Tuesday, December 30, 2008

best in show

It's that time again:

1. Best albums of 2008 (albums which actually came out this year):
2. Favourite albums of the year (albums which I listened to loads this year though they actually came out last year, the year before, 10, 20 or 30 years ago...):
  • NICOLE WILLIS & THE SOUL INVESTIGATORS: Keep Reachin' Up - thanks to Cocktails for this tip
  • EMMA POLLOCK: Watch the Fireworks
  • E.S.T.: Seven Days of Falling
  • SCOTT MATTHEWS: Passing Stranger
  • MARVIN GAYE & TAMMI TERRELL: Greatest Hits - Motown didn't get any better than this for me
  • FIELD MUSIC: Tones of Town
  • VARIOUS ARTISTS: Creme de la Creme: Philly Soul Classics and Rarities (again)
3. Favourite tracks of the year:
4. Gigs of the Year:
Other people have got views on all this too:
...and from my esteemed fellow members of the blogging community:

See you in 2009...


Cocktails said...

Happy New Year Mr Hooley.

I like your choices here. They are strangely similar to some of mine which could mean that great minds think alike or not very much of note has been released this year!

I haven't bothered to listen to any new Stereolab records since Cobra Phases. Is Chemical Chords much different?

And we might be alone in being disappointed by the rest of Ladyhawke's offerings. The CD is in the Rough Trade top 10 albums of the past year.

Hoops Hooley said...

Hello Cocktails. New Year greetings to you too. And while we're at it, thanks for your interest in my blog. Nice to know someone out there is actually reading! I've tried in vain to drum up interest among my friends...

Re Stereolab. I'm not familiar with Cobra Phases. I think that's quite an early album, no? They're much more interesting these days, a lot more melodic, I think. As I say though, if you've heard any of their last, say, five albums, you pretty much know what you're going to get. Critics are often quite dismissive of them for this reason but as far as I'm concerned if it ain't broke... You could try sussing out the stuff on their myspace page. Most of these tracks are from Chemical Chords.

Towers said...

Nice choices Mr Hooley and Happy New Year.

Possibly a bit harsh on the Ting Tings though :)

Hoops Hooley said...

Thanks. Glad you approve.

Yeah, might be a bit harsh on the Ting Tings. The only other track of theirs I've actually heard is "Shut Up and Let Me Go" which I don't like much. We'll see what they come up with in 2009...