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Nathan Lint 12/04/08 12:03 PM

Nathan Lint
2008. What a year. In my life, it sucked. I had some of my biggest ups and worst downs of my life. This roller coaster is finally coming to an end and for that I'm grateful. Just to be alive and another year older at this point in time sometimes seems like a miracle. In music, it wasn't awful, I just wish I had a better chance to check out some of the more hyped releases of the year. I usually don't enjoy them as much as other people anyway.

To my closest friends, without you, I am nothing. You make life worth living, and I am where I am today because of you. To everyone new in my life, I welcome many wonderful years of friendship. To everyone I have lost touch with, I intend it mend that.

To Detroit and its outlying areas, you dying breed, your broken edifices may discourage some, but I know the truth. Your people know what it feels like to be in a depression, and we as a people will live on. Even if we have to relocate for a period of time. As for the bands, lets make this a 2009 to remember.

30. No Harm Done - Escape (Think Fast!)
29. Punchline - Just Say Yes (Modern Short Stories)
28. Able Baker Fox- Voices (Second Nature)
27. Counting Crows - Saturday Nights And Sunday Mornings (Geffen)
26. Carpenter - Law Of The Land (Smallman)
25. Coldplay - Viva La Vida (Capitol)
24. Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs (Atlantic)
23. Scream! Hello - Everything Is Always Happening (Red Leader)
22. Fall Out Boy - Folie a Deux (Island)
21. Paint It Black - New Lexicon (Jade Tree)
20. Living With Lions - Make Your Mark (Blackbox)
19. Forgive Durden - Razia's Shadow (Fueled By Ramen)
18. Bayside - Shudder (Victory)
17. Why? - Alopecia (Anticon)
16. Phantom Planet - Raise The Dead (Fueled By Ramen)
15. Alkaline Trio - Agony And Irony (Epic)
14. Pompeii - Nothing Happens For A Reason (Eyeball)
13. Matt Pryor - Confidence Man (Vagrant)
12. Smoking Popes - Stay Down (Appeal)
11. Man Without Wax - Anchor (Eyeball)
10. Portugal. The Man - Censored Colors (Equal Vision)
09. She & Him - Volume One (Merge)
08. This Town Needs Guns - Animals (Big Scary Monsters/Sargent House)
07. The Loved Ones - Build And Burn (Fat)
06. Panic At The Disco - Pretty. Odd. (Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen)
05. Lemuria - Get Better (Asian Man)
04. Dear And The Headlights - Drunk Like Bible Times (Equal Vision)
03. Good Old War - Only Way To Be Alone (Sargent House)
02. Polar Bear Club - Sometimes Things Just Disappear (Red Leader)
01. The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound (SideOneDummy)

Overhyped, OverratedI loved Sink or Swim, I knew these guys were gonna get big. The 59 Sound blew me away, and has some awesome playback value. Polar Bear Club was hard hitting and has really packed a punch after seeing their live show. Good Old War's harmonies are great and I was never a huge Days Away fan so this was definitely my surprise of the year. Sheena and Lemuria really kicked my ass with their record this year, there's something for everyone in this release. All in all, a good year, but really more of a prequel to what i'm expecting to be the best year for music in a while.

Highest Honorable Mentions

31. Paper Rival - Dialog (Photo Finish)
32. Lydia - Illuminate (Linc Star)
33. City And Colour - Bring Me Your Love (Vagrant)
34. Cavalier - How To Grow Your Brain (Independent)
35. This Is Hell - Misfortunes (Trustkill)

Honorable Mentions

Right Away, Great Captain! - The Eventually Home (Favorite Gentleman)
Kay Kay And His Weathered Underground - Kay Kay And His Weathered Underground (Bombs Over Bellvue)
That Was Something - BEARS! (Oort)
Jack's Mannequin - The Glass Passenger (Sire)
Sleepercar - West Texas (Civil Defense League)
Tokyo Police Club - Elephant Shell (Saddle Creek)
Tiger Lou - The Loyal (Eyeball)
Death Is Not Glamorous - Soft Clicks (Run For Cover)
Mates Of State - Re-Arrange Us (Barsuk)
Jet Lag Gemini - Fire The Cannons (Doghouse)
Koufax - Strugglers (Doghouse)
Static Radio NJ - An Evening Of Bad Decisions (Chunksaah)
The Morning Of - The World As We Know It (Tragic Hero)
The Scenic - Find Yourself Here (Victory)
Zox - Line In The Sand (SideOneDummy)

Top EP's Of The Year

01. Balance And Composure - I Just Want To Be Pure (Independent)
02. The Gaslight Anthem - Senor And The Queen (SABOT)
03. The Weakend - Tornado Days (Independent)
04. The Wonder Years - Won't Be Pathetic Forever (No Sleep)
05. The Cool Kids - Bake Sale (C.A.K.E.)
06. This Time Next Year - The Longest Way Home (Run For Cover)
07. One Small Step For Landmines - If You Could Get Over Me (Civil Devense League)
08. Fireworks - Adventure, Nostalgia, and Robbery (Run For Cover)
09. Monument Monument - Sleep Well When You Get There (Independent)
10. Stars - Sad Robots (Arts & Crafts)

Most Disappointing Albums Of 2008

01. Lovedrug - The Sucker Punch Show
02. Anberlin - New Surrender
03. Cold War Kids - Loyalty To Loyalty
04. The Matches - A Band In Hope
05. Gym Class Heroes - The Quilt
06. Anthony Green - Avalon
07. The Killers - Day & Age
08. The All American Rejects - When The World Comes Down
09. Alive In Wild Paint - Ceilings
10. Houston Calls - The End Of An Error

Albums I Missed (Or Didn't "Get" Until Now) In 2007

The Menzingers - A Lesson In The Abuse Of Information Technology
Attack In Black - Marriage
Jimmy Eat World - Chase This Light
Crime In Stereo - Is Dead
Broadway Calls - Broadway Calls

Albums From 2007 I'm Still Obsessed With

Ride Your Bike - Bad News From The Bar
The Swellers - My Everest
The Gay Blades - Ghosts
The Gaslight Anthem - Sink Or Swim
Paramore - Riot!
One Small Step For Landmines - One Small Step For Landmines
Broadway Calls - Broadway Calls
Ted Leo And The Pharmacists - Living With The Living
Eisley - Combinations
Cassino - Sounds Of Salvation

Albums Your Parents Will Love

The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
Good Old War - Only Way To Be Alone
Counting Crows - Saturday Nights And Sunday Mornings
Carpenter - Law Of The Land
Panic At The Disco - Pretty Odd

Up And Comers To Watch In 2009

01. The Swellers
02. Lemuria
03. Good Old War
04. Why?
05. Polar Bear Club

Best New Band Of 2008

01. Good Old War
02. Polar Bear Club
03. Living With Lions
04. Lemuria
05. Man Without Wax

Shut UpI figure I have to explain this one because there will be some asshat whose like "those bands aren't new. Yes, I realize Polar Bear Club, Living With Lions and Lemuria all have had EP's and various 7"'s released before 2008, but they were still relatively unknown outside of their respective scenes and I think these were the records that really put the bands over. This is why they were chosen for this category.

Best Lyrics Of 2008

01. Brian Fallon (The Gaslight Anthem)
02. Ian Metzger (Dear And The Headlights)
03. Jimmy Stadt (Polar Bear Club)
04. Ryan Ross (Panic At The Disco)
05. Goodman, Arnold & Schwartz (Good Old War)

Best Vocals Of 2008

01. Zooey Deschanel (She & Him)
02. Thomas Dutton (Forgive Durden)
03. Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy)
04. Brendan Urie (Panic At The Disco)
05. Sheena Ozzella (Lemuria)

Best Unsigned/Small Label Band

Balance And Composure

No Harm Done

The Agent
Truth Is

Take Notice

Best Live Show I Saw In 2008

Polar Bear Club
The Gaslight Anthem
The Swellers

Hardest Working Band Of 2008

The Gaslight Anthem
The Swellers

Best Record Label

Sargent House

Most Underrated Band

Polar Bear Club
Good Old War
The Swellers
The Gaslight Anthem
Dear And The Headlights

Worst Breakups

01. The Ergs
02. Paper Rival
03. The Weakend
04. Bangarang!
05. Fiore
06. 2*Sweet
07. The Wildbirds
08. Ambitions
09. Folly
10. Morning For The Masses

Best Reunions

01. The Get Up Kids
02. Race The Sun
03. Face To Face
04. Recover
05. Slick Shoes

Worst Band Of The Year

Metro Station
Plain White T's

Band Of The Year

01. The Gaslight Anthem
02. Polar Bear Club
03. Lemuria
04. Good Old War
05. Portugal. The Man

Most Anticipated Releases Of 2009

30. Title Fight
29. Circa Survive
28. Reubens Accomplice
27. Green Day
26. Saves The Day
25. Ace Enders
24. Bright Eyes
23. I Am The Avalanche
22. The Gay Blades
21. Agent
20. Kiss Kiss
19. Eisley
18. One Small Step For Landmines
17. Crime In Stereo
16. Paramore
15. Jimmy Eat World
14. The Wonder Years
13. Set Your Goals
12. Ted Leo And The Pharmacists
11. Weakerthans
10. As Tall As Lions
09. Cursive
08. This Time Next Year
07. Kevin Devine
06. Moneen
05. Broadway Calls
04. Fireworks
03. Fun
02. The Swellers
01. Brand New

Predictions For 2009

A 90's resurgence will begin to take place.
There will be a slight increase in cd/digital sales.
There will be some other band influenced to write a musical
Brand New will bring sex to my ears once more.
The '59 Sound will become the 2009 Sound (AKA we'll see some Gaslight ripoffs next year)

Best Songs Of 2008

Polar Bear Club - Convinved I'm Wrong
The Gaslight Anthem - The Backseat
Good Old War - Coney Island
Lemuria - Pants
Dear And The Headlights - Saintly Rows (Oh Oh)

2009, You Son Of A Bitch

If you suck, I will come and drag you out of whatever crevice you were halfway hiding in and beat you to a bloody pulp. I'm not kidding. No more deaths, no more layoffs, no more struggling economy, and most of all, no more broken men.
RIP DML 2/21/52-3/18/08 i love you mom<3

ThisIsNotDan 12/29/08 07:01 AM

I like this list man

animalfriend 12/29/08 07:18 AM


Rodeo 12/29/08 08:11 AM

By far the best list on the site, dude!! Love ya, man! :-)

altemose09 12/29/08 09:01 AM

nice to see living with lions on someone's list. also i just want to be pure is amazing. best ep of the year without a doubt. i recommend tigers jaw.

fightoffyrdmns 12/29/08 09:16 AM

Polar Bear Club love, Brand New as your most anticipated, and awaiting KD, Moneen, and STD? Excellent list. Sorry to hear about a lot of loss this year.

tm decomposer 12/29/08 10:56 AM

Really solid list. Great to see you give Agent some love.

zubinmoosa 12/29/08 11:22 AM

"Brand New will bring sex to our ears"


sargenthouse 12/29/08 11:38 AM

you my friend rule. Thanks for the Record Label acknowledgement of Sargent House, that means a lot to us and good ear on picking up on TTNG so early on! we are excited to be releasing that album here in the States.

Nathan Lint 12/29/08 12:38 PM


Originally Posted by sargenthouse (Post 30984522)
you my friend rule. Thanks for the Record Label acknowledgement of Sargent House, that means a lot to us and good ear on picking up on TTNG so early on! we are excited to be releasing that album here in the States.

The musicianship on that record is just flawless. It also helps that Good Old Wars' harmonies kept me singing pretty much the entire year. I'm looking forward to a stellar 2009 from you guys!

Kgod 12/29/08 05:16 PM

Another staffer disappointed by A Band In Hope, what gives. I fell head over heels for this album the moment I heard it, and I need to know what it is you dislike about it?

allisterkid 12/29/08 08:42 PM

Very nice list.

FourStarters 12/29/08 10:01 PM

Holy shit at someone showing The Ergs some love.

Nice work, Nate.

ddb43 12/31/08 12:53 PM

One of the better lists, but what about Off With Their Heads...simply amazing! Also, LaGrecia put out one hell of a release. At least you nailed TGA.

Joe Lemble 12/31/08 04:56 PM

The Fireworks Album is amazing ;)
The Swellers rule.

The only reunion I was able to see was Race the Sun - but it was epic.