David's Best of 2008

David Obenour
Co-publisher and Managing Editor

1 Robert Pollard – is Off to Business & Superman Was a Rocker / Boston Spaceships – Brown Submarine / Circus Devils – Ataxia / Psycho and the Birds – We’ve Moved (Happy Jack Rock, Guided By Voices)
I know as an editor I’m supposed to hide my fanboy-esque tendencies, but why front?  This has been the year of Pollard and I’ve been gassed for all 365 days.
2 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig Lazarus Dig (Anti-)
I was beginning to lose the plot after the kind of namby pamby wanderings of Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus, but then we had Grinderman and all seems crazier and spastic once again.
3 Neil Hamburger – Sings Country Winners (Drag City)
The only thing I love more then listening to this album is singing with it.  I haven’t had this much fun impersonating a ridiculous voice since the last Morrissey record.
4 This Moment in Black HistoryRaw Black Power  (Insect Records)
The cream of the crop to come from the musical odes to our president elect, this 7” also includes a cover of Gaunt’s “Jim Motherfucker.”  What more can you possibly want?
5 The Ergs – Hindsight is 20/20 My Friend (Dirtnap)
I know this just a collection album, but I thought I had to include something from these guys this year.  The best thing to never come from Gillman Street, it’s practically a crime these guys called it quits.
6 Silver Jews – Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea (Drag City)
A lot of people aren’t too keen on Berman’s new found affinity with “song structure” and “melody.”  A lot of people are indie twits.
7 Vast Aire – Deuces Wild (One Records)
I’m late to the band wagon on this guy (in fact, the parade might have even already come to an end for most), but this is a dope, dope old school album.
8 Kelley Polar – I Need You To Hold On While The Sky Is Falling (Environ)
Kind of like if Isaac Asimov were way more into cheesey disco then writing books. Genius either way.
9 Lemuria – Get Better (Asian Man)
All the tags I could think of (Weezer, Lemonheads, etc) make this kind of feel like a guilty pleasure… if it weren’t for the fact that it was done so damn well.
10 Atmosphere – When Live Gives You Lemons… (Rhymesayers)
You gotta respect Atmosphere and thank god they didn’t do anything whack like a duet with the dude from the Mountain Goats.
11 Dead Child – Attack (Quarter Stick)
Makes you wanna pop open one of those new wide mouth beers with the ventilation nipples for maximum intake.  Hell yea!
12 The Breeders – Mountain Battles (4AD)
I wasn’t really expecting this one.  I mean, the Deal sisters are solid no doubt, but the stripped down version worked even better.
13 British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music? (Rough Trade)
I do.  Thanks for asking.
14 Cordero – De Donde Eres (Bloodshot)
Calexico hasn’t been doing it for me as much since I started listening to these guys.  The whole album’s sung in Spanish too, so if you aren’t lingual enough you can make up different meanings every time!
15 The Sea & Cake – Car Alarm (Thrill Jockey)
The only reason this album is this low, is – if we’re being completely honest with ourselves – it feels more like a part two to last year’s Everybody then a new album.  Still, kinda feel like I’m looking a gift horse in the mouth.