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Best of 2008

2008 Pazz & Jop poll is online

This year's Pazz and Jop poll had 579 critics voting - and the consensus said that TV on the Radio's Dear Science and MIA's "Paper Planes" were the best album and single, respectively.

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Latest comment by: Chris Estey: "Wow! So many albums on these lists I can see "American Psycho" chopping girls up to in pristine yuppie apartments! Maybe it's good that the "album is dying" if this is what gets the critical honors. For charming lists made by real humans whose favorite ...

Best of 2008: Top Northwest Releases of 2008 Readers' Poll Winners

Upset. The word of the our 2008 Best Northwest Releases of 2008 Readers' Poll is upset.

With the Fleet Foxes winning readers and critical polls alike, who would've thought they wouldn't get top honors in our humble little Northwest poll? But they didn't -- they placed a distant second to New Faces, another debut record from some very talented, very young Northwest fellas.

We had other surprises as well, with unsigned newcomers such as Hey Marseilles, the Kindness Kind, and Kaylee Cole cracking the top ten, beating out Northwest heavyweights such as Death Cab for Cutie. We did not expect that. And we love it when you surprise us, dear readers.

We imaginaries like to champion the up-and-comers from the Northwest, and our results indicate that you do as well. We think you all also have fabulous taste, as always. Thanks to everyone who participated in our poll. We couldn't be more proud or thrilled to present the top 50 winners on your behalf...

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Latest comment by: platypusrex256: "i've never heard of the new faces =( and i volunteer at kexp!"

Best of 2008: Top Northwest Releases of 2008 TIG Editorial Picks

TIG staffers are a lot like you -- coming up with our list of faves for the year is a fun and gripping process. After comparing/contrasting/debating our individual favorites, we figured the sum of our imaginary parts would make for an interesting list.

While ChrisB and Keenan, among other things, brought in the power-pop elements,  Chris Estey stood by the smartie subtle elements of this year's Northwest offerings. Imaginary liz, as usual, loved the lo-fi and indie-pop songs, while imaginary dana spent much of the year obessed with Throw the the Statue and of course, the Fleet Foxes. And nearly all of us agreed that the Saturday Knights album was a force to be reckoned with. Here's our our staff votes tallied up...

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imaginary dana's top Northwest picks for 2008

I'm a chronic procrastinator, so here it is, January 5th, and I'm finally ready to make sense of the musical chaos and wonderment that was 2008 and compile a list of favorites.

Don't even try to make me rank these releases in order, or I'll never, ever finish my list. Let's just say these were some of the very best local bands in my iTunes list this year, presented alphabetically.

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Latest comment by: imaginary dana: "@John in Ballard -- you are most definitely not the only one surprised! We were as well... but we were really excited about the surprise. I wouldn't have picked New Faces as record of the year, but it was a very strong debut effort, from a band with a LOT of ...

IG Shrie's Top Ten Plus Plus!

2008 was an interesting musical, and personal, year for me. I listened to a lot of indie rock, electronica and went to a shit-ton of shows (one of which was the best I've ever seen, thanks Of Montreal).

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Latest comment by: Imaginary Shrie: "I mean, I know there are no real surprises here but there were so many good releases last year. IGshr*e"

Best of 2008: Best of Lists from Eli Anderson of the Crocodile

When I asked the very intelligent and capable talent buyer Eli Anderson of the soon-to-be-reopened Crocodile Cafe, I was expecting a list of ten records he liked. Instead, he had sent me several well-written lists and deserves countless bonus points because he even showed his work.

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Latest comment by: laura musselman: "yay dr. dog!!! god, that album is phenomenal! i can't possibly make a top ten list, because i can't stop listening to the same music i've been listening to since i was 19. however, my top two list of 2008 would be dr. dog's "fate", and okkervil river's ...

imaginary liz's favorites of 2008 in mix cd form

One of my end of the year rituals is to compile my favorites of the year into a single mix tape / cd / playlist. For me, this year has been ripe with songs I've listened to on repeat. So many so, I actually had to cut out some so that I didn't alienate the casual mix tape listener. After a casual polling of my friends, I found that four-cd mix isn't all that digestible.

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Latest comment by: Andy Grehlan: "If you like some of this modern stuff you should check out my friends band, it's called Great Spiders. I keep telling him to play shows but he cant seem to get it together, but the shit sounds amazing! Its heavy and pretty, a little sloppy, like loose, but good. ...

Best of 2008: Top 10 Albums from Pete Greenberg of Chop Suey

The top 10 albums "that made my head spin (in a good way)" from Chop Suey booker Pete Greenberg.

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Latest comment by: Alex: "Great list. I should have seen Frightened Rabbit last time they came through town"

Best of 2008: Top 10 Albums from Becca Minkoff of the Triple Door

I had asked some music-related friends to send me their best of 2008 lists with the promise that I'd post them here. The first to send their list in is Becca Minkoff, the lovely and brilliant assistant marketing director and 3D webmaster for The Triple Door.

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Latest comment by: Laurie: "This is cool!"

Chris B's Top 10 NW Releases of 2008

Here are the ten Northwest albums that made my iPod a happier place in 2008.

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Latest comment by: anais: "Let's hope 2009 won't be this bad, though there's some great material in the list, the last few years are well worth forgetting. "