Wednesday, July 09, 2008

2008 -The best so far?

Another, oh five months or so, and everyone'll be making their lists of the best of the year.

As 17 Seconds progresses, I have heard about seventy new albums this year alreadt, as well as masses of tracks, and face the task of trying to put it all in order for the end of the year. It does feel like it's been a good decade for music so far, in fact; BTW did the nineties ever go through a phase of being out or was it accepted that it had been pretty good overall? There have been one or two rubbish albums -I never want to hear the Black Mountain album again, frankly, but there has been some great stuff.

Anyway, this is a Top 10 tracks of the year so far for me:

1. Wedding Present - 'The Trouble With Men.' mp3
2. MGMT - 'Time To Pretend.' mp3
3. Santogold - 'My Superman.' mp3
4. Jamie Lidell -'Another Day.' mp3
5. Kills -'Cheap and Cheerful.' mp3
6. Dom DeLuca -'Birds Of Worry.' mp3
7. Hayman Watkins Trout and Lee -'Sly and the Family Stone.' mp3
8. Vampire Weekend -'The Kids Don't Stand A Chance.' mp3
9. Neon Neon -'I Lust U.' mp3
10.Rustie -'Mic Of The Year.' mp3

See what you make of it, comments welcome, but do not assume that it will be the same come December. Oh, and anyone who thinks that there is only ever white middle class indie boys with guitars on this blog is not paying attention!

Hope things are drier wherever you are than they are down here...


Anonymous said...

I first heard that Kills song wondering around in that shopping centre on the outskirts of Glasgow off the M8 (Glasgow Forte?).

I didn't know which group it was, but remembered some of the lyrics and googled away when I got back home.

I don't think the album holds up as well as one hopes after hearing that one song, but I can forgive them. They wrote THAT song didn't they?! A cracker!


Anonymous said...

i'm back, for the moment, virgin and their ultimate broadband be damned, top 2008 you say, well in my humble opinion you missed the new smoking popes album, even my wife likes them, apparently they sound like ben folds would if he had big cahone's and a distortion peddle, check it out people, the popes are back and better than ever

Anonymous said...

Nice to see a mention of the Hayman Watkins Trout and Lee song from an under-rated little gem of a record.

Would also toss;
British Sea Power
Half Man Half Biscuit
Los Campesinos
Lykke Li
and especially The Wave Pictures into the pot as well, though that does up the Indie boys with guitars quotient somewhat.


Ed said...

Gav - it's definitely my favourite off the album, think I still like the debut best, though. And I think that shopping centre off the M8 is alwmost certainly the Glasgow Fort.

A.J. - Am glad to see you back here. Haven't heard Smoking Popes album but will try and investigate...

Matt - do like the British Sea Power and Half Man Half Biscuit albums, will try and investigate the others...


JC said...

Sad to report that 2008 is finally the year that I've slowed down on new music...I think I've probably only bought about 10 or 11 CDs this year - and most of them have been by old faves such as Wedding Present, British Sea Power, Tindersticks and Billy Bragg.

I've spent too much time in 2008 looking back and being nostalgic....and frankly, I dont really have the energy to listen and try and absorb new stuff (and here's the bit I turn into my dad.........i dont hear much 'new' in the new stuff).

But shame on you young man for the lack of Frightened Rabbit in that list....

Ed said...

Afraid I haven't heard it yet, but I still hope to.

Good to see you back around these parts, and hope you'll join us for the 2nd anniversary celebrations next week!!


MikeB said...

The Charlatans and Chumbawamba CD's are my faves of the year so far. I'll check out some of the other stuff on the list though, I'm usually a little slow on the uptake for new releases these days.

Ed said...

Haven't heard the Chumbawamba CD, but do like the Charlatans one. THere are so many releases out there these days (and perhaps there always have been) it's a bit difficult to hear them all!