"I Promise/ I'm On It"
By this time, I'm sure you're all sick of top 10 lists. Us too. Therefore, we've resigned to posting a list of stuff that we absolutely adored. There are no rankings, merely praise for everyone, in and of their own right. After all, 'tis the season.
Artist of the Year
Bradford Cox- Microcastle/Weird Era Cont., Let The Blind..., Logos, etc. This dude released more material than anyone this year, and, for once, quantity and quality go hand in hand. Thanks in large part to the Deerhunter blog (best record label of 2008?), you can probably listen to Bradford 24 hours a day, which will really make your brain feel gooey and nice. Like waking up from a Robotussin dream.
Criminally Unreleased Stateside
Micah P. Hinson and the Red Empire Orchestra
Still Not Tired of (Best Albums...)
Fleet Foxes- Sun Giant/Fleet Foxes
Deerhunter- Microcastle/ Weird Era Cont.
Best Pop Album
Lykke Li- Youth Novels
Best Non-Dance Remix
Caribou- Melody Day (Four Tet remix)
The Rosebuds- Silence By The Lakeside (Portastic remix)
Best Dance Remix
Friendly Fires- Paris (Aeroplane remix featuring Au Revoir Simone)
Best Reason to Invest in the Dutch Master Corporation
Most Captivating/Riveting Performance
Joanna Newsome @ BAM
Most Insane Performance
Of Montreal @ Roseland
Best Live Act (tie)
Favorite Foreign Weirdness
Best Reason to Write a Sci-Fi Space Adventure Screenplay
Lindstrom- Where You Go I Go Too
Most Delightful Album
Little Joy- s/t
Best One-Two Punch
Amadou & Miriam- Sabali-> Ce N'est Pon Bon
Girls- Morning Light/Lust for Life (complete with custom corsage)
Best Reason to Own Black Light/Nag Champ/Smoke Machine
School of Seven Bells
Best Visual Aesthetic
M83- Saturdays=Youth, Kim & Jessie video, Graveyard Girl video
Best Album Title (and Best Garage Act)
harlem- free drugs ;-)
It's Good to be From Jersey..
Titus Andronicus releasing the Albert Camus 7" & The Airing of Grievances LP on TU!
Aeroplane- Resident Advisor (Fleet Foxes->Space Disco= 2008 in a nutshell)
Highly Anticipated for 2k9
Animal Collective- Merriweather Post Pavillion
Marissa Nadler- Little Hells
Alela Diane- To Be Still
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart- s/t
Dent May- The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & his Magnificent Ukuele