The Year in Review:: 2008

1. Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Good Winter. The rare record that makes you want to bust out of your own skin with such moments leaving the soul blissfully screaming towards critical mass. What is also so impressive about Bon Iver is the evolution the music from For Emma, Forever Ago went through as a live entity in 2008. Would you really rush out? Psychic Decompression.

video:
The Wolves (Act I & II)

http://www.myspace.com/boniver
http://www.boniver.org/
http://www.jagjaguwar.com/

2. The Week That Was
I don’t mean to say it’s all about the drums. However, the opening moment on The Week That Was is the hook and its all drums.

video:
Scratch The Surface

http://www.myspace.com/theweekthatwas

3. The War On Drugs Wagonwheel Blues With that harmonica and talk of turkish carpets, how could you resist this one?

video:
Needle In Your Eye

http://www.myspace.com/thewarondrugs
http://www.secretlycanadian.com/

4. Duffy Rockferry
In 2008 the lovely Duffy presented us with her debut, Rockferry. Not just vacant sixties redux, Rockferry, still has lessons to teach and magic to conjure. Where is the video for the finest track – “Hanging On Too Long.” Iskha

video:
Warwick Avenue

http://www.iamduffy.com/
http://www.myspace.com/duffymyspace

5. M83 Saturdays=Youth
http://www.myspace.com/m83
http://www.ilovem83.com/
http://www.mute.com/

6. Wolf Parade At Mount Zoomer
http://www.myspace.com/wolfparade
http://www.subpop.com/

7. Paul Weller 22 Dreams

http://www.paulweller.com/
http://www.myspace.com/paulweller

8. Fleet Foxes

http://www.subpop.com/
http://www.myspace.com/fleetfoxes

9. TV On The Radio Dear Science

http://www.tvontheradio.com/
http://www.myspace.com/tvotr

10. Land of Talk Some Are Lakes
http://www.landoftalk.com/
http://www.myspace.com/landoftalkmtl
http://www.saddle-creek.com/

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