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    With December around the corner, that means the year is coming to a close, so most of you are hopefully thinking about what your favorite albums have been this year!

    Here's what I have until now, but I -know- I'm forgetting stuff!

    Current Top 10
    1. Motorpsycho - Little Lucid Moments
    2. The Mars Volta - The Bedlam In Goliath
    3. Melvins - Nude With Boots
    4. Black Mountain - In The Future
    5. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig Lazarus Dig
    6. Murder By Death - Red Tooth and Claw
    7. Jay Reatard - Singles 06-07
    8. Opeth - Watershed
    9. Marnie Stern - This is it and I Am it and You Are it....
    10. Brant Bjork - Punk Rock Guilt

    Others that I've enjoyed!
    Mike Patton - A Perfect Place OST
    Russian Circles - Station
    Man Man - Rabbit Habits
    Eagles of Death Metal - Heart On
    Earth - The Bees Made Honey In The Lions Skull
    Zach Hill - Astrological Straits
    And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Festival Thyme (EP)
    Burst - Lazarus Bird
    Duchess Says - Anthologie Des 3 Perchoirs
    East Of The Wall - Farmers Almanac
    Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing
    Gallactus - Nine Mile Woods
    Iron Giant - Creator Of Scars
    Jay Reatard - Matador Singles 2008
    Katie Stelmanis-Join Us
    Morse Code Alphabet-Word Party-(EP)
    Nuclear - The Nuclear
    Sword - Gods Of The Earth
    Wolf Parade-At Mount Zoomer
    Amenra - Mass IIII
    Mogwai-Hawk Is Howling
    Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life

    Stuff I've been meaning to check out, or need to listen to a bit more before I decide
    Ef - I Am Responsible
    Tv on the Radio - Dear Science
    Spiritualized - Songs in A & E
    Pelican - After the Ceiling Cracked
    Kaki King - Dreaming of Revenge
    Local H - Twelve Angry Months
    The Apples In Stereo - Electronic Projects For Musicians
    The Black Keys - Attack And Release
    The Breeders - Mountain Battles
    Charlottefield - What Friends Are For
    Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creations Dark
    Clouds - Timekeeper
    Death Sentence: PANDA! - Insects Awaken

    Biggest Disappointments!
    Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night
    Weezer-The Red Album
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2008
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    Don't buy much music anymore. Other things (comics, etc.) have taken up most of that budget. That said, I got the following:

    Metallica - Death Magnetic
    AC/DC - Black Ice
    Beck - Modern Guilt
    Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts I-IV, The Slip
    Radiohead - In Rainbows
    Coldplay - Viva La Vida (for the wife, but the first Coldplay album that doesn't make me want to kick Chris Martin's face in)

    I was also looking forward to new Slayer, U2, and Mastodon, but they decided otherwise. Now that my days are more likely to involve sitting inside and staring at a drawing desk since I'm moving to a city where I don't know anybody, I might end up spending more on music. We'll see.
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    Yeah, I was really surprised with Death Magnetic, and should be included in my "Others that I've enjoyed!" section.

    I've yet to check out AC/DC or the new Beck. In Rainbows would probably fall into the "disappointments" more than the enjoyed, but I can't say I hated the the whole thing. I just haven't really enjoyed the production on Radiohead albums since Ok Computer, but do generally enjoy the songs live.
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    Sigur Rós - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
    Black Mountain - In The Future
    Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts I-IV
    The Sword - Gods Of The Earth
    Viking Skull - Doom, Gloom, Heartache, and Whiskey

    Next year... Mastodon, Clutch, Turbonegro and a possible acoustic record from The Mars Volta!
    • CommentAuthorAnanzitusq
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2008
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    my favorite release this year has been The '59 Sound by The Gaslight Anthem
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    im normally a whore for these lists, but a) i havent bought a lot of really great albums this year and b) i havent sat down and really thought about this yet.

    in no particular order since i havent organized it that way yet:
    HENRY FIATS OPEN SORE-mondo blotto (like i havent talked about this enough in the past few weeks... garage rock kick in the face)
    PANIC AT THE DISCO-pretty.odd. (the catchiest ((and also most derivitave, to be honest)) pop record that i got hooked on all year)
    GENGHIS TRON-board up the house (electronic. layered. spastic grind.)
    FAILURES-failures (this record is hands down the most interesting hardcore record of the year. it didnt have a lot of competition because this was a weak year for hardocre AND its seriously fucking good)
    SEX/VID-nests ep (worthy of the list for having one of my favorite songs of the year, EXORCISM)

    wow...thats the top-of-my-head list. there wasnt a whole lot of stuff i got into this year.
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      CommentAuthorCameron C.
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2008 edited
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    GREAT ALBUMS OF 08 THAT I CAN STILL REMEMBER ACTUALLY CAME OUT IN 08:
    Dig Lazarus Dig - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    Everything That Happens Will Happen Today - David Byrne/Brian Eno
    Dream 4:13 - The Cure (mostly good)

    maybe others but my memory is fuzzy sometimes. OH YEAH Portishead's "Third" was pretty awesome too.

    Though I feel compelled to simply go down that giant list and listen to everything you listed @_@
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    I second NIN's Ghosts I-IV and The Slip.

    TV on the Radio's Dear Science was also good.

    I'm really enjoying the Double Helix album that was given to us Whitechapelers a while back, too.

    I think that's the only music from 2008 that I've bought this year.
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    see, i already remembered an important one, MARS VOLTA-bedlam in goliath. thats why i normally take a little time to compile these.
    • CommentAuthorAlexGBYMR
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2008
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    Off the top of my head (and off my media player) the stuff I dug this year was/is:

    Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago.
    The Bronx - The Bronx III.
    Cult of Luna - Eternal Kingdom.
    Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs.
    Kaki King - Dreaming of Revenge.
    The Mars Volta - Beldlam in Goliath (The only worthwhile album they've made since Deloused..)
    Mogwai - The Hawk is Howling.
    The Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride.
    These Arms Are Snakes - Tail Swallower and Dove.
    Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing.

    They kinda change order depending on the day.
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    joe.distort: HENRY FIATS OPEN SORE's pretty badass!! Just checked it out! Enjoying the Devo meets Turbonegro feel of it!
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      CommentAuthorSt.Wanger
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2008 edited
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    My VERY favourite albums of 2008 are

    OPETH - Watershed
    THE MARS VOTLA - The Bedlam In Golaith
    Funnily I've never been a huge fan of neither one of them, but this year they got me. Well, at least Opeth was always a pleasure to see on stage, but I never needed to listen to them at home in the past. Interesting fact is, that a lot of longtime fans don't seem to like "Watershed" that much compared to other releases of the band. But I really LOVE it. And that although it has a strong folk edge, which normally isn't my thing at all.
    The bronce medal would go out to

    BURST - Lazarus Bird
    Actually the same thing: Never got into them before, although I tried out an album years ago (and I've always been a fan of the bass player's former band Nasum), but the new one really caught me. Maybe it's because some of the guitar work on it reminds me a bit of Mastodon ...

    Other albums that at least to me were outstanding this year:
    PHOBIA - 22 Acts Of Random Violence (again, like their '06 album "Cruel": Old School Grindcore at it's very, very best)
    BAD DUDES - Eat Drugs ("Party-Prog")
    GOJIRA - The Way Of All Flesh (Those guys really are french? F**k me!!! But you gotta love their kind of progressive and athmospheric Metal)
    RUSSIAN CIRCLES - Station (Instrumental Postrock meets Metal-Riffing)
    SCOTT KELLY - The Wake (just one guy from Neurosis and his acoustic guitar. And it's awesome)

    And then there was a lot of other great stuff by Nine Inch Nails, Adebisi Shank, Testament, Dub Trio, Minus, off'tan'discord ;), Fuck The Facts, Melvins, The Cavalera Conspiracy, Harvey Milk, Smoke Blow, Rotten Sound, Light Pupil Dilate, ... hell, even the Alice Cooper record was quite good.
    Musically, 2008 has been a great year to me so far.
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      CommentAuthorknome514
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2008
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    well, the year isn't over yet, but here's my 20 favs out of the hundreds i heard and like this year.

    20. Mark McGuire - Open Chords
    19. Cave - Hunt Like Devil/Jamz EP
    18. Birchville Cat Motel - Four Freckle Constellation
    17. Seven That Spells - Black Om Rising
    16. Blank Dogs - On Two Sides
    15. Natural Snow Buildings - Laurie Bird
    14. Ulaan Khol - I
    13. Zomes - Zomes
    12. Torche - Meanderthal
    11. The Roots - Rising Down
    10. The Julie Mittens - The Julie Mittens
    09. Makoto Kawabata - We Don't Know Where We Came From
    08. The Gutter Twins - Saturnalia
    07. Suishou No Fune - Prayer For Chibi
    06. Bardo Pond - Circuit VIII
    05. Colour Haze - All
    04. The Dead C - Secret Earth
    03. Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO - Recurring Dream and Apocalypse of Darkness
    02. Meshuggah - obZen
    01. Boris - Smile
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2008
     (4290.14)
    @wangerman Did you check out Steve Von Tills - A Grave Is A Grim Horse? i found it to be a bit better than the Wake.
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      CommentAuthorSt.Wanger
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2008 edited
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    @Alastair: Can't really tell you why, but somehow Kelly worked out for me better than Von Till so far.
    He by the way performed his stuff in a church (!!!) in my direct neighbourhood and it has been one of those rarely special concert experiences...

    @knome514 : Just reminded me to check out the latest Colour Haze, because I haven't yet. Great live band, by the way!!! Probably the best thing (and one of the very, very few goods things besides Augustiner Beer) that ever came out of Munich since the beloved disturbing german language Metal of "Schweisser" (at least the two albums of their most pissed of sounding era) back in the 90ies (now THAT was really the soundtrack for apocalypse) ...
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      CommentAuthorClara
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2008
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    I don't keep up with what comes out very well, but I love Slipknot and Disturbed so they make my favorites without having to try too hard. Slipknot's All Hope Is Gone is awesome. I like Nine Inch Nails but I didn't even know they came out with something new, I'll have to check it out. These days it's easier to say what the best songs are rather than the best albums because not very many bands can manage making a whole album really good.
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      CommentAuthorfilthy ring
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2008 edited
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    Damn... I completely forgot Meshuggah. Obzen is a great metal record.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2008
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    I, too, forgot about Meshuggah. So much so that I didn't get obZen. Or the last one. Crap.
    • CommentAuthorNinja Ross
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2008
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    i quite liked teddy thompson (hey, fuck you..... you'd be suprised....) seasick steve...... i havn't bought much, i've just built a massive oline playlist consisting of..... stuff.
    • CommentAuthorgjmiller
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2008
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    Dillinger Four's CIVIL WAR. I missed out on Situationist Comedy for some reason and it was great to hear this after the eight years that've passed since they released vs. God. It's one of the very rare albums that I've rabidly anticipated since I heard it was coming out.

    It's their usual brand of poppy, snotty punk replete with their usual great titles (parishiltonisametaphore, Americaspremierefaithbasedinitiative, clown cars on cinder blocks) and one-liners ("asked for nothin' and I got it in spades" amongst others). There's even a wonderfully positive song in "Gainsville" for all the jaded punks.