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Beach House

Edward Droste of Grizzly Bear's Top 10 of 2008

1. Beach House, Devotion (Carpark Records)
2. Department of Eagles, In Ear Park (4ad Records)
3. Portishead, Third (Mercury)
4. Nico Muhly, Mothertongue (Brassland Records)
5. Final Fantasy, EPs (Tomlab)
6. Hercules and Love Affair, Hercules and Love Affair (Mute U.S.)
7. M83, Saturdays=Youth (Mute U.S.)
8. Ssion, Fools Gold (Sleazetone)
9. The Chap, Mega Breakfast (Ghostly Int'l)
10. John Maus, Love is Real (Upset! The Rhythm)
That is list is via Filter. Ed's #2 is his Grizzly Bear bandmate's other band who have some shows coming up in January. Ed's #4 is doing the arrangements for Grizzly Bear's orchestral show at BAM in February. Ed's #5 is also on that bill. Ed's #7 listed his own Top 10 for Filter, a list that also included Ed's #6. I wish Ed's #3 was playing NYC, but who knows when that day will come again. Ed's #1 is playing NYC tonight, Tuesday December 9th, at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Dent May's Paw Tracks labelmate Tickley Feather. All Beach House tour dates below...

Beach House - 2008/09 Tour Dates
Dec. 09 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg #
Dec. 10 Providence, RI Club Hell #
Dec. 11 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall #
Dec. 12 Boston, MA Museum of Fine Arts #
Jan. 19 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern*
Jan. 20 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda*
Jan. 21 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore*
Jan. 23 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom*
Jan. 24 Seattle, WA Neumos*

* = w/ The Walkmen
# = w/ Tickley Feather

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Comments (22)

Right on. This record [Beach House's "Devotion"] is tremendous and so far not garnering nearly the praise it deserves.

I don't think Mothertongue is as strong as Honest Music though. The texture, the layered & sampling, it's all inventive and gorgeous, but ideas get in the way of emotion here. Except for "The Only Tune", where everything comes together.

Posted by sc | December 9, 2008 10:28 AM

Beach House live @ Bottletree http://vimeo.com/2143238

Posted by WeHaveSignal | December 9, 2008 10:33 AM

Oh man this is too funny. M83 and Department of Eagles BOTH SUCK. Get over it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 10:33 AM

makes me want to revisit Devotion. i liked a few songs on it, but never fell in love with the album as a whole.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 10:47 AM

Agreed. The D.O.E at #2 is just a *tad* biased.

It's an average record.

Posted by sc | December 9, 2008 10:49 AM

ALL GAY SHIT!

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 10:59 AM

loved the first record, and didn't come around on devotion until the cold autumn took over. just didnt do anything for me in the spring and summer, but now it totally makes sense. great rcrd. looking forward to tonight.

Posted by mcg | December 9, 2008 11:04 AM

"Ed's #1 is playing NYC tonight, Tuesday November 9th..."

december or november?

wtf BV?!?!?!??!?!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 11:05 AM

"december or november?"

OOOOOPS

Posted by brooklynvegan | December 9, 2008 11:16 AM

I really like the Department of Eagles record. It's a grower, for sure.

10:59, please elaborate...

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 11:19 AM

I never fully understood the point of top 10 lists. Are they meant to make us think more highly of the people compiling them or are they written to wow us into buying/stealing the music therein?


What's the deal with that?

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 11:23 AM

Top ten lists are a way of non-artists to feel included in the art of music making when in fact music cannot be rated or ranked for its abstract qualities cannot be quantified. You either like something or choose not to like it and therefore should shut up.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 11:25 AM

Department of Eagles ONLY #2?!?! Does that mean there is discord in the band?????

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 11:30 AM

I think they're just for fun and people shouldn't take them so seriously. Sheesh.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 11:34 AM

Lists are good for alerting you, the music fan, to discs you may have missed or overlooked during the year. Applying a numerical rank to them, though, is sort of silly.

btw - #1 all-time-song: "Eight Miles High" by the Byrds!

Posted by drewo | December 9, 2008 11:35 AM

11:23 -- I don't like ranked lists myself. We're too rank/numbers-obsessed as a culture now. I'd prefer just to see what records someone finds interesting, not in order, and not served up with the obligatory TOP FIVE or TOP TEN or BEST FIFTEEN banners.

Pitchfork is the nadir of all this, with their misbegotten to-the-decimal ranking system.


11:25 -- Awesome. Except that all too often artists -- not just "non-artists" -- engage in the same process.


Art can and should be discussed, written about, responded to. But processing it numerically is a lost cause.

Posted by sc | December 9, 2008 11:40 AM

I think the lists are harmless. I like reading them. I think the problem is when people get all up in arms and feel oppressed because someone has dared to rank something differently than they would. Same thing as when people argue about whether or not something was "the show of the year". I'm all for a lively debate, but all too often it's just people spewing MORAL OUTRAGE while not having a point.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 12:06 PM

i like this list


Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 12:09 PM

i like lists.
i have been obsessed with The National all year, found out about their album from a best-of-2007 list.

not so sold on Beach House though. sounds pretty lazy to me, but if you like it, you know, enjoy away.

Posted by yoga | December 9, 2008 12:10 PM

department of eagles = best album of the year!

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 12:16 PM

11:25 -#2 post of the year!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 12:26 PM

"You came to me" by Beach House is perhaps the prettiest thing I've heard all year. It reminds me of Kendra Smith and Opal. "Gila" and "Turtle Island" are pretty amazing too. Devotion is one of the best of 2008.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 12:28 PM

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