Music

No. 9: 'The Odessa Tapes,' The Flatlanders

Linda East Brady Friday, January 4, 2013 9. "The Odessa Tapes," The Flatlanders -- This CD came out of a performance in the oil town of Odessa, Texas, in January 1972, by three up-and-comers who would soon become Texas troubadour legends,... more

No. 7: 'Garage Sale,' Jon Dee Graham

Linda East Brady Friday, January 4, 2013 7. "Garage Sale," Jon Dee Graham -- Graham, a superb Texas guitarist and songwriter who has played styles ranging from punk to disco to true-blue American roots rock, has flirted with the big time on... more

No. 8: 'The Goat Rodeo Sessions,' Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile

Linda East Brady Friday, January 4, 2013 8. "The Goat Rodeo Sessions," Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile -- The term "goat rodeo" comes from our cowboy heritage, referring to any especially chaotic situation. This CD, which... more

Pop music scene took weird spin

Chris Richards Friday, January 4, 2013 It was a year without masterpieces. Instead, 2012's best pop albums felt more like weird friends. They crashed our parties, passed out on our couches and ate all of our Golden Grahams in the morning... more

No. 6: 'Happy Book,' Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons

Linda East Brady Friday, January 4, 2013 6. "Happy Book," Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons -- Joseph, who spent time in Logan before finding a home base in Portland, Ore., has made well-crafted, deep-hearted rock for decades now. With his... more

No. 5: 'Big Station,' Alejandro Escovedo

Linda East Brady Friday, January 4, 2013 5. "Big Station," Alejandro Escovedo -- This marks Escovedo's fourth in a series of knockout albums made since his return from the brink of death after suffering hepatitis C complications in 2003. "... more

No. 4: 'From the Ground Up,' John Fullbright

Linda East Brady Friday, January 4, 2013 4. "From the Ground Up," John Fullbright -- Like Woody Guthire before him, the 24-year-old Fullbright springs from the people and farmland around Okemah, Okla. With powerful songwriting stills, and... more

No. 3: 'Run, Engine, Run,' Trapper Schoepp & the Shades

Linda East Brady Friday, January 4, 2013 3. "Run, Engine, Run," Trapper Schoepp & the Shades -- This Milwaukee, Wis., American-heartland rock band originally self-released this album regionally before being picked up by SideOneDummy... more

No. 1: 'Stars and Satellites,' Trampled by Turtles

Linda East Brady Friday, January 4, 2013 1. "Stars and Satellites," Trampled by Turtles -- This year's No. 1 album took me utterly by surprise. The things I tend to favor almost always are plugged-in, with a backbeat of some sort. But this... more

No. 2: 'Rebirth,' Jimmy Cliff

Friday, January 4, 2013 2. "Rebirth," Jimmy Cliff -- Cliff is one of the pioneers of reggae and ska, a man who knows how to deliver a hooky pop tune as well as a social protest in song -- in many cases, within the same... more