Highly Recommended: Delta Spirit — Ode to Sunshine

It happens every year — I make a year end list of my favorite records, and then a few days later I go and find a new one.

I finally got around to picking up Delta Spirit’s debut full length. I’ts been on my list since we saw them upstage Dr. Dog at 3rd and Lindsely back in September. I had heard the record once or twice at Grimey’s but hadn’t had a chance to let it sink in. After their short and briliant instore a few weeks ago, I made a mental note that I needed to go ahead and buy the record next time I was able to earn some store credit.

Since picking up Ode to Sunshine last night and I’ve already listened to it about half a dozen times, and I can already say this is one of the best records of the year — deeply soulful, with a great sense of timelessness and hopefulness mixed and a little bit of religious confusion and clatter and swagger and groove. Great singer, awesome drummer, great live show, and fantastic songs.

You can hear some Delta Sprit here — listen to “Trashcan” and just try and tell me it’s not one of the best songs you heard in 2008.


Record Purchase — December 21, 2008

Record Purchase, December 21 2008


  • Neil Diamond — Greatest Hits
  • R.E.M. — Wendell Gee 12 inch (b/w “Crazy” and a live version of “Driver 8”)
  • R.E.M. — (Don’t Go Back to) Rockville 12-inch UK single (b/w “Wolves” and live versions of “9-9” and “Gardening at Night”)
  • My Morning Jacket — Chocolate and Ice


  • Elvis Costello — Brutal Youth (and with this, I believe I have the entire studio output complete)
  • Ethiopiques  — Volume 8: Swinging Addis 1969 – 1974
  • Michael Jackson — Dangerous (Special Edition) (yeah, taking it all the way back to the 5th grade)
  • Delta Spirit — Ode to Sunshine