Top Picks of 2008 from the 88Nine RadioMilwaukee Staff

2008Well 2008 is coming close to an end, and it is time for the ubiquitous best of 2008 lists.  Here at 88Nine RadioMilwaukee, the staff are very passionate about their music and would like to share their top picks for 2008.  Take at look at them and see how many of their picks are on your lists.  Don’t forget to take the 88Nine’s Best of 2008 Listener Poll and pick your 10 favorite songs. On January 16th we will countdown the top 100 songs of 2008, as voted by you!  Here are the picks from 88Nine RadioMilwaukee’s staff. Enjoy!

Vicki Mann,  Station  Manager
(in no particular order)
James McMurtry – Just Us Kids
Robert Plant & Allison – Krause Raising Sand
John Hiatt – Same Old Man
Van Morrison – Keep It Simple
Emmy Lou Harris – All I Intend to Be
John Mellencamp – Life Death Love & Freedom
Little Feat & Friends – Join the Band
Jim Lauderdale & The Dream Players – Honey Songs
Eva Cassidy – Somewhere
Jackson Browne – Time the Conqueror

Theresa Kopac, Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator
The Constellations – Southern Gothic
Santogold – Santogold
Atmosphere – When Life Gives You Lemons
The Championship – Midnight Golden
Delta Spirit – Ode To Sunshine
Estelle – Shine
Galactic – From The Corner To The Block
Kings Go Forth
She and Him – Volume One
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Sunday At Devil Dirt
 *Special nod – Valentina

Peter Adams, Underwriting Specialist
Yelle- Pop-Up
Fleet Foxes- Fleet Foxes
Grand National- A Drink & A Quick Decision
Santogold- Santogold
Atmosphere – When Life Gives You Lemons…
Kings Go Forth- Kings Go Forth
The Broken West- Now or Heaven
Ratatat- LP3
Bon Iver- For Emma, Forever Ago
TV On The Radio- Dear Science

Sam Van Hallgren, Program Director
The Constantines – Kensington Heights
The Black Keys – Attack & Release
Mason Jennings – In The Ever
Elvis Costello – Momofuku
Mates of State – Re-Arrange Us
Radiohead – In Rainbows
Erykah Badu – New Amerykah, Part 1 (4th World War)

Kat Froelich, Friday night, and Weekend DJ
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
M.I.A. – Kala
Radiohead – In Rainbows
Justice – Croass
Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night
Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
TV On The Radio – Dear Science
Vampire Weekend
The Constellations – Southern Gothic

Marcus Doucette – Mid Morning DJ
TV On The Radio – Dear Science
Matty G – Take You Back
Flying Lotus – Los Angeles
Santogold – Santogold
DJ/Rupture – Uproot
Various – Andy Votel pres. Brazilika
Madlib – WILB: King Of The Wigflip
Rashaan Ahmad – The Push
Chancha Via Circuito – Rodante
Leila – Blood Looms And Brooms
Reggae section
a) Maka Riddim (dancehall riddim)
b) Ridd Heartical Meets Basque Dub Foundation  (roots riddim)

Adam Carr, Production Intern
Portishead – Third [Universal Island Records]
Shed – Shedding the Past [Ostgut Tontrager]
James Blackshaw / VA– The Garden of Forking Paths [Important Records]
Hercules and Love Affair – S/T [DFA]
Benzi & Diplo Present – Paper Route Gangstaz [Self-Released]
Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago [Jagjaguwar]
Pilooski – Dirty Edits Vol. 3 [Discograph]
Flying Lotus – Los Angeles [Warp Records]
Glass Candy – Beat Box [Italians Do It Better]
Beach House – Devotion [Carpark Records]

Tarik Moody, Digital Content Manager, Evening DJ
Santogold – Santogold
Sarah White – Hiding Blind
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
Kissey Asplund – Plethora
Flying Lotus – Los Angeles
Justice – Cross
Nneka – No Longer At Ease
Lykke Li – Youth Novels
TV On The Radio – Dear Science
The Constellations – Southern Gothic 
*Radiohead – In Rainbows (see Daniel’s comments below) 

Best Mixtapes
Wale – Mixtape About Nothing
Kid Cudi – A Kid Named Cudi
Game Rebellion – Searchin for Rick Rubin
Santogold & Diplo – Top Ranking 
Benzi & Diplo Present – Paper Route Gangstaz [Self-Released]

Killer Cuts
Blaqstarr – Bang Hard
DJ Mujava – Township Funk
PRGz – Rollin (Rustie Remix) 
Thunderheist – Jerk It
Big Boi & Raekwon – Royal Flush

Daniel O’Grady – Weekend DJ
Atlas sound – Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
Black Keys – Attack and Release
Brightblack Morning Light – Motion to Rejoin
Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
Portishead – Third
The Ruby Suns – Sea Lion
Silver Jews – Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea
Spiritualized – Songs in A & E
 TV on the Radio – Dear Science
Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer

 *While any sane and/or rational member of the homo sapiens sapiens tribe would include Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” in any top list, I consider this a 2007 album.  Technically, the album in all its physical glory was released on Jan.1 2008.  However, the revolutionary digital release in October of 2007 was its real release according to yours truly due to the magnitude of this release vehicle.

Aimee Rae, Weekend DJ
Kings of Leon – Only by the Night
Ryan Adams – Cardinology
The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
Lucinda Williams – Little Honey
JJ Grey & Mofro – Orange Blossoms
Old Crow Medicine Show – Tennessee Pusher
The Championship – Midnight Golden
Matthew Sweet – Sunshine Lies
Martin Sexton – Solo “Live”
Ani DiFranco – Red Letter Year

Scott Mullins – Music Director, Afternoon Drive DJ

My  Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
Kings Of Leon –  Only By The Night
The High Decibels –  HD
Blitzen Trapper – Furr
The Revelations feat. Tre Williams –  Deep Soul
The Rip Off Artists – Esque
Alejandro Escovedo – Real Animal
Reverend Organdrum – Revorgandrum 
Lucinda Williams – Little Honey
The Black Keys – Attack & Release


Sarah Fierek – Weekend DJ

Kanye West – 808’s & Heartbreak

Erykah Badu – New Amerykah, Pt. 1 (4th World War)
Q-Tip – The Renaissance
Sam Sparro – Sam Sparro
Coldplay: – Viva La Vida
Estelle –  Shine
John Legend –  Evolver
Brandy – Human
Beyonce – I Am Sasha Fierce
Dido –  Safe Trip Home
* I second Theresa on the love and recognition to Valentina 


4 Responses

  1. That Constellations album, Southern Gothic is pretty awesome! I just got it and I think it will probably be in my car CD player for a while.

  2. Bless you, Theresa and Aimee … you’re a traitor, Peter …

  3. That is great! I am really surprised there has not been much promotion of this record.

  4. Astro’s Top 10 Hiphop Releases for 2008

    Reks – Grey Hairs
    Large Professor – Main Source
    People Under The Stairs – Fun DMC
    Black Milk – Tronic
    EMC – The Show
    Nas – Untitled
    Q-Tip – The Renaissance
    Pete Rock – NY’s Finest
    Jazz Liberatorz – Clin D’oeil
    Akrobatik – Absolute Value

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