Archive: Year-End Lists

Best Shows of 2008: Old-Man Version

Don't leave me high, don't leave me dry. (Kyle "Leafblower" Gustafson for TWP) Malitz has weighed in with his annual list of the Top 10 Concerts By Kinda-Sorta Obscure Artists, though he went off-script by putting Kanye West's powerhouse Virgin Mobile Festival set at No. 1. (For my money,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 6, 2009; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Best Shows of 2008, Malitz Version

1. Kanye West - Virgin Mobile Festival, Aug. 10 Virgin Mobile Festival gave us living legends (Dylan, the Stooges), '90s alt-rock heroes (Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails), indie stalwarts (Wilco) and fresh faces (Paramore, Lil Wayne). But there was only one megastar at the peak of his powers, and...

By David Malitz | January 5, 2009; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (3)

Best of 2008: It Ain't the Sales Data

Viva la vida, or death and all his music-retailer friends (shown here in happier times). Nielsen SoundScan has released its year-end report, and the numbers aren't pretty, with album sales off by another 15 percent and no single album cracking the 3 million sales mark - the first time that's...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 5, 2009; 09:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Best Of 2008: Guest Work

In which a few colleagues give us their own, annotated Top 5 singles/ albums/ whatevers lists. Or, in the case of a certain Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist, a Top 1. And then there's that pathetic Top 0 from a certain Coldplay- and Journey-loving sports columnist. (You can find Top 10 singles...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 30, 2008; 09:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Best of 2008: Ashton Shepherd

Ashton Shepherd is a 22-year-old Alabama songbird who writes and sings about motherhood, small-town rural life, music, her feisty streak and booze -- not necessarily in that order. Her mission statement: "I like a pint of Crown and a country sound and stayin' out all night." On her debut...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 29, 2008; 11:35 AM 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; 09:02 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; 04:06 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; 02:37 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)

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; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Please Explain To Me ... Year-End-List Lobbying

The messages started to arrive in late October, just as I was digging my way out from under the avalanche of fourth-quarter releases. The first one was from a publicist at EMI Music. Subject: EMI Music Year-End List Dear Editors and Writers, It's been a year full of fun and...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 16, 2008; 01:52 PM ET | Comments (5)

Ten Popular Acts From 2008 That People Won't Admit To Liking By 2011*

* If not sooner. 1. Katy Perry 2. MGMT 3. Justice 4. Duffy 5. Kimya Dawson/Moldy Peaches 6. Leona Lewis 7. Girl Talk 8. Sara Bareilles 9. Bon Iver 10. Jonas Brothers...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 16, 2008; 09:43 AM ET | Comments (5)

One Last Look at 2007

Can you handle one last 2007 list? Today we were all set to present you with my favorite albums of the year along with J. Freedom's list of albums that just missed his Top 10 cut. But Mr. Freedom was too busy picking out his outfit for last night's Hannah...

By David Malitz | January 8, 2008; 08:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

On Good Charlotte's 'Revival'

It's hard out here for a pop-punk. No, you weren't imagining things. That really was Good Charlotte performing on MTV's New Year's Eve Tila Tequila-fest. You might say that they're, like, soooo 2002 - but MTV had 'em slotted after the stroke of midnight, meaning the boys from Waldorf,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 3, 2008; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Best Reissues/Compilations of 2007

Depeche Mode - "Construction Time Again" / "Black Celebration" Neither album, from 1983 and 1986 respectively, is on the same level as the band's classics, "Music for the Masses" or "Violator." But hearing the synth-pop masters approach those twin peaks is more fun these days than listening to "Enjoy...

By David Malitz | January 2, 2008; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (4)

Best Shows of 2007, Redux (This Time With Acts You've Actually Heard Of!)

Hey, Morrissey, get off my lawn! (Gerald Martineau/TWP) Mr. Malitz has already weighed in with his Top 10 Concerts By Kinda-Sorta Obscure Artists list, which is heavy on acts that many of you apparently haven't heard/don't care about/etc. And now, for my own not-quite-Top 10 list, which is loaded...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 28, 2007; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (8)

10 Best Indie Rock Songs You Didn't Hear In 2007

It seems that each week another dozen blogs pop up, and they all claim to have the GREATEST SONG EVER by the NEXT BIG THING! So true hidden treasures can be hard to find, but here are 10 songs from this year that probably didn't appear on most radars. Download...

By David Malitz | December 27, 2007; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (4)

Best Shows of 2007

The Pope of Mope: Live performer of the year. 1. Morrissey, Wolf Trap, July 2 and Constitution Hall, Nov. 2 I won't go as far as saying that my first 26 years on this planet were a complete waste because I wasn't a fully-fledged member of the Cult of...

By David Malitz | December 26, 2007; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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