In the end of last year i swore to myself that i won't be doing this. Making LISTS.
But here i am. At work.,*persuaded, paraded, enebriated, and down*, making lists to pass the time. I didn't really give it too much thought, wrote down all the albums i listened the most and liked the best and in the end I added numbers in about 2 minutes.
This is what i got:1. Sera Cahoone - Only as the day is long
Although i was more into sliding guitars that flow & rock'n' roll this year ( it was the thing that made me feel alive ) this woman captured my heart. Everyone recognizes themselves in somebody else i guess. Sera effected me in that way. Best she did is quitting on Carrisa's Weird and releasing two truly beautiful records. Her music maybe isn't pure perfection, but i listened to this record so many times this year that few audio cassetts would get thin and break before 31. of December. She is amazing & I'm sure that in future she will only get better. Sera Cahoone2. Hayes Carll - Trouble in Mind
First time i heard Hayes i fell down on my knees.
I didn't get a new Jay Farrar record to gloryfiy this year, but Hayes took Jays place in a snap of a finger ( and i never put anybody in Jays place. Ever!)
Loud guitars that flow and a handsome, charming, smart, funny , drunken Texan guy in worn out clothes singing country songs about a bad liver and a broken heart. Laugh freely, but a girl like me could not ask for more.Hayes Carll3. Drive by Truckers - Brigther Than Creation's Dark
My past with this band is weird. Sometimes i loved them , sometimes not. All very subjective, and related with emotions and situations but i admit they are one of the greatest rock bands i ever heard. Due to circumstances this is their most diverse album . Every song is so different and funny in ironic way & you feel like you're listening to a great mix tape given to you by somebody you could maybe love. My favourite song is *I'm sorry Huston* .
All in all, loved it.Drive By Truckers4. Collin Herring - Past life Crashing
Collin is also a Texan boy who rocks and rolls. His songs are loades with smart thinking and his voice with everything he is living through.
Somebody recommended him to me, and Past life crashing ended up on constant repeat. Very nice shaped and roudned piece of music with lots of guitars, slides and even violines involved. It was so easy to fall in love with songs like Cellophane , Yard Cars or Punches , they just stick in the ear right away, and kinda have tendencies to dig a hole to the heart and stay there.
Best line from Punches:
"I use to be a warrior, throwing punches at the night air".Collin Herring5. Ben Nichols - The Last Pale Light in the West
Ben sings in a great rock band called Lucero. Those guys are on the road for at least 200 days per year, and all they want is to play their songs and drink enough beer. They were fucked by music industry, they were always broke but they always had a bunch of loyal fans to support them, so they always managed to find a way to the next town and next gig. You can see all this in a documentary called Dreaming in America made by Aaron Goldman ( i highly recommend it).
Back to the begining, Ben is heart and soul of Lucero. He writes this amazing lyrics and sings his soul out untill he falls down, drunk and worn out.
A friend who had seen them live told me ben was awsome but band was too loud. In This small record Ben's horase voice sounds much calmer , there are no distorsions, only acoustic guitars, pedal steel and harmonica and it sounds beautiful. Gracious in a very manly way. Go Ben!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2HwGhsS80I&NR=1Ben Nichols6. The Dexateens - Lost and Found
What surprized me the most about this record was that it was for free. Band uploaded it on their web site for all of us to download for 0 $. Very nice of them no?
This album is different than their last albums in a way that its less country more rock and psychodelic. it was one of my favourite things to listen to around 7 am when it's time to go to work. Woke me up, gave me energy and i guess sometimes, i even thought about dancing or drinking beers even if it was early in the morning and i was maybe even hangovered .The Dexateens7. Angela Desveaux - The Mighty Ship
This is the second album of this Quebeckian woman with a chainsaw in her hand.
Very melodic and kind of poppy americana sounds. Feminine, playful and flowing.
For sure, this girl has something to say Angela Desveaux8. Chuck Regan & Austin Lucas - Bristle Bridge
Lucas was singing folk songs before he could speak & Chuck Ragan was frontman of Hotwater music. A punk that turned into country singer. That transformation is usually a bingo.
Resault of their colaboration is this loud country record . Lucas and Regan sound like church bells on a dooms day. Full, loud and powerful. They are a truly great mach.9. The Gaslight Anthem - '59 sound
A month ago, if somone woud've told me i will be putting this record amongst my top 10.i would probably be evil and tell them to go to hell.
First time i heard it, i thought what a typical teenage skate punk band, didn't even have nerves to listen to it till the end.
As the days and weeks were passing by more and more of my friends kept listening to this and talking about it and bla bla... so i decided to give it another try.
This time i listened to entired record, it sounded better and so catchy i knew every song by heart right away. Every time i put it on now i discover this small hidden pieces of sound and words that prove this band is definitly not a teenage skate punk band.
This year i attended New Years eve party at my friends house. It stayed in my memory as a wonderful and fun night , and i will always remeber how we screamed out all 12 '59 Sound songs all night long.The Gaslight Anthem10. Woven hand - Ten Stones
Not as thrilling , mystic and deep as Mosaic but a very good album.
White Knuckle Grip isa breathtaking adrenalin rush!11.Left Lane Cruiser - Bring Your Ass to the table
One of the best concerts in KSET last year( exept the club was packed with awful,drunken 18 year olds) . These two guys seriously know how to kick ass. Dirty, dirty blues that makes you wanna smash empty beer bottles and bottles of whiskey. The Black Keys ( who are on the same label) can kiss their feet.Left Lane Cruiser12. Centro Matic/South San Gabriel - Dual Hawks
Not as close as good as Love you just the same, but every new record they make simply makes me feel like i'm meeting a dear old friend13. Castanets - City of Refuge
Ray is a really weird guy. I had honor to meet him and he seemed shy. It was obvious he was happy about where he was, and what's going out around him, but i guess he is just not use to talking much. I still remeber face of my friend Rastko who was out of him self, like he was meeting God. That night he played some songs from the City of Refuge and they sounded wondeful. Minimalist pieces that haunt you in your dreams. Soon after that the record came out.
As beautiful and spooky as In the Vines.
Shadow Valley is a masterpiece in every way, lyrically perfect and deep , and haunting as the lonliest ghost of the pararel world.14. Star Anna - Crooked Path15. Reckless Kelly - Boolet Proof16. Two Cow Garage - Speaking in Cusive17. Tim Barry - Manchester18. Mark Erelli - Delivered19. Slim Cessna's Auto Club – Cipher20. Old Crow Medicine Show - Tenessee Pusher21. Will Quinlan & The Diviners - Navasota22. Adam Klein - Western Tales & Trails23. O'Death - Broken Hymns, Limbs, and Skin24. Micah P. Hinson & the Red Empire Orchestra25. Old 97's - Whatever Happened I Appologize
[26. Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir - Ten Thousand27. Silver Jews - Look out mountain, Look out sea
b]28.The Hold Steady - Stay PositiveThe Hold Sready29. Watson Twins - Fire Songs30. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Lie Down in the Light