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White Hinterland's Top Ten of 2008

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Photo by Tod Seelie via White Hinterland's Myspace

December is 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.

White Hinterland

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I can't say I'm very good at these top-ten lists. I don't listen to much that's been released currently—I haven't had very much time this year to keep tabs on other bands, unless they're friends of mine. The other part of it is that usually, during a touring year, I don't listen to a lot of music. When I'm at home or in the car, I really value having a little bit of peace and quiet.

That said, here's a list of musicians or records I've been listening to a lot this year. Although some of them aren't "new," that should only underline their timelessness if nothing else.

White Hinterland - "Dreaming Of The Plum Trees"