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It has now been 2.5 years since I moved out of Seattle for the Golden State. I've slowly drifted out of the NW music culture, so sometimes I wonder if I know what to say on TIG these days.
Combine that with the fact that I was so distracted from music for a lot of 2008, this year's "best of" lists were especially difficult. Heck, I don't even think I can make a Best of NW music list this year, not because there was insufficient music, but because I just missed so many of those important-but-not-well-known releases that make these lists. I did enjoy Fleet Foxes, Common Market, Colin Meloy live, Malkmus and the like, but really, that isn't a "Best of the NW" list but rather a list of albums I liked that happened to be from the NW.
That being said, I did get a last minute music revival for the year. Maybe it was the election being over (and the good guys winning), maybe it was finally getting a faculty position after many years of trying (lets just say Erik will be moving east in 2009), maybe 2008 just didn't mesh with me musically. Who knows? However, there was a lot of great music anyway, and here are my top 20 (for your praise or fist shaking). Feel free to read the full commentary.
KEXP know how to do it right. This year they are marking the holidays with not one, but two nights of yule goodness... and they are sharing the good times with us by giving us a pair of tickets for each night of Yule to give away to a lucky imaginary reader.
And in classic KEXP style, both evenings' line-ups are bumpin':
Friday 12/12 @ Neumo's
* Grand Archives
* The Dutchess and The Duke
Saturday 12/13 @ Neumo's
* Thao with the Get Down Stay Down
* Cancer Rising
You can enter to win tickets for each night, but you must enter each one seperately. To enter, email us at tig @ threeimaginarygirls.com with the subject line "KEXPYule-FRIDAY" or "KEXPYule-SATURDAY" before 4p (PST) on Monday, December 7th and you'll be entered to win.
***Please make sure to include your name in the body of the email***
Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Shearwater at Nectar this Thursday (July 24th)!
Email us at tig @ threeimaginarygirls.com with the subject line "SHEARTix" by 3p today (Wednesday) and you'll be entered to win.
Featuring new releases from Fleet Foxes, Shearwater, Aimee Mann, Animal Collective, and more.
The way quiet mistral-like vocals mixed with soaring instrumentals prompted the question, "Is this a good album to dance the horizontal tango to?"
One of our favorite Okkervil River band members (ok, we love them all), Jonathan Meiburg, is leaving OR to focus on his band Shearwater.
All things considered, I think I can face Father Time if that's what 2008 holds in store. What albums are you awaiting in the next 365 days?