Top ten tracks of 2008

Top ten tracks of 2008

Libcom's pick of the best music of 2008.

Empire of the Sun - walking on a dream (Van She Tech remix)
Aussie collaborative effort Empire of the Sun gets the rework treatment from compatriots Van She. The outcome is sublime:
http://www.savefile.com/files/1806124

MGMT - Kids
From their outstanding debut album, Oracular Spectacular.

Cut Copy - Lights & music
From their second album, quite possibly the album of the year, In ghost colours, best track is a toss up between this and other standout track Hearts on fire
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=CCRuCAcAZK0

Holy Fuck - Lovely Allen
Unconventional but beautiful electronic music from Toronto:

Little Boots - Stuck on repeat
Probably the most blogged new artist of 2008, Blackpool's Little Boots (pictured above) is sure to be huge in 2009.
http://www.zshare.net/audio/782852791c42be/

Wiley - Wearing my Rolex
One of the biggest party "choons" of 2008:

Mystery Jets - Young love
It was hard picking just one track from Mystery Jets 2008 album, 21, for this top 10. Flakes being available in 2007 makes it a bit easier:

Kid Cudi vs Crookers - Day 'n' night
U.S.-based rapper signed to Fools Gold gets the Italian treatment from fidget produces Crookers:

British Sea Power - no Lucifer

MIA's Paper planes would have definitely made it in if it hadn't been on Kala, released in 2007. There's loads of other stuff we would have liked included, but just didn't have room. More 2008 lists to come...

What were other people's top music picks from 2008?

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libcom
Dec 24 2008 01:52

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Choccy
Dec 24 2008 03:56

In no particular order, here is some pop songs I liked:

Estelle & Kanye - american boy
Duffy - stepping stone
Kaiser Chiefs - never miss a beat
Justice - dvno
Sam Sparro - 21st century life
Morrissey - i'm throwing my arms around paris

Jesus what a fuckin shit year. I actually don't own any of these (except Morrissey which hasn't been released) cos why even bother when I can just stream shit anytime.
I haven't bought pretty much any new music this year, and most of the hc and metal I listen to is 80s and 90s sad

Choccy
Dec 24 2008 19:30

oh and Alphabeat - fascination

Caiman del Barrio
Dec 25 2008 12:24

God what a load of hipster trash contemporary music is. I can't think of a single record I've liked this year (apart from maybe a couple of dubstep releases but I haven't checked the dates to be honest), although to be fair I did spend 3/4 of it a long long long way from such empty fashionable shite. The other day I downloaded Scarlett Johansson's Tom Waits covers record and it almost made me abandon music. Way to strip Waits of all his personality, individuality and soul in exchange for that nauseating mechanised monotone 80s pop revivalist amorphous mass of sameness. Even her voice sounds like she's too scared to express herself and has to pose instead. Seriously, how can people listen to that shite without being zombies? What a sorry indictment of (post)modernity she is.

EDIT: Well my housemate's big into Santogold and her Bad Brains cover's kinda jokes I guess...

2existis2resist
Dec 25 2008 19:19

be fair, the new rise against album is fucking good

Choccy
Dec 25 2008 20:14

Hahaha wankers that listen to Tom Waits

Alan you do realise listening to shit like Tom waits is hipster as fuck anyway?

Caiman del Barrio
Dec 25 2008 21:02
xConorx wrote:
Alan you do realise listening to shit like Tom waits is hipster as fuck anyway?

Maybe I dunno...

Last time I picked up Vice the hipsters were listening to Born Against, Cro Mags and Rorschach which kinda shocked me though.

Caiman del Barrio
Dec 25 2008 21:04
weeler wrote:
Absolutely sick of getting dragged to dubstep nights, hopefully it will die in 2009.

Well I can't imagine it's that hot in Dublin anyway...brapping with an Oirish accent just sounds like you have cerebral palsy. I think it's perfect for dark basements and MDMA...

Choccy
Dec 25 2008 21:57

Weeler and Alan should hang out
They would be bros

Choccy
Dec 25 2008 22:11

yes you do. remember you had that 'project' where you were trying to get that chubby mate of your into doing weights?

Jenni
Dec 25 2008 23:41

I am pleased libcom likes MGMT smile

Caiman del Barrio
Dec 25 2008 23:43
weeler wrote:
I don't hang out with chubs.

Yeah no room for anyone else when your ego's in the room eh...

Refused
Dec 26 2008 16:29

I would add "Ladyhawke - Dusk Til Dawn" and "Glasvegas - Daddy's Gone" and "Your Demise - The Blood Stays On The Blade" to the list.

Steven.
Dec 26 2008 17:01
Caiman del Barrio wrote:
God what a load of hipster trash contemporary music is.

That's quite a ridiculous statement.

Quote:
The other day I downloaded Scarlett Johansson's Tom Waits covers record and it almost made me abandon music. Way to strip Waits of all his personality, individuality and soul in exchange for that nauseating mechanised monotone 80s pop revivalist amorphous mass of sameness. Even her voice sounds like she's too scared to express herself and has to pose instead. Seriously, how can people listen to that shite without being zombies? What a sorry indictment of (post)modernity she is.

How could you have downloaded that, not realising it wouldn't be a tremendous pile of shit?

Also, Ladyhawke mostly sucks. The only good stuff is the Pnau track she did vocals on:



Embrace (featuring Ladyhawke) - PNAU

And the van she tech remix of Paris is burning
http://www.modularpeople.com/vanshedownload/

I think another of the best tracks of the year is Boys Noize - oh (A-Trak remix)
http://www.zshare.net/audio/85201354fd7ec8/

Refused
Dec 26 2008 17:20

Thanks for setting me straight, Steven.

Mike Harman
Dec 26 2008 17:20

I'd just like to say I had nothing to do with this list tongue

Steven.
Dec 26 2008 17:30
Refused wrote:
Thanks for setting me straight, Steven.

you're welcome, any time.

Mike Harman wrote:
I'd just like to say I had nothing to do with this list tongue

you were complicit by your silence. Furthermore, unfortunately for you you are bound by Libcom's "collective responsibility" clause.

Refused
Dec 26 2008 17:52

I just tried listening to that PNAU thing, what a load of wanky crap.

Caiman del Barrio
Dec 26 2008 18:13
Steven. wrote:
Quote:
The other day I downloaded Scarlett Johansson's Tom Waits covers record and it almost made me abandon music. Way to strip Waits of all his personality, individuality and soul in exchange for that nauseating mechanised monotone 80s pop revivalist amorphous mass of sameness. Even her voice sounds like she's too scared to express herself and has to pose instead. Seriously, how can people listen to that shite without being zombies? What a sorry indictment of (post)modernity she is.

How could you have downloaded that, not realising it wouldn't be a tremendous pile of shit?

A mate would recommend it everytime i talked about Waits. I've now stopped talking to him (not for that reason...well not just that reason anyway wink).

Jenni
Dec 26 2008 18:48
Refused wrote:
I just tried listening to that PNAU thing, what a load of wanky crap.

not so much wanky.. still crap tho

I like that glasvegas track too. gorgeous accent.

Choccy
Dec 26 2008 19:05

I like that PNAU song. Cheers Steven.

Refused
Dec 26 2008 19:41

I knew you'd love it, you fruit. wink

antrophe
Dec 26 2008 22:56
Quote:
weeler wrote: the venue they all play in is actually a basement type thing. I just dont get it though. MDMA might make it better, it makes everything better.

I don't think I've ever seen you stick a night out in the Twisted Pepper with out running out for 3 Euro pints at the shit hole indie disco next door. Which is fair enough, whatever you are into but it hardly gives you time to get into something. And your not the only one hoping dubstep will curl up and die, it's getting a little circular in Dublin, a defacto sound scape for nights out that's all too tiring at this stage.

Anyway, still it's done some good things so here's some other ones..

Skream's remix of the Klaxon's cover of Oakenfold. From late last year, but hearing Benga play it at festival last May was one of the highlights of my year gigging.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODyXPCmEAlI

For some reason both A Millie and Lollipop by Lil Wayne popped up pretty heavy anywhere I went this year too. Though well sick of em now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rCSMxMUavM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=740d8sTpM7U

And this was the definite summer anthem for running around campsites manic during the festival season.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVbhOZj

To think Tippa Irie is the man that did Complan Neighbour. Was he in a vocal chord accident during the late 80's or something?

Look here guvnor....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVgOez607UA

jef costello
Dec 26 2008 23:46
Mike Harman wrote:
I'd just like to say I had nothing to do with this list tongue

Of course not, I'd heard of some of the songs smile

Choccy
Dec 27 2008 15:41
Refused wrote:
"Your Demise - The Blood Stays On The Blade" to the list.

oh for fucks sake
fake sxe hardcore for wankers

Refused
Dec 28 2008 15:10

St Albans is pretty fake, to be fair. They're shit live but I do like that song.

Steven.
Dec 28 2008 14:59
Jenni wrote:

I like that glasvegas track too. gorgeous accent.

that guy from Glasvegas is such a cock though - did you see him on Buzzcocks?

antrophe, I put Lil' Wayne's a milli in there but Ed vetoed it. I think because he's racist.

libcom
Dec 28 2008 15:27
Jenni wrote:
I am pleased libcom likes MGMT :)

yeah we're down with the kids!

Also we have our pick of the years music videos here:
http://libcom.org/blog/top-ten-music-videos-2008-25122008

jef costello
Feb 24 2009 00:24

Little Jackie - The world should revolve around me.
One of the only new songs I've heard this year but I liked it

888
Feb 24 2009 02:55

Shit. I've hardly listened to any new music this year. I must be getting old. All the stuff I thought was new was actually from 2007.

Is this really a libcom's favourite music of 2008, or just a Steven. and gav's favourite music of 2008? There seems to be a common theme.

Weeler wrote:
something good - utah saints

I think that's slightly older than 2008! But good though.

This is my favourite music video from 2008, although the music predates 2008 by a long way: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1uZj7OujvU

Steven.
Feb 24 2009 13:23
888 wrote:
Shit. I've hardly listened to any new music this year. I must be getting old. All the stuff I thought was new was actually from 2007.

Is this really a libcom's favourite music of 2008, or just a Steven. and gav's favourite music of 2008? There seems to be a common theme.

...

Quote:
Weeler wrote:
something good - utah saints

I think that's slightly older than 2008! But good though.

they released a new 08 version. Which was very good