Thursday, December 25, 2008

Favorite Albums Of 2008

First off, Merry Christmas to all and hopefully you're having a lovely holiday. Now for the good stuff, something I know you've all been waiting for for some time now, my Favorite Albums Of 2008 list. I love the month of December (and even a few weeks before), when people begin posting their own lists. Throughout the year I definitely encounter a great deal of music, but there's always those exciting few weeks at the end of the year when I discover a ton more music that I've never even heard of. Granted I feel rushed at this time to listen to as much of this new material as possible, however I sure many of it has yet receive much of the necessary listening time that some of these other albums have already had. So yes, a few weeks from now this list could/would be completely different, however for the most part I have a strong opinion on the majority of these albums. I've read quite a few places that 2008 was not a great year for music, but I beg to differ. Yes, there was not a large number of "amazing" albums, but the ones that were (in my opinion) are on this list. On the other hand, I believe there was a enormous amount of "pretty great" albums, many of which went unnoticed, and you will definitely find a good chunk of those on this list. Lastly, I'd like to mention that a few albums (Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Bowerbirds) would be on this list, however I had them fairly high on my Favorite Albums Of 2007 list. Also, there was a good number of albums that ranked high on other lists that I really had a hard time enjoying (Kings Of Leon, M83, Jenny Lewis, Ryan Adams). Anyway, please feel free to leave your thoughts, questions, concerns, albums I'm missing out on, etc. Thanks.

50. Dana Falconberry - Oh Skies Of Grey [2 Minutes 59]
49. Dosh - Wolves And Wishes [Anticon]
48. Liz Durrett - Outside Our Gates [Warm Electronic]
47. Greg Laswell - Three Flights From Alto Nido [Vanguard]
46. Rue Royale - Rue Royale [Self Released]
45. Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s - Animal! [Epic]
44. Raphael Saadiq - The Way I See It [Sony]
43. Brett Dennen - Hope For The Hopeless [Dualtone]
42. Blitzen Trapper - Furr [Sub Pop]
41. Gang Gang Dance - Saint Dymphna [The Social Registry]
40. Horse Feathers - House With No Home [Kill Rock Stars]
39. Anathallo - Canopy Glow [Anticon]
38. Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer [Sub Pop]
37. Tokyo Police Club - Elephant Shell [Saddle Creek]
36. High Places - High Places [Thrill Jockey]
35. French Kicks - Swimming [Vagrant]
34. Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs [Atlantic]
33. Cold War Kids - Loyalty To Loyalty [Downtown]
32. Beck - Modern Guilt [Interscope]
31. The Kills - Midnight Bloom [Domino]
30. The Black Keys - Attack & Release [Nonesuch]
29. Mates Of State - Re-Arrange Us [Barsuk]
28. She & Him - Volume One [Merge]
27. The Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely [Warner Bros.]
26. Deerhoof - Offend Maggie [Kill Rock Stars]
25. Sigur Rós - Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust [XL]
24. The Whigs - Mission Control [ATO]
23. Thao Nguyen - We Brave Bee Stings And All [Kill Rock Stars]
22. Juana Molina - Un Día [Domino]
21. Jamie Lidell - Jim [Warp]
20. School Of Seven Bells - Alpinisms [Ghostly Int’l]
19. Sun Kil Moon - April [Caldo Verde]
18. Little Joy - Little Joy [Rough Trade]
17. Coldplay - Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends [Capitol]
16. The Walkmen - You & Me [Gigantic]
15. Land Of Talk - Some Are Lakes [Saddle Creek]
14. Brightblack Morning Light - Motion To Rejoin [Matador]
13. Emiliana Torrini - Me And Armini [Rough Trade]
12. The Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead [Sub Pop]
11. Shugo Tokumaru - Exit [Almost Gold]

10. The Dodos - Visiter [French Kiss]

09. Beach House - Devotion [Carpark]

08. The Acorn - Glory Hope Mountain [Paper Bag] (US Release)

07. Dr. Dog - Fate [Park The Van]

06. TV On The Radio - Dear Science, [Interscope]

05. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes [Sub Pop]

04. Department Of Eagles - In Ear Park [4AD]

03. Colour Revolt - Plunder, Beg, And Curse [Fat Possum]

02. Grouper - Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill [Type]

01. Nina Kinert - Pets & Friends [Phantom Sound & Vision]

Honorable Mention (in no particular order)

The Ascetic Junkies - One Shoe Over The Cuckoo’s Nest [Self Released]
Brazilian Girls - New York City [Verve Forecast]
Brooke Waggoner - Heal For The Honey [Swoon Moon Music]
Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours [Modular Interscope]
Damien Jurado - Caught In The Trees [Secretly Canadian]
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid [Geffen]
Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight [Fat Cat]
Joshua Radin - Simple Times [Mom & Pop]
Keane - Perfect Symmetry [Interscope]
Lisa Hannigan - Sea Sew [Self Released]
Lykke Li - Youth Novels [LL/Atlantic]
Marnie Stern - This Is It & I Am It & You Are It & So Is That & He Is It & She Is It & It Is It & That Is That [Kill Rock Stars]
My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges [ATO]
Okkervil River - The Stand-Ins [Jagjaguwar]
Old 97s - Blame It On Gravity [New West]
Pattern Is Movement - All Together [Hometapes]
Ray LaMontagne - Gossip In The Grain [RCA]
Theresa Andersson - Hummingbird, Go! [Basin Street]
Vetiver - Thing Of The Past [Gnomonsong]
William Fitzsimmons - The Sparrow And Crow [Dark Sparrow]

[Count Me Out] Favorite Albums Of 2007
[Count Me Out] Favorite Albums Of 2006
[Count Me Out] Favorite Albums Of 2005

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