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Best Music of 2008

NPR faves, KLCC faves, and YOUR faves! 


NPR's Best CDs of 2008: The Year in Music

NPR Listeners Pick the Year's Best Music

Send us your "Best of 2008" and we'll post your list here.  Email your list to music@klcc.org

KLCC staff and volunteers choose their favorite music of 2008: 

Liz Wise, host of Fresh Tracks
1. Buddy Guy "Skin Deep"
2. Jonatha Brooke "The Works"
3. Railroad Earth "Amen Corner"
4. Femi Kuti "Day By Day"
5. Big Head Todd & The Monsters "All The Love You Need"
6. Steve Winwood "Nine Lives"
7. Amos Lee "Last Days At The Lodge"
8. The Pretenders "Break Up The Concrete"
9. Peter Gabriel's "Big Blue Ball"
10. Michael Franti & Spearhead "All Rebel Rockers"

Michael Canning, KLCC Music Director
Chick Corea & Gary Burton-"New Crystal Silence"
The Duhks-"Fast Paced World"
Michael Franti & Spearhead-"All Rebel Rockers"
Eliza Gilkyson-"Beautiful World"
McCoy Tyner- "Guitars"
Al Green-"Lay It Down"
Sonny Landreth-"From The Reach"
Lindsay Mac-"Stop Thinking"
Mutlu-"Livin' It"
Susan Tedeschi-"Back To The River"

Tiffany Kimmel, KLCC News Reporter
She & Him "Volume One"
Kat Flint "Dirty Birds"
Anna Ternheim "Leaving on a Mayday"
Nina Kinert "Pets and Friends"
Olafur Arnalds "Eulogy for Evolution"
Sigur Ros "Meo Suo i Eyrum Vio Spilum Endalaust"
My Brightest Diamond "A Thousand Sharks Teeth"
Emiliana Torrini "Me and Armini"
Ehren Ebbage "Ten Cent Souvenir"
Max Richter "24 Postcards"

Kobi Lucas, host of Friends & Neighbors
1.   Tim O'Brien - "Chameleon"
2.   Cosy Sheridan - "Eros"
3.   Rosalie Sorrels - "Strangers In Another Country"
4.   Kathy Mattea - "Coal"
5.   Chris Vallillo - "Abraham Lincoln In Song"
6.   Robin & Linda Williams - "Buena Vista"
Leslie Hildreth, host of Mist Covered Mountain
Capercaille- "Roses and Tears"
Karan Casey- "Ships in the Forest"
Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill- "Welcome Here Again"
Celtic Fiddle Festival- "Equinoxe"
Lunasa- "The Story So Far"
Frank Gosar, host of Saturday Cafe
Chuck Brodsky - TWO SETS/Waterbug
Terry Burns - TERRY BURNS/terryburns.biz
Joe Crookston - ABLE BAKER CHARLIE & DOG/joecrookston.com
Lowen & Navarro - LEARNING TO FALL/Red Hen
Ellis Paul - THE DRAGONFLY RACES/ellispaul.com
Dana & Susan Robinson - 'ROUND MY DOOR/robinsongs.com
Rupa & the April Fishes - EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION/theaprilfishes.com
We're About 9 - PAPERDUST::STARDUST/we9.org
Erica Wheeler - GOOD SUMMER RAIN/ericawheeler.com
Cris Williamson - FRINGE/criswilliamson.com

Also two holiday releases of note:
Mary Chapin Carpenter - COME DARKNESS, COME LIGHT/Zoe
Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer - AMERICAN NOEL/Signature

For some also-rans, see the Dec. 13 Saturday Cafe playlist...

David Gizara, host of Night Jazz
The Mary Halvorson Trio, "Dragon's Head", Firehouse 12 Records
Land Of Talk, "Some Are Lakes", Saddle Creek
Margaret Slovak Quartet, ""for the moment", slovakmusic
Idit Shner, "Tuesday's Blues", OA2 Records
Kate McGarry, "If Less Is More, Nothing Is Everything,
Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra, "Enjoy!", Koch.
Wayne Escoffery, "Hopes and Dreams", Savant.
Ahmad Jamal, "It's Magic", Dreyfus.
Gust Spenos Quartet, "Swing Theory", swingtheory.com.
Rosa Passos, Romance, Telarc.

Poetry Pick:
Susan Stewart, Red Rover, The University of Chicago Press.

Tom Krumm, host of Fresh Tracks
Taj Mahal - Maestro
Emmylou Harris - All I Intended To Be
Ray Bonneville - Goin' By Feel
k.d. lang - Watershed
David Jacobs-Strain - Liar's Day
Michael Franti And Spearhead - All Rebel Rockers
Lizz Wright - The Orchard
BB King - One Kind Favor
Vance Gilbert - Up On Rockfield
Ladysmith Black Mambazo -Ilembe:Honoring Shaka Zulu

Mark Lundgren, a "KLCC Desciple" from Portland OR
Andy Small, host of Tropical Beat 
Buika - Nina de Fuego
Rootz Underground - Movement
Various - Think Global: Fiesta Latina
Chiwoniso - Rebel Woman
Orchestra Baobab - Made in Dakar
Seun Kuti - Seun Kuti + Fela's Egypt 80
Various - What's Happening in Pernambuco
Various - The Biggest Reggae One Drop Anthems 2008
Kal - Kal
Gamelan X - SATU

Steve Helwig, host of Straight Street
Doris Allen - A Shell of a Woman - Soulscape
Sam Baker - I Believe in You - Soulscape
Mitty Collier - Shades of Mitty Collier - Kent
Arthur Conley - More Sweet Soul (reissue) - Collector's Choise
Geater Davis - I'll Play the Blues For You - Soulscape
Mary Gresham - Voice From the Shadows - Soulscape
Otis Redding - Otis Blue (reissue with bonus tracks) - Rhino

Steve Gilmore, web listener in Charlotte, NC USA
1. Tift Merritt - Another Country
2. Aimee Mann - @#%&*! Smilers
3. Kathleen Edwards - Asking For Flowers
4. Patty Larkin - Watch the Sky
5. Dar Williams - Promised Land
6. Catie Curtis - Sweet Life
7. Jonatha Brooke - The Works
8. Sam Phillips - Don't Do Anything
9. Shelby Lynn e - Just a Little Lovin'
10. Carrie Newcomer - The Geography of Light

Others: Kate Nash - Made of Bricks
Marcia Ball - Peace Love and BBQ

Doug Anders, host of Continental Drift
David Gilmour - "Live in Gdansk"
John McLaughlin - "Floating Point"
Chick Corea & Gary Burton - "The New Crystal Silence"
David Byrne & Brian Eno - "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today"
Anat Cohen - "Notes From The Village"
Radiohead - "In Rainbows"
Elbow - "The Seldom Seen Kid"
Cassandra Wilson - "Loverly"
Marian McPartland - "Twilight World"
REM - "Accelarate"
Honorable mention also goes to: 
Steve Turre's "Rainbow People"
The Mars Volta's "The Bedlam in Goliath"
Wave Mechanics Union's - "Second Season"
Jeff Beck's - "Performing This Week... Live at Ronnie Scott's"
Geoff Thurner University of Oregon - Athletics/Media Services - Eugene, Oregon
1 Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust
2 My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
3 Mates of State - Re-arrange Us
4 Lady Dottie & the Diamonds - ‘self-titled’
5 Duke Spirit - Neptune
6 Langhorne Slim - ‘self-titled’
7 Ezra Furman - Inside the Human Body
8 She and Him - Vol 1
9 No Age - Nouns
10 Sigur Ros - Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
11 Tom Gabel - Heart Burns
12 Vivian Girls - ‘self-titled’
13 Ida Maria - Fortress Around my Heart
14 Bob Dylan - Telltale Signs – Bootlegs Vol 8
15 Honey Honey - Loose Boots
16 Blind Pilot - 3 Rounds & a Sound
17 Crystal Stilts - A Light of Night
18 Blitzen Trapper - Furr
19 Mgmt - Oracular Spectacular
20 Indian Jewelry - Free Gold’

Evalyn Lemon, listener
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