Sunday, December 21, 2008

Best music of '08: Part 1

Before we start with the list, I just want to lay down a couple of things for you: 1) Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago and MGMT's Oracular Spectacular, and Yeasayer's All Hours Cymbals, all of which are extremely beautiful records, came out last year, so there's no point putting them here, and 2) This list is by no means A) complete, since on my album queue I have a lot more to listen to (including Raphael Saadiq, Hercules And Love Affair, Frightened Rabbit, etc.) so expect some additions later on; nor B) for everyone, since this is all based on what I heard and loved, so take my recommendations with a grain of salt, and if you're interested, please give them a good listening to; and finally 3) I didn't set a finite number, so it's not going to be 100 or 50 or 20 or 10. Instead of incompetently writing why I loved a particular item, I'll just include a song off each album, so you can get a taste.

Pretty much every site I frequent is already in 2009 mode, so this is already one or two weeks behind the cirve, but fuck it, music is timeless. So let's do this is in alphabetical style, muthafuckas!

1. AC/DC - Black Ice

This is "Rock' n' Roll Train"


2. Adam Green - Sixes and Sevens

Morning After Midnight:


3. Adorable - Footnotes 92-94

Sunshine Smile:


4. Aimee Mann - Smilers

Freeway:


5. The Airborne Toxic Event - self titled

Sometime Around Midnight:


6. Albert Hammond Jr. - Como Te Llama

GfC:


7. Alphabeat - This Is Alphabeat

Fascination:


8. Amadou & Mariam - Welcome To Mali

Sabali:


9. ...And You WIll Know Us By The Trail of Dead - Festival Thyme EP

Bells Of Creation:


10. Anna Ternheim - Halfway To Fivepoints/Leaving on a Mayday

No Subtle Man:


11. Annuals - Such Fun

Confessor:


12. Arthur Russell - Love is Overtaking Me

I Couldn't Say it to Your Face:


13. Atlas Sound - Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel

Ativan:


14. Bark Hide and Horn - National Road

Perfect World:


15. Be Your Own Pet - Get Awkward

Becky:


16. Beach House - Devotion

Gila:


17. Beck - Modern Guilt

Chemtrails:


18. Belle & Sebastian - The BBC Sessions

The Stars of Track and Field:


19. Ben Folds - Way To Normal

You Don't Know Me (feat. Regina Spektor)


20. Bitter:Sweet - Drama

Trouble


21. The Black Angels - Directions To See A Ghost

Deer-Ree-Shee


22. The Black Keys - Attack & Release

Lies


23. Black Kids - Partie Traumatic (but if you have the Wizard of Aahs EP, you may want to skip this)

Hit the Heartbrakes


24. Black Milk - Tronic

Long Story Short


25. Black Mountain - In The Future

Stay Free


26. Blitzen Trapper - Furr (I LOVE THIS ALBUM WHY ISN"T THIS IN MORE LISTS?!)

Furr (this one's for you, Dad)


27. Bloc Party - Intimacy

Biko


28. Blood On The Wall - Liferz

Go Go Go/The X


29. Bob Dylan - Tell Tale Signs

Huck's Tune


30. Bob Mould - District Line (also grossly overlooked)

Very Temporary


That's all for now, people! Come back tomorrow (or whenever) for Part 2.

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