Bag Of Songs Top 25 Albums of 2008 : 11 to 15

January 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Number 11 to 15 of the BOS top 25 albums today, stay tuned for the top ten coming up soon.

15 Duffy – Rockferry [BUY]
Mercy may be the best single of the year, but is not necessarily typical of the rest of this disc which takes a slightly more low key approach and harkens back to 60’s soul singers like Petula Clark, or to a lesser extent Dusty Springfield. Bolstered by solid songs like the the title track and the excellent Warwick Avenue it’s a great kick back and listen record.

Duffy – Mercy
Bonus Duffy – Ready For The Floor (Hot Chip Cover)

14 The Hymns – Travel In Herds [BUY]
The Hymns also had one of the great singles of 2008 with the horn laced I Can’t Be What You Want, and the rest of the disc runs deep with equally great songs from The Velvets Meet CCR rocker Streets Alone, to the country tinged Off My Mind. Another one of the overlooked gems of 2008.

Hymns – I Can’t Be What You Want

13 The Hold Steady – Stay Positive [BUY]
After the pretty much perfect Boys And Girls in America, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at this being a bit of a letdown. I anticpated this ending up in my top three for the year,and with the exception of a clunker or two the songs are all there, but where this really lost points for me is the overly loud muddy production that makes it near unlistenable. I haven’t been able to sit and listen to this all the way through because after two or three songs I get ear fatigue so bad I need to put something else on. Be sure to track toown the version with the three bonus tracks Ask Her for Adderall,Cheyenne Sunrise and Two Handed Handshake.

The Hold Steady – Slapped Actress

12 No Age – Nouns [BUY]
Unlike the Hold Steady record which tried to be loud and faltered, this record sounds better the louder you play it. Sculpting a wall of sound reminiscient of Husker Du or Sonic Youth into catchy melodic songs, this record is filled with the joyful catharsis of playing loud electric guitar.

No Age – Sleeper Hold

11 Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Pershing [BUY]
The years best record of pure ear candy, indie influenced power pop at it’s best. It’s a record chock full of hooks and harmonies, finding just the right balance between quirky and super catchy.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Glue Girls

Really Got A (Sleeper) Hold On Me

May 7, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Totally rocking my world in a noise is good kind of way this week is No Age’s Nouns album. It takes the blueprint laid down by Sonic Youth’s Teenage Riot and builds one hell of a house on top of it. A shimmering wall noisy guitars all twisted together with melodic power pop hooks. They’re currently blazing through the UK and Europe and return to make the summer even hotter in the US starting in June.

No Age – Sleeper Hold
Buy Nouns

No Age Tour Dates
May 09 Dissonanze Festival, Rome, Italy
May 11 All Tomorrow’s Parties, Minehead, United Kingdom
May 13 Thekla Social, Bristol, United Kingdom
May 15 Great Escape Festival, Brighton, Ireland
May 16 Islington Mill, Manchester, Manchester
May 17 Nasty Fest, Leeds, United Kingdom
May 18 Optimo, Glasgow, United Kingdom
May 20 Whelans, Dublin, Ireland
May 21 Dome, London, United Kingdom
May 22 Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
May 23 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 24 Dagindebranding Festival, Paaard, Netherlands
May 26 Arena, Vienna, Austria
May 27 Zum Tuefel, Heidleberg, Germany
May 28 La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
May 29 Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Jun 29 Blue Iguana, El Paso, TX
Jun 30 Loft, Dallas, TX
Jul 01 Emos, Austin, TX
Jul 03 Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA
Jul 08 Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
Jul 09 Floristree, Baltimore, MD
Jul 10 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA
Jul 11 Seaport Music Festival, New York, NY
Jul 13 Sub Pop 20th, Redmond, WA
Jul 14 Middle East, Cambridge, MA
Jul 15 La Sala Rosa (Montreal), Montreal, Canada
Jul 16 Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Canada
Jul 17 Eagle Theatre, Pontiac, MI
Jul 19 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL
Jul 19 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL
Jul 21 Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN
Jul 23 KEXP, Seattle, WA
Jul 24 Richards on Richards, Vancouver, Canada
Jul 26 Hawthorne Theater, Portland, OR
Jul 28 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA