killer – solo
Har Mar Superstar (Sean Tillman) – solo
Scott Hardkiss – solo
Matt (Johnson) & Kim (Schifino)
The Juan McLean (John McLean of Six Finger Satellite, Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem)
Memory Tapes (Dayve Hawk) – solo
Neon Indian
Nova Social
Odd Nosdam (David Madsen) – solo
James Pants – solo
Passion Pit
The Phenomenal Handclap Band
The Secret Handshake (Luis Dubuc) – solo
A Setting Sun (Jay Bodley) & Shigeto (Zachary Saginaw)
Jeffree Star (Jeff Steininger) – solo
Telefon Tel Aviv
Vinyl Life
Vowels (not the same-named Brazil band)
Yacht (DJ Willow) – solo
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

U.S. Male Solo

Kris Allen (American Idol)
Ape School (Michael Johnson)
Kevin Barker
Aaron Barnhart
David ‘Bazan’
Andrew Bird (ex-Squirrel Nut Zippers) (for both Noble Beast and Useless Creatures)
Sam Bisbee
Jay Brannan
Peter Broderick
Julian Casablancas (The Strokes)
Peter Cincotti
Coconut Records (the actor Jason Schwartzman)
Will Dailey
Howie Day
Keith Devine And The G**d*** Band
Kevin Devine
Gregory Douglass
Tim Easton
Arthur ‘Ace’ Enders And A Million Different People
Benjy Ferree
William Fitzsimmons
Robert Francis
Frankel (Michael Orendy)
Trevor Hall
Helado Negro (Robert Lange)
Taylor Hicks (from American Idol)
Will Hoge
Andrew Hoover
Hurricane Bells (Steve Schiltz of Longwave)
Mason Jennings
Reed KD
Mat Kearney
Crosby Loggins (son of Kenny)
Jason Lytle (Grandaddy)
Mansions (Christopher Browder)
Dent May & His Magnificent Ukelele
John Mayer
Scott Miller (from Tenn. – not either of the same-named guys from Cal. or Minn.)
Franz Nicolay (of The Hold Steady, with Brian Viglione of The Dresden Dolls)
Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) And The Mystic Valley Band
Orba Squara (Mitch Davis)
Alec Ounsworth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)
P.J. Pacifico
Papercuts (Jason Quever)
Peasant (Damien Derose)
Julian Plenti (Paul Banks of Interpol)
Ramona Falls (Brent Knopf of Menomena)
The Record Life (Jakob Johnson)
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
Say Hi (Eric Elbogen)
Harper Simon (son of Paul)
Langhorne Slim ( Sean Scolnick)
Jonah Smith
David ‘DM’ Stith
Richard Swift
Systems Officer (Armistead Smith of Pinback)
Josh ‘J.’ Tillman
John Vanderslice
Kurt Vile (The War On Drugs)
Matt ‘M.’ Ward
Tim Williams
Luke Winslow-King
Pete Yorn

U.S. Female Solo

Aimee Allen
Leah Andreone
Diane Birch
Bosque Brown (Mara Lee Miller)
Colbie Caillat
Alela Diane
Linda Draper
Kate Earl
A Fine Frenzy (Alison Sudol)
Anne Heaton
Molly Jenson
Dayna Kurtz
Juliette Lewis (the actress)
Sara Lov
Eleni Mandell
Erin McKeown
Leslie Mendelson
Marissa Nadler
Karen O And The Kids (K. Orzolek of Yeah Yeah Yeahs) (soundtrack to film Where The WIld Things Are)
Madeleine Peyroux
St. Vincent (Annie Clark, ex-The Polyphonic Spree)
Scary Mansion (Leah Hayes) (channeling Cat Power)
Brandi Shearer
Shannon Stephens
Angel Taylor
Vienna Teng (Cynthia Yih Shih)
Tiny Vipers (Jesy Fortino)
Lissie Trullie (Elizabeth McChesney)
Brooke White (American Idol)
Jenny Owen Youngs
‘Mirah’ Zeitlyn

90s Artists – good albums


Alice In Chains
Tori Amos (for Abnormally Attracted To Sin)
… And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh)
David Bazan (Pedro The Lion)
Brendan Benson
Better Than Ezra
The Black Crowes
The Black Heart Procession
Joe Bonamassa
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Will Oldham)
Buckethead (Brian Carroll)
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Vic Chesnutt
Crystal Method
Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing)
Drive-By Truckers
Elysian Fields (not the same-named Greece metal band)
Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate)
Richmond Fontaine
Fu Manchu
Oscar G [Gaetan]
Gov’t Mule
The Handsome Family
Hot Club Of California
Toby Keith
Kill Hannah
The Killer And The Star (Scooter Ward of Cold)
Frankie Knuckles
Danny Krivit
Lifter Puller (Craig Finn and Ted Kubler of The Hold Steady)
Courtney Love (Hole)
Marilyn Manson
Marcy Playground
‘Martina McBride’ Schiff
Tim McGraw
Buddy & Julie Miller
Rhett Miller (Old 97’s)
The Minus 5 (Scott McCaughey and Pete Buck of R.E.M.)
Moby (Richard Hall)
Modest Mouse (Johnny Marr of The Smiths)
The Mother Hips
Bob Mould (Husker Du)
The Mountain Goats
Brad Paisley
Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices) (for 2 solo, and one with Circus Devils)
Powerman 5000
Reel Big Fish (ska-punk covers of classic songs)
Ike Reilly
The Rentals (Matt Sharp of Weezer)
Charlie Robison
Josh Rouse
Duncan Sheik
Sister Hazel
Son Volt
Sophia (S.Diego band – not the one from Tenn., Swed., Jap., Braz., Australia, or the U.S. female)
Spiral Stairs (Scott Kannberg of Pavement)
DJ Spooky (Paul Miller)
Squirrel Nut Zippers
Strung Out
Sugar Ray
Third Eye Blind
Vertical Horizon

Rest Of World

Air (French synth band, not the same-named Japan band)
Basement Jaxx
Bingo Trappers
A Camp (Nina Persson of The Cardigans)
Jarvis Cocker (Pulp)
Graham Coxon (Blur)
Lord Cut-Glass (Alun Woodward of Delgados)
Danko Jones
Julie Doiron
Laurant Guarnier
John Wesley Harding (Wesley Stace)
PJ Harvey & John Parish
Imogen Heap
Neil Landstrumm
Baaba Maal
Manic Street Preachers
Massive Attack
Gramp Morgan
Paul Oakenfold (for both Perfecto:Vegas and )
Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries)
Paradise Lost
Piano Magic
The Popes (this time w/out Shane McGowan of The Pogues)
Porcupine Tree
The Prodigy
The 69 Eyes
Super Furry Animals
Tricky (Adrian Thaws)
Luke Vibert
Robbie Williams

90s Artists – weak albums


Tori Amos (for Midwinter Graces)
Backstreet Boys
Bowling For Soup
Green Day
Jay-Z (Shawn Carter)
Juvenile (Terius Gray)
Robert ‘R. Kelly’
Tracy Lawrence
Brian McKnight
Medeski Martin And Wood
Methodman & Redman
Mos Def
Pearl Jam
Sacred Oath
Snoop Dog (Calvin Broadus)
Jill Sobule
Angie Stone
Al B. Sure!
They Might Be Giants
Lawrence ‘Larry Tee’ Thorn
Wu-Tang Clan

Rest Of World

Michael Buble
Chantal Kreviazuk
Wyclef Jean (The Fugees)
Diana Krall
Baaba Maal
‘Shakira’ Ripoll
Keith Urban

60s, 70s, 80s, Over-40 Crowd – good, worthy, interesting, “I’m glad they’re still around” albums


Dave Alvin And The Guilty Women (The Blasters)
Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh)
Adrian Belew (King Crimson and Talking Heads)
Harold Budd & Clive Wright
J.J. Cale
Rosanne Cash
Les Claypool (Primus)
Commander Cody (George Frayne)
Dennis DeYoung (Styx)
Dinosaur Jr.
Drivin’ ‘N Cryin’
Bob Dylan (for Together Through Life)
Steve Earle
Lee Fields
Dan Fogelberg
Robben Ford
Ace Frehley (Kiss)
Bill Frisell
John Frusciante (Red Hot Chile Peppers)
Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
Joe Henry
Susanne Hoffs (The Bangles) & Matthew Sweet (best album of covers I’ve ever heard)
Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey (both of The dBs)
Indigo Girls
Chris Isaak
Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)
Daniel Johnston
‘Booker T.’ Jones (of the M.G.’s, with Eric Clapton and Drive-By Truckers)
Jonathan Kane (Swans and La Monte Young)
Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane)
‘Lydia Lunch’ Koch (Teenage Jesus & The Jerks
Kronos Quartet
Richard Lloyd (Television) (album of Hendrix covers)
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Michelle Malone
Richard Marx
Nathaniel Mayer
Delbert McClinton
Meat Puppets
Mission Of Burma
Gurf Morlix
Chuck Mosley (Faith No More)
Willie Nelson (for Willie And The Wheel, with Asleep At The Wheel)
New York Dolls (produced by Todd Rundgren, who also produced their 1st, in 1974)
The Nighthawks
Pere Ubu
Grant Lee Phillips
Plastic Ono Band
Iggy Pop
Chuck Prophet (Green On Red)
Tom Rush
The Smithereens (covering The Who’s Tommy)
Sonic Youth (for both The Eternal and Sensational Fix)
Soul Of John Black (John Bigham of Miles Davis and Fishbone)
Bruce Springsteen
Candi Staton
George Thorogood
Vanilla Fudge (for Out Through The In Door, all Led Zep covers)
Cassandra Wilson
Yo La Tengo
Neil Young
John Zorn

Rest Of World

And Also The Trees
Cabaret Voltaire
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis (both are members of both The Black Seeds and Grinderman)
Julian Cope (The Teardrop Explodes)
Elvis Costello
Depeche Mode
Aynsley Dunbar
The Durutti Column
Echo And The Bunnymen
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
John Foxx (Ultravox) & Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins)
Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)
David Gray
Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) (for Angel Falls)
Colin Hay (Men At Work)
Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
Julian Lennon
Larry McDonald
Stephen ‘Morrissey’ (The Smiths) (for both Swords and Years Of Refusal)
Os Mutantes
New Model Army
Pet Shop Boys
The Proclaimers
Simple Minds
The Slits
Rod Stewart
Nikki Sudden (Adrian Godfrey of Swell Maps)
Robin Trower
Caetano Veloso
Jah Wobble [John Wardle] & The Chinese Dub Orchestra
Hans Zimmer (soundtrack to Angels & Demons)

60s, 70s, 80s, Over-40 Crowd – dull, boring, poor, “why did they even bother?” albums


Beach Boys
Jimmy Buffett
Cannibal Corpse
Harry Connick, Jr.
Neil Diamond
Bob Dylan (for Christmas In The Heart)
The Flaming Lips
Bela Fleck
Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler)
Aretha Franklin
Levon Helm (The Band)
Whitney Houston
Rickie Lee Jones
‘Wynonna’ Judd
Queen Latifah (Dana Owens)
Barry Manilow
Teena Marie
Michael McDonald
Ronnie Millsap
Liza Minnelli
Willie Nelson (for American Classic)
Smokey Robinson
Spinal Tap
Charlie Wilson (Gap Band)

Rest Of World

Tony Allen
Colin Blunstone (The Zombies)
The Church (soundtrack to film Shriek)
Bruce Cockburn
Ray Davies (The Kinks) (chorale versions of Kinks songs)
‘Horace Andy’ Hinds (with Ashley Beedle)
Robyn Hitchcock & Venus 3 (with Pete Buck Of R.E.M.)
Christy Moore
Rick Springfield
David Sylvian (Japan)

Worthwhile Live Albums – U.S.

Asobi Seksu – psych-folk
Beirut – psych-folk
Bon Iver (Justin Vernon)
Jeff Buckley (Tim’s son) (Grace Around The World album)
Tim Buckley (Jeff’s father) (1967 New York) – psych-folk
Cold War Kids
The Doors (1970 New York – Felt Forum)
Flipper (with Krist Novoselic of Nirvana) – hard
Ernie Halter – blues rock
The Hold Steady
Ministry (2008 Farewell Tour) – industrial
Jason Mraz
My Morning Jacket
Stevie Nicks (2007)
North Mississippi Allstars – blues rock
R.E.M. (2007 Dublin, Ireland)
Shudder To Think – hard rock
Toubab Krewe – cross-cultural (Mali, W. Africa)
Tom Waits (2009 Glitter And Doom tour)

Worthwhile Live Albums – Rest Of World

Blackfield (Steven WIlson of Porcupine Tree) – prog-rock – England
David Bowie (1999 New York – VH1 Storytellers episode)
Leonard Cohen (for both 2008 London and 1970 Isle Of Wight)
Echo And The Bunnymen (2008 – performing Ocean Rain album)
Mick Fleetwood Blues Band
Lisa Hannigan – female solo – psych-folk – Ireland
Hillsong United (Australia)
Joe Jackson (1979 BBC)
Paul McCartney (2009 New York)
New Model Army – hard rock – England
Van Morrison (2209 Live Astral Weeks)
Thin Lizzy (1977 Philadelphia – Tower Theater) – hard rock – Ireland
The XX (2009 Williamsburg)

Poor Live Albums

Animal Collective (Jan. 20, 2009 New York – Bowery Ballroom) – experimental – U.S.
Shawn Colvin – U.S.
Drowning Pool – hard rock – U.S.
Arlo Guthrie – U.S.
‘Beyonce’ Knowles (2009 Las Vegas) – U.S.
John Mellencamp – U.S.
Phish (1996 Plattsburgh, NY – The Clifford Ball) – jam – U.S.

Most Overrated And Boring Indie Band Animal Collective

Most Aptly Named Band

The Long Lost  So dull and lifeless it should have remained hidden – and unreleased.

Silliest Idea Of The Year

Ben Folds – University A Cappella  College groups singing B.Folds songs a cappella.

Most Valuable Players, Who Released Good Albums With More Than One Band In 2009

Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh)
Dan Bejar (Destroyer and Swan Lake)
Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think and Years)
Pete Buck (The Minus 5 and R.E.M.)
Simone Felice (The Duke & The King and The Felice Brothers)
Orenda Fink (O+S and Solo)
Robin Guthrie (Solo and with John Foxx)
Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers and Solo)
Jim James (Monsters Of Folk and Yim Yames)
King Khan (with The Shrines and with Mark Sultan)
Spencer Krug (Sunset Rubdown and Swan Lake)
Nick Littlemore (Empire Of The Sun and Pnau)
Johnny Marr (Modest Mouse and The Cribs)
Karen Orzolek (Solo and Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
Robert Pollard (for 3 albums – 2 solo, and with Circus Devils)
Omar Rodriquez-Lopez (for 3 albums – El Grupo Nuevo and 2 solo)
Steven Wilson (Blackfield and Porcupine Tree)
Pete Yorn (Solo and With Scarlett Johansson)

Fred’s Best Albums Of The Year


Alice in Chains
Antony & The Johnsons
Diane Birch
Black Gold
The Felice Brothers
Oscar G
Ben Harper And Relentless7
Patterson Hood
Lydia Lunch
Meat Puppets
Delbert McClinton
Mi Ami
Bob Mould
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Silversun Pickups
Sleepy Sun
Wooden Shjips

Rest Of World

A Brand
The Boxer Rebellion
Cabaret Voltaire
The Chatham Singers
The Cliks
Crippled Black Phoenix (for Night Raider)
The Field
Filthy Dukes
Joe Gideon & The Shark
Hatcham Social
The Horrors
John & Jehn
Junior Boys
King Khan & The Shrines
Mark Lotterman
The Low Frequency In Stereo
The Mary Onettes
Morrissey (for Swords, not Years Of Refusal)
New Model Army
Piano Magic
Reverend & The Makers
The Rifles
Shout Out Out Out Out
Nikki Sudden
The Twilight Sad
White Lies
Wild Beasts
Wolf & Cub
Young Galaxy

2008 (And Earlier) Albums First Heard In 2009


Alaska In Winter (Brandon Bethancourt) – solo – synth
Color Cassette – psych-folk
Miniature Tigers (Darren Robinson of Phantom Planet)

Rest Of World

Barbie Bangkok – Belgium
The Black Seeds – reggae – New Zealand
A Certain Ratio – post-punk – England
Dark Captain Light – England
Grapes Of Grain – alt-country – Netherlands
Hokie Joint – blues rock – England
The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – experimental – Netherlands
Katie Melua – female solo – England – 2007
Olympus Mons (not the same-named France or U.S. bands) – England
Alice Russell – female solo – soul – England
Wintersleep – post-punk – Canada – 2007
The Woodwards (Peter Schuyff) – solo – Netherlands – 2007

Released Outside America And On My 2008 List, Then Released In America In 2009

The Acorn – Canada
Amadou & Mariam – Mali, Africa
Angil & Hiddntracks (not a typo) (Mickael Mottet) – solo – experimental – France
Luka Bloom (Barry Moore, brother of Christy) – solo – Ireland
The Duke Sprit – England
Marianne Faithful – female solo – England
Glasvegas – post-punk – Scotland
Insurgentes (Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree)
Steve Kilbey (The Church) – Australia
Late Of The Pier – synth – England
Mark Louris & Gary Olson (The Jayhawks) – alt-country – U.S.
Psapp – synth – England
Razorlight – England
Marjoleine ‘Leine’ Reitsma  – female solo – Netherlands
Sam Roberts – solo – Canada
Sin Fang Bous (Sindri Sigfusson of Seabear) – solo – experimental – Iceland
‘Ida Maria’ Sivertsen – female solo – Norway
Angus & Julia Stone – Australia
Temper Trap – post-punk – Australia
Rokia Traore – female solo – Mali, Africa
Marty Willson-Piper (The Church) – solo – Australia
Woodpigeon – psych-folk – Canada
James Yuill – solo – England


My Interview With Paste Magazine

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Best Of 2008 Music – Top 1,000+

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Happy New Year, everyone!

It is now so easy and inexpensive to record and distribute music that far too many albums are released each week for anyone to hear them all.  I thought if I organized and listed all the bands with good 2008 albums I’ve heard this year it might be helpful to others.

My list differs from other year-end lists in three important ways:

Europe – Since the internet gives everyone around the world instant access to all albums released anywhere, it makes no sense for these other lists to ignore albums released in Europe but not the U.S.  Their probable justification, that there is no point listening to and recommending albums that are not available here, is nonsensical and silly.  Albums released only in Europe are instantly available for us to hear, and to buy as downloads, just like American releases.  Since I haven’t discriminated against or ignored Europe-only releases, this list includes a lot of great music missing from other year-end lists.

Finding Quality Via Quantity (Thanks, Nick) – Most year-end lists include a limited number of albums.  Does anyone seriously think there are only a few albums released each year that are worth recommending and hearing?  I’ve attempted to include every good album released this year, not just an inherently arbitrary Best Of.  You might conclude from scanning this list that I heard every indie album released.  Unfortunately, no – I didn’t come close.  I’ve got a list of another 2,000 still-unheard 2008 albums, which I think proves conclusively that no one can hear everything that comes out.

I tried to listen to every 2008 album that got substantial press attention.  As a result, any  well-known album not listed below is likely missing because I don’t think it’s worth your time.  Examples of artists that released poor 2008 albums include Atlas Sound, Beach House, Beck, Benga, Byrne & Eno, Casting Crowns, Crystal Castles, Deerhunter (both Microcastle and Weird Era Cont. are weak), Toumani Diabate, Earth, El Guincho, Fennesz, Goldmund, High Places, Jack Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Kanye, Jamie Lidell, Lil Wayne, Lindstrom, Kate Nash, Nine Inch Nails, Panic At The Disco, Robyn, The Roots, We Versus The Shark [Athens], and Lee Ann Womack  The common thread among many of these weak albums is their one-dimensionality, sounding the same throughout – how boring is that?  In some cases you wonder whether the artist fell asleep in the studio, or suffered from “obsessive-compulsive repetitious disorder”.

Twentieth-Century Coverage – Other year-end lists copy each other so much they generally include the same albums by the same new artists, and completely ignore albums by artists who’ve been around a while.  Since I don’t ignore artists older than I am (not trusting folks over 30 is such a dated, 60s idea), this list includes categories for artists who made their mark in the 60s, 70s, and 80s (such as R.E.M.), along with categories for well-known 90s artists.  Maybe those other lists only care about New Bands That Self-Proclaimed Trendsetters Decide Are Cool.

So, onward to my list of all artists that released 2008 albums worth hearing:

1.  Given how difficult it is to keep all this information and music straight, I haven’t even attempted to deal with the names of the albums.  Thus, listed below is just the band name, without the album title.  The internet of course makes it easy to discover the name of, and listen to, any of these 2008 albums.

2.  None of these albums are included because of just one song.  I’ve listened to each album at least twice all the way through (well, maybe not all the poor albums listed at the end), and would gladly listen to each again in the future.

3.   When at least two band members release solo albums or side projects, I’ve listed them in a separate category named for the band, which also lists the band’s own album if applicable.  I’ve also listed all-stars who released good albums with more than one band this year.

4.  What’s going on with all the “Black” bands?  Attack In Black, Black Affair, The Black And White Years, The Black Angels, Black Boned Angel, The Black Box Revelation, The Black Crowes, Black Devil Disco Club, Black Diamond Heavies, Black Eyed Soul, The Black Ghosts, The Black Halos, The Black Hollies, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Jimmy Carl Black, The Black Keys, Black Kids, Black Light Burns, Black Lungs, Blackmarket,  Blackmore’s Night, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Black Mountain, Black Sand, The Black Seeds, Blackstrap, Black Time, Blacktop Gypsy, Blue Sky Black Death, The (Fallen) Black Deer, Kiss The Anus Of  A Black Cat, Monte Negro {Black}, Jim Noir {Black}, and Wild Billy Childish And The Blackhands.  How unoriginal – don’t these bands want to differentiate themselves from each other?  Anyway, all of them released good albums, and some even made my Best Of The Year list.  (Unlistenable albums, primarily metal or rap/hip hop, were released by Another Black Day, Black Anvil, Black Asylum, Aurora Black, Brittini Black, Black Flame, Blacklisted, Black Lodge, Black Milk, Black SS, The Black Sorrows, Blackstone, Black Stone Cherry, Black Tide, Black Wall Street, Blackwinds, Book Of Black Earth, Brightblack Morning Light, and Mars Black.)

The bands in each category are listed in alphabetical order.  At the bottom are the best albums of the year, along with some awards.  I hope you enjoy reading this, expanding your musical horizons, and discovering some great new stuff!


The All New Adventures Of Us
British Sea Power
Cajun Dance Party
Coldplay (for both Prospekt’s March and Viva La Vida)
The Courteeners
Dirty Pretty Things (Carl Barat, ex-The Libertines)
The Duke Spirit
The Feeling
Five O’Clock Heroes
The Futureheads
Holly Golightly (of The Headcoatees) And The Brokeoffs – alt-country
I Am Kloot
iLiKETRAiNS (not a typo)
Insurgentes (Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree) – prog-rock
I Was A Cub Scout
Kaiser Chiefs
The Kings Of Frog Island – psychedelic rock
The Kooks
The Last Shadow Puppets (Miles Kane of The Rascals and Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys)
The Maccabees (named for the 2nd Century B.C. Jewish warriors)
Man-Raze (Paul Cook of Sex Pistols and Phil Collen of Def Leppard)
Mystery Jets
Noah And The Whale
One Night Only
Pete & The Pirates
The Pigeon Detectives
The Rascals (Miles Kane of The Last Shadow Puppets) (not the same-named 60s U.S. band)
Saturday Morning Pictures
The Shortwave Set (produced by Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley)
South (not the same-named U.S. ambient band)
Sunny Day Sets Fire
The Ting Tings
The Wave Pictures
The Young Knives
The Zutons

Deep Purple

Blackmore’s Night (Ritchie Blackmore, with his wife, Candice Night) – psych-folk
Ian Gillan – live – hard rock – solo
Glenn Hughes – solo
Jon Lord – classical – solo
Joe Lynn Turner – live – hard rock – solo
Whitesnake (David Coverdale) – hard rock

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Asia (Carl Palmer, with Steve Howe of Yes)
Keith Emerson – solo

England Post-Punk

Bloc Party
Forward, Russia!
School Of Language
These New Puritans

England Psych-Folk

The Accidental
Johnny Flynn – solo
Ed Laurie – solo
Pete Molinari – solo

England Experimental

Cats In Paris
Hot Club De Paris
IAMX (Chris Corner of Sneaker Pimps) – solo
Wild Beasts

England Garage Rock

Black Time
Blood Red Shoes
Wild Billy Childish (With The Blackhands, and With The Musicians Of The British Empire)
The Headcoatees (Billy Childish and Holly Golightly)
The Kills

England Soul

‘Adele’ Adkins – female solo
James Hunter – solo
Natty – solo

England Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Leila Arab – female solo
Baltic Fleet (Paul Fleming) – solo
The Black Ghosts
Capitol K (Kristian Robinson) – solo
Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip (David Meads and Dan Stephens)
Does It Offend You, Yeah?
The Egg
Friendly Fires
Fujiya & Miyagi (named after a character in The Karate Kid)
Groove Armada
Hot Chip
Sonny J (Sonnington James) – solo
Late Of The Pier
Midfield General (Damian Harris) – solo
Neon Neon (Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals)
The Streets (Mike Skinner) – solo
Max Tundra (Ben Jacobs) – solo
Unkle (for both End Titles and More Stories)
The Whip

England Male Solo

James Blackshaw
The Bug (Kevin Martin) – reggae
Butcher The Bar (Joel Nicholson)
SJ Esau (Sam Wisterneff)
Pete Greenwood
Neal Halstead (of Slowdive and Mojave 3)
Richard Hawley
Jonathan ‘Pop Levi’ (ex-Ladytron)
Lightspeed Champion (Devonte Hynes)
Eugene McGuinness
Jim Noir (Alan Roberts)
Jack Penate
Teddy Thompson (son of Richard and Linda)
The Week That Was (Peter Brewis, ex-The Futureheads, brother of David/School Of Lang.)
Jeremy Warmsley
James Yuill

England Female Solo

‘Kelli Ali’ Dayton (ex-Sneaker Pimps)
Deborah Bonham (sister of John of Led Zeppelin, aunt of Jason) – blues rock
Essie Jain
Laura Marling (ex-Noah And The Whale)


The Aliens – psychedelic rock
Errors (not the same-named U.S. hard rock band)
The Fratellis
Frightened Rabbit
Glasvegas – post-punk
Mogwai (for both Batcat [with Roky Erickson] and The Hawk Is Howling) – experimental
Sons & Daughters

Scotland Male Solo

Black Affair (Steve Mason of The Beta Band) – synth
James Yorkston – psych-folk


Los Campesinos (for both Hold On Now, Youngster and We Are Beautiful, We Are Damned)
People In Planes – post-punk

Wales Female Solo

Aimee ‘Duffy’ – soul
Jem Griffiths

Northern Ireland

Fighting With Wire
Snow Patrol

Northern Ireland Male Solo

David Holmes – synth
The Sleeping Years (Dale Grundle) – psych-folk


Bell X1
Paddy Casey – solo
Gaelic Storm – cross-cultural

Thin Lizzy

Phil Lynott’s Grand Slam – live – hard rock
Gary Moore – solo – blues rock


At The Close Of Every Day
Bagga Bownz – alt-metal
Beef – reggae
Brown Feather Sparrow – psych-folk
Claw Boys Claw
The Cuties
Drive By Wire – psychedelic rock
Going Dutch (oh, how droll)
Hallo Venray
Hit Me TV
The Kevin Costners (no connection to the actor)
Lightwires (not the same-named U.S. alt-country band)
Mist (not one of the same-named Germany or Poland metal, or Sweden, bands)
Orange Glow
The Pedro Delgados (no connection to the 1988 Tour de France winner) – alt-country
Rude Awakening (not one of the 2 same-named U.S. metal bands) – industrial techno
Solo (a band)
The Very Sexuals
Vox Von Braun

Netherlands Post-Punk

AC Berkheimer
Face Tomorrow
HSSLHFF (no connection to the actor David Hasselhoff)
Silence Is Sexy
Stairs To Nowhere

Netherlands Blues Rock

Andre Manuel & The Kettering Fanfare
Rhythm Chiefs

Netherlands Experimental

Earl’s Court (named after the London subway stop)
Harry Merry And The Must
The Moi Non Plus
Jean Parlette (a band, not a solo artist)
Pfaff (Bas Jacobs) (not Gary P, from Tucker, GA, or Kristen P, dead bassist for Hole) – solo
Room Eleven
Roy Santiago – solo
Skinnerbox (not the U.S. reggae band)
Stoma (not one of the 3 same-named hardcore bands from the U.S., Netherlands or Scotland)

Netherlands Cross-Cultural

De Kift
Zuco 103

Netherlands Garage Rock

Autorace (not the same-named Canada synth band)
Pony Pack
The Spades
The Suicidal Birds

Netherlands Hard Rock

Bonne Aparte
New Killer Stars

Netherlands Soul

Liquid Spirits

Netherlands Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Skipper (Mike Schepers) – solo
Strange Attractor (not the same-named U.S. psychedelic rock band)

Netherlands Male Solo

Chop Wood (Odilo Girod)
Lucky Fonz III (Otto Wichers)
Jelle ‘Paulusma’ (not Polly Paulusma, England female solo)
Skipper (Mike Schepers) – synth
Solden (Alex Van Der Linden)

Netherlands Female Solo

GRAM (Marg Eenbergen)
Marike Jager
Marjoleine ‘Leine’ Reitsma
Roosbeef (Roos Rebergen)


Confuse The Cat – post-punk
dEUS (not a typo)
Girls In Hawaii
Kawada (not the Japan pop singer)
Think Of One – cross-cultural
Tim VanHamel – solo

Belgum Experimental

The Black Box Revelation
Kiss The Anus Of A Black Cat

Belgium Hard Rock

Radio Infinity
White Circle Crime Club

Belgium Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Arsenal (with Grant Hart of Husker Du)
Jerboa (Frederick Dejongh) – solo


Animal Alpha – hard rock
The Cheaters – garage rock
Grand Island
Kaizers Orchestra
Lukestar (not the same-named Netherlands synth band) – experimental
Motorpsycho – prog rock
The National Bank

Norway Female Solo

Ane Brun
Hanne Hukkelberg – synth
Silje Nes
‘Ida Maria’ Sivertsen
Susanne Wallumrod


Air France
Blackstrap – post-punk
Dozer – hard rock
Dungen – psychedelic rock
Friska Viljor
I’m From Barcelona (band has two dozen members, similar to The Polyphonic Spree)
The (International) Noise Conspiracy
Marching Band
Pacific! – synth
Peter Bjorn And John
Those Dancing Days

Sweden Metal

Leif Edling – solo
Hellsongs (female acoustic versions of metal classics)

Sweden Male Solo

Melpo Mene (Alex Mattiason) (named after the Greek Muse of Tragedy)
Peter Moren (of Peter Bjorn And John)
The Tallest Man On Earth (Kristian Matsson) – psych-folk
Peter Von Poehl

Sweden Female Solo

Nina Kinert
‘Lykke Li’ Zachrisson


The Acorn (not the same-named Canada indie band) – alt-country
Anssi 8000 & Maria Stereo – garage rock
Judge Bone & Doc Hill – blues rock
Disco Ensemble – hard rock
Goodnight Monsters
Paavoharju – experimental


The Fashion
The Raveonettes (for 3 EPs, including a good Christmas album) – experimental
Volbeat – roots metal


Peter Broderick (from Portland, OR) – solo
Efterklang (for Caravan EP)
Our Broken Garden (Anna Bronsted of Efterklang) – female solo

Denmark Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Spektr (Manoj Ramdas, ex-The Raveonettes) (not the same-named France industrial band)


‘Emiliana Torrini’ Daviosdottir – female solo

Iceland Experimental

Sigur Ros
Sin Fang Bous (Sindri Mar Sigfusson of Seabear) – solo

Iceland Male Solo

Borko (Bjorn Kristjansson)
Mugison (Orn Gudmundsson)


French Cowboy & Lisa Li-Lund – alt-country
Herman Dune – psych-folk
The Teenagers
Underground Railroad – post-punk

France Experimental

Angil & Hiddntracks (not a typo) (Mickael Mottet) – solo
Camille Dalmais – female solo

France Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Black Devil Disco Club
M83 (Anthony Gonzalez) – solo
Miss Kittin (Caroline Herve) – female solo
Poni Hoax
Principles Of Geometry
Zombie Zombie (not the same-named U.S. synth band)

France Male Solo

Don Cavalli – blues rock
The Fugitive Kind (Nicolas Leroux) (not the same-named U.S. garage band)

France Female Solo

Francoiz Breut
Carla Bruni (ex-model, wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy)
Coralie Clement


Bonaparte – experimental
Get Well Soon (Konstantin Gropper)
It’s A Musical (a band, not a Broadway show)
Jazzanova – soul

Mardi Gras Brass Band – cross-cultural

The Notwist

Polarkreis 18

Tokio Hotel

Hans York – solo

Germany Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Bodi Bill
Alec Empire (Alexander Wilke-Steinhof of Atari Teenage Riot)
Barbara Morgenstern – female solo


Catpeople – post-punk
The Pinker Tones – synth


Low Motion Disco (9 of 13 songs have Low in the title) – synth
Monno – experimental
Seelenluft (Beat Soler) – solo
The Young Gods – psych-folk


The Mojomatics (not the same-named U.S. blues band) – garage rock
Populous With Short Stories (Andrea Mangia and Michael McGuire) – synth
Nicola Ratti – solo – experimental


Black Sand
Bernhard Fleischmann – synth – solo


Julia Marcell – female solo – experimental

Estonia Female Solo

Triinu Kivilaan
‘Kerli’ Koiv


Amadou & Mariam (Mali) (both of them are blind)
Esau Mwamwaya (Malawi, with Radioclit of England) – experimental

West Africa Female Solo

Mayra Andrade (Cape Verde)
Rokia Traore (Mali)


The Curse Of Company
‘Lenka’ Kripac – female solo
Operator Please
The Silents (not one of the same-named U.S. post-punk, or Canada or Sweden, bands)
Silver Ray – experimental
Angus And Julia Stone – psych-folk
The Vines – garage rock

The Church

Steve Kilbey – solo
Marty Willson-Piper – solo

Australia Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Cut Copy
Midnight Juggernauts
The Presets

Australia Male Solo

Gotye (Wouter DeBacker)
Scott Matthew
Xavier Rudd
Sam Sparro (Sam Falson) – soul

New Zealand

Black Boned Angel (with Nadja of Canada) – synth
The Black Seeds – reggae
The Datsuns – hard rock
Liam Finn (son of Neil and nephew of Tim, both of Split Enz and Crowded House) – solo

New Zealand Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Black Boned Angel (with Nadja of Canada)
Ladyhawke (Phillipa Brown) (not the same-named Canada band) – female solo


My Violaine Morning – post-punk


Asakusa Jinta – cross-cultural
Shugo Tokumaru – solo – synth


DJ Dolores (Helder Aragao De Melo) – solo – cross-cultural

Brazil Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Cansei De Ser Sexy (CSS)


Federico Aubele (husband of Natalia Clavier) – solo

Argentina Female Solo

Natalia Clavier (wife of Federico Aubele)
Juana Molina – experimental

Puerto Rico

Davila 666 – garage rock

Mexico Experimental

Murcof (Fernando Corona) – solo

Mexico Hard Rock

Monte Negro

Mexico Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Plastilina Mosh


The Acorn (not the same-named Finland band) (for both Glory Hope Mountain and Live)
The Awkward Stage
Born Ruffians
F**ked Up – prog-metal
Mother Mother
No Kids
The Pack A.D. (2-woman version of The Black Keys/The White Stripes) – blues-rock
Tokyo Police Club
The Waking Eyes (Rusty Matyas, ex-Novillero)
Wolf Parade (Spencer Krug of Sunset Rubdown)
Young And Sexy

Alexisonfire (not a typo)

Black Lungs (Wade MacNeil) (not the same-named Australia industrial band) – hard rock
City And Colour (Dallas Green) (not the 1980 Philadelphia Phillies manager) – psych-folk

Broken Social Scene

Brendan Canning – solo
Jason Collett – solo
The Dears (Murray Lightburn)
Land Of Talk (Elizabeth Powell) (for both L’Aventure and Some Are Lakes, with Bon Iver)
Stars (Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan)

The Choir Practice

Hello, Blue Roses (Sidney Vermont, with Dan Bejar of The New Pornographers)
Kellarissa (Larissa Loyva) – female solo – experimental

The New Pornographers

Destroyer (Dan Bejar)
[Hello, Blue Roses – also listed above under The Choir Practice]

Canada Post-Punk

Ladyhawk (not the same-named New Zealand synth band)
The Stills

Canadian Psychedelic Rock

Black Mountain
The Whitsundays

Canada Alt-Country

Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir
Big Low
Blackie & The Rodeo Kings
Kathleen Edwards – female solo
Serena Ryder – female solo

Canada Psych-Folk

Attack In Black
Christine Fellows – female solo
Human Highway (Nick Thorburn of Islands)
Plants And Animals
Martha Wainwright (daughter of Loudon, sister of Rufus) – female solo
Woodpigeon (for both Songbook and Treasury Island Canada)

Canada Experimental

C.R. Avery – solo
Aidan Baker (of Nadja) & Tim Hecker)
Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett of Arcade Fire) (for 2 EPs) – solo
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band

Canada Cross-Cultural

The Duhks
The Real McKenzies

Canada Hard Rock

The Black Halos
Matt Mays & El Torpedo
Jody Raffoul – solo

Canada Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Mike Milosh – solo
Winter Gloves

Canada Male Solo

Gonzalez (Jason Beck)
Hayden (Paul Dresser)
Sam Roberts
Ron Sexsmith
Chad VanGaalen
Hawksley Workman (Ryan Corrigan)

Canada Female Solo

Mandi Perkins
Kreesha Turner – soul

Athens, GA

Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power, And The Amorphous Strums
Drive-By Truckers – southern rock
Meiko (Macon, GA) – female solo
Trances Arc
The Whigs

Athens Psychedelic Rock

Dark Meat
Dead Confederate

Athens Alt-Country

Backyard Tire Fire (now in Bloomington, IL)
The Packway Handle Band – bluegrass
Jim White (for both A Funny Little Cross To Bear and Transnormal Skiperoo) – solo

Athens Experimental

Elf Power (Jimmy Hughes of Folklore)
Folklore (Jimmy Hughes of Elf Power)
Of Montreal

Athens Hard Rock

Harvey Milk (named after the murdered politician)
Rehab (Warner Robins)

Athens Male Solo

Brent Cash
Josh Kelley (Augusta, GA) (husband of the actress Katherine Heigl)
Trappers Cabin (Joel Nettesheim) (N. Ga. mountains) – psych-folk


All The Saints – post-punk
Tim Brantley
Hightide Blues
Manchester Orchestra
The Modern Society
The Selmanaires
Silent Kids
Torche (not the same-named Sweden metal band) – metal
We Are Berliners

Atlanta Blues Rock

Sean Costello (died April 15, 2008) – solo
Roger ‘Hurricane’ Wilson – solo

Atlanta Alt-Country

Zac Brown Band
Sugarland (Kristian Bush of Billy Pilgrim)
The Wood Brothers (Chris Wood of Medeski Martin & Wood)
The Wrights (now in Nashville)

Atlanta Experimental

Hidden Noise Ensemble (Colin Bragg)
Kaki King – female solo

Atlanta Hard Rock

Dear Enemy
Morning State
The Swear
Young Antiques

Atlanta Garage Rock

‘Gentleman Jesse’ Smith & His Men
Anna Kramer & The Lost Cause

Atlanta Soul

Gnarls Barkley
Zachary Kale – solo
Janelle Monae – female solo
Lizz Wright – female solo

Atlanta Female Solo

Cat Power (Charlyn ‘Chan’ Marshall) (for both Dark End Of The Street and Jukebox)
Caroline Herring – psych-folk
Heather ‘Aslyn’ Mitchell

U.S. Indie

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
… And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
Annuals/Sunfold (same musicians) (for 3 albums – Such Fun, Toy Tugboats and Wet Zoo)
Antony And The Johnsons
The Apples In Stereo
Black Gold (not one of the same-named U.S. alt-country or rap, or England, bands)
Brave Citizens
Carolina Liar
Cold War Kids
The Dandy Warhols
Dear And The Headlights
Death Cab For Cutie
Dirty On Purpose
The End Of The World
The Gabe Dixon Band
The 88
Electric President
The Gay Blades
The Hanks (not the same-named 80s U.S. alt-country band)
The Helio Sequence
The Hold Steady
The Killers
Kings Of Leon
The Little Ones (for both Morning Tide and Terry Tales)
Louis XIV
Margot And The Nuclear So And So’s
Mason Proper
Matthew [Gray] And The Arrogant Sea
Minus The Bear
Murder By Death
The Myriad
The New Year
1969 (Butch Walker of Marvelous 3)
Oxford Collapse (for both Bits and The Hann-Byrd)
Paper Rival
Person L
Phantom Planet
Plain White T’s
+/- [Plus/Minus]
Ra Ra Riot
Radar Brothers
The Republic Tigers
Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears
The Shaky Hands
The Silent Years
Smoking Popes
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
The Spinto Band
Tally Hall
Tapes ‘N Tapes
Throw Me The Statue
Vampire Weekend
The Virgins
The Walkmen
We Are Scientists
What Made Milwaukee Famous
Wild Sweet Orange

U.S. Indie – Female Vocals

Biirdie (not a typo)
The Bird And The Bee (Inara George, daughter of Lowell of Little Feat)
Black Kids
Bound Stems
The Bridges
Crooked Fingers (Eric Bachmann, ex-Archers Of Loaf)
The Hush Sound
In Flight Radio
The Jealous Girlfriends
Say Hi
Shiny Toy Guns
The Submarines
Tilly And The Wall
The Whispertown 2000 (Morgan Nadler, ex-Rilo Kiley)
The Young Republic

Ben Folds Five

Ben Folds – solo
Hotel Lights (Darren Jessie) – solo

Made Out Of Babies

Battle Of Mice (Julie Christmas, with Tony Maimone, ex-Pere Ubu) – prog-metal
Made Out Of Babies (for The Ruiner LP) – experimental
Red Sparowes (Brendan Tobin) – experimental

Queens Of The Stone Age

Eagles Of Death Metal (Josh Homme) – hard rock
The Gutter Twins (Mark Lanegan) (with Greg Dulli, ex-Afghan Whigs) (for 2 albums) – hard rock
Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell (ex-Belle & Sebastian) (for 2 albums) – alt-country

Rage Against The Machine

The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello)
One Day As A Lion (Zach De La Rocha, with Jon Theodore, ex-The Mars Volta)

Red Sparowes (not a typo)

The (Fallen) Black Deer (Greg Burns) – experimental
[Made Out Of Babies – also listed above (Brendan Tobin) – experimental]
[Red Sparowes – also listed above (Greg Burns and Brendan Tobin) (for Triad EP) – experimental]

Sonic Youth

Free Kitten (Kim Gordon) – experimental
Thurston Moore – experimental – solo

The Strokes

Albert Hammond, Jr. – solo
Little Joy (Fabrizio Moretti)
Megapuss (Fabrizio Moretti, with Devendra Banhart) – psych-folk
Nickle Eye (Nikolai Fraiture, with Joel Cadbury & Jamie McDonald of South)


School Of Language (Doug McCombs, & David Brewis, brother of Peter/The Week That Was)
The Sea And Cake (John McEntire)

U.S. Post-Punk

Colour Revolt
Have A Nice Life
Magnetic Morning (Sam Fogarino of Interpol)
Midnight Movies
Parts & Labor (for both Escapers 2: Grind Pop and Receivers)
Secret Machines
She Wants Revenge
The Silents (not one of the 3 same-named Australia, Canada or Sweden indie bands)
TV On The Radio

U.S. Psychedelic Rock

The Black Angels
The Black Hollies
Black Moth Super Rainbow
Buffalo Killers
Crystal Stilts
Dr. Dog
Endless Boogie
Golden Animals
Howlin Rain
My Morning Jacket
Tobacco (Tom Fec of Black Moth Super Rainbow)
The War On Drugs

U.S. Alt-Country

Blacktop Gypsy
Blitzen Trapper
Jonatha Brooke (Woody Guthrie lyrics) – female solo
Calexico (Joey Burns and John Convertino, both ex-Giant Sand)
Laura Cantrell – female solo
Hayes Carll – solo
Department Of Eagles (Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear)
Eric Durrance – solo
The Felice Brothers
Hayseed Dixie
Justin Townes Earle (son of Steve) – solo
Micah P. Hinson – solo
Jolie Holland – female solo
Lady Antebellum (Charles Kelley of Augusta, GA, brother of Josh)
Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley) – female solo
The Low Lows
Allison Moorer (wife of Steve Earle, sister of Shelby Lynne) – female solo
Neva Dinova (a band, not a solo artist)
Okkervil River (Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff of Shearwater)
Old Crow Medicine Show
Old 97’s
Brad Paisley – solo
She & Him (the actress Zooey Deschanel)
Silver Jews
Jessica Simpson – female solo
Skeletons (from N.Y. – not one of the 4 same-named England, France, Missouri or Texas bands)
James Jackson Toth – solo
The Watson Twins
Jimmy Wayne – solo
The Whiskey Saints
Hank Williams III – solo

U.S. Blues Rock

Left Lane Cruiser
Los Lonely Boys
North Mississippi Allstars
‘Seasick Steve’ Wold – solo

U.S. Southern Rock

Black Eyed Soul
Kevin Costner (best-ever album by a famous actor?)
Montgomery Gentry (a band, not a solo artist)
Paul Thorn – solo

U.S. Psych-Folk

Sam Amidon – solo
Apollo Sunshine
Bodies Of Water (for both A Certain Feeling and Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink)
Bon Iver (Justin Vernon) – solo
Death Vessel (Joel Thibodeau) – solo
Delta Spirit
The Dodos
Fleet Foxes
Larkin Grimm – female solo
Headless Heroes (Alela Diane)
Hush Arbors (Keith Wood) – solo
The Kennedys
Langhorne Slim (Sean Scolnick) – solo
Mount Eerie (Phil Elverum of The Microphones)
The Mountain Goats (for both Black Pear Tree [with Kaki King] and Heretic Pride)
The Mumlers
Port O’Brien
Jack Rose (for both Dr Ragtime & Pals and Self-Titled) – solo
Shearwater (Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff of Okkervil River) (for both Rook and Live)
State Bird
David ‘DM Stith’ – solo
Sun Kil Moon (Mark Kozelet and Anthony Koutsos of Red House Painters)
These United States
David Vandervelde – solo
Greg Weeks – solo
Emily Jane White – female solo
Wovenhand (David Edwards and Pascal Humbert, both ex-16 Horsepower)

U.S. Experimental

Abe Vigoda (named after the actor)
A.K.A.C.O.D. (Dana Colley of Morphine)
Animal Collective (produced by Rusty Santos of The Present)
Brazzaville (David Scott, ex-saxman for Beck)
Castanets (Raymond Raposa) – solo
Cloud Cult
The Dead Science
DJ/Rupture (Jace Clayton) & Andy Moor (England guitarist, not the England trance artist)
Don Caballero
The Dresden Dolls
Evangelista (brutal and terrifying, yet still beautiful – reminiscent of Patti Smith’s Radio Ethiopia)
Dan Friel (of Parts & Labor)
Grampall Jookabox (David Adamson) – solo
Grouper (Liz Harris) – female solo
Growing (for both All The Way and Lateral)
Horse Feathers
Icy Demons (Chris Powell of Man Man)
Scarlett Johansson (the actress) (with Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio) – female solo
The Mae Shi
My Brightest Diamond (Shara Worden) – female solo
Nudge (Honey Owens of Valet)
Portugal. The Man (from Wasilla, Alaska, same as Sarah Palin)
The Present (not the same-named Belgium prog-rock band)
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (of The Mars Volta)
Russian Circles
Marnie Stern – female solo
Sufjan Stevens (a surprisingly listenable Christmas album) – solo
Swell (for both The Lost Album and South Of The Rain And Snow)
Takka Takka
Volcano! (not the same-named Japan metal band or Curt Kirkwood [Meat Puppets] project)
White Denim
Xiu Xiu

U.S. Cross-Cultural

Dengue Fever
East Village Opera Company
Firewater (laptop-recorded on Tod Ashley’s odyssey through India, Pakistan, Israel, & Turkey)
Flogging Molly
Yoshie Fruchter – solo
Man Man (Chris Powell of Icy Demons)
Alina Simone – female solo

U.S. Hard Rock

ASHES dIVIDE (Billy Howerdel/A Perfect Circle, Devo Keenan/son of Maynard James)
Black Tide
Keith Caputo – solo
Sam Champion (a band, not a solo artist)
David Cook (2008 American Idol) – solo
The Drama Club
The Gaslight Anthem (for both The ’59 Sound and Senor And The Queen)
The Jonas Brothers
Local H
The Matches
The Night Marchers (John Reis of Rocket From The Crypt)
No Age
Pop Evil
The Raconteurs (Jack White of The White Stripes)
Retribution Gospel Choir
Scars On Broadway (Daron Malakian and John Dolmayen of System Of A Down)
Semi Precious Weapons
Static Thought
Street Dogs
TK Webb & The Visions

U.S. Garage Rock

Titus Andronicus (named after the Shakespeare character)
The Baseball Project (Pete Buck, Scott McCaughey of R.E.M., Steve Wynn of Dream Syndicate)
Be Your Own Pet
Black Diamond Heavies
The Black Keys
Cheap Time
The Dirtbombs
Dressy Bessy (John Hill of The Apples In Stereo)
Electric Six
Foxboro Hot Tubs (aka Green Day)
The Hands
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes
Mystery Jets (not the same-named 80s England band)
Jay Reatard (Jay Lindsey) (for both In The Red Singles and Matador Singles) – solo
Reverend Organdrum (Jim Heath aka Rev. Horton Heat, Tim Alexander of Asleep At The Wheel)
Sic Alps
Times New Viking (for both Rip It Off and Stay Awake)
Vivian Girls
Young Lords

U.S. Prog-Metal

The Mars Volta
These Arms Are Snakes

U.S. Alt-Metal

Black Light Burns (Wes Borland, ex-Limp Bizkit)
Ill Nino
Mindless Self Indulgence

U.S. Soul

Nikka Costa (Frank Sinatra’s goddaughter) – female solo
Noel Gourdin – solo
Terrence Howard (the actor) – solo
Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed & The True Loves
The Solution

U.S. Funk

Fort Knox Five
The Knux

U.S. Reggae

The Dirty Heads
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Slightly Stoopid (not a typo)

U.S. Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth

Alias (Brendon Whitney) (not the same-named U.S. 80s hard rock band) – solo
Astronautalis (Andy Bothwell) – solo
Au Revoir Simone
Beehive (not the same-named England band)
The Black And White Years
Blue Sky Black Death
Cassettes Won’t Listen (Jason Drake) – solo
Martin Dosh – solo
The FaintFlying Lotus (Steven Ellison) – solo
Free Blood
F**k Buttons
Funeral Party
Gang Gang Dance
Girl Talk (Gregg Gillis)
Ghostland Observatory
Health (remix of their 2007 experimental album)
Hercules And Love Affair
Iglu & Hartley
Kaskade (Ryan Raddon) – solo
Mates Of State
The Medic Droid
Passion Pit (Michael Angelakos) – solo
Praveen [Sharma] & Benoit [Pioulard (Thomas Meluch)]
Erica ‘Quitzow’ (for both Animal Nature and Art College)
Santogold (Santi White) – female solo
Santogold & Diplo (Wesley Pentz)
School Of Seven Bells (Ben Curtis, ex-Secret Machines)
Jeffree Star (Jeffrey Steininger) – solo
Starf**ker (not the same-named Belgium hard rock group)
Static Revenger (Dennis White) – solo
Telepathe (with Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio)
Thievery Corporation
Uh Huh Her (named after a P.J. Harvey album title)
Valet (Honey Owens of Nudge)
Saul Williams (for ‘Niggy Tardust’ with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails) – industrial spoken word

U.S. Gospel

The Nephew Brothers – shape note gospel
Welcome Wagon (Sufjan Stevens-produced)

U.S. Male Solo

‘Ferras’ Alqaisi
Jason Anderson (70s-era E Street Band redux?)
Joseph Arthur (for both the Temporary People album and 4 EPs)
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Will Oldham)
Jay Brannan
The Break And Repair Method (Paul Doucette of Matchbox Twenty)
Marc Broussard
Ryan Cabrera
Burton Carroll
Matt Costa
King Darves
Bart Davenport
Brett Dennen
Matt Duke
E For Explosion (Jamison Covington)
Val Emmich (the actor)
Tim Fite (Timothy Sullivan)
Teddy Geiger (‘The Rocker’ movie soundtrack)
Zach Gill (of Animal Liberation Orchestra)
Her Space Holiday (Marc Bianchi) (for both Sleepy Tigers and XOXO)
Griffin House
Benji Hughes
Brendan James
Mason Jennings
Lackthereof (Danny Seim)
Ray LaMontagne
Greg Laswell
Amos Lee
Tony Lucca
Jesse Malin
Paul Manousos
Cass McCombs
Jason Mraz
Anthony ‘Ant’ Neely (of Subthunk)
Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes)
Paramount Styles (Scott McCloud of Girls Against Boys)
Pictures And Sound (Luke Reynolds)
Benoit Pioulard (Thomas Meluch)
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
Peter Salett
Secret Dakota Ring (Andy Ross of OK Go)
George Stanford
Kelly Stoltz
Chris Walla (of Death Cab For Cutie)
Devon Williams
Jordan Zevon (son of Warren)

U.S. Female Solo

Juliana Cole
Caitlin Crosby
Madi Diaz
Inara George (of The Bird And The Bee) (with Van Dyke Parks)
Joan As Police Woman (Joan Wasser, ex-Antony And The Johnsons)
Charlotte Martin
Jessica Lea Mayfield (produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys)
Sandra McCracken
Hilary McRae
Amie Miriello
One Little Plane (Kathryn Bint)
Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls)
Tristan Prettyman
Thao [Nguyen] And The Get Down Stay Down
Mia Doi Todd
Brooke Waggoner
Natalie Walker
Laura Warshauer
Rachael Yamagata

90s Artists – good albums


The Black Crowes
Blind Melon (first album since Shannon Hoon’s 1995 death)
Greg Camp (Smash Mouth)
Sheryl Crow
Rivers Cuomo (Weezer)
Ani DiFranco
Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing)
Everlast (Erik Shrody of House Of Pain)
Extreme (Gary Cherone, ex-Van Halen)
Black Francis (Pixies)
Mike Gordon (Phish)
Juliana Hatfield
Lambchop (no connection to the Shari Lewis puppet) (for both OH (Ohio) and Live)
Lisa Loeb
Gary Louris (The Jayhawks)
G. Love & Special Sauce
The Magnetic Fields
Stephen Malkmus (Pavement) & Jicks
Aimee Mann (‘Til Tuesday)
Mercury Rev
Shawn Mullins
Nada Surf
Mark Olson & Gary Louris (The Jayhawks)
Joan Osborne
Sam Phillips
Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices)
The Presidents Of The U.S.A.
Amy Ray (Indigo Girls)
Rocket From The Crypt (John Reis of The Night Marchers)
Darius Rucker (Hootie & The Blowfish)
Raphael Saadiq (Tony! Toni! Tone!)
Seven Mary Three
Smashing Pumpkins
Stuck Mojo
Matthew Sweet
Butch Walker (Marvelous 3)
Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver)
Brian ‘Head’ Welch (Korn)
Lucinda Williams (for both Little Honey and Lu in ’08)

Rest Of World

Damon Albarn (Blur and Gorillaz) (soundtrack to the opera ‘Monkey’)
Brett Anderson (Suede)
Luka Bloom (Barry Moore, brother of Christy)
The Charlatans
Cowboy Junkies
Rob Dickinson (Catherine Wheel) (cousin of Bruce of Iron Maiden)
Fred Eaglesmith
The Fireman (Paul McCartney and Martin ‘Youth’ Gilbert of Killing Joke)
K.D. Lang
Alanis Morissette
The Orb (Alex Paterson)
Porcupine Tree
Portishead (the sound of Subterranean Post-Millennial Tension)
Primal Scream
Red Snapper
Stereo MCs
The Verve
The Wildhearts

90s Artists – weak albums


Erykah Badu (Erica Wright)
The Breeders
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Counting Crows
Sheryl Crow
Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus)
Dream Theater
Jakob Dylan (son of Bob) (The Wallflowers)
Earth (Dylan Carlson [Kurt Cobains’ ‘best-friend’])
The Flaming Lips (‘Christmas On Mars’ soundtrack)
‘Beck’ Hansen
Faith Hill
Ice Cube (N.W.A.)
Lenny Kravitz
Brian McKnight
Nine Inch Nails (2 poor albums – Ghosts I-IV and The Slip)
The Offspring
Mike Patton (Faith No More and Mr. Bungle) (‘A Perfect Place’ movie soundtrack)
Sixpence None The Richer
Lee Ann Womack

Rest Of World

‘Dido’ Armstrong
Sarah Brightman (2 poor albums – Symphony and A Winter Symphony)
Kylie Minogue

60s, 70s, 80s, Over-40 Crowd
– good, worthy, interesting, “I’m glad they’re still around” albums


Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction)
The B-52s
Captain Beefheart
Jimmy Carl Black (Frank Zappa’s The Mothers Of Invention)
Randall Bramblett
Delaney Bramlett
Jackson Browne
Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac)
Solomon Burke
Glen Campbell
Carlene Carter (stepdaughter of Johnny Cash)
Ry Cooder
Alice Cooper
Willy DeVille (Mink DeVille)
Neil Diamond
Bob Dylan
Alejandro Escovedo (The Nuns and Rank And File)
The Fleshtones
Howe Gelb (Giant Sand)
Giant Sand
Al Green
Guns N’ Roses
Sammy Hagar (Van Halen)
Emmylou Harris
Richie Havens
Individuals (recorded by Mitch Easter just prior to R.E.M.’s Murmur)
Jefferson Starship (original Airplane members, covering protest/folk classics)
Grace Jones
Kronos Quartet & Terry Riley
Cyndi Lauper
Steve Lukather (Toto)
Michael McDonald (Motown/soul covers)
Bret Michaels (Poison)
Bob Mould (Husker Du)
Mudcrutch (Tom Petty)
Willie Nelson And Wynton Marsalis
Night Ranger
Dolly Parton
The Pretenders
The Residents
Jason Ringenberg (Jason & The Scorchers)
Roomful Of Blues
Todd Rundgren
Arthur Russell
Leon Russell
J.D. Souther (The Eagles and Linda Ronstadt)
Southside Johnny (The Asbury Jukes) (covering Tom Waits songs)
Taj Mahal (Henry Fredericks)
Vanilla Fudge (for ‘Out Through The In Door’ – best Led Zep cover album ever?)
Loudon Wainwright (father of Rufus and Martha)
Was (Not Was)
Paul Westerberg (The Replacements)
Andre Williams
Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys)

Rest Of World

The Alarm
Marc Almond (Soft Cell)
Bryan Adams
The Pete Best Band (The Beatles)
Billy Bragg
Jack Bruce (Cream) & Robin Trower
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Joe Cocker
Julian Cope (The Teardrop Explodes)
Elvis Costello And The Imposters (includes 2/3 of The Attractions)
The Cure
The Damned
Def Leppard
The Durutti Column (for both Treatise On The Steppenwolf and Sunlight To Blue)
‘Wreckless Eric’ Goulden (with Amy Rigby, his wife)
Marianne Faithful
The Fall
Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens)
Fotheringay (with Sandy Denny)
Paul Heaton (The Housemartins and The Beautiful South)
Steve Howe (Yes and Asia)
Steve Howe Trio (with son Dylan)
Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) (covering Bobby Blue Bland)
Joe Jackson
The Jesus And Mary Chain
Tom Jones
Judas Priest
Sergio Mendes
Mike Oldfield – classical
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
Psychic TV (Genesis P-Orridge of Throbbing Gristle)
Queen & Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company, and The Firm)
Chris Rea
Curt Smith (Tears For Fears)
Ringo Starr
Joe Strummer (The Clash) (soundtrack to The Future Is Unwritten documentary)
Midge Ure (Rich Kids [with Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols], Ultravox, and Visage)
Uriah Heep
Van Der Graaf Generator
The Wedding Present
Paul Weller (The Jam and The Style Council)

60s, 70s, 80s, Over-40 Crowd
– dull, boring, poor, “why did they even bother?” albums


American Music Club
Joan Baez
Walter Becker (Steely Dan)
Tony Bennett
Edie Brickell (as The Heavy Circles, with Harper Simon, son of her husband Paul)
David Byrne (Talking Heads) & Brian Eno (Roxy Music)
Tracy Chapman
Natalie Cole
Harry Connick, Jr.
Melissa Etheridge
Bela Fleck
Arethat Franklin
Amy Grant
Al Jarreau
Barry Manilow
Ray Manzarek (The Doors) & Roy Rogers (the slide guitarist, not the cowboy)
John Mellencamp
Motley Crue
Randy Newman
Boz Scaggs
Carly Simon
Spyro Gyra
Donna Summer
James Taylor
Leon Ware
Dionne Warwick
Widespread Panic

Rest Of World

Barry Adamson (Magazine, Visage, and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)
‘Enya’ Brennan
Tim Finn (Split Enz and Crowded House)
Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance) & Klaus Schulze (Tangerine Dream)
Paul Hardcastle
Van Morrison
Alison Moyet (Yaz)
Michael Schenker (UFO and The Scorpions) (2 poor albums – Kulick and Tales Of Rock’N’Roll)
Steve Winwood

Worthwhile Live Albums – U.S.

Attractive Eighties Women – hard rock – Atlanta
Blue Man Group
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
The Byrds (1971 London)
Clutch – hard rock
The Doors (for both March 1967 San Francisco and May 1970 Pittsburgh)
The Fiery Furnaces
Gossip – garage rock
Jefferson Airplane (1969 S.F. – original lineup, including Kaukonen and Dryden)
Jefferson Starship (1995 – all Airplane songs, with Balin, Casady, Kantner & Slick)
B.B. King (for both Live and A Night With)
Lambchop (primarily R&B covers) – alt-country
Les Savy Fav
Linkin Park
Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists)
Mute Math – post-punk
Mudcrutch (Tom Petty)
The National – post-punk
Lou Reed (2006 performance of 1973 album Berlin)
Josh Ritter
Rocket From The Crypt – hard rock
Shearwater – psych-folk
Sixx:A.M. (Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue) – hard rock
Bruce Springsteen
Mavis Staples (The Staple Singers) – soul
Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple) – hard rock
The Velvet Underground
Tom Waits (July 5, 2008 Atlanta)
Webb Wilder And The Beatnecks – southern rock
Johnny Winter (for both Live Bootleg Vol. 2 and Vol. 3)

Worthwhile Live Albums – Rest Of World

Average White Band – Scotland
Jeff Beck – England
Belle & Sebastian – Scotland
Do Make Say Think (Charles Spearin of Broken Social Scene) – experimental – Canada
David Bowie (official release of famous Santa Monica ’72 bootleg) – England
The Clash (1982 New York – Shea Stadium) – England
The Durutti Column (signed to Factory Records just before Joy Division) – post-punk – England
Falco (Johann Holzel) – synth – Austria
Billy Fury (one of England’s first rockers in the late 50s)
Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) – England
Phil Lynott’s Grand Slam (Thin Lizzy) (1984 Glasgow) – Ireland
Magazine – post-punk – England
Pentangle – psych-folk – England
Porcupine Tree – prog rock – England
Radiohead (July 1, 2008 Amsterdam) – England
Scram C Baby – garage rock – Netherlands
Sigur Ros (June 17, 2008 New York – Museum Of Modern Art)
Billy Talent (a band, not a solo artist) – hard rock – Canada
Waco Brothers (Steve Goulding & Jon Langford of Mekons) – alt-country – England

Poor Live Albums

Tori Amos
Jackson Browne
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Grateful Dead (both Winterland ’73 and Egypt ’78 are poor)
Hall & Oates
Justice – synth – France
Moe. – jam band – U.S.
Olivia Newton-John
Over The Rhine – U.S.
P.O.D. – hard rock – U.S.
Rodrigo Y Gabriela – Mexico
Klaus Schulze (of Tangerine Dream) – synth – Germany
Suicide – synth – U.S.
Neil Young (1968 Ann Arbor – Canterbury House)

Most Overrated And Boring Indie Band Deerhunter

Most Aptly Named Band The Weepies

Bland and anodyne folk music, so boring it makes you want to cry.

Most Disappointing Album

Atlas Sound (Bradford Cox of Atlanta’s Deerhunter)
David Byrne & Brian Eno

Most Valuable Players, Who Released Good Albums With More Than One Band In 2008

Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys and With Jessica Lea Mayfield)
Aidan Baker (With Black Boned Angel and With Tim Hecker)
Dan Bejar (Destroyer and Hello, Blue Roses)
Pete Buck (The Baseball Project and R.E.M.)
Greg Burns (The (Fallen) Black Deer and Red Sparowes)
Brian ‘Danger Mouse’ Burton (3 albums – The Black Keys, Gnarls Barkley,The Shortwave Set)
Joel Cadbury & Jamie McDonald (Nickle Eye and South)
Billy Childish (With The Blackhands, The Headcoatees, and The Musicians Of The British Empire)
Julie Christmas (Battle Of Mice and Made Out Of Babies)
Phil Collen (Def Leppard and Man-Raze)
Dan Friel (Parts & Labor and Solo)
Inara George (The Bird And The Bee and With Van Dyke Parks)
Holly Golightly (With The Brokeoffs and The Headcoatees)
Steve Howe (3 albums – Asia, Solo, and With Steve Howe Trio)
Jimmy Hughes (3 albums – With Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power and Folklore)
Miles Kane (The Last Shadow Puppets and The Rascals)
Kaki King (Solo and With The Mountain Goats)
Mark Lanegan (4 albums – 2 With Isobel Campbell and 2 With The Gutter Twins)
Gary Louris (With Mark Olson and Solo)
Jonathan Meiburg & Will Sheff (3 albums – Okkervil River and 2 with Shearwater, both live and studio)
Thomas Meluch (as Benoit Pioulard and With Praveen Sharma)
Peter Moren (Peter Bjorn And John and Solo)
Fabrizio Moretti (Little Joy and Megapuss)
Honey Owens (Nudge and Valet)
Amanda Palmer (The Dresden Dolls and Solo)
Robert Pollard (6 albums – 3 Solo, Boston Spaceships, Circus Devils, Psycho And The Birds)
Chris Powell (Icy Demons and Man Man)
John Reis (The Night Marchers and Rocket From The Crypt)
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (4 albums – Solo, The Mars Volta, Quintet, and With Jeremy M. Ward)
Rusty Santos (Animal Collective and The Present)
Dave Sitek (3 albums – With Scarlett Johansson, Telepathe, and TV On The Radio)
Sufjan Stevens (Solo and Welcome Wagon)
Joe Strummer (The Clash and The Future Is Unwritten)
Nick Thorburn (Human Highway and Islands)
Brendan Tobin (Made Out Of Babies and Red Sparowes)
Justin Vernon (as Bon Iver – With Land Of Talk and Solo)
Tom Waits (cover albums by Scarlett Johansson and Southside Johnny, and his Atl. concert)
Butch Walker (1969 and Solo)
Santi White (as Santogold – Solo and With Diplo)
Steven Wilson (Insurgentes and Porcupine Tree)

Fred’s Best Albums Of The Year

Amadou & Mariam
Jason Anderson
The  Baseball Project
AC Berkheimer
Black Affair
The Black Angels
The Black Hollies
Blackie & The Rodeo Kings
Black Mountain
Black Time
Bloc Party (for the 2nd year in a row)
Judge Bone & Doc Hill
Randell Bramblett
British Sea Power
Don Cavalli
The Charlatans
Claw Boys Claw
Cloud Cult
Confuse The Cat
Kevin Costner
The Cure
The Damned
Dark Meat
Dead Confederate (for the 2nd year in a row)
The Dodos
Drive By Wire
Drive-By Truckers
Earl’s Court
Electric President
Endless Boogie
Face Tomorrow
The Fall (for the 2nd year in a row)
Forward, Russia!
The Fugitive Kind
The Gaslight Anthem
The Gutter Twins
Hawksley Workman
The Hold Steady
Howlin Rain
I Was A Cub Scout
Kaiser Chiefs
Steve Kilbey
Ladyhawk (Canada)
Late Of The Pier
Left Lane Cruiser
Local H
Longwave (my most anticipated album of 2008 didn’t disappoint!)
Matt Mays & El Torpedo
My Morning Jacket
Parts & Labor
People In Planes
Polarkreis 18
Poni Hoax
Primal Scream
Principles Of Geometry
The Rascals
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (for Old Money)
Xavier Rudd
Todd Rundgren
Santogold & Diplo
Scram C Baby
Seasick Steve
Secret Machines
She Wants Revenge (for the 2nd year in a row)
Snow Patrol
Marnie Stern
Joe Strummer
Tapes ‘N Tapes
These New Puritans
Vanilla Fudge
The War On Drugs
The Wedding Present
TV On The Radio
Wild Beasts
Wild Sweet Orange
Andre Williams

Rerelease Of The Year A Place To Bury Strangers – I Know I’ll See You

Best 2008 Single From A 2007 Album

The Mary Onettes – Slow  Best 80s new wave song ever?  And by a current Swedish band!

Best Song On A Bad Album
Deerhunter – Nothing Ever Happened

Worst Band Name Of The Year Kiss The Anus Of A Black Cat

Album Cover Art Of The Year Islands – Arm’s Way

http://dustbowl.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/islands_albumcover.jpgGeorgia O’Keefe would have been proud!

Tribute Song Of The Year Motorpsycho – The Alchemyst

A 20th-anniversary homage (but not a cover) to Teen Age Riot, off Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation album.

Reinterpretation Of The Year Foxboro Hot Tubs (aka Green Day) – Dark Side Of Night

A stunningly gorgeous take on Heart Full Of Soul by The Yardbirds.


Pastiche Of The Year Flight Of The Conchords – Inner City Pressure

Parody of West End Girls by Pet Shop Boys.  Certainly gave me a chuckle:

“You pawned everything, everything you owned.
Your tooth brush jar and a camera phone.

Counting coins on the counter of the 7/11.
From a quarter past six til a quarter to seven.
The manager, Bevin, starts to abuse me.
Hey man, I just want some muesli.

So you think maybe you’ll be a prostitute.
Just to pay for your lessons, you’re learning the flute.
Ladies wouldn’t pay you very much for this.
Looks like you’ll never be a concert flautist.

You don’t measure up to the expectation.
When you’re unemployed, there’s no vacation.
No one cares, no one sympathizes.
You just stay home and play synthesizers.”


Scariest, Most Disconcerting Song Of The Year

Evangelista – Hello, Voyager!


Explicit Song Of The Year
The Teenagers – Homecoming


Lyric Of The Year Nada Surf – Weightless

Behind every desire,
Is another one,
Waiting to be liberated
When the first one’s sated.


Most Played Oldie and Archival Performance Of The Year

Midnight Oil – The Dead Heart  A great protest song, its emotional power stands out in this thunderous performance from 2000.  Peter Garrett is 6 ft. 8 in., and his intensity and physical presence is hypnotic.  (He is now the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts in the Australian government.)  Check out the second drummer standing at the front of the stage:


And an unplugged version, with a great didgeridoo performance:


“We carry in our hearts the true country
And that cannot be stolen
We follow in the steps of our ancestry
And that cannot be broken”

Top Guilty Pleasure The Teenagers – Reality Check

Immature, lewd and mindlessly provocative, everything that’s wrong with today’s youth.  What could be more fun?

Concept Album, Double Album, Eclectic Album Of The Year

Beukorkest – Kleine Hausmeister (The Small Janitor)

Biggest Jaw-Dropping Surprise Album Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Sunday At Devil Dirt

Sounds like Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits singing the “Natural Born Killers” soundtrack.

Overall Best Album Of The Year

Andre Manuel & The Kettering Fanfare – Op Verzoek Van De Goden (At The Request Of The Gods)

Most Anticipated 2008 Release Silversun Pickups

2007 (And Earlier) Albums First Heard In 2008

Amusement Parks On Fire – post-punk – England – 2006
The Bloody Honkies – garage rock – Netherlands
The Boggs – experimental – U.S.
Vanessa Da Mata – female solo – cross-cultural – Brazil
The Dudes (not the U.S. blues rock band) – Canada – 2006
Eisley – U.S.
Eskimo Joe – Australia
Georgian Contemporary Unit (Colin Bragg of Atlanta) – experimental – Athens – 2003
Grand Avenue – post-punk – Denmark
Calvin Harris – solo – synth – Scotland
The Hoosiers – England
Junius – post-punk – U.S.
Le Loup – experimental – U.S.
Long Knives (not the Ireland Band) – Atlanta
The Mary Onettes – Sweden
Monster In The Machine – hard – U.S.
Pela – post-punk – U.S.
A Place To Bury Strangers – post-punk – U.S.
Alice Rose (not the U.S. band) – female solo – experimental – Denmark
2nd Place Driver – Netherlands
Silversun Pickups – U.S. – 2006
Spiderbait – hard – Australia – 2004
stellastarr* – post-punk – U.S. – 2005
Damion Suomi – solo – U.S.
Two Hours Traffic – Canada
White Rabbits – U.S.
White Williams (Joseph Williams) – solo – synth – U.S.

Released Outside America And On My 2007 List, Then Released In America In 2008

Air Traffic – England
Apocalyptica – symphonic metal – Finland
Kevin Ayers (of Soft Machine) – solo – England
Canadians – post-punk – Italy (my 2007 Album Of The Year)
Raine Maida (of Our Lady Peace) – solo – Canada
The Raveonettes – Denmark
The Rumble Strips – England
Stereophonics – Wales

Best of 2007 Music

Posted January 4, 2009 by quiscus
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Happy New Year, everyone!

Given how easy and inexpensive it has become to record and distribute music, so many albums are released every week that it is impossible for any of us to hear them all.  It dawned on me that if I organized all the good music I’ve heard this year it might be helpful to others.  So, set forth below is a list of all the artists with 2007 albums that are worth hearing.  I hope that if you already like some of these albums, you might listen to something else from the same categories.

1.  Given how difficult it is to keep all this information and music straight, I haven’t even attempted to memorize the names of the albums.  Thus, all I’ve listed is the band name, without the album title.  The internet of course makes it easy to discover the name of, and listen to, any of these 2007 albums.

2.  I haven’t done a Top 10 list for two reasons.  First, it doesn’t make sense to compare albums in different genres.  (Is it even intellectually possible to compare Sigur Ros to Neil Young?)  Second, there is so much good music in the world today that only listing 10 albums would exclude way too many worth hearing.  Face it, you could almost do a Best Of 2007 list that just included music by Broken Social Scene members.

3.  None of these albums made the list based on my hearing just one song.  I’ve listened to each album at least twice all the way through (well, not the disappointments listed at the end), and would gladly listen to each again in the future.

4.  I’ve included some categories near the end for artists older than age 40 who made their mark in the 60s, 70s, and 80s (such as Neil Young).

The bands in each category are listed in alphabetical order, and together they cover such a wide expanse of music that there is either something for everyone here, or nothing for no one.  At the bottom are my own favorites, songs of the year, and best album.  I hope you enjoy reading this, expanding your musical horizons, and discovering some great new stuff!


Bloc Party
Film School
Foreign Born
iLiKETRAiNS (not a typo)
Moving Units
The National
She Wants Revenge
Silence Is Sexy

Britain Indie

Air Traffic
Alberta Cross
Arctic Monkeys
Art Brut
The Heavy
Kaiser Chiefs
The Libertines
Manic Street Preachers
Prinzhorn Dance School (Britain’s Captain Beefheart/White Stripes)
The Rumble Strips
The Strange Death Of Liberal England
Super Furry Animals
The Tracie Hunter Band (daughter of Ian)
Voice Of The Seven Woods

Canada Indie

Arcade Fire
Cowboy Junkies
Great Lake Swimmers
Letters Letters
The Most Serene Republic
Neverending White Lights
The New Pornographers
Small Sins
Sunset Rubdown
Tokyo Police Club
We Are Wolves
You Say Party!  We Say Die!

Broken Social Scene

Apostle Of Hustle
Jason Collett
Do Make Say Think
Kevin Drew
Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton
Amy Millan
The Weakerthans

Europe Indie
(not including Britain)

Appie Kim
The Bent Moustache
Boy Ler
Club Of High Eyebrows
Creature With The Atom Brain
The Frames (the actor Glen Hansard)
Friska Viljor
Hollywood Porn Stars
Hospital Bombers (the one from the Netherlands, not the one from Britain)
John Dear Mowing Club
The Raveonettes
Reverend Beat-Man (Surreal Folk Blues Gospel Trash)
Shout Out Louds
A Silent Express
Stockholm Syndrome (the one from Denmark, not the one from Athens, GA)
The Thrills

Australia/New Zealand

Architecture In Helsinki
Sarah Blasko
Grinderman (aka Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds)
Ben Lee
Shocking Pinks


Black Lips
Dead Confederate
Manchester Orchestra
The Whigs

U.S. Indie

The Apples In Stereo
The A-Sides
Band Of Horses
Bear Hands
Blonde Redhead
Bright Eyes
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Coconut Records (the actor Jason Schwartzman)
Dinosaur Jr.
The Fiery Furnaces
Future Clouds And Radar
The Intelligence
Les Savy Fav
Louis XIV
Meat Puppets
Minus The Bear
Modest Mouse (Johnny Marr of The Smiths)
The New Amsterdams
The Owls
The Peekers
The Polyphonic Spree
Matt Pond PA
Portugal. The Man
The Rentals (Matt Sharp of Weezer)
Rilo Kiley
Robbers On High Street
Rogue Wave
Satellite Party (Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction)
The Shins
Tacks, The Boy Disaster (Evan Jacobs of The Polyphonic Spree)
VHS Or Beta

U.S. Alt-Country/Southern Rock

Ryan Adams
Bo Bice (first-ever good album by any American Idol singer)
Neko Case
Collective Soul
Steve Earle
Kings Of Leon
Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers
Oakley Hall
Okkervil River
Kid Rock
The Silver Seas
Southern Culture On The Skids
State Radio

U.S. Psych-Folk/Experimental

Animal Collective
Alaska In Winter
Blitzen Trapper
The Book Of Knots (Tony Maimone of Pere Ubu)
Drug Rug
Dust Galaxy
Holler, Wild Rose!
Joanna Newsome
Mariee Sioux
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
West Indian Girl
Wooden Shjips

U.S. Hard Rock/Garage Rock

The Detroit Cobras
Electric Six
Explosions In The Sky
Idiot Pilot
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Juliette & The Licks (the actress Juliette Lewis)
Ted Leo And The Pharmacists
Monster Magnet
Queens Of The Stone Age
Sixx:A.M. (Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue)
Smashing Pumpkins
Velvet Revolver
The White Stripes


The Bongolian
Carbon/Silicon (Mick Jones of The Clash and Tony James of Generation X)
Caribou (Dan Snaith)
Findel (Bart Van Dalen)
Holy F**k
Kenna (Kenna Zemedkun)
Maps (James Chapman)
Mobius Band
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
The Oscillation
Sigur Ros
Von Sudenfed (Mark E. Smith of The Fall)

Male Solo

Brett Anderson (of Suede)
Billy Childish
Bonnie “Prince” Billy (Will Oldham)
Rivers Cuomo (of Weezer)
Albert Hammond, Jr. (of The Strokes)
Ed Harcourt
Richard Hawley
Kid Harpoon (Tom Hull)
Jens Lekman
Raine Maida (of Our Lady Peace)
Miracle Fortress (Graham Van Pelt)
The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine)
“Once” Movie Soundtrack (Glen Hansard of The Frames)
John Ralston
Josh Rouse
Sea Wolf (Alex Church)
Simple Kid (Ciaran McFeely)
The Subhuman (Stefan Breuer)
Richard Swift
Teddy Thompson (son of Richard and Linda)
Patrick Watson
Tim Williams
Dan Wilson

Female Solo

Tori Amos
Nicole Atkins
Pieta Brown
Minnie Driver
A Fine Frenzy (Alison Sudol)
Amy Macdonald
Brisa Roche
St. Vincent (Annie Clark of The Polyphonic Spree)


Evans Blue
Finger Eleven
Stone Sour


Coheed & Cambria
Dream Theater
Porcupine Tree

Europe SymphonicMetal


SO Last Century (over-40 artists) – good, worthy, interesting, “I’m glad they’re still around” albums

Kevin Ayers (Soft Machine)
Bad Brains
Bad Religion
John Cale
Ry Cooder
Dave Davies (The Kinks, brother of Ray)
Ray Davies (The Kinks, brother of Dave)
Einsturzende Neubauten
Fairport Convention
The Fleshtones
Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode)
Levon Helm (The Band, first album since throat cancer)
Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople, father of Tracie)
Iggy And The Stooges
Alvin Lee (Ten Years After)
Nick Lowe (Rockpile)
The Mekons
Mountain (loudest Dylan cover album ever?)
Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices)
Siouxsie Sioux (Banshees)
Skinny Puppy
Patti Smith
Bruce Springsteen
Mavis Staples (The Staple Singers)
Status Quo
Stephen Stills
Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention, ex-husband of Linda, father of Teddy)
Throbbing Gristle
Steve Vai
Robert Wyatt (Soft Machine)
Neil Young

SO Last Century (over-40 artists) – dull, boring, poor, “why did they even bother?” albums

Barenaked Ladies
Beastie Boys
Frank Black (Pixies)
Bon Jovi
David Byrne (Talking Heads)
Belinda Carlisle (The Go-Gos)
Crowded House
The Cult
Duran Duran
Melissa Etheridge
Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music)
John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Deborah Harry (Blondie)
Colin Hay (Men At Work)
Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
Annie Lennox (Eurythmics)
Paul McCartney
John Mellencamp
Joni Mitchell
Eddie Money
Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)
Nine Inch Nails
Ted Nugent
Ozzy Osbourne
Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
Public Enemy
Lou Reed
Brian Setzer (The Stray Cats)
The Smithereens
They Might Be Giants
Linda Thompson (ex-wife of Richard, mother of Teddy)
Suzanne Vega
Ann Wilson (Heart)

Unlistenable Live Albums

Jimmy Buffett
The Doors

Most Overrated And Boring Indie Band
– Tegan and Sara

Most Disappointing Album – P.J. Harvey

Fred’s Top Albums – Collectively, they made 2007 a stunning year for music.

Bloc Party
The Book Of Knots
John Cale (for both 2007 albums, Stainless Gamelan and Circus)
Dave Davies
Dead Confederate
Dinosaur Jr.
Einsturzende Neubauten
The Fiery Furnaces
Film School
Foreign Born
The Frames
Holler, Wild Rose!
Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers
Jens Lekman
Manchester Orchestra
The Most Serene Republic
Moving Units
The National
Oakley Hall
Prinzhorn Dance School
She Wants Revenge
Silence Is Sexy
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Bruce Springsteen
Mavis Staples
The Strange Death Of Liberal England
The White Stripes
Neil Young

Songs Of The Year

John Cale – At About This Time Mozart Was Dead And Joseph Conrad Was Sailing The …
Dave Davies – Rock Siva
Editors – An End Has A Start/Smokers Outside The Hospital Door
Einsturzende Neubauten – Ich Warte
Film School – Sick Hipster Nursed By Suicide Girl
iLiKETRAiNS – Spencer Perceval
Interpol – The Heinrich Maneuver
Linkin Park – No More Sorrow
The Most Serene Republic – Why So Looking Back
Sigur Ros – Hljomalind
Silence Is Sexy – Sympathy
Bruce Springsteen – Radio Nowhere
Stars – Take Me To The Riot
The White Stripes – Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn/St. Andrew (This Battle Is In The Air)
Neil Young – Ordinary People

The John Cale song, At About This Time Mozart …, is an obvious precursor to the Velvet Underground, and thus this song is a foundational cornerstone of much of the cutting-edge music released ever since.

Rerelease Of The Year

Arcade Fire – No Cars Go.  Initially included on their self-titled first album, then released again this year on Neon Bible, their 3rd album.  (2004’s Funeral was their second release, not their first.)  This is an absolutely thunderous version of No Cars Go from 2005, with an ending like the roar of a jet engine:


Best Song On A Bad Album Jimmy Eat World – Big Casino

Best Song On No Album Nada Surf – See These Bones

Worst Song On A Good Album The White Stripes – You Don’t Know What Love Is

Most Played Oldie Buffalo Springfield – On The Way Home/Rock And Roll Woman

Top Guilty Pleasure

Linkin Park – Minutes To Midnight  Their first two albums left me feeling bludgeoned.  This one doesn’t – it is dynamic, varied, and an incredible sonic experience.  No joke, this album is the acme, the zenith, of its genre.

Biggest Jaw-Dropping Surprise Album

The Fall – Reformation Post T.L.C.  Churning, unyielding, and absolutely mesmerizing.  Why such a surprise?  Mark E. Smith turned 50 this year, and how many bands produce their best work 30 years into their career?

Best Romantic Date/Male-Female Duet Album

Stars – In Our Bedroom After The War  A slow-burner that grows on you – like a great relationship!

Overall Album Of The Year

In a year with so much great music coming from Canada, it seems only fitting that the best album of 2007 is A Sky With No Stars by the band Canadians.  How ironic, then, that they are from Italy, not Canada, and how unexpected, since in 30 years of listening to cutting-edge stuff, I’ve never heard anything from Italy.

Most Anticipated 2008 Release

Longwave – Until it comes out, listen to their 2003 and 2005 albums!