best of 2008!

2008 was a pretty great year in music – 3 of my 5 favorite bands released albums (4 if you count compilations), and i saw 4 of them play live. i got to see an old favorite that broke up almost 20 years ago play (sweet baby), and a live incarnation of a fictional band put on one of the best shows i’ve ever seen (dethklok). once again, i’ve got enough songs for my year end mix to fill 2 cds (though i will probably try to narrow it down to one disc’s worth – more on that later).

FULL LENGTHS

1. Genghis Tron “board up the house” (this will kill you!)

2. Lemuria “get better” (finally, a full length!)

3. Now Now Every Children “cars” (15 year olds that make better music than everyone you know!)

4. The Fatal Flaw “we are what we pretend to be” (new stuff from joel reader of the plus ones / mtx)

5. Spiraling “time travel made easy” (“victory kiss” is the jam of the year!)

6. Cruiserweight “big bold letters” (their best yet!)

7. Fizzgig “reset” (guitarmy!)

8. Death Cab For Cutie “narrow stairs” (a song i really like is up for a grammy. this is weird.)

9. Tokyo Police Club “elephant shell”

10. Chris Walla “field manual” (death cab’s guitarist says some silly things, but more of his songs should make it on to their albums!)

also of note:

EPS

Now Now Every Children “not one but two” and “in the city” (even better than their full length)

The Loblaws “won’t stop” (the first new mutant pop release in years!)

The Jealous Sound “got friends” (3 new songs and 2 remixes of the first song, one of which is god awful, and one sounds like the matt sharp tegan and sara remix.)

MUSIC THAT IS AWESOME, BUT DOESN’T REALLY QUALIFY FOR “ALBUM OF THE YEAR”

Mega Man 9 soundtrack (8 bit goodness!)

Dr Octoroc “8-bit jesus” (nintendo xmas carols. way more awesome than it sounds. get it for free here.)

The Brother Kite “(inside) waiting for the time to be right” (incredible remixes of their 2006 album!)

The Anniversary “devil on our sides: b-sides and rarities” (almost everything they did that wasn’t on the 2 lps or the superdrag split. lots of gems here)

Lemuria “the first collection” (all of their early stuff, most of which is out of print, now available on vinyl!)

The Ergs! “hindsight is 20/20, my friend” (another collection of mostly out of print tracks by one of my favorite bands)

Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog (the only musical i’ve ever loved!)

BIGGEST SURPRISE

The Mars Volta “the bedlam in goliath” (they made a new record, and it’s not awful! i’d even go so far as to say that the first five songs are very good!)

runner up: metallica made an album that’s almost listenable! (see below)

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS

I didn’t get a free dr. pepper. jerks. (no one expected “chinese democracy” to be any good, so the actual album’s not really a disappointment, no matter how long it took to come out.)

the ergs! breaking up.

Alkaline Trio “agony and irony” (i’ve liked each album better than the last, but i can’t even listen to this all the way through.)

the mix on “death magnetic” (the best songs metallica’s written since the black album – i know, that’s not saying much – but the mix makes it sound like your speakers are blown, or like you need to adjust the tuning on your radio.)

also, new albums by weezer (not surprising), sigur ros (unfortunate), and keane (meh) were not very good.

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