21 October 2008

prepping for the end of the year

Seeing as how we're nearing the end of October here, it's probably a good idea for me to start thinking about how to get my thoughts in order for my end-of-the-year music list (5 favorite albums, plus favorite song, plus various other incidental awards). The best way that I can think of to do this is to begin fashioning a list of all of the albums (and not-albums) released in 2008 that I have purchased and/or listened to (in 2008). In no particular order...

Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard - The Dark Knight Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak
The Verve - Forth
United Nations - United Nations
TV On The Radio - Dear Science
Trap Them - Seizures In Barren Praise
These Arms Are Snakes - Tail Swallower And Dove
Smashing Pumpkins - American Gothic [EP]
Sigur Ros - Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
Ryan Adams & the Cardinals - Cardinology
Russian Circles - Station
The Roots - Rising Down
Rise Against - Appeal to Reason
Randy Newman - Harps and Angels
R.E.M. - Accelerate
Portishead - Third
Opeth - Watershed
Oasis - Dig Out Your Soul
NIN - The Slip and Ghosts I-IV
Mogwai - The Hawk is Howling
Oracular Spectacular
Metallica - Death Magnetic
Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
King Hobo - King Hobo
Intronaut - Prehistoricisms
The Gutter Twins - Saturnalia
Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple
Ghost Buffalo - The Magician
Genghis Tron - Board Up The House
Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life
Foxboro Hot Tubs - Stop Drop and Roll!!!!
Earth - The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull
Disturbed - Indestructible
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears - Flight of the Knife
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
Bison B.C. - Quiet Earth
Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold

(hey, reverse alphabetical order!)

This is not going to be the easiest list to pare down. 2008 has, by and large, been a good year, and we're not through yet. Some of the various awards that'll get issued include:

The Andy Roddick Memorial Award - good, but not good enough
The Stretch Armstrong Tribute Award - demonstration of artistic growth
The Salvador Dali Memorial Award - good, but incomprehensible
The Spirit of Planet of Ice Award - a previously subpar artist/band's first worthwhile release
The Bourne Identity Soundtrack Award - for a noteworthy electronic album (which will henceforth get expanded to be an general "awesome production" award)
The Phantom Award - the letdown album of the year
The Die Hard with a Vengeance Tribute Award - a good new release, but one that pales in comparison to what came before
The "Holy Shit! I Care About You Again!" Award - self-explanatory
The Samuel Beckett Memorial Award - for the "fuck you, I'm making this my way" album
The Live Free or Die Hard/Lethal Weapon 4 Award - the unnecessary, but still enjoyable, album
The '04-'05 Phoenix Suns Award - for an album that I am coming to appreciate a year late (which may also result in a reworking of the previous year's Top 5 list)

Why do I have two awards named after Die Hard sequels?

For the couple of people that read this on an irregular basis, have I missed anything of critical importance?

1 comment:

jedibix783 said...

Well, I would add a few, but I don't know if you've been listening to them (also I may be wrong about the years... am relying on winamp here):
Black Mountain -- In the Future
Girl Talk -- Feed the Animals
The Mae Shi -- HLLYH (Gets better every time)
Metronomy -- Nights Out
Nada Surf -- Lucky (YES)
Nick Cave -- Dig Lazarus Dig
Santogold -- ST
Tokyo Police Club -- Elephant Shell (AWESOME)
Wolf Parade -- At Mt Zoomer

... I think that about covers it. Now I shall go copy your idea and post on my blog about this :).