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I was stuck late at work last night, and so when I got home I was a little cranky, and as a result I went on another Amazon mp3 drunk download binge.

I should not have finished my 2008 Year in Music post when I did; I've gotten my hands on a rather sizable amount of music in the last 2 weeks and quite a few of them might very well end up on a revised top 10 list, should I ever make one. To wit:

  • James Blackshaw, "Litany of Echoes" - I have to be in a certain type of mood to really get inside a Blackshaw album, and I haven't yet been in that mood.  But I've listened to it a few times and it's just absolutely jaw-dropping.
  • Wolf Parade, "At Mount Zoomer" - I think I like this better than the last one, which goes against popular opinion.
  • Department of Eagles, "In Ear Park" - I will definitely need more time with this; my initial impressions are simply that it's a new Grizzly Bear record, and that it's wonderful.
  • Beach House, "Devotion" - I bought this because Stereogum and Amazon were selling it for $3.99 or something, and it had gotten a lot of hype in January when it was released.  I'm now $3.99 poorer; this is the most overrated album of the year.
  • Fireman, "Electric Arguments" - I think this is the best thing Paul McCartney has done in a long time, even more than "Chaos & Creation."
  • David Byrne and Brian Eno, "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today" - I'd been meaning to get this, and then 'Gum and Amazon gave it a discount, and that sealed the deal.  Haven't listened to more than the first few songs.
  • Fleet Foxes, "Sun Giant EP" - I kinda overplayed the FF's album during the last few months, and forgot why i liked them so much.  This EP does a great job of reminding me.
  • Stephen Malkmus, "Real Emotional Trash" - Even though there isn't one standout track that sticks in my head just yet, I'd have to say this is my favorite thing he's done since Pavement folded.  I have a theory about Malkmus, actually - I think he secretly likes Phish.  Phish - especially Trey - have been longtime Pavement fans, and they covered "Gold Soundz" a few times, and I seem to recall Malkmus hearing about it and maybe being a little shocked; I remember reading an audience review of one of the last Pavement shows where Malkmus dedicated Gold Soundz to all the Phish fans, which (I guess) made no impression on the Pavement fans in attendance.  Fast forward to his first solo album and the song "Jenny and the Ess-Dog", which features a dog named Trey.  And now fast forward to this album, which sounds an awful lot like the Phish album Trey would love to make if he would allow himself to be sloppy.  The piano really seals the deal.
  • Marnie Stern, "This is it and I am it..." - and by stark contrast, I just downloaded this last night and HOLY SHIT it is amazing.  This is the anti-Malkmus; the closest thing I can compare it to is Deerhoof.   WOW WOW WOW.  
  • Kings of Leon, "Only By The Night" - not entirely sure why I downloaded this; I don't know the KoL and this record is apparently not representative what what makes KoL great, if indeed they are great.  But I like what I've heard so far.