Avast, maties! I spy land on the horizon. Could this be what we’ve been waiting for? The dawning of a new era? The unfolding of a new whirled hors d’oeuvre? I’ll leave you to decipher that one.
Though one must remember, it was a battle hard-won. We were assailed by charlatanical homophobics, intemperate capitalists, and pugnaciously impetuous militants. You know the ones I mean.
But we shook off their cannonfire, wiped off our poop deck, and kept our sights straight: our course never veering from numero uno, that great glory of glories, treasure among treasure– I am speaking of course about the quest for the crown of captaincy, the staff of superintendence, the throne of directorship. Directorship for what? To direct a sinking ship! To navigate out from these tempestuous waves to a bed of more peaceful, prosperous brine.
Mission 1 accomplished:
After a savage duel the fell antagonist revealed his true nature: a bloodthirsty creature from beyond the deep, solely focussed on world domination. This sanguinary hellion reared its ugly head and spat acid bile at our noble hero. But Captain Brackbeard, our saintly skipper, would not be thwarted, instead turning his shield of truth to deflect the monster’s attack. Then, with his sword of justice, Brackbeard pierced the swine’s veil of lies and scored the creature in its gaping lack-of-heart cavity. Thus punctured, the demon gave up its ghost and promptly discontinued its earthly dominion.
And there was much rejoicing.
Our righteous vanquisher then withstood several attempted mutinies (seemingly based on the hue of his epidermis) and set about the task of evicting the suit-clad aliens from our great vessel’s treasury. Finally, upon ascendance to the helm, Captain Brackbeard proclaimed a new era of armistice and affluence, gathered unto himself a noble cr
ew and prepared to launch this resplendent corsair fleet into the great foggy unknown.
To celebrate this remarkable year, I’ve gathered some of its musical highlights together. I tried to make a mix-cd at the new year, but it swelled to 2 discs and the stormy weather diverted my course (blowing a tree onto my phone-line in the process). The tracks contained within are my favorite tracks from my favorite albums released in 2
008, presented in no particular order. I didn’t count any re-issues, compilations or archive-issues (such as the great Capt. Beefheart album). Though much of the work draws upon tradition, it is all contemporary in spirit and execution; I left out any music that was strictly traditional (such as the great young sitarist Tejendra Majumdar). Actually, since I haven’t been anywhere near a record store most of the year (and wouldn’t have found this stuff in most of ’em anyways), most of this music was found on blogs, forums, and other domains of musical mischeif. Many of them are new to me, and I indend to do some pocket-digging and support some of them in times to come.
The compilation is a healthy mix of guitar soli, progressive bluegrass, world fusion, and skewed visions of americana, representative of much of this blog’s content. In other words, if you’re reading this, chances are you’ll like listening to it.
My favorite track? I’d have to go with Louisiana Red & Stelios Vamkaris – I Fantasia Stin Eksousia, from their album “Blues meets Rembetika” — a first of its kind as far as I’m aware.
Yes We Did! – The Best of 2008
3 parts; various bit rates