Music-Critic.ca's Top 5 of 2008 Feature Wednesday December 17, 2008

Guess what kiddies? It’s that time of year again! It’s Music-Critic.ca’s Top 5 of 2008 Feature Time!

Music-Critic.ca's Top 5 Recrods of 2008

Yes, it’s that time of year where I spend far too much time thinking of creative ways to justify my fake musical legitimacy and try to hash together a decent layout for this year’s feature. So before you read any further check out this year’s list (maybe even Digg a few of the lists), find some new music and maybe even that last minute gift for the Music Lover on your list.

So now I’m going to do something I rarely do … and that’s reveal the true justification of my list. Yes and you smartasses don’t have to worry, Justin Timberlake wasn’t included on this year’s list. For the record I still stand by that choice.

So here we go.

First and foremost the selection of Girl Talk’s – Feed The Animals as my number one record. Even though it’s sometimes hard to justify mash-ups as a legitimate musical genre, The Hood Internet and Girl Talk have been churning out some mind altering music for the past two-three years. Feed the Animals is really the first traditionally released record from this crew of artists and because of which it deserves some recognition. On that merit alone I had to select it as my top record.

Next up is the Friendly Fires record. You can blame the Stalelife guys and Andy for getting me hooked on this one. This record is solid and extremely entertaining.

The choice of Saul Williams & Kanye West at number three was a complete and utter abuse of my Web Designer power. FEEL MY POWER! But both records are truly amazing and I literally spent hours deciding between the two. I truly feel that 808s & Heartbreak will linger in my CD collection just like Modest Mouse’s Good News For People who Love Bad News & QOFTSA’s Songs For the Deaf as one of those records I can’t live without. While on the other hand Saul Williams blew Caitlin and myself away during Bumpershoot this year. You add in the fact that List of Demands (which is not a 08 track by any means) is possibly one of the most amazing songs ever released and you can see my dilemma. My girlfriend called it a cope out, I call it abusing my power.

Chewy is going to lose his shit on this one, but I had to include Chad VanGaalen’s Soft Airplane, simply for the fact that a) he’s a Calgary Boy and b) This is simply the best Neil Young record that Neil Young never released. It screams open road, prairies and some Dr. Skipper. It’s just phenomenal.

Afterparty Babies is just a great, fun and fresh album that it needed to be shared with the rest of the world. The guy drops Mega Man and Hero’s quotes. He can do no wrong in my books.

Flight of The Concords just wasn’t funny after the first three listens. I’m sorry, I love Business Time and Beautiful Girl in the Room, but Bowie was a horrible song and Robots was just plain stupid.

Nathan asked me to review four months ago and I just couldn’t do it. I had to fight just ot get through the first two tracks … Actually come to think of it, Bowie just plain old pissed me off to no end.

Records That Didn’t Make the Cut

So here are some records that I wish I could have squeezed on there. Cold War Kids – Loyalty to Loyalty is a great, great, great record. I just couldn’t fit in the top five here. The new Sigur Rios Record has been sitting in my CD drive for weeks, but I didn’t get a chance to listen to it in 2008. So I obviously couldn’t add it to my list. There are some standards when compiling a list like this. Gnarls Barkley’s – The Odd Couple is a great record, but it was the third wheel in the love triangle between Kanye & Saul Williams. One had to go and it drew the short straw.

So there you go. The justification of my list. You might not agree with it, but that’s why we do this. For the debate. Feel free to leave comments or even your own top five. I’d love to read both.

Categories: The-Music, The-Pop-Culture, Bumbershoot 2008, The Blogosphere, The Calgary Vibe, The Personnal, The Soapbox

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Thank you thank you thank you for introducing me to the Chad VanGaalen record. One of my favourites of the year. Give the Sigur Ros record a try, it’s rather lovely.

Andy · Dec 19, 08:02 AM · #permalink

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You are very welcome.

I need to thank you for exposing me to the Friendly Fires and also Bron Ruffian. Great bands and great records.

cto · Dec 19, 08:35 AM · #permalink

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