The Top Ranking Albums of April 2011

Circuital

Top Ranking Albums of 2011

  1. Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Rare Bird Alert [Rounder 2011]
  2. My Morning Jacket – Circuital [ATO Records 2011]
  3. Easy Star All-Stars – First Light [Easy Star 2011]
  4. Alexi Murdoch – Towards The Sun [Zero Summer Records 2011]
  5. G. Love Fixin’ To Die [Brushfire Records 2011]
  6. Various ArtistsOur Favorite Beres Hammond Songs [VP Records 2011]
  7. GyptianChoices [Kingston Records 2011]
  8. Otis TaylorClovis People, Vol. 3 [Telarc 2010]
  9. Mount Kimbie – Crooks & Lovers [Hotflush Recordings 2010]
  10. Brett DennenLoverboy [Dualtone 2011]
  11. Panda Bear Tomboy [Paw Tracks 2011]
  12. Bootsy Collins Tha Funk Capitol Of The World [Mascot 2011]
  13. Matisyahu Live At Stubbs, Vol.II[Fallen Sparks 2011]
  14. The Head and the Heart The Head And The Heart [Sub Pop Records 2011]
  15. Wye Oak Civilian [Zero Summer Records 2011]
  16. Lee “Scratch” Perry Rise Again [Mod Technologies 2011]
  17. Stockholm SyndromeApollo [Response Records 2011]
Rare Bird Alert
Crooks & Lovers
First Light
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The Top Ranking Albums of April 2011

The Best Albums of September 2010

Antifogmatic (Deluxe)
  1. The Punch BrothersAntifogmatic [Nonesuch 2010]
  2. Spragga BenzShotta Culture [Boom Tunes 2010]
  3. Gappy RanksPut The Stereo On [Greensleeves 2010]
  4. Ana Tijou1977 [Nacional Records 2010]
  5. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger Acoustic Sessions [2010]
  6. DubmatixSystem Shakedown [Renegade Media 2010]
  7. Quantic presenta Flowering Inferno Dog With A Rope [Tru Thoughts 2010]
  8. Taj Weekes & AdowaA Waterlogged Soul Kitchen [Jatta Records 2010]
  9. Robert PlantBand of Joy [New Rounder 2010]
  10. Lil Jon & The East Side BoyzCrunk Rock [Universal 2010]
  11. Mavis Staples (and Jeff Tweedy) You Are Not Alone [Anti/Epitaph 2010]
  12. Justin Townes EarleHarlem River Blues [Bloodshot Records 2010]
  13. Richie StephensReggae Revolution [Pot of Gold/VP Records 2010]
  14. Paul WallHeart Of A Champion [Swishahouse 2010]
  15. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lannegan Come Undone [Vanguard 2010]
  16. Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersMojo [Reprise 2010]
  17. Sarah BlaskoAs Day Follows Night [Universal 2010]
  18. Various ArtistsDear New Orleans [ATC Benefits 2010]
  19. Jerry Lee Lewis Mean Old Man [Shangri-La Roots 2010]
  20. Lady Saw My Way [Toasting Music 2010]
  21. Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah DogsGod Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise [RCA Records 2010]
  22. Max StallingHome to You [Blind Nello Records 2010]
  23. Ryan Bingham Junky Star [Lost Highway Records 2010]
  24. Grupo FantasmaEl Existential [Nat Geo Music 2010]
  25. James Levy Verses [Township Records 2010]
  26. Danny Malone Verses [Township Records 2010]
  27. AtmosphereTo All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy: The Atmosphere EP’s [Rhymesayers 2010]
  28. Hope SandovalThrough The Devil Softly [Netwerk Records 2009]
  29. Bostich & FussibleBulevar 2000 [Nacional Records 2010]
  30. Sahara SmithMyth Of The Heart [Playing in Traffic Records 2010]
  31. Tom Schraeder Once Lace, Now Cotton[Township Records 2010]
  32. Ben Sollee & Daniel MartinDear Companion [Sub Pop Records 2010]
  33. The TrishasThey Call Us The Trishas [Fatty Four Records 2010]
  34. JamesThe Morning After The Night Before [Island/Def Jam 2010]
  35. Green River Ordinance The Morning Passengers EP – Acoustic Sessions [For Mona 2010]
  36. The GreenhornesGun For You [Greenhornes 2010]
  37. RobynBody Talk Pt. 2 [Interscope Records 2010]
  38. Jon Langford & Skull OrchardOld Devils [Bloodshot Records 2010]
  39. T-Model FordPee Wee Get My Gun [Fat Possum Records 2010]
  40. RuskoHold On [Mad Decent Records 2010]
  41. Street Sweeper Social Club – The Ghetto Blaster EP [Street Sweeper Social Club 2010]
  42. Natty King Trodding [Tad’s 2010]
  43. Black Milk Album Of The Year [Fat Beats Records 2010]
  44. Chezidek Herbalist [Tad’s 2010]

Put The Stereo On

System Shakedown

Dog With A Rope

Harlem River Blues [Explicit]

You Are Not Alone

Dear New Orleans [Explicit]

Junky Star

El Existential

Verses

Verses

Once Lace, Now Cotton

Pee Wee Get My Gun [Explicit]

The Best Albums of September 2010

World of Reggae Music Collection–Rock/Reggae Fusion

Rock/Reggae Fusion

In this edition of the World Of Reggae Music Collection the selector explores the fusion of rock n’ roll and reggae music.

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Roots Rock Reggae

Blondie – Tide Is High

Sublime – Pawn Shop

The Police – Roxanne

Finley Quay – Even After All

Led Zeppelin – D’Yer Maker

Rebelution – Fade Away

Eric Clapton – I Shot The Sheriff

Slightly Stoopid – Don’t Care

The Grateful Dead – Fire On The Mountain

Daweh CongoDaybreak

311Rub A Dub

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals With My Own Two Hands

The Police – Message In A Bottle

Sublime – Badfish

Chuck Berry – Havana Moon

SOJA – Everything Changes

Rockamovya – Collin’ I

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Slogans

Slightly StoopidWiseman

SOJA – Used To Matter

John Popper & Rebelution – Closer I Get

Rebelution – Closer I Get Dub

The Clash – The Guns Of Brixton

Sublime – 54-46 That’s My Number/Ball and Chain

Jack Johnson – The Horizon Has Been Defeated

The Kinks – Apeman

The Dirty Heads – Stand Tall

Collie Buddz & Rebelution – Had To Be The One

Barrington Levy & Long Beach Dub All Stars – Under Mi Sensi

Eek-A-Mouse & The Expendables – Ganja Smugglin’

Grateful Dead – Estimated Prophet

Finley Quay – Sun Is Shining

Rebelution – Outta Control

Slightly Stoopid – 2am

311 – My Stoney Baby

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Waiting In Vain (Jim James Remix)

The Police – Can’t Stand Losing You

Sublime – Boss D.J.

Long Beach Dub All Stars – Listen to D.J.’s

SOJA – Tell Me

Gov’t Mule, Toots & the Maytals – Hard To Handle

Gov’t Mule – Hard To Dubya

Slightly Stoopid – Bandelero

Sublime – Garden Grove

Rockamovya – Rock in Place

Citizen Cope – Brother Lee

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Red Beans & Rice

No Doubt & Lady Saw – Underneath It All

MatisyahuChop ’em Down

PepperNo Control

Sublime – Greatest Hits

Grateful Dead – Touch Of Grey

The Clash – (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais)

Michael Franti, Cherine Anderson, & Spearhead – A Little Bit of Riddim

Bad Brains – Roll On

Ezra Koenig & Major Lazer – Jessica

311Paradise

Slightly Stoopid & G. Love – Mellow Mood

The Police Walking On The Moon

The ClashPolice & Thieves

Sublime – Steppin’ Razor

Phish – Makisupa Policeman>Night Nurse>Makisupa Policeman (Live October 26, 2010 Manchester, New Hampshire)

SOJA – Better

Half Pint – My Best Friend’s Girl

Long Beach Dub All-Stars & Barrington Levy – Saw Red

SublimeDon’t Push

Nelly Furtado – Turn Off the Lights (Reggae Remix)

311Nix Hex

Jack Johnson – Wasting Time

SOJA – Be With Me Now

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Jah Work

MatisyahuKing Without A Crown

Slightly StoopidTill It Gets Wet

Wayne Wonder – Hold Me Now

SOJA – Let You Go

311 – 1, 2, 3

Los Lobos – Pawn Shop

Ziggy Marley – Drive

Half Pint, Toko Pasi, & Long Beach Dub All Stars – A Girl Like You

Sublime – Rivers Of Babylon

Roots of Creation & John Brown’s Body Horns – Universal Soldier

Pepper – Freeze

311 – Welcome

Slightly Stoopid – Digital

John Brown’s Body – Garden Tree

Jimmy Cliff – Ruby Soho

Citizen Cope – 107°

The Police – Murder By Numbers

No Doubt & Bounty Killer – Hey Baby

Ween – The Fruit Man

Sublime – 40 Oz. To Freedom

The Aggrolites – Prisoner Song

Slightly Stoopid – Babylon Is Falling

Pepper – Things That You Love

Michael Franti & Gov’t Mule – Unthrow That Spear

Gov’t Mule – Unring That Bell

311 – All Mixed Up

Matisyahu – Message In A Battle

Matisyahu – Message In A Bottle (Dub Version)

Sublime – April 29, 1992

Slightly Stoopid – I Would Do For You

Rebelution – Calling Me Out

SOJA – Summer Breeze

Barrington Levy & Slighly Stoopid – Ur Love

311 – Plain 

The Clash – Revolution Rock

Half Pint & Filibuster – Get Ready

Ken Boothe – Everybody Want o Rule The World

Trey Anastasio, Toots & the Maytals – Sweet and Dandy

Pepper – Love 101

The Wailing Souls – War Down at the Pawnshop

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Rock The Nation

Cipes & People – Free Me

Bad Brains – Natty Dreadlocks ‘Pon the Mountain

The Grateful Dead – Eyes Of The World

Sublime – Right Back

The Clash – Armagideon Time

311 – Stealing Happy Hours

The Police – Invisible Sun

Slightly Stoopid – Still Be You

Pepper – Musical 69

The Black Crowes – Time Will Tell

G. Love – Greatest Hits

Roots of Creation – Woman

Rebelution – Sky Is The Limit

Gov’t Mule – Rebel With A Cause

Jimmy Cliff – Bang

Long Beach Shortbus – California Grace

Rancid & Buju Banton – No More Misty Days

Grateful Dead – Scarlet Begonias

Sublime – Scarlet Begonias

311 – 8:16 A.M. 

Slightly Stoopid – Waiting

Bedouin Soundclash – Until We Burn In The Sun (The Kids Just Want Love Songs)

The Clash – Rudie Can’t Fail

Aswad – Roxanne

The Police – Driven To Tears

Rebelution – Comfort Zone

Rebelution – Comfort Zone Dub

Sublime – Doin’ Time

Eric Clapton, Toots & the Maytals – Pressure Drop

Beenie Man, ARP, & Tony Curtis – Missing You

311 – Love Song

SOJA – Strength To Survivie

Pepper – Bring Me Along

The Clash – Lover’s Rock

The Police – Reggaetta De Blanc

Gov’t Mule – Horseflies

Mishka – Bittersweet

Jimmy Cliff – Rebel Rebel

Slightly Stoopid – Blood of my Blood

311 – Omaha Stylee

Nas & Damian Marley – Strong Will Continue

The Aggrolites – Time To Get Tough

Rebelution – Too Rude

Santana, Sean Paul, Joss Stone – Cry Baby Cry

Wyclef Jean, Serj Tankin, & Sizzla – Riot

Trey Anastasio – Small Axe 

Petra Haden, Stephen Perkins, & Mike Watt – Work That We Do

Long Beach Shortbus – Girl Next Door

SOJA  – Don’t Forget

Matisyahu – I Will Be Light

Slightly Stoopid – Sweet Honey

Rebelution – Day By Day

Gov’t Mule – Unblow Your Horn

Gov’t Mule – Reblow Your Mind

Sublime – Trenchtown Rock

NEED

Super Villains 20 Excuses

Pepper – Bad Idea

Horace Andy & Easy Dub All-Stars Airbag

PepperCan’t Stand Losing You

Sting & Ranking Roger The Bed’s Too Big Without You

Pasafire – Submersible

The Expendables –  Bowl For Two

DispatchThe General

Junior ReidSynchronicity 1

Bad Brains I And I Survive

GroundationLong, Long Ago

IrationFalling

Outlaw NationBabylon Is Falling

Easy Dub All Stars – Karma Police

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub SquadBuffalo

The HoldupHunnies

Aivar17

RebelutionOrdinary Girl

Toots & the MaytalsDe Do Do Do De Da Da Da

Bedouin SoundclashWalls Fall Down

Burning Spear – Jam Cruise

Roots Manuva Again & Again (Arctic Monkeys Remix)

Eve & Wyclef JeanYour Love

Mikey Dread & Seal Lips Like Sugar

ElanSlave To Love

Jason Mraz I Melt With You

Nicole KeaBreakfast In Bed

Dryden MitchellFriday, I’m In Love

Joe JacksonFools In Love

World of Reggae Music Collection–Rock/Reggae Fusion

The Top Albums of September 2009

The Top Albums of September 2009

The masterful singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie told stories with his music. He sang songs about the plight of immigrants, farmers, and workers. He told the story of America. He represented the common man. This new collection of Woody Guthrie music is superb. It contains everything from the well-known mainstream hits “This Land Is Your Land,” “Going Down The Road (I Ain’t Gonna Be Treated This Way),” and “Hard Ain’t It Hard” to some of  politically charged ballads like “Tear The Facists Down,” “You Gotta Go Down And Join The Union,” and “Jesus Christ.”

The legendary folk singer mastered the folk hero ballads like “Pretty Boy Floyd,” “Stackolee,” “John Henry,” and “Harriet Tubman’s Ballad Part 1.” The collection contains fun classic folk songs “More Pretty Girls Than One,””Brown’s Ferry Blues,” and “Ain’t Nobody’s Business” and captures the storytelling abilities of the man with tunes like “The Sinking Of The Reuben James.”

Furthermore Woody Guthrie had an extensive catalog with wonderful children songs like “My Daddy (Flies A Ship In The Sky) and magnificent New Deal era tales of bringing power and jobs to the country in celebratory tales like “Grand Coulee Dam.” This is an  amazing collection with good quality sound. In this new era of economic hardships the sounds of the Great Depression and New Deal seem to be a perfect soundtrack for the “Hard Travelin’” ahead.

  1. Woody Guthrie My Dusty Road [Rounder 2009]
  2. PhishJoy [Jemp Records 2009]
  3. Soja – Born In Babylon [DMV Records]
  4. Willie Nelson American Classic [Blue Note 2009]
  5. Polvo – In Prism [Merge Records 2009]
  6. Casual Sax Baby I’m Black [Wonder Sound 2009]
  7. Pearl JamBackspacer [2009]
  8. A.A. Bondy – When The Devil’s Loose [Fat Possum Records 2009]
  9. Jay-ZThe Blueprint 3 [Roc Nation 2009]
  10. PitbullRebelution [Jive 2009]
  11. Rodrigo y Gabriella 11:11 [ATO Records 2009]
  12. John FogertyThe Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again [Verve Forecast 2009]
  13. Busy Signal Hott Ed [Greensleeves 2009]
  14. The Black Crowes Before The Frost…Until The Freeze [Silver Arrow Records 2009]
  15. Yonder Mountain String Band The Show [Frog Pad Records 2009]

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The Top Albums of September 2009

The Top 30 Albums of August 2009

The TOP 30 ALBUMS of AUGUST 2009

1. Various ArtistsPecking Old School Young Blood Volume 2 [Pecking 2009]
2. Courtney JohnMade In Jamaica [Jamaica Records/FiWi Music 2009]
3. Yim YamesTribute To [Rough Trade 2009]
4. Tarrus RileyContagious [VP Records 2009]
5. George Strait Twang [MCA Nashville 2009]
6. Wayne HancockViper of Melody [Bloodshot 2009]
7. Various ArtistsRocksteady: The Roots of Reggae [Moll Selekta Germany 2009]
8. Groundation Here I Am [Young Tree Records 2009]
9. Various Artists Trojan Reggae Chartbusters Volume 1-5 [Trojan 2009]
10. Various ArtistsBeginners Guide to Ska [Nascente 2009]
11. Rebelution Bright Side of Life [Controlled Substance Sound Labs 2009]
12. The ImpressionsComplete A- and B-Sides: 1961-1968 [UMC 2009]
13. Tanya Stephens Tanya: Collection of Hits [VP Records 2009]
14. Various Artists Dubwise/Indiscretions: Greensleeves One Drop Rhythms 2 [Greensleeves 2009]
15. Lynn Taitt & the JetsRock Steady Greatest Hits [Federal 2009]
16. Various ArtistsFinest Delivery, Volume 2 [Greensleeves 2009]
17. KRSOne & BuckshotSurvival Skills [Duck Down Records 2009]
18. Amanda Blank I Love You [Downtown Records 2009]
19. TOKOur World [VP Records 2009]
20. 10 Ft Ganja PlantBush Rock [Roit 2009]
21. The Beasties Boys featuring NasToo Many Rappers (12 Inch) [Parlophine 2009]
22. Dead Prez & the Evil Genius DJ Green Lantern Pulse of the People [Boss Up/Invasion Music 2009]
23. Sean Paul Imperial Blaze [VP/Atlantic Records 2009]
24. Fort Knox FiveRadio Free DC Remixed [July 2009]
25. Blue Scholars – Oof! (EP) [Duck Down Records 2009]
26. Sly & the RevolutionariesChannel One: Maxfield Avenue Breakdown Dubs & Instrumentals 1974-1979 [Pressure Sounds 2009]
27. Charlie RobisonBeautiful Day [Dualtone 2009]
28. Maxwell Blacksummer’s Night [Sony 2009]
29. General Steele of Smif N Wessun – Presents… Welcome to Bucktown

Courntey John’s Lucky Man” is the dynamite track for August 2009. “Lucky Man” sounds like vintage lover’s rock reggae. Courtney John’s falsetto voice is smooth, sweet, and beautiful. “From this love there’s no holiday” Courtney John sings “we won’t take a break…no.” All the “special ladies” will dig these new Courtney John tunes. Take for instance the lovely cover of Rose Royce’sI Want To Get Next To You.”

In an indie rock meets classic rock vein, on a new EP release Tribute To George Harrison, Jim James (Yim Yames) of My Morning Jacket covers some of Harrison’s greatest songs, including “My Sweet Lord” and “All Things Must Pass.”

Some heavy hitters in the music industry made the charts this month, including Texan country music artist George Strait and Jamaican superstar Tarrus Riley. Both superstars pick enduring songs that capture the spirit of the land and its people. George Strait’s Twang as the title indicates swings with twangy vocals, fiddles, and steel guitars, making a classic Texas country sound. From the Jamaican perspective Tarrus Riley brings together a wide variety of reggae forms, such as dancehall, lover’s rock, and roots reggae, putting together a creative album with a sweet Jamaican vibe.

The popular dancehall performer, Sean Paul, dropped his new album Imperial Blaze with dance-friendly new singles like “So Fine” and “Press It Up.” T.O.K.’s new album Our World features the tracks “Guardian Angel” and “Couple Up,” which make for fun danehall music.

The Top 30 Albums of August 2009

Graham Wilkinson & the Underground Township make music for all the “Ragamuffin” Kids

Nature lovin,’ tree-huggin, hippy musician and artist Graham Wilkinson put together a fascinating group of Austin-based musicians to accompany his original and inspirational songs on the new album Yearbook. Graham Wilkinson and the Underground Township make beautiful music for mountain drives and nature hikes, but also for boisterous bars across North America. The music is original. Some might claim it is a kaleidoscope of roots music, folk, rock, Americana, jazz, and reggae, but really Graham Wilkinson and the Underground Township melt away genres and make new and exciting music.

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On Yearbook Graham Wilkinson writes beautiful ballads like “Star Blue” and blues tunes like “The Corner Store” underscoring his brilliance at song writing. Drummer Matt Morris, bassist Wayne Dalchau, guitarist P.J. Herrington, and Chris Stringer on keys make up the backbone of the Underground Township on this particular album with Graham playing a range of instruments from harmonica and guitars to percussion. The Township is joined by a revolving cast of musicians from the Austin scene including Hayes Carll, Alejandro Escovedo, Ray Hilner, Meg Kemp, Mista Swift, Margaret Whitt-Harn, Joe Fallhaeber, Trisha Keefer, Mark Levine, Nick Warrechuk, Mark Wilson, Kyle Clayton, Will Duppy, Leila Henley, Heidi Johnson, Danny Malone, David Moss, Hector Munoz, Ron Weisberg, Dawnerin Wilkinson, Sarah Lu Wilkinson, and even legendary Texan musician Lloyd Maines.

The track “Ragamuffin” sticks out as a particular favorite of mine. I’ve always liked this song, but when it came up on my iPod (in a random shuffle mode) while cruising through the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming it seemed to be the perfect song at the perfect time. Hayes Carll and Graham Wilkinson share vocals on the song with Lloyd Maines playing a beautiful steel guitar. The gliding pace of the song helped me to glide smoothly over the meadows and mountain lakes.

The tracks on Yearbook like “La Brisa,” “Let It Go,” and “Boys and Girls” are not only great songs, but they also have been well produced here by Township Records. Township Records, run by bassist Wayne Dalchau, is a great local Austin indie label with talented new artists like Danny Malone, James Levy, and Graham Wilkinson and the Underground Township.

Yearbook is a concept album that takes a look back at the collaborations and music of 2008 in South Austin. The previous release from the band was the self-titled Graham Wilkinson & the Underground Township, which took a different approach to Graham’s songs. On Yearbook the tracks are more filled out. And the good news is, The Underground Township are taking this wonderful music on the road for 2009. The late summer tour is exhaustive. Make sure to catch Graham & the Township playing in a town near you.

Aug 2 2009 6:00P Freds Texas Cafe Ft. Worth, Texas
Aug 5 2009 8:00P The Whitewater Tavern Little Rock, Arkansas
Aug 6 2009 9:00P Tres Hombres Carbondale, Illinois
Aug 7 2009 9:00P Duke’s Hideaway Chicago, Illinois
Aug 8 2009 9:00P Duke’s Hideaway Chicaco, Illinois
Aug 9 2009 8:00P Village Inn Suttons Bay, MI
Aug 10 2009 8:00P Village Inn Suttons Bay, MI
Aug 11 2009 8:00P Village Inn Suttons Bay, MI
Aug 12 2009 9:00P The Happy Dog Cleveland, Ohio
Aug 13 2009 9:00P Hill Country BBQ New York, New York
Aug 14 2009 10:00P Blak Oak Tavern Oneonta, New York
Aug 15 2009 8:00P Fred Fest Oneonta, New York
Aug 19 2009 9:00P Northside Tavern Cincinnati, Ohio
Aug 20 2009 9:00P Boone Saloon Boone, North Carolina
Aug 21 2009 9:00P Tasty World Athens, Georgia
Aug 22 2009 9:00P Westville Pub Asheville, North Carolina
Aug 25 2009 9:00P Lynagh’s Irish Pub Lexington, Kentucky
Aug 26 2009 10:00P The Basement w/ Rufus Huff (Kentucky Headhunters) Nashville, Tennessee
Aug 27 2009 8:00P The Whitewater Tavern Little Rock, Arkansas
Aug 28 2009 8:00P Smoke and Barrel Tavern Fayetteville, Arkansas
Aug 29 2009 8:00P The Parish w/ The Blue Hit & Danny Malone Austin, TX

Graham Wilkinson & the Underground Township make music for all the “Ragamuffin” Kids

Jam-Tex Top Ten!!!

The Jam-Tex Top Ten: June 2008

  1. She & HimVolume 1 [Merge Records 2008]
  2. Taj Weekes & AdowaDeidem [Jatta Records 2008]
  3. Richie SpiceGideon Boot [VP Records 2008]
  4. James McMurtryJust Us Kids [Lightning Rod]
  5. Half PintNo Stress Express [Varese Fontana 2008]
  6. Rootz UndergroundMovement [Mystic Urchin Music 2008]
  7. LucianoJah is My Navigator [VP Records 2008]
  8. My Morning JacketEvil Urges [Ato Records 2008]
  9. The RaconteursConsolers of the Lonely [Warner Brothers 2008]
  10. 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.”
Richie Spice, 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.

Jam-Tex Top Ten!!!