I’m sitting here working on my list for the best albums and songs of 2008. I’m trying to catch up on the new releases and revisit albums from earlier this year. I’ve chosen the best song and best record, but I’m fumbling around with the rest. I will post my picks on December 7th.
I haven’t seen Guy Ritchie’s new movie RocknRolla yet. The film received mixed reviews and then the A-Rod divorce scandal hit. However, the soundtrack is phenomenal. The Clash, The Subways, The Beat, The Hives, The Sonics, 20-20’s, War and Lou Reed are some of the artists that contribute tracks. It’s by far his heaviest soundtrack to date.
MP3: RocknRolla – No School Like The Old School
MP3: DJ Shadow – Fixed Income (Remix)
MP3: Peaches – I’m The Kinda
MP3: Let’s Go Sailing – Sideways (Remix)
MP3: Amplive from Zion I – Critical (Drum ‘n’ Bass Remix)
MP3: Le Tigre – Deceptacon
MP3: Garage A Trois – Hard Headed Rio Aka Rio Cuca Dura
Wanna be Rich, Wanna be wealthy
I believe I would rather be poor and healthy
This is some nasty funk. I’ve been listening to a ton of The Meters lately. Their catalog runs about 80 deep. Check out The Very Best of the Meters.
Omissions: Deerhunter, Deerhoof, Department of Eagles, The Black Keys
Head Scratchers: Jack Johnson, Razor Light #21, Glasvegas #5 & Coldplay #3
Good Picks: Jenny Lewis, Black Mountain, Joan As Police Woman, The Raconteurs, Elbow
Q Magazine // Top 50 Albums Of 2008
50 Dido – Safe Trip Home
49 Emmylou Harris – All I Intended To Be
48 Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue
47 Randy Newman – Harps And Angels
46 The Verve – Forth
45 Jack Johnson Sleep Through Static
44 Black Kids – Partie Traumatic
43 Joan As Police Woman – To Survive
42 Liam Finn – I’ll Be Lightning
41 Lindsey Buckingham – Gift Of Screws
40 My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
39 Santogold – Santogold
38 John Mellencamp – Life Death Love & Freedom
37 Lykke Li – Youth Novels
36 R.E.M. – Accelerate
35 The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
34 Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
33 Hercules & Love Affair – Hercules & Love Affair
32 Oasis – Dig Out Your Soul
31 Black Mountain – In The Future
30 Portishead – Third
29 AC/DC – Black Ice
28 Paul Weller – Dreams
27 Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark
26 Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst
I’ve left my apartment once today to walk my dog. I’m not into bargain shopping sprees; I order everything from Amazon.com and ship it back East. I feel sorry for the guys that had to go to the mall with their girlfriends or wives. It’s almost as fun as seeing ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Pt. 2′.
Tracks are from the Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England. The 3-day music festival is one of the largest in the world.
Q&A from their website:
Question: Drunk Six Pints? How Long Until You’re Safe to Drive?
Answer: 12 Hours
I’ve had a spirited debate with a friend regarding Bon Iver’s ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ release date. My friend says 2008, I say 2007. The album was self-released in late 2007 and re-released in February of this year. I’m sticking with 2007. A British fan pointed out that the UK release was in 2008. Either way it’s a great album.
Check out Iver’s acoustic sessions @ Daytrotter (click here).
I received the December issue of Paste today. I really do love this magazine. Great format, photos, reviews and the free monthly CD sampler. She & Him’s M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel grace the cover for winning Paste’s album of year award. I don’t agree with the pick, but they explain their decision in the issue. Look for features on Damon Albarn, Steven Soderbergh and a review of Ryan Adam’s ‘Cardinology’.
Los Angeles’ The Whispertown 2000 record ‘Swim’ is creeping into my Top 25 albums of 2008.
Paste Magazine // Top 50 Albums of 2008 (Click Here)