Favorites: 28 for 2008

This was complicated.  When I first sat down to compile my favorite albums of the past year, I thought it was going to be difficult to find 25.  After all, according to my last.fm profile, I must’ve spent more time listening to dance singles and old post-punk, shoegaze, and Krautrock records over the past 12 months.  Then I realized there were 30 albums I really loved that were in fact released this past year.  Then I was like, well, I could stretch it to a top 40.  Then that went to 50, and even that left out some albums I liked.  So I settled on 28 just because I liked the sound of it. 

I had short reviews written for each of these, but decided to scrap them.  These albums already speak for themselves. 

Remember, these are MY favorite albums, so if you disagree with me…no hard feelings.  Feel free to leave comments about what YOU think was deserving this year.

Honorable Mention (Varying from “could’ve easily made the list” to “have their moments”): The Walkmen “You & Me”; Fuck Buttons “Street Horrrsing”; Benzi and Diplo Present Paper Route Gangstaz “Fear and Loathing in HuntsVegas”; Clipse “Road to Till the Casket Drops”; Abe Vigoda “Skeleton”; Broken Social Scene Presents: Brendan Canning “Something For All of Us”; The Gutter Twins “Saturnalia”; Earth “The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull”; The Breeders “Mountain Battles”; Nine Inch Nails “The Slip”; Mogwai “The Hawk is Howling”; Girl Talk “Feed the Animals”; The Bug “London Zoo”; Fleet Foxes “Fleet Foxes”; Young Jeezy “The Recession”; T.I. “Paper Trail”; Sun Kil Moon “April”; Silver Jews “Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea”; Hot Chip “Made in the Dark”; Sigur Ros “Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust”; No Age “Nouns”; Beck “Modern Age”; Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy “Lie Down in the Light”; Evangelicals “The Evening Descends”; Department of Eagles “In Ear Park”; British Sea Power “Do You Like Rock and Roll?”; Genghis Tron “Board Up the House”; The Verve “Forth”; of Montreal “Skeletal Lamping”; The Fireman “Electric Arguments”; Coldplay “Viva La Vida”; Kanye West “808s and Heartbreak”; Vampire Weekend “Vampire Weekend”; Times New Viking “Rip it Off”; Foals “Antidote”; Mr. Oizo “Lambs Anger”

My apologies to: Santogold, The Magnetic Fields, Stereolab, Squarepusher, Matmos, Beach House, Marnie Stern, Free Kitten, Dungen, Morgan Geist, GZA, Q-Tip, Enslaved, Krallice, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Deerhoof, The Notwist, The Howling Hex, John Maus, Blitzen Trapper, Parenthetical Girls, WHY?, The Dodos, Growing, Larsen, Diamanda Galas, Einstürzende Neubauten, and the multitudes of albums that I either haven’t spent enough time with or gotten around to yet.

28. Atlas Sound – Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel

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27. Destroyer – Trouble in Dreams

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26. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III

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25. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Real Emotional Trash

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24. High Places – High Places

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23. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles

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22. Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer

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21. Leviathan – Massive Conspiracy Against All Life

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20. Xiu Xiu – Women as Lovers

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19. The Very Best – Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit are The Very Best

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18. Harvey Milk – Life…The Best Game in Town

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17. Hercules and Love Affair – Hercules and Love Affair

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16. Nachtmystium – Assassins: Black Meddling, Pt. 1

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15. David Byrne & Brian Eno – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

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14. TV on the Radio – Dear Science

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13. Autechre – Quaristice

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12. Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours

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11. Kangding Ray – Automne Fold

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10. Mount Eerie – Lost Wisdom

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9. M83 – Saturdays = Youth

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8. Spiritualized – Songs in A&E

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7. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War

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6. Portishead – Third

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5. Grouper – Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill

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4. Lindstrøm – Where You Go I Go

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3. Deerhunter – Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.

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2. Fennesz – Black Sea

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1. Gang Gang Dance – Saint Dymphna

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9 responses to “Favorites: 28 for 2008

  1. I’ve made a few face lifts to my list since you published it. Mainly, I heard Saint Dymphna and had to add it to my list. All the way to number 5!! I can’t believe it took me so long to hear it. Kudos for placing it at #1. It is that good.

    • silenceinarchitecture

      Yeah, it was one of those albums that really kept getting better and better, similar to how I felt about The Knife’s “Silent Shout” a couple years ago. It’s as if the band said: ‘Hey Chris…if we were to create a perfect album just for you what would you want it to sound like? Eno-haze “Remain in Light”-era Talking Heads, Animal Collective, This Heat, Damo Suzuki-era Can, blissed-out latter-day Boredoms, “Holiday” by Madonna, Out Hud, Les Savy Fav-style geetar, a little dubstep, a smidge of grime, and tribalpsychedlia wham-bam-thank-you-mams? Ok.’

  2. I will agree with you all day about Gang Gang Dance. That probably won’t be all we agree on, either.

    • silenceinarchitecture

      I’m happy to hear that I’m not the only one who enjoyed the Gang Gang Dance record. Hopefully everyone who reads this, who hasn’t already, will give it a listen.

  3. Great job man, I hadn’t heard a single thing about Gang Gang Dance before this list and I checked them out, I figured hey if they are #1 they must be worth it, and they have some mighty tasty jams.

  4. i have a big favorite list….so i wont bother…. but what i will bother with is my least favorite list…its includes one band….fucking NO AGE….i dont feel that any reasonable person that has heard anything by this godawful band would need an explanation why said band is so godawful, but im pretty hopped up on wine sooooooo………………………….seriously, tell me if youve heard this one before, band writes shitty songs rips off not only every sound that anyone has ever decided to record, but also attempts to imitate any sort of feeling that those people created with that sound…i dont know if its the band i hate worse or what that band symbolizes, yes i know, this band represents every unoriginal idea that has ever been birthed and they are loved, so maybe its not even the and i hate or what they represent, but myabe its the people that have some how made them so goddamned prominent in a world where there is such beauty and intelligance and this band has accepted the responsiblity of putting music out and accepted the responisbility of the praise which for some reason is rained down upon them…….luckily theyll be forgotten in a couple of years and theyll split up and go on to be in another worse band that some how gets signed and tours and everyone will go see that band and say”yeah i saw them when he was in no age, this band isnt as good, but ill suck their cock anyway…..and maybe buy a button” its not trends that i hate, i adore trends because most of the time they bring about something goood, or something, god knows what the hell im even saying, NO AGE gets me into such a goddamned mood sometimes……..it is the fact that they, no matter how you look at it and no matter how much you say “well everyones got their own views” do not have any single valid reason for creating the music that they do, they do it because they understand it, the great artist have always searched for what they do not understand and used that to make something special, no age is not special…….i dont think i saw no age on anyones top list on this blog so i hope i havnt offended anyone….im drunk and naked and hate no age, it is me that should offend myself…and i do…..thanks

    joe

    ps.
    favorite list:
    bob dylan: bootleg series 8?9?7???
    unrealeased material from around ’89-’05, this includes outtakes from time out of mind and love&theft, two of his best records that he ever made.

    fightbite: emerald eyes
    a denton band, they have one of the most beautiful songs i have heard this year called swissexlover…go to their myspace an d listen http://www.myspace.com/ilyushindove
    also, the girl in fightbite is in another band called rival gang…see them also myspace.com/rivalgang

    times new viking: ????
    i might get in trouble for liking them after my shittalking of no age due to their similar sounds…but believe me, times new viking has something that most people will never have…souls.

    lil wayne: carter 3
    really no explanation needed for this one, just holy shit holy shit holy shit.

    coldplay: viva la vida:
    seriously………

    not seriously. did you hear lovers in japan, i thought it was the best U2 song id heard in 30 years.

    but i do love coldplay…….seriously.

    and apple.and gwyneth. and, whatever the new ones name is…ipod maybe, i love you too.

    thats all i can think of.

    sorry chris for invading your comment section instead of getting a blog of my own…i hope you dont mind, i hope my drunkrant doest embaress me in the morning, it willll…ogod….let me know if you go to the animal collective party down here.

    joe.

    • silenceinarchitecture

      Haha. I enjoyed this rant quite a bit. I agree that there is nothing special about No Age and all these fucking dopes who think they are part of some Nirvana or My Bloody Valentine or Velvet Underground zeitgeist. Like, huh? They aren’t even the best band within that whole L.A. Smell scene (that would probably be Abe Vigoda…I think). I don’t hate them, but I also don’t hear anything in them that I haven’t heard countless other bands do as well or better. And I agree that Times New Viking is awesome.

      And as for Coldplay…I thought “Viva La Vida” had some good songs on it, for sure…and I even hate U2 (well…at least post-irony U2)! ha.

  5. abe vigoda is sweet, i just startedl istening to them and havnt really figured out what it is goin on yet, but i like it, esspecially the little drummer whose body never moves, they look like a bunch of characters from a jud apatow tv show., i havnt listened to viva la vida, i just thought i had come up with a funny joke about lovers in japan and wanted to use it…………..also, just listened to gang gang dance, rockin. good choice.

  6. silenceinarchitecture

    gang gang dance’s previous releases are well worth checkin’ into as well.

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