PS: The thing that struck me is that my favourite albums of 2008 have been recorded at home. Besides Fleet Foxes, Portishead - Third comes to mind. Brilliant album. Some recording and mixing/mastering has been done in commercial facilities , but nonetheless, a big part consists of excellent home work. Of course the home recording/pro hybrid approach is not a new phenomenon, but this is probably the first year that both
of my fave albums are made this way, and they sound excellent.
Portishead has got one hell of a home studio. (actually it's like a big pro studio at home.) On the other hand; for lead vocals they didn't use their vintage u47 but a cheap $ 300 Rode. Of course, I'm not
downplaying the importance of pro engineer/mix skills or pro gear. Just saying I'm thrilled by thought that it's possible for (some) recording musicians to make impressive sounding albums on a modest budget, not just "OK sounding" lofi albums or sample/synth based electronics.
I think a lot of bands would be better of if they would focus on playing and paying a pro engineer/studio to do the recording. But for some bands (and us listeners) the freedom of home recording is truly a blessing. Merry MboXmas!