The Year (2008) in Music (According to Me)

I may expand on this later (and add anything I forgot), but for now…a simple list of the stuff that turned me on this year. As always, every year is a great year for music if you know where to look. My tentative Top Ten are highlighted in yellow.

Blitzen Trapper: Furr

The Fireman (Paul McCartney & Youth): Electric Arguments

Fucked Up: The Chemistry of Common Life







Bound Stems: The Family Afloat

Belle & Sebastian: BBC Sessions (two-disc version)

Ben Folds: Way to Normal

Brent Cash: How Will I Know If I’m Awake

Deerhunter: Microcastle

Drive By Truckers: Brighter Than Creation’s Dark

Cut Copy: In Ghost Colours

Duffy: Rockferry

Duke Spirit: Neptune

The Gaslight Anthem: The ’59 Sound

Glen Campbell: Meet Glen Campbell

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan: Sunday at Devil Dirt

James: Hey Ma

Jim Guthrie: Now, More Than Ever

Lindsey Buckingham: Gift of Screws

Little Joy: Little Joy

The Lodger: Life Is Sweet

Los Campesinos!: We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

Plants and Animals: Parc Avenue

Primary 5 – High Five

Quiet Village: Silent Movie

She & Him: Volume One

TV On Radio: Dear Science

Paul Westerberg: 49:00

Lucksmiths: First Frost

Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago




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10 responses to “The Year (2008) in Music (According to Me)

  1. Mar

    It’s an easy list when you can put as many on there as you want. If you had to boil it down to just 10 albums, in order from best on down, what would the list look like?

  2. Mar

    Oh, oops, I missed the part where you said you already have your (tentative) top 10 highlighted. I beg your pardon.

  3. bclaymoore

    Why limit a list to ten if there were more than ten things you dug? Free your mind, Mar.

  4. It’s a fair question for Clay to ask, I think.

    Gonna take a while for me to answer, though.

  5. You are clearly far more attentive to new music than I’ve been in recent years. What’s your strategy on “knowing where to look”?

  6. I’m going to have to agree full on with three on the list:
    Duke Spirit is just all kinds of rulz
    She & Him is alotta awesome
    And I haven’t heard much from the Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan disc, but I like what I have heard

  7. bclaymoore

    I rely on a few review sites, notably and pitchfork (which is full of snark, and often useless), and try to keep an eye on new releases.

  8. Seth

    Off the top of my head: New Cold War Kids, Conor Oberst, NIN’s ‘the Slip’ and Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’ was technically released in 2008 in the U.S., so I’ll take them, too.

  9. Josh

    Have you listened to School of Seven Bells – Alpinisms? I think that may be my favorite of the year.

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