There they are: the 89 albums I acquired in 2008 (up from 57 in 2007!). As you may or may not have surmised from this post (actually I think a lot of people missed my point), I enjoyed what indie rock had to offer in 08, but I didn't depend on it: almost exactly 50% of my purchases—46 albums—were musical blind spots. 24 albums acquired this year were 2008 releases; rounding things out, 12 albums were from 2007 and 7 were from 2000–06.
For the rest of the week I'll be highlighting my favorite albums of the year, kicking of with a few posts on 08 albums and then moving into the blind spots, and ending on my "real" top ten of the year—a list that throws release dates out the window. Come back in a little bit and I'll have my favorite 08 album of the year. Tomorrow I'll have my #2 and the rest of the list; I'll round the week out with thoughts on some of the older albums. Oh, the fun we're going to have.
Jut for the hell of it, here are a few more statistics about my listening habits this year.
- Number of bands for whom I bought two albums in 2008: 13
- Number of bands for whom I bought three albums in 2008: 1 (Okkervil River)
- Number of albums purchased, broken down by anal-compulsive iTunes genre tagging:
- Indie rock: 29
- Electronic: 9
- 70s Rock: 8
- Alternative: 7
- 60s Rock: 6
- Punk, Krautrock: 5 each
- Avant-Garde, Folk: 4 each
- Dinner Music, Classic Indie: 2 each
- Brasilia, Country, French, Garage, Psychedelic, R&B: 1 each
If you were to factor in the many one-off downloads I picked up all year long, the country and the 60s rock would both see a heavier representation of what's been occupying my headphones for much of 08. Next week will see a series of mixes dedicated to those songs, so stay tuned.
Come back in a couple hours and you'll see my favorite of the year. (Hint: it's way fucking boring.)