Saturday, November 29, 2008

Rethinking 2008

Did O'Reilly make these on the Windows 3.1 version of Print Shop Deluxe?

Realizing that year-end is coming fast, I gathered a list of the 2008 albums I should closely (re)listen to before making my Best of 2008 list. I'm posting the list here to maintain some transparency in my methods. I've all ready heard a lot of these albums at least once, but need to reevaluate and get some idea of which are my favorites. Some of my favorites aren't on the list because I don't feel the need to reevaluate them. Album titles are shortened or misspelled out of laziness. Albums I haven't listened to are in red. Albums I'm waiting on to be released are below the list. Of course, this list is way too ambitious for me to accomplish, but fuck if I won't try.

Rethinking 2008:
• Aidan Baker & Tim Hecker - Fantasma
Akira Rabelais - Hollywood
Al Green - Lay It Down
• Andrew Daly - Nine Sweaters
• Averse Sefira - Advent Parllax
• AZ - Undeniable
• Black Milk - Tronic
BoB - Hi My Name Is BoB
• Beneath The Massacre - Dystopia
• Brain Drill - Apocalypse Feasting
Brian Eno & David Byrne - Everything Happens
• Bun B - II Trill
• Cursed - III
Dead Congregation - Graves
Death Cab - Narrow Stairs
• Devin The Dude - Landing Gear - Smoke Sessions
• Disfear - Live the Storm
Dub Colossus - A Town Called Addis
• Earles and Jensen - Just Farr a Laugh
Ellen Allien - Sool
• Elzhi - Europass
EMC - The Show
• Fennesz - Black Sea
Foreign Exchange - Leaving it All Behind
• Genghis Tron - Board Up the House
• Have a Nice Life - Deathconsciousness
Jesu - Why Are We Not Perfect
• Kevin Drumm - Imperial Distortion
• Killer Mike - I Pledge
Koushik - Out My Window
• Krallice
• Lil Boosie - Da Beginning
• Lil Wayne - Carter 3
• Lindstrom - Where You Go
Lords - Fuck Y'all Motherfuckers
• M83 - Saturdays
• Madlib - Beat Konducta 5-6
Mariah Carey - E=MC2
• Meshuggah - Obzen
• Mogwai - Hawk Is Howling
Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride
• Nacthmystium - Assassins
• Ocrilim - Annwn
• Origin - Antithesis
• Plague Bringer - Life Songs
• Phobia - 22 Random Acts
• Playboy Tre - Goodbye America
• Prostitute Disfigurement - Descendants
• Pyramids
• QTip - The Rennaissance
• Rich Boy - Bigger
Rosco P Coldchain - There Will Be Blood
Scarface - Emeritus
• Scarlett Johanson - Anywhere
• Scott Hull - Reqiuem
• Shooting At Unarmed Men - Triptych
• Wale - Mixtape About Nothing
• Todd Barry - From Heaven
Torche - Meandrethal
• Whitechapel - This Is Exile
Wold - Stratifcation
• Xela - The Illuminated
• Zro - Crack

Still Waiting On These Albums To Be Released:
• Bergraven - Till makabert väsen
• Common - Universal Mind Control
• Deathspell Omega - Veritas Diaboli Maneteternum: Chaining the Katechon
• Xela - In Bocca Al Lupo

2009 Coming Quick for Some, Never for Others:
• Big Boi - Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
• Cam'ron - Crime Pays
• Circle of Dead Children - Psalm of the Grand Destroyer
• Clipse - 'Til the Casket Drops
• The Cool Kids - When Fish Ride Bicycles
• D'Angelo - James River
• Deftones - Eros
• Gorilla Zoe - Don't Feed the Animals
• Grey Machine - Disconnected
• Jadakiss - The Last Kiss
• Jay Electronica - Act II: Patents of Nobility and/or Abracadabra: Let There Be Light
• Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3
• The LOX - Live, Suffer and Celebrate
• Mastodon - Crack the Skye
• MF Doom - Doomposter and/or Born Into This
• Mos Def - The Ecstatic
• Suffocation - Blood Oath

At least half of those albums better come out...

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  1. really nice list. i dont ever do these on paper - I'm like jay-z - its all in the head (pause?)

    I'm embarassingly behind on heavy music. those disfear, origin and genghis tron albums have forever been in my "must listen" list. i trust you have good things to say about them. I'm currently browsing your archives for metal record recommendations. A year end list of notable metal records would be nice.

    Also, wow @ your 2009 list. things are looking REALLY bright.

  2. Good news: I decided to make lists for genres this year, while I was making this list up. Not sure what the genres will be yet, maybe metal/hip-hop/electronic/pop/rock, or something similar.

    It was a great year for metal; lots of great releases from all different styles. That'll be the funnest list to make for sure.

  3. that's a substantial list - I tried it myself and only came to about thirty, including definite favourites. I'm more limited in genres, of course, and I have written about nearly all of them already.

    I'm going to do my end list in category form: so Shooting at Unarmed Men will be Best Contemporary Punk Album, Album of the Year (1); Mogwai will be runner-up in Post-Rock Album (1) of the Year; Envy/Jesu possibly for Electronic (2), etc.

    I'm still waiting to see what tack you take on The Hawk is Howling. There's a new s/t album by Irish band God Is An Astronaut that's making interesting sounds in the whole conventional-epic post-rock genre again.

  4. I like the category idea. Last year, I was weighing the possibilities of something like that, or a long list that tries to be as comprehensive of my taste as possible. One day, I'll be able to make a concise statement with more confidence, I hope.

    As for Hawk, I may just wait until my list to write about it. What I've been planning to write is more about how I like them from Happy Songs-on more than what's considered their "classic", more traditionally post-rock output.

  5. Interesting to see Gorilla Zoe on your anticipated list. 'Lost' is pretty good and Don't Feed the Animals is a great title, but do you have any other indication that he could deliver a good album? Anyway, I love the ambition of this list. I spend too much time watching movies and tv and re-listening to favorite albums to do anything like this, but I salute your attempt.

  6. Not really, haha. I just put it on there because I like "Lost" and assumed the album might have more like it. But it wouldn't have entered my periphery without a noz cosign.