1 Centro-matic/South San Gabriel - Dual Hawks
The most anticipated release of the year for me and and this double shot more than delivered. Will Johnson has to be the most underrated songwriter working in music today.
2 Dr Dog - Fate
Every record from this band has been better than the last, this one is no exception. The best three part harmonies in the business and damn great live, too.
3 The Heavenly States - Delayer
Local boys (and girl) make good. Nice mix of rockin' and quiet tunes. I look forward to their next effort.
4 Okkervil River - The Stand-Ins
Still in the blush of new love for this band, not a weak song in the bunch. Another great live experience.
5 Calexico - Carried To Dust
Initially underwhelmed, this record gained steam after a Postcard rave forced a re-listen and its place was cemented in the top ten after witnessing their live show at the Fillmore.
6 Paul Westerberg - 49:00
A sloppy, glorious mess; all for forty nine cents.
7 Al Green - Lay It Down
It sounds like 1973, but for now it sounds like heaven. Reverand Al is timeless.
8 Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight
Tons of hype surrounding these guys and well deserved. This band has legs.
9 Tift Merritt - Another Country
A quiet, mature, and assured record from Tift.
10 Magnolia Summer - Lines From The Frame
A late in the game arrival, I've just been listening to it too much to have it not make the top ten.
Bubbling under; on another day any of these records might've taken the number 9 and/or 10 spot:
Spiritualized - Songs in A&E
Giant Sand - Provisions
Dexateens - Lost And Found
Willy Vlautin & Paul Brainard - Northline
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Kathleen Edwards - Asking For Flowers
My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
Paul Weller - 22 Dreams
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
Roger Bryan and The Orphans - Recovery
Raconteurs - Consoler of the Lonely
1 From - Dr Dog
A beautiful melody backed by glorious harmonies
2 Lost In The Light - The Heavenly States
Rock and roll at its finest
3 Lay It Down - Al Green
Could've been the follow up single to "Tired of Being Alone"
4 Lie Down Here (And Be My Girl) - Nick Cave
5 Soul On Fire - Spiritualized
Soaring, and the closest I ever come to religeon
6 All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You) - Paul Weller
7 Pop Lie - Okkervil River
8 Great Expectations - The Gaslight Anthem
9 Emma Jane - South San Gabriel
10 Northline Main Theme - Willy Vlautin & Paul Brainard
It just wouldn't be right not to at least mention these great songs:
Slowness - Calexico
Well Enough Alone - Howe Gelb
Weatherman And Skin Goddess - Robert Pollard
Strychnine, Breathless Ways - Centro-matic
The Modern Leper - Frightened Rabbit
I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory - Kathleen Edwards
Kid - Dexateens
Thank You Too - My Morning Jacket
Broken - Tift Merritt
Sensitive Boys - Alejandro Escovedo
Soon When I'm Gone - 13ghosts
If We Fall - Roger Bryan and the Orphans