My Top 53 Records Of 2008

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26. Dez. 2008, 21:21

Looking at the list of albums/EPs I heard in 2008, followed by a shorter list of those that were actually good, there aren't many themes that appear to dominate. Sure there were a load of fantastic garage-pop records that cumulatively cost less than one Axl Rose vocal track (in a year where every big band seemed to release a substandard comeback record, Chinese Democracy was arguably the worst), while Vampire Weekend were the only 'buzz' band, in my humble opinion, who actually deserved the hype. Black Kids? Delightful EP, awful awful album. Glasvegas? Their self-titled debut sure wasn't a Psychocandy. And not in the year of the My Bloody Valentine reunion, cheers. Fleet Foxes? Actually they were amazing. So here are the 53 records (the rules have been manipulated somewhat) that held varying degrees of meaning for me throughout the last twelve months. Not much threads them together, except for being brilliant. By turns daring, experimental, joyous, eye-opening and plain thrilling. 41 in ABC order, followed by the Top 10. Feel free to add your own lists/constructive criticism below!

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons

Abe Vigoda - Skeleton

Animal Collective - Water Curses

Antony & the Johnsons - Another world ep

Atlas Sound - Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See but Cannot Feel

Autechre - Quaristice

Beck - Modern Guilt

Bloc Party - Intimacy

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?

Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours

Dananananaykroyd - Sissy Hits

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes + Sun Giant EP

Flying Lotus - Los Angeles

Four Tet - Ringer

Dan Friel - Ghost Town

Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing

Gang Gang Dance - Saint Dymphna

Health - Health/Disco

Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules And Love Affair

High Places - High Places

Jaguar Love - Take Me to the Sea

Kanye West - 808's and Heartbreak

The Long Blondes - Couples

Mahjongg - Kontpab

Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim

Lovvers - Think

M83 - Saturdays = Youth

MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

No Age - Nouns

of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping

Oneida - Preteen Weaponry

Sigur Ros - Með Suð í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust

Spiritualized - Songs In A&E

Sunn O))) - Domkirke

These Are Powers - Terrific Seasons

Times New Viking - Rip It Off

Tweak Bird - Reservations

The Walkmen - You & Me

Why? - Alopecia


And here's the Top 10! (Apologies for the lack of context/argument/explanation but I'll try and add that later):


10. Portishead - Third
9. Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life
8. Paavoharju - Laulu laakson kukista
7. TV on the Radio - Dear Science
6. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
5. Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now Youngster + We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
4. Women - WOMEN
3. Ryoji Ikeda - Test Pattern
2. Vivian Girls - Vivian Girls
1. Deerhunter - Microcastle + Weird Era Cont

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