Greats of 2008, part 5

And now, the final installment of the Greats of 2008 series.

Greats of 2008 Soundtrack

For the past two years, I’ve made a mix CD for friends featuring my favorite music of the past year. It’s not always songs from my favorite albums, but they are songs that I consistently rewound for second or third plays in a row. Here’s what made the cut this year.

No One Does It Like You – Department of Eagles: Best song of the year for me — absolutely no doubt.

Call It A Ritual – Wolf Parade: I love all the different ways he says the title. His enunciation intrigues me.

Modern Guilt – Beck: Lots of really great ditties on that album, and some so-so ones. I love the beat and the little electronic blips on this track. And of course I dig the 60s vibe.

Inni Mer Syngur Vitleysingur – Sigur Ros: Yes, they can be FUN!

The Re-arranger – Mates of State: Possibly my second favorite song of the year. A late find for me. I’m so glad they stopped shouting because they can make really beautiful music.

Two Ways – The 1900s: This is a version from Daytrotter that was recorded in February, though I think the song is from 2007. No matter, it’s a brilliant one.

Oxford Comma – Vampire Weekend: I hated this song at first because I thought “Who gives a fuck about an Oxford Comma” was a stupid way to open a song. It is still, but the rest of the rich melody makes up for it. I love how he sings “put the chap stick on your lips”.

California Girls – The Magnetic Fields: I mainly included this song because I completely agree with its thesis.

Don’t Do Anything – Sam Phillips: Another favorite song of the year for me. It contains all that I love about songs as an artform — simplicity usually wins.

Weather to Fly – Elbow: I don’t like the beginning of this song, but I love how he goes “perfect weather to fly” then immediately follows it with another “weather to fly” sung higher in this almost churchly fashion. It’s like when you first hear a Brit say something but it sounds like they’re asking a question, because they end on a higher note. Love it.

Flume – Bon Iver: For some reason “Skinny Love” became everyone’s fave off the album, but the first track is the killer for me. I’m a sucker for weird droney feedbacky sounds.

Tiger Mountain Pleasant Song – Fleet Foxes: I mean, seriously. If this song isn’t entered in a time capsule for 2008, I’ll cry.

Among the Pines – A.A. Bondy: Another Daytrotter session. I’m not sure when this originally came out, but I think this Dylan wannabe has a lot of talent. No matter what all the mean, old folks at the Bondy/Heartless Bastards show said.

Acid Tongue – Jenny Lewis: I rarely fully memorize songs any more, mostly because I don’t understand lyrics very well and I don’t bother sitting down with the lyric book like I did in high school. But this one stuck to me right away, and I’m happy for that.

Librarian – My Morning Jacket: This song is about me and my kind. And I think it’s sexy when he says “duck into the men’s room” even though it’s probably the worst part of the song.

Sing the Changes – The Fireman: Just give it a try. I can say no more.

Sentimental Heart – She & Him: Yeah, everyone needs a little folk bubble gum on a mix CD. The version I included is actually a live take from somewhere, but you can’t even tell.

Happy Holidays!

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    • Tiffany
    • December 22nd, 2008 9:45am

    How does one procure a copy of said mix cd?

    • T. Ruth
    • December 22nd, 2008 9:58am

    Send $19.95 and a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to:

    Greats of 2008
    PO Box 19756
    Davenport, IA 5280-2419

    Sorry, no CODs.

    Seriously tho. Do you go to the trivia at the 331 club? I might go next Sunday.

    • Tiffany
    • December 22nd, 2008 10:38am

    I hadn’t been going because it was too late for me on a school night. However, with the new and improved earlier schedule, and the back-to-back holidays, I am inclined to say that I will be there this Sunday as well. I’ll scrounge up some change to exchange for your goods, eh?

  1. Hello, I found your blog through a comment you posted on Stereogum. I’ve been dismayed that two of the most brilliant songs ever written were subject to remix contests. The horror! The only ‘remix’ I liked was Gnarls Barkley’s cover of Reckoner, and that’s because there are only a handful of singers who can do justice to Thom’s work. Anyway, you mentioned that you downloaded the vocal stems for Nude and Reckoner. Are they DRM-free? They’re no longer available. Would you be so kind as to shoot me those files? bilbob42b at yahoo. I am Radiohead’s biggest fan, haha, and I’ll hit you back with a couple of my faves. If you haven’t heard or seen From the Basement yet, it’s golden. When I hooked up my girlfriend’s Comcast HD-DVR and turned it to MHD for the first time, sure enough, what did I see but our favorite group, Radiohead. “I don’t want to be your friend, I just wanna be your lover” indeed. I’ll die if I don’t have Thom’s vocal stem for Reckoner, so please think of me!!! I honestly believe the line, “Reckoner, take me with you,” is the most beautiful sentiment ever penned. –Bilbo B.

    P.S. I wrote this comment before I noticed that you (jokingly) requested anyone wanting your finds to pony up 20 bux. Now, I don’t know you, and your taste in music would seem to indicate that sharing & sharing alike is the only way of things. But hey, I’d BUY the fucking Radiohead tracks if they were still on iTunes, but that’s the way it is. And I’d imagine there are about 8 people in the world who would actually listen to Thom’s vocal stems for fun, you and I included. So yeah . . . “ripples on a blank shore” I guess.

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