Features: For Your Disapproval ’08 Style

Originally posted on MySpace 12/29/2008

Top 20 this time around.

1. Black Mountain – In The Future
2. The Mars Volta – The Bedlam In Goliath
3. Boom Boom Box – The Boom Boom Box EP
4. Melvins – Nude With Boots
5. Sea & Cake – Car Alarm
6. David Byrne/Brian Eno – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
7. Dove Hunter – The Southern Unknown
8. My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
9. TV On The Radio – Dear Science
10. Mogwai – The Hawk Is Howling
11. Okkervil River – The Stand Ins
12. The Cure – 4:13 Dream
13. Isobel Campbell/Mark Lanegan – Keep Me In Mind Sweetheart EP
14. Children of Bodom – Blooddrunk
15. Metallica – Death Magnetic
16.Sigur Ros – Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
17. Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer
18. Nine Inch Nails – The Slip
19. Black Crowes – Warpaint
20. Toadies – No Deliverance

Most listened to best gift I got all year not from 2008: Leah got me all 3 Joy Division reissues. Oh yeah.

2008 was a pretty great year for music altogether. When you have to whittle down 25-30 to get to a top 20, it was definitely above average. Some years I’m having difficulty with a top 10.

This year saw some exciting things business wise, as Radiohead, The Raconteurs, The Black Crowes and David Byrne/Brian Eno, just to name a few, bucked the system by releasing their own records without major label support, and it seemed to work. I thought the best example of this was what Nine Inch Nails pulled off – releasing 2 records in a year, virtually through the power of the internet. One of those, The Slip, being offered for free as appreciation to their fans as a download from their site (Ghosts I-IV was a pay download). It really showed the power of technology for a band to now be able to write, record and finish a record, under everyone’s noses, and release it to the world moments after finishing it. Very exciting.

We saw the return of The Cure, Metallica, and The Black Crowes all releasing solid albums. We saw Okkervil River, Mogwai, Sea and Cake, My Morning Jacket, Wolf Parade, Sigur Ros and TV On The Radio continue to cement their inventive footholds, while The Mars Volta proved how ridiculous they could be. The Melvins brought it, again, while Children of Bodom released one of the best metal records (not made by a band named Slayer) I’ve heard in years. Locally, Dove Hunter finally released their first album, The Toadies returned with a new album and several scorching local shows, and we saw the beginnings of The Boom Boom Box – probably the most exciting band I saw all year. Do yourself a favor. And I still don’t have a Great Tyrant 7 inch.

Live The Toadies demolished PK as Ponyboy exclaimed “This Is Our Band, Texas!!” – I will always love them, period. The Cure delivered 3 hours, The Melvins played Boris AND the Star Spangled Banner in the same night, same 10 minute time span, ACL finally brought me The Mars Volta, David Byrne, John Fogerty, Roky Erickson, Robert Plant/Alison Krauss, Okkervil River, and while I always love seeing Gillian Welch, Old 97’s, Gnarls Barkley, The Raconteurs and Neko Case, Gogol Bordello tore it up all over Austin, Erykah Badu never seemed to hit any stride, Silversun Pickups were beyond disappointing, Against Me! Showed they had a little something going on, and The Foo Fighters, since I last saw them a couple of years ago (1997, I believe…) became a full blown tour de force to experience live. Last but not least was our trip to Austin to finally see Black Mountain, (for free, nonetheless) and I did $1,800 worth of damage to my car’s front end, making it the most expensive show I’ve ever gone to, and for a 45 minute set. But, in the daylight, no fancy show to speak of, they still killed it. Oh, and I took Leah to see George Michael – the payoff was her excitement during Everything She Wants.

All that and Slayer skipped America completely this year. There’s always next.


~ by thesynaptic on August 8, 2010.

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