The Week’s Coalition Independent Album Chart & Art Vinyl’s Artwork Of 2008

Your weekly independent album chart plus a look back at the best sleeves of 2008

The Quietus is pleased to be able to bring you the latest album chart from the good people at the Coalition of Independent Record Shops. What’s more, we’ve got the top ten best slabs of artwork from 2008, courtesy of the equally good people at Art Vinyl.

Scroll down to the bottom of this piece to see our gallery of the top ten sleeves in the Best Art Vinyl Award. The full top 50 is currently on display on the walls at Rough Trade East, Snap Galleries in Birmingham,

Fishmarket Gallery in Northampton and the Perfect Pad Gallery in


Speaking about the Best Art Vinyl Award, Art Vinyl director Andrew Heeps said "For the past four years the Best Art Vinyl award has very much celebrated the work of new emerging artists and graphic designers, so this year it has been a real surprise to see how some past artistic works have proven to be so popular from 2008’s record cover designs"

Scroll down to see the Top Ten on The Quietus, and visit Art Vinyl website for more information about what they do.

The Coalition of Independent Record Shops Chart:

No prizes for guessing who’s at number one – Animal Collective storm to the top with new album Merriweather Post Pavilion. Fleet Foxes stay at Number Two, while there’s a new entry for sulky New York electro ladies Telepathe at 13. Deerhunter, Mogwai and Gang Gang Dance also make returns to the Top 20. Here’s the Top 20 of the Coalition Album Chart in full:

1: Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

2: Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes (Bella Union)

3: Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago (4AD)

4: MGMT – Oracular Spectacular (COLUMBIA)

5: Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night (Hand Me Down)

6: Gang Gang Dance – Saint Dymphna (Warp)

7: Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (XL)

8: Amy MacDonald – This Is The Life (Vertigo)

9: TV On The Radio – Dear Science (4AD)

10: Sigur Ros – Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalust (EMI)

11: Killers – Day And Age (Vertigo)

12: Dodos – Visiter (Wichita)

NEW 13: Telepathe – Dance MOther (Cooperative Music/V2)

14: Mogwai – The Hawk Is Howling (Wall Of Sound)

15: Santogold – Santogold (Atlantic)

16: Deerhunter – Microcastle / Weird Era Continued (4AD)

17: Late Of The Pier – Fantasy Black Channel (Parlophone)

18: Glasvegas – Glasvegas (Columbia)

19: Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires (XL)

20: Bloc Party – A Weekend In The City (Wichita Recordings)

Find out more about the Coalition and their aims, as well as a full list of participating stores, via the Coalition website. Click the image below to see the Art Vinyl top ten record sleeves of 2008.

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