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THE BEST OF 2008.... Who did we rate? Who did you rate?
THE TOP 50 ALBUMS AND THINGS THAT CAME OUR WAY IN 2008 - as debated, argued and agreed by the Organ team, by you readers and some of the bands and such that we've been covering during the last inspiring year
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THE ORGAN TEAM'S TOP 50 LIST IN FULL....
It was the positive progressive hardcore punk Canada's F*cked Up by miles and miles, no arguments from anyone around here... There was arguments about the rest and should Fight Like Apes be there when the album isn’t out in most places until 2009? They put it out in their homeland of Ireland already and yes it should be. Is that DIY release from The Jelas really a full album? And was Rude Mechanicals as good a Deerhoof and what about this or that... 

2008 has been a fine year for great albums... Here's the list of 50 then, (complete with links to the Organ issues that feature the reviews) meanwhile the Organ readers list where you contradict us is further down... 
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1: F*CKED UP – The Chemistry Of Common Life (Matador) - review
2: KAYO DOT - Blue Lambency Downward (Hydrahead) - review
3: FIGHT LIKE APES - ...The Mystery Of The Golden Medallion (Model Citizen) review
4: RUDE MECHANICALS – Glass Eye (Rim) - review
5: DEERHOOF - Offend Maggie (ATP/R) – review
6: EXPERIMENTAL DENTAL SCHOOL – Jane Doe Loves Me (Cochon) - review
7: MARTIN ORFORD – The Old Road (GEP)  - review
8: VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR - Trisector (Virgin) - review
9: SHEARWATER – Rook (Matador) - review
10: ZACH HILL – Astrological Straits (Ipecac) - review
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11: ROSE KEMP – Unholy Majesty (One Little Indian) - review
12: BLACK ELK – Always A Six, Never A Nine (Crucial Blast) – review
13: THE WELCOME WAGON – Welcome To... (Asthmatic Kitty) – review
14: THE JELAS – Blood Smash (Ingue) - review
15: BLACK MOUNTAIN – In The Future (Jagjaguwar) - review
16: MOHA! – One Way Ticket To Candyland (Rune Gramophone) - review
17: VESSELS – White Fields And Open Devices (Cuckundoo) - review
18: NISENNENMONDAI – Tori/Neji (Smalltown Supersound) – review
19: CAPILLARY ACTION - So Embarrassing (Pangaea) - review
20: GRAILS – Doomsdayer’s Holiday (Temporary Residence) - review
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21: AMANDA PALMER – Who Killed Amanda Palmer (Roadrunner) - review
22: HARVEY MILK - The Best Game In Town (Hydrahead)  review
23: HEY COLOSSUS – Happy Birthday (Riot Season) - review
24: MARVINS REVOLT - Killec (The Richter Collective) - review
25: YOU SLUT! - Critical Meat (Stressed Sumo) - review
26: THE PROCESS – Rosenkreutz (Violent Change) - review
27: ORIGINAL SILENCE – The Second Original Silence (Smalltown Superjazzz) - review
28: SLIPKNOT – All Hope Is Gone (Roadrunner) - review
29: DIAGONAL – Diagonal (Rise Above) – review
30: ELEPHANT 9 – DodoVoodoo (Rune Grammofon) – review
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31: MAYORS OF MIYAZAKI - Buffalo! (Self Release) – review
32: AIDS WOLF – Cities Of Glass (Skingraft) – review
33: AIRBOURNE – Runnin’ Wild (Roadrunner) - review
34: HUNTSVILLE – Eco, Arches & Eras (Rune Grammofon)  - review
35: YOUNG WIDOWS – Old Wounds (Temporary Residence) – review
36: CHICKENHAWK – Chickenhawk (Sound Devastation) – review
37: DIEBOLD – Listen To The Heartbeast (Bangor) - review
38: SLEEPS IN OYSTERS - We Keep The Memories Locked Away (Seed) - review
39: THE LAKE SITUATION – The Lake Situation (And Then) – review
40: EHNAHRE - The Man Closing Up' (Sound Devastation) - review
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41: LAYMAR – In Strange Lines And Distances (TV) - review
42: C.R AVERY – Magic Hour Sailor Blues (Bongo Beat) - review
43: SAY BOK GWAI – Chink In The Armor (Edgetone) – review
44: NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS – Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Mute) - review
45: SEMAPHORE - Semaphore  (Global Net) – review
46: JO GABRIEL – Fools And Orphans (Ephemera) - review
47: MARY HALVORSON and WEASEL WALTER – Opulence (ugExplode) – review
48: SON LUX – At War With Walls & Mazes (Anticon) - review
49: DRESDEN DOLLS - No, Virginia (Roadrunner) – review
50: THE INDELICATES – American Demo (Weekender) - review

Those that were argued about and should be in the 50 as well... We could only have 50 though, these were argued about... TORCHE, PSYCHE PROJECT, LUSTMORD, VOLCANO!, DEERHUNTER, SURROUNDED, LADYHAWK, STE McCABE, SILVERY, THE MELVINS, VILE IMBECILES, ROLO TOMASSI, CHRIS SCHLARB, HARLOTS, MOTORHEAD, ATLAS SOUND, OPETH, BAUHAUS, DRIVE BY TRUCKERS, FOXY SHAZAM, AU, B FOR BANG, LITTLE JACKIE, PARTS & LABOR.... 
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THE ORGAN READERS TOP 40 AS VOTED BY YOU....

Readers and radio show listeners, this is who you voted for from all corners of  the globe 

1: DEERHOOF - Offend Maggie 
2: AMANDA PALMER – Who Killed Amanda Palmer
3: DEERHUNTER - Microcastles
4: VESSELS - White Fields And Open Devices
5: VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR  -Trisector
6: OPETH - Watershed
7: SILVERY - Thunderer And Excselior
8: ROSE KEMP - Unholy Majesty 
9: NORTH SEA RADIO ORCHESTRA - Birds 
10: DIAGONAL - Diagonal 

11: GRAILS - Doomsdayer's Holiday
12: NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
13: FIGHT LIKE APES -  ...The Mystery Of The Golden Medallion
14: F*CK BUTTONS - Street Horrrsing 
15: WHY? – Alopecia 
16: F*CKED UP – The Chemistry of Common Life
17: MESHUGGAH – obZen 
18: TV ON THE RADIO - Dear Science 
19: MAX TUNDRA - Parallax Error Beheads You 
20: ROLO TOMASSI - Hysterics 

21: FRIGHTENED RABBIT - The Midnight Organ Fight 
22: SHEARWATER - Rook 
23: M83 - Saturdays = Youth 
24: MELVINS - Nude With Boots
25: BRITISH SEA POWER - Do You Like Rock Music?
26: TO THE BONES – Duke Type A
27: TORCHE - Meanderthal
28: MAYBESHEWILL - Not For Want Of Trying 
29: VOLCANO! - Paperwork
30: ATLAS SOUND - Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel 

31: THE BUG - London Zoo 
32: FLEET FOXES - Ragged Wood
33: BLACK MOUNTAIN - In the Future
34: BON IVER - For Emma, Forever Ago 
35: FOALS - Antidotes 
36: MOGWAI - The Hawk Is Howling
37: GUAPO - Elixirs
38: HARVEY MILK - The Best Game In Town
39: METALLICA - Death Magnetic
40: PARTS & LABOR - Receivers
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LITTLE JACKIETHE TOP 30 SINGLES THAT CAME OUR WAY IN 2008 - - as debated, argued and agreed by the Organ team

1: LITTLE JACKIE – The World Should Revolve Around Me (S-Curve) - see the video
2: FIGHT LIKE APES – Jake Summers (Model Citizen)
3: RUDE MECHANICALS – Body Fluid / Etiquette (Ex Gratia)
4: PLAAYDOH  - The Plaaydoh EP (Winning Sperm Party)
5: ONE DAY AS A LION – One Day As A Lion (Anti)
6: FIGHT LIKE APES – Lend Me Your Face (Model Citzen)
7: MAPS / M83 – To The Sky/We Own The Sky (Sonic Cathedral)
8: THE MASS – Holocene #6 (self release)
9: TO THE BONES – Rex (Medici)
10: DR SLAGGLEBERRY – Dr Slaggleberry EP (Crash)

11: CATNAP - I Am Pied Piper (Snakes & Ladders)
12: THE DEIRDRES – Milk Is Politics / Sir Michael Of Aspel (Cherryade)
13: Zs – The Hard EP (Three One G)
14: GIANT PAW – Mosquito/Silence (Feral Electronics)
15: LOYAL TROOPER – One Day All This Will Work Out (self release)
16: VESSELS – A Hundred Times In Every Direction (Cuckundoo)
17: SPEECH DEBELLE – Searching (Big Dada)
18: HERZOGA – Nice Car / Blood School (We Like Danger)
19: KONG – Blood Of A Dove (Brew)
20: THE KINGSIZE FIVE – I Am A Missile / Capricorn (Little Genius)

21: STE McCABE – Pink Bomb EP (Cherryade)
22: SON VER & ELEPHANT LEAF – 3 Songs (Line Out)
23: DRESDEN DOLLS – Night Reconnaissance (Roadrunner)
24: FRIGHTENED RABBIT – Head Rolls Off (Fat Cat)
25: PORT O’BRIEN – I Woke Up Today (City Slang)
26: AIRBOURNE – Runnin’ Wild (Roadrunner)
27: RAYOGRAPH - Hidden Doors / Golden Light (Everyone We Know) 
28: ONE MORE GRAIN – Having A Ball (White Heat)
29: VILE IMBECILES – Bad Ideas (Tea Vee Eye)
30: ART IN EXILE – Art In Exile (Casket)
 

Last year's top Organ albums 

1: EFTERKLANG – Parades (The Leaf Label)
2: UPSILON ACRUX – Galapagos Momentum (Cuneiform)
3: TOMAHAWK – Anonymous (Ipecac)
4: MICHAEL J SHEEHY - Ghost On The Motorway (Red Eye)
5: SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM - In Glorious Times' (The End)
6: AHLEUCHATISTAS - Even In The Midst... (Cuneiform)
7: PRE – Epic Fits (Skingraft)
8: 65DAYSOFSTATIC – The Destruction Of Small Ideas (Monotreme)
9: DEERHUNTER – Cryptograms (Kranky)
10: CHROME HOOF - Pre-Emptive False Rapture (Southern)

Last year's singles
1: FIGHT LIKE APES – Jake Summers (Cool For Cats)
2: CARDIACS - Ditzy Scene (ORG)
3: VILE VILE CREATURES – Wilderness (Anchor Age)
4: EFTERKLANG – Mirador (Leaf)
5: DAN LA SAC vs SCROOBUIS PIP – Thou Shalt Always Kill

 
READERS' TENS AND THINGS FOR 2008
MIGUEL GOMEZ from London's rather fine band known as Susan George Booth, rates the following

1. The Breeders - Mountain Battles (Probably most under rated album of the year?!? I've browsed through a few crappy best of lists and cant find this anywhere! Listening to this album brings the claustrophobic comfort of being smothered by my two adopted mothers - Kim & Kelly)

2. Deerhoof - Offend Maggie (Amazing. Like always their albums of sweet, sincere, honest and demented songs provoke a reaction to hug the person next to you and invite the postman in for tea and crumpets. Pity on those who think this band doesn't have anything new to add. Also worth noting that them filling the long vacant second guitarist post has yet again added to the live performance and another dimension to their genius)

3. Why? - Alopecia (On first couple of listens I actually hated this but it's probably the album that has grown on me the most. After watching them live a couple of times (and missing Devo because I was so drawn by their intimate performance at Primavera) my appreciation for the the band and the album exploded like a crowd after an announcement of free give aways at a Boxing Day sale)

4. Portishead - Third (As much as I love to go against the masses this is genuinely a great album. Can't add anything more personal than other reviews. Dark, depressing and hauntingly beautiful) 

5. The Bug - London Zoo (Just because I love the sex appeal of the Warrior Queen and I think Poison Dart is my favourite song of the year. Just be yourself and don't forget to dance)

6. Mayors of Miyazaki - Buffalo! (After listening to them on your show I went down to watch them at the Millers Bar. They literally only played to me and other members of the other bands playing on the night. Very impressed. Being unemployed at the time I could only afford to download this album for free from their website and have literally listened to it at least twice a week ever since. Like you say in your review this is a band I've mentioned to everyone I know. We've been planning for gigs in 2009 and I  dropped them a note if they wanted to play a gig with us. But to my astonishment their album release gig this month was their last gig ever! Sad days indeed but apparently a reunion is already on the cards) 

7. Black Sun - Paralyser (Not sure if this can be classified as an album. However personally one of my highlights at Supersonic festival this year. Devastating, brutal, world ending. Reminiscence of wanting to dislocate my neck when I first heard Locust Star by Neurosis) 

8. Pale Horse - Habitual Linestepper (Heavy sludgey noise that is as honest as the members themselves. Saw them live 3 times this year and all were amazing small gigs. We were lucky enough to support them once and they are a group of really nice folks who deserve some attention. We can love you!)

9. Flying Lotus - Los Angeles (You can only get bludgeoned in the head so many times. This is a nice little piece of intricate work I find myself playing in the background during days of rest)

10. Buddy Peace - Wolf Diesel Mountain (Not even sure if this was released this year. It's just a sort of mashed up mix tape sampling the likes of Shellac, Liars and MF Doom. Almost like a 60 minute reference to some decent artists out there. Quite an easy listen that provided a temporary remedy from the nausea of hearing about Lil' Wayne singing about killing our grand mas)

There's obviously loads of new music albums such as Fucked Up, No Age, Harvey Milk etc that I haven't bothered with for some silly reason. Hopefully when I do decide to pour them out of the barrel, my palette will be quenched by a matured fine piece of work.
 

L.P from Boston, Mass (USA) thinks these were the best things she heard... 

1:ROSE KEMP - Unholy Majesty (One Little Indian) - not a surprise really, as She is easily the best poet/songstess/creatrix out there...oh, and a fine person too! Top album, absolutely no contest here.

2: RUDE MECHANICALS - Glass Eye (RIM) -- not a surprise there either, easily the most creative performance artists out there, and the best meditations on body fluids as well

3: SHEARWATER - Rook (Madrigal) - no surprises yet, are there? Not one note or word out of place, creating a fragile world of birds and passing moods and passing worlds, and even a little hope. True poets.

4: DIAGONAL - Diagonal (Rise Above) - real prog rock that nods to the incredible roots of melody and framework, the Haight Ashbury District. Can't get much better than that.  And they even make it their own.

5: PARTS AND LABOR - Receivers (Jagjaguwar) -- here's more real prog rock that is unafraid of actual melody and framework. Progression does not mean making ears bleed. It does mean making the mind bend, though. 

6: JO GABRIEL - Fools and Orphans (Ephemera) -- no surprise here as this is another encounter with a true poet who can bend and shape scales and rhythms and use her voice as an instrument. No easy feat.

28 DEGREES OF TAURUS -- How Do You Like Your Love? (Self Release) - Excellent live, and superb progressive mind-altering alternative flow.

GRAILS -- Doomsdayer's Holiday (Temporary Residence) - more progressive rock that plays with time signatures and time itself.

SAY BOK GWAI - Chink in the Armor (Edgetone) -- Shakes up your ears, shakes up what you think you know about social construction of subordinated cultures. Just what a doctor (of sociology) and a poet ordered.

NORTH SEA RADIO ORCHESTRA - Birds (Oof!) -- Ending on a note of beautiful melody, surprising lyrics, and a lovely nod to Sea Nymphs.

Love from across the ocean,  LP xxx

The PUNKVERT / EX-GRATIA team thought the SPECIALISATION IS FOR INSECTS compilation was the best thing of 2008, then again they did put it out. They also voted for MELVINS - Nude In Boots, HANSON BROTHERS  - Its A Living, WEEN - La Cucharacha, THE LOCUST - New Erections,
HANDSUM PETE - church of the handsum pete, RUDE MECHANICALS - Glass Eye, ANARCHISTWOOD -- Blessed Are The Cracked For They Let In The Light and argued for Bauhaus - in the flat field re-issue (can i have that?) but no, no re-issues or UNIVERSE ZERO would be right at the top of the Organ  list and so would that BOWIE live album from '72

SEYMOUR from TEN CITY NATION is still with Future On The Left's last album, but wasn't that back at the start of 2007? He also mentions "the wonderful" FLIGHT LIKE APES album, POPULAR WORKSHOW's we're Alive And Not Alone, SCREAMING TEA PERTY - Golden Blue, SLAVES TO GRAVITY - Scatter The Crow and also mentions the SPECIALISATION IS FOR INSECTS compilation