2008 was a great year for music, blah blah blah. In fact it was a fucking santoGOLDEN
WHAT UP ’08? (part 1) <— Click to go to download page!
Notes on each track after the jump. (Mom, that’s the “continued…” below)
For the sake of your digestion I have broken this collection into two parts. Start with Part 1 (more rock/indie) today and hold tight for Part 2 (more electro/dance) on Friday. When put together they both fit on ONE audio CD, and no, that’s not a coincidence. Burn yourself a copy for the weekend rest of your life and enjoy!
(Track Name – Artist – Album)
1. Four Night Rider – The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns
Besides being based in Toronto and name-checking my mom’s home province in their name, The Rural Alberta Advantage delivered of the most out-of-the-blue surprises of the year. After stumbling on Hometowns via eMusic I was hooked for weeks. The vocals are a bit Neutral Milk Hotel but if you never got into (or heard of) those guys, don’t worry, this album is all pounding heartbeats and earnestness and will leave you humming for sure.
2. Does This Mean You’re Moving On? – The Airborne Toxic Event – S/T
After reading the band’s open letter to Pitchfork (a response to the websites juvenile lambasting of their album) I couldn’t help but investigate the tunes behind the ‘tude. Lets just say this Los Feliz based quintet makes me proud to be from L.A.
3. High Lonesome – The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound
Some say The Gaslight Anthem sound just like fellow New Jersey native Bruce Springstean. However, while The Boss makes me a bit slepy, listening to The ’59 Sound makes me want to drop the windows and gas pedal. Mind your local speed limits, kids.
4. Young Love (Shoes Mix) – Mystery Jets – Twenty One
When I heard the Mystery Jets debut EP while I was an intern at their label Startime Records I remember being glad there were only 5 songs. When I heard this remix of their first single off their sophomore LP I remember thinking that there wasn’t enough room on the bus for me to dance. Flashforward to me digging the rest of the album and reminding myself not to write off bands so quick.
5. Hot Lips – Pacific! – Reveries
After copping the name of my favorite ocean, these Swedes threw an exclamation point on it and went about making one of the grooviest albums of the year. Throw Reveries on at your next dinner party (or pre-gaming) and watch the head bobbing ensue. Or just make sweet, sweet love to it. Whatever.
6. Laughing All The Way To The Plank – Elle Milano – Acres Of Dead Spacemen
Singing “Why don’t we find ourselves a home” over one of the best build-ups in a song last year gets me air-drumming every time. Get the whole album for loads more spastic grooves and British yelling. Its too bad these guys broke up in October.
7. About To Walk – Throw Me The Statue – Moonbeams
After the first half of 2008 had me pushing this album on anyone who would listen,Â I then 1) discovered that I know the frontman from college, 2) Saw them live in 3 very far-from-eachother places (LA, NYC, Berlin), and 3) Bought a band T-shirt, something I haven’t done for any other band on this list. But dont listen to my boring-ass stories, listen to the music, man!
8. Badonkadonkey – Born Ruffians – Red Yellow & Blue
With a killer name like Born Ruffians and one of the best song titles of the year you wouldn’t think these Canucks would blow it on such a lame album name. Don’t worry, when you see the album art you will forgive. And when you hear “Badonkadonkey” you will forgive… and wish you were Canadian.
9. Dying Is Fine – Ra Ra Riot –The Rhumb Line
I remember exactly where I was the first time The Rhumb Line’s opening track spilled over my ears and my smile spread around the block. While the mid-album track “Dying Is Fine” eventually became my favorite I love this album all the way through as the driving rhythms and soaring strings sweep me happily accross all 10 tracks.
10. (I like You So Much) Better When You’re Naked – Ida Maria – Fortress Round My Heart
Who says chicks can’t rock? Actually, a surprising ammount of people. If YOU are one of those people then I dare you listen to this track and not tap your feet rethink the “cock” in Cock-Rock. If you aren’t one of those people then put down your Ani Difranco boxed set and start listening already!
11 – Dawn Of The Dead – Does It Offend You, Yeah? – You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into
With such remarkably shitty names for their band and album, coupled with the poop-tastic cover art, you would think consistency was the name of the game with these Brits. Think again! The tracks on You Have No Idea… are so wildly different that the only common thread may be that they all rock. Hard. Well some of them are more medium… but then there is that really hard one… damn.