Every year I host a music swap with my music geek friends where we share our top albums of the year. This year we spiced it up a bit by adding a new component – a mix of your favorite songs of 2008 by artists not represented in our Best Albums of 2008 list. (Ryan’s rules, not mine.) So here it is, my mix of some of my favorite indie rock tunes for 2008. I was struck by a lot of San Francisco local music this year and have noted those artists with an asterisk (**). I enjoyed the emergence of such good music from my hometown and hope you will too. Enjoy!
Artist: Lackthereof Album: My Haunted File Under: Lo Fi Indie Pop Recommended if You Like: The National, Bon Iver, Bonnie Prince Billy Featured Track: The Columbia
Lackthereof is the solo side project of Portland, Oregon’s Menomena drummer, Danny Seim. He’s self recorded many albums under this moniker. I just stumbled upon this release from earlier this year entitled, ‘My Haunted’, and can’t stop listening to it. It’s such a beautiful, gentle, lo-fi, atmospheric album – in the same sense that Bon Iver evokes. But his voice is like listening to The National’s, ‘Fake Empire’. A lovely combination indeed.
He also just released a new album, ‘Your Anchor‘, last month. Check it out as you won’t be seeing him live anytime soon. He doesn’t have any plans to take this gig outside of Portland at the moment.
I listened to ‘The Columbia’ by Lacktherof about 25 times today. The first time I heard it, I was immediately transported to this moment in Fiji – floating in the warm ocean during sunset. We got married there on New Year’s Eve and all of our favorite people joined us – to take over an island – for a week of frolicking and celebration. It was the best week ever and, like the song, want to replay it over and over again.