Sunday, January 04, 2009

The Disastrous Rocktimists UK Pop Critics Poll 2008 Ballots

After the jump, the individual ballots for all the critics who voted in this years fantastic Disastrous Rocktimists Critics Poll 2008.

Sean Adams

Albums:
Cut Copy In Ghost Colours
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles
M83 Saturdays=Youth
Stills, The Oceans Will Rise
Friendly Fires Friendly Fires
These New Puritans Beat Pyramid
Nine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IV
Youthmovies Good Nature
Panic at the Disco Pretty. Odd
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!

Tracks:
Death Cab for Cutie I Will Possess Your Heart
Friendly Fires Paris
Kills, The Black Balloon
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds We Call Upon The Author
Deerhunter Nothing Ever Happened
Cut Copy Out There On the Ice
Panic at the Disco That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)
Hauschka Blue Bicycle
Raveonettes, The Dead Sound
Crystal Castles Courtship Dating

Ash Akhtar

Albums:
Gregory and the Hawk Moenie and Kitchi
Bug, The London Zoo
Chase & Status More Than a Lot
Angil & The Hiddntracks Ouliposaliva
Johann Johannson Fordlandia
Eagles of Death Metal Heart On
Tenebrous Liar Last Stand
Death of the Neighbourhood S/T
Buraka Som Sistema Black Diamond
Amadou & Mariam Welcome to Mali

Adam Anonymous
Hip-Hop Connection, Metro

Albums:
TV on the Radio Dear Science
Mae Shi, The Hlllyh
Jaguar Love Take Me To The Sea
Bloc Party Intimacy
Racebannon Acid Or Blood
Oxford Collapse Bits
Roots Manuva Slime & Reason
Why? Alopecia
5ive Hesperus
Death Of Her Money, The Spirit Of The Stairwell

Tracks:
Bloc Party Mercury
TV On The Radio DLZ
Roots Manuva Buff Nuff
Oxford Collapse B-Roll
Jaguar Love Vagabond Ballroom
Mae Shi, The Run To Your Grave
Anni Rossi Machine
Racebannon Awaken
volcano! Africa Just Wants To Have Fun
Portishead Machine Gun

Tom Artrocker
Artrocker Magazine

Albums:
Those Dancing Days In Our Space Hero Suits
Late of the Pier Fantasy Black Channel
Blood Red Shoes Box Of Secrets
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles
Young Knives Superabundance
XX Teens Welcome To Goon Island
Bromheads Jacket On The Brain
Metronomy Nights Out
Black Carrot Drink The Black Forest
Pete & The Pirates Little Death

Tracks:
S.C.U.M. Visions Arise
Maccabees, The Toothpaste Kisses
These New Puritans Elvis
Crystal Castles Courtship Dating
Late of the Pier Space and the Woods
Hot Club De Paris Hey Housebrick
Lillica Libertine Limited Edition
Bromheads Jacket Speaker Box
Yo Majesty Kryptonite Pussy
Psychedelic Horseshit New Wave Hippies

Tracks: Hateful NME terminology - what's wrong with Singles? I hate the term 'tracks' - pop music is built on the foundations of the single, a track is...a track - so what? Don't go down the NME path, they started calling the singles reviews 'tracks' cos they bought the lie that the single was finished. It isn't, as the many pages of single reviews in Artrocker testify. Singles are the life-blood of new music, please don't minimise their importance.


Mike Atkinson
Rocktimists, Troubled Diva

Albums:
Elbow Seldom Seen Kid, The
Late of the Pier Fantasy Black Channel
Lindstrøm Where You Go I Go Too
Hercules & Love Affair Hercules & Love Affair
Portishead Third
Hold Steady, The Stay Positive
Lone Lemurian
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
Solange Knowles Sol-Angel And The Hadley St. Dreams
Bellowhead Matachin

Tracks:
Beyonce If I Were A Boy
Hercules & Love Affair Blind
Elbow Bones Of You, The
H "Two" O ft Plat'num What's It Gonna Be?
Juan MacLean, The Happy House
Goldfrapp A&E
Estelle ft Kanye West American Boy
Paleface ft Kyla Do You Mind (Crazy Cousinz House Mix)
Late of the Pier Focker
Perempay 'N Dee ft Katie Pearl In The Air

Stevie Chick

Albums:
Erykah Badu New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
Abe Vigoda Skeleton
Bug, The London Zoo
Cadence Weapon Afterparty Babies
Koushik Out My Window
Howlin' Rain Magnificent Fiend
Ponytail Ice Cream Spiritual
Kasai Allstars In The 7th Moon...
Cheap Time Cheap Time
Madlib The Beat Konduktah Dil Cosby Suite

Tracks:
Erykah Badu Telephone
Cadence Weapon Real Estate
Abe Vigoda Dead City / Waste Wilderness
Koushik ifoundu
Cheap Time Trip To The Zoo
Bug, The Angry
Erykah Badu Cell, The
Mars Volta Goliath
No Age Erasers
Abe Vigoda Animal Ghosts

John Doran
The Quietus

Albums:
Fall, The Imperial Wax Solvent
Bug, The London Zoo
Gas Nah Und Fern
SunnO))) Domkirke
UFOmammut Idolum
Rolo Tomassi Hysterics
Nadja Skin Turns To Glass
Neon Neon Stainless Style
Amadou & Mariam Welcome to Mali
British Sea Power Do You Like Rock Music?

Tracks:
Hercules & Love Affair Blind
Eine Klein Nachtmusic Feverprobe
Fall, The Senior Twilight Stock Replacer
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Mogwai Sun Smells Too Loud, The
Glasvegas Geraldine
MGMT Time To Pretend
Cabaret Voltaire Skankenstein
N*E*R*D Everyone Nose (All The Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom)
Magnetic Fields, The California Girls

Mark E
ireallylovemusic

Albums:
Black Dog, The Radio Scarecrow
David Holmes Holy Pictures, The
Lindstrøm Where You Go I Go Too
Cut Copy In Ghost Colours
Harry Beckett Modern Sound of Harry Beckett, The
Midnight Juggernauts Dystopia
Goldfrapp Seventh Tree
Portishead Third
Booka Shade Sun And The Neon Night, The
IDC Overthrow the Boss Class

Tracks:
Flykkiller Shine Out Shine Out (Edison Remix)
Verve, The Love is Noise (Freelance Hellraiser Remix)
Bug, The Angry
Missil Glitch (Tepr Remix)
Sarah Nixey When I’m Here with You (Miss Kubelik Remix)
Absentee Bitchstealer
Luke Solomon Spirits (Prins Thomas Disco-Tek Miks)
Steinski 9000 Number, The
Grace Jones Williams Blood (Aeroplane Remix)
Unusual & Electric Infamy

Tom Ewing
Freaky Trigger, Pitchfork

Albums:
Girl Talk Feed The Animals
Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
Lindstrøm Where You Go I Go Too
Buraka Som Sistema Black Diamond
Portishead Third
Danity Kane Welcome To The Dollhouse
Britney Spears Circus
Ne-Yo Year Of The Gentleman
Bug, The London Zoo

Tracks:
Wiley Wearing My Rolex
Cassie Official Girl
Goldfrapp A&E
Addictive ft. T2 Gonna Be Mine
Veronicas, The Untouched
Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown No Air
Santogold L.E.S. Artistes
Alphabeat Boyfriend (Pete Hammond Remix)
Hot Chip Ready For The Floor
Elephant Man No Tikkle

Most of my favourite songs this year seem to be about moments and their consequences - Wiley and Goldfrapp trying to piece together what just happened; Cassie, Santogold and Hot Chip screwing up their courage to make some kind of change; Addictive striding out defiant; The Veronicas and Jordin Sparks taking a second of angst and turning it into pop epic. That leaves Pete Hammond's take on the otherwise useless Alphabeat, which is as thorough and pure a nostalgia trip as I've ever heard, and Elephant Man doing disgraceful things over the Benny Hill theme.

As for albums, the list is almost everything I played through twice by choice - Girl Talk I've played about fifty times: my bootleg dreams of 2002 fulfilled! (Kind of). It's so shamlessly eager to please that I'm a bit embarassed by how much it does. Most of the rest - Kanye, Vampire W, Portishead, The Bug, Ne-Yo - are mood pieces whose moods I happen to like. The first half of the Danity Kane's album is the secret actual follow up to Blackout, Britney's nominal sequel being more consistent but not quite as good. Lindstrom and Buraka are very different answers to "where were U in 92?": "listening to The Orb" and "raving yr bollocks off in an Angolan scrapyard" respectively.


Mark Fisher
k-punk, Wire

Albums:
Caretaker, The Persistent Repetition of Phrases
Tricky Knowle West Boy
Stereo Image S/T
John Butcher Resonant Spaces
Benge Twenty Systems 1968-1988
Elllen Fullman and Monique Buzzarté Fluctuations
Mark Stewart Edit
Philip Jeck Sand
Blevin Blectum Gular Flutter
John Baker John Baker Tapes, The

Noel Gardner
Terrorizer

Albums:
Be Your Own Pet Get Awkward
Doubtful Guest, The Acid Sauna
Blood Ceremony Blood Ceremony
Silver Jews Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea
Billy Bao Dialectics of Shit
Failures Failures
Hercules & Love Affair Hercules & Love Affair
Geoffrey Oi!cott Good, The Bad and the Googly, The
RTX JJ Got Live JTX
Jex Thoth Jex Thoth

Tracks:
Wiley Wearing My Rolex
Doubtful Guest, The Drunky
Be Your Own Pet Bitches Leave
Shitty Limits Here Are the Limits
Reverend Bizarre Demons Annoying Me
RTX Mr Wall
Hercules & Love Affair Blind
Jay Reatard Always Wanting More
Souljah Boy Yaaah!
volcano! Africa Just Wants To Have Fun

The ‘tracks’ poll is to be honest pretty much in random order after the first three because I still insist on being a technological retard and not having any sort of MP3 player with shuffle function, and thus continue to put on records and more often than not play them until the end. So, uh, yeah sorry about that. As for the year in music, I think it has been really good and basically every level of commercialism from the absolute top end to the realm of ridiculous cassette-duplicating nonentities has featured rad happenings somewhere. In terms of what I’ve found myself liking I’ve felt maybe more divorced from critical consensus than ever before, I mean my top 10 albums has maybe one popular pick and nine things that almost no-one else seemed to like enough to rep for them come December. Even that Silver Jews album, which seemed to get a lot of love at the time, has fallen off the radar. Eh, what can you do.


Dom Gourlay
Drowned in Sound

Albums:
Portishead Third
Black Angels, The Directions To See A Ghost
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Wave Pictures, The Instant Coffee Baby
Ruby Suns Sea Lion
Vivian Girls Vivian Girls
Raveonettes, The Lust Lust Lust
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
Frightened Rabbit Midnight Organ Fight, The
Darker My Love 2

Tracks:
Portishead Machine Gun
Exit Calm We're On Our Own
Model Morning This Town
Domino State, The What's The Question
Wave Pictures, The I Love You Like A Madman
Chairlift Bruises
We Were Promised Jetpacks Quiet Little Voices
Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, The Come Saturday
Vampire Weekend Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
Wooden Shjips Losin' Time

2008's been a good year for guitar bands in particular. The likes of Glasvegas have taken a largely uncommercial sound into the charts and a few other bands are on the verge of breaking the mainstream as a result.

NYC as ever has provided the greatest source of innovative new talent, while the dance scene has been brighter than in recent years too.


Owen Hatherley
Sit Down Man, You're a Bloody Tragedy, Wire

Albums:
Tricky Knowle West Boy
Stereo Image S/T
Caretaker, The Persistent Repetition of Phrases
Advisory Circle, The Other Channels
Fall, The Imperial Wax Solvent
Blevin Blectum Gular Flutter
Luomo Convivial
Riko The Truth
Ladytron Velocifero
Girls Aloud Out of Control

Tracks:
Tricky Bacative
Tricky Council Estate
Estelle ft Kanye West American Boy
Caretaker, The Von Restorff Effect
Stereo Image Exposure
Girls Aloud Love is Pain
Fall, The 50 Year Old Man
Der Zyklus Cherenkov-Radiation
Mordant Music Mum Prepared the Piano
Advisory Circle, The Mogadon Coffee Morning

Louis Jagger
Rocktimists

Albums:
Thomas White I Dream Of Black
Youthmovies Good Nature
Late of the Pier Fantasy Black Channel
volcano! Paperwork
Silvery Thunderer & Excelsior
Half Man Half Biscuit CSI:Ambleside
Chap, The Mega Breakfast
Hold Steady, The Stay Positive
Portishead Third
Kayo Dot Blue Lambency Downward

Tracks:
volcano! Palimpsests
Half Man Half Biscuit National Shite Day
Late of the Pier Enemy Are The Future, The
Esoteric Circle
Youthmovies Surtsey
Thomas White Silence Stops Tonight, The
Chap, The Proper Rock
Torche Amnesian
Elbow Loneliness Of A Tower Crane Driver, The
Virgin Passages This Is Not The End Of The World Again

Tom Lea
FACT

Albums:
Gang Gang Dance Saint Dymphna
Late of the Pier Fantasy Black Channel
Zomby Where Were U In 92?
Jay Reatard Matador Singles 08
No Age Nouns
Be Your Own Pet Get Awkward
Evangelista Hello, Voyager!
Grails Doomsdayer's Holiday
Thomas Brinkmann When Horses Die
Wynlrd Oneiromantical War

Tracks:
Heartsrevolution Digital Suicide
Joker Gully Brook Lane
MGMT Time to Pretend
Jay Reatard No Time
Paleface ft Kyla Do You Mind (Crazy Cousinz House Mix)
Evangelista Hello, Voyager!
Trim Inside Looking Out
Gang Gang Dance House Jam
TRG Broken Heart (Martyn's DCM Remix)
Zomby Spliff Dub (Rustie Remix)

Albums: Honourable mentions: Optimo - Sleepwalk (Domino), Neil Landstrumm - Lord for £39 (Planet Mu), Lukid - Foma (Werk Discs), Max Richter - 24 Postcards in Full Color (Fat Cat), High Places - 03-07 - 09-07 (Thrill Jockey), Dungen - 4 (Subliminal Sounds), Air France - No Way Down (Rough Trade)

Tracks Honourable mentions: Darkstar and Inonika's singles on Hyperdub, Darkstar - 'Memory Bank', Pangaea - 'Router', DLX - 'Matter of Fact' (Breakage Remix), Peverelist - 'Clunk Click Every Trip', Joker - 'Snake Eater', Biz Markie - 'Just A Friend' (Starkey Remix), RSD - 'Murderation', Zomby - 'Bubble Bobble', Gang Gang Dance - 'Princes', about a billion others.


Sam Lewis
Drowned in Sound

Albums:
Grouper Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill
Wave Pictures, The Instant Coffee Baby
Hold Steady, The Stay Positive
Trimski Soulfood Vol. 3
Lil Wayne Tha Carter III
Dot Rotten RIP Dot Rotten
Magnetic Fields, The Distortion
Arthur Russell Love Is Overtaking Me
Yo La Tengo They Shoot, We Score
Fennesz Black Sea

Tracks:
Hold Steady, The Constructive Summer
Wave Pictures, The Instant Coffee Baby
Grouper Heavy Water
Magnetic Fields, The Too Drunk To Dream
S. Malkmus Gardenia
Sleeping States A Trip To NYC
Lil Wayne A Milli
T.I. Swagger Like Us
Rozi Plain Let Go
Beach House Some Things Last A Long Time

Andrzej Lukowski 
Plan B

Albums:
of Montreal Skeletal Lamping
Fuck Buttons Street Horrrsing
Deerhunter Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.
Women Women
Atlas Sound Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
Parts & Labor Receivers
No Age Nouns
Times New Viking Rip It Off
Portishead Third
Ra Ra Riot Rhumb Line, The

Tracks:
Atlas Sound Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
Santogold L.E.S. Artistes
of Montreal An Eluardian Instance
Women Black Rice 
Parts & Labor  Nowhere's Nigh
Telepathe Chrome's On It
Nat Baldwin Black Square
Hot Chip Ready For The Floor
Hot Puppies, The Clarinet Town
War On Drugs, The Taking The Farm

Dorian Lynskey
Guardian

Albums:
Portishead Third
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Elbow Seldom Seen Kid, The
TV on the Radio Dear Science
Erykah Badu New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
Fred Deakin/Various Nu Balearica
Deerhunter Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Beck Modern Guilt

Tracks:
Vampire Weekend Oxford Comma
Portishead Rip, The
MGMT Kids
Santogold L.E.S. Artistes
Hercules & Love Affair Blind (Frankie Knuckles Remix)
Bon Iver Re: Stacks
Deerhunter Nothing Ever Happened
Juan Maclean, The Happy House
Grace Jones Williams' Blood (Aeroplane Remix)
M83 Kim & Jessie

Patrick McNally
Rocktimists

Albums:
Kelley Polar I Need You To Hold On While the Sky is Falling
V/A Veros Artists Vol 2
Alex Moulton Exodus
Lindstrøm Where You Go I Go Too
Cave Hunt Like Devil
Hercules & Love Affair Hercules & Love Affair
Shearwater Rook
Ponytail Ice Cream Spiritual
Goslings Occasion
Geeneus Volumes (One)

Tracks:
DJ Khaled Out Here Grindin’
Crazy Cousinz Bongo Jam
Paleface ft Kyla Do You Mind (Crazy Cousinz House Mix)
Bon Bon Club Lullaby
Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown No Air
Juan MacLean, The Happy House
Nat Johnson Heart of Clay (Demo)
Addictive ft. T2 Gonna Be Mine
H "Two" O ft Plat'num What's It Gonna Be?
Lil Wayne A Milli

Phillip Mlynar
Hip-Hop Connection

Albums:
Fat Ray & Black Milk Set Up, The
P Brothers, The Gas, The
Black Milk Tronic, The
Million Dan Spektrum
Roots Manuva Slime & Reason
Elzhi Preface, The
Ida Lover's Prayers
88 Keys Adam's Case Files
EMC Show, The
Donny Goines Minute To Midnight

Tracks:
88 Keys feat. Kid Cudi Wasting My Minutes
P Brothers, The feat. Boss Money Cold World
Million Dan Inner City Got Plenty Cases
Charles Hamilton Ronald McDonald
Elzhi feat. Black Mlik, Guilty Simpson, Fatt Father, Danny Brown & Fat Ray Fire RMX
Roots Manuva Let The Spirit
Black Milk Long Story Short
Black Milk ft Royce Da 5'9" Losing Out
Donny Goines Can't Fit In My Shoes
Illa J All good

2008 was a very good year for underground hip-hop from Detroit, rap albums from the UK, and insanely catchy songs featuring the line "I say 'What's good?' She say 'McDonald's apple pie.'"


Momus
Click Opera

Albums:
Max Tundra Parallax Error Beheads You
Simon Bookish Everything/Everything
Yximalloo Unpop
Ursula Bogner Recordings 1969 to 1988
Oorutaichi Drifting My Folklore
Gustav Verlass die Stadt
Idle Tigers Spirit Salon, The
New Humans AKA - Vito Acconci / New Humans / C. Spencer Yeh
Germlin Thrash'r
Burning Star Core Challenger

Emily Moore
Tank Magazine

Albums:
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Arthur Russell Love Is Overtaking Me
David Byrne & Brian Eno verything That Happens Will Happen Today
War on Drugs, The Wagonwheel Blues
Shearwater Rook
Wave Pictures, The Instant Coffee Baby
Bowerbirds Hymns for a Dark Horse
Micah P Hinson Micah P Hinson & the Red Empire Orchestra
Department of Eagles In Ear Park

Tracks:
Bon Iver & Bowerbirds Lovin's For Fools
Joe Gideon & the Shark Civilization
Fleet Foxes White Winter Hymnal
Sleeping States Call Me
Woodpigeon Home as a Romanticized Concept Where Everyone Loves You Always and Forever
Beach House Astronaut
Mountain Goats, The Sax Rohmer #1

John Mulvey
Uncut

Albums:
James Blackshaw Litany Of Echoes
Brightblack Morning Light Motion To Rejoin
Howlin' Rain Magnificent Fiend
Raconteurs, The Consolers Of The Lonely
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Real Emotional Trash
TV on the Radio Dear Science
Endless Boogie Focus Level
Portishead Third
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
Bohren & Der Club Of Gore Dolores

Peter Parrish
Rocktimists, Plan B

Albums:
Portishead Third
Aaron Parks Invisible Cinema
near the parenthesis l'eixample
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Tape Luminarium
Pia Fraus After Summer
M83 Saturdays=Youth
Shearwater Rook
Beach House Devotion
i am robot and proud uphill city

Tracks:
Emiliana Torrini Gun
Aaron Parks Roadside Distraction
Portishead Machine Gun
Populous With Short Stories Holy See, The
Nat Johnson Dirty Rotten Soul
Robin Guthrie Explaining the Game
Fujiya & Miyagi Knickerbocker
Adam Buxton Hours, The (Exit Theme)
Ladyhawke Magic
Damned, The A Nation Fit For Heroes

Dom Passantino
Ich Luge Bullets

Albums:
Los Campesinos! Hold On Now, Youngster…
Half Man Half Biscuit CSI Ambleside
Hold Steady, The Stay Positive
Elzhi Preface, The
Indelicates, The American Demo
Royce Da 5'9" Bar Exam 2, The
Corb Lund Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier
Raphael Saadiq Way I See It, The
Los Campesinos! We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
Ballboy I Worked On The Ships

Tracks:
DJ Khaled Out Here Grindin'
Indelicates, The Our Daughters Will Never Be Free
H "Two" O ft Plat'num What's It Gonna Be?
Black Milk ft Royce Da 5'9" Losing Out
Elzhi ft Royce Da 5'9" Motown 25
Wiz Khalifa Say Yeah
Shawty Lo Foolish
Hood Headlinaz Rollin'
Hello Saferide Anna
Hotstylz ft Young Joc Lookin' Boy

Louis Pattison
Plan B

Albums:
Journey To Ixtlan Journey To Ixtlan
Toumani Diabate Mande Variations, The
Abe Vigoda Skeleton
Flying Lotus Los Angeles
Prurient And Still, Wanting
Wild Beasts Limbo, Panto
Portishead Third
Chromatics Nite Drive
Los Campesinos! We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
Bug, The London Zoo

Tracks:
Salem Redlights
AC/DC Rock N Roll Train
T.I. featuring Rihanna Live Your Life
Petit Mal Crisis In The Credit System
Lil Wayne A Milli
Wiley Wearing My Rolex
Los Campesinos We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
Gang Gang Dance House Jam
Marnie Stern Transformer
Grace Jones Corporate Cannibal

Kevin Pearce
Tangents

Albums:
Erykah Badu New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
Fallen Leaves It's Too Late Now
Stacy Epps Awakening, The
Eric Lau New Territories
Ellen Allien Sool
Leila Blood, Looms and Blooms
Portishead Third
Janelle Monae Metropolis - The Chase Suite
Camille Body Hole
Olga Kouklaki Getalife

Tracks:
Estelle ft Kanye West American Boy
Jazmine Sullivan Need U Bad
DJ Mujava Township Funk
Zomby Liquid Dancehall
Call Me Hollywood Mon Amour
Robert Wyatt/Bertrand Burgalat This Summer Night
Lupe Fiasco Superstar
Girls Aloud Promise, The
Sea and Cake Fuller Moon
Sexual Objects Here Come The Rubber Cops

A year when it is tempting to immerse oneself in forgotten corners of the past, only for someone to come tapping on the shoulder and whispering that you need to hear this ..


Simon Reynolds
Blissblog, Wire

Albums:
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
Giggs Walk In Da Park
Portishead Third
Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles
Gang Gang Dance Saint Dymphna
Moon Wiring Club Shoes Off and Chairs Away
Beck Modern Guilt
Backyardigans, The/Evan Lurie Born To Play
Skull Disco Soundboy's Gravestone Gets Desecrated By Vandals

Tracks:
Blackout Crew, The Put a Donk On It
Vampire Weekend Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
Kanye West Love Lockdown
Vampire Weekend Kids Don't Stand A Chance, The
Ting Tings Great DJ
Beck Gamma Ray
Crystal Castles Courtship Dating
Giggs feat Kyze Rat A-Tat Tat
Crystal Castles Magic Spells
Vampire Weekend M79

Jude Rogers
Guardian

Albums:
Elbow Seldom Seen Kid, The
Benge Twenty Systems 1968-1988
Glasvegas Glasvegas
School of Seven Bells Alpinisms
Ladyhawke Ladyhawke
Eine Kleine Nacht Musik Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Lindstrøm Where You Go I Go Too
Girls Aloud Out of Control
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Roots Manuva Slime & Reason

Tracks:
Elbow Starlings
Estelle ft Kanye West American Boy
Susanna Lay All Your love On Me
Glasvegas Flowers and Foorball Tops
Mercury Rev People Are So Unpredictable
Dizzee Rascal ft Calvin Harris Dance Wiv Me
School of Seven Bells Half Asleep
Tony Christie Louise
Alexandra Burke Hallelujah
Wiley Wearing My Rolex

Daniel Ross
Drowned in Sound

Albums:
Frightened Rabbit Midnight Organ Fight, The
Dananananaykroyd Sissy Hits EP
David Karsten Daniels Fear Of Flying
Silver Mount Zion 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons
Destroyer Trouble In Dreams
British Sea Power Do You Like Rock Music?
Mogwai Hawk Is Howling, The
Silver Jews Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea
James Yorkston When The Haar Rolls In
Acorn, The Glory Hope Mountain

Tracks:
British Sea Power Open The Door
Frightened Rabbit It's Christmas So We'll Stop 2008
Dananananaykroyd British Knights
Peter Moren This Is What I Came For
David Karsten Daniels Martha Ann
Destroyer Foam Hands
Acorn, The Hold Your Breath
Leona Lewis Run
Dananananaykroyd Pink Sabbath
Mae Shi, The Run To Your Grave

Alex Sarll
Press Association

Albums:
Indelicates, The American Demo
Los Campesinos! Hold On Now, Youngster…
Hold Steady, The Stay Positive
Neil Diamond Home Before Dark
Portishead Third
Tony Christie Made In Sheffield
British Sea Power Do You Like Rock Music?
Gaslight Anthem, The 59 Sound, The
Amanda Palmer Who Killed Amanda Palmer?
Mystery Jets Twenty One

Tracks:
MGMT Time To Pretend
New Royal Family, The I.W.I.S.H.I.W.A.S.Gay
Black Kids I'm Not Going To Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You
Wiley Wearing My Rolex
Indelicates, The America
Saturdays, The Up
Jay-Z Jocking Jay-Z
Katy Perry I Kissed A Girl
Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra, The Thank You For Not Discussing The Outside World
Pink So What

This year hasn't had an Umbrella or Get Ur Freak On or Can't Get You Out Of My Head or even an All Your Friends, a unifying This Song Was 2008. And I'd love to draw some kind of conclusion from that about the fragmentation of scenes and culture in the internet age, but it's probably just that we had a lousy summer again and there wasn't another pop epic about rain to be written just yet.


Paul Scott
Rocktimists

Albums:
Indelicates, The American Demo
Skull Disco Soundboy's Gravestone Gets Desecrated By Vandals
Los Campesinos! We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
Lil Wayne Tha Carter III
Air France No Way Down
Niccokick Good Times We Shared, Were They So Bad, The
Hello Saferide More Modern Short Stories By Hello Saferide
Tough Alliance, The A New Chance
Chairlift Does You Inspire You
Times New Viking Rip It Off

Tracks:
Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, The Everywhere With You
Appleblim and Perverilist Circling
DJ Khaled Out Here Grindin'
R.E.M. Supernatural Superserious
Red Hot Entertainment Junior Spesh
Wiz Khalifa Say Yeah
Rhianna Disturbia 
Booka Shade Charlotte
Rick Ross Boss, The
Alphabeat 10,000 Night Of Thunder

Natalie Shaw
Muso's Guide

Albums:
Hercules & Love Affair Hercules & Love Affair
The Week That Was The Week That Was
Metronomy Nights Out
Wild Beasts Limbo, Panto
Elbow Seldom Seen Kid, The
TV on the Radio Dear Science
M83 Saturdays=Youth
Evangelicals Evening Descends, The
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
They Came From The Stars I Saw Them We Are All In The Gutter But…

Tracks:
The Week That Was Scratch The Surface
Hercules & Love Affair Blind
Jonjo Feather I Suppose
Glasvegas It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry
Long Blondes, The Too Clever By Half
Metronomy A Thing For You
Evangelicals Midnight Vignette
Kelley Polar Chrysanthemum
Simon Breed Smitten King's Lament, The
Official Secrets Act Girl From The BBC

James Skinner
Plan B

Albums:
Why? Alopecia
Cut Copy In Ghost Colours
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Okkervil River Stand Ins, The
Islands Arm's Way
Wildbirds & Peacedrums Heartcore
Joan As Police Woman To Survive
Portishead Third
Laura Marling Alas, I Cannot Swim
Death Vessel Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us

Tracks:
Cut Copy Feel The Love
Bon Iver Flume
Hercules & Love Affair Blind
Okkervil River Lost Coastlines
Portishead Rip, The
No Age Teen Creeps
Conor Oberst Keely
Why? Fatalist Palmistry
Metronomy Heartbreaker
MGMT Kids

Albums: Why?'s Alopecia was just an absolute addiction for me. Marrying wildly inventive lyrics to a blisteringly catchy folk-pop-rock backbone, for months on end, and still today, it seems I'm incapable of being bored by this album. Cut Copy were luminescent and enduring, Bon Iver obvious but heartachingly beautiful, Okkervil River great as ever, Islands supreme/perplexing/malevolent in turn, Wildbirds & Peacedrums perhaps my favourite live band of the year - visceral, commanding, hypnotic - all these things, JAPW - LOVE her; a personal, twinkling second effort, Portishead - who still thought they'd be that menacinglly great? Laura Marling took ages but am slightly besotted, and finally Death Vessel steal in there with an album that enchants in a manner it's hard to put into words. But I did, a few days ago, and it's brilliant. 

Tracks: Cut Copy - Feel The Love - headphones walking = best thing ever. Or at least, pretty darn special.


Matt Slack
Rocktimists

Albums:
Q-Tip Renaissance, The
Erykah Badu New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
Scorch Trio Brolt
Los Campesinos! Hold On Now, Youngster…
Solange Knowles Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams
Polar Bear Polar Bear
T.I. Paper Trail
Bloc Party Intimacy
Lil Wayne Tha Carter III
Lupe Fiasco Cool, The

Tracks:
Kanye West Love Lockdown
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Los Campesinos! All Your Kayfabe Friends
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals Magick
Oasis Turning, The (Jagz Kooner Remix)
N*E*R*D Everyone Nose (All The Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom)
Q-Tip Won't Trade
Killers, The Human
Weezer The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations On A Shaker Hymn)
Coldplay Viva La Vida

Luke Slater
Drowned in Sound

Albums:
Koushik Out My Window
Johnny Flynn A Larum
Fuck Buttons Street Horrrsing
Abe Vigoda Skeleton
Errors It's Not Something But It Is Like Whatever
Shit 'N' Shine Kuss Mich Meine Leibe
Los Campesinos! We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
volcano! Paperwork
Why? Alopecia
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend

Tracks:
volcano! Africa Just Wants To Have Some Fun
Why? These Few Presidents
Born Ruffians Red, Yellow, Blue
Johnny Flynn Box, The
Mogwai Batcat
Palms Der Koenig
Shit 'n' Shine Toilet Door Tits
Anni Rossi Wheelpusher
Tim Ten Yen Sea Anomone
Johnny Foreigner Hennings Favourite

Nick Southall
Rocktimists

Albums:
Shearwater Rook
Notwist, The Devil, You & Me, The
Polar Bear Polar Bear
Elbow Seldom Seen Kid, The
Do, The A Mouthful
Four Tet Ringer
Portishead Third
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan Sunday At Devil Dirt
Cadence Weapon Afterparty Babies
Koushik Out My Window

Tracks:
Alexandra Burke Hallelujah
Can Halleluwah
Os Mutantes Haleluia
Happy Mondays  Hallelujah
Jeff Buckley  Hallelujah
David Axelrod Hallelujah
Rufus Wainwrigh Hallelujah
kd lang Hallelujah
Amon Düül II  Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen Hallelujah

William B Swygart
Rocktimists, William B Swygart

Tracks:
Kathleen Edwards I Make The Dough, You Get The Glory
Marit Larsen This Is Me, This Is You
Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown No Air
Goldfrapp A&E
T2 & Addictive Gonna Be Mine
Private Crucify My Heart
Peter Fox Alles Neu
Beyonce Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Kanye West Love Lockdown
Rock Hard Power Spray Trigger Nation

I could've sworn I listened to some albums this year, but I can't remember what they were. That Ne-Yo one was alright. Bought my parents the Robert Plant & Alison Krauss one for Christmas, they'll enjoy that. Am strangely unemotional about feeling no need whatsoever to hear the Futureheads album - me aged 21 would be staring in horror and shame. "Radio Heart" was an utter dog of a single, though. "Ready For The Floor" and the Bosnian and French Eurovision entries really ought to be on this list somewhere, but got bumped for fugly Danish guitar types Rock Hard Power Spray because THE BASTARDS WILL NEVER GRIND ME DOWN.  


Alexander Tudor
Drowned in Sound

Albums:
Frightened Rabbit Midnight Organ Fight, The
Wolf Parade At Mt Zoomer
Fuck Buttons Street Horrrsing
Shearwater Rook
Yeasayer All Hour Cymbals
Sun Kil Moon April
Marnie Stern This Is It
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Nadja Desire in Uneasiness
Sigur Ros Meth suth i eyrum, vid spilum endalaust

Tracks:
Radiohead Reckoner
Frightened Rabbit Keep Yourself Warm
Sigur Ros Ara Batur
Marnie Stern Crippled Jazzer, The
Shearwater Homelife
Sun Kil Moon Tonight the Sky
MGMT Kids
Retribution Gospel Choir Breaker
Sunset Rubdown Mending of the Gown, The
Effi Briest Mirror Rim

With the mainstream in flames, this has been the best year for indie music since I started reading Melody Maker & the NME, half a lifetime ago... 


Simon Tyers
Sweeping the Nation

Albums:
TV on the Radio Dear Science
Los Campesinos! Hold On Now, Youngster…
Johnny Foreigner Waited Up 'Til It Was Light
Elbow Seldom Seen Kid, The
Wild Beasts Limbo, Panto
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Okkervil River Stand Ins, The
Why? Alopecia
Acorn, The Glory Hope Mountain
Indelicates, The American Demo

Tracks:
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds We Call Upon The Author
Those Dancing Days Hitten
Acorn, The Crooked Legs
Los Campesinos! This Is How You Spell "Hahaha, We Destroyed The Hopes And Dreams Of A Generation Of Faux-Romantics"
Wild Beasts Woebegone Wanderers
Why? Song Of The Sad Assassin
TV On The Radio Dancing Choose
Okkervil River Lost Coastlines
Future Of The Left Hope That House Built, The
Fleet Foxes White Winter Hymnal

Simon Warner
Popmatters

Albums:
Hold Steady, The Stay Positive
Conor Oberst Conor Oberst
Elbow Seldom Seen Kid, The
MGMT Oracular Spectacular
Michael Franti & Spearhead All Rebel Rockers
Django Bates Spring is Here (Shall We Dance?)
Mercury Rev Snowflake Midnight
Walter Becker Circus Money
Courteeners, The St Jude
Feeling, The Join With Us

Tracks:
Courteeners, The Not Nineteen Forever
Katy Perry I Kissed a Girl
Pink So What
Duffy Mercy
MGMT Weekend Wars
Sigur Ros Gobbledigook
Mercury Rev Senses on Fire
Hold Steady, The Sequestered in Memphis
Little Jackie 28 Butts
Walter Becker Bob is Not Your Uncle Anymore

Best gig – Mercury Rev at End of the Road Festival

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