Tyler the Creator- Bastard ; Earl Sweathshirt - Earl ; OFWGKTA - Assorted Tracks : Rap from the future that scares old people, makes it’s own fans uncomfortable, and makes music critics sound completely out of touch trying to analyze.
Tallest Man On Earth - Wild Hunt: The best pure Americana record I’ve heard in a really long time, recorded by a guy from Sweden
Total Abuse - Mutt: totally joyless and unpleasant and in constant listening rotation for me this year
Sufjan Stevens - Age of Adz: Weirdo recluse pop with mass appeal- I feel the same way about this that I do about Zach Galifianakis becoming a big movie star. Also the best show of the year featuring visors.
Blood of the Black Owl- Banishing Ritual: Stoner metal for getting stoned on formaldehyde. Less boring then doom metal, and scarier than witch house.
Off! - First Four EP’s: Keith Morris telling the world to get off his lawn.. punk is an old mans game now
Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: Epic swooping statements, game crushing beats, glorious superstar pronouncements, and dick jokes
Big Boi- Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty: The second best hip-hop record of 2008
James Blake - CMYK: If you only had time to listen to one white dude sampling and manipulating R&B this year, my vote goes to this record
How to Dress Well- Love Remains: If you have time for two, cop this as well.
Das Racist - Shut Up Dude ; Das Racist - Sit Down Man: something something disingenuous something something hipster something something actually can spit something something authenticity something something white guilt
Honorable Mentions: Raw Nerve - S/T Arcade Fire - The Suburbs Fabulous - TINC2 The Dream- Love King Woe- Quietly, Undramatically The Oh Sees - Warm Slime Flocka Flame - Flockaveli Screaming Females - Castle Talk Robyn - Body Talk Curren$y - Pilot Talk Ted Leo - The Brutalist Bricks