Best Albums of 2008

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

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Top 50 Albums of 2008 [Picks 41-50]

by oz on December 15, 2008

Choosing 50 albums from a single year should not be excruciatingly painful, but it is.‚  I know I’ll have regrets as soon as this list goes live.‚  Thanks to Woody for providing commentary and some healthy debate as we’ve waded our way through the music of 2008. Let’s get started, shall we?

41. The Steeldrivers – Self Titled

The SteelDrivers

I already know I’ll regret not posting this higher on the list. The Steeldrivers inject soul and blues into their bluegrass sound and the album continues to grow on me.

The Steeldrivers – If It Hadn’t Been For Love

42. The Tallest Man On Earth – Shallow Grave

Tallest Man On Earth

The Tallest Man on Earth was the most recent addition to our list. I picked Shallow Grave up on eMusic two weeks ago and the finger-picking and incredible songwriting won me over with ease. A great folk album.

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

The Tallest Man On Earth – Into The Stream

The Tallest Man On Earth – Pistol Dreams

43. Two Cow Garage – Speaking In Cursive (our review)

Two Cow Garage

The one constant rumbling of rock and roll hope in Columbus, Ohio’s underbelly is the whiskey soaked sound of Two Cow Garage.

Two Cow Garage – Your Humble Narrator

Two Cow Garage – Brass Ring

44. She and Him – Volume One

She and Him

Volume One greatly exceeded our expectations after hearing that actress, Zooey Deschanel, and musician, M. Ward, were collaborating. Hopefully Volume Two features M. Ward more prominently on vocals. No track for this one, so here’s a video…

She and Him – “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?” Video

45. Buffalo Killers – Let It Ride (our review)

Buffalo Killers

The time Cinci’s Buffalo Killers spent touring with the Crowes did them good. Let It Ride is a big step forward from their debut without sacrificing their stoner rock sound.

Buffalo Killers – If I get Myself Anywhere

46. Vampire Weekend

vampire-weekend

Overhyped – yes, Overexposed – yes. An enjoyable listen nonetheless and one of the catchiest pop albums of the year.

Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma

47.‚  Marah – Angels of Destruction (our review)

marah

Another solid effort for one of America’s most under-appreciated rock and roll bands, straight out of Philly.

Marah – Angels of Destruction

48. Mason Proper – Olly Oxen Free (our review)

Mason Proper - Olly Oxen Free

Olly Oxen Free opens with an amazing trifecta of songs. They just brought their indie pop sound into our studio for a live session that we’ll have up soon.

Mason Proper – Lock and Key

Mason Proper – Fog

49. Catfish Haven – Devastator (our review)

Catfish Haven

Otis Redding inspired; this bluesy, soulful album was a pleasant surprise this year.

Catfish Haven – Set In Stone

Catfish Haven – Devastator

50. Old Crow Medicine Show – Tennessee Pusher

Old Crow Medicine Show

Lots of people worried about rock producer, Don Was, producing a bluegrass album. It’s not as good as OCMS’s Big Iron World, but still good enough to make the list.

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