Yawn......quiet around these parts lately. Well it's nearing the end of yet another year and sure we may still be stuck with George W. for three more years, but there was a lot of great music released this year worth celebrating. What stuff blew you away this year? I'd love to know about the stuff I missed so I can give it a listen.
My favs in no particular order:
James Blackshaw - "Lost Prayers and Motionless Dances" & "Sunshrine" (both on the Digitalis label) - great solo performances by this young brit - 12 string & 6 string guitars, sarod, harmonium, farfisa, organ, glockenspiel, bells & bowed cymbals = one word...lush
Califone - Everybody's Mothers Vol. 1 - thanks for releasing this stuff Tim...I can't get enough of the 1/4 Horses and Oxtail versions on here...the rest is great too
Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake It's Morning - I've never been a big fan of Bright Eyes, but I keep coming back for more of this record
Steven R. Smith - Crown Of Marches - 45 minute solo piece from the man behind Hala Strana...dark, twisted, beautiful
Jack Rose - Kensington Blues - Fahey reincarnate
Iron & Wine - Woman King - teaming up with Brian Deck again....Beam created a record that departed from what I expected...it even had...gasp...distortion on the guitars....his record with Calexico was quite nice too
Lets hear it, what records did you wear out on your turntable or CD players this year?