Friday, December 19, 2008

The Year in Music. Or,the Year in Music?

I'm a little confused - was there a year in music this year? What albums were released in 2008? Almost every working band that I listen to - The Arcade Fire, the National, Radiohead, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the New Pornographers, Rilo Kiley, Spoon, The Stars, LCD Soundsystem, the Shins, the Decemberists, Bloc Party, Interpol, the White Stripes, Of Montreal, etc. - released a new record in 2007. But in 2008, I made only four cd purchases - Jenny Lewis' Acid Tongue, Elvis Costello's Momofuku, TV On the Radio's Dear Science, and Yes, Virginia, The National's collection of B-Sides and live recordings.

All of the above-mentioned albums were very good, but I don't believe there was as much good music made in 2008 as there was in 2007. What did I miss? Does anybody have any recommendations?


twoeightnine said...

Hawksley Workman released two. Los Manlicious is excellent. Especially this:

Ellen said...

I really liked "Volume One," the first album between She & Him, the band composed of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel. I can't really pinpoint the genre since they cycle through several styles, from Carole Kingesque piano ballads to '60s pop, but the songs are beautifully arranged and, while not the best singer ever, Ms. Deschanel is quite charming in the lead. I can't think of a catchier album I listened to in '08, even if it wasn't the best.

Lauren said...

Fleet Foxes.

lazian said...

i've been mildly obsessed with frightened rabbit's midnight organ fight. it's sad bastard stuff but irresistible. probably my favorite find this year.

portishead - third
sigur ros - that really long foreign title.
cut copy - in ghost colours (definitely see these guys live, if you get the chance)
hot chip - made in the dark
m83 - saturdays + youth - it's a little over the top and pretentious at times, but it's all worth it for the 80s nostalgia
surprisingly, the latest snow patrol

i've been meaning to give the new elbow and coldplay a shot - for no particular reason i stopped paying attention to them after their respective sophomore albums.

Wade Garrett said...

I love Zooey Deschanel; I'll be sure to check that album out. The reviews of the Fleet Foxes have been almost unanimously favorable; I'm sure their album is worth ten of my dollars.

In the genre of music that I typically listen to (some people call it 'adult rock'), most of the big bands had new albums last year (most were released in the spring). Do you think that's just a coincidence? And why in the spring?

Senor Beavis said...

I know people were split on it, but I like My Morning Jacket's latest album a lot.

And Girl Talk's "Feed the Animals."