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Girlie Action Top 10

By Margaret Moser, January 5, 2009, 3:11pm, Earache!

1) Ariel Abshire, Exclamation Love (Darla)

2) Eve & the Exiles, Blow Your Mind

It's ridiculous to try and number the rest of these in order. I really loved all these releases and in a heartbreak year when I needed a hard dose of feminine moral support, I got it in various degrees from these local (or locally related) CDs. Ariel Abshire’s debut Exclamation Love and Eve & the Exiles’ sophomore effort Blow Your Mind were my hands-down favorites but the releases below also kept me going.

After the jump, they're in absolutely no particular order.

Carolyn Wonderland, Miss Understood

Petals, He Loves Me Not

Carrie Rodriguez, She Ain’t Me (Manhattan/Back Porch)

Paula Nelson Band, Lucky 13 (Justice)

Shotgun Party

Jo Carol Pierce, Dog of Love

Izzy Cox, Love Letters from the Electric Chair

Eliza Gilkyson, Beautiful World (Red House)

Patty David, One Step Above the Blues

Southern Drama, Little Broken

Christine Albert, Paris, Texasfrance (Moon House)

Aimee Bobruk, The Safety Match Journal

Robyn Ludwick, Too Much Desire (Freedom)

Annabella, Say Goodnight

Bobbie Nelson, Audiobiography (Justice)

Kacy Crowley, Cave (Stable)

Owl Morrison, Playing with Matches

Gretchen Phillips, I Was Just Comforting Her (Seasick Sailor)

Abi Tapia, The Beauty in the Ruin (MoonHouse)

Tovah, Escapologist

Favorite Single: The Platforms, “Hot Little Ride”

Favorite DVD: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (Rhino/Paramount)

Favorite Reissue: Rosie Flores (American Beat)

Favorite Dance Partner: Toni Price at Eve & the Exiles, Continental Club, 12/27/08

Favorite Book: The Musician’s Guide to the Road by Susan Voelz (Billboard Books)

RIP: Yma Sumac, Odetta, Miriam Makeba

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