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Best of 2008 – Matt Poindexter

Posted in music by Matt on December 1, 2008

Note: all of the Vinyl Press writers will be posting their “Best of 2008” lists sometime in the next week. Matt Poindexter kicks it off.

2008 was a surprising year for my music listening. Of what I considered the the top five albums, three were straight out of left field – Fleet Foxes and She & Him had no releases to speak of at the end of 2007, and the Microphones/Julie Doiron collaboration seemed to happen on a whim. On the other end of the spectrum, the artists on my “Most Disappointing” list were ones I expected to have top-ranking albums, but ended up failing, with Mr. Ben Folds claiming the biggest disappointment. However, the high expectations I have for great live music were met in 2008. That usually happens when living in this area, but any time Radiohead comes around, it is a special year. Here’s what I thought.

Best Albums of 2008

  1. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
  2. Mount Eerie f. Julie Doiron – Lost Wisdom
  3. M83 – Saturdays = Youth
  4. She & Him – Volume One
  5. Girl Talk – Feed the Animals

Best Songs of 2008

  1. M83 – “Couleurs”
  2. Beyonce – “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”
  3. Fleet Foxes – “Ragged Wood”
  4. Bon Iver – “Skinny Love”
  5. The Mountain Goats – “Lovecraft in Brooklyn”

Best Live Shows of 2008

  1. The Weakerthans @ Cat’s Cradle, Spring
  2. Radiohead @ Alltel Pavilion, Summer
  3. Andrew Bird @ Memorial Hall, Fall
  4. The Mountain Goats (John Darnielle solo set) @ Cat’s Cradle, Spring
  5. Girl Talk @ Cat’s Cradle, Fall

Biggest Disappointments of 2008

  1. Ben Folds – Way to Normal
  2. Islands – Arm’s Way
  3. Old Crow Medicine Show – Tennessee Pusher
  4. Okkervil River – The Stand-Ins
  5. Cat Power – Jukebox

Highest Expectations for 2009

  1. Andrew Bird – Noble Beast
  2. Grizzly Bear – [TBA]
  3. Kanye West – [TBA]
  4. Gillian Welch – [TBA]
  5. Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You

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  1. mmmfoxsmints said, on December 22, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    I’m surprised you chose Skinny Love as a song of the year over Flume. Skinny Love is good I’ll give it it’s due but not the best on the album imho. Good choice on Fleet Foxes for Album of 2008, I think it’s mine too. For Emma is a close second though but I think that’s after seeing Bon Iver live.

  2. vinylrecordsunc said, on December 26, 2008 at 6:22 pm


    Flume is a great song and I can’t argue with you. I would like to know what you think of the new EP?

    Thanks for visiting!
    – Matt Poindexter

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