Thanks for doing this. I enjoy discovering new music. A paragraph describing what made it special to you along with info on the sonics is also much appreciated.
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thanks Madfloyd, you got any gems from this year?
I have Fleet Foxes, but frankly I don't get all the hype. To me they sound somewhat similar to Angels of Light - which i can appreciate, but can;t get into emotionally.
Too me it is just plain boring, however like most things I will re-listten at a later date and maybe my perpective of the album will change
What are you top album's of 2008.
I agree on the Black Mountain and Gutter Twins as your top 2, great music and superb transfers to vinyl. Both are recommended late night listens.
I'd add this for something a little different:
She & Him Vol. 1 - a nice pop-ish LP with great arrangements and vocals. Another well recorded vinyl transfer.
Fleet foxes-fleet foxes
Bonnie prince billy-lie down in the light
Nick cave-dig Lazarus dig
Tv on the radio-dear science
Bon iver-forever emma...
Lots of good stuff but was there anything great?
I'm going to listen more to the black mountain. I have it but didn't pay much attention to it.
"Lots of good stuff but was there anything great?"
Good question. Of 15 or so memorable LPs, the ones I would consider great or near-great are Dylan "Tell Tale Signs", Levon Helm "Dirt Farmer", and Pretenders "Break Up the Concrete."
Honorable mention to Steven Malkmus "Real Emotional Trash", Ray Davies "Workingman's Cafe", John Hyatt "Same Old Man." Lanegan's Gutter Twins is definately up there, but probably no more so than his other fine solo work and early contribution to QOTSA.(Without Lanegan's spooky Cream-like sensibility, Josh Homme is just another head-banger.)
In a category unto itself, this year the alt/folk/roots psychedelic dream pop thing got more interesting with new LPs from Bonnie Prince Billy, Shearwater, Deerhunter, Mercury Rev, Calexico, and Deparment of Eagles(Grizzly Bear). Some of these genre-defying albums blend classical training with rock, acoustic instruments in natural space with electric & electronic treatments, in new & unpredictable ways. PS. The Mercury Rev double LP gets better & better with each listening.
Good comebacks from Alejandro Escovedo, Matthew Sweet, Beck, Nick Cave, Lou Reed, NIN. Ditto above praise for She & Him Vol. I.
Which of all the great musical recommendations above have demonstration quality LP sonics to go along with the great performances?
I love much of this music, and would like to add Vampire Weekend to the list(for the music only), but sonically, haven't heard many new knockouts this year. Cheers,
Most of the better sounding LPs are on Matador and New West, both of which seem recently to be mastering and pressing at a consistently high level. Helm records on his own high-quality label affiliated with Vanguard. For realistic instruments in a believable acoustic space, I'm partial toward Helm, Reed, Shearwater, and Pretenders.
" Thorens 125th anniversary."
I was given that 2Lp record set after I bought my Ortofon SPU.
I guess you think it is pretty good.
I must play it
BTW, Just picked up and played the Black Key's new Lp produced by Dangermouse. very nice indeed with danger adding some nice keybiard depth into the keys blues.
Spencer, to your question about "demonstration-quality" sonics, I'll add the Emmylou Harris double-LP "All I Intended to Be"(Nonesuch). To my ear she has the best female voice in all of popular music. The 180g vinyl sounds fantastic except for slightly excessive surface noise. Some of it was recorded to 16-track analog.
OK, I forgot to add one on here that I may like better than Kings Of Leon if that's possible, Shelby Lynne "Just a Little Lovin". What a great album.
Bought it for the wife, and I have played it about 100 times since. May be sacralidge, but I like it better than "Dusty in Memphis" which it is an homage to. There I said it, sorry.
this is truly much needed thread,and I'll have to get my oar in the water on this one.enuff of... "what phonostage this.. or what cartidge mates with this ..."
after all isn't it about the music?
whew...with that being said I have 2... well 3
1. Radiohead-In Rainbows this is an Unbelievable album
definitely a highlight of 2008
2.The Cinematic Orchestra-Ma Fleur this Nu-Jazz (I hate genres) group has evolved into quite the group,as there arrangements and musicianship continues to become more lush and inteligible
3.this one may get disqualified..but here it goes anyway
Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown recorded 1957
OH My God this album is undescribable, from the song writing ,sonics, the accompanying musicians WOW!! I am in Love with her voice...
If you guys disqualify that last one I'll get another one.
Yeeesssssssss!! that's the one the eMarcy 180gm rerelease it sounds phenomenal,does anyone have the original? I don't even think the original sounds this good.
ok you got me Chas here is another one Bad Plus- For all I Care this is a Great album by up and coming jazz trio.
I also second that "P" by Prtishead