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    The X-Ray Top 50 for 2008   
    Friday, January 09 2009 @ 01:48 AM CST
    Contributed by: Dave

    This represents what I've been listening to the most, regarding 2008 releases. These are ranked in no particular order. Check out the other Top Ten's at the end.


    1) Brimstone Howl- "We Came In Peace" (Alive)
    2) Correcto- "Correcto" (Domino)
    3) Quest For Fire- "Quest For Fire" (Storyboard)
    4) Bonnie Prince Billy- "Lie Down In The Light" (Drag City)
    5) The Golden Hands Before God Conducts Incredible Magic Band....- "Here" (Pop Echo)
    6) Frightened Rabbit- "The Midnight Organ Fight" (Fat Cat)
    7) Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez- "Why Is Bear Billowing?" (Carpark)
    8) Woven Hand- "Ten Stones" (Sounds Familyre)
    9) Baby Woodrose- "Coming Around Again" (Bad Afro)
    10) The Gutter Twins- "Saturnalia" (Sub Pop)
    11) Wire- "Object 47" (Pink Flag)
    12) Buffalo Killers- "Let It Ride" (Alive)
    13) Black Diamond Heavies- "A Touch Of Someone Else's Class" (Alive)
    14) King Khan & The Shrines- "The Supreme Genious Of" (Vice)
    15) Dead Meadow- "Old Growth" (Matador)
    16) Silver Jews- "Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea" (Drag City)
    17) British Sea Power- "Do You Like Rock Music?" (Rough Trade)
    18) Bobby Previte- "Set The Alarm For Monday" (Palmetto)
    19) Neva Dinova- "You May Already Be Dreaming" (Saddle Creek)
    20) The Black Keys- "Attack & Release" (Nonesuch)
    21) Retribution Gospel Choir- "Retribution Gospel Choir" (Caldo Verde)
    22) The Asteroid No. 4- "These Flowers Of Ours" (The Committee...)
    23) Red Snapper- "Pale Blue Dot" (Import)
    24) Jenny Lewis- "Acid Tongue" (Warner)
    25) Blackstrap- "Steal My Horses & Run" (Tee Pee)
    26) The Rosebuds- "Life Like" (Merge)
    27) Blitzen Trapper- "Furr" (Sub Pop)
    28) Ray LaMontagne- "Gossip In The Grain" (Sony/BMG)
    29) Kings Of Leon- "Only By The Night" (Warner)
    30) Hank Williams III- "Damn Right, Rebel Proud" (Curb)
    31) Deerhunter- "Microcastle" (Kranky)
    32) The Memories Attack- "The Memories Attack" (Noyes Records)
    33) Bon Iver- "For Emma, Forever Ago" (Jagjaguwar)
    34) TV On The Radio- "Dear Science" (Interscope)
    35) Anathallo- "Canopy Glow" (Anticon)
    36) Fleet Foxes- "Fleet Foxes" (Sub Pop)
    37) Alejandro Escovedo- "Real Animal" (Manhattan)
    38) Colour Revolt- "Plunder Beg & Curse" (Fat Possum)
    39) Richard Formby- "Volume One" (Mind Expansion)
    40) Modey Lemon- "Season Of Sweets" (Narnack)
    41) Miss Kitten- "Batbox" (Nobody's Bizzness)
    42) Lords Of Altamont- "The Altamont Sin" (Gearhead)
    43) The Kills- "Midnight Boom" (Domino)
    44) Hayes Carll- "Trouble In Mind" (Universal)
    45) Calexico- "Carried To Dust" (1/4 Stick)
    46) The Black Angels- "Directions To See A Ghost" (Light In The Attic)
    47) Damian Jurado- "Caught In The Trees" (Secretly Canadian)
    48) The Dirtbombs- "We Have You Surrounded" (In The Red)
    49) One Hundred Dollars- "Forest Of Tears" (Blue Fog)
    50) The Fleshtones- "Take A Good Look" (Yep Roc)

    Click on "Read More" to see other Top 10's

    2008 Top Ten: Rick August, “Borderlines” on CJTR (borderlines@cjtr.ca) Rick's excellent roots & country radio show can be heard every sunday from 3pm to 5pm on CJTR 91.3fm

    1. Miss Leslie: Between The Whiskey And The Wine (Zero Label)
    2. Jonathan Byrd: The Law & The Lonesome (Waterbug)
    3. Tim Hus: Bush Pilot Buckaroo (Stony Plain)
    4. Heybale!: The Last Country Album (self)
    5. NQ Arbuckle: XOK (Six Shooter)
    6. Michael Brennan: Anywhere But Here (self)
    7. Amber Digby: Passion, Pride & What Might Have Been (Heart of Texas)
    8. Tom Phillips: Luck Gone Bad – The Songs of Tom Phillips (self)
    9. Stompin’ Tom Connors: The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom (EMI)
    10. Hacienda Brothers: Arizona Motel (self)

    Kory Gibbs- Friend & Long Time X-Ray Customer (as well as a High School music instructor)

    1. Ray La Montagne - Gossip in the Grain (RCA)
    2. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive (Vagrant)
    3. The Kills - Midnight Boom (Domino)
    4. Horrorpops - Kiss Kiss Kill Kill (Hellcat)
    5. Kathleen Edwards - Asking For Flowers (Maple Music)
    6. The Fleshtones - Take a Good Look (Yep Roc)
    7. Serena Ryder - Is It O.K. (EMI)
    8. Ice Cube - Raw Footage (Lench Mob Records)
    9. Matt Mays & El Torpedo - Terminal Romance (Sonic/Warner)
    10. Menahan Street Band - Make the Road By Walking (Dunham)
    11. Drive By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark (New West)

    Jason Rainville- He who likes all things Heavy!

    1) Down River--- Seethin' Heathen
    2) 5ive--- Hesperus
    3) Clutch--- Full Fathom Five
    4) Black Mountain--- In the Future
    5) Hail!Hornet--S/T
    6) Husky--- The Sea King
    7) Capricorns--- River,Bear your Bones
    8) Iota--- Tales ( I'm with ya on this one Jay!)
    9) The Sword--- Gods of the Earth
    10) Elder---S/T

    Elias Williams submitted this bumpin' list backwards!

    10. Santogold - "Santogold" (Atlantic)
    09. Lindstrøm - "Where You Go I Go" (Smalltown Supersound)
    08. Pivot - "O Soundtrack My Heart" (Warp)
    07. Osborne - "Osborne" (Spectral Sound)
    06. Crystal Castles - "Crystal Castles" (Last Gang)
    05. Chad VanGaalen - "Soft Airplane" (Flemish Eye / Sup Pop)
    04. Hercules And Love Affair - "Hercules And Love Affair" (DFA)
    03. Quiet Village - "Silent Movie" (Studio !K7)
    02. Matmos - "Supreme Balloon" (Matador)
    01. M83 - "Saturdays = Youth" (Mute)
    00. Autechre - "Quaristice" (Warp)

    This list is from Peter Silversides, an old friend from my Saskatoon days who now programs for a Satellite music provider in Calgary.

    1) The Hold Steady-Stay Positive (Vagrant)
    2) Rodney Crowell-Sex & Gasoline (Stony Plain)
    3) Hayes Carll-Trouble In Mind (Lost Highway)
    4) Jenny Lewis-Acid Tongue (Warner)
    5) B.B. King-One Kind Favor (Geffen)
    6) REM-Accelerate (Warner)
    7) Bon Iver-For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar)
    8) James McMurtry-Just Us Kids (Lightning Rod)
    9) Mudcrutch-Mudcrutch (Reprise)
    10) Kathleen Edwards-Asking for Flowers (Universal)

    This top ten list if from Saskatoon's Ron Spizziri. Ron owned the ROW record store for many many years and now is the host of "Night Waves" tuesday @ 9pm on CFCR (Saskatoon Public Radio). online @ www.cfcr.ca

    1. The Chesterfield Kings - Psychedelic Sunrise (Wicked Cool)
    2. The Love Me Nots - Detroit (Project Infinity)
    3. The Jolts - Haute/Voltage (Haute Voltage)
    4. The Branded - The Branded (Dirty Water)
    5. Motorhead - Motorizer (SPV)
    6. Foxboro Hot Tubs - Stop Drop and Roll!!! (Jingle Town)
    7. The Kneejerk Reactions - The Electrifying Sounds Of (Screaming Apple)
    8. Hellbound Glory - Scumbag Country (Gearhead)
    9. Brimstone Howl - We Came in Peace (Alive)
    10. The Yum Yums - Whatever Rhymes With Baby (Screaming Apple)

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