Best Music that I personally heard 2008
(disclaimer: some of these might have come earlier than 2008...)
- Resident Advisor podcasts
So many great DJ sets... how do they do it?
L. E. S. Artists was unstoppable (though Unstoppable was quite unstoppable as well)
- Lil Wayne - The Carter 3
What was up with the weird vocoder thing this year? Damn that made me feel old. It sounds so horrible. But anyway the parts of The Carter 3 that didn't go all vocoder-y still add up to the best hip hop album of 2008. A Milli was ubiquitous, spawning a thousand remixes, yet nobody managed to upstage Lil Wayne.
Best tracks: A Milli, La La
- Lykke Li - Little Bit (video)
Except for that part where she goes, "For you I keep my legs apart." Ew.
- Wiley - Wearing My Rolex
I agree with the YouTube commenter who said the foxes in the video aren't foxy enough. Well, the actual comment was more like "Y NO BREASTS?! fadssdfa"
- Acoustica: Alarm Will Sound Performs Aphex Twin
Reasons why getting old ain't so bad, #43: the electronic music of your youth starts reappearing in orchestral form. These were beautiful interpretations of the classics.
Download: Monty on the run orchestral version / original
Download: Cliffs, Jynweythek Ylow
- Q-Tip - The Renaissance
No doubt this album was filed under "Adult Contemporary" in record stores nationwide. Or else, "Geezer Rap." But you know what? It's satisfying to hear a grown ass man on the mic. I'm tired of misogynistic 21-year old wanna be gangstas. Sometimes 'Adult' is a good thing. This is Q-Tip's return to form.
Best tracks: Won't Trade, You
- Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want (Soulwax Remix)
This was the summer jam! [download]
- DJ /rupture - Uproot
Finally came round to dubstep with this mix. 'Ambient dubstep,' even. Reef (video)
- Peter Fox - Alles Neu
Best cooking musicWhitest Boy Alive - Dreams
Download: Above You
Best hipster BMX rap from an otherwise forgettable albumCool Kids - Black Mags
Best minute off a Diplo mixPaper Route Gangstaz - Grind Baby
Best argument for the word "folktronica" (also runner up for best cooking music)Tunng - Comments of the Inner Chorus
Really a beautiful album. Shades of the beta band. It seemed to just appear on my computer somehow. I don't remember downloading it or even reading about it. If this is the fault of some 'folktronica' computer virus, I'm not complaining.
Download: Red and Green
Concerts / DJ sets
- Treasure Island Festival
TV on the Radio, Amon Tobin, Hot Chip, Goldfrapp, CSS
Best moment: riding the ferris wheel at sunset while Goldfrapp sang 'Happiness.' This misled me into thinking 'Happiness' was a much better song than it actually is.
Worst moment: eating one of EVERYTHING, and two of 'churros'
- Gogol Bordello @ gg park
Satisfyingly, they look exactly like they sound.
- gui boratto @ fat city
- budos band @ BAM
- daniel bell @ recombinant labs
he played for 8 hours, standing up, with no piss break!
Techno mixes (these were all good)Fabric 41 - Luciano
Cocorico 3 (Ivan Smagghe)
Techno artists I rateOnur Ozer, Pantha du Prince, Ivan Smagghe, Random Factor
Best song titleTaraf de Haïdouks - Absinth I Drink you, Absinth I Eat you
Misc notesiTunes finally stopped w/ the bullshit DRM. About time. I had to use bittorrent to download some of these albums even though I'd already fucking bought them on iTunes, just so I could share tracks with you! God forbid somebody actually hear new music.
Worst Music I Was Supposed To LikeBon Iver?