The 100 Songs I Was Quite Fond of in the Year 2008.

Good evening.  Although I have left this blog dormant during the second half of 2008, I still continued to take in the sounds of our favorite artists new and old. I have spent the better part of this month attempting to place them in some meaningful order, which is mostly a waste of time.  I love all of these songs like a parent loves their children.

I however, do not happen to like children.  If I had children I would probably love the songs on this list more than them.  Here are my 100 favorite songs from 2008 in an order that is roughly equivalent to my appreciation of each song.  Enjoy.

100. Ikonika – “Please” (Original Mix)
99. eMC – “Traffic” (feat. Little Brother)
98. Chamillionaire – “Do it for H Town” (feat. Slim Thug and Trae)
97. Prurient – “Memory Repeating”
96. Guilty Simpson – “Footwork”
95. Deerhoof – “Buck and Judy”
94. Xiu Xiu – “In Lust You Can Hear the Axe Fall”
93. Hologram – “Blazey Storm”
92. Iron Age – “The Way is Narrow”
91. Trash80 – “Missing You”

90. Kidz in the Hall – “Drivin’ Down the Block”  (Remix feat. Bun B, Pusha T, Cool Kids)
89. Broken Social Scene presents: Brendan Canning – “Churches Under the Stairs”
88. Titus Andronicus – “Titus Andronicus”
87. Brchville Cat Motel – “Four Freckle Constellation”
86. The Raveonettes – “Sometimes They Drop By”
85. Trap Them – “Day Twenty Five:  Guignol Serene”
84. Clipse – “Pop Champagne” (feat. Ab-Liva)
83. Yellow Swans – “Burnt Dub”
82. Pyha – “Hyungga is a Tangled Story, Pt. 3”
81. Have Heart – “The Same Sun”

80. Excepter – “Kill People”
79. Three 6 Mafia – “Dirty Bitch” (feat. Project Pat)
78. Lair of the Minotaur – “When the Ice Giants Slayed All”
77. Thursday – “As He Climbed the Dark Mountain”
76. Olga Kouklaki – “Call Me Liar”
75. The Dead C – “Mansions”
74. Sex Vid – “Always Home”
73. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – “For Every Field There’s a Mole”
72. Loma Prieta – “Last City”
71. UFOmammut – “Nero”

70. Flying Lotus – “RobertaFlack” (feat. Dolly)
69. Shed – “That Beats Everything!”
68. Royce da 5’9″ – “I’m Me”
67. Thomas Brinkmann – “Words”
66. Killing the Dream – “Resolution”
65. Pidgeon – “The Gimmick Monster”
64. Have a Nice Life – “Deep, Deep”
63. Killer Mike – “God in the Building”
62. The Goslings – “Vitium”
61. ColdWorld – “Tortured by Solitude”

60. Aidan Baker & Tim Hecker – “Phantom on a Pedestal”
59. Genghis Tron – “I Won’t Come Back Alive”
58. Lil’ Wayne – “Shoot Me Down”
57. Ladytron – “Predict the Day”
56. Valet – “Fire”
55. Fuck Buttons – “Bright Tomorrow”
54. Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh – “Zeranium”
53. The Gaslight Anthem – “The ’59 Sound”
52. Annie – “Songs Remind Me of You”
51. Bun B – “Underground Thang” (feat. Chamillionaire, Pimp C)

50. Yasushi Yoshida – “Thread Still”
49. Krallice – “Cnestorial”
48. Cyne – “The Runaway”
47. Vivian Girls – “Where Do You Run To”
46. 2562 – “Basin Dub”
45. The Magnetic Fields – “California Girls”
44. Hercules & Love Affair – “Blind”
43. Kanye West – “Coldest Winter”
42. Young Jeezy – “Circulate”
41. Sex Vid – “Communal Living I/II”

40. Shearwater – “The Snow Leopard”
39. Ceremony – “Plutocratic Swine Rake”
38. Uno Actu – “Immortalité”
37. Bardo Pond – “A Tune”
36. Barn Owl – “The White Mountain Filled with Light”
35. Antony & The Johnsons – “Another World”
34. Trash Talk – “Revelation”
33. Harvey Milk – “Decades”
32. Crystal Castles – “Alice Practice”
31. Torche – “Fat Waves”

30. Gang Gang Dance – “Blue Nile”
29. James Blackshaw – “Past Has Not Passed”
28. Deerhunter – “Nothing Ever Happened”
27. Fucked Up – “The Chemistry of Common Life”
26. Aussitôt Mort – “On a qu’a se Dire qu’on s’en”
25. Micah P. Hinson – “Sunrise Over the Olympic Mons”
24. Grouper – “Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping”
23. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Moonland”
22. David Byrne & Brian Eno – “My Big Nurse”
21. Religious Knives – “The Streets”

20. Pocahaunted – “Riddim Queen”

This drugged-out jam has remained on my playlists for most of 2008.  The mysterious female duo marry the disparate stylings of dub and drone on “Riddim Queen,” resulting in a shadowy shuffle that conjures up the spirits of the night.

19. Mighty Joseph – “Legend”

How can a song with a trippy Quasimoto chiptunes beat NOT make this list? On the MC side, Vast Aire of Can Ox fame and Karniege destroy it on the mic as always.  Come on, this song has a shout-along part for the Konami code.  I know you know that shit.  Nerd.

18. The Raveonettes – “Lust” (Trentemoller Remix)

At least once a year I am blown away by one remix.  For 2008, Trentemoller’s sublime take on noise pop duo The Raveonettes’ “Lust” is that one.  Trentemoller taking the hazy dream-pop of the original and transforming it into a dark post-punk epic was one of the biggest surprises of 2008.

17. Fennesz – “Glide”

On “Glide,” we really see the fruition of Fennesz’s evolution as one of the greatest artists of our time.  The track begins with a low undercurrent of ambient guitar noise.  Once the bass kicks in, the guitars are swept up into a current of melody as the track gently builds to a soaring conclusion.  One of the year’s most moving songs.

16. Envy – “Pure Birth and Loneliness”

The Japanese act continues to blur the lines between hardcore punk and post-rock.  “Pure Birth…” is perhaps their strongest yet, distilling elements of the two genres and ridding  it of the excess that typically plagues post-rock. The usual descriptors associated with Envy’s music again apply here: cathartic, beautiful.  This is the sound of a already great band continuing to refine and push to new boundaries as artists.

15. No Age – “Teen Creeps”

An explosive noise-pop epiphany, “Teen Creeps” is the prime example of why everyone is so hot-and-bothered over this duo.  It’s bratty, loud, and teeming with energy.  If you love fuzzed out walls of riffing packaged neatly within the confines of pop song craft, then this was probably your song.

14. Evangelista – “Lucky Lucky Luck”

Carla Bouzilich’s dark portrait of a woman’s gradual descent into the seedier side of life is as catchy as it is harrowing. “When I was a baby I was sweet as could be/ I had a good heart/ But I had to kill it”” she croons in a matter-of-fact manner, backed by bluesy guitar.  This smoke-filled bar room tale was one of the coolest songs of the year.  Nick Cave would be proud.

13. Foul Mouth Cringe – “Beat the Pussy Up”

Roughneck Jihad and DJ Ruthless do damage untold on this aptly titled track.  Ruthless’s beat pounds like a jackhammer in the earmdrums while Roughneck goes all horrorcore on us.  Jihad delivers one of the year’s most noteworthy lines when he snarls “Then I’ll bust your shit/ And you’ll need rhinoplasty/ But first your girl’s gonna need vaginoplasty.”  I don’t think I need to say anything more.

12. Paint it Black – “Past Tense, Future Perfect”

“Past Tense, Future Perfect” is a hardcore punk anthem with enough earnest anger for grizzled vets of the genre, but enough melody for those on the outside.  This song has never failed to get me shouting “We will not be broken” along with Dan Yemin and company during its finale.  Unparalleled energy.

11. M83 – “Kim & Jessie”

M83 has clearly fallen through a timewarp to the 1980s and “Kim & Jessie” is one of the best examples of it.  Breathy vocals and layered synths create a wave of shoegaze-influenced sound reminiscent of M83’s older material, but the dance beat and precious lyrical content are pure 80s cheese… and I fucking love it to death.

10. Nadja & Black Boned Angel – “Christ Send Light”

It is to be expected that when you put great musicians together, that great things will happen. Putting drone heavyweights Aidan Baker, Leah Buckareff, and Campbell Kneale together allowed for the birth of the enraptured “Christ Send Light.” A single 20+ minute track with soaring vocal harmonies and guitars loud enough to shake the heavens.  Eat your heart out, Justin Broadrick.

09. Aeroplane – “Whispers” (feat. Kathy Diamond)

THE dance track of 2008.  Aeroplane’s funky space-disco backing provides the perfect backdrop for Kathy Diamond to lay down her sexy and sassy vocals.  She sings of great regret for love gone awry, but this track has so much life in it that it morphs into a statement of redemption.  An empowering song for those scorned.

08. Why? – “Fatalist Palmistry”

“I sleep on my back cause it’s good for the spine and coffin rehearsal.”  Yoni Wolf is full of colorful introspection, and on the wonderful Alopecia he takes an intensely personal look at the nature of love and relationships.  “Fatalist Palmistry” is a bouncy slice of pop with a wistful, yet world-weary perspective.

07. Fleet Foxes – “White Winter Hymnal”

Indie media darlings Fleet Foxes are of the typical hype band variety.  They don’t offend, their music goes down easy, and they rarely excite.  “White Winter Hymnal” is the one exception.  A stunningly gorgeous pop song with lush vocal harmonization and a chorus that gets stuck in your head for days and weeks at a time.  If they can capture this perfection for an entire album, this band may very well do great things in the future.

06. Vordul Mega – “AK47” (feat. Vast Aire)

Vordul’s Cannibal Ox partner-in-crime, Vast Aire has already appeared on this list, and here they are reuinited to rip things up again.  “AK47” is a grimy-as-fuck street anthem with all of the bravado and abstract hood lyricism one would expect from the duo.  These two are just so insanely good together– where the hell is my new Can Ox album at?

05. The Tallest Man on Earth – “Into the Stream”

I think it is impossible for someone to write about Sweden’s Tallest Man on Earth without referencing Bob Dylan.  Yes, it is true that Kristian Matsson sounds more like Bob Dylan right now than even Bob Dylan does.  That amuses me.  It also delights me.  “Into the Stream” is like much of Shallow Grave— sparse, intimate, and jaw-droppingly pretty.

04. Fire on Fire – “Heavy D”

“Heavy D” from Fire on Fire is about what one would expect from a Young God band.  The song teems with a restless beauty, a sense of urgency, and an ambition lost on many acts working within the confines of the genre. It is hard to not get caught up in the gospel spirit of “Heavy D,” flailing hands in the air and belting out the chorus in harmony.

03. Boris – “You Were Holding an Umbrella”

Boris worked with Ai Aso to write this rock epic, and the end result is a towering monument of uncompromising emotion.  “You Were Holding an Umbrella” begins quietly enough with some of Takeshi’s most impressive vocals to date, and builds into a dense, beautiful sludge rock masterpiece.  Blissed-out, distorted riff heaven is right here on this track.  Phenomenal.

02. Nadja – “The Bungled & The Botched”

That’s right. I put two Nadja songs in my top ten.  And this one is nearly 30 minutes long.  This an amazing piece of music from Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff.  Hypnotizing, skull-crushing sludge with a serene clean guitar intro.  Nadja leads the death march into oblivion on “The Bungled and Botched.”  This is the soundtrack to the failures of man.  It’s as heartbreaking as it is suffocating.  You know a song is incredible when you think that 30 minutes is too short.

01. Mount Eerie – “Voice in Headphones”

A song about the power of music.  Phil Elvrum’s “Voice in Headphones” is a tribute to a song he holds close to his heart– Bjork’s “Undo.”  Julie Doiron accompanies Elvrum on the Lost Wisdom version of the track, actually joining in to reprise the chorus from “Undo.”  This is an essential listen for anyone who carries a deep love and respect for music as a form of expression.

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~ by theoberlander on December 31, 2008.

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