Tuesday, January 06, 2009

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"

Honorable Mentions:
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"

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muja! Solid addition. Bold move w/ no Atmos, though.

5:15 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

Mike -
Truth be told, I like "Strictly Leakage" more than "WLGYLYPTSG". I think the latter is somewhat overrated. It's a very solid listen, but it definitely loses steam toward the later half of the album, and as much as I enjoy Slug's storytelling efforts, all of the narratives just started to bleed into one over the course of the record. Besides, "YGM" from Leakage? That track srsly pwns, to quote the kids.

6:07 PM  
Blogger jon jon said...

yo' word up,heart your list!

Solid Gold's "Who You Gonna Run To?" is delicious like yo'too

Minneapolis in the buildin' 2009 lookin fresh.

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gospel Gossip? Or was that last year?

7:02 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

Anon 7:02 -
GG released their debut in early December 2007 (as opposed to Strictly Leakage, which was released on December 31st), and we caught it just in time to add it to our list. I did notice that it was on Radio K's list though.

9:08 PM  
Anonymous DK said...

Where's the Haley Bonar love!?

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kitten Forever is weak. Sounding like Kathleen Hannah stopped being cool in 1993.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no weakness in these women and they continue to prove that every show.

theirs is definitely my no. 1 local album of the year.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

too bad the singer of kf sounds nothing like kathleen hannah, and that some people never know how expand their musical knowledge repertoire to have the capacity to compare girl-fronted bands to anyone other than bikini kill.

4:39 PM  

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