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Dic 31 2008, 15:01

Again, I only listened to music for about 7 months this year (what a travesty!), so the spectrum is slightly less broad this year. These are my favorite songs that I was introduced to in 2008:

1. MGMT - Kids

This was the anthem to one of the best summers of my life. The song was seemigly ubiquitous, whether blaring in Hallie's Neon on the way out, surprising Tim and I at eighties night at the Drink, or just coming out of Levi's guitar at open mic night at Sazerac. Good memories...

2. MIA - Paper Planes

I remember first hearing this song on an on-demand video. I immediately downloaded a pirated version online, played it 8 or 9 times that day, and fell in love. This song has most definitely inspired some of the most intense dancing I did all year. I actually lost an MIA dance competition at a party to some guy who looked like Farnsworth Bentley.

3. Clear Days Always - Pacifier

A standout track on a sampler MP3 album I downloaded, hearing this prompted me to purchase the whole album at Vertigo. We actually got to play with these guys this year, which was an added bonus, although they never played my song. Or "That Pizza Tasted Nasty".

4. The Appleseed Cast - Hanging Marionette

The Appleseed Cast always seem to find a way to get a song in my top 10 every year. This was my favorite track off Two Conversations. I will remember this as a specific hit on a mix CD I burned for Hallie.

5. The Wrens - She Sends Kisses

The biggest new song on the biggest album of my year. It represents the album because superior tracks "Boys, You Won't" and "Happy" were sleepers on my computer that took me years to catch on to. I tried to learn this song for open mic night at Gardella's, but the lyrics are impossible to remember!

6. We Are Scientists - Textbook

This song first hit the radar as I listened to "With Love and Squalor" while voluntarily driving the sick and elderly to doctor's appointments for Red Cross last winter. Eventually it stood out as an excellent track and garnered mix CD attention.

7. The Twilight Sad - Cold Days from the Birdhouse

I got this song off of the free MP3's Pitchfork gave away with their 2007 year end list. I love it for the singer's intense scottish accent and because the song is a slow boil that eventually builds to a poignant finish.

8. Via Audio - We Can Be Good

We saw these guys randomly at Founder's one night, and Tim decided their performance warranted buying their album. This song will mostly remind me of my final room at 1611 and warm days and nights listening to it on playlists with the window open.

9. Cap'n Jazz - Little League

This one was a free download via last.fm. Tim originally downloaded it and I caught on to the famous "kitty kitty cat, cats love hats" part when the song would frequent the radio in Tim's car from his iPod. It turned out the song was very emotional and energetic in addition to being hilarious.

10. Radiohead - Ceremony

This was the first new song I heard in 2008. It prompted a facination with Joy Division and garnered a love for the "Ceremony" video. This song reminds me of my holiday last year spent in New Baltimore missing my dog.

11. Bon Iver - Flume
12. Happy Hour - In Your Head
13. The Wrens - Hopeless
14. Bon Iver - Re: Stacks
15. Beirut - Elephant Gun
16. Frightened Rabbit - The Modern Leper
17. Sunset Rubdown - Up on Your Leopard, Upon the End of Your Feral Days
18. The Thermals - Returning To The Fold (Daytrotter Session)
19. Cap'n Jazz - Precious
20. The Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
21. Electrelane - To the East
22. Modest Mouse - Custom Concern
23. Sunset Rubdown - Winged/Wicked Things
24. Andrew Bird - Plasticities (Daytrotter Session)
25. Sunset Rubdown - Magic vs. Midas
26. Happy Hour - Married To Change
27. The Wrens - I Guess We're Done
28. Andrew Bird - Lull (Daytrotter Session)
29. Bon Iver - Skinny Love
30. Tokyo Police Club - Tessellate
31. Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
32. Corcovado - Biology Of Bees
33. Okkervil River - April Anne (Daytrotter Session)
34. Sunset Rubdown - The Mending of the Gown
35. Happy Hour - Julia
36. The Appleseed Cast - Losing Touching Searching
37. Frog Eyes - Bushels
38. Vampire Weekend - Oxford Comma
39. Radiohead - Last Flowers
40. MGMT - Time to Pretend
41. Cap'n Jazz - The Sands've Turned Purple
42. Wolf Parade - Fine Young Cannibals
43. Bless You Boys - Arrivals And Departures
44. Battles - Atlas
45. Azure Ray - Sea of Doubts
46. Evangelicals - Skeleton Man
47. The Wrens - Ex-Girl Collection
48. We Are Scientists - It's A Hit
49. Happy Hour - Have It All
50. Happy Hour - Magnet Heart Conveyor
51. Happy Hour - The Bird That Sings My Song
52. The Appleseed Cast - Ice Heavy Branches
53. Happy Hour - Blades Of Steel
54. The National - Daughters of the Soho Riots
55. Band of Horses - Detlef Schrempf
56. Two Gallants - The Hand That Held Me Down
57. Sunset Rubdown - The Taming of the Hands That Came Back to Life
58. Vampire Weekend - A-Punk
59. Eric Bachmann - Carrboro Woman
60. Band of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You
61. Sam Amidon - Saro
62. The Helio Sequence - Can't Say No
63. Why? - The Hollows
64. The Thermals - Here's Your Future
65. Maps and Atlases - Every Place Is A House
66. Wolf Parade - Language City
67. Deerhunter - Heatherwood (Daytrotter Session)
68. Tokyo Police Club - Your English Is Good
69. Death Cab for Cutie - Your Bruise
70. Vampire Weekend - M79
71. Happy Hour - Straight Street
72. Andrew Bird - Fiery Crash (Daytrotter Session)
73. Air - Kelly Watch The Stars
74. Cap'n Jazz - Que Suerte!
75. Joy Division - Disorder
76. Sunset Rubdown - Shut Up, I'm Dreaming of Places Where Lovers Have Wings (Daytrotter Session)
77. MGMT - Of Moons, Birds, and Monsters
78. Tokyo Police Club - Listen to the Math
79. Modest Mouse - Exit Does Not Exist
80. The National - Mr. November
81. The Wrens - This Boy is Exhausted
82. The Appleseed Cast - Hello Dearest Love
83. Broken Social Scene - Love And Mathematics
84. Happy Hour - Sunshine Arms
85. Happy Hour - Fooled Twice
86. Modest Mouse - Might
87. The Tough Alliance - Silly Crimes
88. Tokyo Police Club - In a Cave
89. The Wrens - Thirteen Grand
90. We Are Scientists - Worth The Wait
91. The Wrens - Everyone Chooses Sides
92. Mofro - Brighter Days
93. Wolf Parade - An Animal in Your Care
94. The National - City Middle
95. Cap'n Jazz - Ooh Do I Love You
96. Of Montreal - The Past Is A Grotesque Animal
97. Belle and Sebastian - Sleep the Clock Around
98. Cap'n Jazz - Puddle Splashers
99. Flight of the Conchords - The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room
100. Vampire Weekend - Mansford Roof

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