decided to put up my thoughts about the year so far. Who knows how much of this will survive until the end of the year, here goes!
m=download an mp3, w=visit the artist's website, b=buy their albums
Best New Band:
Rock is back. What else needs to be said?
Runners Up: Arizona (m,w), The Raconteurs (m,w,b), Band of Horses (m,w,b)
Best New Solo Artist:
Gran Bel Fisher (m,w,b)
It's always nice to hear a new voice that can mix up the old with the new. Fisher does an excellent job from start to finish on the forthcoming release...
Runner Up: Imaad Wasif (m,w,b)
Record of the Year (by a Solo Artist):
Donovan Frankenreiter: Move By Yourself (m,w,b)
I flip flopped a lot on this. The Believer was solid, but Donovan is just so funky on this release. Definetly a must have for the summer, with windows down.
Runners Up: Rhett Miller: The Believer (m,w,b), Mason Jennings: Bonecoulds (m,w,b)
Upcoming: Sufjan Stevens: The Avalanche (m,w,b), Pete Yorn: Nightcrawler (m,w,b), Ray Lamontagne: ‘Till The Sun Goes Black (m,w,b)
Record of the Year (by a Band):
Secret Machines: Ten Silver Drops (m,w,b)
Being a huge Pearl Jam fan, it was hard to admit this one. The Secret Machines got it done though, this album is a masterpiece.
Runners Up: Pearl Jam (self titled) (m,w,b), Wolfmother (self titled) (m,w,b)
Upcoming: The Damnwells: Air Stereo (m,w,b), Arizona: Welcome Back Dear Children (m,w)
I know that this list doesn’t have a lot of straight up indie acts (Sound Team, Danielson, Islands etc) but I just didn’t feel like much in the indie scene was worth putting on this list right now. We’ll see if my opinion changes by the end of the year...