Have you recently found yourself pining for year-end lists, those neat little summaries of the year’s best music that provide fodder for argument and giggling as the calendar counts down to Dec. 31? Well, then, you’ll want to plant a big, wet one on The Grand Rapids Press‘ Troy Reimink, whose best albums of 2008 (so far) list , topped by Hot Chip’s Made In The Dark, went live on his paper’s Web site at 7:09 p.m. yesterday. Arguments ahoy! And if you’re like me, they’ll be tinged with at least a bit of despondency over whether bands featured on blogs really did produce the only good music of this year, or if we’re really at a point in pop music where everything’s just too fragmented to have any semblance of “coherency” or “a center.” Full list after the jump, but here are some preliminary findings.
THE GOOD: Nick Cave’s Dig Lazarus Dig is at No. 3; if you really wanna be nitpicky about things the album’s release date in the States actually falls in the second quarter (it comes out April 8), but keep in mind that the awesomeness of Nick Cave doesn’t really kowtow to such silly things as “the space-time continuum.”
THE BAD: The Raconteurs’ Consolers Of The Lonely had been available to the public for not even a week when the MLive.com web technicians hit publish, yet the power of Jack White resulted in it already ascending to No. 12 on Reimink’s list! Imagine if it had been available two weeks before his deadline?
THE WHAAA? Troy, what if some record that’s even better than the Hot Chip album leaks before midnight on Monday? What do you do then? Do you rework the list? Do you demand that it be taken down?
1. Hot Chip, Made In The Dark
2. The Helio Sequence, Keep Your Eyes Ahead
3. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Dig Lazarus Dig
4. Destroyer, Trouble In Dreams
5. Why?, Alopecia
6. British Sea Power, Do You Like Rock Music?
7. Gnarls Barkley, The Odd Couple
8. Vampire Weekend
9. The Magnetic Fields, Distortion
10. Evangelicals, The Evening Descends
11. The Mountain Goats, Heretic Pride
12. The Raconteurs, Consolers Of The Lonely
13. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Real Emotional Trash
14. MGMT, Oracular Spectacular
15. She & Him, Volume One
The best of music 2008: First quarter [MLive.com]