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Friday, February 27, 2009

faves of 2008

it’s the beginning of december and once again it’s time to share some fave songs from the past year. this year’s collection has a bunch of slower songs. slow songs seem to highlight their words. maybe i’m listening to lyrics more and more. i hope you enjoy.

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28. the notwist “gone gone gone”
sad lyrics and a good bridge. more than enough to make this list.
get the record .
27. abe vigoda “dead city/waste wilderness”
super loud post hardcore art rock.
get the record .
26. empire of the sun “walking on a dream”
the most embarassing pick in this list by far. infectious.
25. deerhunter “agoraphobia”
so 90’s. reminds me of pavement and/or lou reed.
get the record .
24. blitzen trapper “furr”
very dylan. lots of personality and great melodies.
get the record .
23. helvetia “old new bicycle”
best guitar tone ever. great un-self-conscious playing.
get the record .
22. american music club “all my love”
another devastater from one of my all-time favorite bands.
get the record .
21. elbow “starlings”
the one has an ingenious and surprising build. some perfect lines too: “i sat you down and told you how the truest love that’s ever found is for oneself/you pulled apart my theory with a weary and disinterested sigh”.
get the record .
20. max richter “h in new england”
i could have picked any number off richter’s latest record. they’re all faves.
get the record .
19. devon williams “please be patient”
the strings make this one. very 60s pop. best chorus of the year.
get the record .
18. bon iver “for emma”
so simple. amazing slide guitar.
get the record .
17. destroyer “dark leaves from a thread”
another barn-burner, another song with na-na’s.
get the record .
16. lykke li “i’m good, i’m gone (metronomy remix)”
spooky synth dance track. has that knight rider sound that’s so popular these days.
get the little bit single .
15. wild beasts “the devil’s crayon”
unique voice. the whole sound is very original. maybe you could compare it to a less cheeky franz ferdinand.
get the record .
14. the war on drugs “arms like boulders”
another dylanish track. poetic lines bumping into one another.
get the record .
13. she and him “this is not a test”
classic m. ward songwriting. adorable and very catchy.
get the record .
12. kid cudi feat. wale “is there any love?”
nice flip of the drum break. cudi subtly makes the beat more exciting with the rhythm of his rappin’.
get kid cudi’s day n nite e.p. .
11. chad vangaalen “rabid bits of time”
“you’ve been dead for years/ but you never knew/and the rabid bits of time/ have been eating you”
get the record .
10. women “black rice”
very beach boys/panda bear. plodding and head nodding.
get the record .
9. flying lotus “parisian goldfish”
this guy has the best snare sounds. nice restrained use of the cowbell.
get the record .
8. sigur rós “gobbledigook”
how do they come up with this stuff? the rhythm comes outta nowhere! the building background vocals and hand clapping is just… great.
get the record .
7. the walkmen “in the new year”
completely kickass.
get the record .
6. solange “i decided”
a faithful motown recreation. probably inspired by amy winehouse. this stuff is undeniable, though.
get the record .
5. jolie holland “palmyra”
so poignant and well-executed. “my little heart is a graveyard/it’s a no man’s land”.
get the record .
4. the dodos “walking”
totally acoustic, but still really rockin’. still stuck in my head from when i first heard it in march.
get the record .
3. evangelicals “skeleton man”
like the pixies vs. thin lizzy vs. complete noise. “someone loves you very much, you’re fucked”.
get the record .
2. dr. dog “the rabbit, the bat, and the reindeer”
so fun and redemptive. amazing pizzicato bridge and double time ending.
get the record .
1. fleet foxes “quiet houses”
i guess this is no. 1 because it’s the most beautiful song of the bunch. i get goosebumps every time the chord changes at 0:18.
get the record .

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  • said,

    Thanks for the songs, Internet!

  • Haley said,

    You should make a zip of this! :]

  • said,

    zip would have been nice. great music anyway.. thanks

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