Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Best of 2008

The year is over. Time for some Best of Lists. Leave some comments in the replies if you think I should check out something I may have missed this year. Unless numbered, everything is in alphabetical order. 

Top 15 Albums
Bloc Party – Intimacy 
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago 
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound 
Gentleman Auction House – Alphabet Graveyard 
Girl Talk – Feed the Animals  
Jack's Mannequin - The Glass Passenger  
Los Campesinos - Hold on Now, Youngster... 
Lydia – Illuminate 
The Matches - A Band in Hope   
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular 
Phantom Planet – Raise The Dead
Radiohead – In Rainbows 
Right Away, Great Captain - The Eventually Home
Tokyo Police Club – Elephant Shell 
Valencia - We All Need a Reason to Believe

Honorable Mentions

Anathallo – Canopy Glow
Beck - Modern Guilt 
Colour Revolt - Plunder, Beg and Curse 
Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs 
Good Old War - Only Way to Be Alone 
The Hold Steady – Stay Positive 
Islands – Arm’s Way 
Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground – S/T 
Los Campesinos - We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed 
Mates of State – Re-arrange Us 
Ray LaMontagne - Gossip in the Grain 
Thrice - Alchemy Index (3 & 4) 
Titus Andronicus – The Airing of Grievances 
TV on the Radio - Dear Science
Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend

Top EPs:

Manchester Orchestra - Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind 
Stars – Sad Robots 
Straylight Run - Un Dos Mas 
Thursday / Envy – Split 
You, Me, and Everyone We Know - So Young, So Insane   

Favorite Mixtapes: 
Diplo and Santogold - Top Ranking: A Diplo Dub 
Wale – The Mixtape About Nothing

I still have a list of about 100 albums to listen to that came out this year, so I imagine this list will change in a couple of months.

Top Movies

  1. Dark Knight
  2. Slumdog Millionaire
  3. Milk
  4. Tropic Thunder
  5. Cloverfield
  6. Iron man
  7. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

I’m usually behind on movies because I wait to Netflix most films. What should I add to my Netflix queue?

Top Tours:

1.  Say Anything, Manchester Orchestra, Biffy Clyro, Weatherbox @ Avalon 3/13 
2. Jesse Lacey (of Brand New), Kevin Devine, Brian Bonz @ Roxy 7/21 
3. RX Bandits, Kay Kay and the Weathered Underground, & Portugal. The Man @ Troubadour 9/16 
4. KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas Night 2 @ Gibson 12/14 
5. Jack’s Mannequin, Eric Hutchinson @ Troubadour 11/4 
6. The Who, Flaming Lips, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Incubus, Tenacious D @ UCLA 7/12 
7. Person L, Anthony Green, Good Old War @ Troubadour 8/20 
8. Nico Vega @ the Hammer 7/3 
9. Titus Andronicus & No Age (Free) @ Troubadour 12/2 
10. Colour Revolt, Night Marchers @ the Echo 9/3 
11.  Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley) @ the Echo 9/12

Thing I Miss Most about Orange County:

1. Bagels and Brew in Mission Viejo and Lake Forest

2. Free Parking Everywhere

Most Anticipated Releases of 2009:

  1. Manchester Orchestra (Spring)
  2. Brand New
  3. Weatherbox (3/3)
  4. Say Anything
  5. Moneen
  6. Radiohead
  7. Arcade Fire
  8. Two Tongues (Say Anything & Saves the Day - Spring)
  9. Set Your Goals
  10. Kevin Devine
  11. Fun (The Format, Steel Train - February)
  12. Blikk Fang (MGMT & Of Montreal)
  13. Cursive 
  14. Jimmy Eat World
  15. Bright Eyes
  16. Saves the Day
  17. Against Me!
  18. The Dear Hunter
  19. I Am the Avalanche
  20. The Decemberists (3/24)
  21. Animal Collective (1/20)
  22. Ace Enders
  23. New Found Glory (3/10)
  24. Antony and the Johnsons (1/20)
  25. Morrissey (2/17)
  26. Battles
  27. Architecture in Helsinki
  28. Silversun Pickups
  29. Thursday (2/17)
  30. Tegan and Sara
  31. Four Year Strong (June)
  32. Biffy Clyro
  33. Mute Math (March)
  34. Fireworks (3/24)
  35. Lilly Allen (2/10)
  36. Portugal. The Man (June)

Motion City Soundtrack? The Matches? Radiohead? 

I also just want to say thank you to all of my wonderful friends. I have so many amazing memories of 2008 and it's because of all of you. Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe time rining in the New Year.

1 comment:

Aaron Jackman said...

You put a lot of distance between me and you this year in terms of the sheer volume of music that you are following and enjoying. 100 albums you STILL haven't listened to? Either I'm really behind or you've made a renewed commitment to tracking new music. I guess I'll be a beneficiary of this since you can help me weed out the crap and get to the good, new stuff of this year. Time to bring my external hard drive back over?