Ah, the end of a year. Time for everyone and their brother to trot out a multitude of year-end lists. Who am I to miss out on the fun? Besides, I've done a post with my favorite albums of the year each year that I've been blogging.
When I started thinking about this post, I figured I wouldn't possibly be able to even think of a Top 10. My friend Macho Man said a few weeks ago that he felt music has jumped the shark. When he said it, I couldn't say I totally disagreed with him. There were only a handful of recent albums that sprang to mind as being any good. I've also been listening to mostly older stuff for months now. With unemployment and new jobs, I didn't really feel like I bought much music this year, either.
The unemployment and general upheaval in my life in 2008 made me forget a lot of stuff, though. The Boy I Currently Like and I were watching the intro to Best Year Ever last night and they were playing clips of shit that happened over the course of the year. One clip was of Shaq doing his freestyle dissing Kobe. I looked at The Boy,
Jess: "That happened this year?"
The Boy: "Yep."
Jess: "Man. It's been a long year."
The Boy: "Yes it has."
With this in mind, I went to vote on my Top 10 on The Current's website. I realized there were absolutely 10 albums I really liked. There are several more on my honorable mention list. So, without further ado, here they are in no particular order ... well alphabetical, I guess.
Top 10 Albums of 2008
- Beach House, Devotion
Brendan Canning, Something For All Of Us
Elbow, The Seldom Seen Kid
Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes
Frightened Rabbit, The Midnight Organ Fight
The Helio Sequence, Keep Your Eyes Ahead
MGMT, Oracular Spectacular
My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges
Sons And Daughters, This Gift
The Ting Tings, We Started Nothing
If you put a gun to my head and forced me to choose, I would pick Brendan Canning's (of Broken Social Scene) album as my absolute favorite. No small feat considering my deep, deep abiding love of Elbow.
Honorable mention: The Raveonettes, Lust Lust Lust; M83, Saturdays=Youth; The Duke Spirit, Neptune; Tilly and the Wally, O; The Raconteurs, Consolers of the Lonely; British Sea Power, Do You Like Rock Music and Yeasayer, All Hour Cymbols.
Of course, there are all the bands whose discs I have yet to buy or download from iTunes or eMusic that would have had a shot at making the list -- Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Oasis, The Black Angels, The Black Keys, Atmosphere, Calexico, The Cool Kids, Drive-By Truckers, Jenny Lewis, Mercury Rev, Okkervill River, Sigur Ros, The Walkmen, Wolf Parade, Travis, The Verve, Mogwai, The Roots ... Most of them are on my Christmas list.
The most prominent absences on my list are likely Bon Iver and Vampire Weekend. I've seen them on all the lists The Boy keeps sending me. I really kinda hate both. They can eat a fucking dick. And TV on the Radio? Meh. I loved, loved, LOVED Return to Cookie Mountain. But Dear Science is a lot more like their first album, for which I didn't care too much. Snow Patrol was probably the biggest disappointment for me. I've loved them for ages, but this latest album is a huge leap forward on the accessible and bland continuum. It's Coldplay Jr.! Boo.
Possible links coming later, as I slowly get music onto my new computer.