LivingEars Best of 2008: Albums

If you follow the site and the podcasts much of this list may not come as a surprise, I’ve been talking about these bands since we launched and have featured songs from most of these albums in a podcast (or two!). You’d be doing yourself a favor by purchasing any of these albums, Titus and No Age for that young punk in all of us, Okkervil River for those times we need to feel inspired, Sebastien Tellier for when we need to set the mood and The Hold Steady for the aging (slightly!) punk in all of us.

In addition to the albums featured below, Los Campesinos! put out two albums this year, one was okay (We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed) and one was top notch (Hold On Now, Youngster…). The latter would have made this years list but it leaked late in ’07 and ended up on last years list. Be Your Own Pet made an excellent album (and sadly it ended up being their last). We Are Scientists had a pretty cohesive and strong release with Brain Thrust Mastery. Fucked Up and Frightened Rabbit also put out some really great music this year. But in the end the 10 albums below just got more play and were stronger as a whole. I hope you find something you like.

Nowadays, sadly, the more interesting year end lists are the song lists. I will feature my favorite songs of ’08 in an upcoming podcast and, because of that, the albums list is not going to highlight an album’s best song but rather what I would consider to be the next best song. Hooray for judging art!

1. Titus Andronicus – The Airing of Grievances

  • Song:
          Albert Camus

2. The Hold Steady – Stay Positive

  • Song:
          Slapped Actress

3. Okkervil River – The Stand-Ins

  • Song:
          Blue Tulip

4. The Dodos – Visiter

  • Song:

5. No Age – Nouns

  • Song:
          Sleeper Hold

6. Deerhunter – Microcastle/Weird Era Cont’d.

  • Song:

7. The Walkmen – You & Me

  • Song:
          Dónde Está La Playa

8. White Denim – Workout Holiday/Exposion

  • Song:
          Heart From All of Us

9. Sébastien Tellier – Sexuality

  • Song:

10. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

  • Song:
          White Winter Hymnal

What is your favorite album from 2008? Drop us a comment…