Archive: December 21, 2008 - December 27, 2008

Friday Fall-ies: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Song: "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" Album: John Peel Session, Dec. 1994 Number of other compilations/live albums it appears on: 1 Possible Band Names Derived From Lyrics to This Song: N/A How-ah many times-ah does MES add his famous suffix-ah: 5 (1 every 42.2 seconds) Is the entire song just...

By David Malitz | December 26, 2008; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Best of 2008: Previously on Post Rock

We hope you've been enjoying the chats with some of our favorite musicians of 2008. (So far: the War on Drugs, Jamey Johnson, Thao Nguyen; coming soon, Ashton Shepherd and the Breeders.) Many members of our Top 10s were already featured earlier in the year, so here's a quick look...

By David Malitz | December 26, 2008; 9:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

With (Darlene) Love, Another Christmas Gift For You

Last December, with the striking TV writers keeping Darlene Love from making her annual appearance on Letterman to sing the great "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," I posted a link to Love's knockout 2004 performance of said song on said show. As I noted last year, the song is a...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 25, 2008; 8:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Best of 2008: Top 10 Albums and Singles

The Village Voice set today as the ballot-submission deadline for its annual Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll, which meant I finally had to get my Top 10 singles list in order. I had about 60 songs under serious consideration for the 10 slots, and beyond the top two, it became...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 24, 2008; 4:06 PM ET | Comments (2)

Best of 2008: Thao Nguyen

It wasn't the best edition of Secret Santa, was it? Thao Nguyen's "We Brave Bee Stings and All" was the first album that I knew would end up on my year-end Top 10 list. Since its January release I've kept coming back to the Falls Church, Va. native's record full...

By David Malitz | December 24, 2008; 2:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Best of 2008: Jamey Johnson

If Waylon rocked Rob Zombie's look, he'd be Jamey Johnson. Country traditionalist Jamey Johnson is a good ol' boy in a bad, bad way on "That Lonesome Song," a brilliant bummer of an album. The superlative songs are so sad and dark that they'd probably get Vern Gosdin to shed...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 23, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Look Back in Love at Oasis

It's the holiday season and we're in good spirits. So we let our hardworking photographer Kyle "Leafblower" Gustafson check out Saturday's Oasis show, take a few pictures of his favorite band and tell us how great it all was. With no word limit! For a review by someone who...

By David Malitz | December 22, 2008; 4:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

Best of 2008: The War on Drugs

Adam Granduciel, singer for John Walters' favorite band. The first in a series where we talk to some of the people responsible for some of our favorite albums of the year. The following paragraph will probably appear in tomorrow's paper in the "Lost Tracks" CD reviews, but I think I'll...

By David Malitz | December 22, 2008; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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