The Rolling Stones
Finally, more than two weeks into 2009, here they are: My Picks For The Best Music of 2008:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
1. Bob Dylan: "Tell Tale Signs"
Who would have thought that a collection of outtakes and alternate versions of previously released tracks from the years 1989-2006 would be this good and would sound so little like a compilation and so much like an incredibly coherent album? But it does. And it's not just good, it's the Best Album Of The Year... an album that just gets better and better with each listen. Proof to any doubters out there that Bob remains as relevant, essential and important as ever.
5. What's Your Name? by Lynyrd Skynyrd
4. Some Girls by The Rolling Stones
3. Gold Digger by Kanye West
2. Stay With Me by The Faces
1. Stray Cat Blues by The Rolling Stones
Oredakedo (Mike Cowie)
Saturday, August 4th, 2007
When it comes to raves, some things are simply more deserving than others. And while some newer things, such as The White Stripes, are definitely deserving of a rave, certain older things are in a whole other class and not only renew their rave worthiness year in and year out, but actually become better and better with each passing decade. One such thing, clearly, is The Rolling Stones' 1968 album "Beggars Banquet". A masterpiece if ever one was created! Heavily steeped in the blues, yet not a blues album, just a classic piece of rock 'n' roll perfection.
No ranting today, just raving. Like yin and yang, you've gotta have both for a balanced universe, right?
Anyhow, here's my challenge for all of you: Can anyone name a band that has put out more amazing music over the past 10 years than The White Stripes? I know I can't. I mean, it's pretty obvious that they have no real competition over the past 5 or 6 years - who else has put out 4 classic albums since 2000? - but what about over the past decade?