Best of 2008 (So Far)

Get out your noisemakers and grab a glass of champagne because it is time to celebrate happy halfway year!

A lot has happened in music for 2008 and we’re only halfway through the year. That’s why we thought it would be a good idea to check in with the staff here at PopWreckoning to see what album releases they’re loving from the year, what the best show has been so far and finally what they are most looking forward to in the rest of the year to come for album releases.


Jessica McGinley
| Editor-in-Chief | Philadelphia
*Five Favorites:
1. Man ManRabbit Habits review
2. Mr. GnomeDeliver This Creature review
3. QuitzowArt College review
4. EstelleShine
5. Tokyo Police Club Elephant Shell review
*Most Anticipated:
1. BeckModern Guilt
2. Black KidsPartie Traumatic review
*Best Show:
The Roots Picnic: The Roots, Esperanza Spalding, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Gnarls Barkley, Deerhoof, Diplo, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Cool Kids

Joshua Neal | Associate Editor | Kansas City
*Five Favorites:
1. Grand Ole PartyHumanimals
2. The WhigsMission Control
3. DuffyRockferry review
4. The Ting TingsWe Started Nothing
5. She and HimVolume One review
*Most Anticipated:
1. Dr. DreDetox
2. Kevin DevineTBA
3. Rachel YamagataTBA
*Best Show:
Hotel Cafe Tour: Ingrid Michaelson, Dan Wilson, Cary Brothers, Meiko, Jim Bianco

Sara Bellum | Staff Writer | Pittsburgh
*Five Favorites:
1. The New FrontiersMending review
2. Jim Bianco Sing review
3. Nicole AtkinsNeptune City (was a 2007 release)
4. Jason MrazWe Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things
5. Murder By DeathRed of Tooth and Claw
*Most Anticipated:
1. Sigur RósMeð suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (since released)
2. Jack’s Mannequin The Glass Passenger
3. Amanda PalmerWho Killed Amanda Palmer?
4. Imogen HeapTBA
5. Rachel YamagataTBA
*Best Show:
Jim Bianco, Brooke Waggoner, Jeremy Fisher tied with Martin Royale, Stars

Nick Davis | Photographer | Kansas City
*Five Favorites:
1. Bon IverFor Emma, Forever Ago
2. The RaconteursConsolers of the Lonely
3. She and HimVolume One review
4. Tilly and the WallO review
5. Fleet FoxesFleet Foxes review
*Most Anticipated:
1. Ben KwellerChanging Horses
*Best Show:
Not applicable

Hanna Marie Pageau | Staff Writer | Orlando
*Five Favorites:
The Hush SoundGoodbye Blues review
Phantom PlanetRaise the Dead
The CabWhisper War review
The AuditionChampion
Automatic LoveletterRecover EP
*Most Anticipated:
Gym Class HeroesThe Quilt
Jack’s MannequinThe Glass Passenger
Automatic Loveletter TBA
*Best Show:
Really Really Ridiculously Good Looking Tour: Cobra Starship, Metro Station, The Cab, We The Kings

Jimmy Newborg | Staff Writer | Boston
*Five Favorites:
Wolf ParadeAt Mount Zoomer review
Mates of StateRe-Arrange Us review
Why?Alopecia
Vampire WeekendVampire Weekend review
Lil WayneTha Carter III
*Most Anticipated:
BeckModern Guilt
*Best Show:
Robyn, DJ Die Young

Bethany Smith | Staff Writer | Kansas City
*Five Favorites:
My Morning JacketEvil Urges
ColdplayViva La Vida
Motion City SoundtrackAcoustic EP review
Republic TigersKeep Color
Death Cab for CutieNarrow Stairs review
*Most Anticipated:
Ra Ra RiotThe Rhumb Line
Black KidsPartie Traumatic review
The FaintFasciination
*Best Show:
Obama Rally: Bright Eyes, M. Ward, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Jim Ward (Sparta, Sleepercar, At the Drive-In), Secret Life of Sparrows

Ed Roper | Writer/Photographer | Philadelphia
*Five Favorites:
Helio SequenceKeep Your Eyes Ahead review
Pattern Is MovementAll Together
Miles Benjamin Anthony RobinsonMiles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
The FashionLike Knives
Quitzow Art College review
*Most Anticipated:
AderbatWe Belong to the Sea
Albert Hammond Jr.¿Cómo Te Llama? review
Dr. DogFate
CalexicoCarried to Dust
OasisDig Out Your Soul
*Best Show:
Helio Sequence

Molly | Contributor | Atlanta
*Five Favorites:
Kay HanleyWeaponize
Crash ModernsGood Night Glamour, Good Morning Disaster
EisleyCombinations
B-52’sFunplex
1969Maya
*Most Anticipated:
Butch WalkerSycamore Meadows
American Hi-FiTBA
Jill SobuleTBA
Mitch AllenForeverpromised,butneverdeliverednewalbum
No DoubtForeverpromised,butneverdeliverednewalbum
*Best Show:
Not applicable

Carina | Contributor | Nashville
*Five Favorites:
The Mountain GoatsHeretic Pride review
Someone Still Loves You Boris YeltsinPerishing
AtmosphereWhen Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold
Forest City LoversHaunting Moon Sinking review
Xiu XiuWomen As Lovers review
*Most Anticipated:
Black KidsPartie Traumatic review
Beck Modern Guilt
¡Forward, Russia!Life Processes review
*Best Show:
Not applicable

Melissa | Contributor | Kansas City
*Five Favorites:
Not applicable
*Most Anticipated:
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley BandConor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
JonezettaCruel To Be Young
Ben FoldsTBA
*Best Show:
As Cities Burn (opened for Emery and Mayday Parade)

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One Response

  1. hahah I didn’t OK that picture! 😛
    Good work all, we’s a goood looking staff 🙂

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