Posted in music on November 21, 2008

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It's the time of year when people start talking which album was the best this year. That usually means I start cramming and trying to figure out what I still haven't heard and look forward to what others have to say to make my selection process slightly easier. Part of what I'm saying is, I'm not ready to answer that yet. According to the aggregated critics at MetaCritic, this is what was best this year...

1 London Zoo by The Bug
2 Fed by Plush
3 For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver
4 Dear Science, by TV On The Radio
5 Exit by Shugo Tokumaru
6 Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes
7 Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
8 Robyn by Robyn
9 Hercules And Love Affair by Hercules And Love Affair
10 What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective by Steinski
Does when an album actually came out matter?. Bon Iver's album actually came out in 2007, but was reissued in 2008. Shugo's album came out in 2007 in Japan. Plush's album actually came out in 2002 in Japan (I still haven't heard it). Robyn's album came out in Sweden in 2005. Steinski came out in 2008, but as the title suggests, is actually a compilation of tracks that were released between 1983-2006.

Other bands currently ranking in Metacritic's Top 30: The Dodos, The Music Tapes, Shearwater, Portishead, Harvey Milk, Torche, The Hold Steady, Drive By Truckers, and Fucked Up.

Also put out albums this year: Sigur Ros, Jamie Lidell, Laura Marling, Lykke Li, Marnie Stern, Jenny Lewis, She & Him, Conor Oberst, My Morning Jacket, MGMT, The Black Keys, Calexico, Crystal Stilts, Crystal Castles, Crystal Antlers, Grails, Al Green, Anathallo, Flight of the Conchords, Frightened Rabbit, Wolf Parade, Vampire Weekend, Vivian Girls, The Walkmen, Santogold, Parts & Labor, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, David Byrne, Death Cab For Cutie, Beck, Beach House, Elbow, REM, M83, NIN, No Age, Of Montreal, Destroyer, Department of Eagles, Deerhoof, Deerhunter, The Dears, and Deer Tick (though Deer tick was out in 2007 and reissued in 2008) (and I guess Radiohead is qualified too) (and Metallica, AC/DC and Guns N' Roses) (and JACK JOHNSON) (and a million others).

Who else? What are your favorites this year? Who will Pitchfork pick as #1?

The Bug is going on tour with Nine Inch Nails. Those dates are below...

The Bug - 2008/08 Tour Dates
Nov 21 - Bodytonic/Twisted pepper Dublin
Nov 28 - Supporting Nine inch nails Rapid City, south dakota
Nov 29 - Supporting Nine inch nails Billings, montana
Dec 1 - Supporting Nine inch nails Saskatoon,saskachewan
Dec 4 - Supporting Nine inch nails Kelowna, BC
Dec 5 - Supporting Nine inch nails Victoria, BC
Dec 7 - Supporting Nine inch nails Portland
Dec 8 - Supporting Nine inch nails Nampa, idaho
Dec 9 - Supporting Nine inch nails Missoula, montana
Dec 12 - Supporting Nine inch nails Sacramento, Ca
Dec 13 - Supporting Nine inch nails Las Vegas
Jan 14 - Exit/Hafenklang Hamburg
Jan 15 - Karlstorbahnhof Heidelberg
Jan 16 - Berghain Berlin
Jan 17 - Conne Island Leipzig
Jan 23 - Bakery Perth
Jan 24 - Sydney festival Sydney
Jan 25 - Laundry Melbourne
Jan 29 - ? Wellington
Jan 30 - Double happy Christchurch
Jan 31 - Rising Sun Auckland

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Comments (203)

bon iver is most definitely 2007. justin has it streaming in full online in september 07, i bought it from him at BV CMJ showcase that year. and it made my top ten last year.

Posted by mcg | November 21, 2008 8:13 AM

Chinese Democracy hands down.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 8:16 AM

fleet foxes will be a heavy favorite for pfork

Posted by d | November 21, 2008 8:20 AM

You & Me from the Walkmen is by far my favorite album this year.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 8:22 AM

One could also say that Radiohead's "In Rainbows" was released in 2008, though we all had it in 2007.

I don't think this was the best year for new music. I'm looking forward to reading what other people liked this year, but for me there were very few standout releases.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 8:23 AM

the wolf parade cd is really good. so is the silver mt zion cd. this year has been weak compared to last year in terms of indie releases.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 8:28 AM

this year sucked for new music yet again.

my picks randomly:

ergs - hindsight is 20/20
frightened rabbit - midnight organ
mark lanagen/campbell - sunday at devil dirt
nick cave - dig lazarus
red mass - demo
sun kil moon - april

thats about it...


Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 8:29 AM

this year has been a little disappointing & but, the lack of new music overload has allowed for some deep focus listening for the two best albums of the year:

Dodos + Deerhunter!

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 8:41 AM

Who Killed Amanda Palmer (Amanda Palmer) is probably my favorite of the year. (Along with Fleet Foxes, and She and Him)

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 8:43 AM

top 3 =

wolf parade, at mount zoomer
tv on the radio, dear science,
no age, nouns

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 8:46 AM

Shorebirds - It's Gonna Get Ugly

Posted by Mike D | November 21, 2008 8:50 AM

I thought 2008 was a good year for music although not as strong as last year. Stand-outs for me are releases from TV On the Radio, The Hold Steady, Blitzen Trapper, and Plants and Animals.

Posted by JK | November 21, 2008 8:51 AM

Pfork just announced that Bradford Cox farted on Thursday, November 20 and it was the best release of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 8:55 AM

times new viking - rip it off
beach house - devotion
jay reatard - matador singles 08

my top 3 of the year!

i am expecting pitchfork to pick portishead as their album of the year. mostly it appeals to the most diverse segment of their staff.

Posted by Tim Duffy | November 21, 2008 8:56 AM

Why?, Shearwater, and The Rural Alberta Advantage are my top 3.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 9:01 AM

beach house-devotion
dodos-visiter
frightened rabbit-midnight organ
walkmen-you + me
fleet foxes- ragged wood/fleet foxes/whateverthefuck

Posted by dan | November 21, 2008 9:02 AM

cut copy hands down man. party record of 2008!

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 9:09 AM

1. Why?-Alopecia
2. The Dodos
3. Deerhunter
4. Department of Eagles

Am I the only one obsessed with Why?

Posted by Lutkie | November 21, 2008 9:10 AM

shorebirds- its gonna get ugly

seriously though, great album. beats the shit outta latterman

Posted by shad-rock | November 21, 2008 9:11 AM

shad-rock,
that album seriously reminds me of early jawbreaker.
i am coincidentally stoked about the fact that blake is in a new band. called thorns of life, saw them at an apartment in crown heights last week.

linkage:
http://www.altpress.com/news/5099.htm

Posted by Mike D | November 21, 2008 9:19 AM

1. Deerhunter
2. Nick Cave
3. Beach House
4. Atlas Sound
5. Fucked Up

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 9:20 AM

favorites this year off the top of my head:

fleet foxes - fleet foxes
portishead - third
deerhunter - microcastle + weird era cont
love is all - a hundred things keep me up at night
malkmus - real emotional trash
isobel & lanegan - sunday at devil dirt
beach house - devotion
my morning jacket - evil urges
cat power - jukebox
she & him - vol 1
nick cave - dig lazarus dig!!!

Posted by wembley | November 21, 2008 9:24 AM

teh breeders? anyone?

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 9:30 AM

Stephen Malkmus. by far. That shit is golden sunrise.

also Deerhunter, Nick Cave, Portishead, Black Mountain, and were Bowerbirds and Weakerthans 2008 releases?

Fleet Foxes is like "A Mighty Wind" minus Parker Posey.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 9:31 AM

Deer Tick should be in the top 10... it didn't get enough love last year.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 9:35 AM

Torche - Meanderthal

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 9:35 AM

I like Saturnalia by the Gutter Twins. Just a good, straightforward rock album. We need more of those.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 9:41 AM

Even though it is music made before 2008 GAS - Nah Und Fern was by far my favorite release of this year, so good to have all of the GAS output together.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 9:41 AM

I've really enjoyed the M83 and Hercules and the Love Affair releases from this year.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 9:43 AM

S I G U R R O S

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 9:44 AM

portishead.
young widows, no age, ..
it's a short list this year, frankly.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 9:48 AM

Kind of a weak year. Right now the big ones for me are The Dodos, The Hold Steady, The Walkmen, and Titus Andronicus.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 9:50 AM

god, don't you guys listen to anything original?

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 9:52 AM

Deerhunter
Los Campesinos! (both records)
Titus Andronicus
Fucked Up

Posted by mp77 | November 21, 2008 9:53 AM

I feel like pfork is gonna make No Age #1 this year. That whole LA scene has been the big thing for them and bloggers this year.

That being said, I'd vote for Dodos.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 9:53 AM

portishead

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 9:59 AM

9:52am

I hate original music. Homogeneous musical stylings are preferred overwhelmingly, by default.

Posted by Mike D | November 21, 2008 10:01 AM

Pitchfork definitely is not going to pick Fleet Foxes as #1. It's too mainstream now.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 10:01 AM

Giant Sand's ProVisions is hands down my choice for #1. Howe Gelb is a terribly underated artist.

Posted by Big Dan | November 21, 2008 10:01 AM

Bridge and Tunnel - East/West
No Age - Nouns
Shorebirds - It's Gonna Get Ugly
Iron Chic - Demo
Defiance, Ohio - The Fear! The Fear! The Fear!

Posted by Mike D | November 21, 2008 10:06 AM

fiasco no age high places

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 10:08 AM

Woah, woah, woah...

Let's not forget about Apollo Sunshine - Shall Noise Upon

Better than Fleet Foxes LP, IMO

Posted by Zach Kaufmann | November 21, 2008 10:08 AM

Girl Talk obviously.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 10:18 AM

1. Gang Gang Dance
2. Kanye
3. Tha Carter III
4. Health - Disco
5- Britney Spears

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 10:22 AM

Erykah Badu, 4th World War.

Posted by J | November 21, 2008 10:24 AM

1. Obama
2. Hillary Clinton
3. Deerhunter

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 10:27 AM

DELTA SPIRIT, ODE TO SUNSHINE

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 10:30 AM

Air France

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 10:31 AM

ra ra riot
tv on the radio
walkmen
dodos
dr dog

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 10:37 AM

who cares

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 10:38 AM

Evangelicals' The Evening Descends was by far the most mind-blowing thing I heard this year. Granted, that doesn't make it the best album I heard this year...but it's the only one from like, January that I still listen to consistently. Still wondering why no one's caught on to it yet; I'll be shocked if it makes any major critics' top-10...

These Are Powers and Indian Jewelry also put out awesome, relatively overlooked albums this year...

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 10:39 AM

I saw that pitchfork already hinted that they will be considering Air France's No Way Down/On Trade Winds their #1 album of the year....hard to argue with really

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 10:40 AM

mogwai

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 10:41 AM

I'm NOT surprised to see no Vampire Weekend or Santogold on here....is it no longer good cause it's popular?

Two of the best albums this year.

Posted by Comehomenow | November 21, 2008 10:41 AM

In no particular order....

Sigur Ros
Devotchka
Gang Gang Dance
Nick Cave and TBS
Girl Talk
Fleet Foxes
St. Malkmus
Retribution Gospel Choir
Felice Bros.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 10:43 AM

TEN KENS by TEN KENS. dunno why so many people are sleepin on this band. mark my words, it is a a GEM.

on that note, yea Walkmen - You and Me is the album of the year for me hands down.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 10:44 AM

did no one listen to the awesome Exiting Arm by Subtle? i can not for the life of me understand why this album didn't do better, while TVOTR's horrible Dear Science is in people's top 3 (and i LIKE TVOTR).

also technically NIN released Ghosts which was great, and The Slip which was fun but not as great.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 10:46 AM

French Kicks-Swimming

Posted by michaelways | November 21, 2008 10:48 AM

deerhunter, why, olafur arnalds, nick cave, miles benjamin anthony robinson

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 10:53 AM

no order (maybe by release date).....

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks-Real Emotional Trash
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds-Dig Lazarus Dig
My Morning Jacket-Evil Urges
Fleet Foxes-Fleet Foxes
Wolf Parade-At Mount Zoomer
The Walkmen-You & Me
TV On the Radio-Dear Science
Blitzen Trapper-Furr
Deerhoof-Offend Maggie
Deerhunter-Microcastle

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 10:57 AM

i'm seeing a lack of: Grouper, Ponytail, High Places, Bearsuit, Flying, Envelopes, Bodies of Water, Mt. Eerie (he had 3 this year), Cadence Weapon, Pattern is Movement, Yo! Majesty, Vic Chesnutt/ Elf Power, Step Brothers Soundtrack.... i got a puppy, he makes some good tunes...... ice always has a good year... also my butt and your dad.

Posted by Owara Jacksohn | November 21, 2008 10:57 AM

1) Charlatans
2) Foals
3) Oasis
4) Bon Iver

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 11:01 AM

Pitchfork lost a lot of year-end credibility last year in my eyes by declaring Lil Wayne's Drought 3 mixtape one slot BETTER than Boxer.
Something they must be hoping people will forget, and a decision that will only look worse with time.

Though Bon Iver was among my picks for last year as well, most didn't get to hear it until 08, so it's fair game - and probably #2 of the year to Fleet Foxes.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 11:03 AM

skeletal lamping, no contest

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 11:04 AM

I loved the yeasayer album, bon iver, and frightened rabbit.

Posted by baby genius | November 21, 2008 11:04 AM

also add Department of Eagles. A new Grizzly Bear album needed to come out yesterday.

Posted by baby genius | November 21, 2008 11:07 AM

hot chip
deerhunter
no age
weezy

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 11:13 AM

1. Bon Iver
2. Conor
3. Mates of State
4. Okkervil
5. Hold Steady

Posted by JAE | November 21, 2008 11:13 AM

yawn. craptacular music all around

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 11:20 AM

Fuck Buttons!

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 11:25 AM

Seriously. Where is the ROCK?!

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 11:25 AM

what's this Bon Iver fella sound like?....i mean how good could it possibly be...just some shmuck banging away at an acoustic guitar and howling....yawn

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 11:26 AM

Where is all the Titus Andronicus, Man Man and Fuck Buttons love?

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 11:31 AM

MMJ SOUND LIKE FLEET FUXES

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 11:32 AM

say what you will, but the mgmt album is killer.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 11:35 AM

What you will

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 11:37 AM

"what's this Bon Iver fella sound like?....i mean how good could it possibly be...just some shmuck banging away at an acoustic guitar and howling....yawn"

LOLZZZZZZZ

Posted by Daily Reader | November 21, 2008 11:52 AM

"what's this Bon Iver fella sound like?....i mean how good could it possibly be...just some shmuck banging away at an acoustic guitar and howling....yawn"

Are you really that ignorant?

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 11:53 AM

I think Pitchfork is definitely giving no age or deerhunter # 1

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 11:54 AM

Notice nobody here has picked Steinski or The Bug, yet the critics think they are 2 of the best albums of the year. That's because critics always need some obscure albums to make you think you're dumber than them.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 11:54 AM

Torche Meanderthal... best of the year. And THERE is your rock

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 11:55 AM

No Age
Deerhunter
Fleet Foxes
Hercules and Love Affair
Cut Copy
Department of Eagles
Girl Talk

Posted by Signe | November 21, 2008 12:00 PM

Portishead
Q-Tip
Walkmen
Malkmus
Spiritualized
Malkmus
gutter Twins
Santogold
Estelle
dead confederate
the roots

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 12:01 PM

no love for the Byrne/Eno album? its at least in my top 20

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 12:04 PM

why no mention of

BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY

or

THAO NGUYEN

both put out great albums this year

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 12:06 PM

Bon Iver is soooo 2007

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 12:07 PM

Grouper
Wilderness
Samamidon
Deerhunter
Portishead

Posted by Jason Altman | November 21, 2008 12:09 PM

dodos
dodos
dodos
dodos
dodos
dodos
dodos

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 12:18 PM

2008 was wonderful for music. dig deeper and you will see that there's better stuff out there than what is conservatively covered by this blog and others.

so much good stuff from stones throw & kompakt
suishou no fune - prayer for chibi
pocahaunted - island diamonds
the original silence - the second original silence
eat skull-sick to death
lau nau - nukkuu
lee ranaldo-maelstrom droft
john zorn - the dreamers
ponytail - ice cream spiritual
sic alps - US E.Z.
cheveu - self-titled
angel - kalmukia
ilyas ahmed - the vertigo of dawn
animal collective - water curses
nick cave & the bad seeds - dig, lazarus dig
robedoor-faded crusade/pitiless messiah 8"
deerhoof - offend maggie
tv on the radio - dear science,
women-women
agent side grinder - s/t
crystal stilts - s/t
parenthetical girls - entanglements
the walkmen - you & me
tv ghost - atomic rain 7"
hospitals - hairdryer peace
the nothing people - anonymous
dengue fever - venus on earth
harvey milk - life
factums - lost one
spiritualized - songs in a&e
erykah badu - new amerykahn part 1 (4th world war)
portishead - third
rza - digi snacks
sonic youth - SYR7/8
goslings - occasion
deerhunter - microcastle/weird era cont.
stereolab - chemical chords
experimental dental school - jane doe loves me
the fall - imperial wax solvent
sun city girls - live at the sit and spin
religious knives - it's after dark
einsturzende neubauten - the jewels

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 12:21 PM

"dengue fever - venus on earth"

sucks

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 12:31 PM


The Ravonettes - Lust Lust Lust

Magic Lantern - High Beams

Thomas Function - Celebration (Easily the most overlooked album of the year which is a shame cause it is great)

Not the best year for music IMO but definitely some good albums.

Posted by Joel | November 21, 2008 12:35 PM

this site, for its occasional worth, is consistently disappointing me with the quality of music represented. these suggestions, 90% of them, read like a list of bands i never want to hear from or about ever again.
bon iver
deerhunter
fleet foxes
cut fopy
dep of eagles
mmj
girl talk
titus andronicus (worst band of the year hands down)
fuck buttons (second worst)
hot chip
ra ra riot
mgmt
dodos
hold steady
need i go on? you're a bunch of sheep. tasteless sheep at that.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 12:44 PM

"need i go on? you're a bunch of sheep. tasteless sheep at that."

As usual, the big-mouthed, tough guy smartie pants, holier than thou person doesn't have any suggestions of their own

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 12:50 PM

"titus andronicus (worst band of the year hands down)"

Apparently XL Records didn't think so.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 12:51 PM

paste's list is pretty terrible...

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 12:56 PM

This site is not intended to meet your needs, 12:44. Leave us tasteless sheep alone and spew your bullshit elsewhere, sound good? thanks!

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 12:56 PM

So nobody here has said Arm's Way (not even BV)... it's not on that Paste top 50... got panned by P4k...

Am I crazy?

Islands
Hold Steady
Lykke Li
Cut Copy
M83
Wolf Parade
Plants and Animals
Department of Eagles
The Walkmen

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 12:59 PM

eagles of death metal "Heart On"

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 1:09 PM

good call on The Raveonettes "Lust Lust Lust"....I forgot it was released this year but that is a really good album....at the very least "Aly, Walk with Me" should be most published top 10 songs of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 2:04 PM

no age is bad

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 2:10 PM

My rule is that if an album is released for purchase in any country, in any format... that's the year it's out. So Bon Iver is 2007. So is MGMT (you could buy it digitally starting in...October?). Otherwise you have to call your list "Best things I heard in 2008."

Posted by bill p | November 21, 2008 2:13 PM

anyone else like that No Kids record?

dodos, fleet foxes, M83, Cut Copy, Blitzen Trapper, marnie stern, david vandervelde

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 2:39 PM

what about BRITISH SEA POWER !!!!!! what an amazing album that is..

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 2:44 PM

i love that islands - arm's way album too... good call on that one.

Posted by ryan | November 21, 2008 2:48 PM

Moscow Olympics - Cut the World

ez

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 3:28 PM

I want to add the live Colin Meloy LP to this list. I kinda forgot about it since it is a live album but it is wonderful and sounds simply incredible on wax.

Posted by Joel | November 21, 2008 3:28 PM

1. AIR FRANCE
2. GANG GANG DANCE
3. DEERHUNTER
4. CUT COPY
5. LIL WAYNE
6. CUT COPY

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 3:45 PM

this year is lame compared to years past.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 3:50 PM

Modern Guilt

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 3:53 PM

Of Montreal
Portishead
Love Is All
Lil Wayne
Hercules and The Love Affair
Tough Alliance
Subtle
Born Ruffians
Fleet Foxes


Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2008 4:08 PM

frightened rabbit

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 4:42 PM

stainless style

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 5:14 PM

I haven't made a final list yet, either. But a few that will be near the top are:
Anthem In - s/t
The Coast - Expatriate
Crystal Stilts - s/t
For Against - Shade Side Sunny Side
The Julie Ocean - Long Gone And Nearly There
Magnetic Morning - A.M.
Nada Surf - Lucky
Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line
The Rural Alberta Advantage - Hometowns

Posted by ChrisD | November 21, 2008 5:18 PM

12:59...I agree i thought Island's record was great.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 5:22 PM

Exiting Arm by Subtle, hands down.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 5:37 PM

I just don't understand how anyone who likes music (and how it is made) doesn't say Songs in A & E. I just don't get it. I never even liked Spiritualized that much before this album. It was hands-down, far and away the best of the year.

Posted by Nacho | November 21, 2008 5:59 PM

FM BELFAST!

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 6:21 PM

no one has said a thing about The Notwist new record.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 6:26 PM

Brett Anderson
Beach House
Xiu Xiu
Hercules & Love Affair

Posted by 8/1 | November 21, 2008 6:28 PM

I'd say it's a toss up between Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Dodos.

Posted by Monty | November 21, 2008 6:47 PM

Fuck Buttons
Portishead
No Age
Atlas Sound
Clinic
Times New Viking
Grouper

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 6:56 PM

i vote laura marling for number 1.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 7:25 PM

No doubt about it, Oasis' DIG OUT YOUR SOUL is album of the year. Wake up folks and stop hating, start listening. Oasis! Followed closely behind by Primal Scream and TV On The Radio.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 7:34 PM

I hate to admit it but 7:34 has a great point. That new Oasis album is one of the best releases of 2008. Leave all the bullshit Liam and Noel pull at the door and the music really shines.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2008 8:13 PM

So far...

1. Portishead
2. Bon Iver
3. Elbow
4. Marnie Stern
5. Bonnie "Prince" Billy
6. Meshuggah
7. TV on the Radio
8. Black Mountain
9. Fleet Foxes
10. Deerhunter

wish there was room for Grails' two EPS...

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2008 10:52 AM

lutkie i assure you you're not the only one obsessed with Why?. me and a bunch of my friends listen to basically all things Yoni.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2008 10:56 AM

Portishead
TV on the radio
Cut Copy
Elbow
Hercules and Love affair
M83
Magnetic Fields
Bon Iver
Fucked up

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2008 11:08 AM

erykah badu
bon iver
dodos
hercules and love affair
no age
deerhunter
grouper
tallest man on earth
why?
koushik
flying lotus

these are just albums i enjoyed, but i'm hesitant to use "best" with any of them, except maybe the erykah badu and bon iver. man, what a shitty year for great music. is '08 the worst year of the 00's? maybe

none of this matters though because ac's merriweather post pavilion is already my favorite album of 2009 and the decade

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2008 11:20 AM

"90% of them, read like a list of bands i never want to hear from or about ever again."

I'd remove Deerhunter from that list, actually. They continue to impress me.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2008 12:01 PM

this is the best of 2008 :

arm´s way - islands
imperial wax solvent - the fall
rook - shearwater
dig lazarus dig - nick cave
third - portishead

Posted by walter carvalho | November 22, 2008 1:08 PM

yeaaahhh yoni love!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2008 1:32 PM

TVOTR
Dears
Frightened Rabbit
Helio Sequence
Hayden

When someone posts a comment such as "yawn", "boring list" or "get some originality", I request you reveal your fav. albums.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2008 2:31 PM

whichever poster(s) upstream said why? alopecia... i concur.

Posted by Rachel | November 22, 2008 9:57 PM

Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2008 10:51 PM

Fleet Foxes-Fleet Foxes
TV on the Radio-Dear Science,
Bon Iver-For Emma

Posted by John | November 23, 2008 9:11 AM

Keep the Yoni love comin

Alopecia is the best album of the year by so much it's somewhat ridiculous.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2008 10:12 AM

I guess I'll be the first one to comment that the Bug's album really is the best album I've heard this year.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2008 10:29 PM

abe vigoda, black pus

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 9:29 AM

The choice is clear:

The Kills - Midnight Boom

Posted by Alexis | November 24, 2008 5:18 PM

PLANTS AND ANIMALS!!!

Posted by Amanda | November 24, 2008 9:38 PM

Ponytail. Vigoda. Love Affair & Herc. Nicky Cave. Women. Indian Jewelry. And Beach House/Devotion by a fucking mile.

Posted by Nestalesta the unmolestah | November 24, 2008 10:03 PM

DEATH IN JUNE!!! THE RULE OF THIRDS!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2008 1:17 AM

Filter's Top 10 Albums of 2008...

1. MGMT, Oracular Spectacular
2. Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes
3. Dr. Dog, Fate
4. TV On The Radio, Dear Science
5. Foals, Antidotes
6. Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago
7. She and Him, Volume One
8. M83, Saturdays = Youth
9. Cut Copy, In Ghost Colors
10 The Dears, Missiles

Posted by brooklynvegan | November 25, 2008 2:02 PM

That Filter list is decent, except Dr. Dog and She & Him should be nowhere near it (swap those with Nick Cave & Portishead), and I'd move MGMT down to #10

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2008 2:13 PM

WOW. no love for silver jews OR mountain goats OR arms! that said. my top 5 in no order would go something like, Arms, Women, Walkmen, Silver Jews(by default) and three way last place tie between, No Age, Bon Iver(whice feels like it came out 10 years ago) and Fleet Foxes.

Posted by slooooweducation | November 25, 2008 2:32 PM

1. Third - Portishead
2. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
3. Dear Science - TV On The Radio
4. For Emma, Forever Ago - Bon Iver
5. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
6. The Seldom Seen Kid - Elbow
7. Stainless Style – Neon Neon
8. Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!! Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
9. Only By The Night - Kings Of Leon
10 22 Dreams - Paul Weller
11. Brighter Than Creation's Dark - Drive-by Truckers
12. Stay Positive - The Hold Steady
13. Litany of Echoes - James Blackshaw
14. Harps and Angels - Randy Newman
15. Made In The Dark - Hot Chip
16. Limbo, Panto - Wild Beasts
17. Seventh Tree - Goldfrapp
18. Real Emotional Trash - Stephen Malkmus
19. Rook - Shearwater
20. Evil Urges - My Morning Jacket

Posted by Uncut Magazine Top 20 | November 26, 2008 7:22 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2008 10:35 AM

50 Dido - Safe Trip Home
49 Emmylou Harris - All I Intended To Be
48 Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
47 Randy Newman - Harps And Angels
46 The Verve - Forth
45 Jack Johnson Sleep Through Static
44 Black Kids - Partie Traumatic
43 Joan As Police Woman - To Survive
42 Liam Finn - I'll Be Lightning
41 Lindsey Buckingham - Gift Of Screws
40 My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
39 Santogold - Santogold
38 John Mellencamp - Life Death Love & Freedom
37 Lykke Li - Youth Novels
36 R.E.M. - Accelerate
35 The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
34 Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
33 Hercules & Love Affair - Hercules & Love Affair
32 Oasis - Dig Out Your Soul
31 Black Mountain - In The Future
30 Portishead - Third
29 AC/DC - Black Ice
28 Paul Weller - Dreams
27 Neil Diamond - Home Before Dark
26 Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
25 Metallica - Death Magnetic
24 The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understatement
23 Beck - Modern Guilt
22 The Killers - Day & Age
21 Razorlight - Slipway Fires
20 The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
19 Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree
18 British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
17 Adele - 19
16 Hot Chip - Made In The Dark
15 Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
14 Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads
13 MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
12 Keane - Perfect Symmetry
11 Sigur Rós - Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust
10 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
09 The Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely
08 Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
07 TV On The Radio - Dear Science
06 Duffy - Rockferry
05 Glasvegas - Glasvegas
04 Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
03 Coldplay - Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
02 Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
01 Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night

Posted by Q Mag Top 50 | November 27, 2008 10:39 AM

deerhunter
lil wayne
kanye
beach house
black mountain

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2008 11:07 AM

Based purely what I listened to the most this year.

10. Department of Eagles
9. Fleet Foxes - LP
8. Dodos
7. The Black Keys
6. MGMT
5. Vampire Weekend
4. Ra Ra Riot
3. Deerhunter
2. Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant EP
1. Radiohead (officially 2008?)

Posted by Jack | November 27, 2008 11:11 AM

wow, im so glad i got to read 150 of the same list in different order

1 G R O W I N G
2 G G D
3 A C

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2008 12:57 PM

LIBRARY VOICES.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2008 1:48 PM

If your into Hip-Hop with a melody. I would say the New England based Hip-Hop act Sons of Kalal just released an amazing album! I hate Hip-Hop but this stuff is like a whole sound and style! I think there myspace page is myspace/sonsofkalal

Posted by Live Free or Die | November 27, 2008 2:14 PM

i thought there were quite a few good albums this year from old favorites and new comers alike:

the night marchers
constantines
fleet foxes
zomes
brightblack morning light
ryan adams
the new ac/dc isn't half bad
my morning jacket had some good jams and a few clunkers
friendly foes
she and him
will oldham

reissues: the rodriguez LP , A2 records comp, unpop : peel sessions comp

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2008 2:38 PM

whoops, i forgot the black angels - i really enjoyed that record too.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2008 2:56 PM

Okkervil
Frightened Rabbit
Raveonettes
Dodos
Evangelista
Ruby Suns
Spiritualized
War On Drugs
Silver Jews
Walkmen

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2008 5:07 PM

you people are all a bunch of pitchfork babies and listen to the same crappy indie records.

Posted by Shovevani | November 27, 2008 6:08 PM

finally listening to Black Moth Super Rainbow... Who cares about whose number 1, just be happy you have music to listen too.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2008 8:39 PM

well then, what do does shovevani suggest to cure us of our pitchfork baby taste?

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2008 11:55 PM

grouper - dragging a dead deer...

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2008 12:11 AM

Why? Alopecia - the most stunning brilliant album of the year.

Unmentioned albums which also turned my head:
Marc Ribot - Ceramic Dogs
Flobots- Fight With Tools
eMC - The Show
Little Jackie - The Stoop

Posted by uniquelyu1 | November 28, 2008 12:26 AM

Nice to see Ribot mentioned! One of my favorite guitarists.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2008 12:57 AM

Lost Wisdom - Mt Eerie

Everything Phil Elverum touches is gold.

Posted by science + skeleton | November 28, 2008 1:11 AM

You all are crazy, 2008 was ____.

1. Parenthetical Girls "Entanglements"
1. Max Tundra "Parallax Error Beheads You"
1. Skeletons "Money"
1. Portishead "Third"
1. Department Of Eagles "In Ear Park"
1. Marnie Stern "I Am It"
1. Harvey Milk "Life.. The Best Game In Town"
1. Hercules And Love Affair
1. Sic Alps "U.S. EZ"
1. Dodos "Visiter"

And on and on and on.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2008 3:12 PM

Plants and Animals - PARC AVENUE

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2008 3:40 PM

LP: Notwist "The Devil, You + Me"
single: Santogold "LES Artistes"

Posted by drewo | November 28, 2008 3:42 PM

Best of 08: Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

Best of 09: Animal Collective - MPP

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2008 3:42 PM

Bon Iver is soooo 2007
^^
and so are you.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2008 3:47 PM

While this technically didn't come out in 2008, only the video did, it is still the best release of the year:

I'm dead sleepin, u trickin
In the club with dirty foot bitches
My girl was there she witness
She had a camera phone she took pictures

You was on the dance floor grindin
With a striper Ho named Diamond
You was flossin hard, u was shinnin
Everything she drank, u buying
Fuck nigga u need to stop lying

Before I get mad and pull out my Nine
U want a new bitch to fuck, then that's fine
But don't fuck hers, then try to fuck mine

U keep tellin me "u ain't touch her"
But some keep tellin me u gone fucked'er
And I ain't that bitch, u want to play with
Nigga drop them boxers, lemme smell yo dick

Posted by Riskay | November 28, 2008 4:08 PM

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - "Sunday at Devil Dirt"

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2008 6:22 PM

CARDINOLOGY!!!!, damn haterz.

Posted by Jaydilla | November 28, 2008 7:47 PM

best album of the 3rd millennium

animal collective - mpp

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2008 12:04 AM

Hey everyone,

Here's a few I fancied:

The Muslims

Au

Paavoharju

The Ruby Suns

Japanther

Duchess Says (Montreal, woo!)


They're good!

Posted by Carmen | November 29, 2008 3:59 AM

Boris - Smile
Earth - The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull
Mutyumu - il y a
Prurient - And Still, Wanting
Nachtmystium - Assassins: Black Meddle Pt. 1
Agalloch - The White EP
Yasushi Yoshida - Little Grace
Nadja - The Bungled & The Botched
Ocoai - Breatherman
Opeth - Watershed
Torche - Meanderthal
5ive - Hesperus

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2008 3:48 PM

10 Beatles - White Album
09 The Velvet Underground & Nico
08 Guided By Voices - Under The Bushes...
07 Shellac - At Action Park
06 Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
05 Gary Numan - The Pleasure Principle
04 Beatles - Revolver
03 Dr Dre - The Chronic
02 Metallica - Master of Puppets
01 ZZ Top - Tres Hombres

Posted by greg | November 29, 2008 4:22 PM

check out my humble list for 'best you (probably) havent heard yet of '08.'- i purposefully steered clear of the stuff that keeps repeating on here. maybe you'll find something you like???

http://the-wurlitzer.blogspot.com/

hope you enjoy.

Posted by harlan | November 30, 2008 10:18 AM

Without further ado, here are my 25 favorite albums of 2008, followed by my picks for the five most overrated albums of the year.

1.Album of the Year: TV on the Radio, “Dear Science”

The other 24, in no particular order:

2.Portishead, “Third”

3. Deerhunter, “Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.”

4.Flying Lotus, “Los Angeles”

5.My Morning Jacket, “Evil Urges”

6.Beck, “Modern Guilt”

7.Girl Talk, “Feed the Animals”

8. Erykah Badu, “New Amerykah: Pt.One”

9.Fleet Foxes, “Fleet Foxes

10.MGMT, “Orcular Spectacular”

11.Santogold & Diplo, “Top Ranking”

12.The Raconteurs, “Consolers of the Lonely”

13.Black Mountain, “In the Future”

14.No Age, “Nouns”

15.Nine Inch Nails, “Ghosts I-IV”

16.King Khan and the Shrines, “The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines”

17.Steinski, “What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006”

18.The Bug, “London Zoo”

19.The Fireman, “Electric Arguments”

20.David Byrne & Brian Eno, “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today”

21.Daedelus, “Love to Make Music To”

22.The Black Keys, “Attack & Release”

23.DJ/rupture, “Uproot”

24. Bob Dylan, “Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Vol.8”

25.Gang Gang Dance, “Saint Dymphna”

Honorable mention: Eagle of Death Metal, “Heart On”

And my picks for the five most overrated albums of the year:

1.Guns N’ Roses, “Chinese Democracy”

2.Lil Wayne, “Tha Carter III”

3.Vampire Weekend, “Vampire Weekend”

4.Kanye West, “808s and Heartbreak”

5.Kings of Leon, “Only by the Night”

Posted by CNS Louisville | November 30, 2008 1:05 PM

1. The Evening Descends - Evangelicals
2. Songs in A&E - Spiritualized
3. You & Me - The Walkmen
4. The Midnight Organ Fight - Frightened Rabbit
5. Here, It Never Snowed. Afterwards It Did. - The Twilight Sad
6. Microcastle - Deerhunter
7. Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust - Sigur Ros
8. Saturdays=Youth - M83
9. Third - Portishead
10. Begin Civil Twilight - Auburn Lull
11. Songs for the Broken Hearted - Windy & Carl
12. Water Curses - Animal Collective
13. Lust Lust Lust - The Raveonettes
14. Snowflake Midnight - Mercury Rev
15. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
16. Footnotes: the Best of 1992-1994 - Adorable
17. Devotion - Beach House
18. The Seldom Seen Kid - Elbow
19. Dear Science, - TV on the Radio
20. Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel - Atlas Sound
21. Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill - Grouper
22. Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow - Hammock
23. The Coral Sea - Patti Smith & Kevin Shields
24. Keep Your Eyes Ahead - The Helio Sequence
25.There Will Be Blood (soundtrack) - Jonny Greenwood

Posted by Joseph | December 1, 2008 10:41 AM

who gives a shit?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 10:50 AM

Barry Manilow Sings the 80s album.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 11:11 AM

1. Why?
2. Evangelicals
3. Department of Eagles
4. Child Bite
5. Dearhunter
6. The Dead Bodies
7. Dodo's
8. Islands/human highway/Reefer
9. She & Him
10 Cut Copy

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 3:39 PM

1. JAY REATARD - Matador Singles '08 / Singles 06-07

2. NO AGE - NOUNS

3. Vampire Weekend- s/t

4. James Pants- Welcome

5. THE MUSLIMS - S/T

6. Blood on the wall – Liferz

7. Black Mountain – The future

8. PORTISHEAD – 3

9. TV on the Radio – Dear Science

10. Vivian Girls

Posted by ed koch | December 1, 2008 5:04 PM

Where's the Conor love? His album is amazing. It's a natural evolution of Conor's spiritual development that retains the same antsy energy we all know from Bright Eyes.

Highly recommend his song "I don't want to die (in the hospital)." I wrote about my interpretation on The Dirty Truth: http://www.stophospitalinfections.org/2008/11/i_dont_want_to_die_in_the_hosp.html

Also, definitely loved Deerhunter and Daedelus.

Posted by Daniela | December 2, 2008 2:04 PM

leila
toumani diabaté
erykah badu
the breeders
evangelicals
our sleepless forest
matmos
school of language
dodos
deerhoof
yo! majesty
marnie
q-tip

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2008 11:59 PM

The best album of the year was easily The Bedlam in Goliath.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2008 11:48 AM

Grouper - Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
Portishead - Third
No Age - Nouns
Gods & Queens - Untitled
WOMEN - WOMEN
Windy & Carl - Songs for the Broken Hearted
Deerhunter - Microcastle
Department of Eagles - In Ear Park
That Ghost - Young Fridays
Tim Hecker & Aidan Baker - Fantasma Parastasie

bam.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2008 12:06 PM

Amen to all the Alopecia love.

Posted by Cirilia | December 16, 2008 1:58 PM

FOALS!

Posted by Adam | December 16, 2008 2:15 PM

Mercury Rev - Snowflake Midnight

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 2:25 PM

YOUS AND MES
BY
DA WALKMEN

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 3:03 PM

No Age
Herlules and Love Affair
Cut Copy!!!
M83
Dot Rotten
Lil Wayne
Dodos. that song walking is incredable!
Santogold
El Guincho

Posted by Robbie | December 17, 2008 3:05 PM

Brian Wilson "Pacific Ocean Blue" was the best recording released this year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 3:51 PM

fuck i meant Dennis Wilson

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 3:55 PM

Mogwai - The Hawk Is Howling

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 4:02 PM

1. Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
2. Hercules & Love Affair - S/T
3. Bon Iver - For Emma...
4. Fleet Foxes
5. Crystal Castles

Posted by danieljosef | December 17, 2008 4:09 PM

Beach House "Devotion" followed CLOSELY by Portishead "Third."

Posted by jonathan | December 18, 2008 2:56 AM

Metronomy!!!Metronomy!!!Metronomy!!!Metronomy!!!Metronomy!!!Metronomy!!!Metronomy!!!Metronomy!!!Metronomy!!!Metronomy!!!Metronomy!!!Metronomy!!!

Posted by mikeB | December 18, 2008 8:21 AM

M83 Saturdays = Youth

Posted by j | December 18, 2008 10:44 AM

Top 5!

Fleet Foxes-ST
Royal Bangs-We Breed Champions
The War On Drugs-Wagonwheel Blues
Wolf Parade-At Mount Zoomer
Langhorne Slim-ST

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2008 11:08 AM

Wow!

Someone else with good taste. Ditto to 11:08

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2008 11:11 AM

Beaches by Beaches

...love it.

Posted by AdamVK | December 22, 2008 5:25 PM

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