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Jonathan Lally

Written by: Jonathan Lally (12/03/08)
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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."


2
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."


3
Coldplay - Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends


4
Tourmaline - The Swindle


5
The Kooks - Konk


6
Danger Radio - Used and Abused


7
Lydia - Illuminate


8
The Audition - Champion


9
Ben Folds - Way to Normal


10
Nada Surf - Lucky


11
The Morning Benders - Talking Through Tin Cans


12
Anberlin - New Surrender


13
Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs


14
Kings of Leon - Only by the Night


15
Copeland - You Are My Sunshine


16
Phantom Planet - Raise the Dead


17
Why? - Alopecia


18
Ratatat - LP3


19
Portugal. The Man - Censored Colors


20
Forgive Durden - Razia's Shadow


21
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend


22
The Mars Volta - The Bedlam in Goliath


23
Liger Lou - A Partial Print


24
Black Kids - Partie Traumatic


25
Alkaline Trio - Agony and Irony


26
Alive in Wild Paint - Ceilings


27
Girl Talk - Feed the Animals


28
Tokyo Police Club - Elephant Shell


29
Jason Mraz - We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things


30
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cardinology


EP

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
 
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11:55 PM on 12/28/08
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What's that KoL cover? I haven't seen that.
12:00 AM on 12/29/08
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What's that KoL cover? I haven't seen that.
I think it's the like.. digital copy cover or something.. not sure..
12:30 AM on 12/29/08
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I think it's the like.. digital copy cover or something.. not sure..
Haha okay, it's really cool, so I was just wondering. Anyway, good list. I need to check out Facing New York.
12:40 AM on 12/29/08
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Great list, Jon. Hope all is well, dude.
08:12 AM on 12/29/08
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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.
08:39 AM on 12/29/08
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Danger Radio in the sixth spot? interesting
10:54 AM on 12/29/08
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Liger Lou
11:02 AM on 12/29/08
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Great list, Jonathan
12:44 PM on 12/29/08
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major props for tourmaline and facing new york. both didn't make enough lists this year.
01:52 PM on 12/29/08
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solid list!
03:20 PM on 12/29/08
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major kudos for the audition
03:40 PM on 12/29/08
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Get Hot is crazy, still not sure how i feel about it
10:49 PM on 12/29/08
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I'm surprised to see Danger Radio on so high on your list. But it's definitely a catchy album.
05:27 PM on 12/30/08
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Noticed Liger Lou as well.
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