Best Indie Albums of 2008 [with mp3’s]

by oz on December 20, 2008

We did the countdown of our top indie albums of 2008, but this is an easier to digest list with all the available mp3’s. I know not all were released on independent labels, but it’s impossible to avoid including bands like The Raconteurs.

1.‚ ‚  Blitzen Trapper – Furr

2.‚ ‚  Black Keys – Attack and Release

3.‚ ‚ ‚  Fleet Foxes

4.‚ ‚ ‚  Dr. Dog – Fate

5.‚ ‚ ‚  Justin Townes Earle – The Good Life

6.‚ ‚ ‚  Drive-By Truckers – Brighter Than Creations Dark

7.‚ ‚ ‚  Calexico – Carried to Dust

8.‚ ‚ ‚  My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges

9.‚ ‚ ‚  Port O’Brien – All We Could Do Was Sing

10.‚ ‚ ‚  Langhorne Slim – Self Titled

11.‚ ‚ ‚  Plants and Animals – Parc Avenue

12.‚ ‚ ‚  The Felice Brothers – Self Titled

13.‚ ‚ ‚  Blind Pilot – 3 Rounds and a Sound

14.‚ ‚ ‚  Hold Steady – Stay Positive

15.‚ ‚ ‚  O’Death – Broken Limbs, Hymns and Skin

16.‚ ‚ ‚  Moondoggies – Don’t Be A Stranger

17.‚ ‚ ‚  The Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely

18.‚ ‚ ‚  Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks – Real Emotional Trash

19.‚ ‚ ‚  Dead Confederate – Wrecking Ball

20.‚ ‚ ‚  The Whipsaws – 60 Watt Avenue

21.‚ ‚ ‚  The Morning Benders – Talking Through Tin Cans

22.‚ ‚ ‚  Left Lane Cruiser – Bring Yo’ Ass To The Table

23.‚ ‚ ‚  Okkervil River – The Stand Ins

24.‚ ‚ ‚  Hacienda – Loud Is The Night

25.‚ ‚ ‚  Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns

26.‚ ‚ ‚  Silver Jews – Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea

27.‚ ‚ ‚  Black Crowes – War Paint

28.‚ ‚ ‚  Sam Champion – Heavenly Bender

29.‚ ‚ ‚  Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Self Titled

30.‚ ‚ ‚  Black Mountain – In The Future

31.‚ ‚ ‚  The John Henrys – Sweet As The Grain

32.‚ ‚ ‚  Howlin’ Rain – Magnificent Fiend

33.‚ ‚ ‚  The Explorers Club – Freedom Wind

34.‚ ‚ ‚  Elliott Brood – Mountain Meadows

35.‚ ‚ ‚  The Heavy – Great Vengeance and Furious Fire

36.‚ ‚ ‚  Horse Feathers – House With No Home

37.‚ ‚ ‚  War On Drugs – Wagonwheel Blues

38.‚ ‚ ‚  Jessica Lea Mayfield – With Blasphemy So Heartfelt

39.‚ ‚ ‚  Helio Sequence – Keep Your Eyes Ahead

40.‚ ‚ ‚  Glossary – The Better Angels of Our Nature

41.‚ ‚ ‚  The Steeldrivers – Self Titled

42.‚ ‚ ‚  The Tallest Man On Earth – Shallow Grave

43.‚ ‚ ‚  Two Cow Garage – Speaking In Cursive

44.‚ ‚ ‚  She and Him – Volume One

45.‚ ‚ ‚  Buffalo Killers – Let It Ride

46.‚ ‚ ‚  Vampire Weekend

47.‚ ‚ ‚  Marah – Angels of Destruction

48.‚ ‚ ‚  Mason Proper – Olly Oxen Free

49.‚ ‚ ‚  Catfish Haven – Devastator

50.‚ ‚ ‚  Old Crow Medicine Show

Blitzen Trapper – Furr

Fleet Foxes – He Doesn’t Know Why

Dr. Dog – The Ark

Exclusive: Justin Townes Earle – Lone Pine Hill (from the HearYa Live Session)

Drive-By Truckers – Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife (Live Version)

Calexico – Two Silver Trees

My Morning Jacket – I’m Amazed

Port O’Brien – I Woke Up Today

Langhorne Slim – Rebel Side of Heaven

The Felice Brothers – Frankie’s Gun

Blind Pilot – Oviedo

O’Death – Lowtide

The Moondoggies – Changing

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks – Baltimore

Dead Confederate – The Rat

The Whipsaws – 60 Watt

The Morning Benders – Waiting on a War (Hear Ya Live Session version)

Left Lane Cruiser – Wash It

Okkervil River – Lost Coastlines

Hacienda – She’s Got A Hold On Me

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Don’t Haunt This Place

Silver Jews – Strange Victory, Strange Defeat

Sam Champion – Be Mine Everyone

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Buriedfed

Black Mountain – Tyrants

The John Henrys – Lost In The Canyon

Howlin Rain – Dancers At The End Of Time

The Explorers Club – Do You Love Me?

Elliott BROOD – Write It All Down For You

The Heavy – Colleen

Horse Feathers – Curs In The Weeds

War On Drugs – Taking The Farm

Jessica Lea Mayfield – Kiss Me Again

The Helio Sequence – Keep Your Eyes Ahead

Glossary – Little Caney

The Steeldrivers – If It Hadn’t Been For Love

The Tallest Man On Earth – I Won’t Be Found

Two Cow Garage – Your Humble Narrator

Buffalo Killers – If I get Myself Anywhere

Marah – Angels of Destruction

Mason Proper – Lock and Key

Catfish Haven – Set In Stone

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Aubin December 23, 2008 at 8:23 am

Overall I thought this was a cohesive, well thought out compilation, and for the most part I agreed with HearYa more so than any of the other “Best of 2008” lists I’ve seen.
However, I think honorable mention should definitely go to Frightened Rabbit, Little Joy, Everest, and Beck’s Modern Guilt. While he may not be for everyone, you can’t get any more “indie” than Beck.

oz December 23, 2008 at 8:50 am

Aubin – Thanks for the compliment. I actually picked up Little Joy the day after the list was posted. It should have made the list. Frightened Rabbit was an album I should have spent way more time with in 2008 – probably also deserved a spot. I thought Everest had a few good songs, but the album as a whole was a little bland to me.

Starkey December 23, 2008 at 3:13 pm

I agree with Aubin on Beck and Frightened Rabbit, both of which made my top 20. In fact, Beck would’ve been higher on my list if he wasn’t so damn preachy and if the album wasn’t so short. Still, however, the best Beck in years and still cutting new edges. In fact, one only has to listen to Blitzen Trapper, particularly Wild Mtn Nation, to detect his influence on today’s indie music.

Michael Kuzmin January 30, 2009 at 1:26 pm

i’m not saying i don’t like that stuff, some of it is actually pretty awesome.

but seriously, there’s more to indie music than art-country and folk.

sam October 16, 2009 at 5:18 pm

why was bon iver not in this?
for emma forever ago?
anyone?
bowerbirds?

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