• My Favorite Albums of 2010

    28 Dic 2010, 23:41 de Rockstar_Aimz

    My 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.
  • My Favorite Albums of 2008

    8 Ene 2009, 3:28 de Rockstar_Aimz

    From 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…
  • Top 10 of 2008

    30 Nov 2008, 15:05 de JackW

    I'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.