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Kenneth Pattengale's Top Ten of 2008

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December is was list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

When asked to contribute -as an LA based artist- to LAist's top-ten-albums-of-o'-eight-end-of-the-year wrap-up I thought to myself, "oh boy, I don't listen to enough new music to tackle this adequately." My listening habits are most akin to a middle-schooler's lunch: the same every day and most often consumed past prime.

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So instead I offer here a list of what I listened to this past year. Many of these folks are compadres, others heroes. We might find ourselves back in '06 and never much further than a five mile radius from my current dwelling but, rest assured, everyone here is active. All hard at work writing music that inspires and informs.

My list is decidedly LA. It might come in most handy for those looking for a pick me up 'round these parts.

Kenneth Pattengale - "Charlie"