Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Favorite Albums of 2008

It seems like every year I'm trying to figure out the best way to bookmark and display my favorite albums of the year. This year was no exception. To determine my favorites, I looked at a number of sources... first I created a smartlist in iTunes that just included music that was released in 2008 (and then another for 2007 to see what was "new to me" in '08 even if it was technically released last year). That information combined with some of my chart data from Last.fm and MyStrands.com helped me figure out what I listened to most. I then went and searched for each at AmazonMP3 (and eMusic for one import) and then bookmarked them using Delicious. Take the rss feed for those "bestof2008" tags and then feed them into an embeddable widget from YourMinis.

Yes, it shouldn't be this hard and I'm sure (or at least I hope) there is a much simplier way that I just happened to overlook. There were were things that *should* have worked much more easily but all seemed buggy and weren't producing the desired output. If there isn't then my resolution for 2009 will be to make sure something gets built. Anyway... enough soapboxing, here's the list. Enjoy them... I know I did.





UPDATE (1/08/2009): Here are a few of them for your listening pleasure... in their entirety.









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3 comments:

shawnb said...

What does it say about me that I've never heard of any of those albums. I like music, I really do, I swear! I was listening to Super Furry Animals just the other day (and Coltrane is playing in the background right now).

J said...

Cmon... you've heard of at least a couple haven't you? Ryan Adams puts out an album like every other month, and Kings of Leon are nominated for a Grammy this year.

shawnb said...

Nope, sorry. I've heard of Ryan Adams, but not of the album. I was more up to date on the 'hip' music when I was in Atlanta and I listened to 88.5 on the commute to work. In Portland, we have a good jazz station, and I have no commute.