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Mudcub's Favorite CDs of 2009

In this month's "Under The Radar" music magazine, musician Pop Levi was asked for his 2008 top ten list. He only listed two CDs: R. Kelly's "12 Play: Fourth Quarter" which will probably never be officially released, and Sun Ra & The Omniverse Jet Set Arkestra's "The Complete Detroit Jazz Centre Residency", which is an 11 CD box set of 26 hour's worth of 11 concerts. This is the ultimate of music-geek wankdom: an R&B CD that you will never get to hear, and over a full day of difficult-listening free-jazz music. I can not surpass that... I will never be as cool as Mr. Levi, so, with that said, here are my favorite CDs of 2008 (and some least-favorites):

  1. Biffy Clyro "Puzzle"
  2. Hercules And Love Affair "Hercules And Love Affair"
  3. Bob Mould "District Line"
  4. Death Cab For Cutie "Narrow Stairs"
  5. The Raconteurs "Consolers Of The Lonely"
  6. Firewater "The Golden Hour"
  7. Fleet Foxes "Fleet Foxes"
  8. The Futureheads "News And Tributes"
  9. TV On The Radio "Dear Science"
  10. Kings of Leon "Only By The Night"
  11. Bloc Party "Intimacy"
  12. The Dears "Missile"
  13. Portishead "Third"
  14. Joe Jackson "Rain"
  15. Kaiser Chiefs "Off With Their Heads"

Sigur Rós "Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust"

Robyn Hitchcock "Shadow Cat"

The Whigs "Mission Control"

Foals "Antidote"

The Kooks "Konk"

Apollo Sunshine "Shall Noise Upon"

Gnarls Barkley "The Odd Couple"

Xiu Xiu "Women As Lovers"

Radiohead "In Rainbows"

R.E.M. "Accelerate"

Idina Menzel "I Stand"

Calexico "Carried To Dust"

BoDeans "Still"

Of Montreal "Skeletal Lamping"

Le Savvy Fav "Let's Stay Friends"

Flogging Molly "Float"

The Faint "Fasciinatiion"

Cloud Cult "Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornados)"

The Proclaimers "Life With You"

Colin Meloy "Colin Meloy SIngs Live!"

Mark Weigle "Mark Weigle"

Billy Bragg "Mr. Love & Justice"

Flobots "Fight With Tools"

Tokyo Police Club "Elephant Shell"

Flight Of The Conchords "Flight Of The Conchords"

Jackson Browne "Time The Conquerer"

Beck "Modern Guilt"

The Fratellis "Here We Stand"

Ben Folds "Way To Normal"

The National "Boxer"

Drive-By Truckers "Brighter Than Creation's Dark"


Best Techno CDs of 2008


  1. Chemical Brothers "Brotherhood" (2 CD edition with "Electronic Battle Weapons")
  2. Junkie XL "Booming Back At You"
  3. Girl Talk "Feed The Animals"
  4. M83 "Saturdays = Youth"
  5. Hot Chip "Made In The Dark"


Best CD Reissues of 2008


  1. Robyn Hitchcock "I Wanna Go Backwards"
  2. Whiskeytown "Stranger's Almanac" (Collector's Edition)
  3. The Replacements "Hootenanny" (and all others)
  4. The Apples In Stereo "Electronic Projects For Musicians"
  5. Lindsey Buckingham "Live At The Bass Performance Hall"

The Lemonheads "It's A Shame About Ray" (Collector's Edition)

The Bravery "The Sun And The Moon Complete"

Carl Craig "Sessions"

The Vines "The Best Of The Vines"

Sixteen Horsepower "Live March 2001"


Worst CDs of 2008


  1. Moby "Last Night"
  2. Filter "Anthems For The Damned"
  3. Miss Kitten "BatBox"
  4. Does It Offend You, Yeah? "You Have No Idea What You Are Getting Yourself Into"
  5. Lindsey Bickingham "Gift Of Screws"


Best CD Cover of 2008


1. Xiu Xiu "Women As Lovers"

2. Bob Mould "District Line"

3. Flight Of The Conchords "Flight Of The Conchords"

4. R.E.M. "Accelerate"

5. Of Montreal "Skeletal Lamping"

Worst CD Cover of 2008


1. Destroyer "Trouble In Dreams"

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