the year in music: 2008
I need to rate and sort and organize and, apparently, report back. I can’t help it. after the jump, I’ve listed my favorite albums of 2008 along with some other musical tidbits:
30… Neon Neon Stainless Style
29… The Week That Was The Week That Was
28… Lindstrom Where you Go I Go Too
27… Jenny Lewis Acid Tongue
26… The Raveonettes Lust Lust Lust
25… Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
24… The Walkmen You & Me
23… TV on the Radio Dear Science,
22… Santogold Santogold
21… M83 Saturdays=Youth
07… MGMT Oracular Spectacular
delicious savoy truffle proggy cosmic fun.
05… Jay Reatard Matador Singles ’08
I’d listened to this album many times. but the first time I heard it was with headphones, riding my bike past historic farmhouses just before sunset. a very fun ride. this album is a fruitbasket full of the mostest funnest punk.
20… Black Mountain Wucan a long, dark, mystical journey
19… Kanye West Heartless sadly gorgeous pop art
18… Of Montreal An Eluardian Distance this song alone makes the album more than worth it
17… Santogold L.E.S. Artistes what can I say? just an awesome song
16… Vampire Weekend Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa mmm mmm good
15… The Walkmen In The New Year a fine example of their incredible music
14… TV on the Radio Golden Age Peter Gabriel in George Clinton’s spaceship
13… Killers Joy Ride do you think they like Duran Duran? I do (think that; and like Duran Duran.)
12… Destroyer My Favorite Year Dan Bejar doesn’t get much more Dan Bejar-ish than this song
11… The Black Kids I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You definitely the most played song–Elliot LOVED it
10… Department of Eagles No One Does It Like You original, beautiful and poppy . . . what’s not to like?
09… M83 Graveyard Girl if Donnie Darko and Pretty In Pink had a baby, this song would be on the soundtrack
08… Fleet Foxes White Winter Hymnal I chalk my love for this song up to my Mom playing Crosby, Stills & Nash for me as a kid
07… Cut Copy Out There On The Ice I just wanna dance!
06… Hercules & Love Affair Blind a Roxy Music for the new millenium
05… Beach House Gila geee-lah-ah-ah-ah-ahhhhh . . . heaven . . .
04… Evangelicals Stoned Again the sound of snowflakes falling over skateboarders on Halloween
03… The Dodos Jodi I want to shout my love for this song from the rooftops
02… Love Is All Seasick everything I love about this band is contained in this one song
01… MGMT Time To Pretend from the first listen to the delirious synth noodlings of this song, I knew this would be my favorite song of 2008
05… My Bloody Valentine SF Design Concourse, 09.30.08
not necessarily the most enjoyable, but definitely the most exciting–once-in-a-lifetime experience
04… Black Francis live score to Der Golem SF Castro Theater, 04.25.08
so much fun–he’s a true artist.
03… Cut Copy SF Mezzanine, 05.10.08
non-stop dance party . . . “lights and music are on my mind . . . ”
02… Evangelicals SF Hemlock Tavern, 03.21.08
there we were, in the very front of a tiny room, surrounded by smoke, neon, the band and blissful music. and then, Josh Jones ate our Thai food leftovers . . .
01… The Dodos SF Independent, 06.19.08
seeing them live will convert anyone who was on the fence. for someone who already loved them, it just plunged my heart deeper into it.
Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Nancy & Lee
Genesis / Phil Collins
Lords of the New Church