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Saturday, December 27, 2008

2008 is overrated : tracks of the year (21-30)

i've had as difficult time finding time for sand is overrated this holiday season as i ever have, i'm extremely late to get this list out, and i have so much other work to do. so what do i decide to do? expand my year-end track list from 20 to 30 songs. i guess that's an indication of how much great music was out there this year. even though i've written about so little of it over the year, i was definitely listening, and in the end i just couldn't leave out tracks by m83, thao, santogold, etc. so here we are, the first of four parts of my year-end list. [part two] [part three]

21. "couleurs"
m83
from the lp saturdays=youth (mute u.s.)

i thought about the post i wanted to write for this song for a good chunk of the year, but just could never quite get it out. it was going to be something about how sexually provocative the pulsating rhythms, throbbing beats, and rising and falling tensions in this song were. but i never got around to it. i guess i had a headache... (but i never stopped loving it.)


22. "m79"
vampire weekend
from the lp vampire weekend (xl recordings)

i never got around to writing about vampire weekend either, but if anyone got more than enough blog-love this year, it was them. you have to love the playful riffs that open "m79", transitioning from harpischord to strings to guitar.


23. "feet asleep"
thao
from the lp we brave bee stings and all (kill rock stars)

there is an incredibly charming playfulness to thao's voice that deceives the gravity of her lyrics, making for an altogether fascinating combination of joy and sorrow, innocence and carnal knowledge. [more]


24. "all you ever wanted"
the black keys
from the lp attack & release (nonesuch)

it seems like these days i don't listen to that many bands that rock, but the black keys provide a nice wake-up call to an otherwise mellow selection in my library. fitting then that my favorite song on attack & release starts out so slow before getting really loud.


25. "sweet darlin'"
she & him
from the lp volume one (merge records)

i still love m. ward doing his own solo thing, but it's hard not to love the girl group sound that he and zooey deschanel put together for the first of what will hopefully be many she & him albums.


26. "little person"
jon brion with deanna storey
from the soundtrack synecdoche, new york (lakeshore records)

i'm still trying to figure out and analyze synecdoche, new york, but i'll always remember the movie for two reasons--sitting in the theater next to the future love of my life, and this song. it's sad, jazz-lounge feel perfectly complemented the pensive, introspective tone of the movie.


27. "i'm a lady"
santogold (featuring trouble andrew)
from the lp santogold (downtown)

another album i never got around to writing about, santogold's eponymous debut was so full of contrasting styles and genres, it was like her own personal mixtape. after some r&b, punk, rock, and electronic songs, "i'm a lady" finds her in full indie rock mode.


28. "jack killed mom"
jenny lewis
from the lp acid tongue (warner bros.)

even though this is only at 28, "jack killed mom" is the main reason i needed to expand my list to 30 songs--i just could not get through the year without mentioning jenny lewis and the best song that jack white never wrote.


29. "boys with girlfriends"
meiko
from the lp meiko (myspace records)

my favorite quarter-japanese singer from the hotel cafe in los angeles who pronounces her name incorrectly...i still love you, meiko.


30. "you don't know me"
ben folds (featuring regina spektor)
from the lp way to normal (sony)

i'd never really listened to ben folds before this year, so getting this from the good people at sony/epic was a pleasant surprise but yet another album that i didn't get around to writing about. it's never too late, though, to feature the vocal stylings of the lovely regina spektor.

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