11.25.2008

Favorite Albums of 2008

A wham-bam, merci, danke, thank 'a you ma'am.
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20. coldplay - viva la vida or death and all his friends
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19. department of eagles - in ear park
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18. deerhunter - microcastle
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17. grouper - dragging a dead deer up a hill
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16. tv on the radio - dear science
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15. sigur rós - með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
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14. q-tip - the renaissance
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13. the walkmen - you & me
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12. the felice brothers - s/t
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11. lambchop - OH (ohio)
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10. dodos - visiter
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9. conor oberst & the mystic valley band - s/t
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8. forest fire - survival
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7. bonnie "prince" billy - lie down in the light
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6. breathe owl breathe - ghost glacier ep
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5. frightened rabbit - the midnight organ fight
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4. m83 - saturdays=youth
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3. fleet foxes - s/t
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2. bon iver - for emma, forever ago
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1. samamidon - all is well
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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very good list, although I wish you would leave a little comment on why you liked each album.

max. said...

nice list. too bad i don't live with you anymore so that i can steal these in order to listen to them.

kata said...

good call on the felice brothers. quite underrated as far as i'm concerned.

Anonymous said...

nice list.
have you heard of frontier ruckus? they put out an amazing album this year called The Orion Songbook that you would probably like

Jolson said...

I love you for including the Dodos.

I liked that album more than Fleet Foxes, but hype will be hype and there isn't much I can do.

benjamin said...

good idea, anonymous. done.

kata, i'm guessing you've seen them live? they are like a sugary punch in the face.

other anonymous, I have not heard of frontier ruckus. thanks for the suggestion.

and jolson, i'm glad you love dodos. and yea, hype will be hype - and sometimes its for a reason.

Will Rucker said...

hey ben!

albums you should try out:

1) Little Joy - S/T (Fab Moretti who is in the band. He is the drummer for The Strokes)

Basically, it's a simple but charming self-titled debut. It's one of the most unsassuming, tastefully executed and perfectly timeless sounding records of the year. It sounds like Beach Boys meet Bob Marley meet Sam Cooke. It's also great because of Noah Georgeson's uncanny production.

How to Hang a Warhol - http://fuelfriendsblog.com/listenup/09%20How%20To%20Hang%20A%20Warhol.mp3

Brand New Start - http://www.thankscaptainobvious-mp3.net/02%20Brand%20New%20Start.mp3

Unattainable - http://www.mediafire.com/?y0fzmdzyzkn

Don't Watch Me Dancing - http://www.mediafire.com/?jidmnwmzdtq

The Next Time Around - http://www.mediafire.com/?3g23exyxmqz

2) Priscilla Ahn - A Good Day

I think I would describe this album the same way you described Juliana Hatfield's album (which I've never heard) but yeah...it's a lust thing

Just watch this and you'll understand:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKfDwChOoHI

I can give you the album when I come home for break.

3) Also, Air France has got some good painting songs, like Quiet Village, sort of.

thursdays1 said...

Great list. I happened upon your list through your post on stereogum. I had some of the discs on your list already so I thought I would try a few I did not have and they were excellent. Thanks for the suggestions. Might I suggest you take a listen to Matthew Ryan MRVSS
Deer Tick
Glasvegas
Frightened Rabbit "The Midnight Organ" My favorite record of the year.

I saw the Felice Brothers live recently and they were killer bee. One of the best live shows i have seen in a long while

Mark said...

I am SO pleased that you have Breathe Owl Breathe on here...

I can't say I love all of your list, but I'd certainly put Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver in my top three, the Dodos and Okkervil River in my top ten.


Next goal: find a list with Breathe Owl Breathe and Shearwater.

Will Rucker said...

i get it now. you said Juliana Hatfield is just a lust thing....because her 2nd song on her CD is called "just Lust"