MY Favorite RELEASES of 2008 (the key part being releases and not albums since i got into older stuff)
10. Good Old War- Only Way to Be Alone- number one and the summer tour got me into this band. Worth checking out if you like folksy stuff.
9. Various- Leaving California (Mix CD made by my newspaper advisor)- he put one of my favorite songs from The O.C. how could I NOT like it. Pretty much a mix of indie artists whos names I've only heard of.
8. Ace Enders-The Secret Wars- Pretty damn good release from one of my favorite singers in the genre. I'm also including the cover of "Bittersweet Symphony."
7. Death Cab for Cutie- Narrow Stairs- would have never thought I'd get into Death Cab. But I love the full band.
6. Citizens for Our Betterment Mixtape- Got me excited for a surprise album that ended up being one of their bests.-
5. Cinematic Sunrise- A Coloring Storybook and Long Playing Record- Although the songs were overproduced from the demos this is still a good EP. It was a little pricey but it was worth it.
4. Fall Out Boy-Folie a Deux- I lost hope on this band after IOH came out but the hype that built up for this lived up. This is gonna be the album that is gonna get people to like FOB (even if you don't like them). Yes this album has some songs that will catch you by surprise.
3. Kanye West- 808s and Heartbreaks- This isn't typical Kanye and this album doesn't have his best material. BUT it's what an album should be . He sticks to one theme on the entire albumn, given by the title (808 is a drum machine), and he just kills it. I know Kanye won't continue with this so people need to stop bitching about how "it sucks."
2. New Found Glory/International Superheroes of Hardcore- Tip of the Iceberg/Takin' It Ova/HPxHC- How could this not be up this high? They did not at all let me down with this release. It was a little short but the half hour listening to these 3 releases is as good as it gets. ISHC is just pure genius, their lyrics are so odd but it fits the music.
1. person L- Initial- Kenneth Vasoli has yet to let me down. This man is highly underrated and I hope this band makes it. He deserves it. This album has so many different type of songs but they all work together. Excited for whats in store in 09.
Favorite Books: My Life on the Run Rock On Downtown Owl