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.