Music Picks 2008

In what’s becoming an annual tradition, I have asked derek becker and Jim Boyd for music recommendations so that I could get some fresh music in my collection. Here are the items they’ve recommended (with notes as I acquire some of them):


  • Battles
  • Lake, Oh, the Places We’ll Go [acquired]
  • Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Raising Sand [acquired]
  • Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago [acquired]
  • Tom Waits, Real Gone [acquired]
  • Dungen, Ta Det Lungnt
  • Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds, & Nigerian Blues, 1970-1976 [acquired]
  • Justice, Cross [acquired]

derek’s “Top Five World Music Pix”:

  • 3 Na Massa, 3 Na Massa [acquired]
  • Kassin +2, Futurismo
  • Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe, Kedu America
  • Zaiko Langa Langa, Zaire-Ghana
  • NuYorican Funk Experience, Vol. 3 [acquired]

derek’s current “Top Four of All Time”:

  • Jesus Christ Superstar (London cast)
  • Mark Heard, Satellite Sky [acquired]
  • The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses [acquired]
  • Silver Jews, Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea [acquired]


  • Professor Longhair, Rock ‘n’ Roll Gumbo [acquired]
  • My Morning Jacket, Okonokos (preferably the DVD) [available on eMusic]
  • Sun Kil Moon, April
  • Brenton Wood, “Oogum Boogum” (single)
  • Calexico and Iron & Wine, In the Reins [acquired]
  • The Detroit Cobras, Baby [acquired]
  • Mudcrutch, Mudcrutch
  • Culture, Harder than the Rest [available on eMusic]

Thanks, guys! This is a great tradition.

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