Lists are problematic for all the usual reasons. As in, I'll probably forget stuff and pay too much attention to labels I tend to frequent.


My Best of 2008

Lists are problematic for all the usual reasons. As in, I'll probably forget stuff and pay too much attention to labels I tend to frequent. Alas, I still love makin' em.

*edit: I already forgot to mention Grand Archives and the Black Angels. See?

Twelve Of My Favorite Local Albums Released In 2008

Saturday Knights - Mingle

It is my firm belief that these guys could easily be as big as the Fleet Foxes right now if they had just gone on tour. Move the fuck OVER, Gym Class Heroes. The Saturday Knights own you.

The Crying Shame - In A Field

Cracked country. Bloodshot Records need to sign these guys immediately.

Damien Jurado - Caught In The Trees

He just keeps getting better.

Dutchess & Duke - She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke

I think we've probably talked about these guys' '60s pop enough, but I still listen to it a lot. Particularly "Ship Made Of Stone."      

Common Market - Tobacco Road

Great hip hop, cohesive concept album.

Man Plus - Hungarian Suicide Songbook


first time I heard this, I thought, "Wow, this band is WEIRD. A ghost

is a ghost is a whaaaa...?" And then, the second time I listened to it,

I thought, "Wow, this band is AWESOME." Whenever they start playing

shows again next year, definitely make a point to be there. 

The Hands - s/t

The Hands sing about rock and roll being dead. But their mere existence proves that it isn't. 

Mad Rad - White Gold


quote Ma'chell D.L.: hooks so sick they need life support. And unlike

Kanye, they know how to use a vocoder without wearing it out.

Partman Parthorse - Year Of The Jerk

Freaky dance punk of the highest order. 

Wallpaper - On The Chewing Gum Ground

K Records, you never cease to blow my mind with your able cherrypicking of pop bands. I salute you.

Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers - Miles From Home

If Seattle had just a little more appreciation for twang, maybe this band would change its mind and not move to Texas.

Daedelus - Love To Make Music To

I am not an electronica expert, but I really dig this album, particularly when I'm driving. 

Ten Albums That Totally Deserved Every Last Ounce Of Hype They Received in 2008, Locally and Otherwise:

Fleet Foxes - s/t

M83 - Saturdays = Youth

Black Mountain - In The Future

The Hold Steady - Stay Positive

Santogold - s/t

Deerhunter - Microcastle

Vampire Weekend - s/t

Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer

TV On The Radio - Dear Science

Moondoggies - Don't Be A Stranger

Five Underrated Albums That Should've Been Way More Popular in 2008

Jeff Hanson - Madam Owl

Death Vessel got all that media love for his record (not that it wasn't deserved) but I personally liked Madam Owl better. Add this one to the "male folk singers with high voices" category.

The Ruby Suns - Sea Lion


music in indie pop has become the hip thing to do, if Vampire Weekend

is any indication. Which is why the Ruby Suns should be getting way

more attention.  

The Jealous Girlfriends - s/t

The Jealous Girlfriends hail from

Brooklyn, and if you like pop with nice ladies singing, oh man.  No

wheels have been reinvented here, but I don't care, because they're so


Karl Blau - Nature's Got Away

I really dug this album a lot, and I know it made it onto someone else's top tenner locally. I just can't remember whose. 

Sera Cahoone - Only As The Day Is Long

Meanwhile, back at the Sub Pop ranch, Sera Cahoone made this excellent folk record.  

Three Of The Most Disappointing Albums of 2008

Kanye West - 808s and Heartbreak

Everyone thought Kanye could do no wrong. Dude, there is such a thing

as TOO MUCH VOCODER. Also, that "poor me I don't have kids, I just have

a new sports car" crap is downright nauseating. "Heartless" is all

right but...ugh.

Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line


knows I usually love and trust Barsuk's taste, but I could identify

absolutely nothing, NOTHING, new or especially interesting about this

album. It's not bad, it's just not engaging. 

Silver Jews - Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea


really pains me to include the Silver Jews, one of my favorite bands of

all time, on this list. But when you have really high expectations,

it's so much worse when they're dashed.

Soooo...tell me, peanut gallery, what'd I forget?

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