Posted by: Dave on January 23, 2009 at 6:00 am

HushSoundsGoodbyeBluesExcept for the songs that made my Top 20 Songs of 2008 and the representative tracks from my Top 20 Albums of 2008, these are the rest of the best indie and indie-minded rock tracks of 2008 (part one of four). To be eligible, a song needed to be included on an album released in the United States between December 1, 2007 and November 30, 2008.

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1. The Hush Sound “The Boys Are Too Refined” Goodbye Blues (Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic)

2. The Hush Sound “Medicine Man” Goodbye Blues (Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic)

3. Santogold “You’ll Find A Way” Santogold (Downtown)

4. Santogold “L.E.S. Artistes” Santogold (Downtown)

5. El Madmo “Scary Lady” El Madmo (Team Love)

6. El Madmo “Fantasy Guy” El Madmo (Team Love)

7. Vampire Weekend “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” Vampire Weekend (XL)

8. Vampire Weekend “M79” Vampire Weekend (XL)

9. Okkervil River “Pop Lie” The Stand Ins (Jagjaguwar)

10. Okkervil River “Starry Stairs” The Stand Ins (Jagjaguwar)

11. Death Cab for Cutie “Cath…” Narrow Stairs (Atlantic)

12. Death Cab For Cutie “I Will Possess Your Heart (Radio Edit)” Narrow Stairs (Atlantic)

13. Beck “Youthless” Modern Guilt (Interscope)

14. Beck “Gamma Ray” Modern Guilt (Interscope)

15. Blitzen Trapper “Fire and Fast Bullets” Furr (Sub Pop)

16. Blitzen Trapper “Sleepy Time In The Western World” Furr (Sub Pop)

17. The Presidents of the United States of America “Ladybug” These Are the Good Times People (Fugitive Recordings/EMI)

18. Matt Costa “Emergency Call” Unfamiliar Faces (Brushfire)

19. Islands “Creeper” Arm’s Way (Anti-)

20. Thao “Swimming Pools” We Brave Bee Sting and All (Kill Rock Stars)

21. Thao “Bag of Hammers” We Brave Bee Sting and All (Kill Rock Stars)

22. Santogold featuring Trouble Andrew “I’m A Lady” Santogold (Downtown)

23. Laura Marling “Cross Your Fingers” Alas I Cannot Swim (Astralwerks)

24. Vampire Weekend “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance” Vampire Weekend (XL)

25. Vampire Weekend “Walcott” Vampire Weekend (XL)

26. Conor Oberst “Souled Out!!!” Conor Oberst (Merge)

27. Hymns “LA, or Babette Sange” Travel In Herds (High Wire Music)

28. The Baseball Project “Gratitude (For Curt Flood)” Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails (Yep Roc)

29. The Baseball Project “Past Time” Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails (Yep Roc)

30. Nada Surf “Whose Authority” Lucky (Barsuk)

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