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:: Spotlight :: Best of 2008 - Music

By: Carmine Pascuzzi and the Mediasearch team

Here are our Best of 2008 in music.

MARK RASMUSSEN

Top 10 Australian albums:
1. Major Chord - Major Chord
2. C.W. Stoneking - Jungle Blues
3. Little Red - Listen to Little Red
4. The John Steel Singers - The Beagle and The Dove
5. Plastic Palace Alice - The Great Depression
6. Ash Grunwald - Fish Out of Water
7. Hot Little Hands - Dynamite in B&W
8. The Sand Pebbles - Ceduna
9. The Hampdens - The Last Party
10. Augie March - Watch Me Disappear

Top 10 international albums:
1. Band Of Horses - Cease To Begin
2. Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree.
3. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
4. Black Keys - Attack & Release
5. The Cassettes - 'Neath The Pale Moon
6. Ray LaMontagne - Gossip In The Grain
7. Juno Soundtrack - Various Artists
8. Radiohead – In Rainbows
9. Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
10. Emiliana Torrini - Me and Armani

Top 10 albums overall:
1. Band Of Horses - Cease To Begin: Just a great album from beginning to end, and one I got enormous satisfaction from.
2. Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree: Brilliant! A band that know to produce great music.
3. Major Chord - Major Chord: Hugely underrated, largely ignored, but bloody brilliant!
4. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago: A slow, creeper of an album, this acoustic gem was simply beautiful.
5. C.W. Stoneking - Jungle Blues: A concept album that has taken this humble musician around the world.
6. Black Keys - Attack & Release: Arguably this duo's best work to date.
7. The Cassettes - 'Neath The Pale Moon: Loved this premiere vaudeville-mystic country-steampunk band. This album had everything.
8. Ray LaMontagne - Gossip In The Grain: Increased the grooves and upbeat tone and produced yet another quality release.
9. Little Red - Listen to Little Red: Just good, fun, catchy tunes that it was impossible not to love.
10. The John Steel Singers - The Beagle and The Dove: Cool, low key kind of slow blues-rock music.

Top 10 Singles:
1: Scenic World - Beirut: The best song I have heard in years. Even now I still cannot stop myself turning the volume up on this remarkable song.
2. Eat Yourself - Goldfrapp
3. No One's Going To Love You - Band Of Horses
4. My People - The Presets
5. Paper Planes - M.I.A
6. Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes
7. Future Proofed - The Sand Pebbles
8. Things Ain't Like They Used To Be - Black Keys
9. Sex On Fire - Kings of Leon
10. Lady Faire - The Cassettes

Top 10 live shows
1. Rage Against The Machine - Big Day Out. I waited 15+ years for this but this was everything I had hoped for and more. Just need four words: insane, mad, wild, reckless.
2. Band of Horses - Splendour, Byron Bay
3. Goldfrapp - Palais Theatre
4. Sigur Ros - Splendour
5. Jens Lenkman - Golden Plains music festival
6. The Mess Hall - The Gaelic Club, Sydney.
7. Pnau - BDO. Flying the flag for Aussie dance.
8. Silverchair - BDO.
9. The Vines - Golden Plains music festival.
10. Arcade Fire - Forum.

JUSTIN DONNELLY

Best Australian Albums Of 2008
1. Sleep Parade - Things Can Always Change (Independent Release)
2. Airway Lanes - In Vino Veritas (Devil Dust Music/Stomp Records Distribution)
3. Birds Of Tokyo - Universes (Independent Release/M.G.M. Distribution)
4. Ruins - Cauldron (Neurotic Records/Stomp Records Distribution)
5. Synthetic Breed - Catatonic (Faultline Records/AmpHead Music Distribution)
6. Hotel Wrecking City Traders - Black Yolk (Bro Fidelity)
7. The Third Cycle - Pressing Sound (Independent Release)
8. Bellusira - Empty Shells And Sleepless Nights (Independent Release)
9. Innocent Cabbage - What Are You Doing? (Pith Records)
10. Truth Corroded - Upon The Warlords Crawl (Truth Inc. Records/M.G.M Distribution)

Top 10 Releases For 2008

1. Porcupine Tree - Nil Recurring (Peaceville Records/Stomp Records Distribution)
2. Tesla - Forever More (Tesla Electric Company Recordings/Ryko Distribution)
3. Opeth - Watershed (Roadrunner Records/Warner Music Australia)
4. Testament - The Formation Of Damnation (Nuclear Blast Records/Riot! Entertainment)
5. Anberlin - New Surrender (Universal Republic Records/Universal Music Australia)
6. From First To Last - From First To Last (Suretone Records/Interscope Records/Universal Music Australia)
7. Extreme - Saudades De Rock (Open E Records/Stomp Records Distribution)
8. Nachtmystium - Assassins: Black Meddle - Part 1 (Century Media Records/Stomp Records Distribution)
9. Terror - The Damned, The Shamed (Century Media Records/Stomp Records Distribution)
10. Krisiun - Southern Storm (Century Media Records/Stomp Records Distribution)

Best Concert Of 2008
Porcupine Tree/Sleep Parade - Palace Theatre - April

CARMINE PASCUZZI

Best Worldwide Albums
1. Duffy - Rockferry
2. Kirsten Price - Guts & Garbage
3. Santogold - Santogold
4. Ladyhawke - Ladyhawke
5. Coldplay - Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
6. Supreme Beings Of Leisure - 11i
7. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
8. Adele - 19
9. Amanda Palmer - Who Killed Amanda Palmer
10. Guns ‘n’ Roses - Chinese Democracy

Best Australian Albums
1. The Audreys - When The Flood Comes
2. Gabriella Cilmi - Lessons To Be Learned
3. Gyroscope - Breed Obsession
4. The New Black - A Young Man's Death
5. The Living End - White Noise
6. Plastic Palace Alice - The Great Depression
7. Little Red - Listen To Little Red
8. Sneaky Sound System - 2
9. The Presets - Apocalypso
10. Cassette Kids - We Are Cassette Kids (mini-album)

Best Singles
1. Coldplay - Viva La Vida
2. Santogold - L.E.S.Artistes
3. September - Cry For You
4. Duffy - Mercy
5. Adele - Hometown Glory
6. Gabriella Cilmi - Sweet About Me
7. The Living End - White Noise
8. Lady Ga-Ga - Just Dance
9. Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
10. Katy Perry - Hot N Cold

Best Concerts
1. Dandy Warhols - Palace Theatre, Melbourne - November
2. Arcade Fire - Forum Theatre, Melbourne - January
3. Andrea Bocelli - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne - August
4. New York Pony Club - Forum Theatre, Melbourne - January
5. Carl Riseley - Bennetts Lane, Melbourne - May
6. Nightwish - Palace Theatre, Melbourne - January
7. Plastic Palace Alice - East Brunswick Club - May
8. Little Red - Corner Hotel, Richmond - April
9. Baby Animals - Prince Bandroom, St.Kilda - January
10. Candice Monique & the Optics - Miss Libertine, Melbourne - May

NICK JANKULOVSKI

Top 5 Worldwide Albums
(in no particular order):

Metallica - Death Magnetic
Black Tide - Light From Above
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
The Presets - Apocalypso
Kings of Leon - Only By The Night

Best Live Show
Iron Maiden: Somewhere Back in Time Tour - Melbourne

DAVE GRIFFITHS

Top 5 Australian Albums
Kill Teen Agnst – Kill Teen Agnst EP
Schvendes – Sweet Talk Your Enemies
Shane Nicholson – Five Ghosts
All India Radio – Fall
Shane Nicholson & Kasey Chambers – Rattlin’ Bones

Best Worldwide Albums
Liam Finn – I Am Lightening
Kanye West – 80s & Heartache
Hercules & Love Affair – Hercules & Love Affair
The Streets – Everything Is Borrowed
The Kills – Midnight Bloom