The Best Of 2008 Thus Far: Results Just In

Thanks to everyone who’s submitted their lists in response to the Best Records Of 2008 brainstorm from last week. Some excellent albums rising to the surface, and it’s especially nice to see love for No Age, Fleet Foxes and Elbow, three records which narrowly missed my original cut.

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Thanks to everyone who’s submitted their lists in response to the Best Records Of 2008 brainstorm from last week. Some excellent albums rising to the surface, and it’s especially nice to see love for No Age, Fleet Foxes and Elbow, three records which narrowly missed my original cut.



If you didn’t see this week’s Uncut Newsletter (you can sign up for a regular Monday epistle by following the link on our homepage, incidentally), the editor has joined in the fun by compiling his ten from the past six months – as thwarted as I was, I think, by The Hold Steady falling into July.

Here’s Allan’s ten:

1 The Felice Brothers – The Felice Brothers
2 Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
3 Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
4 Drive-By Truckers – Brighter Than Creation’s Spark
5 Howlin Rain – Magnificent Fiend
6 The War On Drugs – Wagonwheel Blues
7 American Music Club – The Golden Age
8 Silver Jews – Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea
9 Joan As Policewoman – To Survive
10 Ry Cooder – I, Flathead


And here’s the Wild Mercury Sound collective Top 14 (every time a record got a mention, I gave it one point, if any electoral scrutineers are trying to unpick my statistical jamming). Comments, as ever, are welcome. And while I think about it, have you ever taken a chair to a gig? I only ask because such transgressive behaviour appears to have riled a few of you who went to Neil Young’s Hop Farm show, judging by the comments to be found over here.

Anyway, that chart. I’ve been especially diligent and created links to my blogs on all these. . .

1 Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago (4AD)

2 The Raconteurs – Consolers Of The Lonely (XL)

3= Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Mute)

3= Portishead – Third (Island)

5= Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (XL)

5= Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes (Bella Union)

5= Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid (Fiction)

5= Drive-By Truckers – Brighter Than Creation’s Dark (New West)

9= Wild Beasts – Limbo, Panto (Domino)

9=Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Real Emotional Trash (Domino)

9= MGMT – Oracular Spectacular (Columbia)

9= No Age – Nouns (Sub Pop)

9= Howlin Rain – Magnificent Fiend (Birdman)

9= American Music Club – The Golden Age (Cooking Vinyl)

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