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Best of…2008

January 3, 2009
Filed under: music — bcd @ 2:09 am

taking a tip from The Man Zack Lee, this year i am using Imeem for my Best Of list player. how can you beat it?

my goal was to put this out on Wednesday, Dec 31st, which would have truly made it after the last releases of 2008…but i am fscking lazy and was dealing with other issues at the time (don’t worry, mom’s biventricular pacemaker is all peachy-keen.) also, no lie, i was too lazy to boot my work laptop and pull the list off my desktop. so sad.

anyway, better never than late as i like to say. without further ado, my Best of…2008 list! eat your heart out Otter!

**best album to be played at my wake in lieu of contracting angles for services: Saturday = Youth by M83

Before The Dawn Heals Us was a favorite of 2005.  staying in the same vein and only making it better, this French band makes me wish Air still made music this good.  i played this CD more times driving home on the Fort Bend Toll Road past midnight, when i swear it could conjure up spirits from the fog-laden fields.

**best album that poses a question and then delivers the answer: Do You Like Rock Music? by British Sea Power

i wish i had found these guys on my own, but alas, as usual, David did all the work.  he did make sure i attended their show at Numbers, which helped solidify why these guys do in fact like rock music.

**best album by an artist i didn’t get in 2007: Microcastles by Deerhunter

you couldn’t throw a rock in 2007 without hitting a list raving about Bradford Cox; i tried to love Atlas Sound in 2007 but just didn’t.  color me slow, b/c not only was his Atlas Sound release during 2008 pretty damn tasty (Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See but Cannot Feel), but the Deerhunter release made me question why i even get to make a list after leaving his work off for 2007.

**best album that Nova gave me: Beautiful Freak by Eels

while i had heard about the Eels prior to 2008, i don’t think i paid much attention.  then PBS Nova did a special about Mark Everett and his quantum physicist father.  i went straight from the episode to his albums to his book.  color me sold.  thanks PBS – check is in the mail!

**best junk food for your ears: Feed The Animals by Girl Talk

Night Ripper was in constant play during 2007.  at one point i had to hide it from my wife b/c she was playing it too much.  seriously.  thank god, Gregg Gillis gave us something new (and better) for 2008.  no one has made Journey sound so cool.

**best album you could have had for free: Tha Carter III by Lil’ Wayne

by the time this hit the stores, i must have had 3 copies of all the songs and that excludes the fact that Weezy got in an argument with some DJ who leaked the whole damn CD in its entirety.  no matter, he sold bajillions and with good reason: it is hip hop at its best for 2008.  kudos to the man!

**best album by a Muslim who America should love a lot more: The Renaissance by Q-Tip

finally, after almost 10 years, Q-Tip remembered that his fans were waiting, in the desert, hoping to make it to the Promised Land. put this with Lil’ Wayne’s release you have all the hip hop you need for 2008.  this track, Move, amazes me; catch the beat breakdown at 2:50, where is goes from Amplified to Midnight Marauders.  so strong – the old and the new, wrapped up for our enjoyment.

**best album by a band i discovered b/c of drugs: Songs In A&E by Spiritualized

i bought 1997′s Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space b/c i read about the “dosage” packaging and thought, any band that puts that much into their packaging, well, where there’s smoke….twelve years later, Jason Pierce is still making some of the best music out there – melody, orchestra, and lyrics for the tri-fecta!  plus he released this in a limited edition green vinyl – super cool.

**best album by a group i got in 2007: Dear Science by TV On The Radio

not much left to say about these guys – pretty much everyone picked their CD as best in 2008.  glad i jumped on the bandwagon in 2007 with their Return to Cookie Mountain release.

**best album by a Texas band: What Doesn’t Kill Us by What Made Milwaukee Famous

i saw these guys in 2007; just like the album, they blew me away.  then they went and released their Sugarhill Sessions for free for about a month.  ain’t nothing better.

**best album by the next generation of Gallaghers: Only By The Night by Kings Of Leon

another band i wished i had found myself.  David gave my wife their very first album, back when even people in Europe hadn’t heard of these guys.  four albums later and i am still in love with them…even if David and my wife don’t quiet get it.

**best album that makes you want to grow a beard: For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver

this is cheating: i heard the ranting and raving about Bon Iver during the summer.  despite that, i ignored the obvious hints to buy this album.  then, when almost everyone else was adding it to their best of ’08 lists, i bought it in early November.  i have listened to it almost daily since.  no lie.  both quiet and strong at the same time.  clearly one of the greatest things since sliced bread and Pet Sounds.  congrats to the beards.

Best of…2008

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