Once again this year, Hype Machine is doing a year end Music Blog Zeitgeist list. Anyone with a blog can enter (you do not have to be aggregated by Hype Machine). Submission deadline is December 15th.
As I said last year when I put together a post of my favorite albums of the year, I am about the last person whose opinion on current music should be taken seriously. I'm old and mostly listen to old music. Even the new music I buy leans toward new releases by established artists. That said, somebody has to balance out the whippersnappers, so I'll enter.
Here are my current contenders, although I'm probably forgetting something.
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Wye Oak - If Children
Brian Wilson - That Lucky Old Sun
Teddy Thompson - A Piece of What You Need
Sun Kil Moon - April
Stereolab - Chemical Chords
She & Him - Volume One
R.E.M. - Accelerate
Paul Westerberg - 49:00
Orchestra Baobab - Made In Dakar
Neil Diamond - Home Before Dark
Mudhoney - The Lucky Ones
Mudcrutch - Mudcrutch
The Last Of The Shadow Puppets - The Age Of Understatement
Elvis Costello & The Imposters - Momofuku
Duffy - Rockferry
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Beck - Modern Guilt
Various Artists - Daptone 7 Inch Singles Collection, Volume 2
The Fireman - Electric Arguments
Belle & Sebastian - BBC Sessions
Ida - Lovers Prayers
Adele - 19
Old New Music:
Dennis Wilson - Pacific Ocean Blue
Neil Young - Sugar Mountain: Live At Canterbury House, 1968
Buena Vista Social Club - Live At Carnegie Hall
Mingering Mike - Super Gold Greatest Hits
I don't know if these should count or not. The Neil Young and Buena Vista Social Club were both released for the first time in 2008, despite having been recorded 10 and 40 years ago. The Dennis Wilson has been out-of-print long enough to practically qualify as a new release. Mingering Mike's not gonna make the cut anyhow (sorry Mike).
So what am I missing? What would be on your list? What do you think will make it to my final list of 10?