January 02, 2009

Ought Eight In Music

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If anything happened for me in '08, it was increased exposure to more music. As I've mentioned in the past, I'm no
connoisseur ... yet. But I make up for it, and more, by being extremely finnicky. And that's where I become at odds with other music lovers, in that I'm rarely happy enough with albums from start to finish to warrant nabbing them whole, and instead have fast become a fan of – gasp – the single. I often find myself rummaging through iTunes these days like a scavenger, picking off sensational songs here and there after sampling albums that say much less to me. Not to say it doesn't happen for me though; I broke a personal record this year for buying albums in a year I'm hearing critics and experts dub less than stellar. I've also noticed a trend in my buying habits in that albums I do get tend to drift towards material I'll listen to together with Kerry, while singles and part-albums I amass veer more for just myself.

Here's my top 10 albums and singles from 2008. Some may be late-2007 crossovers, and the singles list does not include songs from the albums list.

Asking for Flowers – Kathleen Edwards
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
Consolers of the Lonely – The Raconteurs
New Seasons – The Sadies

Narrow Stairs – Death Cab For Cutie
Mountain Meadows – Elliott Brood
Gossip in the Grain – Ray LaMontagne
Oh My Darling – Basia Bulat
The Hold Up – Donovan Woods
AndorraCaribou

"The Rip" – Portishead, Third
"Halfway Home" – TV On The Radio, Dear Science
"Help I'm Alive" – Metric (single)
"Lights Out" – Santogold, Santogold
"In the End It's Your Friends" – Shout Out Out Out Out (single)
"Bitches in Tokyo" – Stars, In Our Bedroom After the War
"Time to Pretend" – MGMT, Oracular Spectacular
"Time Machine" – Sweatshop Union, Water Street
"Body of Years" – Mother Mother, Oh My Heart
"Believe In Me" – Sloan, Parallel Play

5 comments:

Anthony Woodward said...

I always wonder how does one go about finding new music other than just buying things almost at random? Having a few people that are into music and that can pass things on has always been my haphazard way.
Also as a side note I could have seen MGMT at Meredith (the headline band) but couldn't be bothered as the weather had beaten me down, ha!

Mykael said...

I'm with you re: Fleet Foxes.

I suspect it is one of those lovely and rare records that will actually get better with age.

Anonymous said...

I'm currently obsessed with Donovan Woods. Where can I get that album?

Jeope said...

The album's up on iTunes now. I thought it'd never show.

oo said...

Try on Jenny Lewis' "The Last Messiah" or "Jack Killed Mom" from her latest album, "Acid Tongue."