My 2008 discoveries

discoverI have some year-end stuff on the way but it’s not quite ready because I haven’t seen/heard all of the things I need to before I can put 2008 to rest. I plan to count down my top ten songs of the year as part of the Song of the Day series, and I’ll do that as soon as I’ve listened to the albums I just bought to see if anything on them will crack that list (so far I know at least one will).

In the meantime, I figured I’d list some people and things I very happily discovered this year. This list excludes anything I was a fan of prior to Jan. 1, 2008.

Please add your own discoveries in the comment section (and remind me of any I might have missed).

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The music of 2008

With a couple high-profile releases (Counting Crows and R.E.M.) on the way over the next two weeks, I thought this would be a good time to catch up with the CDs I’ve purchased so far in 2008. I plan to review all of my music purchases this year.

I don’t feel as qualified to “review” albums as I do films, due to my lack of musical ability, I suppose, and the fact that I’ve never studied it in any formal way. However, it’s a safe bet that I’ve spent more hours of my life listening to music than watching movies, and I definitely know what I like.

Here, then, are my first reviews of 2008. I’ll compile them in one post because this is a catch-up effort. From now on I’ll blog one at a time as I do the movies.

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