Shot Of Rhythm

[ Friday, December 24, 2004 ]


Favorite records of the year, Pt. 3: Rock and Roll

Favorite rock record of the year, Division 1 (All the young dudes): Green Day
Other contenders: The Proclaimers, Mark Lanegan, Gwen Stefani, Todd Snider, Drive-By Truckers, The Hives, Wilco, Joseph Arthur, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Flogging Molly, Magnetic Fields, Ron Sexsmith, Nellie McKay, U2, Alison Moorer, Reigning Sound, Legendary Shackshakers, Scissor Sisters
Compilations: Everclear, Pearl Jam, "Rock Against Bush"
Favorite rock record of the year, Division 2 (Senior tour): Brian Wilson
Other contenders: Steve Earle, Eric Ambel, Dave Alvin, Ian McLagan, Patti Smith, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, The Subdudes, Hothouse Flowers, Graham Parker, Los Lobos, Geraint Watkins, Aerosmith, David Byrne, J.J. Cale, NRBQ, Mark Knopfler, John Fogerty, Jason Ringenberg, Patti Scialfa, Paul Westerberg, Brian Wilson
Compilations/Reissues/Live/Tributes: "Por Vida: Tribute To Alejandro Escovedo," The Faces, The Kinks, X, Jackson Browne, Eric Ambel, The Clash, Elvis Costello, "Q People: Tribute To NRBQ," Nick Lowe, Rolling Stones, John Mellencamp, James McMurtry, Supergrass, Talking Heads, "Enjoy Every Sandwich: Tribute To Warren Zevon," "Late Great Daniel Johnston," "Left Of The Dial"

On the box right now: Various Artists, JOE RASMUSSEN'S 2004 MIX, Disc 1.


Dove With Claws [10:17 AM]

[ Wednesday, December 22, 2004 ]


Favorite Records Of The Year, Pt. 2: Hip-Hop and R&B

Favorite hip-hop record of the year: Kanye West
Other contenders: Cee-Lo, The Roots, Mos Def, Ozomatli, Eminem, N.E.R.D., Petey Pablo, Talib Kweli, De La Soul, Goodie Mob, Gift of Gab, Nas*, Nelly*, Twista, The Streets
Compilations/Reissues: Wu-Tang Clan, Nas

Favorite R&B record of the year: Country Soul Revue
Other contenders: Nathaniel Mayer, Ricky Fante, Prince, R. Kelly*, Angie Stone, Andreus, Gary "U.S." Bonds, Van Hunt, Teena Marie
Compilatons/Reissues: Al Green, "Wattstax," "Night Train To Nashville," "Country Got Soul 2," Candi Staton, Bettye Swann, Staple Singers, "Black Power: Music Of A Revolution"

(The * is beside the Nas, Nelly and R. Kelly records because only half of the double-disc album is worth hearing. Thank God for the homemade condensed disc/mp3 mix.)

On the box right now: Geraint Watkins and the Dominators, GERAINT WATKINS AND THE DOMINATORS. This is truly one of the great forgotten retro-rock records of all time. Ask me why...


Dove With Claws [4:12 PM]

[ Monday, December 20, 2004 ]


Favorite records of the year, Pt. 1: Country, Gospel and Blues

Favorite country record of the year: Old Crow Medicine Show
Other contenders: Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Notorious Cherry Bombs, Loretta Lynn, Buddy Miller, Alison Krauss and Union Station, The Flatlanders, Josh Turner, Gary Allen
Compilations/Live/Tributes: George Strait, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, Dolly Parton, "Unbroken Circle: Tribute To The Carter Family," "Hard-Headed Woman: Tribute To Wanda Jackson," "Touch My Heart: Tribute To Johnny Paycheck," "Dylan Country"
Favorite gospel record of the year: Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama
Other contenders: Ramiyah, Nicole Mullen, Ron Tyler, Ruthie Foster, Smokey Robinson, "The Ladykillers Soundtrack"
Compilations: "Goodbye Babylon," "WOW Gospel 2004," Dorothy Love Coates
Favorite blues record of the year: The Holmes Brothers
Other contenders: Ellis Hooks, R.L. Burnside, Bobby Rush, Charles Caldwell
Compilations: "When The Sun Goes Down," "Not The Same Old Blues Crap 3"

On the box right now: Various Artists, CRAIG WERNER'S 2004 MIX, DISC 2.


Dove With Claws [1:33 PM]