Sunday, December 14, 2008

cLAy TV's 40-21 most favorite albums of 08' + Surf City and The Muslims(The Soft Pack) Videos

SO, here we go with 40-21 of my favorite albums. You know, these lists are super arbitrary to the point that I thought I would just list them without order. Maybe just alphabetically. BUT, no, I made a numerical list. I had to. The best thing about these lists is the anticipation to see the top spot(s), "numero uno" if you will.. "Ooooo, I can't wait to see what number one is!!!" Yeah, that's why I did a list. Check these out and if you have not heard of or want to hear more click their name. It goes to their MySpace.

Ready...... GO:

40. Trash Talk: Plagues…Walking Disease (Hardcore shit. Just crank it and have fun with it, short songs that are loaded with energy. It grows hair on you chest)

39. Los Campesinos!: Hold on Now, Youngster… (You can’t go wrong with this one. It keeps you listening and puts a smile on your face.)

38. Foals: Antidotes (Yet another UK indie electro dance pop band that I am a sucker for. Scott got into this one too. It’s hard not to like.)

37. Marching Band: Spark Large (This is so catchy and poppy. It’s not on any list that I have seen but it kept me listening. I guess they are pretty popular in their home country, Sweden . BTW 3 bands from Sweden on the list)

36. Abe Vigoda: Skeleton (Locals. Again my list is full of them. L.A. had a good year for music, with all The Smell bands putting out strong albums. I like this one, it has some really good songs. I have seen them live and met them a bunch so that helps.)

35. Frightened Rabbit: The Midnight Organ Fight (As Scott and Kyle said, “I put this on when I'm too shy to listen to Counting Crows in front of company.”)

34. Cut Copy: In Ghost Colours (This album was really popular this year. It reminds me of The Rapture if they got a little gayer and were from Australia.) (At the Fonda 3/10 and 3/11)

33. The Death Set: World Wide (I love some of the albums on this. Fun Fun Fun. They are Aussies too. I have seen them a live a couple times and that got me really into them. They have punk souls and they are not afraid of getting a little ghetto fabulous too.)

32. Envy: Split (Three songs of Japanese hardcore emo goodness. This is the only Japanese band that I love that I have not seen live yet. Man, these dudes let it all hang out with monumental builds and gut wrenching screams.)

31. Surf City: Surf City EP (Kiwis! They are good and will be getting more popular in the coming months. This EP is super lo-fi catchiness. It says 07' in some places and 08' in others. I found it this year so I am putting it in 08'. This lo-fi catchy punk thing has really got popular this year. These guys do it so well.)

30. School of Seven Bells: Alpinisms (These two girls are cute twins. Their voices harmonize in the most haunting way. I just saw them live too and it was really good.)

29. The Muslims: The Muslims (Locals, now called The Soft Pack. Their surfy punk epitomize SoCal. Seen them a bunch of times too, really good live. ) (They have a bunch of shows in L.A. coming up, go see them.)

28. Jay Reatard: Singles 08’ (His last album from 07’ Blood Visions is one of favorite albums of the 2000s so far. Seen him live too and it’s gooood. These are just songs that he hadn’t released but there are some true jems.) (At Echoplex 1/23)

27. Gang Gang Dance: Saint Dymphna (I don’t know, but for some reason when I listen to this I feel “cooler”. We all know that may be near possible to do but it doesJ)

26. Love is All: A Hundred Things That Keep Me Up At Night (Lo-fi Sweden fun. I had their last one and liked it, this is even better. I got it just recently though for some reason and it has made the list easily)

25. Crystal Antlers: Crystal Antlers EP (Locals. Yep, we (TPF!) played with these guys this year and I have seen them multiple times. It’s good and go see them live too if you get a chance, Sexual Chocolate!!!!) (At The Smell 1/20 and then off to Europe for a long time)

24. Chad VanGaalen: Soft Airplane (Mellow, acoustic, clean guitar laced with electronics and his spacey voice ringing through all the songs. Really good.)

23. Air France: No Way Down (Their music has been described as "post-rave bliss", "beach foam pop", and "balearic disco". They are from Sweden, I like the spooky layers and love the genre names they have been described as.)

22. MGMT: Oracular Spectacular (This album was huge this year. I saw them live too and they sounded great. The singes on this are undeniable.)

21. Torche: Meanderthal (Metal albums didn’t hit many radars this year, but this one did for me. It really rocks and I saw them live too. This got many plays this year!!)

Surf City: "Records of a Flagpole Dancer"

The Muslims: "Parasites" Live