Friday, December 26, 2008

Best of - Rob's picks

Thought I'd get it started, remotely.... With Last.FM links and descriptions of the bands/albums, much better than I could do at the moment. Lots of debuts on my list, very exciting for the upcoming years.

In alphabetical order [Band - Album (Label)]:

Cheap Time - Cheap Time (In the Red). Best snarky punk revival album of the year.

Crystal Stilts - Crystal Stilts (Woodsist)/Alight of Night (Slumberland). Best subdued bedroom-DIY-rock album of the year. Sic Alps' U.S. EZ is a close second place.

The Dutchess & the Duke - She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke (Hardly Art). Best Brian Jonestown Massacre Meets Bob Dylan album of the year.

Gentleman Jesse & His Men - Introducing Gentleman Jesse (Douche Master). Best Exploding Hearts-influenced album of the year.

Grouper - Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill (Type). Best post-call album of the year. M83's Saturdays=Youth is second.

King Khan & The Shrines
- The Supreme Genius of King Khan & the Shrines (Vice). Best (?only) garage soul album of the year.

Jeremy Jay - A Place Where We Could Go (K). Best It's-about-time-we-have-a-full-length-album album of the year. Also best indie diva album of the year.

Silver Jews - Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea (Drag City). Best Silver Jews album of the year or Best new album from my favorite actively recording band.

Thomas Function - Celebration (Bomp). Best album of the year from a weirdo band from Alabama.

The Walkmen
- You & Me (Gigantic). Best return to form album of the year.

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