2008: favorites

  1. TV On the Radio: Dear Science (4AD)
  2. Fieldwork: Door (Pi Recordings)
  3. Randy Newman: Harps and Angels (Nonsuch)
  4. Mostly Other People Do the Killing: This Is Our Moosic (Hot Cup)
  5. Taylor Swift: Fearless (Big Machine)
  6. The Roots: Rising Down (Def Jam)
  7. Robert Forster: The Evangelist (Yep Roc Records)
  8. Ne-Yo: Year of the Gentleman (Def Jam)
  9. Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend (XL Records)
  10. Les Amazones de Guinée: Wamato (Sterns Music) 
  11. Girl Talk: Feed the Animals (Illegal Art)
  12. Ben Allison & Man Size Safe: Little Things Run the World(Palmetto Records)
  13. Los Campesinos!: Hold on Now, Youngster... (Witchita / Arts & Crafts)
  14. Hayes Carll: Trouble in Mind (Lost Highway)
  15. No Age: Nouns (Sub Pop)
  16. Anthony Braxton, Milfor Graves, William Parker: Beyond Quantum (Tzadik)
  17. Lil' Wayne: Tha Carter III (Cash Money/Universal/Motown)
  18. Bottomless Pit: Hammer of the Gods (Comedy Minus One)
  19. Santogold: Santogold (Downtown)
  20. Vijay Iyer: Tragicomic (Sunny Side)
  21. William Parker: Petit Oiseau (Aum Fidelity)
  22. So So Glos: Tourism/Terrorism (Green Owl)
  23. Mike Reed: People Places and Things: Proliferation (482 Music)
  24. White Denim: Workout Holiday (Full Time Hobby)
  25. Raphael Saadiq: The Way I See It (Sony)
  26. Conor Oberst: Conor Oberst (Merge)
  27. Nas: Nas (Untitled) (Def Jam)
  28. Rob Brown Ensemble: Crown Trunk Root Funk (AUM Fidelity)
  29. Roy Campbell: Akhenaten Suite (AUM Fidelity)
  30. Love Is All: A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night (what's Your Rupture?)
  31. Vandermark 5: Beat Reader (Atavistic)
  32. Magnetic Fields: Distortion (Nonesuch)
  33. By Any Means (Rashied Ali/Charles Gayle/William Parker): Live at Crescendo (Ayler Records)
  34. K'Naan: The Dusty Foot Philosopher (IM Culture)
  35. T.I.: Paper Trail (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)
  36. Report Suspicious Activity: Destroy All Evidence (Alternative Tentacles/Revolver)
  37. Jesus H Christ & the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse:Happier Than You (Jesus Christ Rocks)
  38. Jean Grae: Jeanius (Blacksmith)
  39. Q-Tip: The Renaissance (Motown)
  40. Fucked Up: Chemistry of Common Life (Matador)
  41. Constantines: Kensington Heights (Arts & Crafts)
  42. Matthew Shipp Quartet: Cosmic Suite (Not Two Records)
  43. Drive-By Truckers: Brighter Than Creation's Spark (New West)
  44. Black Milk: Tronic (Fat Beats)
  45. The Bronx: III (Witchita)
  46. Hamid Drake/Anders Gahnold/William Parker: Last Dances(Ayler Records)
  47. Bill Dixon: 17 Musicians in Search of a Sound: Darfur (Aum Fidelity)
  48. Adam Lane, Lou Grassi, Mark Whitecage: Drunk Butterfly(Clean Feed)
  49. Lucinda Williams: Little Honey (Lost Highway)
  50. William Parker: Double Sunrise Over Neptune (Art for Arts/AUM Fidelity)
  51. Blitzen Trapper: Furr (Sub Pop)
  52. Lindsey Buckingham: Gift of Screws (Reprise)
  53. Hold Steady: Stay Positive (Vagrant)
  54. Jeffrey Lewis: 12 Crass Songs (Rough Trade, 2007)
  55. Fight the Bull: Dying Will Be Easy (Clean Feed)
  56. Dog & Sky. Lhasa Express (Crispin Gover Rec)
  57. Wussy: Left for Dead (Shake It)
  58. Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet: Tabligh (Cuniform)
  59. Re-Up Gang: We Got It 4 Free vol. 3 (Re-Up Records)
  60. Empty Cage Quartet: Stratostrophic (Clean Feed)
  61. Atomic: Retrograde (Jazzland Rec.)
Last update: 26.01.2009


  1. Taylor Swift: "Love Story" (Big Machine)
  2. Hayes Carll: "Bad Liver And A Broken Heart" (Lost Highway)
  3. The Bronx: "Young Bloods" (Witchita)
  4. No Age: "Sleeper Hold" (Sub Pop)
  5. TV On the Radio: "Red Dress" (4AD)
  6. Alejandro Escovedo: "Always a Friend" (Back Porch)
  7. Ne-Yo: "Miss Independent" (Def Jam)
  8. Alphabeat: "Fascination" (Copenhagen Records)
  9. White Denim: "Shake Shake Shake" (Full Time Hobby)
  10. Conor Oberst: "I Don't Want to Die (In a Hospital)" (Rough Trade)
  11. The Knux: "Cappuccino" (Universial)
  12. Wire: "One of Us" (Pink Flag)
  13. Kate Perry: "Hot N Cold" (Capitol)
  14. Estelle ft. Kanye West: "American Boy" (Atlantic)
  15. Santogold: "You'll Find a Way" (Downtown)
  16. Report Suspicious Activity: "Destroy All Evidence" (Alternative Tentacles)
  17. The Hold Steady: "Sequestered in Memphis" (Vagrant)
  18. Lykke Li: "Little Bit" (EMI)
  19. Neon Neon: "I Told Her on Alderaan" (Lex Records)
  20. Annie: "I Know Your Girlfriend Hates Me" (Universal/Island)
  21. Jenny Lewis: "Carpetbaggers" (Rough Trade)
  22. Hot Chip: "Ready for the Floor" (EMI)
  23. The Ting Tings: "That's Not My Name" (Sony BMG)
  24. School of Language: "Rockist Pt. 1" (Thrill Jockey)
  25. Fucked Up: "No Epiphany" (Matador)
Note: Although jazz-tunes are frequently notable in their own right, and not just as album tracks, they have not been considered for this list.

  1. Franco: Francophonic - A Retrospective Vol. 1: 1953-1980(2CD) (Sterns Africa)
  2. Charles Gayle/William Parker/Rasied Ali: Touchin' On Trane (Jazzwekstatt, 1991/2007)
  3. Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville (ATO Records, 1993/2008)
  4. Steinski: What Does It All Mean?: 1983-2006 Retrospective(Illegal Art)
  5. Kid Creole: Going Places: The August Darnell Years 1974-1983(Strut Records)
  6. Pavement: Brighten the Corners (deluxe edition) (Matador)
Older records reissued this year that it would be unfait to list among the above:
  • The Replacements: Hootenanny / Let It Be / Pleased to Meet Me / Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash Stink / Tim(Rhino)
  • New Order: Brotherhood / Low-Life / Movement / Power Corruption & Lies / Technique (Rhino)
  • Thelonious Monk: Brilliant Corners
  • Pere Ubu: Dub Housing
Yet to hear the full Anthony Braxton Mosaic box-set.
The records outside of the enumerated list have been available in some shape or form fairly recently, but deserve mention as they are all great records.
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