And the winner is…

With the announcements of the Oscar nominees this morning, I thought I had better get out my Album of the Year pick, so here goes.

Mars Volta. 

Yeah, this one wasn’t really even close. All of the albums nominated were good, to be sure, but the Volta record was just a home run. It had everything: Hard rockin’ moments, subtle textures, excellent musicianship, interesting (if bizarre) lyrics, the list goes on. I liked this recording the first moment I heard it, and it has continued to get better and better with time.  This was one of those albums where I didn’t even make it past the first three or four tracks for a few weeks, just because I kept going back to hear them over again.  That is always a good sign. In my opinion, this is among the greatest albums released in a long time, and one I think I will be pleased to hear come up on my iTunes mix again and again in the years to come.

My Albums of the Year 2008

aoy-nominees-20082My Album of the Year nominees for 2008 are ready! 

I choose an album of the year every year, but this will be the first really online. My list of AOY’s goes all the way back to 1983, believe it or not. Anyway, here are my favorites for the year past; I will post my personal winner in a few weeks. Let me tell you I have a solid favorite here, but these are all good. 

Beck: Modern Guiilt

Death Cab For Cutie: Narrow Stairs

The Mars Volta: The Bedlam in Goliath

Metallica: Death Magnetic

Nine Inch Nails: The Slip

Weezer: Red Album

Feel free to comment on your own and let me know your thoughts.