The year in music

It remains to be seen if 2008 was a great or even very good year for music, which can be said for film and books as well. If anything, my ears settled on less this year, not feeling the need to listen to everything, knowing that I’d eventually get to many missed titles. There were more than a handful of incredible albums released in 2008 and most titles below are hyperlinked to a viral (official and unofficial) video.

Ten Best Albums of 2008:

01. Department of Eagles, In Ear Park
02. Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Lie Down In The Light
03. Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes
04. Deerhunter, Microcastle
05. Beach House, Devotion and Used To Be EP
06. The Dodos, Visiter
07. Benoît Pioulard, Temper
08. Animal Collective, Water Curses EP
09. Atlas Sound, Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
10. TV on the Radio, Dear Science
Close: No Age, Nouns, Xiu Xiu, Women As Lovers, Quiet Village, Silent Movie, Matmos, Supreme Balloon, Fennesz, Black Sea, Ghost Bees, Tasseomancy, and Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago.

I should add that I listened to many terrific albums not released in 2008:

V/A, Faded Yellow Volume 4
V/A, IVG Vol. 1: Futur Antérieur, France 75/85
Dennis Wilson, Pacific Ocean Blue
Benoît Pioulard, Précis and Enge
David Darling, Cello and Cycles
Ketil Bjørnstad and David Darling, Epigraphs
Jothan Callins, Winds of Change
Cocteau Twins, Treasure
Basil Kirchin, Abstractions of the Industrial North
The Seeds, The Seeds
The Red Krayola, Parable of Arable Land
Jon Appleton, The World Music Theater of Jon Appleton
Pharoah Sanders, Thembi
Lubos Fiser, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
Gal Costa, Gal Costa(1969)

And one last song, just because:


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