100 Best Trax Of ’08. PART ONE.

Posted: January 13, 2009 in Hot Trax

Despite the fact that we are well into 2009, I’d like my first official posts to be the Best 100 Trax of 2008 – according to me.

Hours, days, and nights are invested into music – researching through blogs, flipping through pubs, checking out shows, and taking recommendations from friends.  No real expertise here, other than being passionate about it.

Support indie artists.  Read about them.  Buy their tracks.  Go to their shows.  Keep them signed.

Broken up in parts, below are the first 25 trax, in no particular order.

:Ed-G.

1. “CREATOR”: SANTOGOLD
Philly-bred but Brooklyn-based Santi White makes and breaks the rules.

2. “WALKING ON A DREAM”: EMPIRE OF THE SUN
“We are always running for the thrill of it…Always pushing up the hill for the thrill of it.”

3. “I’M NOT GONNA TEACH YOUR BOYFRIEND HOW TO DANCE WITH YOU”: BLACK KIDS
A countdown, some cheers, and a track about dancing…instant hit.

4. “BREAKING IT UP”: LYKKE LI
The hottest Swedish import enlists a children’s choir to deliver the news of an inevitable break-up…perhaps to soften the blow.

5. “MY BACKWARDS WALK”: FRIGHTENED RABBIT
Frightened Rabbit painfully cuts all ties, and struggles.  Ending it for good never came with a lyric like “You’re the shit, and I’m knee-dip in it.”

6. “SLEEPYHEAD”: PASSION PIT
“Like stars burning holes right through the dark
You gave fire like saltwater into my eyes.”

7. “WHITE DIAMONDS”: FRIENDLY FIRES
“She was young in her mind but the days, they were old and tired.”

8. “THEY’LL NEVER KNOW”: ROSS COPPERMAN
A dim, piano-driven track opens up a realm of possibilities for the real subject, or secret, behind the lyrics.  Painfully perfect.

9. “BETTER ALREADY” (JD SAMSON ECSTATIC REMIX): NORTHERN STATE
Le Tigre’s JD Samson, and Sia’s better half, breathes a new and better life into Northern State’s track with lyrics reminiscent of Jermaine Stewart’s “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off”.

10. “WALCOTT”: VAMPIRE WEEKEND
The most famous Ivy League band adds a string section for intellectual effect.

11. “JUNGLE DRUM”: EMILIANA TORRINI
A tougher Katie Tunstall meets Nelly Furtado’s vigorous scatting – press play and repeat, again and again.

12. “WEDDING CAKE”: CATALDO
Spewing pitiful and regretful thoughts of a wedding guest at their first love’s big day, Cataldo conjures up sympathy with an uncomfortable account of what he witnesses, and this wedding being the last place he’d like to be:  “I’m tired of my tie…I’m tucking in my shirt…Your wedding cake I will eat”…

13. “RELIEF” (LIVE): CHRIS GARNEAU
The only thing sadder about a sad song is a live version of it.

14. “FOREVER”: WALTER MEEGO
Patience is a virtue, but not to Meego.

15. “BEAT CONTROL”: TILLY & THE WALL
A party jam destined for Ipod-commercial fame in the future.

16. “FRIENDS”: TRAVIS
A lonely Fran Healy recounts quality friendships, and his lack of them.

17.  “LAST NITE” (THE STROKES COVER): ADELE
Soulful crooner succeeds despite covering a tune that should otherwise never be attempted.

18.  “EPILOGUE”: DAVID KARSTEN DANIELS
Daniels struggles with the end of a long relationship, detailing his methods for moving on despite all the unavoidable reminders of the ex.  Amazing in its two minutes.

19.  “SWEET ABOUT ME”: GABRIELLA CILMI
Cilmi disowns any ounce of innocence at only 17 years of age.

20.  “SHUT UP AND LET ME GO”: THE TING TINGS
A modern-day and more aggressive Blondie gives a final kiss-off.

21.  “40 GRAND IN THE HOLE”: MIKE DOUGHTY
“When will I love someone…When will someone be mine?”

22.  “NO SEX FOR BEN”: THE RAPTURE
Abstinence at its finest.

23.  “DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS”: PRINZHORN DANCE SCHOOL
Prone to make adults say: “Waa waa waa.”

24.  “FAILURE”: LAURA MARLING
“Don’t cry child, you’ve got so much more to live for.
Don’t cry child, you’ve got something I would die for.”

25.  “I WOKE UP TODAY”: PORT O’BRIEN
O’Brien serves up a track that bridges the sounds of Black Kids and Los Campesinos into one – well done.

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Comments
  1. JayVee says:

    Thankfully, you’ve already supplied me with many of these tracks (in title, not necessarily MP3s), but looking forward to buying the other reccos. BTW, Gabriella Cilmi’s US release is 3/17. Yes, the same date at The Clarkson. Pop Quiz hotshot, you have to choose one, who’s it gonna be?

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