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Old 12-16-2008, 10:29 AM   #121
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05 John Mellencamp - Life, Death, Love and Freedom[/IMG]
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I may love the man, but....dear God FIFTH?! That album was difficult to get through, and I'm a fan.
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Old 12-16-2008, 11:38 AM   #122
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I guess most publications are considering MGMT's release to be 2008.
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Old 12-16-2008, 11:42 AM   #123
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Old 12-17-2008, 11:50 AM   #124
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Pitchfork ran their "honorable mentions" list today. Quite a few I'm surprised aren't making their proper list, including my favorite of the year. I have instantly joined the "OMG, Pitchfork ar teh worstest!11!11!" group.

Albums of the Year: Honorable Mention | Pitchfork
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:40 PM   #125
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Yeah the honourable mention list is a bit whack really...Why?, Department of Eagles and The Dodos I thought were going to be dead certs for the top 50...with Why?, which i'm guessing is your favourite of the year...just a puntanyway I thought it would be in Pitchfork's top 10....weird list.
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Old 12-17-2008, 11:54 PM   #126
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#1) Chinese Democracy - Guns N' Roses
#2) Accelerate - R.E.M.
#3) Beautiful Future - Primal Scream
#4) Dig Out Your Soul - Oasis
#5) The Seldom Seen Kid - Elbow
#6) Hey Ma - James
#7) Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends - Coldplay
#8) Midnight Boom - The Kills
#9) Only By the Night - Kings of Leon
#10) Forth - The Verve (But if Oracular Spectacular by MGMT counts as 2008, then it gets the #10 spot.)
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:39 AM   #127
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NPR Listeners Poll. A lot of overlap to the other big lists and to the one I will inevitably compose, but I would give this list props.

NPR Listeners Pick The Year's Best Music : NPR Music
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Old 12-18-2008, 12:42 PM   #128
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The first half of Pitchfork's top 50 albums is up, 50 to 25. 25 to 1 will be online tomorrow.

The 50 Best Albums of 2008 | Pitchfork
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Interesting that they had Bon Iver on last year's list instead.
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Old 12-18-2008, 12:58 PM   #130
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I'm not going to lie, 50-25 was pretty unimpressive in my opinion. Some really mediocre stuff mixed with great stuff that should have been rated higher. It'll be interesting to see how it all breaks out.
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Old 12-18-2008, 01:11 PM   #131
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Los Campesinos! only made it to #30?! What the fuck?

I was sure it was going to make the Top 5, if not contend for #1.
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Old 12-18-2008, 01:37 PM   #132
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I shouldn't be, but I'm surprised that Brian Eno/David Byrne even made the list.
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:55 AM   #133
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The first half of Pitchfork's top 50 albums is up, 50 to 25. 25 to 1 will be online tomorrow.

The 50 Best Albums of 2008 | Pitchfork
The rest of the list is up. At least the top 9 is solid.
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Old 12-19-2008, 06:47 PM   #134
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I've been fussing with this for awhile now, and I figure I might as well just go ahead and post it, even though I'm expecting to get a few albums for Christmas that might change it. Chances are most people won't have even heard of quite a few of my picks, which I guess isn't surprising, since I don't think many people around here listen to much experimental jazz.

Anyway, here it is:

1. Evangelista—Hello, Voyager
2. Deerhoof—Offend Maggie
3. The Black Keys—Attack & Release
4. Dr. Dog—Fate
5. Mary Halvorson—Calling All Portraits
6. Vampire Weekend—Vampire Weekend
7. Scott Amendola Band—Live In New York
8. Devin Hoff—Solo Bass
9. Beck—Modern Guilt
10. Jenny Lewis—Acid Tongue
11. Ray LaMontagne—Gossip In the Grain
12. Xiu Xiu—Women As Lovers
13. Ryan Adams—Cardinology

Things I still need to hear that could change this list:
Jolie Holland—The Living and the Dead
Lucinda Williams—Little Honey
Bill Frisell—History, Mystery

Albums I was really looking forward to that were big disappointments:
Kings of Leon--Only By the Night
The Killers--Day & Age

That Evangelista album is the best thing Carla Bozulich has ever done. It went from being my favorite album of the year to one of my favorite albums of all-time in just a few months. Both the music and the lyrics capture what I love most about Carla's work, that delicate and often volatile line between beauty and brokenness and the space those two emotions very often share. It's an album that laments difficult endings and still celebrates the hope of the new possibilities that rise from those endings.
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Old 12-20-2008, 02:18 AM   #135
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Here's TinyMixTapes' year end list:

Tiny Mix Tapes Features: 2008: Tiny Mix Tapes Favorite Albums of 2008 - 25 Albums that Defined 2008 for TMT
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