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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.


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Ruby Suns- Sea Lion
Air France- No Way Down
Bodies of Water- A Certain Feeling
Hercules and Love Affair
Karl Blau- Nature's Got Away
No Kids- Come Into My House
Beach House- Devotion
Aidan Smith- Allotments
Fleet Foxes- Fleet Foxes
El Guincho- Alegranza

Princeton - "Leonard Woolf"


The Walkmen 'You and Me'
Beach House 'Devotion'
No Age 'Nouns'
Wolf Parade 'At Mount Zoomer'
M83 'Saturdays=Youth'
Times New Viking 'Rip It Off'
Silver Jews 'Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea'
Marnie Stern 'This is it & I am it ...'
Bodies of Water 'A Certain Feeling'
Cause Co-motion 'It's Time'


The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement
Beck - Modern Guilt
Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
Bodies of Water - A Certain Feeling
Magnetic Fields - Distortion
Wolf Parade - A Mount Zoomer
Ruby Suns - Sea Lion
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
TV on the Radio - Dear Science
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

This last year LAist's Molly Bergen interviewed the fresh-faced trio.