So, without further ado, and because I'm a little OCD and can't publish the 2009 list without first getting 2008 out of the way, here comes the best of what I heard in 2008:
Sigur Rós - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
Shamefully, this was my first Sigur Ros CD. It's shameful because they've been around for about a dozen years, and I'd never heard them before. They are now one of my favorite bands, and I own all of their CDs. Even one that I had to order from Iceland.
This is the most transcendent music I've heard in my life. There are moments that I would swear the heavens opened up and the music coming out is like the very voice of God.
My words can't do it justice. It must be heard to be believed, and not just in 30-second snippets. …