MFR's Top Ten Best Local Records of 2008
2008 was a boundless year for creativity in the MPLS local music scene, with hip-hop and electronic-leaning groups being responsible for most of the sonic highlights throughout the year. However, there was plenty of room leftover for folk-gypsy wanderings, epic nouveau-psychedelia, and a gloriously righteous exercise in lo-fi punk. But number one belongs to a veteran who set forth another variation of a consistent sound--with thrilling results. Here's MFR's list of the top ten local records of 2008:
1) Dosh - Wolves and Wishes
Download: Dosh - "If You Want To, You Have To"
Download: Dosh - "Capture the Flag"
2) Jeremy Messersmith - The Silver City
Download: Jeremy Messersmith - "Miracles"
Download: Jeremy Messersmith - "Virginia"
3) Dark Dark Dark - The Snow Magic
Download: Dark Dark Dark - "Ashes"
4) Muja Messiah - Thee Adventures of a B-Boy D-Boy
Download: Muja Messiah - "Patriot Act" (feat. I Self Devine)
Download: Muja Messiah - "At All Cost (My Economics)"
5) Kitten Forever - Born Ready
Download: Kitten Forever - "Warpath"
Download: Kitten Forever - "Fat Crush"
6) Vampire Hands - Me and You Cherry Red
Download: Vampire Hands - "Statuette"
7) Kristoff Krane – This Will Work For Now
Download: Kristoff Krane - "Little Willy"***
Download: Kristoff Krane - "Easy Way Out"
8) Unicorn Basement – We Are The Mages of Beauty*
Download: Unicorn Basement - "Oh God!"
9) First Communion Afterparty - Sorry For All The Mondays...
Download: First Communion Afterparty - "Green Turns To Gold"
10) Solid Gold – Bodies of Water**
Download: Solid Gold - "Bible Thumper"
Atmosphere – Strictly Leakage (released Dec. 2007)
Dallas Orbiter - Motorcycle Diagrams
*Max and Deanna are friends of the writer
**One of the writers on this blog has a business interest in this band
***Incidentally, this is the best song about the ignorance of gender roles--and homophobia--since The Replacements' "Androgynous"