2008 Top 10 Shows
1. The Cool Kids – Echoplex/Key Club
The combined awesomeness of both shows puts Cool Kids at the top of the list. Even though the sound at The Key Club wasn’t the best, the crowd rushing the stage made the show one of the more memorable of 2008.
2. Cornelius – Disney Concert Hall
The set list wasn’t quite as good as their previous show at The El Rey, but seeing Cornelius playing in The Disney Concert Hall was the perfect setting.
3. Autechre – Echoplex
Their first show in years was in LA and they put on a great show. The sound was insanely loud, so loud that the bass would give you an upset stomach.
4. Jens Lekman - Henry Fonda Theater
A typically great Jens show. The audience was captivated as always.
5. Gil Mantera’s Party Dream - The Echo
I can already say that Gil Mantera is going to be on my 2009 list. GMPD are always a must see.
6. Duran Duran - Nokia Theater
Best birthday present I got this year. It was the first time I was at the Nokia Theater which was a great space to see a “huge” show. The set was perfect with the highlight being the “Kraftwork” style synth section of the show.
7. Love And Rockets - The Glasshouse
Their warm-up show was just what I was hoping for and gave us the perfect excuse to skip Coachella. We missed The Bubblemen, but we were also able to skip seeing them in 100 degree weather.
8. Quintron – The Echoplex
The best Quintron show I’ve ever seen. Dancers on stage, jumping in the crowd, smoke and lights. Top notch!
9. The Wedding Present - Troubadour
George and company always put on a great show. Though it’s strange that they don’t play more often seeing that they now live in Los Angeles.
10. Point Juncture, WA - The Silverlake Lounge
I wasn’t sure how they were going to pull off all the parts that are on the record between just four people, but they had no problem. I really regret not recording the show.
Red Sparowes, Flying Tourbillon Orchestra, Moonrats, Thee Mad Lovers, Darker My Love
2008 Top 10 Albums
1. The Legends – Seconds Away EP
2. The Cool Kids – The Bake Sale
3. The Wedding Present – El Rey
4. Point Juncture, WA – Heart To Elk
5. Annabel – Now That We’re Alive EP
6. Dream Bitches – Coke-and-Spiriters
7. Darker My Love – 2
8. Ladytron – Velocifero
9. Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours
10. The Weather Machines – Bones And Brains EP