Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Simon's Top Albums of 2008

Three words; hardest year ever. With downloading music (guilty as charged) at its optimum, this was the year that settling into anything became that much harder. Okay, so you get your main stayers, but even that becomes harder as you attempt to point your attention to as much material as humanly possible.

I usually only compile a list 25, but this year it's been stretched out to 30 plus honourable mentions. Not enough, you say? Well sorry, but that's all the heart can take. I thought a paid job was stressful?

Anyway. Enjoy, criticize, do what you like. I'm just glad the rigmarole is over...

1. The Constantines - Kensington Heights [Arts & Crafts]

2. TV On The Radio - Dear Science [4AD/Interscope]

3. The Gutter Twins - Saturnalia [Sub Pop]

4. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Real Emotional Trash [Matador Records]

5. British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music? [Rough Trade]

6. Mercury Rev - Snowflake Midnight [V2/Yep Roc Records]

7. Dead Meadow - Old Growth [Matador Records]

8. Boris - Smile [Southern Lord]

9. Deerhunter - Microcastle/Weird Era. Cont [Kranky/4AD]

10. Mogwai - The Hawk Is Howling [Rock Action Records]

11. Atlas Sound - Let the Blind Lead Those That Can See But Cannot Feel [Kranky]

12. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! [Mute/ANTI-]

13. Destroyer - Trouble in Dreams [Merge/Rough Trade]

14. Portishead - Third [Island Records]

15. Bob Mould - District Line [ANTI-]

16. Okkervil River - The Stand-Ins [Jagjaguar]

17. Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull [Southern Lord]

18. Silver Jews - Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea [Drag City]

19. Tapes 'N Tapes - Walk it Off [XL Recordings]

20. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago [Jagjaguar]

21. Grouper - Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill [Type Records]

22. Cut Copy - Ghost Colours [Modular Recordings]

23. Blitzen Trapper - Furr [Sub Pop]

24. A Silver Mt. Zion – 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons [Constellation]

25. M83 – Saturdays = Youth [Mute]

26. The Cure – 4:13 Dream [I AM/ Geffen Records]

27. Daturah – Reverie [ Graveface Records]

28. Mudhoney – The Lucky Ones [ Sub Pop]

29. The Dears – Missiles [Dangerbird Records]

30 - Growing - All the Way [The Social Registry]


The Grey Daturas – Return to Disruption [Neurot Recordings/Heathen Skulls]
Broken Social Scene Presents Brendan Canning - Something For All of Us [Arts & Crafts]
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – My Bloody Underground [A Records]
Tricky – West End Boys [Domino]
The Walkmen – You & Me [Gigantic]
Secret Machines – Secrer Machines [TSM Recordings]
My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges [ATO/Rough Trade]
Harvey Milk - “Life...The Best Game in Town" [Hydra Head Record]
The Dandy Warhols – Earth To Dandy Warhols [Beat the World Records]
Sigur Ros - Með Suð í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust [EMI/XL Recordings]
Spiritualized – Songs In A&E [Sanctuary/Universal]
Beck - Modern Guilt [Geffen Records]
Fuck Buttons – Street Horrrsing [ATP Recordings]
The Fall – Imperial Wax Solvent [Castle]
The Hold Steady – Stay Positive [Vagrant/Rough Trade]
High Places – 03/07 07/09 [Thrill Jockey]
The Drones – Havilah [In-Fidelity/ATP Recordings]
Vivian Girls - Vivian Girls [Mauled by Tigers]
Melvins – Nude with Boots [Ipecac]
Paul Westerberg - 49:00 [Self Released]

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