Sunday, December 14, 2008

terri's 2008 year-end list.

I finally have the time to sit down on my bed and blog (as well as on this one). I can't do fancy pictures like my dear pal Leah's (I end up choosing ones that are copyrighted), but here are some good finds I've heard over the year of two-thousand and eight.

Ladytron - Velocifero.
They never cease to disappoint. I'm on the verge of saying this is their most mainstream-sounding album, due to the fact this is their fourth album and you heard a bit of the track "Tomorrow" on Ugly Betty. I highly recommend this album and really look forward to seeing them again when they play here again. If you're on the fence, check out "The Lovers," "Runaway," and "Predict the Day."

Once soundtrack.
I'm with Leah on this one. Besides being one of the best movies I've seen this year, the soundtrack is great! Seeing them when they came here heightened my enthusiasm for the group. It's The Frames with newcomer Marketa Irglova making up The Swell Season. At any rate, check out "When Your Mind's Made Up." If you see them play it in the movie or live, you'll cry.

Brazilian Girls - New York City.
The first time I heard it, I wasn't a fan. After a second and third time, I was hooked. "Berlin," "Nouveau Americain," and "Strangeboy" are my favorites....

The Gutter Twins - Saturnalia.
I was hesitant on this one because I'm with Claire on Mark Lanegan's place- this should be a Twilight Singers album. However, my arm got twisted for two reasons, the tracks "The Body" and "Front Street." If I do find myself in the Lanegan mood, it's good. (You really have to be in a mood, but not that kind of mood, pervs.) "Circle of Fringes" and "God's Children" are also great tracks as well.

21 soundtrack.
Hearing the soundtrack before you see the movie is a bad idea. If you do that, you don't give a hoot about the movie and just want to listen to the soundtrack. It's not as good as the Trainspotting soundtrack, but it's one nice record. "Time to Pretend" by MGMT, "Mad Pursuit" by Junkie XL featuring Electrocute, "Sister Self Doubt" by Get Shakes, "I Am the Unknown" by The Aliens, "Hold My Hand" by UNKLE, the remix of Kasabian's "L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)," and "Tender Buttons" by Broadcast all had me at "hello." Oh. Em. Gee. I feel like I'm 15 just talking about it!

She & Him - Volume One.
Seeing them live just about did it for me, not to mention seeing my girl crush, Ms. Zooey Deschanel. "You Really Got a Hold on Me" and "I Was Made For You" are the cream of the crop on the debut album for Deschanel and the master behind it all, M. Ward. Like I said in the review, it was like going to a fair minus the sweet tea and apple pie slices. I am quite certain they'll tour again, so get your tushies out there to see them!

That's all I was impressed with as far as new stuff for the year. I was also introduced to other great finds from the past. Here's a short bit of them.

The Faint - Wet From Birth
Ratatat - Classics
Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
Joy Division - The Best Of Joy Division
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