1) Juno Soundtrack
Release date: December 25, 2007
Refreshingly un-angst-ridden tunes for the love-soaked teen set. Just try not to laugh when the Moldy Peaches sing the lyric “shook a little turd out of the bottom of your pants” and yes, Barry Louis Polisar is a cheesy kids’ entertainer but if you sing “All I Want is You” to me, I will marry you. Also the kind of shiny, bright tunes that would be great on the soundtrack of a Christopher Lewis slasher movie.
2) Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons – Cabin Ghosts
Release date: September 16, 2008
Saw them perform for the first time live at The Pabst – their music reached right in and grabbed me by the guts. They are gritty and soulful – voices of angels but they must have sold their souls to the devil to make blues-y music that affects me like this. Wallflowers meet T-Bone Walker.
3) Keane – Perfect Symmetry
Release date: October 14, 2008
The reviews for this album were lukewarm at best – sort of “no harm done”. Melodic-disco with a bit of guitar (previously absent from their efforts). Not as polished as Hopes and Fears (that’s a good thing).
4) Ben Folds – Way to Normal
Release date: September 30, 2008
This is on both my Best and Worst Lists – I have a total love-hate relationship with this album. It’s frickin’ genius but the songs are jarring and angry. This is the perfect album for a road trip through Manhattan at rush hour. Road rage. Folds has piano rage.
5) Winter Gloves – Let Me Drive
Release date: Youtube 2008 link: http://youtube.com/watch?v=yFrYCWR-GBQ
Canadian techno-synth!!! The perfect antidote to Ben Folds. Foo Fighters meet Keane.
6) Thao with the Get Down Stay Down – We Brave Bee Stings and All
Release Date: January 2008
Technically this is folk music but with a rock-a-billy sound that’ll have you thinking Jason and the Scorchers and The Meat Purveyors did that pod-melding thing from The Fly movie.
7) Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – Searching for the Hows and Whys
Release date: March 4, 2008
Lloyd Cole with a really thick British accent. Two words for this album: Road
Trip. It is the ultimate driving disc (although don’t play it too late in the night – it
can be a bit drowsy).
8) Aimee Mann - @#%&*! Smilers
Release date: June 3, 2008
Same old Aimee that we know and love – catty, witty, gorgeous voice.
9) AC/DC – Black Ice
Release date: October 2008
I dare you not to play your air guitar!! Every song on this album rocks overtime.
10) Aqualung – Words and Music
Release date: October 7, 2008