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Old 10-05-2008, 03:05 PM   #1
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Favorite new music of the first 3/4 of 2008

Only 3 months of 2008 are left, what are your favorite albums, singles, EPs, songs, live albums, re-releases, or music related whateva? Let's see some lists, my friends. Try to keep things that haven't been officially released out if possible. List on, listas.


Here are my favorite 20 albums of the year so far in no sort of order:

Bon Iver - 'For Emma, Forever Ago' (major label release this year, it still counts)
Why? - 'Alopecia'
Sigur Ros - 'Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust'
Mogwai - 'The Hawk Is Howling'
Los Campesinos! - 'Hold On Now, Youngster...'
M83 - 'Saturdays = Youth'
Shearwater - 'Rook'
The Dutchess and the Duke - 'She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke'
Okkervil River - 'The Stand Ins'
TV on the Radio - 'Dear Science'
The Bug - 'London Zoo'
Fuck Buttons - 'Street Horrrsing'
Vampire Weekend - self-titled
Fleet Foxes - self-titled
Elbow - 'The Seldom Seen Kid'
R.E.M. - 'Accelerate'
My Morning Jacket - 'Evil Urges'
Coldplay -'Viva La Vida'
Destroyer - 'Trouble in Dreams'
Portishead - 'Third'

Favorite metal album: Opeth - 'Watershed'
Favorite hip hop album: sadly nothing yet
Favorite EP: Fleet Foxes - 'Sun Giant' (It's still better than the album)

I'll make a list of favorite singles/tracks soon.
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Old 10-05-2008, 03:28 PM   #2
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I haven't bought too many new albums this year but I liked what I got...

Coldplay -'Viva La Vida'
R.E.M. - 'Accelerate'
Metallica - Death Magnetic

Coldplay is probably album of the year for me so far. Also, I downloaded Madonna's Hard Candy and it was actually better than I expected!

Want to get the Portishead and Sigur Ros records pretty soon!

Eagerly awaiting Oasis's Dig Out Your Soul.
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Favourite 20 albums?

I think I've barely heard 10...
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First 3/4?

You couldn't wait the last three months, huh?

I'll just do my list at the end.
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Favorite EP: Fleet Foxes - 'Sun Giant' (It's still better than the album)
I definitely agree with this.
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My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
Bloc Party - Intimacy
The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
R.E.M. - Accelerate
Oasis - Dig Out Your Soul
Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely
Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
Miley Cyrus - Breakout
Vampire Weekend
The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement
Mudcrutch
Coldplay
Fleet Foxes

And the new Girls Aloud and Taylor Swift singles are amazing but their albums aren't out yet. I'm sure I'm forgetting something, too. Haven't listened to the new TV on the Radio album. I needs to get on that.
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Old 10-05-2008, 06:13 PM   #8
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First 3/4?

You couldn't wait the last three months, huh?

I'll just do my list at the end.
We've generally done them each quarter of the year in the past. Did a first 1/3 thread earlier this year, forgot at the half way point. I think it's a good thing because it lets some people catch up on albums they may have forgotten about or not known of before the end of the year comes (I personally hate it when I learn about something from year end lists that would have been on my own list had I known about it just weeks earlier). Also, it makes it a bit easier to come up with your year end list if you've made quarter lists through the year.
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First 3/4?

You couldn't wait the last three months, huh?

I'll just do my list at the end.
Seconded. I've heard exactly 30 albums in full so far this year, but another 10 or so wouldn't hurt the accuracy of my list.
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Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Bloc Party - Intimacy
R.E.M. - Accelerate
My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
Mogwai - The Hawk is Howling
TV on The Radio - Dear Science
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i'm trying to remember what albums, out of all the stuff i've bought this year, actually came out this year.
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Sorry for the long post.

So far:
I like to separate good albums to into three categories: top tier (all-time classics), second tier (just short of being a classic) and the rest. There haven’t been any top tier albums this year but two second tier. Here are my top two tiers for this decade:

The top tier (all-time classics.)
1. A Rush Of Blood To The Head by Coldplay (2002)
2. Aerial by Kate Bush (2005)
3. The Dresden Dolls by The Dresden Dolls (2003)
4. Liars by Todd Rundgren (2004)
5. The Dark Third by Pure Reason Revolution (2006)

Second tier (just short of being classics.)
6. Who Killed Amanda Palmer? By Amanda Palmer (2008)
7. Viva La Vida by Coldplay (2008)
8. American Doll Posse by Tori Amos (2007)
9. Marry Me by St. Vincent (2007)
10. Bloodflowers by The Cure (2000)
11. Fear Of A Blank Planet by Porcupine Tree (2007)

The song Oasis brings down Amanda Palmer's solo record and needed one more great song in my opinion. That said it is so far the year’s best. Viva La Vida is up there too but falls short of being a classic because it lacks standout songs.

Albums that will probably make into the end of the year top ten best albums:
American Gothic by Smashing Pumpkins
Into The Future by Black Mountain
01011001 by Ayreon
No, Virginia by The Dresden Dolls
There are a few that I really haven’t been able to make a judgment on.

Biggest Surprise: Who Killed Amanda Palmer? By Amanda Palmer. I had no idea what to expect from this album but was very pleased with it.

Biggest Disappointment: Arena by Todd Rundgren. Four years after his masterpiece Liars, I was hoping for something great. Instead I got one of his worst albums. Naked, contrived and boring are how I’d describe it. It is a shame because this could be one of his last albums.

Best Song: Nothing really jumps out but for now I’ll say Kids by MGMT or The Gardener by The Dresden Dolls.

Thoughts on 2009: A month or two ago I felt like this could be one of the best years in music in terms of the top albums. Now I feel it won’t even match last year. The year started off well and the second half looked amazing. The Dresden Dolls, Coldplay and Amanda Palmer surpassed expectations. Things were aligning to make this a special year. The U2 beach clips were looking promising and talk of songs like Moment of Surrender were getting me excited. Then the album gets delayed. The new Todd Rundgren album disappointed and I’m not sure where I stand on a few others. Hopefully the final three months are great.

Interesting albums Yet To Be Released: A new Dido album, Coldplay EP and Cure album.
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Only 3 months of 2008 are left, what are your favorite albums, singles, EPs, songs, live albums, re-releases, or music related whateva? Let's see some lists, my friends. Try to keep things that haven't been officially released out if possible. List on, listas.


Here are my favorite 20 albums of the year so far in no sort of order:

Bon Iver - 'For Emma, Forever Ago' (major label release this year, it still counts)
Why? - 'Alopecia'
Sigur Ros - 'Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust'
Mogwai - 'The Hawk Is Howling'
Los Campesinos! - 'Hold On Now, Youngster...'
M83 - 'Saturdays = Youth'
Shearwater - 'Rook'
The Dutchess and the Duke - 'She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke'
Okkervil River - 'The Stand Ins'
TV on the Radio - 'Dear Science'
The Bug - 'London Zoo'
Fuck Buttons - 'Street Horrrsing'
Vampire Weekend - self-titled
Fleet Foxes - self-titled
Elbow - 'The Seldom Seen Kid'
R.E.M. - 'Accelerate'
My Morning Jacket - 'Evil Urges'
Coldplay -'Viva La Vida'
Destroyer - 'Trouble in Dreams'
Portishead - 'Third'

Favorite metal album: Opeth - 'Watershed'
Favorite hip hop album: sadly nothing yet
Favorite EP: Fleet Foxes - 'Sun Giant' (It's still better than the album)

I'll make a list of favorite singles/tracks soon.
I've yet to listen to the Destroyer album, and haven't heard of the Bon Iver, Dutchess..., Bugs, and Fuck Buttons (amazing band name) albums, but I agree with the ones you've put up there.

I'd throw the Bloc Party, Weezer, Death Cab, Hercules and Love Affair, and Nick Cave releases up there, too.
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My favorite of the year without a doubt is Evangelista's Hello, Voyager--raw, beautiful, and brave. It's become one of my favorite albums of all-time in just a few months. I've also liked Xiu Xiu's Women As Lovers. Most of my purchases of new releases this year have been jazz, so my year-end list may be pretty thin.

I'm still looking forward to hearing the new releases from Deerhoof, Jolie Holland, Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, and Ray LaMontagne. I wasn't overly impressed by what I heard of the new Kings of Leon album, so I'm not really in a hurry to buy that one.

In the first quarter of 2009, I'm most looking forward to Andrew Bird's Noble Beast and Nels Cline's Coward, both due out in January. Sonic Youth should also have a new album out in the first half of next year, their first release on Matador. Oh yeah, and then there's that other band that's popular around here
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