Careening Around My Cranium with Daryll Collins #4!!!
MY TOP 20 FOR 2008!!!
This is in no particular order. Each release received ample playing time on CD and iPod over the course of '08. I didn't rate them 1 through 20 as that process gets too tedious. It's very rare that a release stands head and shoulders over all others by a large margin that I would bestow a clear cut #1 for the year. There are exceptions though... in 1986 XTC's SKYLARKING reigned supreme. I could not stop playing that disc. In fact it is my favorite album of the 80's. I suppose I could break them down into groups of six or seven as being more favorite than others, but really my taste is not your taste and vice versa. This is just a snapshot of what new music really floated my boat.
Also, I decided that both The Silver Seas - HIGH SOCIETY and Mike Viola's LURCH were 2007 releases. Otherwise they'd be on this list.
*The Simple Carnival - GIRLS, ALIENS, FOOD
*Jim Boggia - MISADVENTURES IN STEREO
*Black Stone Cherry - FOLKLORE AND SUPERSTITION
*Brent Cash - HOW WILL I KNOW IF I'M AWAKE?
*Jack McManus - EITHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT
*Rob Bonfiglio - BRING ON THE HAPPY
*Willie Wisely - WISELY
*Glenn Hughes - FIRST UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR KITCHEN
*Ron Sexsmith - EXIT STRATEGY OF THE SOUL
*Kelly Jones - SheBANG!
*The Goldbergs - UNDER THE RADAR
*Rick Springfield - VENUS IN OVERDRIVE
*Pugwash - ELEVEN MODERN ANTIQUES
*Jordan Zevon - INSIDES OUT
*The Pop Project - STARS OF STAGE AND SCREEN
*Roger Joseph Manning Jr. - CATNIP DYNAMITE
*Glen Campbell - MEET GLEN CAMPBELL
*Ike - WHERE TO BEGIN
*Todd Rundgren - ARENA
*All Day Sucker - THE BIG PRETEND
Two late 2008 releases/discoveries that I'm really diggin' are Fall Out Boys - FOLIE A DEUX and Paul Steel - APRIL & I.
DARYLL'S IPOD SHUFFLE - SPECIAL END OF 2008 EDITION!!!
Did I mention I have a separate iPod for music of the current year? My 2008 device has 1114 songs. I load new stuff, listen for a while and periodically delete everything but my favorites. Let's see what shakes out.
* Adrian Bourgeois - "My House"
* Amiel - "No Game To Play"
* All Day Sucker - "Santa Ana"
* Secret Powers - "We Are Alone"
* Greg Pope - "Sky Burn Down"
* Black Stone Cherry - "Devil's Queen"
* Jack McManus - "Milky Way"
* Cliff Hillis - "Elevator"
* Greg Pope - "Backwards"
* Dungen - "Mina Damer Och Fasner"
A MASSIVE UNDERTAKING
I got one of those ION turntables for Christmas in 2007. Since then, whenever I have a decent chunk of time I grab a small stack of records and convert them to digital files. Most of my favorite LPs have already been re-purchased as CDs, so it's mainly been a process of converting the single tracks from each album that I still like. I have about 200 albums left to plow through. And about 100 singles...
MUSIC, MOVIES & COMICS
In these tough economic times I've had to make some harsh decisions about my discretionary income. I've cut my movie-going by half, waiting to rent most films or seeing them on weekdays at reduced prices. (One of the perks of being self-employed!) If a movie I want to see is truly enhanced by seeing on the big screen, I'm there. But at $10 bucks a pop, I usually walk out of the theater feeling like I didn't get my money's worth.
Marvel comics are raising their prices by $1.00! DC will probably follow suit. Four bucks for a 22 page comic book is where I draw the line. I buy mostly indies anyway, but will now be cutting back on the books from the Big Two dramatically. And so it goes...
But... I'm holding the line with music. I will continue to buy as much music as possible, with emphasis on physical CDs. I'm old school that way. I guess of all my passions/interests, music reigns supreme.
This was cobbled together quickly. I'll have more soon. Until next time...
Daryll Collins is a free-lance cartoonist/illustrator who has worked for a wide variety of clients including magazines and newspapers, advertising, greeting cards, character design & development, children's books, comic strips and gag cartoons. You can check out his work at www.daryllcollins.com