Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Best of 2008

Hi Folks! Once again it's time to sum up the past year. The most interesting events in 2008 would be... G'n'R finally released Chinese Democracy and the world economic crisis striked even the music industry :) And yes, we had a plenty of good releases to enjoy in 2008...

In 2008, the number of music submissions to Indie Surfer increased substantially, so I was not able to check them all and answer to them. I'll try in the future to find some way to cover as much submissions as possible, but it will also depend on my free time. So, if you're a music promoter or you have a band, I encourage you to send your submission to Indie Surfer and I'll do my best to check them out.

The albums included on the 'Top 100' list are Indie Surfer's choice of the best albums in 2008. All the albums in the selection are recommended for your listening, so try to check them out (if you already haven't) or at least check the artist myspace page. If you have your favorites not included on the list, please feel free to mention them in the comments.

The Indie Surfer's winner of 2008 is Fleet Foxes' self-titled release, followed by Bon Iver's 'For Emma, Forever Ago' and 'Dear Science' from Tv On The Radio. All those three albums are special in their own way, so any of them could lead the list. I hope the next year will bring us more rocking and less experimental albums, so be sure to check the Indie Surfer Blog, it will try to keep you up to date.

Top 100 Indie Albums of 2008
100. Beck - Modern Guilt
99. Joan As Police Woman - To Survive
98. Amanda Palmer - Who Killed Amanda Palmer?
Marnie Stern - This Is It & I Am It...
96. Mount Eerie - Lost Wisdom
95. Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
94. The Stills - Oceans Will Rise
93. Evangelicals - The Evening Descends
The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing
91. Mystery Jets - Twenty One

90. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
89. Ladyhawke - Ladyhawke
88. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Sunday At Devil Dirt
87. The Rosebuds - Life Like
86. Little Teeth - Child Bearing Man
85. The Kills - Midnight Boom
84. Constantines - Kensington Heights
83. The Killers - Day & Age
82. Fucked Up - Chemistry Of Common Life
81. The Little Ones - Morning Tide
80. Delays - Everything's the Rush
79. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cardinology
78. Destroyer - Trouble In Dreams
77. The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understatement
76. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Real Emotional Trash
75. The Morning Benders - Talking Through Tin Cans
74. Dr. Dog - Fate
73. The Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely
72. Eagles Of Death Metal - Heart On
71. Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
70. Lucinda Williams - Little Honey
69. Islands - Arms Way
68. Calexico - Carried To Dust
67. Wild Beasts - Limbo, Panto
66. The Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust
65. The Black Keys - Attack & Release
64. The Dutchess & The Duke - She's The Dutchess, He's The Duke
63. Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires
62. Silver Jews - Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea
61. Max Tundra -
Parallax Error Beheads You
60. Blitzen Trapper - Furr
59. Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
58. She & Him - Volume One
57. Deerhoof - Offend Magie
56. Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing
55. Lykke Li - Youth Novels
54. Nada Surf - Lucky
53. Magnetic Fields - Distortion
52. British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
51. Adam Green - Sixes & Sevens
50. Tokyo Police Club - Elephant Shell
49. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
48. Women - Women
47. The Breeders - Mountain Battles
46. Hot Chip - Made In Dark
45. Sun Kill Moon - April
44. Shearwater - Rook
43. Glasvegas - Glasvegas
42. Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer
41. Drive-By Truckers -
Brighter Than Creation's Dark
The Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride
39. M83 - Saturdays = Youth
38. Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
37. Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
36. Nine Inch Nails - The Slip
35. Hercules And Love Affair - Hercules And Love Affair
34. Ponytail - Ice Cream Spiritual
33. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
32. The Walkmen - You & Me
31. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
30. Bound Stems - The Family Afloat
29. No Age - Nouns
28. Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night
27. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
26. The Plastic Constellations - We Appreciate You
25. Sigur Ros - Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust
24. Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line
23. Why? - Alopecia
22. Born Ruffians - Red, Yellow And Blue
21. Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
20. Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree
19. Atlas Sound - Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
18. The Music Tapes - Music Tapes For Clouds And Tornadoes
17. Beach House - Devotion
16. Cloud Cult - Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes)
15. Little Joy - Little Joy
14. Portishead - Third
13. Los Campesinos! - We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
12. Santogold - Santogold
11. Times New Viking - Rip It Off

10. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!!

9. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

8. Okkervil River - The Stand Ins

7. Foals - Antidotes

6. Deerhunter - Microcastle

5. Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight

4. The Dodos - Visiter

3. Tv On The Radio - Dear Science

2. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

1. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

Top 10 Hip-Hop/Rap Albums Of 2008
10. The Game - LAX
9. Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple
8. Lupe Fiasco - The Cool
7. Black Milk - Tronic
6. T.I. - Paper Trail
5. The Roots - Rising Down
4. Nas - Untitled
3. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
2. The Cool Kids - Bake Sale
1. Q-Tip - The Renaissance

Other Genres/Top Albums
The Bug - London Zoo
Flight Of The Conchords - Flight Of The Conchords
Erykah Badu - New Amerykah, Part One (4th World War)
Shugo Tokumaru - Exit
Amadou & Mariam - Welcome To Mali
Grace Jones - Hurricane
Juana Molina - Un Dia
Paul Weller - 22 Dreams
Robyn - Robyn

I expected more from (or 'do it better next time'):
Oasis, Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, Ceasars, Cat Power, Razorlight, The Black Kids, ...

Note: Finally, I wish you all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I'll continue posting at the beginning of 2009. Have a nice time during holidays...


Anonymous Robin said...

I am amazed that you listened to ALL those albums. But I suppose, I must believe you, since Foals is pretty hard to get into to.

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ziggy:

I just checked two post before this and the link to listen the killers and Kanye West album isn't not good.

Is there a chance you can get it right ??

C i a o

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks! Happy holidays, its been a great year, with remarkable records such as Tv On The Radio, NIN, MGMT, KoF or Vampire Weekend, just to mention a few.

Thanks for all man. See you in 09.


8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great work all year. Thanks. Best wishes for 09.

Faithful reader in Philly.

3:50 AM  
Anonymous Nicola said...

To be fair I haven't listened to more than half of the albums listed, but I would have rated DCFC - Narrow Stairs better than 71st!

Thanks for all the awesome posts. Have a good Christmas.

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings from Des Moines, Iowa. If it wasn't for you and SOMA FM, I would have no idea what was going on in the world of Indie music.

Thanks for all you do,
A faithful reader and CD buyer

7:49 PM  
Blogger mbnjmntrb said...

and a happy new year to you, Ziggy! you have contributed so many sounds and wonders to 2008 and i thank you!

i raise my beer can to the BEST IN THE BIZ!

4:50 AM  
Blogger Beau said...

Although I disagree with some of your top picks again this year (and think Bloc Party's album was much, much better than a lot on the list), I appreciate you putting the list together anyway!

Here's looking forward to this blog next year!

7:23 AM  
Blogger Axi said...


Have a great year everybody!

8:46 AM  
Blogger giuseppe said...

where is the cd Throw_Me_The_Statue-Moonbeams?

2:59 PM  
Blogger The Bogus Man said...

Fantastic list ... thanks very much. Lists will always generate comment, so here is my two penny's worth:

1. The Rosebuds, Elbow, My Morning Jacket and Friendly Fires would have been much higher up my list

2. No Cajun Dance Party? No A Big Yes And A Small No? No Courteeners? Are you mad? LOL

3. Off With Their Heads by Kaiser Chiefs is a real grower ... a few months on, I think it is their best album

4. Why do I not understand what the "Fleet Foxes" fuss is about? The album, to these ears, is nothing special and it all strikes as a bit "Emperor's New Clothes"

5. Razorlight and The Killers proved beyond dount that ... they ain't much good!


10:20 PM  
Anonymous Carlito said...

Thanks for the huge work you do. Best wishes for 2009 to you, Ziggy, and to all the readers of this cool blog.

A faithful reader from Padova, Italy

1:07 AM  
Blogger Scala said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Portugal
PS: Nice List

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Here's to another great year of your blog in 2009.

1:31 AM  
Blogger _Jackie_ said...

Great list, I'm glad to see that someone included The Last Shadow Puppets album, even though I'd put it toward the top of the list.

And I'm also glad to see that you liked the second Los Campesinos! one, but what did you think of "Hold On Now Youngster?"

Hope you have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year too =-)

P.S. Great blog!

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Me said...

Keep it rockin' Ziggy! Happy Holidays to you too!

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love your blog so much ziggy! happy holidays and have a great new year

3:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great post! Have a great new year 2009!

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how can i download the entire list?

8:27 AM  
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3:50 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Hope you're enjoying your holiday break. Still loving the blog. Look forward to your return... (I linked you on my new project... hopefully that's okay.)

1:29 PM  
Blogger kitato said...

indiesurfer has to be in 2008 top (^_^)

1:23 PM  
Blogger caterpillar said...

wow great list. feels like I'have made it.

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey very cool list, been looking for some of the music i haven't heard - great to get surprised with new good stuff - keep up good work ladd

11:30 PM  

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