2008 was a rough year - economically (for all of us) and personally, but that's all going to change. With the optimistic quivers and chime of Fleet Foxes bringing me into the new year, things will be different. Lots of speed bumps, but luckily, I had a sublime playlist to bring me through it all. For that, I am grateful.
I learned to hate music a little bit more in 2008 - the crap bands and their undeserved success - but I grew to cherish the significance of a special band, song or album. I melted in the depths of Astronautalis and Bon Iver. I eagerly unwrapped a new Death Cab release. I found Baltimore gems that weren't within the pop-punk genre (Beach House and Wye Oak), and I interned for a grand club in the Washington, D.C. area. I got in trouble with the law. I started new projects, started booking at a new venue and joyfully continued living with my best friend and business partner, Jacqueline. WE GOT A NEW PRESIDENT. I put my puppy to sleep. I discovered Driver F and Vertigo Whales. I blogged. A lot. And crafted. A lot. I went on tour (sort of). I stepped up my game and then brought it back down again. I shut down a Starbucks, moved to a new one and readjusted. I was pleasantly surprised with Razia's Shadow after hating Forgive Durden live. I got Valentine's Day flowers from Eyeball Records and a Buddha statue from my mom for my 22nd. I grew up a bunch. My 2008 was a weird 2008, but it sounded damn good.
Top Albums of 2008
20. The Little Ones - Morning Tide
19. Good Old War - Only Way to Be Alone
18. Miniature Tigers - Tell It To The Volcano
17. Right Away, Great Captain! - The Eventually Home
16. Valencia - We All Need a Reason to Believe
15. Sigur Ros - Meš Suš Ķ Eyrum Viš Spilum Endalaust
14. The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
13. Wye Oak - If Children
12. Driver F - Chase the White Whale
11. City and Colour - Bring Me Your Love 10. Dear and the Headlights - Drunk Like Bible Times 9. Beach House - Devotion 8. Forgive Durden - Razia's Shadow 7. Pompeii - Nothing Happens for a Reason 6. Why? - Alopecia 5. Tiger Lou - The Loyal 4. Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs 3. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago 2. Astronautalis - Pomegranate 1. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
Colour Revolt - Plunder, Beg and Curse
Person L - Initial
Lydia - Illuminate
Russian Circles - Station
Paper Rival - Dialog
Tokyo Police Club - Elephant Shell
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
Harrison Hudson - Blood, Sweat and Sweat
Top Loved 2007 Releases
3. The Rumble Strips - Girls and Weather
2. The Wombats - A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation
1. Looking Glass Wars - The Musician
Annuals - Such Fun
Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line
The Jealous Sound - Got Friends EP
Top EPs of 2008
5. You Me and Everyone We Know - So Young, So Insane
4. Looking Glass Wars - A Place in a Parlor
3. Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
2. Mansions - Mansions
1. Imperial China - Methods
Top Songs of 2008
10. Valencia - "Listen Up"
9. Dear and the Headlights - "I Know"
8. Fleet Foxes - "White Winter Hymnal" / "Blue Ridge Mountains"
7. Death Cab For Cutie - "Cath"
6. Pompeii - "What Kind of Future"
5. You Me and Everyone We Know - "I Can Get Back Up Now" feat. Max Bemis
4. Kevin Devine - "Another Bag of Bones"
3. Astronautalis - "The Story of My Life"
2. Bon Iver - "Skinny Love"
1. Manchester Orchestra - "Badges and Badges"
Most Anticipated Albums of 2009
7. Two Tongues
6. Brand New
5. Kevin Devine
4. The Thermals
2. Andrew Bird
1. Manchester Orchestra
Top Lyricist of 2008
3. Dean Stafford
2. Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf
1. Andy Bothwell
Top Record Labels of 2008
2. Favorite Gentlemen
1. Eyeball Records
Top Shows of 2008
5. Beach House @ Whartscape
4. Person L and Anthony Green @ The Ottobar
3. Virgin Fest @ Pimlico Race Course
2. Steel Train, Dear and the Headlights and Forgive Durden @ The Ottobar
1. Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine and All Get Out @ The Ottobar
Top Bands to Watch in 2009
3. Moving Mountains
2. All Get Out
1. Vertigo Whales
Top 10 TV Shows of 2008
4. CSI: Miami
3. Top Chef
2. Gossip Girl
Top Films of 2008
4. The Dark Knight
3. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
1. Ghost Town
Top Bars of 2008
5. Zen West
4. Mick O'Sheas
2. The Ottobar