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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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Jezy Gray’s Top 25 of 2008, Part FINAL!

10. Beach House – Devotion

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9. The Magnetic Fields – Distortion

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8. Destroyer – Trouble in Dreams

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7. Mount Eerie – Lost Wisdom

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6. My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges

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5. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Lie Down in the Light

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

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3. Portishead – Third

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2. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part 1: 4th World War

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1. Silver Jews – Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea

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Jezy Gray’s Top 25 of 2008, Pt. 3

15. Marnie Stern – This is It & I Am It…

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14. Deerhoof – Offend Maggie

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13. Stereolab – Chemical Chords

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12. Grouper – Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill

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11. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Real Emotional Trash

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Jezy Gray’s Top 25 of 2008, Pt. 1

25. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

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24. The Breeders – Mountain Battles

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23. Spiritualized – Songs in A&E

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22. The Gutter Twins – Saturnalia

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21. Mercury Rev – Snowflake Midnight

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Chase Jackson’s Top 25 of 2008, Pt. 3

10. Cryptacize – Dig That Treasure

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9. M83 – Saturdays = Youth

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8. TV on the Radio – Dear Science

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7. Hercules and Love Affair – Hercules and Love Affair

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6. Marnie Stern – This is it and i am it and you are it and so is that and he is it and she is it and we are it and that is that

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5. Deerhunter – Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.

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4. Beach House – Devotion

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3. Portishead – Third

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2. Grouper – Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill

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1. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)

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Up next: Jezy Gray’s Top 25.

Chase Jackson’s Top 25 of 2008, Pt. 2

14. Atlas Sound – Let the Blind Lead Those Who Cannot Feel

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13. New Bloods – The Secret Life

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12. Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours

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11. Fuck Buttons – Street Horrrsing

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Chase Jackson’s Top 25 Albums of 2008, Pt. 1

Here is the first in what we hope will be a series of end of the year guest lists.  This one comes from Chase Jackson, talented soul responsible for the Silence in Architecture-approved Death Knelly.  There are already a few best-of-’08 lists floating out there in cyberspace, but this is probably the best I’ve seen so far. 

Be sure to check out Death Knelly’s air-tight, fly-as-a-kite cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Over and Over“.  

Editor’s Note: The picks are by Chase…the extra videos were chosen by me, so keep in mind they don’t necessarily reflect Mr. Jackson’s favorite songs off of the accompanying album.   

25. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III

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24. Times New Viking – Rip It Off

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23. Ratatat – LP3

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22. High Places – High Places 03/07-09/07

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21. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles
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20. The Magnetic Fields – Distortion

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19. Lykke Li – Youth Novels

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18. Stereolab – Chemical Chords

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17. Sebastian Tellier – Sexuality

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16. The Breeders – Mountain Battles

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15. Glass Candy – Deep Gems (A Collection of Singles, B-Sides and Rareties)

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