Celesbians’ Top Albums of 2008

Carrie Murphy of Panda and Angel (Favorite Album)

An Horse, Not Really Scared EP

I love these songs. The lyrics are sweet but not overly
sentimental. Also, with only the two instruments, each of them feel very
present when you listen to the recordings.

Margaret Cho (Top 4 Albums)

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1. Amanda Palmer, Who
Killed Amanda Palmer

My favorite album of the year was by far. She is devastating
and great.

2. Ane Brun, Changing of the Seasons

Beautiful folky stuff from Sweden.

3. Kevin Drew, Spirit If

So huge and life-changing wall-of-sound-coming-at-you kind
of music

4. Rachel Yamagata, Elephants…. Teeth
Sinking Into Heart

The double album of all double albums.

Amanda Palmer (Favorite Album)

Jason Webley, The Cost of Living

Jason Webley is one of the great undiscovered songwriters
and performers of our time. He tours constantly but has managed to remain under the radar for years. For
fans of Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, accordion and awesomeness.

Kelly Harris of Von Iva (Top 5 Albums)

1. Hercules and Love Affair, Hercules and
Love Affair

Disco as it should be done in ’08 as it was in ’78! Get on
the treadmill and blast it!

2. Various Artists, Yes Man Soundtrack

I’m a big fan of Munchausen By Proxy. They sound a little
like VonIva. Do the research!

3. She and Him, Volume One

Zooey Deschanel a little bit country, a lot of cool!

4. Cool Kids, The Bake Sale EP

Chicago kids making amazing beats. Simple and heavy with
just the right amount of old school flow.

5. Crystal Stilts, Alight of Night

A nice break from over-produced boy rock! Think Joy Division

Sarah Bettens (Favorite Album)

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The Indigo Girls, 1200 Curfews

I realize I’m not really separating myself from the herd as
a lesbian choosing the Indigo Girls, but this live record is as good as it gets
for me. Fantastic songs, amazing harmonies and more realness to go around than
the entire current top 40 combined.

Jenn Alva of Girl in a Coma (Top 5

1. Black Kids, Partie Traumatic

Phanie started playing "Hurricane Jane" in the van
and I really dug the song. Great album.

2. Bitch, B+TEC

We toured with Bitch and the Exciting Conclusion and they’re
amazing. "Highway" is one of my favs.

3. Boz Boorer, Miss Pearl

Good time music. I’m a huge fan of rockabilly and you can
never go wrong with a little Boz.

4. Ra Ra Riot, The Rhumb Line

Another band Phanie introduced me to. She played me
"Can You Tell." Catchy song.

5. City and Colour, Bring Me Your Love

Dallas Green was the other support with us for Tegan and Sara.
First thing I thought when he opened his mouth was, "Damn, that boy can

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