The Jam-Tex Top Ten: June 2008
- She & Him – Volume 1 [Merge Records 2008]
- Taj Weekes & Adowa – Deidem [Jatta Records 2008]
- Richie Spice – Gideon Boot [VP Records 2008]
- James McMurtry – Just Us Kids [Lightning Rod]
- Half Pint – No Stress Express [Varese Fontana 2008]
- Rootz Underground – Movement [Mystic Urchin Music 2008]
- Luciano – Jah is My Navigator [VP Records 2008]
- My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges [Ato Records 2008]
- The Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely [Warner Brothers 2008]
- R.E.M. – Accelerate [Warner Brothers 2008]
She & Him’s album Volume 1 takes the number one slot because it sounds like nothing else coming out right now. The so-called Indie/Pop/Country mash up makes for a quite refreshing musical experience. It sounds like Phil Specter and without machines. M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel make magic on trakcs like “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here.”
, Taj Weekes
, Rootz Underground
, Half Pint
, and Luciano
all released essential roots reggae albums this 2008, providing perfect tunes for a beautiful summertime soundtrack.
Richie Spice’s album Gideon Boot and especially the tracks “Di Plane Land” and “Wrap Up A Draw” weave together meaningful message, positive vibes, and sweet reggae music. Taj Weeks’s song “Hollow Display,” Luciano’s “Sweet Jamaica,” Half Pint’s “Babylon Release the Chains,” and the Rootz Underground’s “Hammer” display the best of roots music pulsating out from the Caribbean this summer.
James McMurtry’s album Just Us Kids reveals the feelings of the majority of working-class Texans toward the current presidential administration, making it the best political music coming out of Texas. “Cheney’s Toy,” the searing insightful critique of the failed Bush presidency, captures the political disaster and economic tragedy that is Bush and Cheney’s legacy. Following in the footsteps of the powerful album Childish Things, McMurtry’s Just Us Kids piles on the political criticism soaked in some of the best Texas folk, rock, and roots music blossoming out of the Texas Plains and Hill Country.
Jim James is the voice of modern folk rock, resting atop the rock band from Louisville, Kentucky–My Morning Jacket. The new album Evil Urges displays the Kentuckians’ talent and beckons to the music fan to see these youngsters rock live. For an example of Jim James’s vocal talent listen to his collaborative work with Calexico on the track “Goin to Acapulco” (a Bob Dylan cover) from the soundtrack I’m Not There.