Every December(ish) since 2003, I make and hand out a mix CD of my favorite songs of the year. It’s turned into an eclectic mix of songs over time, mainly because I’ve allowed rap and electronica into my life. I’m burning the master CD now, so here is what made the final cut for “Best of 2008”:
The Witch – Clinic
Modern Guilt – Beck
Dancing Choose – TV on the Radio
Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
Sequestered In Memphis – The Hold Steady
Becky – Be Your Own Pet
The Most Beautiful Girl (in the Room) – Flight of the Conchords
L.E.S. Artistes – Santogold
Graveyard Girl – M83
Blind – Hercules and Love Affair
Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? – She & Him
On the Edge of a Cliff – The Streets
White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
Walcott – Vampire Weekend
Cath… – Death Cab for Cutie
Heart of Chambers – Beach House
Machine Gun – Portishead
On the Water – The Walkmen
Souled Out!!! – Conor Oberst
*Bonus Holiday Song!* Can I Interest You in Hannukah? – Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart
You can only fit so much on a disc, so I regret not including “Got Money” by Lil’ Wayne. Although I (and Jess) think it’s arguably the best rap song of the year, it really didn’t fit with the flow with the rest of the mix.
And to commemorate the return of my favorite video game series, I chose this as the album cover:
Childish? Yes. But it’ll probably be the last time I can do something silly.
2009 looks promising, with albums from Morrissey, Metric, Junior Boys, and (if there is a just and loving God) Dr. Dre on the horizon. I’m always looking for new music so feel free to recommend anything… even though you won’t. Nobody comments on this shit.
Anyway, I’ll be handing this out to my friends in a week or two. If you’re not sure that you are my friend, get in touch and I will make one for you.