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Best Albums of 2008 (Selected Lists)

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Berkeley Place: THE 26 BEST ALBUMS OF 2008

1. Frightened Rabbit-Midnight Organ Fight (Fat Cat)(review) Scottish drunken rock

2. Thao Nguyen and the Get Up Stay Down-We Brave Bee Stings and All (Kill Rock Stars)(review) Folkie sweet love

3. Santogold-Santogold (Downtown) Smart hip hop

4. Cloud Cult-Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes)(Self-released) Angsty indie

5. LoDeck and Omega One-Postcards From The Third Planet (Groove Attack)(review) Headzy hip hop

6. Gaslight Anthem-The 59 Sound (Side One Dummy)(review) Bar band

7. Grand Archives-The Grand Archives (Sub Pop)(review) Indie pop

8. Hasan Saalam-Children of God (Self-released)(review) Conscious rap

9. Vampire Weekend-Vampire Weekend (XL Recordings) Indie rock/afrobeat

10. Jedi Mind Tricks-A History of Violence (Babygrande) Hardcore hip hop

11. Sebastien Grangier & The Mountains-s/t (Saddle Creek) Punkdancerock

12. C-Rayz Walz and Kosha Dillz-Freestyle vs. Written (Modular Moods)(review) Underground rap

12. Nobunny-Love Visions (Self-released)(review) Retro ’50s rock

13. Chad VanGaalen-Soft Airplane (Sub Pop)(review) Acoustic folktronica

14. Cold War Kids-Loyalty to Loyalty (Downtown)(review) College rock

15. Future of the Left-Last Night I Saved Her From Vampires (Self-released) Live punk

16. Diacon-Panthers-Make it Feel Better (Self-released)(review) Southern indie rock

17. Black Mountain-In the Future (Jagjaguwar)(review) Southern grunge

18. Fuck Buttons-Street Horrrsing (Atp Recordings)(review) Industrial noisepunk

19. Blood on the Wall-Liferz (The Social Registry)(review) Indie/experimental

20. Elzhi-The Preface (Fat Beats) Intelligent hip hop

21. Joseph Arthur-Temporary People (Fargo) (review) Rock/folk/pop

22. Tilly and the Wall-o (Team Love)(review) Rock/folk/pop

23. Curumin-Japan Pop Show (Adrenaline Records)(review) Hip hop/soul/rock

24. Weinland-La Lamentor (Badman)(review) Delicious weirdness

25. Foul Mouth Jerk-Streetlight Music (GFE)(review) Ignorant hip hop

26. Langhorne Slim (Kemado)(review) Americana

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New Yorker Critic Sasha Frere Jone's 'Top Albums of 2008'

1. Bon Iver “For Emma, Forever Ago” (Jagjaguwar)

2. Portishead “Third” (Mercury/Island)

3. The Very Best “Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit are The Very Best” (Radioclit)

4. Dungen “4” (Kemado)

5. Taylor Swift “Fearless” (Big Machine)

6. Lil Wayne “Tha Carter III” (Universal)

7. Ashton Shepherd “Sounds So Good” (MCA)

8. Benga “Diary Of An Afro Warrior” (Tempa)

9. Flying Lotus “L.A. EP 1 x 3” (Warp)

10. Cat Power “Jukebox” (Matador)

11. Erykah Badu “New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War)” (Universal Motown)

12. Menahan Street Band “Make The Road By Walking” (Dunham)

13. Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop)

14. Megasoid “Tank Thong” (Weaponshouse)

15. Anna Ternheim “Halfway To Fivepoints” (Decca)

16. Laura Marling “Alas I Cannot Swim” (Virgin)

17. White Denim “Exposion” (Transmission)

18. Of Montreal “Skeletal Lamping” (Polyvinyl)

19. Yelle “Pop Up" (Source/Caroline)

20. Dr. Delay “Eastern Block Party” (Highly Pneumatic Sound)

21. Squarepusher “Just A Souvenir” (Warp)

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Stereogum's Top 50 Albums of 2008

50 Islands Arm's Way (Anti)

49 Born Ruffians Red, Yellow & Blue (Warp)

48 Man Man Rabbit Habits (Anti)

47 Bloc Party Intimacy (Atlantic)

46 Flight Of The Conchords Flight Of The Conchord (Sub Pop)

45 Chad VanGaalen Chad VanGaalen (Sub Pop)

44 Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple (Atlantic)

43 Crystal Castles Crystal Castles (Last Gang)

42 Hercules And Love Affair Hercules And Love Affair (Mute)

41 Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella)

40 Hot Chip Made In The Dark (Astralwerks)

39 Los Campesinos Hold On Now, Youngster... (Arts & Crafts)

38 The Black Keys Attack & Release (Nonesuch)

37 Ryan Adams & The Cardinals Cardinology (Lost Highway)

36 Dr. Dog Fate (Park The Van)

35 Jenny Lewis Acid Tongue (Warner Bros)

34 Blitzen Trapper Furr (Sub Pop)

33 The Raconteurs Consolers Of The Lonely (Warner Bros

32 Lykke Li Youth Novels (Atlantic)

31 Santogold Santogold (Downtown)

30 Kings Of Leon Only By The Night (RCA)

29 Conor Oberst Conor Oberst (Merge)

28 She & Him Volume One (Merge)

27 Beach House Devotion (Carpark)

26 Coldplay Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (Capitol)

25 Lil Wayne Tha Carter III (Cash Money)

24 M83 Saturdays = Youth (Mute)

23 The Dodos Visiter (French Kiss)

22 My Morning Jacket Evil Urges (ATO)

21 Okkervil River The Stand Ins (Jagjaguwar)

20 Cut Copy In Ghost Colours (Modular)

19 Department Of Eagles In Ear Park (4AD)

18 Beck Modern Guilt (Interscope)

17 Frightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ Fight (Fat Cat)

16 Ra Ra Riot The Rhumb Line (Barsuk)

15 No Age Nouns (Sub Pop)

14 Death Cab For Cutie Narrow Stairs (Atlantic)

13 WHY Alopecia (Anticon)

12 Sigur Rós Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust (XL)

11 Wolf Parade At Mount Zoomer (Sub Pop)

10 The Walkmen You & Me (Gigantic)

9 Girl Talk Feed The Animals (Illegal Art)

8 The Hold Steady Stay Positive (Vagrant)

7 Portishead Third (Mercury)

6 of Montreal Skeletal Lamping (Polyvinyl)

5 Deerhunter Microcastle (Kranky)

4 Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend (XL)

3 Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar)

2 TV On The Radio Dear Science (Interscope)

1 Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop)

Source: Stereogum

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Crystal Castles is a musical guilty pleasure for me.

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Crystal Castles is a musical guilty pleasure for me.

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NPR: Year In Review - Best Albums of 2008

Bon Iver

Album: For Emma, Forever Ago

Coldplay

Album: Viva la Vida

My Morning Jacket

Album: Evil Urges

Death Cab for Cutie

Album: Narrow Stair

Fleet Foxes

Album: Fleet Foxes [bonus Tracks]

Blind Pilot

Album: 3 Rounds and a Sound

Son Lux

Album: At War with Walls & Mazes

Santogold

Album: Santogold

Sparks

Album: Exotic Creatures of the Deep

Mates of State

Album: Re-Arrange Us

Chad VanGaalen

Album: Soft Airplane

TV on the Radio

Album: Dear Science

Plants and Animals

Album: Parc Avenue

Blitzen Trapper

Album: Furr

Ladyhawk

Album: Shots

MGMT

Album: Oracular Spectacular [bonus Features]

Vampire Weekend

Album: Vampire Weekend

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Motel de Moka’s Top 10 Albums 2008 (with sample mp3s)

1. Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista (Fonal)

MP3: Ursulan Uni

2. Jacaszek - Treny (Miasmah)

3. Scott Tuma - Not For Nobody (Digitalis)

4. Shed - Shedding the Past (Ostgut Ton)

5. Tape - Luminarium (Häpna)

6. Fleet Foxes - fleet foxes (Sub pop)

7. Bruno Pronsato - Why can’t we be like us (Hello? Repeat)

8. Grouper - Dragging a dead dear up the hill (Type)

9. Lykke Li - Youth Novels (LL)

10. Zdzislaw Piernik & Piotr Zbrodzki - Namanga (Vivo)

Read More/Sample @ Motel de Moka

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CMTs Top Country Albums of 2008

Top 10 Country Albums of 2008

Chet Flippo's Picks

Hank Williams, The Unreleased Recordings

Randy Travis, Around the Bend

Jamey Johnson, That Lonesome Song

Patty Loveless, Sleepless Nights

Alan Jackson, Good Time

Ashton Shepherd, Sounds So Good

Lee Ann Womack, Call Me Crazy

Sugarland, Love on the Inside

Trisha Yearwood, Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love

Emmylou Harris, All I Intended to Be

Alison Bonaguro's Picks

Sugarland, Love on the Inside

Ashton Shepherd, Sounds So Good

Darius Rucker, Learn to Live

Keith Anderson, C'Mon

Taylor Swift, Fearless

Kenny Chesney, Lucky Old Sun

Lady Antebellum, Lady Antebellum

Trace Adkins, X (Ten)

Phil Vassar, Prayer of a Common Man

Jamey Johnson, That Lonesome Song

Edward Morris' Picks

Dailey & Vincent, Dailey & Vincent

Charlie Haden, Family & Friends, Rambling Boy

Joey & Rory, The Life of a Song

Jypsi, Jypsi

Kathy Mattea, Coal

John Michael Montgomery, Time Flies

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass, Tribute to 1946 -47

Ralph Stanley II, This One Is Two

Rhonda Vincent, Good Thing Going

Hank Williams, The Unreleased Recordings

Craig Shelburne's Picks

Sugarland, Love on the Inside

Jamey Johnson, That Lonesome Song

The Imus Ranch Record

Lee Ann Womack, Call Me Crazy

Lady Antebellum, Lady Antebellum

And here are five more albums beyond the mainstream that merit a mention:

Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago

Hayes Carll, Trouble in Mind

Tift Merritt, Another Country

Reckless Kelly, Bulletproof

Dan Tyminski, Wheels

Read more @ CMT

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Jim DeRogatis/Chicago Sun Times 'Best Albums of 2008'

1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!" (Anti-)

2. David Byrne and Brian Eno, "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today" (http://everythingthathappens.com)

3. Vivian Girls, "The Vivian Girls" (In the Red)

4. The Knux, "Remind Me in 3 Days" (Interscope)

5. Brazilian Girls, "New York City" (Verve)

6. Local H, "12 Angry Months" (Shout Factory)

7. Saul Williams, "The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!" (niggytardust.com/Fader)

8. Fleet Foxes, "Fleet Foxes" (Sub Pop)

9. Kanye West, "808s & Heartbreak" (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam)

10. Erykah Badu, "New AmErykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War" (Motown)

11. TV on the Radio, "Dear Science" (DGC/Interscope)

12. Parts & Labor, "Receivers" (Jagjaguwar)

13. Jenny Lewis, "Acid Tongue" (Warner Bros.)

14. Spiritualized "Songs in A&E" (Fontana)

15. Sigur Ros, "Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust" (XL)

16. The Black Angels, "Directions to See a Ghost" (Light in the Attic)

17. Girl Talk, "Feed the Animals" (Illegal Art)

18. Gnarls Barkley, "The Odd Couple" (Atlantic)

19. Weezer, "Weezer" (Geffen)

20. Lou Reed, "Berlin: Live at St. Ann's Warehouse" (Matador)

21. Portishead, "Third" (Mercury)

22. Q-Tip, "The Renaissance" (Universal/Motown)

23. Rise Against, "Appeal to Reason" (DGC/Interscope)

24. Flight of the Conchords, "Flight of the Conchords" (Sub Pop)

25. Ladytron, "Velocifero" (Nettwerk)

26. Bob Dylan, "Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased, 1989-2006" (Columbia)

27. Moby, "Last Night" (Mute/EMI)

28. Lykke Li, "Youth Novels" (Atlantic)

29. The Gutter Twins, "Saturnalia" (Sub Pop)

30. Wire, "Object 47" (Pink Flag)

31. Randy Newman, "Harps and Angels" (Nonesuch)

32. Sons and Daughters, "This Gift" (Domino)

33. Death Cab for Cutie, "Narrow Stairs" (Atlantic)

34. Beck, "Modern Guilt" (Interscope)

35. Tim Fite, "Fair Ain't Fair" (Anti-)

36. Deerhunter, "Microcastle" (Kranky)

37. Shot Baker, "Take Control" (Riot Fest)

38. Tokyo Police Club, "Elephant Shell" (Saddle Creek)

39. Nine Inch Nails, "The Slip" (nin.com)

40. Alejandro Escovedo, "Real Animal" (Back Porch)

41. Sia, "Some People Have Real Problems" (Hear Music)

42. Joan as Police Woman, "To Survive" (Cheap Lullaby)

43. Darker My Love, "2" (Dangerbird)

44. AC/DC, "Black Ice" (Columbia)

45. King Khan and the Shrines, "The Supreme Genius of King Khan" (Vice)

46. Disfear, "Live the Storm" (Relapse)

47. Super Furry Animals, "Hey Venus!" (Rough Trade)

48. Black Mountain, "In the Future" (Jagjaguwar)

49. Amy Ray, "Didn't It Feel Kinder" (Daemon)

50. Madonna, "Hard Candy" (Warner Bros.)

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Amazon: The Best Damn Electronic Albums of 2008 ... So Far

From JBizzle "Da Fizzle Shizzle, Dizzle" (Under A Rock)

1. Everything Is OK by Jaytech

2. Metaverse by Orkidea

3. Dirty Nails & Vapour Trails by Quivver

4. In Silico by Pendulum

5. Pleasure Machine by Slitloop

6. Elevate by Morgan Page

7. You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into by Does It Offend You, Yeah?

8. Supersized by Danny Byrd

9. Authenticity by Ernesto vs. Bastian

10. Lost Together by Fred Everything

11. Sirens of the Sea by Oceanlab

12. Big Monster by Baobinga & I.D.

13. From Within by Jon O'bird

14. Supernaturalistic by Sander VanDoorn

15. Touareg by Airwave

16. Off The Grid by Morphonix

17. Phoenix by System 7

18. Better Late Than Never by Lange

19. The Sun & the Neon Light by Booka Shade

20. Sabretooth by Sabretooth

21. Headthrash by Plump DJs

Plus:

"Scott Attrill aka Vinylgroover - Bass Junkie"

"Mirco De Govia - Iconic Path"

"Tican - 2am"

"Tegma - Lo-Fi Adventures"

"Scott Hardkiss - Technicolor Dreamer" (Summer)

"X-Press 2 - Raise Your Hands (Best Of)"

"Kos - Zero To Hero"

"D-Nox & Beckers - City Lights" (2008)"

Read the reviews @ Amazon

This is an excellent list :thumbsup:

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NMEs Top 50 Albums of the Year

1 MGMT Oracular Spectacular

2 TV on the Radio Dear Science

3 Glasvegas Glasvegas

4 Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend

5 Foals Antidotes

6 Metronomy Nights Out

7 Santogold Santogold

8 Mystery Jets Twenty One

9 Kings of Leon Only by the Night

10 Friendly Fires Friendly Fires

11 Neon Neon Stainless Style

12 Crystal Castles Crystal Castles

13 Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes

14 Marling, Laura Alas, I Cannot Swim

15 Last Shadow Puppets The Age of Understatement

16 Ladyhawke Ladyhawke

17 Elbow The Seldom Seen Kid

18 Late Of The Pier Fantasy Black Channel

19 Fucked Up The Chemistry of Common Life

20 Spiritualized Songs in A and E

21 Lightspeed Champion Falling Off The Lavender Bridge

22 Oasis Dig Out Your Soul

23 Johansson, Scarlett Anywhere I Lay My Head

24 Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago

25 Portishead Third

26 Verve, The Forth

27 Hercules and Love Affair Hercules and Love Affair

28 British Sea Power Do You Like Rock Music?

29 Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!

30 Hot Chip Made in the Dark

31 Coldplay Viva La Vida

32 Mogwai The Hawk Is howling

33 Deerhunter Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.

34 Los Campesinos! We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

35 Mccombs, Cass Dropping The Writ

36 Frightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ Fight

37 Primal Scream Beautiful Future

38 Beck Modern Guilt

39 Chairlift Does You Inspire You

40 Kills, The Midnight Boom

41 These New Puritans Beat Pyramis

42 Alpinisms School of Seven Bells

43 Black Kids Partie Traumatic

44 Li, Lykke Youth Novels

45 Black Keys, The Attack & Release

46 Blood Red Shoes Box Of Secrets

47 Gaslight Anthem, The The '59 Sound

48 Maria, Ida Fortress Round My Heart

49 Bloc Party Intimacy

50 Heartbreak Lies

Thanks to HayatBayat for compiling the list.

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Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of 2008

Here is Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of 2008 list.

1. TV on the Radio: Dear Science

2. Bob Dylan: Tell Tale Signs — The Bootleg Series Vol. 8

3. Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III

4. My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges

5. John Mellencamp: Life, Death, Love and Freedom

6. Santogold: Santogold

7. Coldplay: Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

8. Beck: Modern Guilt

9. Metallica: Death Magnetic

10. Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend

11. Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes

12. Guns n' Roses: Chinese Democracy

13. Blitzen Trapper: Furr

14. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals: Cardinology

15. The Black Keys: Attack & Release

16. Randy Newman: Harps and Angels

17. B.B. King: One Kind Favor

18. Lucinda Williams: Little Honey

19. Erykah Badu: New Amerykah: Part 1 (4th World War)

20. Kings of Leon: Only by the Night

21. Kaiser Chiefs: Off With Their Heads

22. Jackson Browne: Time the Conquerer

23. Conor Oberst: Conor Oberst

24. Girl Talk: Feed the Animals

25. The Magnetic Fields: Distortion

26. Mudcrutch: Mudcrutch

27. Brian Wilson: That Lucky Old Sun

28. The Knux: Remind Me in Three Days…

29. Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago

30. Duffy: Rockferry

31. MGMT: Oracular Spectacular

32. Jamey Johnson: The Lonesome Song

33. Ne-Yo: Year of the Gentleman

34. Stephen Malkmus: Real Emotional Trash

35. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!

36. The Hold Steady: Stay Positive

37. Nine Inch Nails: The Slip

38. Ra Ra Riot: The Rhumb Line

39. Taylor Swift: Fearless

40. Jonas Brothers: A Little Bit Longer

41. AC/DC: Black Ice

42. David Byrne and Brian Eno: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

43. Nas: Untitled

44. The Raconteurs: Consolers of the Lonely

45. Be Your Own Pet: Get Awkward

46. The Academy Is…: Fast Times at Barrington High

47. Of Montreal: Skeletal Lamping

48. Raphael Saadiq: The Way I See It

49. Hot Chip: Made in the Dark

50. No Age: Nouns

Source: 411 Mania

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This was a great year for music with albums from Guns n' Roses, Metallica, AC/DC, and even the legendary B.B. King. My favorite album of 2008 would probably be Chiron by All That Remains or Dreamer by Haste The Day. Looking forward to 2K9.

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PS- Metacritic has The Bug's new album rated as the #2 album of the year. I couldn't disagree more. I guess it is huge in the UK, it seems to be a flop here in the US.

Metacritic's Best of '08

the 30 Best-Reviewed Albums of the Year

1 Welcome To Mali by Amadou & Mariam

2 London Zoo by The Bug

3 Fed by Plush

4 Dear Science, by TV On The Radio

5 Exit by Shugo Tokumaru

6 For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver

7 Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes

8 Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

9 Sugar Mountain: Live At Canterbury House 1968 by Neil Young

10 Robyn by Robyn

11 Hercules And Love Affair by Hercules And Love Affair

12 Black Sea by Fennesz

13 What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective by Steinski

14 Harps And Angels by Randy Newman

15 Fortress by Protest The Hero

16 Rook by Shearwater

17 Life...The Best Game In Town by Harvey Milk

18 In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic by Kasai Allstars

19 Third by Portishead

20 Stay Positive by The Hold Steady

21 Laulu Laakson Kukista by Paavoharju

22 Chemistry Of Common Life by Fucked Up

23 Music Tapes for Clouds & Tornadoes by The Music Tapes

24 Sycamore Meadows by Butch Walker

25 A Piece Of What You Need by Teddy Thompson

26 Don't Do Anything by Sam Phillips

27 One Kind Favor by B.B. King

28 Real Animal by Alejandro Escovedo

29 Brighter Than Creation's Dark by Drive-By Truckers

30 We are Beautiful, We Are Doomed by Los Campesinos!

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PS- Metacritic has The Bug's new album rated as the #2 album of the year. I couldn't disagree more. I guess it is huge in the UK, it seems to be a flop here in the US.

Metacritic's Best of '08

I didn't like what I heard. But in general, I try and keep my negative opinions to myself - people like what they like.

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I didn't like what I heard. But in general, I try and keep my negative opinions to myself - people like what they like.

This is true

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Drowned In Sound ' Top 50 Albums of 2008

M83 Saturdays=Youth (Review / Interview)

Frightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ Fight (Review / Interview)

Cut Copy In Ghost Colours (Review)

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds DIG, LAZARUS, DIG!!! (Review / Interview)

Deerhunter Microcastle (Review / Interview)

Portishead Third (Review / Interview 1 | 2)

Why? Alopecia (Review / Interview)

Friendly Fires Friendly Fires (Review / Track-by-Track / Interview)

The Kills Midnight Boom (Review / Interview)

Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago (Review / Interview)

Fuck Buttons Street Horrrsing (Review / Interview / Tour Diary)

Foals Antidotes (Review / Interview)

Gang Gang Dance Saint Dymphna (Review / Interview)

Elbow The Seldom Seen Kid (Review / Interview)

Crystal Castles Crystal Castles (Review)

Shearwater Rook (Review/ Track-by-Track)

Sigur Rós Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (Review)

Of Montreal Skeletal Lamping (Review)

Los Campesinos! Hold On Now, Youngster (Review) / We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed (Review)

These New Puritans Beat Pyramid (Review / Interview)

No Age Nouns (Review / Track-by-Track)

Santogold Santogold (Review / Interview)

Nine Inch Nails The Slip (Review)

Okkervil River The Stand Ins (Review / Interview 1 / 2)

Late Of The Pier Fantasy Black Channel (Review / Track-by-Track)

Hauschka Ferndorf (Review)

TV On The Radio Dear Science (Review)

MGMT Oracular Spectacular (Review / Interview)

Wild Beasts Limbo, Panto (Review / Interview 1 / 2)

Atlas Sound Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel (Review / Interview)

White Williams Smoke (Review)

The Stills Oceans Will Rise (Review)

Mogwai The Hawk Is Howling (Review / Interview)

Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend (Review)

The Futureheads This Is Not The World ( Review / Track-by-Track)

Bloc Party Intimacy (Review)

The Raveonettes Lust, Lust, Lust (Review)

Johnny Foreigner Waited Up 'Til It Was Light (Review / Track-by-Track)

El Guincho Alegranza (Review)

Metronomy Nights Out (Review)

Lykke Li Youth Novels (Review / Interview)

Islands Arms Way (Review)

British Sea Power Do You Like Rock Music? (Review/ Interview)

Fucked Up The Chemistry of Common Life (Review)

Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes (Review / Interview)

Blood Red Shoes Box Of Secrets (Review / Track-by-Track)

Rolo Tomassi Hysterics (Review/ Interview)

Times New Viking Rip It Off (Review / Interview)

Diamanda Galas Guilty Guilty Guilty (Review)

I Was A Cub Scout I Want You To Know That There Is Always Hope (Review / Interview)

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Spins Top 40 Albums of 2008

40 Chairlift - Does You Inspire You

39 Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy

38 Oasis - Dig Out Your Soul

37 Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer

36 Lykke Li - Youth Novels

35 The Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely

34 Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson - Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

33 El Guincho - Alegranza

32 The Gutter Twins - Saturnalia

31 Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

30 Lucinda Williams - Little Honey

29 Nas & DJ Green Lantern - The Nigger Tape

28 Metallica - Death Magnetic

27 The Streets - Everything Is Borrowed

26 R.E.M. - Accelerate

25 Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs

24 Duffy - Rockferry

23 Kate Nash - Made Of Bricks

22 Black Kids - Partie Traumatic

21 Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night

20 Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple

19 Okkervil River - The Stand Ins

18 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!

17 The Roots - Rising Down

16 My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges

15 Beck - Modern Guilt

14 Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

13 No Age - Nouns

12 Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Pt. 1: 4th World War

11 Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid

10 MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

09 Coldplay - Viva La Vida

08 Hot Chip - Made In The Dark

07 Deerhunter - Microcastle

06 Santogold - Santogold

05 Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

04 Fucked Up - The Chemistry Of Common Life

03 Portishead - Third

02 Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III

01 TV On The Rad

A tip of the hat to Amrit @ Stereogum for compiling the list.

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Alex Ross/New Yorker - Best Classical Music of 2008

Crystal Tears”: songs of Dowland, Robert Johnson, Byrd, and others; Andreas Scholl, countertenor, Julian Behr, lute and Concerto di viole (Harmonia Mundi).

Schumann, “Dichterliebe” and other Heine Lieder; Gerald Finley, baritone, and Julius Drake, piano (Hyperion).

“Heavenly Harmonies”: music of Tallis and Byrd; Stile Antico (Harmonia Mundi).

Morton Feldman, “The Viola in My Life” (I-IV); Marek Konstantynowicz, viola, with Christian Eggen conducting the Cikada Ensemble and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (ECM).

“Gods, Kings, and Demons”; René Pape, bass, with Sebastian Weigle conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden (Deutsche Grammophon).

Jonathan Harvey, “Body Mandala,” “Tranquil Abiding,” “Timepieces,” “White As Jasmine,” “…Towards a Pure Land”; Ilan Volkov and Stefan Solyom conducting the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (NMC).

“Hommage à Messiaen”; Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano (Deutsche Grammophon).

John Adams, “Doctor Atomic”; Gerald Finley, baritone, with Lawrence Renes conducting the Netherlands Opera (Opus Arte DVD).

Chopin, Preludes, and pieces by Mompou; Alexandre Tharaud, piano (Harmonia Mundi).

Brahms and Schumann Lieder; Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, mezzo-soprano, and Julius Drake, piano (Wigmore Hall Live).

Source: The Daily Swarm

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The Associated Press Top Ten Rock Albums

1. Constantines, "Kensington Heights": The most underrated band in North America

2. The Hold Steady, "Stay Positive"

3. Fleet Foxes, "Fleet Foxes"

4. Santogold, "Santogold":

5. No Age, "Nouns"

6. Lykke Li, "Youth Novels"

7. TV on the Radio, "Dear Science"

8. Black Keys, "Attack and Release"

9. Jenny Lewis, "Acid Tongue"

10. Dr. Dog, "Fate":

Honorable Mentions: Firewater, "The Golden Hour"; Wolf Parade, "At Mount Zoomer"; M83, "Saturdays Youth"; Vampire Weekend, "Vampire Weekend"; Death Cab for Cutie, "Narrow Stairs"; Bonnie "Prince" Billy, "Lie Down on the Light"; The Walkmen, "You & Me"; She & Him, "Volume One"; Deerhunter, "Microcastle"; Mogwai, "The Hawk Is Howling"; Portishead, "Third."

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Filter's Top 10 Albums of the Year

1. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

2. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

3. Dr. Dog - Fate

4. TV On The Radio - Dear Science

5. Foals - Antidotes

6. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

7. She And Him - Volume One

8. M83 - Saturdays = Youth

9. Cut Copy - In Ghost Colors

10 The Dears - Missiles

Source: NME

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The Observer

1. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago

2. Amadou And Mariam – Welcome To Mali

3. Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid

4. Glasvegas - Glasvegas

5. Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night

6. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular

7. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

8. Kanye West – 808s And Heartbreak

9. Portishead – Third

10. TV On The Radio – Dear Science

Source: NME

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The Sunday Times

1. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

2. Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours

3. Paul Weller – 22 Dreams

4. Nick Cave – Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!

5. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago

6. Aidan John Moffat – I Can Hear Your Heart

7. Al Green – Lay It Down

8. Kanye West – 808s And Heartbreak

9. REM – Accelerate

10. My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges

Source: NME

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Pitchfork

1. Deerhunter – Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.

2. TV On The Radio – Dear Science

3. No Age - Nouns

4. Hercules And Love Affair – Hercules And Love Affair

5. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

6. DJ Rupture - Uproot

7. Fucked Up – The Chemistry Of Common Life

8. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend

9. Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours

10. Portishead – Third

Source: NME

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THE PUNK GUY'S FAVORITE RECORDS OF 2008

Rosetta - Wake / Lift

31knots - Worried Well

Bon - Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

Lil’ Wayne - tha Carter 3

Horse Feathers - House with No Name

ASS - My get up and go just got up and went LP (Sweden’s Andreas Söderström)

Russian Circles - Station

Portishead - Third

This Will Destroy You - s/t

the Mars Volta - Bedlam in Goliath

The Grey Daturas - Return to Disruption

Detektivbyrån - WermlandThe Jimmy Cake - Spectre and Crown

The Black Angels -Directions to see a Ghost

Sigur Rós - Með suð í eyrum við spilum end

Asher Roth - The Greenhouse Mixtape

SOME RUNNER UPS

… And You Will Know us by the Trail of Dead - Festival Thyme EP, Mammatus - The Coast Explodes, Deerhunter - Microcastles, OM - Subpop 7inch, Earth - The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull, Bon Iver - Blood Bank EP and a few more.

Read the reviews @ The Punk Guy (With links to mp3s, videos, websites, etc)

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