It was impossible to choose my top 20 (i chose a 1 and a 1a) and I felt like I was shortchanging some great music out there this year. So, I thought it would be a good idea to view the ones that got away this year.
Drive By Truckers – The Big To-Do
Drive By Truckers consistently put out fantastic music year in and year out. This year their album, the Big To-Do (released in March) and sometimes I feel like they don’t get enough attention. If southern rock / country is your thing, these guys do it really well.
Hear: Daddy Learned to Fly
Titus Andronicus – The Monitor
Titus Andronicus & their album The Monitor was brand new to me this year and I found it shockingly fantastic. Their brand of rock / punk is loud, bombastic and oh so fun. It’s a lo fi rock gem thats a must have.
Hear: A More Perfect Union
Broken Bells – Broken Bells
Broken Bells hit the scene this year and put together a self titled debut. I guess it wasn’t much of a surprise that Burton and Mercer would make some fantastic music together.
Hear: The High Road
The New Pornographers – Together
Together was a great album and one that was a breath of fresh air to hear. The duo of AC Newman, and Neko Case proved again to be a fantastic creative core. There are just some awesome pop songs on this album that are as lush as they come.
Hear: The Crash Years