Best ofs for 2008

Okkervil River

I’m way too busy/lazy/apathetic to do any type of comprehensive, ordered list with links to sounds,  such as Mason does over at…

So I’m just going to generally reprise the format from my Best albums and gig of 2007 list…although I have done a better job of identifying the albums I got in 2008 that I enjoyed. The truth is, I didn’t buy that many albums from 2008, preferring to listen to the music I have, listening to stuff on or pinching Kate’s music…as well as restocking my collection with stuff I have on cassette and vinyl (currently in boxes in Melbourne). Anyway, in no particular order (I’m also aware that I might include a couple of 2007 albums in my list)…

  • Robert Forster – The Evangelist
  • Nick Cave ATBS – Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
  • Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue
  • Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
  • Sigur Rós – Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust
  • Destroyer – Trouble in Dreams
  • Eileen Rose – At Our Tables
  • Juliana Hatfield – How Walk Away
  • Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
  • Immaculate Machine – Fables
  • Sons and Daughters – This Gift
  • Even – Even
  • Wintersleep – Welcome to the Night Sky
  • Land of Talk – Applause Cheer Boo Hiss
  • Stornoway – On the Rocks EP
  • Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
  • Ross McLennan – Sympathy for the New World
  • Glasvegas – Glasvegas

Here are some artists that I enjoyed seeing live during 2008:

  • Stornoway
  • Liddington
  • Laura Veirs
  • The Epstein
  • Ben Walker
  • Jont
  • Vampire Weekend
  • Little Fish
  • Okkervil River
  • The Lemonheads
  • Sons and Daughters
  • Juliana Hatfield
  • Even
  • The Canadian banjo bloke that Mason took me to see in Toronto
  • Family Machine
  • Wintersleep
  • Broken Social Scene
  • Calexico
  • Woodpigeon (briefly)
  • Camera Obscura
  • Ian McLagan
  • Neil Halstead
  • The Minnikins
  • The Marmadukes
  • Jali Fili Cisshoko
  • Luke Smith
  • Robert Forster
  • Nitin Sawhney
  • Romeo Stodart
  • Russ Henderson

The gigs I enjoyed the most (for different reasons). Broken Social Scene at Carling Academy Oxford, Robert Forster upstairs at the Cardiac at the Academy, Even at the 12 Bar in London and Juliana Hatfield at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.


Edit (17/5/-09) – I just returned from Wood Festival, where I saw Blind Pilot and purchased their CD 3 Rounds and a Sound, which was released in 2008. It’s absolutely sensational.


3 thoughts on “Best ofs for 2008

  1. mason says:

    yeah, i wish i could remember the name of that banjo player. he was cool!

  2. […] stornoway, video I’ve bigged up my friends’ Stornoway a few times on this site, here, here, here, here, here, and […]

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