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    I wrote in Roger Waters Coachella 2008, because that shit was so cool.

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    I went with Deerhunter because their live show was amazing. I chose not to put Boredoms because they weren't on the list and also it was so much more intense than anything else I've ever seen. Deerhunter was amazing, Boredoms was seeing god.
    Goddamnit...I really need to see the Boredoms agains...it is going on 7 years now...they need to play fucking Denver...or Coachella...
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    I am having a hard time in the underrated album section... Black Mountain or Jamie Lidell? I love both albums so much, and they both should have MUCH more attention. Im going with Black Mountain, I saw them at a free show last night and they killed it.
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    I took my niece this year and it was her first Coachella. It was so fun to see it through her eyes. She thought it felt like a magical scene from Shreck. The one where all the fairy tale creatures meet for the first time in Shreck's swamp.

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    underrated album of the year: The Hawk is Howling
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    Hlllyh
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    The Hawk is Howling

    I also put it in my top 5 albums

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmack86 View Post
    Hlllyh
    more overlooked than underrated if that makes sense.

    Kingdom Come is in my top 10, maybe top 5 for the year.


    btw, i only have the new album, where should i go next?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zenidogx View Post
    btw, i only have the new album, where should i go next?
    Terrorbirds is my favorite, but I was a little disappointed by their latest, and I might be in the minority there.

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    on it, chief. thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmgaretjax View Post
    Terrorbirds is my favorite, but I was a little disappointed by their latest, and I might be in the minority there.
    Nope. About half the people I've talked to that loved Terrorbird absolutely hate Hlllyh. There's some who don't mind it but don't like it as much, and then quite a few who thing Hlllyh is far superior (that's me). Everyone agrees that live, it doesn't matter, because they'll turn that frown upside down.
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    yeah. i wanna see Mae Shi live in a proper setting.
    that Detour set was great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmack86 View Post
    Everyone agrees that live, it doesn't matter, because they'll turn that frown upside down.
    Damn straight.

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    It doesn't even cross my mind that Ice Cream Spiritual is the most underrated of this year.

    it's superb beyond belief.

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    Ice Cream Spiritual almost made my top 50... Just barely missed it, and that's only because there were so many other great psych records this year. I agree though, that's a fantastic record.

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    Stereogum (reader's poll):
    50. Islands - Arm's Way
    49. Born Ruffians - Red, Yellow & Blue
    48. Man Man - Rabbit Habits
    47. Bloc Party - Intimacy
    46. Flight Of The Conchords - Flight Of The Conchords
    45. Chad VanGaalen - Soft Airplane
    44. Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple
    43. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
    42. Hercules And Love Affair - Hercules And Love Affair
    41. Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak
    40. Hot Chip - Made In The Dark
    39. Los Campesinos - Hold On Now, Youngster...
    38. The Black Keys - Attack & Release
    37. Ryan Adams And The Cardinals - Cardinology
    36. Dr. Dog - Fate
    35. Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
    34. Blitzen Trapper - Furr
    33. The Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely
    32. Lykke Li - Youth Novels
    31. Santogold - Santogold
    30. Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night
    29. Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
    28. She & Him - Volume One
    27. Beach House - Devotion
    26. Coldplay - Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
    25. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
    24. M83 - Saturdays = Youth
    23. The Dodos - Visiter
    22.My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
    21. Okkervil River - The Stand Ins
    20. Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
    19. Department Of Eagles - In Ear Park
    18. Beck - Modern Guilt
    17. Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Flight
    16. Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line
    15. No Age - Nouns
    14. Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
    13. WHY? - Alopecia
    12. Sigur Rós - Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust
    11. Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer
    10. The Walkmen - You & Me
    9. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
    8. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
    7. Portishead - Third
    6. of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
    5. Deerhunter - Microcastle
    4. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
    3. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
    2. TV On The Radio - Dear Science
    1. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Young blood View Post

    Kelley Polar I need to Hold on While the Sky is Falling Environ
    most underrated album of the year.
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    WIRE
    50. Sao Paulo Underground - Long ass album title
    49. Ellen Fullman and Monique Buzzarte - Fluctuations
    48. Sic Alps - US EZ
    47. Mark Stewart - Edit
    46. Alva Noto - Unitxt
    45. Peter Rehberg - Works for GV
    44. Josephine Foster - This Coming Gladness
    43. Murcof - Versailles Sessions
    42. Vajra - Live
    41. Dave Grubbs - An Optimist Notes the Dust
    40. Jakob Ullmann - Voice, Books and Fire 3
    39. Toumani Diabate - Mande Variations
    38. Portishead - Third
    37. Maryanne Amacher - Sound Characters 2
    36. Emeralds - Solar Bridge
    35. Vampire Weekend - s/t
    34. Harvey Milk - Life...
    33. Stereo Image - s/t
    32. Christina Carter - Masque Femine
    31. Malcolm Goldstein - A Sounding of Sources
    30. Terry Riley - The Last Camel in Paris
    29. Earth - The Bees Made Honey...
    28. Scorces - I Turn Into You
    27. Arther Russell - Love Is Overtaking Me
    26. Tricky - Knowle West Boy
    25. Robert Ashley - Concrete
    24. Jandek - Glasgow Sunday 2005
    23. Group Inerane - Guitars From Agadez
    22. Hercules & Love Affair - s/t
    21. Lukas Ligeti - Afrikan Machinery20. Stephan Mathieu - Radioland
    19. Bill Dixon - 17 Musicians...
    18. Luomo - Convivial
    17. Dusk + Blackdown - Margins Music
    16. Autechre - Quaristice
    15. Kasai Allstars - In the 7th Moon
    14. Eric Chenaux - Sloppy Ground
    13. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Dig thingy
    12. Ryoji Ikeda - Test Pattern
    11. Kevin Drumm - Imperial Distortion
    10. Caretaker - Persstant Repetition
    9. The Fall - Imperial Wax Solvent
    8. William S Burroughs - Real English Tea
    7. Evangelista - Hello Voyager
    6. Advisory Circle - Other Channels
    5. Gang Gang Dance - Saint Dymphna
    4. John Butcher - Resonant Spaces
    3. The Hospitals - Hairdryer Peace
    2. Philip Jeck - Sand
    1. The Bug - London Zoo

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    30. Beach House - Devotion
    29. Helio sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
    28. Girl Talk - FTA
    27. Dep of Eagles - In Ear Park
    26. Sigur Ros - Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
    25. Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
    24. Flight of the conchords -s/t
    23. Wolf parade - at mt. zoomer
    22. The cool kids - the bake sale
    21. Black mountain - in the future
    20. Frightened rabbit - the midnight organ
    19. DBT - Brighter than creation's dark
    18. Mates of state - rearrange us
    17. American music club - the golden age
    16. Sun Kil Moon - april
    15. Hercules and love affair - s/t
    14. Lupe fiasco - the cool
    13. Gaslight anthem - 59 sound
    12. Fleet foxes -s/t
    11. Lil wayne - Tha carter III
    10. Portishead - Third
    9. Death Cab - Narrow Stairs
    8. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah, etc
    7. Vampire Weekend - s/t
    6. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
    5. Bon Iver - For Emma, forever ago
    4. Los Campesinos! - Hold on now, youngster...
    3. The Walkmen - You and Me
    2. Fucked Up - The chemistry of common life
    1. TVOTR - Dear Science

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    fuck. I forgot about the new Luomo album. I really need to d/l that. I thought Paper Tigers was excellent. I haven't heard of A LOT of the bands on Wires list.
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    god damn, like EVERYONE is listing TVOTR... they are the Hold Steady of this year. Just as terrible too. But at least AV put Hercules on their list, I guess.

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    god damn, like EVERYONE is listing TVOTR
    i feel that way about Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver

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    Deerhunter, TVOTR, and Fleet Foxes are popular choices.

    if a list doesn't have Los Campesinos! it has Vampire Weekend
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    i feel that way about Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver
    yeah there just as much, if not more, people listing Fleet Foxes.
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    the Wire list reminded me that i downloaded Hairdryer Peace eons ago and have yet to give it a spin

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    The Wire list is actually kind of strange...

    I can't believe that Peter Rehberg made it on... Most of that is fucking atrocious... They have some good ones though, nice to see the new Drumm made it so high. Been a while since he's made something that has been this big of a departure.

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    I just spent the last 20 minutes compiling the AV club listing only to see someone got there first. God damn it. I'm posting it anyway because I included their one paragraph summary of each album for further enlightenment:

    The Onion AV Club
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    1. TV On The Radio
    Dear Science

    After 2006's densely packed po-mo opus Return To Cookie Mountain, it's no surprise that a peaking TV On The Radio turned in another list-topper this year. What is surprising—almost baffling—is that after wowing with an arty experimentalism just barely kept in check by solid editing and an ace producer (the band's own David Sitek), the Brooklyn quintet succeeded this time by making a slick album. The "s" word is typically a pejorative in music criticism, but Dear Science proves that it doesn't have to be. Though each song—barring, perhaps, "Dancing Choose"—is superficially smooth, the payload is in the depth of field, and for the first time, it's the bigger picture rather than the details making a TVOTR album exceptional. The record's bookends, "Halfway Home" and "Lover's Day," are enormous songs where all those trembling guitars, drum bursts, percussive quirks, sheets of brass, and perennially gorgeous vocals melt into atmosphere. And what dwells in that domain—namely nine other fantastic songs—never disappoint. With Dear Science, TV On The Radio catches the listening public unawares yet again, renewing its claim to the mantle of most successfully innovative band on the planet. (Martins)

    2. Fucked Up
    The Chemistry Of Common Life

    Fucked Up's Matador debut could create a problem for listeners who (rightfully) hear strains of Swell Maps, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and other pealing, guitar-saturated art-rock icons coursing through the Canadian band's music: Who's the fat skinhead, and what's he doing in the middle of all that beauty? It's vocalist Damian "Pink Eyes" Abraham, and his roar—a bellicose, unpleasant thing—is the primal, pissed-off lifeline that binds Fucked Up to hardcore punk. Abraham and his cohorts emerged from the wildly creative Toronto hardcore underground, and those who've seen Fucked Up play live (spilled blood is as common as dripping sweat) won't question the band's dedication to the form. With The Chemistry Of Common Life, though, Fucked Up opened the floodgates on the artier influences it previously kept secondary: krautrock, shimmering post-punk, and Eastern-tinged psychedelia, most prominently. The result is one of the angriest art-rock records—and without question, the artiest angry-rock record—of 2008. (Burgess)

    3. The Walkmen
    You & Me

    Perfectly timed for a year that easily felt like five, The Walkmen's groggy grower of a record captured those first tentative steps from roaring 20s to reflective 30s with the band's now-signature mix of teeth-gritting optimism and misty-eyed romanticism. Sounding wintry and rain-swept even when it's sending "Postcards From Tiny Islands"—just one of several homesick meditations on holidays that are far more "Galveston" than "Margaritaville"—You & Me takes a morning-after look at all the roads traveled, bottles emptied, and days and nights wasted on the way to wherever we woke up this morning. The Walkmen always strive for a vacuum-sealed timelessness, whether in the rattle and hum of the band's echo-laden guitars and fireside Farfisa, or Hamilton Leithauser's peculiar affinity for grandpa's "gin and cigars." Even better, You & Me managed to translate those saws about getting older—especially the exciting/enervating moment when the party's over and "we'll wed our girls and move away"—into a warm embrace instead of a lament. And when the future is so uncertain, who doesn't need a hug? (O'Neal)


    4. Los Campesinos
    Hold On Now, Youngster…

    Early adopters who picked up the 2007 EP or caught the band live knew to have high expectations for Los Campesinos' full-length debut Hold On Now, Youngster…, but it was still hard not to get bowled over by the joy and energy of its headlong rush. Track titles like "Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats" and "You! Me! Dancing!" capture some of the British band's quirky attitude, but little of the charisma generated by its combination of hyperkinetic chamber-pop orchestration and vocal back-and-forth between frontman Gareth Campesinos and keyboardist Aleksandra Campesinos. (No relation; all seven band members adopted that last name.) To lock 2008 down as their year, the band even released a second, almost-as-good album in the fall, We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed. Here's hoping that title isn't prophetic. (Phipps)


    5. Bon Iver
    For Emma, Forever Ago

    For Emma, Forever Ago has so much soul and so many striking songs that it's almost offensive to consider that when Justin Vernon finished the record, he decided it'd make a halfway decent demo tape—nothing more. Though Emma was written and recorded almost entirely within a small hunting cabin during a Wisconsin winter, it's a warm, spacious album that also overcomes the myopia associated with most completely solo projects. Vernon's generous layering of his ghostly vocals and his careful arrangement of the rest (guitar, frugal drumming, and two horns on the title track) make for music that's as sensitive as it is prone to unexpected swells of bliss. More than folk or singer-songwriter fare, songs like "Flume," "Skinny Love," "Creature Fear," and "Re: Stacks" represent a new brand of soul music that invites stargazing as much as it does lovemaking and the occasional good cry. (Martins)

    6. The Hold Steady
    Stay Positive

    Through three albums, The Hold Steady managed to add legions of devoted followers to its fan base with every record, while somehow becoming a better and better band. Stay Positive is best described as The Hold Steady's "mountaintop" record—it doesn't shake up the formula or reach out to new fans, it just revels in what Craig Finn and company do well, in a straightforward, meat-and-potatoes manner guaranteed to drive members of the band's "unified scene" to even greater ecstatic levels of bromantic adoration. And as Finn gushes on the title track, the feeling of love is mutual. (Hyden)

    7. Vampire Weekend
    Vampire Weekend


    Vampire Weekend was far from the first band to bring Afro-pop influences into North American pop; they probably get some of their acclaim just because no one on this side of the ocean has performed that particular bit of recycling in a while. But Western neglect alone doesn't explain the appeal of the way the band weaves clanging guitar lines and propulsive rhythms into an indie-pop moment badly in need of both. Whether Vampire Weekend will be able to pull the trick off twice—and avoid clunkers like "One (Blake's Got A New Face)" on future releases—remains an open question, but for now, they sound ridiculously full of promise. (Phipps)

    8. Erykah Badu
    New Amerykah, Part One: 4th World War

    R&B had a very good 2008, but no one in the field—or damn near any other area of music—demonstrated the off-the-charts ambition Erykah Badu flaunts throughout New Amerykah. Breaking five years' silence with the freest music of her career, Badu threw a T1-age sheen on several crucial soul touchstones: "The Cell" rides circa-1973 Stevie Wonder drums and keyboards through a harrowing depiction of cocaine addiction. The velour-lined drum-machine pulse of "Me," a free-floating musing about Badu's public persona, calls up early-'70s Sly Stone. The opening song is a retrofitted Roy Ayers track. But even with a couple of dead ends ("My People" could lose half a minute), this is one of those albums that's more than the sum of its parts, thanks to the woman who made it in her image: Whimsical, aggressively experimental, unexpectedly vulnerable, and funky as hell, it thrives on doing whatever the hell she, and it, wants to. (Matos)

    9. Death Cab For Cutie
    Narrow Stairs

    Multi-instrumentalist/producer Chris Walla warned people early on that Narrow Stairs would polarize DCFC fans, but that statement proved overwrought: Although the album has a sharper edge than the group's 2005 breakthrough, Plans, it was still in character. Songs like "Bixby Canyon Bridge," "No Sunlight," "Long Division," and "Pity And Fear" pulse with the kind of rock energy bands forgo as they "mature," though they segue well with Stairs' more subdued moments, like "Talking Bird" and "The Ice Is Getting Thinner." What's behind this urge to rock? Despair. Death Cab has never been an especially sunny band, but it was easy on Plans for the mix-tape-worthy charms of "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" to distract from the devastating "What Sarah Said." The album's sunniest musical moment, "You Can Do Better Than Me," is also one of its saddest. Then there's the sham marriage of "Cath…" and the ominous undertones of "No Sunlight," and the list goes on. The silver lining? People make their best art when miserable. (Ryan)



    10. Portishead
    Third

    Between the in-concert return of My Bloody Valentine and the release of Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy, 2008 has been a year of improbable comebacks. But none were as unlikely, or as flat-out triumphant, as the first album in 11 years from trip-hop standard-bearer Portishead. Producer-musicians Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley re-imagined their sound from the ground up, replacing the hip-hop breakbeats and '60s spy-flick soundtrack strings with rhythms that alternately tumble ("Silence") and shock ("Machine Gun"), along with textures and timbres that evoke Night Of The Living Dead—all perfect bedding for Beth Gibbons' undead croon. Even a little ukulele number (the 90-second "Deep Water") adds to the overall dread—a sense Portishead still captures like no one else. (Matos)


    11. Lil Wayne
    Tha Carter III

    Lil Wayne made an unorthodox move in 2008 simply by releasing an official album—as opposed to the (awesome) bootleg mix-tapes and countless collaborations on which he'd started getting weirder and more visionary as a writer than anyone this side of City Lights Books. Tha Carter III isn't as unhinged as some of Wayne's looser mix-tape showings, but he still slides between vocal registers and tonal deliveries with a thrilling lack of inhibition (not to mention logic) that shouldn't be half as rare. Whether he's getting anointed by Jay-Z in "Mr. Carter" or drawling like 20 different countries' spokesmen in "A Milli," Wayne sounds like a live wire who could plug in or spark out in any given verse. Keeping track of which is which is half the fun. (Battaglia)

    12. Fleet Foxes
    Fleet Foxes

    One of the only things more remarkable than the caliber of Fleet Foxes' rich, amber folk songs is the baffling reality that the band's honey-voiced frontman, Robin Pecknold, is barely 22: The Seattle band's self-titled debut feels old and lived-in, a warm, gently battered collection of ancient-sounding tracks that, in spite of an annotated list of influences (from shape-note singing to Brian Wilson to Gram Parsons), somehow feels unique. Pecknold, seated mid-stage, eyes angled down, his considerable beard sticking out all angles, accidentally commands every room he sings in; when his bandmates join him in four-part harmony, it almost feels like time stops. (Petrusich)

    13. The Gaslight Anthem
    The '59 Sound

    A group of young Jerseyites who split the difference between Against Me and Bruce Springsteen, The Gaslight Anthem quietly put out one of the most exhilarating records of the year with The '59 Sound. The group's heartfelt, well-crafted lyrics have drawn innumerable comparisons to the Boss, and the blues- and soul-laced punk that pulses underneath it all is nostalgic and timeless at the same time. The monster title track's heartbreaking lyrics and propulsive rhythm epitomizes The Gaslight Anthem's amalgam of sincerity and rock 'n' roll brio, a combination that's as difficult to pull off as it is easy to love. (Koski)


    14. Lupe Fiasco
    The Cool

    In a grim year for hip-hop both commercially and artistically, Lupe Fiasco's sophomore effort The Cool was a heartwarming success story. After flopping with a much-buzzed debut, Lupe Fiasco's Food And Liquor, Fiasco hit it big with an ambitious though fairly abstract concept album about morality that scored a pair of big, seductive singles in "Superstar" and "Paris, Tokyo." Fiasco found success on his own iconoclastic terms, without relying on big-name guests (though Snoop Dogg drops by for "Hi-Definition"), hot producers, or, to paraphrase the title of one of the album's most pointed tracks, dumbing it down. (Rabin)


    15. Hercules And Love Affair
    Hercules And Love Affair

    Nobody wants to be the square hunched over a computer screen, typing and chin-stroking about a record as sweaty and propulsive as Hercules And Love Affair's Arthur Russell-aping debut. Plenty came to this record just to hear Antony Hegarty stretch his odd, warbly pipes, but a good chunk stuck around to dance: Hercules And Love Affair is the kind of album that demands motion, even for those whose club skills are relegated to head-nodding and the occasional shoulder-pop. Hegarty's mews are well-matched, even surpassed, by DJ Andrew Butler's production, and together, they manage to make greasy old disco feel entirely unprecedented. (Petrusich)

    16. Sun Kil Moon
    April

    Mark Kozelek has been known for writing mumbly, long-winded, impossibly gorgeous songs since his days with Red House Painters, so it might be tempting for some to write off April—Kozelek's second set of all-original tunes under the Sun Kil Moon moniker—as more of the same. But give the record some time, and it reveals itself as a career benchmark that perfectly accompanies SKM's brilliant 2003 release Ghosts Of The Great Highway. Not since Bob Dylan has a singer-songwriter been able to stretch songs out for so long doing seemingly so little, while still being absolutely captivating. (Hyden)

    17. American Music Club
    The Golden Age

    On The Golden Age, American Music Club more clearly defines what its recent reunion means; now fully relocated to a quiet world of directionless loners and crushed spirits, the band's music is still as meaningful as anything from its original run. The Golden Age is a fascinating storybook of modern malaise: With atmospheric-yet-catchy songs such as "All The Lost Souls Welcome You To San Francisco," Mark Eitzel's vocals drift through anguish and empathy, finding truth in afflicted characters and their delicately painful lives. Though Eitzel isn't completely devoid of hope, few can craft melancholy with such soft force. (Mincher)



    18. Mates Of State
    Re-arrange Us

    It's easy to dismiss Mates Of State as cutesy claptrap: The duo is married, they're attractive, they write catchy pop songs, and they gave their 2003 album the nauseatingly twee title Team Boo. Still, judging them for those things shortchanges their considerable skill. Re-arrange Us isn't full of bubblegum songs about how much drummer-singer Jason Hammel and singer-keyboardist Kori Gardner love each other. The album has plenty of nuance and pathos—check the suicide-bomber-at-a-costume-party video for "Get Better"—that show depth generally not associated with the duo. That will change, as Mates Of State has quietly crafted one of the best pop albums of the year. (Ryan)

    19. Drive-By Truckers
    Brighter Than Creation's Dark

    When Jason Isbell took a hike from the decade's greatest Southern-rock band, many fans were left to wonder whether Drive-By Truckers could ever be as good again. In light of the excellent Brighter Than Creation's Dark, those fears seem incredibly shortsighted. Isbell was far from being the band's only great songwriter—he wasn't even the band's principal great songwriter, a title Patterson Hood defends with terrific songs like "The Man I Shot," one of the best (and angriest) rock songs about the Iraq War yet. Throw in Mike Cooley—whose Keith Richards-style cool sometimes obscures his proficiency at turning out first-rate story-songs—and new songwriting contributor Shonna Tucker, and the Truckers earn the right to overstuff an album with 19 songs, especially when there's nary a dud among them. (Hyden)


    20. Frightened Rabbit
    The Midnight Organ Fight

    This Scottish band's second album is plenty dour, but there's uplift to be found in its tales of failed love, bad sex, and general desperation. A huge amount of the credit goes to singer Scott Hutchison, who tops the band's indie-rocking sounds—think early U2, a dash of Sebadoh, and some Long Winters—with sad, biting, funny lyrics. "It takes more than fucking someone to keep yourself warm," goes one revelation. (Modell)


    21. Black Mountain
    In The Future

    When the appeal of cooed folksongs and elaborately arranged pop-ballads begins to wane—when you're craving massive, sludgy, enveloping riffs and the kind of pummeling instrumentation you couldn't parse if you had all night—Black Mountain's second LP, In The Future, delivers thick, menacing sagas about witches and barbed wire. Black Mountain borrows heavily from well-worn hard-rock titans—see Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Iron Butterfly—but the band tempers its metal with oddball psychedelic flourishes; the resulting tracks are druggy, disconcerting, and cathartic. (Petrusich)

    22. The Cool Kids
    The Bake Sale

    2008 saw the emergence of a brash new strain of hipster hop, as an exciting new crop of buppie rappers with indie-rock attitude and old-school swagger made a mark on a stagnant scene. It was a banner year for acts like The Knux, Kidz In The Hall, and especially The Cool Kids, a breakout duo that walked a fine line between charmingly brash and outright obnoxious. The Bake Sale is the most irresistible blast of muscular hip-hop minimalism this side of Clipse's Hell Hath No Fury, though the Chicago duo was less concerned with documenting the drug game than bringing back the spirit of '88. (Rabin)


    23. Wolf Parade
    At Mount Zoomer

    Wolf Parade features two excellent frontmen whose voices and songwriting styles are just similar enough to provide perfect complements: Dan Boeckner—who sounds like a gruffer Beck—offers the straight-ahead indie-rockers, while Spencer Krug gets a little more glammy and weird. At Mount Zoomer's climax combines their sensibilities into a brilliant, epic 11-minute opus called "Kissing The Beehive." (Modell)

    24. Flight Of The Conchords
    Flight Of The Conchords

    Musical-comedy duo Flight Of The Conchords is about the laughs first and foremost, but the musical part of the equation is just as enjoyable on their self-titled full-length debut. Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement are capable mimics, aping everything from world-beat to hip-hop to straight-up novelty, but their album has a low-key acoustic spin that makes the jokey songs as singable as they are quotable. Because of that balance, the funny holds up over repeat listens—even after it's been co-opted by that dork in the next cube who won't stop giggling, "It's business time!" (Koski)


    25. Flying Lotus
    Los Angeles

    On his second album, Steven Ellison, a.k.a. Flying Lotus, refracts dusty-loop hip-hop through an armchair-techno lens, resulting in the most kaleidoscopic beat pileup of the year. As full of surface noise and odd detours as the city itself, Los Angeles mines everything from nervy electro ("Parisian Goldfish") to space jazz (Alice Coltrane, Ellison's aunt, is sampled twice) to lugubriously bass-heavy hip-hop ("Golden Diva," "GNG BNG"), and makes it all sound brand-new. (Matos)


    26. Sigur Rós
    Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust

    Calling a Sigur Rós album "accessible" is kind of like describing a Britney Spears song as "edgy," but Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust—which might mean "we speak Icelandic and you don't"—feels less artsy and even more triumphant than its predecessors. The inventive Reykjavik outfit is still painting with an atmospheric brush, but the main thing that stands out on its fifth studio disc is how truly beautiful the songwriting is, rather than just how otherworldly the whole production sounds. (Hawthorne)

    27. Department Of Eagles
    In Ear Park


    True, it's basically a Grizzly Bear record without Ed Droste, but the first fully realized album from Daniel Rossen's Department Of Eagles has plenty going for it—not least of which is that it's basically a Grizzly Bear record. With his kitchen-sink blend of old acoustics and warped synthesizers, Rossen occasionally borders on the vaudevillian with his love of Van Dyke Parks' skewed-pop pastiche, but he tempers his showy, theatrical arrangements with a songwriting sensibility that's pure Ram-era Paul McCartney. The result is tunes that are slightly more straightforward in their AM-radio sentimentality than Rossen's main gig, but which still scribble thrillingly outside the lines. (O'Neal)

    28. Girl Talk
    Feed The Animals


    Though it lacks some of the freshness and novelty of his rapturously received debut, Girl Talk's Feed The Animals proves that there's still plenty of pop left in the massive mash-up madness of one-man musical army Greg Gillis. Feed The Animals is the sound of today colliding with yesterday, hip-hop mashing into arena rock, and disparate spheres intermingling until all that's left is a sweaty, pulse-pounding party. Flagrantly ignoring copyright laws has never been so much fun. (Rabin)

    29. The Helio Sequence
    Keep Your Eyes Ahead

    Brandon Summers, the singing half of the duo Helio Sequence, lost his voice in the gap between 2004's Love And Distance and this year's Keep Your Eyes Ahead, but returned with a stronger sound than ever. The album creates a romantic swirl of synths and guitars that sounds like what new wave might have grown up to be had it tried a little harder. (Phipps)

    30. Beach House
    Devotion

    On its self-titled debut, Beach House stripped "autumnal" of its clichéd status. Devotion is something else entirely: From its opening sandpaper shuffle, Beach House channels brick-thick consistency in service of a bolder, brighter sound. When a song like "Heart Of Chambers" soars as epically high as any Flaming Lips epic, it's easy to forget that the group is conjuring up space trips with little more than keyboard presets and gorgeous vocals. (Rizov)
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    If anyone raped or molested my wife or child i'd off them myself so I guess it doesn't matter. If you don't feel those type of emotions in that situation then that is you and in my opinion makes you a twisted person from a twisted state (UTAH) if that is where your from!

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    I really like the Onion AV Club. Noel Murray's Popless feature was great.

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    The Wire list is actually kind of strange...
    I thought you wrote that list when I first read it.
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    If anyone raped or molested my wife or child i'd off them myself so I guess it doesn't matter. If you don't feel those type of emotions in that situation then that is you and in my opinion makes you a twisted person from a twisted state (UTAH) if that is where your from!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yablonowitz View Post
    I thought you wrote that list when I first read it.
    I like Wire a lot, and I like a lot of music on that list...

    I wish I wrote for Wire...

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    Shampire Weekend and Death Cab above Portishead? Fail. Then again, at least they didn't list the Jonas Bros instead.
    7/26 Au Revoir Simone @ The Roxy, 8/1 Arcade Fire, the Unicorns, Dan Deacon at the Forum, 8/2 Burger a-Go-Go, @ Observatory, 8/9 Warpaint @ Observatory, 8/10 Warpaint @ The Ace, 8/23-24 FYF Fest, 9/11 Swans @ Roxy, 9/18 Neutral Milk Hotel @ Hollywood Bowl, 9/19 Chvrches @ Palladium, 9/30 Cibo Matto @ the Roxy, 10/9 Zola Jesus @ El Rey, 10/16 Massive Attack @ Greek Theater, 10/26 Asobi Seksu & Slowdive @ Royale

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