Top 50 Albums of 2008 [Picks 11-20]

by oz on December 18, 2008

HearYa and Internet Explorer were in a pissing match for most of the day yesterday. For those readers that use that glorious browser, you may have had some trouble reading yesterday’s post. We corrected the bug – my apologies.

We’re back at it and almost done with our best albums of 2008. At the very end, I’ll post the complete list in its entirety along with all of the mp3’s.‚  It’s been kind of quiet out there. How we doing so far? Feel free to let us know if our collective head is up our collective ass.

11. Plants and Animals – Parc Avenue (our review)

Plants and Animals - Parc Avenue

At times wonderfully complex, at others beautiful in its simplicity.

Video: Plants and Animals – Feedback In The Field

12. The Felice Brothers – Self Titled (our review)

Felice Brothers

This is great American music the way it was meant to be played – slicked back, brash, and soaked in scotch. How can you not love the lyrics: “I left my blue-eyed lady and went with Tony Mercedes to the gambling ring. I lost my diamond watch, but in the parking lot I took it back again.”

The Felice Brothers – Frankie’s Gun

The Felice Brothers – Wonderful Life

13. Blind Pilot – 3 Rounds and a Sound (our review)

Blind Pilot

Portland, Oregon’s Blind Pilot sound like a potpourri of Wilco, Iron and Wine, and The Shins. If you don’t like them then you don’t have a soul.

Blind Pilot – Oviedo

14. The Hold Steady – Stay Positive

Hold Steady Stay Positive

They churn out great tunes like a machine. “Lord I’m Discouraged” is one of the best tracks of the year.

15. O’Death – Broken Limbs, Hymns and Skin (our review)

Odeath cover art

Fiddle-led chaos. Imagine listening to The Foggy Bottom Boys lit on fire after drinking half a bottle of grain alcohol. Is it for everybody? No. But give it a chance.

O’Death – Lowtide

16. The Moondoggies – Don’t Be A Stranger (our review)

The Moondoggies

The Moondoggies are The Band, the Dead, and Little Feet rolled into one. “Changing” is one of my favorite songs of the year and this Seattle band shows huge promise.

The Moondoggies – Changing

17. The Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely

raconteurs cover art

I might be in the minority, but I like them better than the Stripes. White with a top-notch rhythm section is mouth-watering.

Video: The Raconteurs (Live) – Consolers of The Lonely

18. Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks – Real Emotional Trash

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks Cover Art

My favorite solo Malkmus disc. Have to say, that the addition of Janet Weiss, former drummer of Sleater-Kinney, didn’t hurt the cause.

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks – Cold Son

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks – Baltimore

19. Dead Confederate – Wrecking Ball (our review)

Dead Confederate

Dead Confederate have a great shot for mainstream‚  success. They have an emotional delivery that will have you thinking of Nirvana or early Radiohead – think “Creep.” Their sound deserves to be heard in an arena.

Dead Confederate – The Rat

Hear more at our live session with Dead Confederate.

20. The Whipsaws – 60 Watt Avenue (our review)

whipsaws cover art

Every time I describe The Whipsaws to somebody, I mention Lucero and Ben Nichols. I think that says plenty. Great alt-country from Alaska.

The Whipsaws – 60 Watt

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Mark Twain Fame December 18, 2008 at 9:20 am

You guys are putting up a great list; I’m glad that Dead Confederate, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and especially Left Lane Cruiser are included in the list.

I hope we can see Backyard Tire Fire and Stoney Clove Lane on the list.

oz December 18, 2008 at 10:00 am

It looks like you can save the “head up your ass” comments until tomorrow then. We’ll have albums we’re ashamed to have left off shortly after we do the top 10.

theOCMD December 18, 2008 at 10:33 am

Whew, you guys are keeping me busy this week. Getting good! Glad to see someone else put The Raconteurs on their list.

oz December 18, 2008 at 10:46 am

OCMD – I checked out your list as well, and it looks like more overlap to come.

Leaving VanGaalen off of our list may have been another mistake in retrospect. I need to pick up that album – Willow Tree is such an incredible track.

Eric Strom, "The Daily Song Guy" December 18, 2008 at 8:12 pm

I love O’death!

nittanyroar December 18, 2008 at 9:45 pm

I have to admit that I’m a disappointed the Felice Bros. didn’t finish higher (lower?) on your list. When I first heard the CD I was literally (nope) blown away. I heard that we can expect a new album in early ’09.

I expect to see Justin Earle high (low?) in the Top 10 right…right?

DBT Chicago December 18, 2008 at 11:22 pm

eric you are correct — o’death is awesome. i will say this: if rankings were based on live acts, o’death easily rests in the top 5.
my prediction for the top 10 includes the dodos’ visiter at no. 4. those two dudes are breathtaking. without looking at the email i sent oz for my top 5 albums of ’08, i believe the dodos deserve the top spot.
either way, this web site is by far my favorite for music. i start off every day looking at it.

Vanessa December 19, 2008 at 8:01 am

Enjoying the choices thus far… It’s like waking up to christmas morning each day this week!

Marcus December 27, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Totally agree with your top 3– would throw Dead Confederate in at the #4 spot.

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