Favorites of 2008: Music

by Jill

Ah, January. I guess it’s finally time for me to list my favorite albums of ’08. Most people tend to make this sort of post in December but what can I say? I procrastinate? Most likely.

Anyway, I couldn’t narrow it down to just ten favorites. So here goes:

Favorite 15 (+1) albums of 2008

16. Beach HouseDevotion
15. Human HighwayMoody Motorcycle
14. The Gaslight AnthemThe ’59 Sound
13. Albert Hammond, Jr.¿Cómo Te Llama?
12. The NotwistThe Devil, You + Me
11. Death Cab for CutieNarrow Stairs
10. WeezerWeezer (Red Album)
9. She & HimVolume One
8. Little JoyLittle Joy
7. The KillsMidnight Boom
6. Okkervil RiverThe Stand Ins
5. Mates of StateRe-Arrange Us
4. Conor OberstConor Oberst
3. SantogoldSantogold
2. Ra Ra RiotThe Rhumb Line
1. Bon IverFor Emma, Forever Ago

I had a difficult time deciding between Bon Iver and Ra Ra Riot as my #1 favorite album of the year. For a long time, I was dead set that The Rhumb Line was my shit. And up until about three weeks ago, it was. Then I really started listening to For Emma, Forever Ago and it suddenly just hit me. Goddammit, it’s just one of those records that gets to me. Sheesh, I can’t explain it any better than all those other people who’ve been gushing over it since it came out. It really is that good.
Until next year . . .
(I’ve got $75 worth of gift cards for iTunes so I’m definitely ready for the new music of 2009!)