Tuesday, February 3, 2009

My Top Albums Of 2008

Since I forgot to post them in January, here is the list of my favorite albums of 2008, listed in alphabetical order.

Bass Communion - Molotov And Haze
Black Mountain - In The Future
Brant Bjork - Punk Rock Guilt
Causa Sui - Summer Sessions Vol. 1
Colour Haze - All
Dozer - Beyond Colossal
Earth - The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull
Grails - Take Refuge In Clean Living
LSD Pond - LSD Pond
Nachtmystium - Assassins: Black Meddle Part 1
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Runhild Gammelsaeter - Amplicon
Silver Mt. Zion - 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons
Sitaar Tah! - Semimimimimin
Spiritualized - Songs In A&E
The Black Angels - Directions To See A Ghost
The Mars Volta - The Bedlam In Goliath
Torche - Meanderthal
Ufomammut - Idolum
Victor Wooten - Palmystery

Favorites that were not a full length album...

EPs/7"s of year:
Om - Gebel Barkal
Howlin Rain - Wild Life
GHQ - Everywhere At Once
Black Boned Angel & Nadja - Christ Send Light
Blues Control - Snow Day

January Roundup

I forgot to chronicle my music purchases for January so I'll fix that in February. From Robotic Empire's distro arrived the last full length album from Raccoo-oo-oon. Sad news for me as they've become one of my favorite bands in the past year. Also arriving was Nachmystium's vinly-only release Eulogy IV. It's not as good as they album they released in 2008 but it's still some of the better black metal I've heard.

From All That's Heavy were some fantastic albums. Luckily for me Burning Saviour's debut album has been reissued after missing out on it and then not being able to find a copy elsewhere. I finally was able to pick up Ogre's new album which is an epic 35+ minute track of classic rock inspired traditional doom metal. Some new material from Los Natas has made it's way to a 10" split with side project Solodolor in a nicely done vinyl package. Elektrohasch has reissued Los Natas' epic second album on vinyl as well, 'Cuidad de Brahman'. It's one of my favorite albums of the genre so I had to have it on wax. For a freebie I picked up Abdullah's self-titled album after hearing that they were calling it quits.

On the 7" club front I received the last from Volcom Entertainments 2008 vinyl series, a split between Valient Thorr and HR. Sub Pop's latest in their 3.0 series were two new tracks from Finland's Circle.