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How the other half listen….

This is the indie blog Hear Ya’s best albums of the year so far:
Ben Nichols – The Last Pale Light In The West
J. Tillman – Vacilando Territory Blues
Dan Auerbach – Keep It Hid
Deep Dark Woods – Winter Hours

Heartless Bastards – The Mountain
Justin Townes Earle – Midnight At The Movies
Phosphorescent – To Willie
The Love Language
Other Lives – Self Titled

Cymbals Eat Guitars – Why There Are Mountains
Ha Ha Tonka – Novel Sounds From The Nouveau South
Wilco – The Album
John Vanderslice – Romanian Names
Deer Tick – Born On Flag Day
White Rabbits – It’s Frightening
Devil Makes Three – Do Wrong Right
The Roadside Graves – My Son’s Home

The Builders and The Butchers – Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well
Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
Generationals – Con Law
These United States – Everything Is Everything
I don’t know the vast majority of these bands and those I do know I don’t much like. Wilco is a straight drag, Justins Townes Earle suffers from the sophomore jinx big time, Heartless Bastards have a great vocalist but the songs could be better, Neko Case is talented but a snooze and Deer Tick made no impression on me after several listens. I don’t know anybody else and the point isn’t that Hear Ya don’t know what they’re talking about -people of good faith can have disagreements, but that there is no way to keep up with music. I listen all the time (I mean ALL THE TIME) and I can’t get a grasp on this wildly fragmented market where the line between amateur and professional are invisible and indivisable and fluid -not unlike the porn market. Anyway, is a great website and I recommend it.

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