Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Top 10 (but not in a bloated self congratulatory Mojo / Uncut kinda way)

here follow Gijs', Nora's and Maaike's top 10s of 2008. Mine will come tomorrow:

1. De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig - De Machine (all killer, no filler)
2. Beach House - Devotion (beautiful)
3 .Portishead - Third (haunting statement)
4. Benga - Diary Of An Afrowarrior (future shock
5. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (nuff said)
6. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Real Emotional Trash (steller guitar)
6. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III (dem lyrics!)
7. The Bug - London Zoo (bangin)
8. Vivian Girls - Vivian Girls (retro-goodness)
9. Annihilation Time - Tales Of The Ancient Age (Thin Lizzy action)
10. I'm Not There - OST (almost no clunker)

Honourable mentions:
Marnie Stern - This Is It...(still charming)
Lykke Li - Youth Novels (caught me by surprise)
Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common People (daring hardcore)
Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part One: 4th War (don't call it a comeback)

And I just couldn't stop listing stuff.....this year in my experience

Stuff I should know and love but had no time yet:
Deerhoof - Offend Maggie
Gang Gang Dance - St Dymphna
Vetiver - To Find Me Gone
High Places - High Places

Stuff so hyped i can't hear it anymore:
Crystal Castles (actually not that bad, just ugh....)
No Age (not improving after 200 shows is a conscious choice, and a bad one)

Stuff so hyped but deservedly so:
Santogold (hate it/love it)
That song Fascination by Alphabeat (so....happy, makes me wanna vomit and dance at the same time)

Biggest crap all year:
The Ting Tings
Last Shadow Puppets
Vampire Weekend
That single Pharrell did with Santogold and Julian Casablancas

Worst show:
Atlas Sound @Paradiso (couldn't decide wether to run away or destroy his loop pedal)

Best show:
Nightmarchers @ Merleyn (seeing one of my prime guitar influences play w/ the tightest band ever for 15 people)

here is my, uh, top 4 of 2008:
joan as police woman -to survive
rokia traoré -tchamantché
cat power -jukebox
stephanie mckay -tell it like it is

1. The Notwist-The devil, you + me
2. Joan as police woman - to survive
3. Beach House - Devotion
4. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
5. Vetiver - To find me gone
6. Suicidal Birds - Spend your life in serious misery
7. Analog Africa No 3 - African Scream Contest
8. My Brightest Diamond - A Thousand Shark's Teeth
9. These are Powers - Terrific Seasons
10. Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs


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