I am interrupting my self-imposed winter break to publish my
"best-of-2008" album list. This is a damn great list and I am cocksure
as hell about it. I've been listening to these albums over & over
for the last few weeks (among others that made the prominent bloggers'
top-ten lists), and their placement is careful & deliberate. I will
pump my fists into the sky and go down in flames defending their
Initially, I just wanted to put together a top 10
list. After jotting down a few of my favorites, I realized the endeavor
was entirely impossible & I could feel an outcropping of stress
cold sores just waiting to wage war on my upper lip. Frankly, there
were too many good albums this year. It's like being at a Christmas
party and only chatting with the ten "coolest" people there. But what
about shy Rosemary over there on the couch? She is talented &
interesting too, hey, maybe a little less awesome overall, but how can I not say hi? Holy smokes, she plays the xylophone and everything. (and I love xylophones.)
Anyhow, here is my deliciously fantastic, best-pick album countdown from 2008.
25. El Perro Del Mar's From the Valley to the Stars
Favorite track: "Your Name is Neverending"
24. Santogold's Santogold
Favorite track: "L.E.S Artistes"
23. Wolf Parade's At Mount Zoomer
Favorite track: "Language City"
22. Los Campesinos' We are Beautiful, We are Doomed
Favorite track: "We are Beautiful, We are Doomed"
21. Mates of State / Re-Arrange Us
Favorite track: "Get Better"
(btw, I wake up to this single every morning. happiest alarm, ever.)
20. Sigur Ros's Med sud I eyrum vid spilum endalaust
Favorite track: "Inní mér syngur vitleysingur"
19. Cut Copy's In Ghost Colours
Favorite track: "So Haunted"
18. Stars's Sad Robots EP
Favorite track: "Going, Going, Gone (Live Version)"
17. Shearwater's Rook
Favorite track: "The Snow Leopard"
16. Vampire Weekend's Vampire Weekend
Favorite track: "Oxford Comma"
15. Ray LaMontagne's Gossip in the Grain
Favorite track: "I Still Care for You"
14. Sun Kil Moon's April
Favorite track: "Lucky Man"
13. I'm From Barcelona's Who Killed Harry Houdini?
Favorite track: "Andy"
12. Hayden's In Field & Town
Favorite track: "In Field & Town"
11. Langhorne Slim's Langhorne Slim
Favorite track: "Colette"
10. She & Him's Volume One
Favorite track: "Sentimental Heart"
9. TV on the Radio's Dear Science
Favorite track: "Family Tree"
8. Frightened Rabbit's The Midnight Organ Fight
Favorite track: "Poke"
7. Los Campesinos!' Hold on Now, Youngster
Favorite track: "You! Me! Dancing!"
6. Horse Feathers's House with No Home
Favorite track: "Father"
5. Benoit Pioulard's Temper
Favorite track: "Brown Bess"
4. M83's Saturdays = Youth
Favorite track: "Kim & Jessie"
3. Okkervil River's The Stand Ins
Favorite track: "Calling and Not Calling My Ex"
2. Brendan Canning's Something for All of Us
Favorite track: "Churches Under the Stairs"
1. Bon Iver's stunning debut, For Emma, Forever Ago.
cannot imagine a single person not liking this masterpiece by Justin
Vernon. I've never experienced something so remote, so snow-cold dirt
lonely & yet warm and hopeful―it's o-so forever ago, yet it haunts us still. Favorite tracks: "Lump Sum" and "Re:Stacks"
Merry Christmas & Happy holidays, guys! xo.
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