28 Dic 2010, 23:41 de Rockstar_AimzMy normal year-end favorite albums list usually tends to favor the bands/artists who I saw live in that year. This is only somewhat true for 2010. While The Hold Steady, The National, Drive-By Truckers, and Justin Townes Earle all had killer live gigs in Toronto this year, I just couldn't get into their 2010 releases. Turns out that I tended to like some of the opening acts better than some of the headliners, which makes me sound like an even bigger music snob than I already am. And this list makes me sound worse! Only three pseudo mainstream indie records made the cut. I also noticed that the albums I favored this year leaned towards the Bruce Springsteen/Tom Petty-style of rock. I'm not sure why, but that's just what tickled my fancy, or something, in 2010. If I could, I supplied links to buying the albums directly from the band's/artist's web site (more $ for the band). Go buy these records! Most have cheap shipping, and it's only like $1-2 more to ship to Canada. All of these records are worthy of being in you collection.
8 Ene 2009, 3:28 de Rockstar_AimzFrom my blog: My Aimz is True
Its really hard to put these lists together, and on a given day/hour I can change my mind about the order of any of these albums, but this is what I submitted to the AltCountryTab.ca message board for their annual Gambler Awards. I think this list is slightly biased towards the bands I saw live this year (see #4, 5, 6, 9). You can't go wrong with any of these albums.
1. Drag the River - You Can't Live This Way
What a solid alt country album. I unfortunately did not discover this band until 2008, even though they have been putting out albums for more than a decade. One of my buddies gave me this album and I put it in my Zune on a playlist with all of my other 2008 releases and hit shuffle. I would listen to this playlist while doing my tasks at work, and every time I heard a song that I really liked I would look at the player, and four out of five times it was from this album. The band incorporates everything you would want in a rock/country album: in…
30 Nov 2008, 15:05 de JackWI'll try and fill in some more waffle (I'm loathe to dignify these with the term "reviews") in the next few days. In the meantime, on with the list (favourite first, #10 last).
Waco Brothers - Waco Express
Album of the year by some distance, other lists be damned. Jon Langford's country punk ensemble were never really defined by their recorded output, and I can only assume that this finally captures the ragged glory of the live show. Without a substantial amount of travelling this'll be the closest I'll get to seeing them live, and it's a hell of a lot of fun.
Highlights: Death Of Country Music, Nothing At All
Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark
This seems to have come in for a fair amount of flack from the established fans, but whilst there's a bit of filler I think it's probably their most consistent record since the truly magnificent Decoration Day. The promotion of Shonna Tucker to songwriter and vocalist lends a little more variety to the set.