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2008 Listravaganza Part 2

Everything you wanted to know about the year in music, in tidy lists of 10.
The lighter side of music in 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 05, 2009

2008 Listravaganza!

We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008

Peter Bjorn and John | Seaside Rock

It’s really pointless. And somewhat nice.  
Almost Gold/Star Time | 2008
By SAM UBL  |  October 01, 2008

Young Jeezy | The Recession

Remember, Jeezy disdains rappers, just like the teen movie anti-hero who decries the phoniness of movie stars.
Def Jam
By SAM UBL  |  September 10, 2008

Friendly Fires

The Hertfordshire trio’s debut full-length cobbles from some of dance rock’s silliest (and sappiest) party mavens, among them Talking Heads, Prince, and the Rapture.
Friendly Fires | XL
By SAM UBL  |  September 02, 2008

Lykke Li

Lykke Li may be hotly tipped for Starbucks stereoplay, but she’s more “Konichiwa Bitches” than Keren Ann.
Youth Novels | Atlantic
By SAM UBL  |  August 26, 2008



To say he’s not a leading-man type is an understatement.
Perhapst | In Music We Trust
By SAM UBL  |  August 19, 2008


As the first non-shitty half-hour-long song of the millennium, the title track and centerpiece marks a milestone of sorts.
Where You Go I Go Too | Smalltown Supersound
By SAM UBL  |  August 12, 2008

Izza Kizza

Kizzaland’s main draw? It’s Kizza’s elastic snake-charmer flow.
Kizzaland | Souldiggaz/Atmos
By SAM UBL  |  August 04, 2008

Black Kids

Partie Traumatic not only overcomes its ponderous pre-hype, it also shows that emo might not be today’s only hope for romantic pop.
Partie Traumatic | Hear Music
By SAM UBL  |  July 22, 2008

The Individuals

It won't rock the worlds of less-than-obsessive fans of American post-punk, but it’s something we need more of: enterprising indie rock sprung from minds that are smart enough to keep it simple.
Fields/Aquamarine | Bar/None
By SAM UBL  |  July 15, 2008