So, I posted my Best of 2008 list, now let's see yours.
Here's a place where you can post your list or make of, complain about, or praise my own.
To review, here are my picks.
Best CDs of 2008 (with shortened descriptions)
1. TV on the Radio, "Dear Science": Like the Yankees, there's so much talent on this team, it's not even fair.
2. Eddy Current Suppression Ring, "Primary Colours": It's like a long-lost album from 1980, in the best way.
3. David Byrne and Brian Eno, "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today": You know the quality you're going to get when you put these two gentlemen together.
4. Vampire Weekend, "Vampire Weekend": It's hard to resist the perky township jive of "Graceland" stripped down to four pieces with a kid who sounds like a young Sting.
5. [Expletive-d] Up, "The Chemistry of Common Life": With the screams, windmill guitar strokes and drum clatter, it's a bit like The Who discovering hardcore.
6. The Hold Steady, "Stay Positive": Stories of desperate characters, missing persons, murder and mayhem.
7. Deerhunter, "Microcastle": A sense of weird dudes making pop.
8. Fleet Foxes, "Fleet Foxes": Dreamy melodies and high lonesome vocals.
9. Santogold, "Santogold": This singer-rapper who formerly fronted a punk band goes beyond grime with better songs and a hint of New Wave.
10. Atmosphere, "When Life Gives You Lemons, Paint That [Stuff] Gold": A huge sonic leap for the Minneapolis duo.
1. The Hold Steady, "Constructive Summer": A punk-rock anthem about the redemptive powers of ... punk rock, and friends drinking on water towers.
2. Santogold, "Les Artistes": Chilling put-down is the best New Wave song in years.
3. TV on the Radio, "Golden Age": Try to remain still for this beat and then try to not melt when that falsetto rolls in with "there's a golden age ... comin' 'round."
4. MGMT, "Time to Pretend": Monster-size pop hit is a hilarious, poignant send-up of rock-star lifestyle.
5. Eddy Current Suppression Ring, "Which Way to Go": Delicious throwback to the Buzzcocks.6. Vampire Weekend, "M79": Perky pop music from the baroque period.
7. Fleet Foxes, "White Winter Hymnal": Harmonies worthy of the Beach Boys or CSN.
8. Al Green, "Lay it Down": The world's greatest soul singer back in his groove.
9. Mudcrutch, "Scare Easy": One of the 'DVE crowd, this is the best Tom Petty stuff in years.
10. Donora, "Shhh": I like ... when Casey does that whisper and stutter.
Best of the 'Burgh
1. Allies, "Invisible Spectrum": A sonic storm reminiscent of early And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead with smart, passionate lyrics, starting with a lead-off track that could be the protest anthem for the corporate bailouts.
2.The Modey Lemon, "Season of Sweets": Nine songs demonstrating how the trio could easily go off on a garage-punk bender, challenge the metal or stoner-rock scenes or just become the world's most aggressive jam band.
3.Centipede Eest, "Confluence": A dangerous collision of heavy groovage, shredding psychedelic guitar noise, chanted vocals and a fearlessness to bust through any and all borders.
4.Girl Talk, "Feed the Animals": Another mind-blowing party mashup with more samples, more ingenuity, more intensity.
5. Don Caballero, "Punkgasm": Same pummeling yet intricate math-rock, now with vocals!
6. Grand Buffet, "King Vision": Prankster duo shape-shifts between hip-hop, New Wave and metallic rock.
7.Tobacco, "[Expletive] Friends": Black Moth Super Rainbow leader flies solo with endlessly groovy psychedelic space jam.
8. Lohio, "History, the Destroyer": Sophomore effort shifts from Americana toward power-pop with '60s flavor and gorgeous harmonies.
9. Donora, "Donora": Glorious New Wave-y pop with peppy beats and sing-song cheerleader choruses.
10. Burndowns, "Burndowns": Former Radio Beats frontman strikes back with more punk-rock that blows the garage door right off.