I'm going to act like I have to make a Top 10 list at the end of the year because this is a music blog and that's what music blogs do. I'll say that I'm doing this begrudgingly only because people love to read lists and it'll get lots of hits. You see, I don't really have an option at this point. It's fucking mandatory. But in reality, I love making lists and telling people what my favorite things are. So here they are. My top picks from 2008. (Disclaimer: Marijn came out in '07 but I bought it in '08 so screw you.)
10. Usputuspud - Disco (original review)
Usputuspud - Cherished Wig
A wonderfully dancey droney tape, easily the best tape in my collection.
9. Parts & Labor - Receivers (original review)
Parts & Labor - Wedding In A Wasteland
When one of my favoritest bands comes out with a new album, you can bet your ass it'll be on my Top 10 list.
8. The Mausoleums - Blackened Fawns Cleanse The Earth With Fire (original review)
The Mausoleums - The One Who Sees
Super blown out pop metal makes me weak in the knees.
7. Torche - Meanderthal (never reviewed it for some reason, but I did talk about their live show)
Torche - Grenades
I was a little late to the Torche parade. I didn't like 'em the first few times I heard them. I don't know what happened but something clicked and I fell in love with Meanderthal.
6. Prurient - And Still, Wanting (original review)
Prurient - Memory Repeating
At the moment, this is hands down my favorite noise/power electronics record. It's so fucking intense I can barely stand it.
5. Fricara Pacchu - Midnight Pyre (original review)
Fricara Pacchu - Possessed By Possibilities
Easily the weirdest record on this list and possibly the weirdest thing I've heard all year. Those crazy Finlanders sure know how to make good music.
4. Belong - Same Places (Slow Version) (original review)
Belong - Same Places (Slow Version)
Seriously, whenever Belong puts a record out, I will be right at the front of the line worshiping it.
3. Machinefabriek - Marijn (original review)
Machinefabriek - Somerset
This is the first record I've heard from the uber-prolific Machinefabriek and I have a hard time believing he'll ever put out anything better than this. It's a goddamn masterpiece.
2. A Faulty Chromosome - As An Ex-Anorexic's Six Sicks Exit,... (original review)
A Faulty Chromosome - Jackie O
This was sooooo close to being number one record of the year for me. It's one of the oldest records on the list and it still gets played more than any of the others. I am completely in love with A Faulty Chromosome.
1. Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing (original review)
Fuck Buttons - Colours Move
I called it. All the way back in March I knew this would be my favorite record of 2008. I said "This is so so so easily the best record of the year. I can't imagine anything else coming out that can top this. And my imagination is pretty good." Surprisingly, I was right.
Yoshi Wada - Lament For The Rise And Fall Of The Elephantine Crocodile
Mates Of State - Re-Arrange Us (this, along with M83's Saturdays=Youth were my top 2 most played albums)
Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
Dan Friel - Ghost Town
Njiqahdda - Nji. Njiin. Njiiin.
Lawrence English - Kiri No Oto
Dev/Null - Necrobestial Sadobreaks
Now, just because you hate my list doesn't mean you should hate me too. Lets try not to start any fights just because there's no Animal Collective on here.