Best Albums of 2008? Best Books of Poetry?
This time of year is full of best of lists. I used to really go in for them, but I've kind of fallen out of the practice.
Anyway, I'd like to give a shout out to five CDs from 2008, that I've enjoyed a lot (especially as I've seen some other "best of 2008" lists where some of these albums haven't [which shocks me, as the Byrne/Eno album is simply amazing] been mentioned):
1. David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
2. Aimee Mann - F-ing Smilers
3. Beck - Modern Guilt
4. Everest - Ghost Notes
5. Dr. Dog - Fate
So what would you add to this list? I should have five more to make it a proper "top 10."
Radiohead - In Rainbows (This really was talked about as a 2007 album, even through the CD is dated Jan 1 2008, even so, it's a great CD. And I didn't get the extra songs until recently, which has brought it back onto my list for the second year)
I've also enjoyed the Dylan bootleg vol 8: tell tale signs and Neil Young Sugar Mountain 1968 albums, but as they aren't really new, they've not gotten the heavy play that the above albums have.
And hanging on from last year:
I'm still listening to the Son Volt and Wilco albums from 2007. Back then I liked the Son Volt a lot, and the Wilco less, but recently the Wilco's grown on me. Let's just say I like them both equally, even if the Son Volt gets more play.
And a few songs off of Neil Young's 2007 Chrome Dreams II are still finding their way into my imagination as well. "The Way" "Spirit Road" and "No Hidden Path" especially. I felt "Ordinary People" was great, but as it was recorded in the late 80s, and I've been listening to it on bootlegs for so long, I really couldn't put it into heavy play.
As for books of poetry, this has been an odd year. I'm not sure what to say about it. The books of poetry that I've spent the most time with were:
Kevin Prufer - National Anthem
Alex Lemon - Hallelujah Blackout
Katy Lederer - Heaven-Sent Leaf
But there were several others I read with appreciation as well, including Kent Shaw's Calenture, and Dan Kaplan's Bill's Formal Complaint.
All this is to say I don't have a book that stands out as the Best Book of the Year as I have in the past, as in last year's amazing Elegy, by Mary Jo Bang. Was that last year? And Ashbery's Worldly Country as well? So I'll just leave that little list of things I liked.
What should I have added? What did I forget?