Guest list: Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World

This year, I’ve asked a few Phoenix-area musicians/people of interest for their year-end, best-of lists: albums, songs, whatever. This installment comes from Jim Adkins, frontman for Jimmy Eat World, one of this state’s greatest music success stories.

The band, working on its follow-up to 2007’s Chase This Light, will embark in early 2009 on the Clarity x 10 tour, which concludes (fittingly) with a March 7 date at Marquee Theatre.

Frightened RabbitThe Midnight Organ Fight (Fat Cat).
This was my favorite album of the year. Such a great combination of writing and delivery. One of the best live acts I got to see this year, as well. I am really excited to see what 2009 brings for these guys.

It was too hard to decide a hierarchy for the others, so consider them all close 2nd.

IdaLovers Prayers (LP) / My Fair, My Dark (EP) (Polyvinyl)
Sun Kil MoonApril (Caldo Verde)
CalexicoCarried To Dust (Quarterstick)
Vampire Weekendself-titled (XL)
Sigur RosMeð suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (XL)
Little Joyself-titled (Rough Trade)
M83Saturdays = Youth (Mute Records)
French KicksSwimming (Vagrant)

Here are some of my favorite 2008 songs:

The WalkmenIn the New Year
The NotwistGood Lies
CalexicoTwo Silver Trees
Sun Kil MoonMoorestown
Land of TalkSome Are Lakes
Frightened RabbitThe Twist

Favorite albums of 2008
Favorite song(s) of 2008
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