The Best Music of 2008 from the NW and Beyond…

Happy New Year to you. Hey, I know it’s still New Year’s Eve for most of you but I’ll be hydrating for most of today so this list will likely be my last entry for 2008. I want to thank everyone for their support this year especially the RDK, Freddy Pants, Miss E, Surly, LP, G, AFJ, JB, Wonder Woman, Apec, Dr. H, Irish, Amyl, the baddest motherfucker of all motherfuckers, Sleazegrinder, NaterBater, The Electric Kisses, The Radio Rockets, the guys and dolls of The Staxx Brothers, Cancer Rising, Michael K and all of you who keep coming back to get Cherrybombed. Anyway, everyone does one of these lists. Here’s mine, in no particular order.

Happy New Year!

Cherrybomb’s Favorite NW Singles of 2008:

The Whore MoansFingers and Martyrs

The Whore Moans don’t need no stinkin’ Champy to celebrate New Years.

Hello From Radio Wasteland only came out last month and it’s already one of my favorite records of 2008. Obviously.

Fleet Foxes Mykonos

Fleet Foxes, Mykonos. From the Sun Giant EP, 2008.

Fleet Foxes eponymous June, 2008 release was a smash. For me, every time I hear Mykonos from the Foxes Sun Giant EP, I get the chills. The Fleet Foxes are currently riding high down under in Australia for a series of mostly sold-out shows. Take that Nickelback…

Taco CatMuffin Top

Taco Cat. Photo by Kyle Johnson.

Shame Spiral is Taco Cat’s first record. Put out by the excellent label Don’t Stop Believin’ (home to The Pharmacy and the The Pleasureboaters) the record is really fun and super fuzzy, just like a real Taco Cat. The Garagey goodness of Taco Cat will be touring through March of 2009 including a stop in Austin for SXSW. Way to go Taco Cat.

The Dutchess and the Duke Mary

The Dutchess and the Duke, Mary. From She’s the Dutchess, He’s the Duke, 2008.

I said a few weeks ago that TD&TD Mary, was one of my favorite songs of 2008. Make sure you catch them at The Tractor on January 10th.

The Helio SequenceKeep Your Eyes Ahead

The Helio Sequence, Keep Your Eyes Ahead. From Keep Your Eyes Ahead, 2008.

This is the 4th record from Portland, OR, The Helio Sequence. Vocals for the record were recorded in closets and bedrooms, and it so fucking works.

Coconut Coolouts: Party Jail

Coconut Coolouts, (Please Don’t Break Me Out of) Party Jail. From Party Time Machine, 2008.

If you have never seen the Coolouts live, rest assured the band will be rockin’ the shit out of some juke-joint in Seattle really soon. Party Time Machine is a such a solid record it was hard to pick a favorite.

The Bug NastiesHelp Me

The Bug Nasties, Help Me. From Which Way You Gonna Go, 2008. Photo by Victoria Renard.

Brother James Burdyshaw is the second coming of James Brown. I’m sure of it. If you don’t believe me get to Slim’s on January 16th and tell me I’m wrong.

The Hands Nothing

The Hands. Photo by Lori Penney.

Nothing is followed closely by the 6:15 second fuck you to commercial radio, Heart’s Abandonded Will Rust. Followed closely by this whole fucking record. Take that Nickelback…

The Gutter Twins: Idle Hands

The Gutter Twins, Idle Hands. Live on the BBC.

I didn’t love Saturnalia but I loved this single. The Gutter Twin’s show at the Showbox earlier this year was also a highlight for me.

Bad and Nationwide Singles of 2008:

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: –Today’s Lesson

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Today’s Lesson. From Dig Lazarus, DIG!!!. Not the actual vid but it’s all about the song for this song.

Nick Cave’s DIGG!!! is desert island worthy and then some. Lesson is arguably one of the best songs on DIG!!!. The record itself is a must for fans, and the perfect introduction for any Cave nubies. In March, 2009, you can pick up four Cave re-issues with all kinds of sweet extras. Click here for more info.

Davila 666, El Lobo.

Davila 666, El Lobo.Viva La Puerto Rico…!

This IS my favorite record of 2008. Locally, you can get at Sonic Boom, Easy Street, your favorite Independent record store, or here.

Q-TipWon’t Trade

Q-Tip, Won’t Trade. From The Renaissance, 2008.

The Renaissance is Q-Tip’s first record in nine years. In classic Q style, Won’t Trade features sampled vintage vox from Chicago soul chantreuse, Ruby Andrews and her 1969 hit, You Made a Believer (out of me) on Won’t Trade. Word.

Silver JewsSuffering Jukebox

Silver Jews, Suffering Jukebox.

I think they sing this song in Rock ‘n’ Roll heaven.

Al Green Lay it Down

Lay it Down, Al Green. From Lay it Down, 2008.

Sweet baby Jesus this song sends me. Lay it Down is Al Green’s eighth studio record and it’s stellar from beginning to end. The word legend gets thrown around a lot in the world of music and it’s almost always misused. Except when it comes to The Reverend. Can I get an amen?

Lucinda WilliamsLong Way to the Top

Lucinda Williams, Long Way To the Top. From Little Honey, 2008.

When I blogged about this song a while back, I got an email from a very sexy reader who said that the post had pushed this record to the top of their list. And since my readers have very classy ears, you should definitely pick up a copy of Little Honey too.

The RootsGet Busy

The Roots, Get Busy.

The world would be a better place with if we had more Quest Love. The Roots 2008 record, Rising Down, is even more in your face than your actual face is.

Bjork featuring Antony of Antony and the JohnsonsDull Flames of Desire Remix.

Dull Flames of Desire Remix.

This remixed single by Bjork featuring Antony of Antony and the Johnsons is addictive. Antony and the Johnsons release, Another World is also well worth squeezing into your 2008 record budget. AATJ tour starts in Feburary with stops in Boston and Seattle on February 28th.

King Khan and the ShrinesNo Regrets

King Khan!

Georgia’s King Khan and the Shrines put out one of the best garage records this year, The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines. Every time I hear No Regrets, I piss off my neighbors. Which is okay ’cause I hate those guys anyway.


Firewater, Borneo. Live in the KEXP Studios.

If Firewater’s Borneo doesn’t make you move, then you sir or ma’am are dead.

Okay, that’s it for your’s truly for 2008. Be safe tonight so I’ll be sure to see you all in 2009

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One Response to The Best Music of 2008 from the NW and Beyond…

  1. Holy crap Batman! WTF happened to Lanegan? He’s looking like a spaced-out/drugged-out version of James Murphy!

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