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Written by: Adrian Villagomez (11/30/08)
2008: A Year in Music Review

Ah, another year with AbsolutePunk.net. I'm feeling like a veteran now. I'm Adrian (in case you don't know me), and below you'll find the music that shaped me in 2008. I'm fairly sure I've listened to more new music this year than any other year of my life, and I'm hoping to dive into even more in 2009. But in case I left out your favorite artist/release/etc., let me know what a dummy I am for missing ______. See you all in 2009, and thanks for the memories.

Top Albums

25. The Scenic - Find Yourself Here
24. Rivers Cuomo - Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo
23. Matt Pryor - Confidence Man
22. Fall Out Boy - Folie Deux
21. The New Frontiers - Mending
20. Right Away, Great Captain! - The Eventually Home
19. The Matches - A Band in Hope
18. Good Old War - Only Way to Be Alone
17. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
16. Augustana - Can't Love, Can't Hurt
15. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
14. Northstar - Broken Parachute
13. Ace Enders and a Million Different People - The Secret Wars
12. Tourmaline - The Swindle
11. Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak
10. Dorsey - The Skeleton Show
09. Val Emmich - Little Daggers
08. Valencia - We All Need a Reason to Believe
07. Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
06. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
05. Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold
04. Astronautalis - Pomegranate
03. Lydia - Illuminate
02. The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
01. Forgive Durden - Razia's Shadow: A Musical

Noteworthy EPs

03. Straylight Run - Un Mas Dos
02. Manchester Orchestra - Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind
01. A Great Big Pile of Leaves - The Fiery Works II

Noteworthy EPsI only listened to a handful of EPs this year, so here they are. Funny enough I ended up reviewing two of them. All three are worth a try, but make sure you download The Fiery Works II for free. Nothing to lose, and as you can read below, it contains one of my favorite songs of the year.

Top Tracks

10. Matt Pryor - "Where Did I Go Wrong"
09. Lydia - "This is Twice Now"
08. Forgive Durden - "Meet the King"
07. A Great Big Pile of Leaves - "Drought of Snow"
06. Valencia - "All at Once"
05. Astronautalis - "The Wondersmith and His Sons"

Astronautalis - "The Wondersmith and His Sons"I am a lover, lady,
Who sees just what you dream.
I know you're going crazy
Livin' with him and without me.
You trust me, don't you baby?
Yeah, you'd hand your life to me.

04. Conor Oberst - "Danny Callahan"

Conor Oberst - "Danny Callahan"There's no system, there's no guarantee
That the love you feel you carry inside can be passed.
But you try, I know you do, you still talk to your plants.
Ask, "How are you gettin' on alone?"

03. The New Frontiers - "Black Lungs"

The New Frontiers - "Black Lungs"If I was blind,
Said that everything's fine,
Would you kick me out the back door?
Or would you show me what I'm looking for?

02. Atmosphere - "Dreamer"

Atmosphere - "Dreamer"Little girl was her first reason to breathe,
And her little man was the first man she believed in.
She gotta live right and do right by self.
She do for self, she don't want your help.

01. The Gaslight Anthem - "Great Expectations"

The Gaslight Anthem - "Great Expectations"I saw tail lights last night in a dream about my first wife.
Everybody leaves, and I'd expect as much from you.
I saw tail lights last night in a dream about my old life.
Everybody leaves, so why, why wouldn't you?

Best Cover Art

10. Young Widows - Old Wounds
09. Search the City - A Fire So Big the Heavens Can See It
08. The Human Abstract - Midheaven
07. Lydia - Illuminate
06. Transistor Transistor - Ruined Lives
05. God is an Astronaut - God is an Astronaut
04. Johnny Foreigner - Waited Up Til It Was Light
03. Blacklisted - Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God
02. Wolftron - Flesh & Fears
01. Sleepmakeswaves - In Today Already Walks Tomorrow

Best Cover ArtA note to bands that actually care about having their cover art make it onto my end of the year lists: if the central figures on your respective covers have their arms spread out wide, they have a good chance of landing you a spot in my top five. I haven't listened to most of these albums yet, but I sure am interested after being taken in by their covers.

Best Music Video

Manchester Orchestra - "I Can Barely Breathe"

Runners-Up:

Manchester Orchestra - "Golden Ticket"
Manchester Orchestra - "Now That You're Home"

Best Music VideoA dark spin on The Wizard of Oz, a drawn bird flying to life across pages, and a stop-motion lumberjack with one lofty goal - Manchester Orchestra's music videos are an unusual blend of creativity and graphic savvy. Enjoy them, and make sure to pick up the band's album I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child if you don't own it yet.

Band of the Year

Forgive Durden

Artists Discovered (Past and Present)

+44
Ace Enders and a Million Different People
Aqualung
Astronautalis
Atmosphere
Augustana
Autopilot Off
Blackpool Lights
Bon Iver
Conor Oberst
The Gaslight Anthem
Good Old War
The Graduate
A Great Big Pile of Leaves
The Hold Steady
The Kooks
Lydia
Matt Pryor
Modest Mouse
The New Frontiers
Radiohead
Right Away, Great Captain!
Tourmaline
Val Emmich
Valencia
Vampire Weekend
Wolftron

Artists Discovered (Past and Present)Here are the "new" artists I listened to in 2008. Some of these artists are brand new (like Good Old War), but most of them were established before 2008. I'm not attempting to pass off the older artists as newly established, I'm simply listing off what's new to me. Of course I heard some of these artists before 2008 (see: Radiohead), but it was this year that I finally listened to one or more of their albums/EPs. As you can tell by the list, it's been a great year for discovery.

Best New Feature on AP.net

Amazon MP3 Deal of the Week

Best New Feature on AP.netI'm a big fan of Amazon.com, so of course I was excited when Jason let the staff members know that we were going to be teaming with the uber-popular online retailer. Now we're working with Amazon MP3 to "bring inexpensive, high-quality, DRM free music to our readers" - how wonderful. This means we can give readers the heads up when our favorite albums (example 1, 2) are available for download at about the price of a Happy Meal. Make sure to keep up to date with these deals, and also check out AbsolutePunk.net's Recommended Listening. We know what good is.

AP.net Thread of the Year

Lol Wut

Runner-Up:

Thursday - Common Existence - Feb 17th

AP.net Thread of the YearAP.net and Amy Hopler. Amy Hopler and AP.net. It's cyclical, it's disturbing, it's funny as hell. If you're looking for a twisted romance heavily steeped in AbsolutePunk.net "epic" history, make sure to read the first post by anamericangod in "Lol Wut." And if you want to skip ahead to the fireworks in "Thursday - Common Existence - Feb 17th," check this out.

Most Anticipated Releases of 2009

16. I Am the Avalanche
15. Third Eye Blind
14. New Found Glory
13. Saves the Day
12. Two Tongues
11. Say Anything
10. +44
09. Kevin Devine
08. Radiohead
07. The Decemberists
06. Straylight Run
05. mewithoutYou
04. Fun
03. Manchester Orchestra
02. Bright Eyes
01. Brand New

Smiley That Should Be Renamed :adrian: in the Future



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View my list from last year.

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05:11 PM on 12/24/08
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If you'd like to keep up with what I'm listening to in 2009, my blog is updated fairly often. I tag most of my music related posts with a 'recommendation' tag in case you want to weed out my other lame awesome entries.
09:38 PM on 12/24/08
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you'd like Butch Walker's new record.
10:26 PM on 12/24/08
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Hey, how'd you get in here?

edit: and you can buy it for me as a gift.
01:31 AM on 12/25/08
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i know things.
11:27 PM on 12/28/08
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Thread of the year, what a terrible honor for me.

And yes, get the Butch Walker album as soon as possible.
11:34 PM on 12/28/08
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Thread of the year, what a terrible honor for me.

And yes, get the Butch Walker album as soon as possible.
"After re-reading the "lolwut" thread, I'm glad we confirmed each other's realness via videochat," - Adrian.

don't be ashamed!
12:11 AM on 12/29/08
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Thanks for the heads up on Val Emmich, I saw you recc it, and bought some of his singles, really good stuff.
12:54 AM on 12/29/08
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Great list, A Villionaire!
03:59 AM on 12/29/08
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Completely missed Lol Wut. That was brilliant.

And you are a dummy for missing ____________.
07:49 AM on 12/29/08
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Most Anticipated Releases of 2009

16. I Am the Avalanche
15. Third Eye Blind
14. New Found Glory
13. Saves the Day

12. Two Tongues
11. Say Anything
10. +44
09. Kevin Devine
08. Radiohead
07. The Decemberists
06. Straylight Run
05. mewithoutYou
04. Fun
03. Manchester Orchestra

02. Bright Eyes
01. Brand New

Yes, just yes.

It's great to see The Scenic on a top 25 list; it really is a solid record, and they are great dudes.
10:22 AM on 12/29/08
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Love your anticipated releases. My list would pretty much be exactly that.
10:39 AM on 12/29/08
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... are you crazy?
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Forgive Durden at number one, very nice.

And your most anticipated is definitely close to my list, haha.
12:41 PM on 12/29/08
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Thread of the year, what a terrible honor for me.

And yes, get the Butch Walker album as soon as possible.
made my day, and thats just form what i picked up form it. i wish i wouldve been there (via internet) when it happened
04:55 PM on 12/29/08
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So cool to see some Val Emmich love, his voice is great and Little Daggers was such a good listen.
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