Favorite 8 Records Of '08:
1. Brooke Waggoner - Heal For The Honey
Simply beautiful. If the end of the album opener doesn't send chills up and down your spine I'm relatively certain you have no soul.
2. Polar Bear Club - Sometimes Things Just Disappear
This was on my list last year too. I don't care.
3. Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak
Kanye gets his Thom Yorke on with an ambient, introspective, break-up record? I'm sold.
4. Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line
They just keep getting better. Beyond excited that many other people are starting to realize it.
5. Lykke Li - Youth Novels
The additional tracks shoehorned into the US release make it feel a tad lengthy but the original release is about as perfect as an indie-pop album can get.
6. Coldplay - Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends
I'm not embarrassed about any of the music that I love (but if I was Coldplay would probably top the list.)
7. The Cool Kids - The Bake Sale
Reminds me why I started listening to hip-hop in the first place.
8. The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
Reminds me why I started listening to punk-rock in the first place.
and making it 25...
Beck - Modern Guilt
Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
Joey Cape - Bridge
Kid Cudi - A Kid Named Cudi
Lemuria - Get Better
Paint It Black - New Lexicon
Ratatat - LP3
Robyn - Robyn
Santogold - Santogold
She & Him - Volume One
Sigur Ros - Med Sud I Eyrum Bid Spilum Endalaust
Small - Teenage Cover
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
The Very Best - Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit are The Very Best
We Are Castles - Demo
Weezer - Weezer