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Top Picks of 2008 from the 88Nine RadioMilwaukee Staff

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Well 2008 is coming close to an end, and it is time for the ubiquitous best of 2008 lists.  Here at 88Nine RadioMilwaukee, the staff are very passionate about their music and would like to share their top picks for 2008.  Take at look at them and see how many of their picks are on your lists.  Don't forget to take the 88Nine's Best of 2008 Listener Poll and pick your 10 favorite songs. On January 16th we will countdown the top 100 songs of 2008, as voted by you!  Here are the picks from 88Nine RadioMilwaukee's staff. Enjoy!

Vicki Mann,  Station  Manager

(in no particular order)

James McMurtry - Just Us Kids

Robert Plant & Allison - Krause Raising Sand

John Hiatt - Same Old Man

Van Morrison - Keep It Simple

Emmy Lou Harris - All I Intend to Be

John Mellencamp - Life Death Love & Freedom

Little Feat & Friends - Join the Band

Jim Lauderdale & The Dream Players - Honey Songs

Eva Cassidy - Somewhere

Jackson Browne - Time the Conqueror 

Theresa Kopac, Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator

The Constellations – Southern Gothic

Santogold - Santogold

Atmosphere – When Life Gives You Lemons

The Championship – Midnight Golden

Delta Spirit – Ode To Sunshine

Estelle – Shine

Galactic – From The Corner To The Block

Kings Go Forth

She and Him – Volume One

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Sunday At Devil Dirt

 *Special nod - Valentina   

Peter Adams, Underwriting Specialist

Yelle- Pop-Up

Fleet Foxes- Fleet Foxes

Grand National- A Drink & A Quick Decision

Santogold- Santogold

Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons...

Kings Go Forth- Kings Go Forth

The Broken West- Now or Heaven

Ratatat- LP3

Bon Iver- For Emma, Forever Ago

TV On The Radio- Dear Science


Sam Van Hallgren, Program Director

The Constantines - Kensington Heights

The Black Keys - Attack & Release

Mason Jennings - In The Ever

Elvis Costello - Momofuku

Mates of State - Re-Arrange Us

Radiohead - In Rainbows

Erykah Badu - New Amerykah, Part 1 (4th World War) 

Kat Froelich, Friday night, and Weekend DJ

MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

M.I.A. - Kala

Radiohead - In Rainbows

Justice - Croass

Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Coldplay - Viva La Vida

TV On The Radio - Dear Science

Vampire Weekend

The Constellations - Southern Gothic 


Marcus Doucette - Mid Morning DJ

TV On The Radio – Dear Science

Matty G – Take You Back

Flying Lotus – Los Angeles

Santogold – Santogold

DJ/Rupture - Uproot

Various - Andy Votel pres. Brazilika

Madlib – WILB: King Of The Wigflip

Rashaan Ahmad – The Push

Chancha Via Circuito – Rodante

Leila – Blood Looms And Brooms

Reggae section

a) Maka Riddim (dancehall riddim)

b) Ridd Heartical Meets Basque Dub Foundation  (roots riddim)


Adam Carr, Production Intern

Portishead – Third [Universal Island Records]

Shed – Shedding the Past [Ostgut Tontrager]

James Blackshaw / VA– The Garden of Forking Paths [Important Records]

Hercules and Love Affair – S/T [DFA]

Benzi & Diplo Present – Paper Route Gangstaz [Self-Released]

Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago [Jagjaguwar]

Pilooski – Dirty Edits Vol. 3 [Discograph]

Flying Lotus – Los Angeles [Warp Records]

Glass Candy – Beat Box [Italians Do It Better]

Beach House – Devotion [Carpark Records]

Tarik Moody, Digital Content Manager, Evening DJ

Santogold - Santogold

Sarah White - Hiding Blind

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III

Kissey Asplund - Plethora

Flying Lotus - Los Angeles

Justice - Cross

Nneka - No Longer At Ease

Lykke Li - Youth Novels

TV On The Radio - Dear Science

The Constellations - Southern Gothic 

*Radiohead - In Rainbows (see Daniel's comments below) 

Best Mixtapes

Wale - Mixtape About Nothing

Kid Cudi - A Kid Named Cudi

Game Rebellion - Searchin for Rick Rubin

Santogold & Diplo - Top Ranking 

Benzi & Diplo Present – Paper Route Gangstaz [Self-Released]

Killer Cuts

Blaqstarr - Bang Hard

DJ Mujava - Township Funk

PRGz - Rollin (Rustie Remix) 

Thunderheist - Jerk It

Big Boi & Raekwon - Royal Flush

Daniel O'Grady - Weekend DJ

Atlas sound – Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel

Black Keys – Attack and Release

Brightblack Morning Light – Motion to Rejoin

Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago

Portishead - Third

The Ruby Suns – Sea Lion

Silver Jews – Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea

Spiritualized – Songs in A & E

 TV on the Radio – Dear Science

Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer

 *While any sane and/or rational member of the homo sapiens sapiens tribe would include Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” in any top list, I consider this a 2007 album.  Technically, the album in all its physical glory was released on Jan.1 2008.  However, the revolutionary digital release in October of 2007 was its real release according to yours truly due to the magnitude of this release vehicle.

Aimee Rae, Weekend DJ

Kings of Leon - Only by the Night

Ryan Adams - Cardinology

The Hold Steady - Stay Positive

Lucinda Williams - Little Honey

JJ Grey & Mofro - Orange Blossoms

Old Crow Medicine Show - Tennessee Pusher

The Championship - Midnight Golden

Matthew Sweet - Sunshine Lies

Martin Sexton - Solo "Live"

Ani DiFranco - Red Letter Year 

Scott Mullins - Music Director, Afternoon Drive DJ

My  Morning Jacket – Evil Urges

Kings Of Leon –  Only By The Night

The High Decibels –  HD

Blitzen Trapper – Furr

The Revelations feat. Tre Williams –  Deep Soul

The Rip Off Artists – Esque

Alejandro Escovedo – Real Animal

Reverend Organdrum – Revorgandrum 

Lucinda Williams – Little Honey

The Black Keys – Attack & Release


Sarah Fierek - Weekend DJ

Kanye West - 808's & Heartbreak

Erykah Badu - New Amerykah, Pt. 1 (4th World War)
Q-Tip - The Renaissance
Sam Sparro - Sam Sparro
Coldplay: - Viva La Vida
Estelle -  Shine
John Legend -  Evolver
Brandy - Human
Beyonce - I Am Sasha Fierce
Dido -  Safe Trip Home
* I second Theresa on the love and recognition to Valentina