SLUG Mag’s Top 5 of 2008

Jaleh Afshar
Ad Designer
Temposhark – The Invisible Line
Yesan Damen – Chronos/Kairos
The Incredible Staggers – No Como Tu
NPSH – Glistening Pleasure
The Grates – Teeth Lost, Hearts Won

Dave Amador
Senior Skate Writer
Ill Bill – The Hour of Reprisal
J. Electronica – Sampler
Kidz in the Hall – The In Crowd
Cool Kids – Bake Sale
The Dyslexic Speed Readers – Mixtape

Lyuba Basin
The Naked Eyes – Free & Easy
The Great Northwest – The Widespread Region of the Great Northwest
The Duke Spirit – Neptune
Portishead – Third
Serena-Maneesh – S-M Backwards

Tony Basset
Delivery Driver
The Phenomenon – For All Mankind
Rise Against – Appeal to Reason
Ella Fitzgerald – Miss Ella’s Playhouse
The Killers – Day and Age
Elvis Costello – Momofuku

Patricia Bateman
Beyonce – I Am…Sasha Fierce
Katy Perry – One Of The Boys
Britney Spears – Circus
Mylie Cyrus – Breakout
Vile Blue Shades – John Thursday

James Bennett
Senior Writer
The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
Al Green – Lay It Down
Mitch Hedberg – Do You Believe in Gosh?
The Night Marchers – See You in Magic
B.B. King – One Kind Favor

Skate Writer
Young Jeezy – The Recession
T.I. – Paper Trail
The Mangies – Just Another Mangy Monday.
Nas – Nigger
Big Time Gang’s – The Most Gangsterist Hits!

Sumerset Bivens
Ad Designer
Carcrashlander – Mountains On Our Backs
Portishead – Third
Chad Vangaalen – Soft Airplane
Booka Shade – The Sun and Neon Light
El Olio Wolof – A Tedious Task

J.R. Boyce
The Mountain Goats – Heretic Pride
Girl Talk – Feed the Animals
Xiu Xiu – Women as Lovers
Children of Bodom – Blooddrunk
Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer

Dave Brewer
Top 5 Local Snowboarders
Jake Welch
Jordan Mendenhal
Jon Kooley
Justin Hebbel
Will Tuddenham

Christian Broadbent
Ad Designer
The Roots – Rising Down
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Beck – Odelay: Deluxe Version
Weezer – The Red Album
Tokyo Police Club – Elephant Shell

Angela Brown
Tolchock Trio – Abalone Skeletone
Vile Blue Shades – John Thursday California Adventure
Invaders – Tales
Subrosa – Strega (I Hate Records version)
V/A – Death By Salt IV

Cinnamon Brown
Starfucker – S/T
Stephen Malkmus - Real Emotional Trash
Tolchock Trio - Abalone Skeletone
Richard Swift - Richard Swift As Onasis
Vile Blue Shades - John Thursday California Adventure

Mike Brown
Senior Columnist/SLUG Games Coordinator
Mike Brown – Leviathan Zine on Tape.
Mr. Gnome – Deliver this Creature 7”
Monotonex – Ride 7”
Black Angels – Directions to See a Ghost
Watain – Sworn to the Dark

Delivery Driver
Street Dogs – State of Grace
Ice Cube – Raw Footage
Koffin Kats – Drunk in the Daylight
Al Green – Lay it Down
Independents – Lets Do It Again

Jessica Davis
Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – S/T
Tokyo Police Club – Elephant Shell
Boots to the Moon – Self-Titled
Tolchock Trio – A balone Skeletone

Aaron Day
P. Paul Fenech – Skitzofenech
Old Haunts – Poisonous Times
Tabaltix – Sex, Pugs and Rock N’ Roll
Teenage Bottlerocket – Warning Device
The Smiths – The Sound of The Smiths

Adam Dorobiala
Action Sports Coordinator
Beck – Modern Guilt
GZA/ Genius – Pro Tools
Dosh – Wolves and Wishes
Ratatat – LP3
Tolchock Trio – Abalone Skeleton

Conor Dow
Darkspace – Dark Space III
Elliott Brood – Mountain Meadows
Leviathan – Massive Conspiracy Against All Life
Portishead – Third
Nebelung – Vigil

Nicole Dumas
Saviours – Into Abaddon
Vile Blue Shades – John Thursday California Adventure
Nachtmystium – Assassins: Black Meddle PT. 1
Dead Meadow – Old Growth
Danava – Unonou

Mary Enge
Copy Editor
Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
She & Him – Volume One
Blitzen Trapper – Furr
Cat Power – Jukebox

Kent Farrington
Ad Designer
Arsis – We Are the Nightmare
Daft punk – Discovery Japanese (re-release)
Aphex Twin – Aphex Twin Classic
Bad Religion – New Maps of Hell (reissued)
V/A – Grand Theft Auto IV Soundtrack

Peter Fryer
Senior Writer
The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound
Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
Fucked Up - Chemistry of Common Life
The Carrier - No Love Can Save Me

Heather Gaither
Black Mountian - In The Future
Bongzilla - Nuggets (best of)
Otis Redding - Otis Blue (reissued)
The Grails - Doomsdayer
TORCHE - Meanderthal

Andrew Glassett
Managing Editor
Studio – Yearbook 2
Flying Lotus – Los Angeles
Pattern is Movement – All Together
Stag Hare – Black Medicine Music
V/A – Death By Salt IV

Eric Granato
Delivery Driver/Archiving Assistant
The Creepshow - Run For Your Life
Mike Brown – The Leviathan Zine on Tape
Cradle of Filth - Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder
Sarah Blackwood - Way Back Home
V/A – Death by Salt IV

Meghann Griggs
Sales and Marketing Manager
The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound
Nine Worlds – The Summer is Over the Harvest is in and Still We are Not Saved
Invaders – Tales
The Bronx – The Bronx III

Laura Hadar
Fleet Foxes – S/T
Black Angels – Directions to See a Ghost
Vile Blue Shades – John Thursday California Adventure
Band of Annuals – Respondez
Subrosa – Strega

Alexandra Harris
Kings of Leon – Only By the Night
Cold War Kids – Loyalty to Loyalty
Portugal the Man – Censored Colors
Why? – Alopecia
Various Artists – When Punk Goes Crunk

Jesse Hawlish
Radiohead – In Rainbows
Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst
The Week That Was – The Week That Was
TV on the Radio – Dear Science
The Black Keys – Attack & Release

Video Games:
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Fallout 3
Grand Theft Auto IV
Dead Space
Left 4 Dead

Eric Hess
Skate Writer
Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That Shit Gold
Lil Wayne - Tha Carter 3
Radiohead - In Rainbows (Limited Edition)
Nelly - Brass Knuckles
Game - L.A.X.

Gavin Hoffman
Senior Writerv SunnO))) - Domkirke
The Cure - 4:13 Dream
The Decemberists - Always the Bridesmaid
Horna - Sanojesi Aarelle
Rudimentary Peni - No More Pain

Cody Hudson
Bon Iver - For Emma Forever Ago
Why? - Alopecia
Parenthetical Girls - Entanglements
Pale Young Gentlemen - Black Forest (Tra La La)
Tokyo Police Club - Elephant Shell

Ruby Johnson
Love – Forever Changes Reissue
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen – The Early Years 1967-1970
The Beach Boys – U.S. Singles Collection The Capitol Years 1962-1965
Beach House – Devotion
Brightblack Morning Light – Motion to Rejoin

Josh Joye
Graphic Artist
Beck – Modern Guilt
Boris – Smile
The Raveonettes – Lust, Lust, Lust
Hank III – Damn RIght, Rebel Proud
Nick Cave & The Badseeds – Dig Lazarus, Dig!

Erin Kelleher
Fleet Foxes – Sun Giant EP and White Winter Hymnal EP
DeVotchKa – A Mad and Faithful Telling
Some Beasts – S/T
Alaska in Winter – Holiday
Spiritualized – Songs in A&E

Katherine Kellermeyer
Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s - Animal!
Rachel Taylor Brown - Half Hours With the Lower Creatures
Let’s Become Actors - S/T
Grand Ole Party - Humanimals
Vampire Weekend - S/T

Brian Kubarycz
Senior Writer
Boris – Smile
The Ocean – Pantheon of The Lesser
The Hilliard Ensemble – Audivi Vocem
Lord Fowl – Endless Dynamite
Subrosa – Strega

Inversion Trawler Serial Writer
Rope or Bullets – The Turns
Tolchock Trio – Abalone Skeleton
Vile Blue Shades – Naughty, Naughty, Naughty, Sticky, Lovely LP
The Weeping Giblets – Top 10 Secrections
Starmy – Starmeggedon

Tyler Mackmell
Beer Reviewer
The Tossers - On a Fine Spring Evening
She & Him - Volume One
Jaguar Love - Take Me to the Sea
DeVotchKa - A Mad and Faithful Telling
Pat Benatar – Ultimate Collection

Clea Major
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
The Loved Ones - Build & Burn
Kaki King - Dreaming of Revenge
Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
Right Away, Great Captain! - The Eventually Home

Dave Madden
Senior Writer
Tobacco - Fucked Up Friends
Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
Chris Corsano - The Young Cricketer
Autechre - Quaristice
Nine Inch Nails - The Slip

Jimmy Martin
Film Critic
The Dark Knight – Christopher Nolan
Slumdog Millionaire – Danny Boyle & Loveleen Tandan
Wall-E – Andrew Stanton
Man on Wire – James Marsh
Anvil! The Story of Anvil – Sacha Gervasi

Mariah Mellus
Gallery Stroll Columnist
Vampire Weekend – S/T
Bittersweet - Drama
The Black Keys - Attack and Release
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Vetiver - Thing Of The Past Samuel Milianta
Photographer/Skate Writer
Black Keys - Attack and Release
Silver Jews -Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea
Miles Davis - On The Corner (Supreme Limited Edition)
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (Supreme Limited Edition)
David Archuleta - S/T

Jeanette Moses
Editorial Assistant
Vile Blue Shades - John Thursday California Adventure
Andale! - S/T
Melvins - Nude With Boots
The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound
GZA/Genius - Protools

James Orme
Senior Writer
Deke Dickerson - King of the Whole Wide World
Swinging Utters - Hatest Grits
Rancid - B Sides and C Sides
Horrorpops - Kiss Kiss Kill Kill
Los Difutos - S/T

Katie Panzer
She & Him - Volume One
Matt Costa - Unfamiliar Faces
The Cool Kids - The Bake Sale
Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

Nick Parker
Writer / Copy Editor
All Shall Perish - Awaken the Dreamers
Misery Signals - Controller
Iron Thrones - Heart of the Light
After the Burial - Rareform
The Dark Knight Soundtrack - Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard

Jon Paxton
Gang Gang Dance - Saint Dymphna
Johann Johannson - Fordlandia
Tricky - Knowle West Boy
Andale! - S/T
Portishead - Third

Todd Powelson
Ad Designer
Mike Doughty - Golden Delicious
Patty Larkin - Watch the Sky
Beck - Modern Guilt
The Vines - Melodia
The Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely

Mike Reff
Mike Brown - Leviathan Zine on Tape
Amplive - Radiohead
Rainydayz Remixes
Ratatat - Lp3
Futurama 3 - The Yellow Tape by Bad Abbot
Nightmares on Wax – Thought So …

Ben Robertson
SLUG Games Coordinator
Sound Tribe Sector 9 - Peaceblaster
GZA - Pro Tools
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Old Crow Medicine Show - Tennessee Pusher
High School Musical 3 - Senior Year Soundtrack

Jon Robertson
Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
These Arms Are Snakes - Tail Swallower And Dove
Land of Talk - Some Are Lakes
Portishead - Third
I Am The - H.M.S

Ryan Sanford
Writer / Copy Editor
Spiritualized - Songs in A&E
Deerhunter - Microcastle
Bardo Pond - Batholith
Tolchock Trio - Abalone Skeletone
The Duke Spirit - Neptune

Lance Saunders

Senior Writer
The Devil Whale- Like Paraders
Fleet Foxes - S/T
Tolchock Trio - Abalone Skeletone
The Dutchess and the Duke – She’s the Dutchess, He’s the Duke
Langhorne Slim – When the Sun’s Gone Down (re-release)

Kealan Shilling
Brian Jonestown Massacre - My Bloody UnderGround
Spindrift - The West
The Black Angels - Directions to See a Ghost
The Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust
Vile Blue Shades - John Thursday California Adventure!

Ross Solomon
The Rural Alberta Advantage - Hometowns
Tobacco - Fucked up Friends
TV on the Radio - Dear Science
Apparat - Things to be Frickled
Clark - Turning Dragon

Gaslamp Killer - I Spit On Your Grave
Madlib – Beat Konducta Vol. 6: Dil Withers Suite
Flying Lotus – Los Angeles
MF Doom – Operation Doomsday (re-issued)
DJ Muggs & Planet Asia – Pain Language

Chris Swainston
Photographer / Design Intern
Vile Blue Shades - John Thursday California Adventure
Beck - Modern Guilt
Mike Brown - Leviathan Zine on Tape
Black Keys - Attack and Release
Tommy Guerrero – Return of the Bastard

Ben Trentelman
The Dark Knight - Christopher Nolan
Iron Man - Jon Favreau
The Incredible Hulk - Louis Leterrier
Hellboy II - Guillermo del Toro
The Spirit - Frank Miller

Rebecca Vernon
Writer / Copy Editor
The Black Angels - Directions to See a Ghost
Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull
Jex Thoth – S/T
Kid Madusa - Kid Madusa
Iota - Tales

Ricky Vigil
Office Coordinator / Writer
The Gaslight Anthem - The ’59 Sound
Paint It Black - New Lexicon
The Loved Ones - Build & Burn
Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life
Hot Water Music - Till the Wheels Fall Off

Helen Wade
Girl Talk - Feed the Animals
Chromeo - Fancy Foot Work (Deluxe Edition)
3OH!3 - Want
The Ettes - Look at Life Again Soon
TV on the Radio - Dear Science

Ben West
Harvey Milk - Life, the Best Game in Town
Horna - Sanojest Aarelle
Like a Kind of Matador - Halfway to Dangerous
Menace Ruine - The Die is Cast
Skullflower - Desire for a Holy War

Bryer Wharton
Senior Writer
Ayat - Six Years of Dormant Hatred
Esoteric - The Maniacal Valve
Severed Savior - Servile Insurrection
Voetsek - Infernal Command
Holy Moses - Agony of Death

Jeremy Wilkins
Senior Writer
She & Him - Volume One
The Gaslight Anthem - The ‘59 Sound
Band of Annuals - Respondez (re-released)
The Anniversary - Devil On Our Side: Rarities and B-Sides
Fleet Foxes - S/T

Lionel Williams
Ad Designer
Fleet Foxes - S/T
The Mars Volta - The Bedlam In Goliath
Blue Sky Black Death - Slow Burning Lights
Reign Of Kindo - Rhythm, Chord, and Melody
Seal - Soul

Fred Worbon
Food Critic
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Sigur Ros - With Buzzing in Our Ears We Play Endlessly
Jeff Buckley - Grace
Radiohead - Entire Catalog Re-release
Cub Country - Stretch that Skull Cover and Smile