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 Rabbit – The 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.

Ida – Lovers Prayers (LP) / My Fair, My Dark (EP) (Polyvinyl)
Sun Kil Moon – April (Caldo Verde)
Calexico – Carried To Dust (Quarterstick)
Vampire Weekend – self-titled (XL)
Sigur Ros – Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (XL)
Little Joy – self-titled (Rough Trade)
M83 – Saturdays = Youth (Mute Records)
French Kicks – Swimming (Vagrant)

Here are some of my favorite 2008 songs:

Sparkadia – Jealousy
The Walkmen – In the New Year
The Notwist – Good Lies
Calexico – Two Silver Trees
Sun Kil Moon – Moorestown
Land of Talk – Some Are Lakes
Frightened Rabbit – The Twist

Favorite albums of 2008
Favorite song(s) of 2008
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