2008: The Honorable Mentions (or Another 40 Albums Worth Checking Out)

A Listmania! list by J. Klein (SF, CA)
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The list author says: "For the most part, I've focused on unrecognized or underappreciated albums for this list. Bon Iver, Portishead, and Sigur Ros were therefore excluded."
The Acrobats
1.  The Acrobats by Helvetia
The list author says:
  "These moody Built to Spill acolytes can tell you how Randy described eternity, but do it a little more rhythmically."
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Long Gone and Nearly There
2.  Long Gone and Nearly There by Julie Ocean
The list author says:
  "Ex-Velocity Girl members make the best album of the year."
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Carried to Dust
3.  Carried to Dust by Calexico
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Lookout Mountain Lookout Sea
4.  Lookout Mountain Lookout Sea by Silver Jews
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XOXO, Panda And The New Kid Revival
5.  XOXO, Panda And The New Kid Revival by Her Space Holiday
The list author says:
  "Reminds me at times of Beulah, because if the singer's voice and the music's peppy feel."
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Worried Well
6.  Worried Well by 31 Knots
The list author says:
  "Rhythmically complex post-hardcore proggers add a solid dose of melody."
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Army Navy
7.  Army Navy by Army Navy
The list author says:
  "Points off for being a partial compilation of their two prior EPs and new tracks.  Otherwise, this is one of the better power/indie pop albums of the year."
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The New Year
8.  The New Year by The New Year
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Moonbeams
9.  Moonbeams by Throw Me the Statue
The list author says:
  "Melodic lo-fi is alive and well."
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Oracular Spectacular
10.  Oracular Spectacular by MGMT
The list author says:
  "Points off, because the two best songs were released in 2005."
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Shallow Grave
11.  Shallow Grave by The Tallest Man On Earth
The list author says:
  "Made a lot of end-of-year lists, so I checked it out.  Yeah, it's good."
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Seldom Seen Kid
12.  Seldom Seen Kid by Elbow
The list author says:
  "Radiohead's little brother stays the course with yet another worthwhile release."
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Neptune
13.  Neptune by Duke Spirit
The list author says:
  "Fuzz, melody, and attitude."
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The Wishes & The Glitch
14.  The Wishes & The Glitch by Say Hi
The list author says:
  "Say Hi rises above the weenie rock fray once again with solid songwriting and dreamy atmospherics."
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We Are Beautiful We Are Doomed (CD/DVD)
15.  We Are Beautiful We Are Doomed (CD/DVD) by Los Campesinos!
The list author says:
  "Their sound is starting to where a bit thin -- many of the songs here, good though they are, are indistinguishable from their other 2008 release."
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The Old Days Feeling
16.  The Old Days Feeling by Mirah
The list author says:
  "A bit hit or miss -- I like the return to Microphones/Elvrum  bliss, but a few of the songs go nowhere."
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Save the Scene
17.  Save the Scene by King of Prussia
The list author says:
  "Athens GA still produces catchy, 60's influenced music."
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Summer Palace
18.  Summer Palace by Sunny Day Sets Fire
The list author says:
  "New New Pornographers"
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Alopecia
19.  Alopecia by Why
The list author says:
  "Witty rapper goes indie rock."
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Western Water Music Vol. 2
20.  Western Water Music Vol. 2 by Blank Blue
The list author says:
  "Trip hop"
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Oh My Darling
21.  Oh My Darling by Basia Bulat
The list author says:
  "Half the songs are stellar."
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Happy As Can Be Ep
22.  Happy As Can Be Ep by Cut Off Your Hands
The list author says:
  "Consistently good EP from a New Zealand band on the rise."
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The Rhumb Line
23.  The Rhumb Line by Ra Ra Riot
The list author says:
  "Cello + Franz Ferdinand + emotional indie rock"
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The Beautiful Lie
24.  The Beautiful Lie by Ed Harcourt
The list author says:
  "Ed gets a little too Rufus here, but he's still a great songwriter."
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Receivers
25.  Receivers by Parts & Labor
The list author says:
  "Lacks the intensity of the previous album"
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In Field & Town
26.  In Field & Town by Hayden
The list author says:
  "Hayden is always good for wistful folk songs."
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Self Taught Magic From a Book
27.  Self Taught Magic From a Book by Je Suis Animal
The list author says:
  "Better than your average indie pop album"
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After Summer
28.  After Summer by Pia Fraus
The list author says:
  "2008 was not a good year for true shoegazer.  Unless you count the Autumns, this is the best shoegazer album I heard this year."
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Painted Birds Flying in the Orange Mirror Sun
29.  Painted Birds Flying in the Orange Mirror Sun by The Western States Motel
The list author says:
  "Great EP -- all five songs are good.  Another one that fits that description is Harlequin by La Scala, the band of Balthazar de Ley, formerly of Menthol."
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31.  Firecracker People by Hotel Lights
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  "Ex-Ben Folds Five drummer releases a better 2008 album than Ben Folds.  Go figure."
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32.  Little Joy by Little Joy
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  "Ex-Strokes drummer makes an album that's half Strokes, half sunny quasi-bossanova."
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33.  The Age of the Understatement by The Last Shadow Puppets
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  "First Candie Payne and now these guys -- I'm loving the 60's MOR revival going on right now."
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34.  Gentleman Jesse and His Men by Gentleman Jesse & His Men
The list author says:
  "Classic, late 70's-style power pop."
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35.  Moody Motorcycle by Human Highway
The list author says:
  "Did I mention Wistful?  Guy from Islands might want to stick with this project."
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Take Me to the Sea
36.  Take Me to the Sea by Jaguar Love
The list author says:
  "Includes 3 of the best songs I heard this year, with "My Organ Sounds Like . . ." being one of the top 3 of 2008."
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Eight Golden Greats
37.  Eight Golden Greats by the Old Believers
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  "This wins for "cheesiest album cover on a quality album" in 2008."
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Breakfast in Suburbia
38.  Breakfast in Suburbia by Telepathic Butterflies
The list author says:
  "At this point I'm pretty burned out on most of what Rainbow Quartz has to offer, but the songwriting here is a cut above most of their labelmates."
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39.  Old Home Movies by Botticellis
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Talking Through Tin Cans
40.  Talking Through Tin Cans by The Morning Benders
The list author says:
  "Another Bay Area winner."
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