1. TV on the Radio - Dear Science
The sound of post 9/11 urban alienation mixed with hope for a brighter future after Bush, apparently.
Or is it just some great guitar music that you can also dance to? I like this a lot, especially the line about having "the mirror call the cops" because things have got so damn nasty in the bedroom. However, I've only had it for a month, unlike the other records on this list, so may get bored of it yet.
2. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
I discovered this in March, on the back of the reunion hype and it made my listening year. Ironic since the live show nearly destroyed my hearing. Never take a macho approach to ear-plugs.
3. Deerhoof - Offend Maggie
This is the first Deerhoof album I've heard. Other people seem underwhelmed by it, but I think it's great, especially 'My Purple Past'. I quite like her stupid child voice as well. Much more so than Joanna Newsom. Amazing drum sound, drum fans.
4. Man Man - Rabbit Habits
Saw Man Man do a great show at ATP this year. Unfortunately left it early to catch the underwhelming show by my number 5 choice. This album has so much life and sense of fun, that it gives me more of a lift than any number of tic-tacs. And right in the middle of the xylophone and trombone vaudeville mayhem, there's Doo Right, a wonderful throaty love song.
5. Vampire Weekend
Well it's on everyone else's lists so it MUST be good. Right?
As a friend put it, Vampire Weekend are the Kula Shaker of 2008.___________________________________________________
I hope that's enriched your experiences of those records, and just maybe opened some doors you might never have even found. Just a guy trying to make a difference.