Saturday, December 27, 2008

Three Bands of the Year

Of Montreal

This band has been around for a LONG time. A handful of albums later, Athens, Georgia's Of Montreal finally managed to catch the world's eye. With their previous album "Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?", they caught a glimpse of what fame really is. But with their most recent release "Skeletal Lamping", the band got to experience audiences that they never did before. With a massive tour of practically the entire world, playing nearly two and a half hours at all shows, I'd say these guys are the real deal. Not to mention that the album is INCREDIBLE. They deserve the top spot as Band of the Year, for finally making it to the top of the indie nation (or close to it.)

The Raconteurs

Boy, the ridicule this band his faced this year. With numerous landings on Worst Album of the Year lists, I'm surprised Jack White hasn't punched somebody yet. I do not understand the method to this world's madness. "Consolers of the Lonely" is amazing. It is much better than the first album"Broken Boy Soldiers." Also, this band is INSANE live. The best live show I have seen to this date. They show such heart and energy when they play. They show how much they love music. They deserve the top spot as Band of the Year, for their determination and patience in America's understanding of their new album.

Justice

There was Daft Punk. Last year, they stormed the nation with that crazy pyramid and those sexy robot suits. Now that they are gone for another five years, we need somebody while we are waiting. As we thought MSTRKRFT would fill the shoes of our robo-friends, we were sad to find out that they were just a drunken, non-live, electro bore. There was no thrill in their persona. A small duo from Paris was opening for MSTRKRFT in 2006, spinning tracks in their black and white skinny outfits. This duo was Justice, and their success is amazing. From 2006 to 2008, they went from DJing small clubs with two singles, to headlining Coachella's Sahara Tent with a best selling debut album. They deserve the top spot as Band of the Year, for their outstanding display of an electro uprising.

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