Phoenix's Best Records of 2008
Written by Martin Cizmar
The desert is dancing. At least that's the impression you'd get from this list of the 10 best records of the year, which reflects the synth-y sound of Phoenix. Lately, it seems electro-pop/rock of acts might grow to define the Valley's music scene in the way the jangly country/pop/rock of Mill Avenue and Mesa pop-punkers like Jimmy Eat World and Authority Zero once did. Then there are the rockers playing vintage R&B (Black Carl, The Love Me Nots) and the hip-hoppers (Cousins of the Wize) who've also got some danceability. Oh, and that's without two local bands on the cusp nationally, What Laura Says and the recently split The Medic Droid, which make asses move, but weren't quite good enough to make this selective list.
1. Kinch Advances (self-released album)
Best track:"All I Done"
Sounds like: Vintage Blur covering Coldplay