Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise
Initially Beg Steal or Borrow caught me because of it’s Joni-esque feel. Then in listening to the whole disc I came to find out that LaMontagne is just great. While I prefer to look down my nose at singer-songwriters (see Lester Bangs’ James Taylor Marked For Death for further instructions), I’m forced to give it up for this guy. Fantastic. Depressing and in many ways playing to my love of the melancholy, but fantastic.

Oasis Masterplan
B-Sides from the best band I didn’t listen to in the 90’s. Acquiesce is a monster. I got heavy into Oasis’ first album this year too. Why Cigarettes and Alcohol isn’t somehow a better known anthem I’ll never know. All I want for Christmas is an ES-355.

Superchunk Majesty Shredding
Superchunk was hot in Chapel Hill when I lived there, and they’re still making worthwhile indie music today. The whole album is great, but if all you want is a single with a killer hook, check out Crossed Wires.

Matt Mays & El Torpedo Matt Mays & El Torpedo
Huge in Canada, and recommended to me by father and son McDonald, Matt Mays evokes Neil Young and Crazy Horse. If you have a hankerin’ for some juiced up guitar riffs with a weighty lyric, he’s your man.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Mojo
I Should Have Known It is the single of the year.

Finally, the Pearl Jam station on Sirius/XM is giving me a whole new education on Eddie and the boys. Check out the song Down, available on the band’s Lost Dogs disc.

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