Best of 2008


I’m a sucker for “Best of” lists. But this years Pitchfork and Wire lists were hardly inspiring. Mine’s probably not either but here it is anyway. When I look back at the records produced in 2008 I’m pleasantly surprised at some of the quality that is out there. This year saw me buy a ridiculous number of records. I discovered the brilliance of the Rune Grammofon label and one of my resolutions is to spend more time posting on some of the great records they’ve released. This year also had me delving back into no wave and trying to better my understanding of krautrock. I’ve dabbled in a bit of a techno, been blown away by Conrad Schintzler’s Trigger Trilogy, bought a shitload of Daniel Menche’s back catalogue, bought everything I could find by Sightings, wallowed in records from Carlos Giffoni’s No Fun label and tracked down great Teenage Jesus and the Jerks and James Chance compilations. I was sad to see the demise of Yellow Swans and to realise that, yes, Merzbow can also make some crap records. 

The List.

1. Burning Star Core – Challenger

2. Yellow Swans – Deterioration

3. Conifer – Crown Fire

4. Sissy Spacek – French Record

5. Carlos Giffoni – Adult Life

6. Dead C – Secret Earth

7. Shit and Shine – Kuss mich, meine Liebe

8.  Bass Communion – Molotov and Haze

9. Nurse with Wound – Huffin’ Rag Blues

10. Liquid Liquid – Slip in and Out of Phenonomen

11. Grey Daturas – Return to Disruption

12. Moha! – Return to Candyland

13. Dan Friel – Ghost Town

14. Hair Police – Certainty of Swarms

15. Rameses III – Basilica

16. Thurston Moore – Sensitive/Lethal

17. Daniel Menche – Glass Forest

18. Religious Knives – The Door

19. Luciano – Fabric 41

20. Woods Family Creeps – selftitled. 

So there you go. What did I miss? What rocked your world in 2008?

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3 Responses to “Best of 2008”

  1. I’ve made a mental note to acquire a copy of yer #1 as soon as possible. As for my top albums, in no particular order:

    Grails – Take Refuge in Clean Living
    Melvins – Nude With Boots
    Alan Bishop & Richard Bishop – The Brothers Unconnected: A Tribute to Charles Gocher & Sun City Girls
    Current 93 – Birth Canal Blues

    My list is a bit unimpressive and that’s because I didn’t really pay much attention to music released this year but hey, all the more to listen to now, eh?

  2. noisenoisenoise Says:

    Grails are great – i want to get their latest one and a few months ago i bought “Burning of Impurites” which is not bad at all. I bought the Melvins in the Christmas New year break but haven’t really had a chance to digest it yet.

  3. […] I may get around to posting a best gigs of 2008 list but given how huge this one was I have to admit that I probably won’t get around to it. If you’re hungry for more 2008 lists check out Utility Fog, Syscrusher and noisenoisenoise. […]

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