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Great Music From 2008

Three Seconds Of Dead Air – The Twilight Sad

This year’s awards brought to you by my favourite new band of 2007.

With February approaching and having finally wrapped up my graduate studies applications, I figure now is as a good a time as any to finally post my 2nd Annual Year End music post. Though it’s more of a Year Beginning post now, isn’t it? Semantics. As with last year, this year’s list is done in Highlander style, meaning that no artist gets more than one song. Otherwise, this whole list would be a bunch of Lil Wayne and Wolf Parade songs. As it stands, this is by no means a definitive list of the best songs of 2008, just twenty good songs that belong on any playlist. As long as you care about looking cool, that is.

Songs that just missed the cut:
The Hunter’s StarShearwater
Sex On FireKings Of Leon
Touch My BodyMariah Carey
DLZTV On The Radio

Best song that I should have listened to last year: A three-way tie! See You Again by Miley Cyrus, The Pilgriming Vine by Basia Bulat, and a cover of Jojo‘s Too Little, Too Late by Grizzly Bear‘s Daniel Rossen.

Best song that should really be been in anybody’s top 20: Jizz In My Pants by The Lonely Island. I just couldn’t pull the trigger on this one.

Best CD that I should have listened to last year: Random Spirit Lover by Sunset Rubdown. It actually feels like I did listen to this CD last year because I got around to it in January or February. Nevertheless, I can’t gush over this album enough and it would have been all over my 2007 year end list if I had listened to it when it came out.

Best rip-off of Rihanna‘s Pon de Replay: Bounce With Me by Kreesha Turner. Seriously, what the fuck?

Best critically acclaimed album that went over my head: No Age by Nouns. There’s only so much random shit one man can take.

And now, without further ado, twenty of my favourite songs in ’08 (mostly in order of preference):

20. Heartless Kanye West
From 808s & Heartbreak

19. Feel The LoveCut Copy
From In Ghost Colours

18. Drop It Doe EyesLos Campesinos!
From Hold On Now, Youngster…

17. In A CaveTokyo Police Club
From Elephant Shell

16. Big JumpsEmiliana Torrini
From Me And Armini

15. DangerousKardinal Offishall ft. Akon
From Not 4 Sale

14. Violet HillColdplay
From Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends

13. Stay PositiveThe Hold Steady
From Stay Positive

12. Pork And BeansWeezer
From Weezer

11. Foxes Mate For LifeBorn Ruffians
From Red, Yellow And Blue

10. Kissing The BeehiveWolf Parade
From At Mount Zoomer

9. Wrestlers Hot Chip
From Made In The Dark

8. American BoyEstelle ft. Kanye West
From Shine

7. UndeclaredThe Dodos
From Visiter

6. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)Beyoncé
From I Am…Sasha Fierce

5. LollipopLil Wayne ft. Static Major
From Tha Carter III

4. I Will Possess Your HeartDeath Cab For Cutie
From Narrow Stairs

3. M79Vampire Weekend
From Vampire Weekend

2. Will It GrowJakob Dylan
From Seeing Things

1. White Winter HymnalFleet Foxes
From Fleet Foxes

I-I can’t believe we’re even having this discussion.
Hey! You brought it up.
No! No no–you brought it up.
What? You seem…?
What? What do I seem…?
You seem like such a smart girl.
You’re pushing.
I’m baffled.
Maybe if…maybe…just explain it again.
Ok. Ya with me?
I’m with you.
Televisions are square. The screen is square.
Right.
Movies, for the most part, are shaped like rectangles. Long rectangles. So if you show a movie on tv without letterboxing it, you…you’re missing half the movie.
How?
How? How???! Ok. Here’s a rectangle. You draw a square on it. What’s this left over stuff on this side? It’s more movie! That’s what!
Yeah, but, who cares? You can still see what’s happening.
“You can still see what’s happening?” What’s happening is…is…is…talented directors from all over the world are being gang raped by John Q. Public.
But I don’t like those black bars on the top and bottom…
You don’t like the…does the rest of the room around your TV bug you? How ’bout the cable box on top of it? No. You tune it out.
Gold, do you know how much my tv cost? Do you?
A million dollars.
Yes. It did. It cost a million dollars. And you know what? When I turn it on, I want the whole entire screen filled with those flying color teenies. Not the middle third…the-whole-thing.
“I want”…I…get me out of this van…this is so depressin’.
Yeah, well, sucks to be you.
“Fill up the screen.”
You done?

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