Top albums of 2008
#1 Viva la Vida or Death and All of His Friends – Coldplay

#2 Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust – Sigur Rós
Album cover
#3 Rockferry – Duffy

#4 Parc Avenue – Plants and Animals

#5 Some Of Lakes – Land Of Talk
Land Of Talk - Some Are Lakes
#6 LPHoly F**k

#7 ThirdPortishead
Portishead - Third
#8 Oh My Darling – Basia Bulat
The album came out in 2007. Wasn’t until this year that she was well known thanks to the support of CBC Radio 3 and word of mouth.
Oh My Darling
#9 Haunting Moon Sinking – Forest City Lovers
CD Cover
#10 We Are Hunters – The D’Urbervilles

#11 Sad Robots EP – Stars

#12 About A Girl – Winter Gloves

#13 Ghost Notes – Matthew Barber
Matthew Barber - Ghost Notes
#14 Heart Attack – Woodhands

#15 808s and Heartbreak – Kanye West

#16 Red, Yellow and Blue – Born Ruffians

#17 De La Nature, Des Foules – Bonjour Brumaire
CD cover
#18 Victory Garden – Laura Barrett
Great album and gotta love that kalimba.

#19 WomenWomen
What an amazing album.

#20 My Favorite Thing – Videotape
Nice debut from this Ottawa band.

#21 Vampire WeekendVampire Weekend

#22 Unfamiliar FacesMatt Costa

#23 Expatriate – The Coast

#24 Elephant ShellTokyo Police Club
(This album is showing off their maturing side)

#25 Juno: Soundtrack
(Feel good movie with a feel good soundtrack)

Top singles of 2008
#1 Viva la VidaColdplay
What can you say for this band? Besides the song being played on a iPod ad.
Its a epic song. Love the cello and drumming to this song.
Now a controversy about the song.
Version 1 of the music video is absolutely beautiful, its watching a moving painting.
Version 2 of the music video is very old school and creative. Seeing Chris Martin dress up as a king and wandering through the city. Its directed by Anton Cobijn.

#2 Lovely Allen/Milkshake – Holy F**k
Been a great year for this band besides having a offensive name.
Their music is a different matter.
Just a great song to dance to. Also Milkshake is not the Kelis song.
Lovely Allen is one of those songs you just got to dance to.

#3 That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings
Hit #1 in the UK Singles chart.
Great catchy electro pop by this British male/female duo. I recommend the Tom Neville Remix.

#4 Warwick Avenue – Duffy
I decided to pick this one instead of Mercy which has been played alot.
This one I really like alot, it has that sad feeling kind of sad.
Has that 60s British sound.

#5 Bye Bye Bye – Plants & Animal
Breakthrough song from this band from Montreal. No its not the Nsync cover.
Its such a great song from an amazing album.
Video was live at Osheaga in Montreal

#6 Chasing Pavements – Adele
2008 seems to be a trend for UK female artist having that soulful sound.
One being Adele who is very talented. This song just has that emotion about love gone wrong.
The video is very amazingly beautiful and tragic at the same time.

#7 Paper Planes – M.I.A.
M.I.A. finally hit it big thanks to a movie.
Its one of those rap/hip-hop track that isn’t about bling bling, guns and other stereotypical stuff that happens in American hip-hop.
The only thing controversial is the gun shots which I find is not a big deal.

#8 4 Minutes – Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
She has done it again with this song.
Shows she can still bust a move in her 50s.
Fun and you can do whatever dance moves to this song.
Music video is abit weird.

#9 No Air – Jordin Spark and Chris Brown
Its one of those song that I had no interest when it was a big hit in the US. But if following the UK music charts and listen to UK online radio station. This song would grow on you after like a few listens.
Shows that Jordin can really sing and branch out of the American Idol stuff.
Song has alot of meaning on love and relationships.
Best remix is the Jason Nevins version.

#10 Tessellate – Tokyo Police Club
Great track from a band that sounds like they are maturing with their music.
Nice indie pop song.

#11 American Boy – Estelle feat. Kanye West
Estelle’s first #1 single in the UK which is a breakthrough hit in the UK and US.
Very catchy tune, just like the part when Kanye drops the F-bomb.
Maybe Estelle did find her American Boy.

#12 I Need A Life – Born Ruffians
Amazing track from the album Red, Yellow and Blue.
Music video is a little bizarre.
Such a great catchy tune from Midland, Ontario

#13 Willow Tree – Chad VanGaalen
A haunting track about death but sung so lovely by Chad Vangaalen.
Has that Neil Young-esque sound to it.

#14 Cheapest Key – Kathleen Edwards
Great rocking track by the Ottawa native.
Love the part “B is for bulls**t and you fed me stuff”

#15 In Search Of The Youth Crew – Cadence Weapon
Great hip-hop track.

#16 Love In This Club – Usher
Trippin’ video and great synth hip-hoppin’ track
Heck never thought Keri Hilson is hot in that video.
Great song to dance to.

#17 Dancer – Woodhands
Amazing electro dance track by Woodhands.
When they sing this song live, everyone goes crazy.

#18 Girls by Sugababes
Fun dance track

#19 Another Day by Jamie Lidell.
What a uplifting and happy song. Video abit weird. Have to say his album JIM is fun with lots of funk, soul and rock

#20 Dance Wiv Me by Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris and Chrome
He finally got his first #1 single in the UK and great summer dance track.

Shows I’ve attended
#1 Osheaga Festival in Montreal.
Highlights: Plants and Animals, Metric (short set due to Spirtualizes playing a long set), Sharon Jones and The Daptones (Mostly heard them while waiting for Cat Power), Cat Power, The Killers (amazing!), The National Parcs, Jamie Lidell, The Black Keys, Matt Costa, CSS, Broken Social Scene, Duffy (WOW!) and Chromeo.
All I have to say why I chose this as my #1 pick because I was in music heaven and got to see some of my favorite acts play. Some new ones and it was an amazing time.

#2 Basia Bulat and Katie Stelmanis on March 27, 2008 at Zaphods.
Basia Bulat is such an amazing singer, great intimate show and it was sold out.
Katie Stelmanis blew me away, her singing was very intense and had that operatic or Kate Bush style.

#3 Ottawa Folk Festival August 14-17, 2008.
Highlights: Ana Miura, Spiral Beach, Broken Social Scene, Dala, Sarah Harmer, Odetta, Rufus Wainwright.
I enjoyed my first time at the Ottawa Folk Festival, the vibe was amazing.
This what a festival should have, singers workshop and lots of interesting things.

#4 Stars on April 4, 2008 at Bronson Centre.
Second time I saw them and this show was sold out in Ottawa.
I had a great time.

#5 Ottawa Bluesfest – July 3-13, 2008
Day 1 – Cassandra Wilson, Jose Gonzalez, Matt Mays And El Torpedo
Day 2 – Feist, Wintersleep, Royal Wood
Day 3 – Ladytron and Six Shooter Show
Day 4 – The Weakerthans, Catherine Russell, The Acorn, United Steel Workers Of Montreal, Infected Mushroom, Hollerado, Poorfolk, That 1 Guy, Justin Nozuka
Day 5 – Didn’t go
Day 6 – Stars, The Most Serene Republic, Born Ruffians and Jason Collett
Day 7 – Calexico, Kathleen Edwards, Hayden, Jim Bryson
Day 8 – Plain White Ts, Kid Beyond, Kaylen Prescott, Plants And Animals & Sadie Hell
Day 9 – Metric, Jetplanes Of Abraham, The Love Machine, Acres
Day 10 – Wyclef Jean
Day 11 – Sam Roberts and Martha Wainwright

#6 Caribou on March 22, 2008 at Babylon
Amazing set he put on and this is before he won the 2008 Polaris Prize and is now a superstar.
Also playing that night was F**k Buttons from the UK.
Crazy fun and trippy show.

#7 Holy F**k on June 4, 2008 at Barrymores
Great times from this band. Besides the name it was fun times.

#8 Jamie Lidell on June 6, 2008 at Babylon
He is such a fun and soulful singer.

#9 The New Pornographers and Land of Talk on April 8, 2008. Review on my photo site

#10 Tokyo Police Club, Ruby Coast and Winter Gloves on April 23, 2008 at Barrymores