Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Eric Carreira's Picks: Best of 2008

author: Eric Carreira (carreiraeric@yahoo.com)
editor note: don't forget to check the picks by Andujar and Bongohead, noted in seperate earlier posts. Got a list?? Send it in!!!!

....the way i remember it...
2008 in song
1. Sun Kil Moon...April (Caldo Verde)
Ok i'm biased; Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters) along with Morrissey are my favorites of all time. This album is breathtaking... An exclamation point on a brilliant career.

2. Shearwater...Rook (Matador)
Majestic, prayerful, nothing short short of a hymn. If the song “the snow leopard” doesn't make you believe in
miracles, then this album probably isn't for you. Thank heavens he left Okkervil River to follow his vision.

3. Bon Iver...For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar )
Self-released last year but slipped under the radar. In 2008, it got the attention it deserves with a wider release. This stunning piece of art was created during three months of solitude in a cabin in Wisconsin. Intimate and deep.

4. Portishead...Third (Mercury)
A world deceased: everything is gray and decayed. Then suddenly: a flower begins to blossom. This was surprise of the year for me; I never liked Portishead. It comes 11 years after their last release...what a transformation. Jettisoned formulaic trip-hop for something truly creative. Harrowing, haunting, beautiful...

5. M83...Saturdays = Youth (Mute)
Biggest regret of 2008 (that I'm willing to write here anyway) is missing M83 when they came to Northampton (all the way from France!) because of a damn test.. *sigh* Oh well at least I got an A. This stuff is gorgeous and fun.

6. Deerhunter...Microcastle (Kranky)
A wall of sound belies a hidden fragility underneath. Dark yet sparkling psych-pop out out of Atlanta. Visionary. It's great cd to buy, as it includes a free cd of excellent bonus material called Weird Era; Also don't miss Atlas Sound: the debut solo album by DH frontman Bradford Cox.

7. MGMT...Oracuar Spectacular (Columbia)
Nothing cool comes out on Columbia records, but man this debut is a lot of fun. Flaming Lips Producer.

8. Drive By Truckers...Brighter Than Creation's Dark (New West)
There's an 11 song masterpiece within this 19 song album; some weaker material in between some of the coolest shit of the year. Country music for hipsters....

9. The Walkmen...You & Me (Gigantic)
Alluring, sexy; drew me in from the first note.

10. Hercules and Love Affair...Hercules and Love Affair (Mute)
Rocking disco beats, Antony Hegarty (of Antony and the Johnsons) on vocals, what could go wrong??

Crazy Honorable mentions:
American Music Club...the Golden Age
Atlas Sound...Let the Blind Lead Those that Can See But Cannot Feel
Bodies of Water...A Certain Feeling
Damien Jurado...Caught in Trees
David Byrne & Brian Eno...Everything that Happens Will Happen Today
Erykah Badu...New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War
Fleet Foxes...Fleet Foxes
Flying Lotus...Los Angeles
Gregor Samsa...Rest
Joan of Arc...Boo Human
Lindstrom...Where You Go I Go Too
Madvillany....remixed by Madlib
The Hold Steady...Stay Positive
Jessica Lea Mayfield...With Blasphemy, So Heartfelt
TV on the Radio...Dear Science (the song “Diz” fucking rocks!!!!!!!!!)
Wolf Parade...At Mt Zoomer If you don't know them,, check out their 2005 debut...its a masterpiece in my book

Pop Song of the Year “Love Lockdown” by Kanye West

thanks eric for yr picks!!

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