Looking back at 2008


11 Ene 2009, 18:12

I’ve had quite a busy year behind me and this journal almost didn’t make it. Anyway due to that situation, I didn’t get the time I like to listen to and discover music. Nevertheless my year was pretty good, so I’m not complaining. However this does influence my review of 2008, so partially I’ll deal with the albums I really liked that got released this year and the ones that weren't released in this year. The second part will concern tracks I listened to frequently throughout the year, but aren’t from any of the aforementioned albums as it may be quite obvious that I liked those. The third list consists of albums that either reached me too late or which I didn’t get my hands on yet. In short, I just hadn't spend enough time with them and want to give them a chance. Finally there’s also a short paragraph on my biggest surprise of this year. And by the way all lists are in alphabetical order.

Top albums of 2008 (released in 2008)

Autoclav1.1Love No Longer Lives Here
genCABII transMuter
M83Saturdays = Youth
Nurzery [Rhymes]Thorns

Top albums of 2008 (not released in 2008)

Autoclav1.1 – You Are My All And More
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
Psyclon Nine –Crwn Thy Frnicatr
The Streets – Original Pirate Material
Third Realm – Under the Black Light

Songs of 2008 (which do not derive from any of the aforementioned albums)

Aerogramme - Nightmares
Alexisonfire – Rough Hands
Asphyxia – Obliterate My Fate
Autoclav1.1 – Dead Sea Tears
Eminem – Role Model
Faderhead – The Protagonist
Fischerspooner – Never Win (Benny Benassi Remix)
Gay For Johnny Depp – Fucking Isn't Cheating
Johnny Cash – Cocaine Blues
Joy Division – Transmission
Nurzery [Rhymes] – alpha/omega
Team Sleep – Blvd Nights
The Chemical Brothers – Midnight Madness
The Panic Lift – Everything I Have
Thom Yorke – And It Rained All Night (Burial Remix) link
Velvet Acid Christ – Ghost In The Circuit
Velvet Acid Christ – Pretty Toy

Albums I need more time with:

Displacer – The Witching Hour
Jacaszek - Treny
Sun Kil Moon – April
Various Artists – Emerging Organisms
:wumpscut: – Schadling
[distatix] – Medication

Surprise of 2008

Biggest surprise were the releases coming from a label called Tympanik Audio.
I remember reading a message from Tony Young (Autoclav1.1) once, in which he announced switching labels. I didn’t care much as I was without a favourite label for years. No offence to any label, but I’m solely interested in hearing my favourite artists’ work. I know I’m being narrow-minded here, but I honestly do not mean to offend. However Tympanik Audio currently fits exactly my primary music taste: daring electronic music which can either act as ambient soundscape or intelligent background music. Therefore becoming my favourite label. I hope this year will be another great year for Tympanik Audio as I plan on following and checking out more of its artists. The albums I heard in 2008 are the following:

Autoclav1.1 – Love No Longer Lives Here
Esa – The Sea and The Silence
Subheim – Approach
Tapage – The Institute Of Random Events
Zentriert Ins Antlitz – …No

I’d like to finish up by thanking all the musician and bands who enriched 2008 for me, whether it was a new album, a concert or a rediscovered record. Further would I like to thank anyone who has read this journal. This entry will soon be followed with the typical side notes I like to place next to the lists I revealed. In it I will mention other interesting acts to check out. (never came to the point, been too busy)

Till then, I wish you a good, successful year. May you attain or approach the goals you work towards.


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