31 Dec 2008
A Very Cerysmatic 2008 
In no particular order...

A Darker Sunset - John Metcalfe
A Thousand Words - Styrofoam
Auteur Labels - Factory Benelux
Another Way To Die - Jack White and Alicia Keys
Consolers of the Lonely - The Raconteurs
Death Magnetic - Metallica
Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Flight of the Conchords - Flight of the Conchords
In Silico - Pendulum
Letter From God To Man - Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
Low - Flo Rida
Mountain Battles - The Breeders
Only By The Night - Kings of Leon
Retrospective - The Retro Spankees
Sunlight To Blue... Blue To Blackness - The Durutti Column
The Age of Understatement - The Last Shadow Puppets
The Seldom Seen Kid - Elbow
The Weekend Starts Round Here E.P. - The Parks Dept.
Third - Portishead
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends - Coldplay
We Started Nothing - The Ting Tings
Wearing My Rolex - Wiley

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A Certain Ratio

"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

The Durutti Column