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Critics Week: The Worst of 2008

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Soundcheck has spent all week honoring the best music of 2008 - now, we call out the worst. Chicago Sun-Times music critic Jim DeRogatis dishes on the most unlistenable and overrated albums of the year. Also, Eliot Van Buskirk of talks about the big stories in online music. Later: Virtuoso banjo superstar Béla Fleck puts a multicultural twist on holiday music.


Eliot Van Buskirk and Béla Fleck

The Worst of 2008

2008 saw comeback albums by Britney Spears, Janet Jackson and Brian Wilson. It also saw indie-rock darlings like Vampire Weekend and The Killers attract continued buzz. None of this impressed Chicago Sun-Times pop music critic Jim DeRogatis. Today he shares his least favorite and most overrated albums of the year.

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2008: The Year in Online Music

Even as record sales continued to plummet in 2008, the Internet was a hub of innovation for musicians and their fans. Today Eliot Van Buskirk of discusses the most important online music stories from 2008.

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Béla Fleck and the Flecktones

Sick of holiday music? Not if Béla Fleck can help it. On the new CD "Jingle All the Way," the world's premier banjo player freshens up "Jingle Bells" with Tuvan throat singers, bends "Silent Night" around 5/4 time, and lets longtime bassist Victor Wooten solo on Mel Torme's classic "The ...


2008 Year in Music and Music Tech

Eliot Van Buskirk of shares his picks for the best online music stories.

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You Tube clip of the year [watch]

MySpace page of the year: the launch of MySpace Music

Best sites to find music ...

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Critics Week: The Worst of It

Wow, talk about shooting fish in a barrel. The WORST music of the year? Where does one start? At least Jim DeRogatis, our favorite critical crank, is restricting his list to things that have had some public exposure ...