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Drew's 2008 Favorites in Popular Music

Postby Drew Corleone on Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:09 pm

Albums: 10, ranked as best I could...

(note: I haven't heard every song off of every one of these, but they're still the ones that stood out most.)

1. Dr. Dog, Fate
2. Fleet Foxes, s/t
3. Vampire Weekend, s/t
4. The Raconteurs, Consolers of the Lonely
5. N.E.R.D, Seeing Sounds
6. My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges
7. The Old 97s, Blame it on Gravity
8. Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago
9. Drive-By Truckers, Brighter Than Creations Dark
10. TV on the Radio, Dear Science

Songs: 25, in no particular order...

"Color of a Lonely Heart," Old 97's
"Dance With Me," Old 97's
"Spaz," N.E.R.D
"Everyone Nose (All the Girls Standing in the Line for the Bathroom)", N.E.R.D
"Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa," Vampire Weekend
"Dry Lips," Lightspeed Champion
"The Righteous Path," Drive-By Truckers
"Another Way to Die," Jack White & Alicia Keys
"Raincoat Song," The Decemberists
"My Friend," Dr. Dog
"From," Dr. Dog
"He Doesn't Know Why," Fleet Foxes
"Mykonos," Fleet Foxes
"Sequestered in Memphis," The Hold Steady
"See Fernando," Jenny Lewis
"Godspeed," Jenny Lewis
"Spaceman," The Killers
"'Sec Walkin," My Morning Jacket
"The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)," Flight of the Conchords
"Many Shades of Black," The Raconteurs
"Whatever You Like," T.I.
"That's Not My name," The Ting Tings
"Skinny," Bon Iver
"Believe It," Saigon
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Re: Drew's 2008 Favorites in Popular Music

Postby AtlLonghorn on Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:58 pm

1. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
2. Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
3. TV on the Radio - Dear Science


Those are the only three albums I feel comfortable putting on a legit "best of" list for 2008. This year has underwhelmed me in terms of popular music.
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Re: Drew's 2008 Favorites in Popular Music

Postby 12ozLongneck on Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:17 pm

1. Dr. Dog, Fate


I picked this up after you mentioned them on the music thread and really dig it.

I haven't really listened to enough new stuff this year to make a top 10 list. My favorite albums would probably be:

1. Dual Hawks by Centromatic/South San Gabriel
2. Attack and Release by The Black Keys
3. For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver
4. Fate by Dr. Dog
5. No Deliverance by The Toadies
6. Re-Arrange Us by Mates of State

Notable songs:

"Kept On the Sly" by South San Gabriel
"Flume" by Bon Iver
"Color of a Lonely Heart" by Old 97s
"I, the Kite" by Centro-Matic

Band whose popularity I can't fathom: Vampire Weekend

Biggest disappointment of 2008: New Old 97s album. Drag It Up was an improvement over Satellite Rides. Blame It On Gravity is a step back in the wrong direction.

Worst Album: Kanye West. His old stuff isn't my cup of tea, but I recognize his talent when I hear it and can understand how people can really get into it. The songs that I have heard off of the new album are fucking terrible and he should never be allowed near one of those auto-voice correction things ever again.
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Re: Drew's 2008 Favorites in Popular Music

Postby Drew Corleone on Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:24 pm

Yeah, the 97's album disappointed overall, but it had a few songs I really liked. And I can see where VW may not resonate. It's pretty weird. But it really grew on me.

ATL: it's not uncommon to read that sentiment, but without trying to call out you specifically, I think it's a lame opinion. There is so much stuff out there to sample that I cannot envision there existing so few "best of the year" mentions. It smacks of supreme music snobbery.
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Re: Drew's 2008 Favorites in Popular Music

Postby AtlLonghorn on Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:44 am

I'm open minded to anything and am going to check out Dr. Dog as soon as I can because I looked them up on youtube and like what I've heard so far. I've listened to a lot of the albums you mentioned and have been mentioned in the best of 2008 thread on shaggybevo and there is a lot of good stuff out there, I just can't definitively say I'd put anything other than the three I mentioned on a best of list. Trust me, I'm far from a music snob, I'm usually pretty easy to please musically, I just haven't heard a lot this year that tickles my fancy.
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Re: Drew's 2008 Favorites in Popular Music

Postby Drew Corleone on Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:47 am

I've literally spent hours on HypeMachine the past week or so, BTW, and between that and the iTunes cards I received I've added a lot of music, so these listings could change a lot in the coming weeks.

ATL: Again, not calling you out... just saying that it always seems to be the "cool" comment, especially on Shaggy/HF, to dismiss a year as "terrible" or "underwhelming" or whatnot.
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Re: Drew's 2008 Favorites in Popular Music

Postby U2-Horn on Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:11 am

But, will any of the music from 2008 be remembered at all in 5 years? How many bands/artists these days (that have debuted in the last 8 years) will be around in, say, 2015? I don't know that anyone will.
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Postby Drew Corleone on Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:27 am

Maybe you need to not hold every band to the standard of U2 then.
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Re: Drew's 2008 Favorites in Popular Music

Postby 12ozLongneck on Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:34 am

Yeah... Not everything has to be The White Album.
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Postby HornMafia on Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:41 am

12ozLongneck wrote:Worst Album: Kanye West. His old stuff isn't my cup of tea, but I recognize his talent when I hear it and can understand how people can really get into it. The songs that I have heard off of the new album are fucking terrible and he should never be allowed near one of those auto-voice correction things ever again.


I really hated this album when I first heard it, but "Love Lockdown" has really grown on me, although mostly due to the bass line. "Heartless" isn't terrible, either.

I'm not really a fan of the whole album, but it is cool to see a talented artist reach out and do something different....even if it doesn't always work out to the general populace.
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Postby U2-Horn on Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:53 am

I'm not holding anyone to U2's standard, but how about somebody making 3 really good albums in their career?
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Re: Drew's 2008 Favorites in Popular Music

Postby Drew Corleone on Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:04 am

U2-Horn wrote:I'm not holding anyone to U2's standard, but how about somebody making 3 really good albums in their career?

So you can make that judgment about any of the bands mentioned in this thread?
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Re: Drew's 2008 Favorites in Popular Music

Postby 12ozLongneck on Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:13 am

Between Centro-matic, South San Gabriel and his solo stuff, Will Johnson has made over a dozen damn good albums.
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Postby U2-Horn on Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:16 pm

okay, what bands/artists who have formed/debuted in the last 10 years have 3 good albums?

I'm just looking for suggestions here
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Postby Music City Mafia on Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:45 pm

I don't mean this smart-ass, so please don't take it that way... but what does it matter? You can listen to your one-hit wonders/albums alongside your "the best of" legends as well.

They download to mp3's/ipods the same way... albeit without the smug self-righteousness and goofy sunglass accessories to look at. =P~ (okay, a little smart-ass'dness there).
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Re: Drew's 2008 Favorites in Popular Music

Postby Drew Corleone on Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:15 pm

Yeah, I'm not sure what longevity has to do with the best of this year's releases, but maybe I'm just obtuse in ignoring it.
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Re: Drew's 2008 Favorites in Popular Music

Postby 12ozLongneck on Tue Dec 30, 2008 2:39 pm

Drew Corleone wrote:Yeah, I'm not sure what longevity has to do with the best of this year's releases, but maybe I'm just obtuse in ignoring it.


That, plus the fact that "great" is in the eye of the beholder.
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