Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Top Tens Part 2 - The Albums 2008

Even happier than when we met them in a lift

Down to three entries this time although I'm sure that next year it'll be up to at least 5. Yet again the top of the pop charts are unlikely to be unduly worried by a music revolution lead by me and my pals. If it wasn't so cold I'd write a natty little ditty about the featured albums...key tracks etc. however its more than minus on the mecury counter so in a reveal all at once spectacular.

 In a bid to be somewhat impartial the mates top ten albums of the year are

1.The Hold Steady


3.British Sea Power

4.Bon Iver

5.Bob Dylan


7.God is an Astronaut

8.Kings of Leon

9. The Young Republic

10. Helen Love

Ok the last two may have a tadge of bias seeping through the cracks but I got Craig's vote. Again if there are any obvious voids or Dig Lazerus Digs omitted please feel free to plug any gaps.

And just for the completists

Entry One

3.Foals - Antidotes

7.MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

3.The Young Republic – 12 Tales From Winter City

1.Bob Dylan  - Highway 61 revisited

7.Mogwai – The Hawk is Howling

6.BSP Do You Like Rock Music

8.LOTSP  - The Age of The Understatement

5.Peter and the Pirates – Little Death

10.Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst (although that’s just lazy)

9.Hot Chip – Made in the Dark

2.The Hold Steady – Stay Positive

5.Gaslight Anthem – The 59 Sound

4.Helen Love -  Its My Club

9. Natty - MAn Like I

Entry Two

3.  Centro-matic/South San Gabriel - Dual Hawks (2 bands with essentially the same people, 1 disc each...South San Gabriel are better!)
1.  Bon Iver - For Emma, forever ago
2.  Hold Steady - Stay Positive
5.  Black Keys - Attack and release
9.  Paul Weller - 22 dreams
8.  My Morning Jacket - Evil urges
4.  REM - Accelerate (lots of guitars!)
7.  Black Crowes - Warpaint
10.  Counting Crows - Saturday night (the noisy first half of the disc...the second half of the disc "Sunday morning" is whiny crap)
6.  Kings of 
Leon - Only by night

Entry Three

1.Mogwai- The Hawk is Howling

2. God is an Astronaut- God is an Astronaut

3. Vessels- White Fields and Open Devices

4. Glasvegas- Glasvegas

5. British Sea Power- Do You Like Rock Music?

Anyone brought up on a diet of John Craven and kids with crap hairdo's will quickly spot  the seismic gulf in both musical tastes and fontability(also countability). 


Anonymous said...

I'll have to check out that Bob Dylan...has he been going long?

PaulB said...

Hold on there, rules is rules, please refer to the earlier top tens section. Anyway it's best that at least one of the people in the top ten are actually known.

Anonymous said...

He looks like a fine young chap.

Anonymous said...


How did the Kings of Leon get in the overall top ten? Only one person seems to have voted for them, and in 6th place.

Makes me doubt the validity of the whole thing...

Anonymous said...

Yes, good point well made anon, cheating gits

Rich B said...

"Makes me doubt the validity of the whole thing"? This is not the MTV awards, the BRITS, nor any other official end of year musical Well Done You thingy. The fact that Paul has based his summaries on the musical whimsies of 5 very different tastes (including my own Shoegaze/Post-Rock obsession) means that it is remarkable that there is even any voting crossover. And the Kings of Leon album is pretty good, actually, so that's one vote and one "I didn't include it because it doesn't fit in with my genre-specific listings", which Paul had spotted superbly, and included it.

Anonymous said...

Paul's big enough to look after himself

...the cheating git.

Anonymous said...

Never mind all this music nonsense, I buy this comic for the walking stuff. Get your sorry arse out on the hills and write about it.

PaulB said...

Right arse in gear, it's not the walking that's the problem its the sitting down time typing thats the issue. The real world is a bit demanding too. Anyway if there was any sort of cheating going on the results would have read

Best Album - Pete and the Pirates
Best Song - Mr Understanding
Ramones fill all other positions.

Rich has done his Cd's which I'll hand out. Mine to follow this weekend. How are you doing Andy? You can leave that Weller trash off it too.

Anonymous said...

I'm full of good intentions, but haven't got around to doing anything yet. Sorry...too busy reading about the imminent Kaka deal.

Haven't started your Christmas quiz yet, either. But promise to.

Oh, and I want to add Portishead to my top 10 albums...let's put it at, say, number 6 - just ahead of the Kings Of Leon...by my reckoning, that should get it into the overall top ten.