The year in music for me started out on a good note from the post about the music I listened to in 2007 , experienced some bumps in the middle of the year, and died at the end. Mostly this was because my music consumption was drastically reduced throughout 2008 by my lack of a working (read: paid for) internet connection and music download capability. I was still able to get some random stuff here and there and did end up buying 2 cds like I have every year since I was 15. Obviously I am still not able to come to terms with the possibility of paying for music, I mean I have a 10+ album to-download list as it is and I’m not paying $15 per albm, or $150-$200, for music that I don’t even know if I like. Sue me RIAA, oh that’s right you’ve finally been exposed and given up on your illegal blackmailing mob style litigation strategy. But it’s OK, im back, ready to download, considering actually paying for the internet since no one in my building will open up their wifi. Hopefully some ideas from anyone who comments their lists below will inspire me. Cheers to a prosperous music listening year in 2009. Anyway, here is what I listened to in 2008:
This album was the perfect way to start off the year. It was one of those breathes of fresh air you need every once in awhile. It was getting some Best Album of the Year for 2007 nods in various places but I hadn’t heard a single track before I listened to it over and over after Spencer recommended it in this post last year. Song I became obsessed with: World Town.
I’d been hankerin for some good ole “computers fucking in a lightening storm” music, or whatever Eric called it, after of the void that Daft Punk left in my ears when they stopped making music very frequently. It’s an awesome, short, techno interpretation of the Bible that starts with “Genesis”. Although, it gets a lot more funky and dance floor friendly than any bible I have ever read… (not including Dianetics, because that thing can get down).
Cage Hell’s Winter
Nothing has gotten me as excited about music* hip-hop as Cage. I can’t put my finger on what exactly it is about the album, but I listened to if for about a month straight once I finally got over that El-P album from the year before (which I wasn’t able to do until I saw him live… it brought closure). Maybe it’s the delivery, maybe its the production, or maybe it’s just that the guy is such an interesting person and his album is so disturbingly personal. It was right around this time that I came to that harsh realization that I will never again be able to listen to Kube93/Tpayne/Flowrida/Timbaland/almost any Rap/Cage’s first album(it’s awful). Looking forward to seeing what he puts out next. Not looking forward to the movie about Cage’s life that Shia LaBeouf is rumored to be trying to put together and star in (he’s a huge fan too!).
* see MIA
Atmosphere When Life Gives You Lemons Paint That Shit Gold
Pefect album – it’s almost as smooth as the man who crafted it himself. When I’m listening to the album it’s like we’re the only people in the room and I’m lost in his big brown eyes… does that make sense? Well whatever, you’re just jealous of what we have.
Common Market Tobacco Road
Writing this reminds me that I need to go back and listen to their first album to see which one I like better, and that’s a good sign, because I loved that first album. I listened to this album and the shorter EP they put out both quite a bit. I don’t know why I haven’t seen them live yet. I’m going to go search for when they are back in town next.
The Streets Everying is Borrowed
Enjoyable enough, much more laid back than previous albums… already wrote about it. I’m liking what I’m hearing about the next album, but it probably won’t be out until 2010.
Aphex Twin Richard D. James Album
Did a little bit of exploring Aphex Twin this year. He has a lot of really interesting work put out in the 90’s and into the 00’s. The problem is, besides a few more-radio-friendly singles and possibly the best music video ever made, much of it isn’t too easy to listen too. Not that it isn’t good, it’s just hard to figure out where to start. For example the first few tracks off his album Druqks are titled: Jynweythek Ylow, Vordhosbn , Kladfvgbung Micshk, Omgyjya-Switch7 and it goes on from there. Apparently it’s Cornish or something and the first song translates to “electronic machine music”. Beat that song title… I’ll save you some time, you can’t. This album is more listener friendly however than the other stuff I’ve found. Listen to “Boy/Girl Song”.
Preview 2009: I don’t know anything coming out at this point, but I did just download Mitch Hedberg’s last 3 albums… so I am looking forward to listening to those on the ride over to Corey’s Cabin.