JamBase's Best Of 2008

JamBase Contributors

Andy Tennille - JamBase Writer/Photographer

Albums
1. Alejandro Escovedo - Real Animal
2. Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark
3. The Felice Brothers - The Felice Brothers
4. TV on the Radio - Dear Science
5. Jessica Lea Mayfield - With Blasphemy So Heartfelt

Shows
1. My Morning Jacket | 06.20.08 | Radio City Music Hall | NYC
2. Band of Horses/James McMurtry | 09.27.08 | BLURT Launch Party | The Parish, Austin, TX
3. Fleet Foxes/Blitzen Trapper | Noise Pop 2008 | Bottom of the Hill |San Francisco, CA

Brian Bavosa - JamBase Writer

Albums
1. Bob Dylan - Rare & Unreleased - The Bootleg Series Volume 8 (1989-2006)
2. David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything that Happens Will Happen Today
3. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah: Part 1 (4th World War)
4. Marco Benevento - Invisible Baby
5. Q-Tip - The Renaissance

Shows
1. Pearl Jam | Robin Hood Benefit | Beacon Theatre | New York City, NY
2. Neil Young | 12.15.08 | Madison Square Garden | New York City, NY
3. Trey Anastasio (Solo Acoustic) | Newport Folk Festival | Newport, RI

Jake Krolick - JamBase Writer/Photographer

Albums
1. Marco Benevento - Invisible Baby
2. Run On Sentence - Oh When the Wind Comes Down
3. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
4. David Karsten Daniels - Fear of Flying
5. The Brakes - Tale of Two Cities

Shows
1. Marco Benevento Trio (CD release party) | 01.31.08 | Sullivan Hall | New York, NY
2. My Morning Jacket | 09.05.08 | Festival Pier | Philadelphia, PA
3. Forro in the Dark | 08.08.08 | All Points West Festival | Jersey City, NJ

Sarah Hagerman - JamBase Writer

Albums (in no order)
Crooked Still – Still Crooked
Drive-by Truckers – Brighter Than Creation's Dark
Felice Brothers – Felice Brothers
Greensky Bluegrass - Five Interstates
Man Man – Rabbit Habits

Shows
1. Northwest String Summit | 07.18–07.20 | North Plains, Oregon
2. My Morning Jacket | 06.13.08 | Bonnaroo | Manchester, Tennessee
3. Dead Milkmen | 11.08.08 | Fun Fun Fun Fest | Austin, Texas

Susan J. Weiand - JamBase Photographer

Albums
1. Garaj Mahal - w00t
2. Jackie Greene - Giving Up the Ghost
3. Railroad Earth - Amen Corner
4. Jimmy Herring - Lifeboat
5. Steve Winwood - Nine Lives

Shows
1. Herbie Hancock | 09.19.08 | Mountain Winery | Saratoga, CA
2. Return to Forever | 06.11.08 | The Grand | San Francisco, CA
3. Zero | 08.08.08 | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA

Tom Speed - JamBase Writer/Honest Tune Magazine Publisher

1. My Morning Jacket — Evil Urges
2. The Black Keys — Attack and Release
3. North Mississippi Allstars — Hernando
4. Alejandro Escovedo — Real Animal
5. B.B. King — One Kind Favor

Shows
1. My Morning Jacket | Bonnaroo | Manchester, TN
2. Vic Chesnutt / Elf Power | Proud Larrys | Oxford, MS
3. The Derek Trucks Band / The Funky Meters | Howlin' Wolf | New Orleans, LA

Andrew Bruss - JamBase Writer

Albums
1. TV on the Radio – Dear Science
2. My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
3. Steven Malkmus & The Jicks – Real Emotional Trash
4. Nas – Untitled
5. The Black Crowes - Warpaint

Shows
1. Jim James | 08.02.08 | Newport Folk Festival | Newport, RI
2. TV on the Radio | 10.13.08 | The Wilbur Theatre | Boston, MA
3. Gov't Mule | 10.31.08 | The Orpheum Theatre | Boston, MA

Chris Clark - JamBase Writer

Albums
1. MGMT - Oracle Spectacular
2. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
3. TV on the Radio - Dear Science
4. Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
5. Justice - A Cross the Universe

Shows
1. David Byrne | 10.08.08 | Davies Symphony Hall | San Francisco, CA
2. Diplo/Justice | Myspace Music Tour | Ogden Theater | Denver, CO
3. Cool Kids/Q-Tip | 11.13.08 | Mezzanine | San Francisco, CA

Josh Miller - JamBase Photographer

Albums
1. Dr. Dog - Fate
2. The Black Crowes - Warpaint
3. The Felice Brothers - S/T
4. Blitzen Trapper - Furr
5. Amadou & Mariam - Welcome To Mali

Shows
1. Stevie Wonder | 05.02.08 | New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival | New Orleans, LA
2. Beck | 08.31.08 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA
3. The Black Crowes | 12.15.08 | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA

Martin Halo - JamBase Writer

Albums
1. Howlin Rain - Magnificent Fiend
2. The Buffalo Killers - Let It Ride
3. Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
4. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
5. The Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark

Shows
1. The Black Crowes | 10.27.08 | Hammerstein Ballroom | New York City
2. The Parlor Mob | 11.29.08 | The Wonder Bar | Asbury Park, NJ
3. The Black Keys | 05.15.08 | Terminal Five | New York City

Tim Dwenger - JamBase Writer

Albums
1. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
2. Jamie Lidell - Jim
3. TV On The Radio - Dear Science
4. These United States - Picture of the Three of Us At The Gates to the Garden of Eden
5. Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight

Shows
1. My Morning Jacket | 08.21.08 | Red Rocks | Morrison, CO
2. Roger Waters | 04.30.08 | Pepsi Center | Denver, CO
3. Beastie Boys w/ Tenacious D | 11.02.08 | The Fillmore Auditorium | Denver, CO

Ann Marie Svilar - JamBase Writer

Albums
1. Thievery Corporation - Radio Retaliation
2. Nightmares on Wax - Thought so...
3. Parlor Mob - And You Were A Crow
4. Tea Leaf Green - Raise Up The Tent
5. Sub Swara - Coup d'Yah

Shows
1. Trombone Shorty/Lettuce | 07.20.08 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA
2. Darondo/Nino Moschella/Orgone | 05.30.08 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA
3. Bassnectar | 08.30.08 | Nexus - Burning Man | Blackrock City

Bill Clifford - JamBase Writer

Albums
1. Gabe Dixon Band – Gabe Dixon Band
2. My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
3. Railroad Earth – Amen Corner
4. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals – Cardinology
5. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals – This Is Somewhere

Shows
1. My Morning Jacket | 06.20.08 | Radio City Music Hall | New York City, NY
2. Ryan Montbleau Band | 03.22.08 | Fairfield Theater Company | Fairfield, CT
3. MOE.DOWN 9 | 08.29-08.31 | Snow Ridge Ski Resort | Turin, NY

Robert Chapman - JamBase Photographer

Albums
1. Marco Benevento - Invisible Baby
2. Jimmy Herring - Lifeboat
3. The Brew - Back To The Woods
4. Al & The Transamericans - This Day Of Age
5. RZA as Bobby Digital - Digi Snacks

Shows
1. The Neville Brothers | 08.03.08 | Gathering Of The Vibes | Bridgeport, CT
2. Phil Lesh & Friends | All 6 of the 14 night Marathon | Nokia | NYC
3. Lettuce with Nigel Hall | 02.29.08 | Sullivan Hall | NYC

Brian Getz - JamBase Writer

Albums
1. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Pt.1/4th World War
2. DJ Mike Love - Jay-Z x FELA = NIGERIAN GANGSTER
3. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
4. Pretty Lights - Filling Up Your City Skies
5. Tie
Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy
Metallica - Death Magnetic

Shows
1. Lettuce & guests Ivan Neville, Kofi Burbridge, Derek Trucks, Big Sam, Matt Grondin & more
Bear Creek Music Festival | 11.16 & 11.17 | Live Oak, FL
2. Dumpstaphunk w/ Walter 'Wolfman' Washington, Adam Deitch, Eric Krasno, E.D. Coomes, Nigel Hall, Terence Blanchard, Cyrille Neville, George Porter Jr., Effrem Townes, Warren Haynes, June Yamagushi, more
05.04.08 | Jazz Fest final nite jam | Tipitina's Uptown | NOLA
3. The Legendary Roots Crew | 05.21.08 | Freebird Live | Jacksonville Beach, FL

Stratton Lawrence - JamBase Writer

Albums
1. Hayes Carll - Trouble In Mind
2. STS9 - Peaceblaster
3. The New Mastersounds - Plug and Play
4. Chatham County Line - IV
5. Lotus - Hammerstrike

Shows
1. Toubab Krewe | 10.11.08 | Loki Festival | Deerfields, NC
2. Widespread Panic | 07.19.08 | nTelos Wireless Pavilion | Portsmouth, VA
3. Gov't Mule | 05/.24.08 | Asheville Music Jamboree | Deerfields, NC

Court Scott - JamBase Writer

1. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
2. Rodriguez – Cold Fact
3. My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
4. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
5. David Bowie – Live Santa Monica '72 Reissue

Shows
1. Umphrey's McGee | 10.25.08 | The Showbox | Seattle, WA
2. My Morning Jacket | 09.28.08 | McCaw Hall | Seattle, WA
3. moe. | 10.11.08 | Cape Cod Melody Tent | Hyannis, MA

David Higdon - JamBase Writer

Albums
1. Alejandro Escovedo - Real Animal
2. Lucinda Williams - Little Honey
3. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
4. James McMurtry - Just Us Kids
5. The Black Crowes - Warpaint

Shows
1. Alejandro Escovedo | 07.16.08 | Variety Playhouse | Atlanta, GA
2. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band | 08.16.08 | North Charleston Coliseum | Charleston, SC
3. Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet feat. Bela Fleck | 10.18.08 | Eatonton, GA

JC McIlwaine - JamBase Writer/Photographer

1. The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
2. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
3. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cardinology
4. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
5. Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs

Shows
1. Modest Mouse | 06.19.08 | Music Hall of Williamsburg | Brooklyn, NY
2. Wilco | 08.12.08 | Tanglewood Shed | Lenox, MA
3. Widespread Panic | 04.05.08 | United Palace Theatre | New York, NY

Jim Welte - JamBase Writer

Albums
1. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
2. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah, Part 1: 4th World War
3. Al Green - Lay it Down
4. NOMO - Ghost Rock
5. Black Angels - Directions to See a Ghost

Shows
1. TV on the Radio feat. Antibalas | 09.20.08 | Treasure Island Music Fest | San Francisco, CA
2. The Black Keys | 08.22.08 | Soco Music Experience | San Diego, CA
3. Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige | 04.21.08 | Oakland Arena | Oakland, CA

Kevin Schwartzbach - JamBase Writer

Albums
1. Chick Corea & Gary Burton - The New Crystal Silence
2. Pnuma Trio - Character
3. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - Jingle All the Way
4. Kings of Leon - Only By the Night
5. Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping

JamBase Friends

Josh Baron - Relix Magazine - Editor-in-Chief

Albums
1. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Real Emotional Trash
2. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
3. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cardinology
4. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
5. The Black Crowes - Warpaint

Shows
1. Tom Waits | 07.05.08 | Fox Theater | Atlanta, GA
2. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals | 08.23.08 | The Fillmore | SF, CA
3. Toumani Diabate | 11.02.08 | Skirball Center | NY, NY

Mike Greenhaus - Relix Magazine - Associate Editor

Albums
1. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
2. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
3. Apollo Sunshine - Shall Noise Upon
4. TV on the Radio - Dear Science
5. Tie: Dr. Dog - Fate & Ryan Adams - Cardinology

Shows
1. My Morning Jacket | 06.20.08 | Radio City Music Hall | New York, NY
2. Trey Anastasio w/Mike Gordon - Rothbury ("The Only Rule Is It Begins")
07.06.08 | Rothbury, MI
3. Marco Benevento & Friends |01.10.08 | Sullivan Hall | New York, NY

Scott Crawford - Blurt Magazine - Editor-in-Chief

Albums
1. Jessica Lea Mayfield - With Blasphemy So Heartfelt
2. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
3. Alejandro Escovedo - Real Animal
4. Thalia Zedek - Liars and Prayers
5. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazurus, Dig!!!
Shows
1. The Hold Steady/Drive-By Truckers
2. Nick Cave
3. Okkervil River

Fred Mills - Blurt Magazine - Managing Editor

Albums
1. Joseph Arthur & the Lonely Astronauts – Temporary People
2. Theresa Andersson – Hummingbird, Go!
3. Calexico – Carried To Dust
4. Alejandro Escovedo – Real Animal
5. Future Clouds and Radar – Peoria

Shows
1. Lucinda Williams | 09.25.08 | Orange Peel | Asheville, NC
2. Jason Isbell | 07.23.08 | Grey Eagle | Asheville, NC
3. Warren Haynes Christmas Jam | 12.12 & 12.13 | Civic Center | Asheville, NC

Randy Harward - Blurt Magazine - Editor

Albums
1. Jessica Lea Mayfield - With Blasphemy So Heartfelt
2. Gutter Twins - Saturnalia
3. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
4. Future Clouds and Radar - Peoria
5. Alejandro Escovedo - Real Animal

Shows
1. John Hiatt | 09.07.08 | Red Butte Garden | SLC
2. Howlin Rain and Gil Mantera's Party Dream | 03.13.08 - SXSW | Emo's | Austin, TX
3. Corn Mo | 03.12.08 - SXSW | Red 7 | Austin, TX

Melissa Adair – Elevation Group Management

Albums
1. Dr. Dog - Fate
2. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – Cardinology
3. Big Light – Big Light
4. My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
5. Nicki Bluhm – Toby's Song

Shows
1. Golden Gate Gramble ft. Skinny Singers, Lebo, Big Light, Nicki Bluhm
08.22.08 | 12 Galaxies | San Francisco, CA
2. My Morning Jacket | 09.19.08 | Greek Theatre | Berkeley, CA
3. The Slip | High Sierra Music Festival - Vaudeville Tent | Quincy, CA

J. Gibson – reapandsow

Albums
1. TV on The Radio – Dear Science
2. My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
3. War on Drugs – Wagonwheel Blues
4. Charlie Hunter – Baboon Strength
5. Nathan Moore – You Yeah Smokin Hot & Big Light EP

Shows
1. Radiohead | Outside Lands Festival | San Francisco, CA
2. TV on the Radio – The Warfield | San Francisco, CA
3. My Morning Jacket | Greek Theatre | Berkeley, CA & | Justice | Coachella | Indio, CA

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