Friday, December 26, 2008

Runners Up 2008

Blog friends, it's been far too long. I have been using this holiday season that has been upon us as an excuse to post nothing. There are a few things I've wanted to post before the year is out. Here is one, watch for more.

This year, I have gotten somewhere in the range of 500 albums (Not an exaggeration). Out of the 500-something, 200 were released this year. So, how do I narrow that to 50 great albums? It was difficult, took a lot of time and deliberation. There were some albums that I feel deserve some recognition, but either I hadn't got around to listening to them in time for the cut or they were barely not good enough. So, without further ado, here are my runners up of 2008:

V/A - Stereogum presents: Enjoyed-A Tribute to Bjork's Post (Free Download here)
Antony & The Johnsons - Another World EP
Beach House - Devotion
Black Mountain - In The Future
Cadence Weapon - Afterparty Babies
Crystal stilts - Alight of Night
Delta Spirit - Ode To Sunshine
Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
F*cked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life
Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
Lykke Li - Youth Novels
Okkervil River - The Stand-Ins
Oxford Collapse - Bits
Roots Manuva - Slime & Reason
Sanotgold - S/T
Subtle - Exiting Arm
Wale - The Mixtape About Nothing

There you have it. Pull out your headphones, cuddle up next to the fire, and let these tunes warm your soul for the rest of the cold winter.

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