December 29, 2008

My Top 10 Austin-based releases of 2008

This list is totally subjective. It's not based on sales... crowds at shows... how many shows they've played.. nothing but my personal preference.

Who am I? Well.. I DO own an entertainment magazine in Austin and have been a freelance entertainment writer for more than a decade. So.. I know a little about music... plus I love the local scene in Austin.

So... here goes. In no particular order. I'm also not going to explain. The music itself explains. You should visit all of these Websites (link from the name of the band) and purchase these RIGHT NOW.

Sean Claes' Top 10 Austin-based CDs of 2008
1. Drew Smith - Drew Smith's Lonely Choir
2. Alejandro Escovedo - Real Animal
3. Vallejo - Thicker Than Water
4. Driver F - Chase the White Whale
5. Reckless Kelly Bulletproof
6. Naked Empire Bottom Feeders
7. She Craves Static
8. Full Service - The Dig
9. Killer Crocs of Uganda - Almost Lost Tomorrow
10. Grupo Fantasma - Sonidos Gold


Don't like my list? Here are some other people's lists:
Ana Wolken of Austin Soundcheck and INsite Magazine- http://www.austinsoundcheck.com/best-austin-albums-of-2008/
Austin American-Statesman's XL - http://www.austin360.com/music/content/music/stories/xl/2008/12/1225xlcover.html
The Austinist - http://austinist.com/2008/12/23/our_year_in_listening_austinists_to.php
Austin Town Hall's Top 40 songs of the year - http://austintownhall.com/2008/12/17/top-40-songs-of-the-year/#more-2172

Happy New Year all.

1 comment:

Ana said...

Great list, Sean! Driver F, She Craves and Full Service are all fantastic.

I can't wait to see Driver F again at INsite Night at Stubbs.