Saturday, December 20, 2008

Yay, my favorite music from this year!

Ok, my ten favorite records that I first heard in 2008:

10. Volume 1, She and Him. One of the cutest videos of the year is for their single off this record. I was surprised just how nice a listen this whole thing is.

9. Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See but Cannot Feel, Atlas Sound. Even when I am trying to be quiet and calm and push all distracting thoughts out of my mind, the song "Quarantined" from this album is still playing in my head, and that's so cool.

8. Vivian Girls, s/t. I really need to listen to this record more often. It gives me pep. It's only like 30 minutes or whatever, so maybe I could get through it every day, like a yoga routine.
Beach House!
7. Devotion, Beach House. I didn't pick this one up at first because, to be honest, I thought to myself "you only really need one Beach House album." And then I saw them sing a few songs on the "Juan's Basement" show on and realized that you only really need two Beach House albums. Fortunately, they have two albums.

6. For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver. Somewhere I read that this is a 2007 release. But I held out until late 2008 when I was at a party and they just played this album over and over on repeat. By like the fourth time, I said "hey, is this Bon Iver? They're good." That's how quick I am.

The woman who is Grouper. I forget her name.

5. Dragging a Dead Deer up a Hill, Grouper. There are a couple of tracks on here I skip but that's more because the good tracks are so lovely.

4. Microcastles, Deerhunter. They don't do much of anything that feels new here, but they wear a lot of different hats and look dashing in all of them.
Department of Eagles: record cover of the year

3. In Ear Park, Dept. of Eagles. What a crime that this album is getting almost no attention. I think it's as likable as the Fleet Foxes thing. They need a tie-in on Gossip Girl or something.

2. The Fleet Foxes record, I forget what it's called. It's that record that sounds so good but that you are sure is going to wear out through repeated listens but then doesn't. It's almost a guilty pleasure because so many people like it so easily--I'm used to only liking music that requires some effort to like, but these songs seem too easy. I'm so surprised how little backlash there is against this band--usually there would be a hipster uprising against such sweet-sounding and accessible stuff, but no one has the heart, I guess.

Animal Collective!

1. Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective. It won't be out until January, and I've only heard three leaked tracks from it, but still. It's so good, it has already dominated 2008 for me. To be honest, I'm putting it here because I'm worried the album is going to be a let-down. The live versions of all the songs are so good and I played them so much this last year, but the leaked songs seem de-fanged or something. But the songs, I can't explain it. It's the closest thing to Loveless I've ever had since Loveless.


nathan_fisher said...

"It's that record that sounds so good but that you are sure is going to wear out through repeated listens but then doesn't."

So true; I always hesitate about whether I really want to play Sun It Rises, but once I do, I always finish the whole thing.

Good list; putting MPP on here is a nice way to give all those other guys next year a chance at the top spot--otherwise, you'd just feel bad for them.

Also: Listen to The Walkmen.

Mr. Hill said...

I have tried Walkmen in the past and it didn't work. Their new record is showing up on a lot of lists, though, like yours, so maybe we'll try again.

mbh said...

MPP will not reference to a comp paper of mine, it will get you so stoked out of your dome skillet.

iamcurious said...

i don't know you, but i feel the need to say that MPP is one of the best records i've heard in at least five years..... it's kind of like how i felt when i saw "no country for old men" last year, if that makes any sense.
and i like your descriptions on yr best of list -- thanks, yo!

Mr. Hill said...

Yeah, the album is really growing on me now that I have set the live versions aside for a week or so.

Even my 6 year old likes it--a couple of nights ago, I was putting her to bed and she said to me "Dad, could you sing 'I'm getting lost in your curls?'"

I'm really interested to see just how popular this one gets.