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    Thursday, November 27, 2008

    2008 Albums of the Year

    Can't believe its that time of year again and the music mags have already put out their Album of the year lists. Anyhow here's mine.

    1. Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago
    2. Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes
    3. Elbow, the Seldom Seen Kid
    4. Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend
    5. Yeasayer, All Hour Cymbals
    6. Sigur Rós : Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
    7. Joan as Policewoman, To Survive,
    8. Cut Copy, In Ghost Colours
    9. The Jimmy Cake, Spectre & Crown
    10. Martha Wainwright, I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too

    11. Portishead, Third
    12. Laura Marling, Alas I Cannot Swim
    13. Goldfrapp, Seventh Tree
    14. Deerhunter, Microcastle
    15. Jape, Ritual
    16. Ra Ra Riot, The Rhumb Line
    17. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Dig Lazarus! Dig!
    18. Erykah Badu, New Amerykah, Pt 1: 4th World War
    19. Lisa Hannigan, Sea Sew
    20. Lykke Li, Youth Novels

    21. Keane, Perfect Symmetry
    22. The Verve, Forth
    23. Kings of Leon, Only By the Night
    24. Cat Power, Jukebox
    25. Santogold, Santogold
    26. The Dodos, Visiter
    27. Coldplay, Viva La Vida
    28. She & Him, Volume One
    29. The Raconteurs, Consolers of the Lonely
    30. Hercules and Love Affair, Hercules and Love Affair

    31. Foals, Antidotes
    32. The Killers, Day & Age
    33. Peter Broderick, Home
    34. Peter Broderick, Float
    35. Gemma Hayes, The Hollow of the Morning
    36. Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles
    37. Vetiver, A Thing of the Past
    38. Amadou and Miriam, Welcome to Mali
    39. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Cardinology
    40. Chequerboard, Penny Black

    41. The Roots, Rising Down,
    42. My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges
    43. R.E.M., Accelerate
    44. Emmylou Harris, All I Intended to Be
    45. The Breeders, Mountain Battles
    46. Tapes’n’Tapes, Walk it Off
    47. Ray Lamontagne, Gossip in the Forest
    48. The Last Shadow Puppets, The Last Shadow Puppets
    49. Beck, Modern Guilt
    50. Oasis, Dig Out Your Soul

    Monday, November 10, 2008

    Fleet Foxes at Vicar Street

    I had high expectations on the way to Vicar Street last Friday night. Fleet Foxes are one of the most outrageously talented bands to emerge in a long long time. Their eponymously titled debut album is an instant classic and the Sun Giant EP that preceded it is flawless too.

    Its great to be able to say I thought they were even better live. I went with three friends and we all thought they were amazing - Ciara did think they needed a wash and some fattening up though.

    The songs sound timeless and the harmonies are beautiful. There’s no potential here, its all in place, a fully realised act. They are the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young of our time, only better.

    Some good photos from the gig.

    And two videos of the singles from the album below.

    Fleet Foxes - He Doesn't Know Why

    Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal