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Bon Iver's Top Seven of 2008

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Photo via Bon Iver's Myspace

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver

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bowerbirds - hymns for a dark horse
collections of colonies of bees - birds
black mountain - in the future
war on drugs - wagonwheel blues
kathleen edwards - asking for flowers
megafaun - bury the sqaure
the rosebuds - life like

This last year Justin Vernon of Bon Iver took over the world with his "reverberated acoustic guitar strings, ghostly arrangements and harmonics."