Facing New York - Get Hot (FiveOne Inc.)
Fresh off the heels from debuting his electro-dance side-project Wallpaper to the masses, FNY's lead singer Eric Frederic returns to his main squeeze with a bang. Despite losing two, long-time members (Matt Fazzi to Taking Back Sunday and Rene Carranza to UC Berkeley) Facing New York return with their most brilliant, introspective album to date.
Must-hear tracks: "Cops on Bikes," "Gesture" & "Me n My Friendz."
Jack's Mannequin - The Glass Passenger (Sire/Warner.)
Perhaps one of the most anticipated releases of 2008 by our community here at Absolutepunk, Andrew McMahon doesn't let us down. Determined not to make "the cancer record," McMahon down with absolutepunk in December of 2007, playing what was at the time a "near-complete record." However, it would not be until August that fans would get to hear the final product, and it proved worth the wait. Lush piano arrangements and deep moods that seem to channel more classic Bob Dylan and Ben Folds than even those artists these days, respectively.
Must-hear tracks: "Swim," "Spinnin'," "Caves" & "The Resolution."
Coldplay - Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends
Tourmaline - The Swindle
The Kooks - Konk
Danger Radio - Used and Abused
Lydia - Illuminate
The Audition - Champion
Ben Folds - Way to Normal
Nada Surf - Lucky
The Morning Benders - Talking Through Tin Cans
Anberlin - New Surrender
Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
Kings of Leon - Only by the Night
Copeland - You Are My Sunshine
Phantom Planet - Raise the Dead
Why? - Alopecia
Ratatat - LP3
Portugal. The Man - Censored Colors
Forgive Durden - Razia's Shadow
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
The Mars Volta - The Bedlam in Goliath
Liger Lou - A Partial Print
Black Kids - Partie Traumatic
Alkaline Trio - Agony and Irony
Alive in Wild Paint - Ceilings
Girl Talk - Feed the Animals
Tokyo Police Club - Elephant Shell
Jason Mraz - We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cardinology
1. Third Eye Blind - Red Star EP
2. Wallpaper - T-Rex EP
3. Jack's Mannequin - In Valleys EP
4. Coldplay - Prospekt's March EP
5. One Day as a Lion - One Day as a Lion EP
6. Funeral Party - Bootleg EP
7. Ben Kweller - How Ya Lookin' Southbound? Come In.. EP
8. Fight Fair - Settle the Score EP (Re-release)
9. Artist Vs Poet - Artist Vs Poet EP
10. Brighten - Early Love EP This review is a user submitted review from Jonathan Lally. You can see all of Jonathan Lally's submitted reviews here.
12:55 AM on 12/29/08
What's that KoL cover? I haven't seen that.
01:00 AM on 12/29/08
Ain't nobody got time for that.
I think it's the like.. digital copy cover or something.. not sure..
01:30 AM on 12/29/08
Haha okay, it's really cool, so I was just wondering. Anyway, good list. I need to check out Facing New York.
01:40 AM on 12/29/08
Great list, Jon. Hope all is well, dude.
09:12 AM on 12/29/08
just wants to get a base.
Glad to see somebody not disappointed by 'Lucky.' Even though it is no 'Let Go' or 'The Weight Is A Gift," anything Nada Surf does still tramples a lot of music today.
09:39 AM on 12/29/08
Danger Radio in the sixth spot? interesting
01:44 PM on 12/29/08
major props for tourmaline and facing new york. both didn't make enough lists this year.
02:52 PM on 12/29/08
****** of the funky bunch
04:20 PM on 12/29/08
major kudos for the audition
04:40 PM on 12/29/08
All that wander are not lost
Get Hot is crazy, still not sure how i feel about it
11:49 PM on 12/29/08
All I need are sounds of ecstasy.
I'm surprised to see Danger Radio on so high on your list. But it's definitely a catchy album.
06:27 PM on 12/30/08
Noticed Liger Lou as well.