The Best Albums of 2008


The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

Undoubtably the Album of the Year. I can’t say enough good things about this album, just buy it and listen.

Buy CD or Vinyl from Side One Dummy

Listen to High Lonesome : DOWNLOAD


Cloud Cult – Feel Good Ghosts

Every person I share this album with is an instant fan. It only takes one to get you hooked. Amazing songwriting, astounding lyrics, moments of epiphany.

Buy from the band

Listen to Journey of the Featherless : DOWNLOAD


Fucked Up – The Chemistry Of Common Life

Quite possibly the best punk-rock head-trip concept-album that is not a concept album of all time. Your brain may not be the same after this.

Buy from Amazon

Listen to Crooked Head : DOWNLOAD


Poi Dog Pondering – 7

Another in a long string of amazing records. Some bands just keep getting better.

Buy from the band

Listen to Butterflies : DOWNLOAD


HiFi Handgrenades – Carry On

Speck and Co. release yet another gem of punk/power pop songs, yet again criminally overlooked. Carry On is my song of the year, it’s that fucking good.

Buy from New Romance For Kids Records

Listen to Carry On : DOWNLOAD


Daniel Lanois – Here Is What Is


Buy from Red Floor Records

Listen to Bladesteel : DOWNLOAD


Marnie Stern – This Is It And I Am It And You Are It And So Is That And He Is It And She Is It And It Is It And That Is That

She’s hot. She plays guitar like no one else. She writes crazy songs you can’t stop listening to. Bonus points for best album name of the year.

Buy from Insound

Listen to Transformer : DOWNLOAD


Menahan Street Band – Make The Road By Walking

I can only wish my life was cool enough to have this as a soundtrack.

Buy from Amazon

Listen to Tired of Fighting : DOWNLOAD


Paramount Styles – Failure American Style

The dude from Girls Against Boys. Downtempo, acoustic guitar, biting and searing lyrics. Cooler than you.

Buy from Insound

Listen to Drunx, Whores & MZK People : DOWNLOAD


Mercury Rev – Snowflake Midnight

They put down their guitars and picked up electronics. Stunning.

Buy from Yep Roc

Listen to Senses on Fire : DOWNLOAD


Robots In Disguise – We’re In the Music Biz

Snarky, trashy and awesome.

Buy from Amazon

Listen to The Sex Has Made Me Stupid : DOWNLOAD


Off With Their Heads – From The Bottom

Great, straight-ahead hardcore. Melodic and raw with great sing along vocals.

Buy from No Idea Records

Listen to Wrong : DOWNLOAD

And, as always, Let the Children Lose It… Let the Children Use It… Let All The Children Boogie.


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