Of course, I'm posting this a year and a half late....but I remember this year well. I thought my favorite record of the year was going to be MGMT an album I thought I would loathe at first listen but learned to love. But what got my groove going the most was the criminally-ignored Smoking Popes record and the single "Stay Down." That's a lead song in a movie I hope to one day direct! Still have no idea why that album and song weren't on the radar of tastemakers in 2008, but alas.

Eli Reed and the True Loves
Eli comes into his own here, an album which would have impressed James Brown. "You said he wasn't stealing your love, he was only borrowing it."
James Hunter
Must have been a soulful kind of year for me with another white crooner.
Liz Durrett
Stumbled on to her thanks to the cool music blog Said The Gramophone and it's a great example of the type of murky moody indie stuff I love.
MGMT
Retro and futuristic at the same time, these newcomers are scary good.
Smoking Popes
Should have been a classic outside my house. "We can make it if we just stay down."
Ting Tings
Got into these guys on a trip to LA and this album took tons of times to germinate among the public but great fresh tunes.
TV on the Radio
Hail Brooklyn's quintet, the American Radiohead.
Weezer
Old friend Alex P. wrote that Rivers Cuomo could have burned down a hospital and not done something as bad as this album...but I'll never stop humming a few songs, such as Pork & Beans.
Vampire Weekend
The American Orchestra Baobab, it was nice to have ska rhythms back in my life.
Radiohead
Wow, 2008 a good music year. Another classic from the best rock band of our time.