The Top Albums of June 2010

Big Red And Barbacoa

The Top 40 Albums of June 2010

This month has offered a wide variety of musical formats. The selector dug into Navajo, Reggae, Rap, Rock, Roots, Electronica, Dancehall, and Jam Band music. June’s selection of reggae music includes the smooth dancehall vibes of Tippa Irie & The Far East Band,  Jamaican sensation Rootz Underground, the positive message laden Mishka, the one drop oriented Romain Virgo, and the prolific singjay Capleton. Plus there has been recently released a reggae celebration of The Who called Out Here in the Fields – Legends of Reggae Celebrate the Who featuring artists like Chalice, Toots & The Maytals, The Mighty Diamonds, Luciano, and Gregory Isaacs.

From San Antonio, Texas Hacienda makes original music on their summer friendly Big Red And Barbacoa. The Houston-based Geto Boys member Scarface dropped another hard hitting gangsta rap album. And the Texas country artists Jason Boland & The Stragglers released the full length LP High In The Rockies and  Cory Morrowreleased an EP entitled Ramblin’ Man.

The psychadelic country rock of Phosphorescent recalls the best of The Flying Burrito Brothers and The Byrds. While jam-band staple Widespread Panic released another listener friendly studio album titled Dirty Side Down, which is a rare feet among jam bands. And on a side note this June the selector heard for the first time the amazing vocal stylings of Navajo musical artist Radmilla Cody. Cody should be an American legend!

Finally for some rap check out the female Baltimore duo the Get ‘Em Mamis and Atlanta-based Outkast sensation Big Boi‘s new single Shutterbugg. Take a wild ride with the dub reggae infused electronica of Heyoka and feel the rollicking  jazz of drummer Mike Reed’s People Places & Things. And just in time for summer flip-flop rockers Jack Johnson, Xavier Rudd, and Citizen Cope all released new albums

  1. Rootz UndergroundGravity [M’A Prod 2010]
  2. HaciendaBig Red And Barbacoa [Alive Naturalsound 2010]
  3. Various ArtistsOut Here in the Fields – Legends of Reggae Celebrate the Who [Red Hillz Music 2010]
  4. Big BoiShutterbugg [Def Jam 2010]
  5. MishkaTalk About [J.K. Livin Records 2010]
  6. PhosphorescentHere’s To Taking It Easy [Dead Oceans 2010]
  7. Widespread PanicDirty Side Down [ATO 2010]
  8. Truth and Salvage Co. – Truth & Salvage Co. [Silver Arrow/Megaforce 2010]
  9. HeyokaMarklar [Muti Music 2010]
  10. Romain VirgoRomain Virgo [VP Records 2010]
  11. Jack JohnsonTo The Sea [Jack Johnson 2010]
  12. Radmilla CodySeed Of Life: Traditional Songs Of The Navajo[Canyon 2002]
  13. CapletonI-Ternal Fire [VP Records 2010]
  14. Xavier RuddKoonyum Sun [Xavier Rudd 2010]
  15. Citizen CopeThe Rainwater LP [Rainwater Recordings 2010]
  16. ScarfaceDopeman Music [Facemob Music 2010]
  17. The Get ‘Em Mamis Pop Rocks and Soda [2010]
  18. Mike Reed’s People Places & ThingsStories and Negotiations [482 Music 2010]
  19. Tippa Irie & The Far East Band Stick to my Roots [Lockdown Productions 2010]
  20. Jason Boland & The StragglersHigh In The Rockies [Apex Music 2010]
  21. Talib Kweli & Hi-TekRevolutions Per Minute [Warner Brothers 2010]
  22. Robert Randolph & The Family Band We Walk This Road [Warner Brothers 2010]
  23. John Butler TrioApril Uprising [ATO Records 2010]
  24. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Mojo [Reprise 2010]
  25. Janelle MonáeThe ArchAndroid [Atlantic 2010]
  26. Super Chron Fly Brothers – Cape Verde [Backwoodz Studioz 2010]
  27. JavelinNo Más [Luaka Pop 2010]
  28. The Glitch MobDrink The Sea [Glass Air 2010]
  29. ApproachAloe Park [Clear Label 2010]
  30. ShigetoSemi Circle EP [Ghostly International 2010]
  31. Ja PrawnEverybody [vosotros 2010]
  32. PeasClarity Lost [Kanpai Records 2010]
  33. RJD2The Colossus [RJ’s Electrical Connections 2010]
  34. David Karsten Daniels and Fight the Big BullI Mean to Live Here Still [Fat Cat Records 2010]
  35. Homeboy SandmanThe Good Sun [High Water Music 2010]
  36. Crystal CastlesCrystal Castles ( II ) [Polydor 2010]
  37. Steve Miller BandBingo! [Roadrunner 2010]
  38. RhymefestEl Che [Rosehip Records 2010]
  39. KuruptStreetlights [Penagon 2010]
  40. Stone Temple PilotsStone Temple Pilots [Atlantic 2010]
  41. Macy GrayThe Sellout [Concord 2010]
  42. Dirty Side Down

Out Here in the Fields - Legends of Reggae Celebrate the Who
The Top Albums of June 2010

World of Reggae Music Collection: Hippy Music inna Reggae Version

Hippy Music inna Reggae Version

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector explores reggae versions of hippy songs. Jamaicans know good music when they hear it. Whether it is Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, or Donovan, a good tune is a good tune! From the British hippy rock bands Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, the Beatles,The Rolling Stones, and The Who to the American hippy groups like The Hollies, Simon And Garfunkel, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to the great American jam bands Phish and the Grateful Dead, many of the great reggae stars covered the tunes of the Hippy era. In this collection of songs, hippy music is played inna reggae version by the legendary Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff, Gregory Isaacs, Black Uhuru, and many more.

Junior Jazz & Easy Star All Stars – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Luciano & Easy Star All-Stars – With A Little Help From My Friends

Luciano, U-Roy, & Easy Star All Stars – With A Little Dub From My Friends Dub

Maxi Priest – Wild World

Chalice & Yellowman – Bouncing Around The Room

Dennis Brown – Black Magic Woman

Gregory Isaacs – Mr. Tambourine Man

Gregory Isaacs – Mr. Tambourine Man Dub

Burning Spear – Estimated Prophet

Jimmy Cliff – Wild World

Rootz Underground – Baba O Riley

The Wailing Souls – For What It’s Worth

Max Romeo – Hotel California

John Holt – My Sweet Lord

Sugar Minott – 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)

Joseph Israel – Teach Your Children

Pat Kelly – He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother

Chalice – Paint It Black

The Israelites – Come Together

Eek A Mouse – Dyer Maker

Dollar Man, Gary “Nesta” Pine, & the Easy Star All-Stars – Money

Matisyahu – Watching The Wheels

Capleton – Love the One You’re With

Alton Ellis – You Make Me So Very Happy

Toots & the Maytals – Squeezebox

Michael Rose, Mennie More, & Easy Star All-Stars – A Day In The Life

Black Uhuru – Hey Joe

Bob Andy – Waste

Bob Andy – Waste (Dub)

The Wailing Souls – Casey Jones

The Gaylads – Fire and Rain

Beres Hammond – Just Like A Woman

Beres Hammond – Just Like A Woman Dub

Killer Bees & Cyril Neville – Groovin’

Big Mountain – Baby, I Love Your Way

The Gladiators – Time Is On My Side

Sugar Minott & Easy Star All-Stars – When I’m Sixty Four

Maxi Priest – Crazy Love

Rootz Underground – Makisupa Policeman

Rootz Underground – Makisupa Policeman (Dub)

The Wailing Souls – Love Her Madly

Steel Pulse – Franklin’s Tower

Easy Star All-Stars & Frankie Paul – Us And Them

Big Mountain & Utah Green – I Can See for Miles

Luciano – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

Luciano – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door Dub

The Waling Souls – Mountain Song

Max Romeo & the Easy Star All Stars – Fixing A Hole

Joe Higgs – Uncle John’s Band

Ken Boothe – Brown Sugar

Steel Pulse – Farmhouse

The Abyssinians – Blowin’ in the Wind

The Wailing Souls – Tomorrow Never Knows

Satta – Behind Blue Eyes

Gregory Isaacs – Wild Horses

Max Romeo – Sexy Sadie

Garnett Silk – Let It Flow

Cas Haley & Tanya Stephens – Wolfman’s Brother

Cas Haley & Tanya Stephens – Wolfman’s Brother Dub

Chalice – Fire on the Mountain

Matisyahu & the Easy Star All Stars – Within You Without You

Steel Pulse – You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Luciano – Won’t Get Fooled Again

Apple Gabriel – The Times They Are A-Changin’

Apple Gabriel – The Times They Are A-Changin’ Dub

Frankie Paul & Easy Star All Stars – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

The Mighty Diamonds – Touch of Grey

Toots & the Maytals – Back On The Train

Sugar Black – Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Chalice – Who Are You

The Wailing Souls – Like A Rolling Stone

Ranking Roger & the Easy Star All Stars – Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!

Satta – Gumbo

Freddie McGregor – Eyes of the World

Toots & the Maytals – Start Me Up

Billy Mystic – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

Billy Mystic – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall Dub

The Mighty Diamonds – The Kids are Alright

Tessanne Chin – Free

The Wailing Souls – Love The One You’re With

Michael Rose – Wharf Rat

Kirsty Rock & Easy Star All Stars – She’s Leaving Home

Earl “Chinna” Smith & M – Slave to the Traffic Light

Rhytmation – Bargain

Toots & the Maytals – Maggie’s Farm

Toots & the Maytals – Maggie’s Farm Dub

Rula Brown – Everyday People

Steel Pulse & Easy Star All Stars – Good Morning Good Morning

Easy Star All-Stars – Sgt. Pepper’s (Reprise)

Wayne Armond – Let My Love Open the Door

Rootz Underground – Boogie on Reggae Woman

Marcia Griffiths – Don’t Let Me Down

Toots & the Maytals – Catfish John

Gregory Isaacs – My Generation/Magic Bus

Wayne Armond – Bug

Lasana Bandele – Cassidy

Tessane Chin – Reign O’er Me

Glen Ricks – Honky Tonk Women

Rita Marley & the Soulettes – Let It Be

Wayne Armond – Eminence Front

Andrew Francis – Under My Thumb

The Mighty Diamonds & the Easy Star All Stars – Getting Better

Hugh J. – Waiting on a Friend

Keeling Beckford – Cecilia

Michael Rose – Wharf Rat

Jacob Miller – I Shall Be Released

NEED

T.T. Ross – Imagine

The ParagonsBlack Birds Singing

Ernie SmithYou Won’t See Me

Joe the Boss – Hey Jude

John HoltEverybody’s Talking

Ernest Ranglin Everybody’s Talkin’

Chosen Few – Hang on Sloopy

Dawn PennHere Comes The Sun

Barry Briggs Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)

Desmond Dekker Blackbird

Nicky Thomas Lola

The Beatles, Ras Pidow, & the Bombist – Because

Funky Brown African People (Indian Reservation)

Byron Lee & the Dragonaires Live And Let Die

Bob Andy & Marcia GriffithsIt Ain’t Me Babe

Susan Cadogan Something

John Holt Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

The MaytalsGive Peace A Chance

The Heptones – On-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Denzel Dennis People Got to Be Free

Jackie RobinsonIn My Life

The Pioneer All-StarsIn My Life (Dub)

Del Davis A World Without Love

Lloyd Charmers – California Dreamin’

Tarrus RileyKing Of Pain

Dobby DobsonCarry That Weight

Horace Andy Invisible Sun

Lee “Scratch” Perry Invisible Dub

BushmanOne Tin Soldier

World of Reggae Music Collection: Hippy Music inna Reggae Version

The World of Reggae Music Collection–Reggae’s Superstars: The Lion Youth (Over 230 Singles from Reggae’s Youth)

This week the Jam-Tex selector continues his exploration of the history of reggae music. The category “Reggae’s Superstars” has been divided into two volumes. The first volume included roots reggae masters from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s. It was entitled “Reggae Superstar’s: The Lions of Jah” and can be found by clicking this link. This second volume entitled, “The Lion Youth,” focuses on the most current superstars of the Reggae movement (from the 1990s and 2000s). Many artists made the list, including reggae queens Queen Ifrica, Tanya Stephens, Etana, Cherine Anderson, Natasja, and Jah9; male roots reggae crooners like Junior ReidMichael RoseTarrus Riley, Cocoa TeaLuciano, Gentleman, Alborosie, Jah Cure, Courtney John, Romain Virgo, Duane StephensonJunior Kelly, and Daweh Congo. Singjays Half PintMavado, Sizzla, Anthony B, Capleton, Jah Mason, Ranking Joe, and Richie Spicethe Marley Brothers including Ziggy Marley and the Melody MakersJulian Marley, Stephen Marley, Kymani Marley, and Damian “Junior Gong” Marley; dancehall favorites like Sean Paul, Collie Buddz, Buju Banton, YTSweetie Irie, Shaggy, Vybz Kartel, and Spragga Benz; artists steeped in the roots and cultural tradition like Chronixx, ProtojeChezidek, Bushman, I-Wayne, Perfect, Gentleman, Lutan Fyah, Natty King, and Gyptian; and contemporary producers and reggae groups like Mungo’s Hi-FiSOJA, RebelutionSly & Robbie, Raging Fyah, Uprising Roots BandMorgan Heritage, Rootz Underground, Dubmatix, Rockamovya, Hot Like Fire, Inner Circle, Thievery Corporation, Long Beach Dub All Stars, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Steel Pulse, and Dub Syndicate assemble on this chart for a great selection of modern reggae music.

The World of Reggae Music Collection

Reggae’s Superstars—The Lion Youth

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marle– Welcome To Jamrock

Collie Buddz – Come Around

Alborosie & Dennis Brown – Can’t Stand It

Stephen Marley, Capleton, & Sizzla – Rock Stone

Luciano – Messenger

Bushman – You Can’t Blame the Youth

Richie Spice – Righteous Youths

Tarrus Riley – Lion Paw

Queen Ifrica – Lioness On The Rise

Anthony B – Waan Back

I-Wayne – Living In Love

Damian Marley, Nas, & Dennis Brown – Land of Promise

Ky-mani Marley – Royal Vibes

Stephen Marley – Chase Dem

Julian “JuJu” Marley & Damian “Junior Gong” Marley – Violence in the Streets

Ziggy Marley – Personal Revolution

Protoje – Black Ciderella

Solo Banton – Walk Like Rasta

Alborosie – Kingston Town

Stephen Marley, Buju Banton, & Akon – My Conclusion

Junior Kelly – Love So Nice

Gyptian – My Fadah Seh

Gentleman – On We Go

Marlon Asher – Ganja Farmer

Sizzla – Solid As A Rock

Daweh Congo – Straight Up Conscious

SOJA & Collie Buddz – She Still Loves Me

Jah Mason – My Princess Gone

Busy Signal – Kingston Town

Spragga Benz – Shotta Culture

Morgan Heritage – Brooklyn & Jamaica

Luko Adjaffi – Brand New Day

Half Pint – Mind Over Matter

Raging Fyah – Irie Vibe

Tanya Stephens – What A Day

Sean Paul & Sasha – I’m Still In Love With You

Chezidek – Harvest Time

Cocoa Tea – Israel’s King

Buju Banton – Bobby Reds

Rootz Underground – Victims of a System

Ray Darwin – People’s Choice

Jah Cure – Sticky

J Boog & SOJA – Fuck Your System

Capleton – Mark of the Beast

Rebelution & Lutan Fyah – Good Vibes

Kabaka Pyramid – World Wide Love

Shaggy & Tarrus Riley – Just Another Girl

Romain Virgo – Mi Caan Sleep

Natasja – Mysterious

Sweetie Irie – Rebel With A Cause

Wayne Marshall – On the Corner

Jah 9 – New Name

Natty King – No Guns To Town

Protoje – Roll

Courtney John and Sly & Robbie – Ready to Go

YT – Tightrope

Screw Driver & Inner Circle – Never Give Up

Notch & Thievery Corporation – The Richest Man In Babylon

Mavado – Money Changer

Warrior King – Virtuous Woman

Hot Like Fire – Hot Like Fire Tonight

Chronixx -Warrior

The Uprising Roots – Skyfiya

Tanya Stephens & Seeed – Double Soul

Perfect – Hand Cart Bwoy

Joseph Israel – Gone Are The Days

Taj Weekes & Adowa – Hollow Display

Cherine Anderson – Good Love

Tony Rebel – Another Bill Again

Morgan Heritage – Nothing to Smile About

Etana – I’m Not Afraid

Richie Spice – The Plane Land

Ranking Joe & Dubmatix – Tornado

Cocoa Tea – Rikers Island

Fantan Mojah – Hungry

Luciano – Sweet Jamaica

Busy Signal – Wicked Man

Richie Spice – Youths Dem Cold

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Rude Boys Back In Town

Tarrus Riley – Shaka Zulu Pickney

Protoje – Who Dem A Program

SOJA & Rebelution – Here I Am

I-Wayne – Book Of Life

Gentleman & Sizzla – Lack of Love

Vybz Kartel – Poor People Land

Alborosie – Dutty Road

Stephen Marley & Spragga Benz – Working Ways

Tanya Stephens – These Street

Half Pint & The Long Beach Dub All-Stars – Pass It On

Collie Buddz – Blind To You

Capleton & Dub Syndicate – Time

Queen Ifrica – Dem Nah Learn

Tarrus Riley – Start A New

Jahmali – El Shaddai

Winston Francis & Prince Fatty – Dry Your Tears

Junior Kelly & Queen Ifrica – Too Late

Lutan Fyah – Crystal Clear

Busy Signal – Hard Drugs

Pressure – Love and Affection

Jah Cure & Mavado – Like I See It

Iba Mahr – Sound a Alarm

Natasja – 45 Questions

Sizzla – Babylon Ah Listen

SOJA – Rest of My Life

Richie Spice – Earth Ah Run Red

Pinchers & Dubmatix – Rock And A Hard Place

Chezidek – Ghetto People

Luciano – Sweep Over My Soul

Rebelution – Bright Side of Life

Daweh Congo – Ghetto Skyline

Alborosie – Mama She Don’t Like You

Cocoa Tea – Let The Music Play

Rockamovya – Horse Dance

I-Wayne – I Need Her In My Arms

Mavado – Last Night

Rootz Underground – Hammer

YT & Mungo’s Hi-Fi – World News

Sanchez – Feel Good All Over 

Romain Virgo – Who Feels It Knows It

Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – All Day, All Night

Julian Marley – Systems

Kymani Marley – Brave Ones

Damian “Junior Gong” Marley – More Justice

Stephen Marley & Damian “Junior Gong” Marley – Traffic Jam

Stephen Marley & Capleton – Break Us Apart

Capleton – Babylon A Use Dem Brain

Half Pint Dollar Man – Babylon Release The Chains

Richie Spice –  Wrap Up a Draw

Etana – Roots

Sizzla – Crucial Time

Busy Signal & Morgan Heritage – Run Dem Whey

SOJA, Gentleman, and Tamika  I Tried

Queen Ifrica – Keep It To Yourself

Duane Stephenson – Cottage in Negril

Alborosie & Gramps Morgan – One Sound

Mykal Rose & Dubmatix – Easy Down

Mykal Rose & Damian “Junior Gong” Marley – Shootout

Damian “Junior Gong” Marley – We’re Gonna Make It

Turbulence – Only Love

Chezidek & Perfect – Journey

Mavado – On The Rock

Gentleman – Changes

Gentleman & Morgan Heritage – Man of My Own

Morgan Heritage Raid Rootz Dance

Cocoa Tea – Tune In

Alborosie & Steel Pulse – Steppin Out

Tarrus Riley – Ease Off

Romain Virgo – Live Mi Life

Gyptian – I Can Feel Your Pain

Iba Mahr – Will I Wait In Vain

Richie Spice – Gideon Boot

Gappy Ranks – Butterflies

Rootz underground – Farming

Collie Buddz – Tomorrow’s Another Day

Sizzla – Be Strong

Half Pint & Sizzla – Bad Boy

Half Pint and Sly & Robbie – Blessing Darling

Gyprtian & Dean Frazer – Where You Belong

Kali Blaxx – Farmer Man

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Only Thing Missing Was You

Mr. Easy – Moving

Alborosie & Horace Andy – Money

Anthony Cruz – Halfway Tree

Richie Spice & Gentleman – Let’s Go

Queen Ifrica – Daddy

Sizzla – Pressure

Morgan Heritage – Gun Town

Jah Cure – Miles Away

Spragga Benz, Stephen Marley, Queen Ifrica, Sizzla, & Jah Cure – More Life

Christopher Ellis, Stephen Marley, & Jah Cure – End of Time

Stephen Marley – Tight Ship

Capleton & Stephen Marley – Sunshine Girl

Capleton – I Rise

Stephen Marley & Capleton – Chase Dem (Acoustic Version)

Stephen Marley Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – The Mission

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – One Loaf of Bread (Something For You)

Julian “JuJu” Marley & Bugle – Move Dem

Ziggy Marley – Reggae in my Head

Chronixx – Ain’t Know Giving In

Daweh Congo – Joy Brings Pain

Duane Stephenson – August Town 

Tarrus RileyEtana, & Duane Stephenson – Let Peace Reign

Etana – Warrior Love

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Soundsystem

Michael FrantiGentleman, & Spearhead – Is Love Enough?

Gentleman & Alborosie – Celebration

Alborosie – Work

Oba Simba – Pressure

Luciano – Trod Out

Luciano & Dub Syndicate – One In A Billion

Dub Syndicate – Jah Rasta

Junior Reid & Dub Syndicate – God Is A Man

Junior Reid – Love Is the Answer

Raging Fyah – Judgement Day

Richie Spice – The World Is A Cycle

Rebelution – Wake Up Call

Queen Ifrica – Pot Still Haffi Bubble

I-Wayne – Pure as the Nile

Busy Signal – Part of Life

Ed Robinson – Our Heroes

Jahdan Blakkamore – The General

Tarrus Riley – Living The Life Of A Gun

Romain Virgo – Murderer

Gyptian – My Number One 

Rootz Underground – In The Jungle

Rockamovya – Red Rose

Ini Kamoze – Hill & Gully Ride

Raging Fyah – Running Away

Jah Cure – Trod in the Valley

Rebelution & Jacob Hemphill – Meant to Be

Richie Spice – Street Life

Alborosie – Kingdom of Zion

Romain Virgo – I Am Rich In Love 

Tarrus Riley – Beware

Tarrus Riley and Sly & Robbie – Pul Up Selector

I-Wayne – Real and Clean

Collie Buddz – Too Watchy

Etana – People Talk

Fantan Mojah – Stronger

Rootz Underground – 20 Centuries

Raging Fyah – Karma

Queen Ifrica – Times Like These

Tarrus Riley – Protect Yu Neck

Alborosie – Still Blazing

Richie Spice – Yap Yap

Romain Virgo – The System

Queen Ifrica – It Hard

Tarrus Riley – Never Leave I

Alborosie – Rolling Like A Rock

Gentleman – Dem Gone

Cocoa Tea – Young Lover

Exco Levi – Reggae Calling

Bugle – Anointed

NEED

  1. Lutan Fyah – Gangsta Living
  2. Chuck Fenda – I Am For the Poor
  3. Alborosie and the Tamlins – Garrison
  4. Lukie D & Busy Signal – Man A Yardie
  5.  Gappy Ranks & Nerious Joseph – Soul Rebel

The World of Reggae Music Collection–Reggae’s Superstars: The Lion Youth (Over 230 Singles from Reggae’s Youth)

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!!!