Nov 02, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan’s first album-length collaboration, 2006’s Ballad of the Broken Seas, seemed almost too good to be true—a chance long-distance pairing of the ex-Belle & Sebastian siren and the grizzled Screaming Trees/Queens of the Stone age rocker, with a sound deeply reflective of Campbell’s old Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra records. More

Nov 02, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

The Postmarks love paper-thin John Barry arrangements and this stop-gap covers album continues that trend. As the album’s title hints, Numbers’ track titles successively ascend. More

+/- {Plus/Minus}

Xs on Your Eyes

Absolutely Kosher

Nov 02, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Originally conceived as a solo vehicle for the songs of Versus guitarist James Baluyut, +/- has gradually evolved into a more cohesive band unit with each succeeding effort. More

Nov 02, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Despite the bad name and the horrendous album title, this Denver 11-piece’s debut is an exuberant slice of experimental indie-pop. More

Nov 02, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

In 2007, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello reinvented himself as a Woody Guthrie-esque acoustic guitar strumming protest singer and rechristened this new self The Nightwatchman. More

Nov 02, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Megapuss is one bizarre decision after another. This shouldn’t surprise people who have followed Devendra Banhart’s career. More

Magnetic Morning

A.M.

Friend or Faux

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Magnetic Morning is a songwriting collaboration between Adam Franklin of Swervedriver and Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino, borne of mutual admiration of each other’s work. More

Longwave

Secrets Are Sinister

Original Signal

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Count Longwave as yet another “New York Band” from early in the decade that failed to live up to the hype (or potential). More

Little Joy

Little Joy

Rough Trade

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Rodrigo Amarante, Fabrizio Moretti, and Binki Shapiro’s self-titled debut as Little Joy is a short, sweet cup of garage-pop flavored with hints of sunny ’60s California folk, calypso, Brazilian Tropicalia, and even Carolina beach music. More