Music of 2008


15 déc. 2008, 23h43m

Ok, so here are my lists from 2008. I've expanded it a bit from what I did last year because it's been a much better year for music in my opinion. There are probably some glaring omissions here. I'm sure the new TV on the Radio album is brilliant but I just haven't given it a good enough listen to warrant including it here.


1. Why? - Alopecia *Album of the year*
Even though I haven't seen you in years, yours is a funeral I'd fly to from anywhere
About three listens into Alopecia I knew already that it would be my album of the year. I got a major stalker-like obsession with this thing for a few weeks where I just didn't want to listen to anything else at all. I don't really know why I was so surprised by this- the Hymie's Basement album is one of my favourites of all time.

Everything about this album is great. The lyrics are better as a whole than anything Why?, or indeed Yoni Wolf, has done previously and the music is just altogether more accessible and enjoyable. Christ, listening to 'The Fall of Mr. Fifths' still makes me tingle. That's how you do white-boy rap music. Although I may have slightly exhausted myself on it, this is a keeper.

2. The Wave Pictures - Instant Coffee Baby
I often read that The Wave Pictures are destined for greatness. Fuck that, they're already there! Instant Coffee Baby is just a fantastic indie-rock album and in any other year (not 1997, obviously) would probably be number one in this list. I like it more and more every time I listen to it, like with all truly great albums. Dave Tattersall has got to be one of the UK's outstanding lyricists at the moment - who else could get away with a chorus about statues of marmalade without sounding like an insufferable git?

3. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Touching, heartfelt and altogether gorgeous album which has been slightly overshadowed by the fact it was made in a shed when he was bubbling about his ex-girlfriend. Now crap singer-songwriters everywhere are going to become temporary hermits so they can make a decent record. Hmmm.. I think the talent may have already been there in this case. Seriously though, this thing is RAW. It's perfectly sequenced and ends on one of the best songs of the year, 'Re: Stacks'. Here's hoping the follow-up ain't a let down!

4. Neon Neon - Stainless Style
Someone needs to try and bottle up whatever it is that keeps Gruff Rhys pumping out pure gold and then sell it to Kings of Leon's manager so we can hear some better songs on the radio. Gruff Rhys should be receiving an artistic appraisal on the same level that Damon Albarn is at the moment for his contribution to life in general. This album has some of the best, most unabashed purest pop tunes I've heard in ages. John DeLorean must be dancing in his grave.

5. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Lie Down In The Light
Quite a grower, this, and very understated. So much so that I'm actually struggling to find anything to write about it beyond the fact that, yes, this is Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, and, yes, it is also very good. However, it may not be the best way to start off on Will Oldham's work unless, of course, you're dying to hear a song about him getting a blowjob in public.

6. Misty's Big Adventure - Television's People
7. Man Man - Rabbit Habits
8.Department of Eagles - In Ear Park
9. Threatmantics - Upbeat Love
10. Hot Chip - Made in the Dark


1. The Wave Pictures - Just Like A Drummer
2. Bon Iver - Re: Stacks
3. Why? - The Fall of Mr. Fifths
4. Department of Eagles - No One Does It Like You
5. Neon Neon - Raquel


This is a dead heat between XTC and Bob Dylan. I had listened to both of them a bit prior to 2008 but fell deeply in love with both of their back catalogues at different points in 2008. Music just doesn't get much better than this. Oh, and a special shout out goes to The Magnetic Fields too.


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