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Jan 31, 2009

re-Re-REPOST: Top 50 Tracks Of 2008

SO, my post got deleted for some odd reason so this is a RE-REPOST!


So, this is my list of the best of the best of 2008. As hard as it was to make a list of the 50 best (and as cliché as that was to say) this is the best I could do. People asked me last year, "Hey, wouldn't whatever album you give #1 have the best songs?"

I will explain: these are the best SONGS. Just that individual songs. There are some songs that you, when listened to in sequence of their surrounding album tracks, are some of the best tracks ever. However, this is a list of the best songs that stand alone in excellence. You could hear this song alone and know nothing of the album or artist and like this song.
If you heard some other song on "The Carter III" or "Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill" you might not like it alone but in context it rules. These are the songs taken out of context (context being that of the album)

There are links to each song to listen and download (if you need to know how just comment and I'll explain it). If you right click it (or control-click for us Mac users) you can open each link in a new window. That way it won't be a constant going back and forth from each site to site.

Please let me know what you think, good or bad.

This is 2008:

So if you're interested in just hearing clips of each of the songs and why I picked them you can listen to the full length podcast here:
Episode 9 - The Top 50 Of 2008

Otherwise, here is the list:
50. I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time - Mariah Carey
49. Love In This Club [ft. Young Jeezy] - Usher
48. Sexy Can I [ft. Yung Berg] - Ray J
47. United State Of Pop 2008 (Viva La Pop) - DJ Earworm
46. Happy As Can Be - Cut Off Your Hands
45. Gettin' Up - Q-Tip
44. Time To Pretend - MGMT
43. Say - John Mayer
42. Single Foxes (Put A Wood On It) (Beyonce vs Fleet Foxes) - The Hood Internet
41. I Still Care For You - Ray LaMontagne
40. Flume - Bon Iver
39. Soldier - Erykah Badu
38. You Are The Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne
37. 16th Stage - Osborne
36. Toxic (Brittney Spears Cover) - Yael Naim
35. Green Light [ft. Andre 3000] - John Legend
34. The Kramer - Wale
33. Warwick Avenue - Duffy
32. Dance, Dance, Dance - Lykke Li
31. Mercury - Bloc Party
30. Hometown Glory - Adele
29. Mr. Carter [ft. Jay-Z] - Lil Wayne
28. Everyone Nose (All The Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom) - N.E.R.D
27. Better In Time - Leona Lewis
26. Little GarŸon - Born Ruffians
25. Flashing Lights [ft. Dwele] - Kanye West
24. Miss Independent - Ne-Yo
23. Universal Mind Control [ft. Pharrell] - Common (REALLY had a hard time placing this one.)
22. Fools - The Dodos
21. Untouched - The Veronicas
20. Fatalist Palmistry - WHY?
19. White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes
18. Kids - MGMT
17. Hero [ft. Keri Hilson] - Nas
16. Superstar [ft. Matthew Santos] - Lupe Fiasco

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Jan 15, 2009

Ridiculous - Porn Industry Wants A BAILOUT!

SO, as little as I know about politics I do know when something is RIDICULOUS! This certainly fits the bill. I haven't had confirmation yet but from what I can tell at the end of it, it sounds as if the industry will receive the bail-out. More research to come. In the mean time, watch as a CNN newscaster calls the bail-outs "absurd."

You can read more about it here

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Jan 6, 2009

The Radio Doesn't Lie.... Right?

So, Billboard Magazine put out their top 100 hot hits of 2008 and I decided to give them a whirl. Since I hardly listen to the radio as it is, I'd only hear about 1/2 of these songs. Upon hearing the rest of them: Here are the top five worst songs of the so called best.

Podcast Link
Episode 8 - The Best Of "The Worst"

Track Listing (click song for individual listen)
I Kissed A Girl - Katy Perry
Bust It Baby Pt. 2 [ft. Ne-Yo] - Plies
Time Of My Life - David Cook
Let It Rock [ft. Lil Wayne] - Kevin Rudolf
All Summer Long - Kid Rock

So there ya go. Take that pop kid!

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Jan 4, 2009

The Top 15 Albums Of 2008


I actually want to thank GvB and Pandora radio for most of these artists. Without them I'd have never know half of these albums.

These are the few albums that are actually worth buying. Don't get me wrong, I will buy my favourite band's deluxe edition's all day long; other then that, I often just sample musik off the internet. If you do want to be a random supporter of musik one day, these are the ones to get man. Here are the top 15 albums of 2008 in descending order:

15. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III (Deluxe Edition) - Hip Hop

Mr. Carter [ft. Jay-Z]
Comfortable [ft. Babyface]
Mrs. Officer [ft. Bobby Valentino]
Let The Beat Build

Ah... "Tha Carter III." The only hip hop album I listen to that you can actually hear on the radio. As the album starts out with a dramatic pulsing, heavy strings you can just interpret the rest of the album's intensity and comedic timing. As it ranges from beats of someone saying "A Milli" over... and... over... (oh and it rulezzz too) to what would be something you'd hear in a cheesy Martian B-movie, this album covers every generic hip hop lyric while keeping the populous, and those of us with taste, incredibly interested... oh and dancing too.

14. Portishead - Third - Alternative

Nylon Smile
The Rip

Definitely the most intriguing album on this list, I never knew where this album was heading even after SEVERAL listens. It's greatly typical of alternative (ha!) and fits the mold of if Burial butted heads Radiohead while eating Smashing Pumpkins sandwich. With it's ranging tones, catchy lyrics and its own personal drive, Portishead definitely knocked this one out of the park.

13. Nas - Untitled - Hip Hop/Rap

Queens Get The Money
Hero [ft. Keri Hilson]
N.I.G.G.E.R. (The Slave And The Master)
Black President [ft. Johnny Polygon]

NAS! "Illimatic" move over as Nas delivers an album that has not one single lame track. I don't know if you guys knew this but the reason this album is called "Untitled" is because Nas got into trouble with his original title "Nigger." While he couldn't win against the record label he decided to release the EP entitled "The Nigger Tape." As far as the album goes it's bumpin' fo sho! The catchy hooks, the screeching choruses and the guilt trip all add up to the most hard pressed, straight up G, playa hatin' album of the year.

12. Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple - Hip Hop/Rap
"That means it's better." - Me
As Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse blow our brains once again we can do nothing but thank them for releasing the pressure that has built up behind our "bahunkases." What do I mean by that? I mean that any track on this album is either going to make you poop your pants due to its simplistic complexity or make you shake your groove thing due to its... Gnarls Barkley-ness.

11. DJ/rupture - Uproot - Electronic

Reef: Baby Kites and Nokea
Elders: Clouds
Gave You All My Love (Matt Shadetek´s I Gave You All My Dub Remix): Iron Shirt
Plays John Cassavettes Pt. 2: Ekkehard Ehlers

It was to pick certain tracks off of this album as it is best listened to in sequence... I mean right now. Go listen now; the whole album. Seriously, this dubstep-ish, electronic ear-frenzy is sure to make any late night drive (or office Christmas party) that much more enjoyable.

10. Lupe Fiasco - Lupe Fiasco's The Cool - Hip Hop/Rap

Go Go Gadget Flow
Superstar [ft. Matthew Santos]
Paris, Tokyo

Now I know this album is technically a 2007 release but I missed it last year so I'm counting it. ANY PROBLEMS? ::Loads bow and arrow::
This is by far the best "black folk musik" album to listen to of the year and will have any musik lover (yes, even you Dad) learning how to shake it. It varies from old school hip hop to new school rhymes to Street Poets style, to a straight up dance fest. Regardless of what you're into, this emotional roller coaster of an album will have you coming back for more after once listen.

9. Hot Chip - Made In The Dark - Electronic

Out At The Pictures
Ready For The Floor
Touch Too Much

Okay so Hot Chip is officially amazing. This fun filled, ball pit album has songs that make me run naked, dance naked, cry naked and then dance some more (clothed at this point though). The electricity that flows through HC's blood is shown in every track as they'll take you from club to bedroom to bathroom to airport and then take you to a place you never thought possible - inside your own heart (as they capture it [in case you missed that]). Anyways, Hot Chip delivers again with this particularly solid album.

8. The Streets - Everything Is Borrowed - Hip Hop/Rap

Everything Is Borrowed
I Love You More (Than You Like Me)
The Way Of The Dodo
On The Flip Of A Coin

Ah.. the British really do know how to do it better don't they? This group of UK white rappers have perfected what fun hip hop can be. The Streets understands that just because you have a sick beat doesn't mean you have to rap about hoes and money - you can talk about love or birds instead. This is a very British album and lived up to the long anticipated hype.

7. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago - AltFolk
Lump Sum
Skinny Love
For Emma

Holy moly. This album took my ears by a whirlwind. Never once had I heard modern folk like this. If you haven't heard a track by Bon Iver (pronounced Bawn E-vear) then by all means stop reading and listen. The entire album is near flawless as he takes you to experimentally folked up places I couldn't have ever imagined. Great, great stuff.

6. Coldplay - Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends - Pop/Rock

Viva La Vida
Violet Hill
Death And All His Friends

Okay so obviously this is cliche' that this album is on here but let me explain. While Coldplay put out another impenetrable album it is not just the sound that ranked this one so high. While it is GREAT... heck, it's PHENOMENAL... it's the cultural impact it had as well. I didn't meet one person who didn't like this album and I knew "punks," indie kids, radio kids and adults who fell more and more in love with it as they listened. It is for this reason of being SO socially and widely accepted and appreciated that this album ranks number 6 on the list. Oh yeah, the musik behind it rulezzz too... sorta :)

5. M83 - Saturdays = Youth - Electronic
Kim & Jessie
Graveyard Girl
We Own The Sky

Oh M83. How you have stolen my heart and run through mud and empty parking lots with it - again. This HEAVY electronic album is exactly that and delivers nothing short of an intensely captivating experience that is SURE to be loved by all past fans of the band and of the genre.

4. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes - Alternative

Oh... my... gosh. I can't write anything more without wanting to go listen to this album... (review ends as Josh starts the album over... again)

3. Grouper - Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill - Electronic/Folk

Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping

It's late, you're tired, your girlfriend is in the passenger seat asleep and you're on your way back from a concert 3 hours away from your home town. What do you listen to? This. This is what will make every late night that much more late, that much more peaceful and that much scarier. This is by far one of my favorite albums of the year and I cannot express with simple words how it has replaced every emotion I thought I knew about the night. Overall: this album replaced Burial's "Untrue" as best late night album of all time.

2. She & Him - Volume One - Pop/Folk/Country
Sentimental Heart
This Is Not A Test
I Thought I Saw Your Face Today
Take It Back (NPR Version - Not the album version)
You Really Got A Hold On Me (The Miracles Cover)

So let's take one of the best folk/country guitarists (M. Ward) and pair him up with one of the most anticipated voices in the movie/musik industry (Zoey Dechanel) and let them loose in the studio to lay down 12 flawless tracks. The outcome - "Volume One."

"I don't know what more they can do with musik after the discovery of mash ups" - Seth.
This is a Girl Talk album - need I say anymore?

So there you have it. The ultimate list. No need to go around searching for other blog's lists because let's face it - this one is sick.
Just kidding... ?

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