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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Spin's Top 40 of 2008

I've always enjoyed Spin magazine more than any other music magazine. Now, Rolling Stone is more important, because their political pieces are fantastic and they just get more exclusive interviews and stories and that magazine is a historical institution that has probably helped change the world. And Filter might be more high-brow, with deep, searching interviews and articles probing the artists' thoughts on transcendental meditation and the meaning of ART. But I always enjoy reading Spin the most, it's just the most fun and is less of a corporate whore than Rolling Stone. I always enjoy Spin's year-end lists the more than any other magazine too, they just get it right on and there are fewer WTF? moments than the other lists out there.
This is another pretty good list, probably the best I've seen so far. It has a few crap picks (like Black Kids, Guns N' Roses, Duffy, Metallica) but is heavily outweighed by great picks like El Guincho, The Streets, and Lykke Li.

40 Chairlift - Does You Inspire You
39 Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy
38 Oasis - Dig Out Your Soul
37 Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer
36 Lykke Li - Youth Novels
35 The Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely
34 Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson - Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
33 El Guincho - Alegranza
32 The Gutter Twins - Saturnalia
31 Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
30 Lucinda Williams - Little Honey
29 Nas & DJ Green Lantern - The Nigger Tape
28 Metallica - Death Magnetic
27 The Streets - Everything Is Borrowed
26 R.E.M. - Accelerate
25 Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
24 Duffy - Rockferry
23 Kate Nash - Made Of Bricks
22 Black Kids - Partie Traumatic
21 Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night
20 Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple
19 Okkervil River - The Stand Ins
18 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
17 The Roots - Rising Down
16 My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
15 Beck - Modern Guilt
14 Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
13 No Age - Nouns
12 Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Pt. 1: 4th World War
11 Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
10 MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
09 Coldplay - Viva La Vida
08 Hot Chip - Made In The Dark
07 Deerhunter - Microcastle
06 Santogold - Santogold
05 Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
04 Fucked Up - The Chemistry Of Common Life
03 Portishead - Third
02 Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
01 TV On The Radio - Dear Science

I own 19 of these albums btw... this is probably the best list yet.
Also this is definitely the year for TV on the Radio. They are the only band that have been on every list I've seen, and they're usually in the #1 position. It's a great album, I urge you to pick it up if you haven't.
Also really high on almost every list is Fleet Foxes, who I don't like at all and I feel are SO overrated. I just get so bored of bearded indie-folk. I mean, I don't know, they're alright and everything. Maybe I should give them another chance.

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