Who reads those pretentious year-end lists, anyway? (I do, jerk.)
Have a good 2008? Who cares!? It’s over. But as ’08 slides its lame ass out the door, let’s see what musical fruit dropped from its magical loins. A list of favorites:
SN&R columnist and longstanding Sacramento music-scene arbiter Jackson Griffith: Girls on the Run, Knock Knock; Ricky Berger’s First Album, Ricky Berger; Evil Urges, My Morning Jacket.
Clay Nutting of Concerts4Charity picks songs, not releases: “God + Suicide,” Blitzen Trapper; “Shape of My Heart,” Noah and the Whale; “Shake a Fist,” Hot Chip.
KDVS deejay and local promoter Rick Ele represents: Hairdryer Peace, Hospitals; Take the Sky, Los Llamarada; Sick to Death, Eat Skull.
Electronic artist and deejay Citystate: Aerial, 2562; Antidotes, Foals; Another Sound Is Dying, Dub Trio.
Painfully Hip blogger and fashion guru Amber Mortensen: Love Is Overtaking Me, Arthur Russell; In Ear Park, Department of Eagles; For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver.
Musician and producer Christian Kiefer: Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette, Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette; For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver; Shearwater, Rook.
Former SN&R intern extraordinaire Alia Cruz: Charles Darwin, 20,000; Robotonomy, the Impotent Ninja; Niggy Stardust, Saul Williams.
Cole Cuchna, keyboardist for the New Humans: Planisphere, Justice; Day & Age, the Killers; Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles.
Jed Brewer, guitarist/vocalist of San Kazakgascar: Gayathri Veena, R.K. Suryanarayana; Hello, Voyager, Evangelista; Villainare, the Dead Science.
Emcee Random Abiladeze, never one to self-promote: Brutally Honest, Random Abiladeze; T.he O.ther P.oets, T.O.P.; Killer, Tech N9ne.
SN&R’s Olla Ubay: All Nightmare Long, Metallica; Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?, She & Him; Get Seduced, the Faint.
Record Club president Erin Sierchio: Youth Novels, Lykke Li; Santogold, Santogold; Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend.
Guphy’s Sacto-centric top three: New Animals, the Bananas; The Ambiguous Garment, Chief Briggum; The Dark Gospel, the Ancient Sons.
Tom Ziller or Sacramento Kings blog Sactown Royalty: We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, Los Campesinos!; The Stage Names, Okkervil River; The Mixtape About Nothing, Wale.
Nick Miller at SN&R: Vivian Girls, Vivian Girls; Description of the Harbor EP, Sic Alps; Microcastle, Deerhunter.
Midtown Monthly editor and artist Liv Moe: New Animals, the Bananas; She’s the Dutchess and He’s the Duke, the Dutchess and the Duke; self-titled, Matt K. Shrugg.
Folk storyteller Dead Western keeps it obscure: Garden of Forking Paths compilation, by James Blackshaw; Victrola Favorites, compiled by Rob Mills and Jeffrey Taylor; Rainman, Rainman.
Josh Fernandez, SN&R associate arts editor (and the guy who thinks that artists kind of relied on how cool they think they are and that releases this year were just OK if not horribly embarrassing but still loves you because it’s Christmas.): T.he O.ther P.oets, T.O.P; Tobacco Road, Common Market; Your Ghost Fits my Skin; Silver Darling.
From the crew at Circle of 5ths Entertainment Group: Black Ice, AC/DC; STD, Spreading the Disease; Powerlines, Early States.
Ianna Frisby at Tangent Gallery: Dig Lazarus, Dig!, Nick Cave; Time to Pretend, MGMT; When Water Comes to Life, Cloud Cult.
Studio 39’s Linda Fuentes-Brida: Tell the World, Vivian Girls; You, Two Sheds; Dares for Squares, 20,000.
Secretion, solo artist, lover boy, hair club for men ninja Mickie Rat: The Power of Positive Drinking, Ashtray; self-titled, Crucial Cause/Rat Damage split 7”; For All Mankind, Phenomenauts.