Top 10 Albums of 2008

End-of-year music lists are always fascinating to read and tough to create, mainly because the date of my discovery of a particular band or album is so weakly correlated to the date of its release. Therefore, it took a bit of research to figure out which of these albums were indeed released in 2008. I’m still quite happy with what I’ve found, especially recently. I’m no music critic, so my comments will be brief. Enjoy, and if you do, buy the album.

1. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
Pastoral pop-rock from a feral band of mountain men. Absolutely wonderful stuff.
Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal

2. Meursault – Pissing On Bonfires/kissing With Tongues
A sort of collision between Wolf Parade and Radiohead, which means unusual-yet-melodic music with gruff singing.
Meursault – A Few Kind Words

3. Frightened Rabbit – The Midnight Organ Fight
I discovered them at the perfect time, and drove down to New York City that weekend to see them live.
Frightened Rabbit – Old, Old Fashioned

4. TV on the Radio – Dear Science
Hat-tip to Georgia (of John and Georgia) for turning me on to these guys.
TV on the Radio – Halfway Home

5. Beck – Modern Guilt
I’m a late-comer to Beck, and this album’s just over 30 minutes long, but even the B-sides are good.
Beck – Bonfire Blondes (B-side)

6. Au – Verbs
Quirky indie-rock with some electronics thrown into the mix.
Au – Boute

7. Department of Eagles – In Ear Park
A side project of Daniel Rossen from Grizzly Bear, this is every bit as good as its forebear (geddit?).
DOE – No One Does It Like You

8. Evangelicals – The Evening Descends
Challenging and innovative, capable of great things.
Evangelicals – Party Crashin’

9. She and Him – Volume One
Loungey, adorable, old-timey and feel-good from Zoey Deschanel and M. Ward.
She and Him – Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?

10. Death Cab for Cutie – Narrow Stairs
Going from strength-to-strength since Transatlanticism.
DCFC – No Sunlight

Honorable Mentions:
Beach House – Devotion
Los Campesinos! – Hold On Now, Youngster
Aimee Mann – @#%&*! Smilers
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Deerhunter – Microcastle
Does it Offend You, Yeah? – You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into
The Dodos – Visiter

And the 5 Best EPs

1. The Decemberists – Always The Bridesmaid
More gold from the master songsmiths.
The Decemberists – The Record Year

2. Fleet Foxes – Sun Giant EP
A terrific EP to go along with their brilliant LP.
Fleet Foxes – Mykonos

3. Princeton – Bloomsbury
Discovered only days ago, but has earned a spot on this list already with their sunny indie-pop.
Princeton – Blackbeard

4. Library Voices – The Library Voices EP
Similar to Princeton, this is another band to watch.
Library Voices – Step Off The Map & Float

5. Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons – Cabin Ghosts
Folk music at its best.
Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons – Home In The Woods

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