Hot Chip Has Already Released The Best Album Of 2008, So The Rest Of You Can Just Give Up

Mar 28th, 2008 // 24 Comments

medium_Hot%20Chip.jpgHave 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]

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  1. Jerkwheat

    ha! I remember when he wrote for the campus newspaper!

    Central Michigan grads can make it in the blog world!

  2. Rob Murphy

    I wonder what he thinks about Pretty. Odd. And I believe no one has commented here about that record since it was “released”.

    Me, I’m digging the Rubber Soul-Revolver-Sgt. Pepper-influenced sound.

  3. Al Shipley

    Sure, it’s a pretty clear sign of compulsive listmaking gone mad, but I find it pretty helpful to make best-of-the-year-so-far lists about once a month from March onward, if for no other reason than it keeps me listening to those albums and reevaluating them throughout the year, instead of ignoring them for 9 months and then putting them on a year-end ballot based on a vague memory of it being good.

  4. natepatrin

    The Drive-By who now?

  5. SuperUnison

    @Al Shipley: I did that at about the 6-month mark last year. It definitely helps.

  6. Tauwan

    @Al Shipley:

    I finally got around to listening to Pretty.Odd. in its entirety yesterday on the commute home from work, and let me tell you, it is good, particularly the bottom half. And I was pleasantly surprised by the lennon-mcartney thing they had going towards the end where the guitarist/lyricist stepped up to the mic to take the lead/sing along/harmonize with Mr. Urie. Good release indeed.

  7. Tauwan

    @Rob Murphy:

    finally got around to listening to Pretty.Odd. in its entirety yesterday on the commute home from work, and let me tell you, it is good, particularly the bottom half. And I was pleasantly surprised by the lennon-mcartney thing they had going towards the end where the guitarist/lyricist stepped up to the mic to take the lead/sing along/harmonize with Mr. Urie. Good release indeed.

  8. Maura Johnston

    pretty. odd. is quite good. it’s not spilt milk ii, but that’s sort of a too-high bar that i erected there.

  9. comehomenow

    Not that impressed with the Raconteurs….where’s Liam Finn??

  10. Tauwan

    Sorry for the double posting.

    P.S. This Consolers of the Lonely album? Sorry Mr. White. Can’t do it. And this is coming from someone who is in the “White Stripes have done no wrong and just keep coming with the banging LPs from White Blood Cells onward” camp. [Not to mention that stellar Loretta Lynn disc he put his stamp on]. Unlike disc one, Broken Boy Soldiers, this album feels weak and unispired, [and I hate to say it, but kind of boring] and those are two words you should never apply to a Jack White production IMHO.

  11. soundbitesnyc

    At this current moment, my vote is leaning towards Mystery Jets’ Twenty One which the 2006 Me can’t believe I’m writing. But the hooks are undeniable.

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    Hi Maura / Idolator,

    On behalf of XL Recordings and Warner Bros Records, many thanks for plugging “Consolers Of The Lonely” … .. thanks also, on behalf of the labels and The Raconteurs, for not posting any pirate links although, if your readers would like a good quality, non-pirated, preview clip, a widget of the promo video for “Salute Your Solution” is available for fans and bloggers to embed at [www.theraconteurs.com]

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  13. Lucas Jensen

    @WEBSHERIFF: Wait. What? Is this for real? Is Web Sheriff a person or some sort of artificial intelligence? I’m getting a HAL 2000 vibe off it.

  14. revmatty

    @Al Shipley: I keep Smart Playlists for each year so that in October I can remind myself about that cool album that I listened to for all of February and then forgot about

  15. qyntellspitbull

    Web Sheriff, open the pod bay doors!

  16. byproxy

    The Grand Rapids Press? Really??

  17. Maura Johnston

    @byproxy: The power of being first, dude.

  18. Nunya B

    But the only good song on that album is “Ready for the Floor”!

  19. Tauwan

    @kisskisskiss:

    Wow. You did not just type that.

  20. Nunya B

    @Tauwan: My tolerance for Hot Chip is very very very low. I know, it makes me a freak and a half. I just picture the various members of the band sneering at me- there’s something very disingenuous about their music (TO ME, TO ME, TO ME should be all over this post because I don’t want to say that it’s not enjoyable to other people). Soulless electro masquerading as tender pop for everyone.

  21. Ke

    @Lucas Jensen: I just burst out laughing when I read that. I have noticed the posts throughout the web, so I wonder if it is just one person going around all media-related links and posting either for one to remove a link or thanking someone. Someone is either very bored or has a very convenient job.

  22. Murk

    SFJ has been doing this for years: his best of ’08 list has been up since 29 Dec. ’07: [www.sashafrerejones.com]

  23. Anonymous

    a NEW band on myspace that kinda sounds similar to me to Hot Chip is The Long Division. They also have a Postal Service/Royksopp vibe to them as well..

    [www.myspace.com]

  24. haha this post reminds me of electro tracks from relentless

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