100 Best Trax Of ‘08. PART THREE.

Posted: January 17, 2009 in Hot Trax

Sending along part three…with one more to go.

Enjoy the weekend.

Keep it warm.

:Ed-G.

51.  “WE’RE GOOD”: PEASANT
Break-up blues with a bit of a happy ending.

52.  “CAN’T SHAKE IT”: KATE MILLER-HEIDKE
Relatively unknown in the states, this Australian pop star with an edge will bear resemblances to a modern-day Cyndi Lauper…one that allegedly can’t dance.  This is the theme song for those that were born without rhythm.

53.  “5 YEARS TIME”: NOAH AND THE WHALE
It’s a tropical song full of whistles, a ukulele, claps, and female back-up singers that chime in at the right happy moments.

54.  “SKINNY LOVE”: BON IVER
Bon Iver’s album, For Emma, Forever Ago, managed to make most of 2008’s Best Albums in all the music pubs that matter. “Skinny Love” is a standout – dissing his ex for a relationship gone sour…for failing to meet his simple expectations: “I told you to be patient – I told you to be fine – I told you to be balanced – I told you to be kind…Now all your love is wasted…”

55.  “ALL THAT SHE WANTS” (ACE OF BASE COVER): THE KOOKS
The Kooks deliver some 90s pop that easily makes this guilty pleasure of a song a little easier to admit that you loved it then, and now.

56.  “WITH YOU”: NATALIE WALKER
“This world is a better place, with you.”

57.  “SOUR CHERRY”: THE KILLS
This is what is called a cult-hit song propelled by a cult TV show – but it’s too catchy not to become obsessed, and it definitely put The Kills on the mainstream map.

58.  “HOSPITAL BEDS”: FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
Florence gives an acoustic twist to this Cold War Kids’ track, and makes it just about as good as the original.

59.  “KIDS”: MGMT
Brilliance all the way through.

60.  “READY FOR THE FLOOR”: HOT CHIP
Hot Chip’s Grammy-nominated track includes a hidden tribute to a Batman film: “You are my number one guy.”

61.  “MOVE YOU”: ANYA MARINA
This track fell victim to the Grey’s Anatomy plague, but let’s forget that it ever aired during the show and really sink into Anya Marina’s work.  She’s a softer sounding Poe from the late 90s, and that’s a really good thing.

62.  “WEST COAST”: COCONUT RECORDS
“I talk out loud like you’re still around
And I miss you.  I’m going back home to the west coast”

63.  “BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE”: BUILT FOR THE SEA
Originally written in the 40s, Ella Fitzgerald (and others that have covered it) made this a pretty popular track – but none have put such a dim spin to it as Built for the Sea.

64.  “LIGHTS & MUSIC”: CUT COPY
Cut Copy’s hot danceable techno-rock makes us wonder why New Order is no longer relevant.

65.  “NOTHING CLOUD LION”: CALEB ENGSTROM
“I swear I’ll cut off my foot if I keep on like this…I’ll rip out my eye if I keep on, keep on…”

66.  “I LIKE YOU SO MUCH BETTER WHEN YOU’RE NAKED”: IDA MARIA
Sure the verses repeat, but the brave and slutty side of Ida makes that forgivable.

67.  “WRAITH PINNED TO THE MIST AND OTHER GAMES”: OF MONTREAL
Although not officially released in 2008, Cloverfield’s party scene (before the beast attacked) re-introduced this slick and stylish track back into the lives of that hip, downtown crowd.

68.  “I’LL KILL HER”: SOKO
Alarming jealousy and threatening teenage angst with a French sweetness to it.

69.  CRIMEWAVE” (CRYSTAL CASTLES VS. HEALTH): CRYSTAL CASTLES
Almost like a sped-up Latour “Blue” (yes, that song from the club scene in Basic Instinct), but rougher around the edges. 

70.  “CLICK CLICK CLICK”: BISHOP ALLEN
Bishop Allen tells a story of a guy who crashes a wedding (and ends up in family photos) to save himself from the pouring rain.

71.  “FUCK EVERYTHING”: SIX PARTS SEVEN
Wintertime brings out the bitter and the bitter-cold: “Tonight I’m throwing gasoline on an old flame, cause in the cold everything dies…everything dies in the winter months.”

72.  “BAREFOOT TONIGHT”: MISS KITTIN
Miss Kittin is ready to kick some ass – barefoot.  Still unclear why.

73.  “YOUNG LOVE” FT. LAURA MARLING: MYSTERY JETS
An obsessed youngster hopes to find the girl he met once before, after having lost her number and forgetting her name.  Laura Marling gives her side of the story and adds a non-stalkerish vibe that makes the track feel like one that Stars (that amazing Canadian band) would have written and produced.

74.  “WHERE WOULD YOU GO?”: THE SWEET HURT
Lullaby-esque.

75.  “MR. PITIFUL”: MATT COSTA
“But please come down from that cloud you’re sitting on
I don’t expect you to admit that you were wrong
I just want to know how you’ve been”

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