Monthly Archives: December 2008

With My Old Man Shoes and My Scientist Heart – Great Songs of 2008

Wherefore Art Thou, Elvis?
by The Gaslight Anthem from the 7″ EP SeƱor And The Queen
My unofficial theme song for this year. Yes, they put out an EP as well as the best album of the year.

Wishing Well
by The Airborne Toxic Event from the album The Airborne Toxic Event
Some pop songs grab you, some don’t. This one did, despite the horrid band name.

I Feel Better
by Frightened Rabbit from the live album Liver! Lung! FR!
After listening to this live version, I wasn’t sure why he bothered with the studio

Burn Bridges
by The Grates from the album Teeth Lost, Hearts Won
Great pop band fronted by crazy girl with crazy name #1 (Patience Hodgson)

The Kelly Affair
by Be Your Own Pet from the album Get Awkward
Great pop band fronted by crazy girl with crazy name #2 (Jemina Pearl Abegg)

Hair Pool
by Defiance, Ohio from the Pink Couch Sessions
Live track from the wonderful Pink Couch (Link). Can’t wait for a new album.

Falling Down
by Scarlett Johansson from the album Anywhere I Lay My Head
Yes, yes… I know. Just close your eyes and pretend it’s a This Mortal Coil track from ’83.

Everything Is Not the Same
by Zita Swoon from the album Big Blueville
Great track from an album I picked up in Paris and haven’t put down.

Blackboots Blackhearts
by Sweet Jane from the EP Blackboots & Blackhearts
Taking up the Velvets / JMC mantle the Ravonettes couldn’t keep up with.

Out Of Time
by Jason Collett from the album Here’s To Being Here
Great track with a Lou Reed groove.

Hey Momma’
by Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground from the album Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground
Crazy and funky and fun.

Two Angry Kids
by Street Dogs from the album State of Grace
Yes, I remember.

Storm Rising
by In Tua Nua from the album When Night Comes Down On Sunset
Lovely bit of Irish rock, recorded in 1987. Some stuff is too good to leave on a shelf.

Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
by She & Him from the album Volume One
Super sweet song. I still love it even tho Zooey decided to marry that chode from Death Cab instead of me.

Don’t Stop Believin’
by Marnie Stern
Only Marnie could make this song cool. I love the bit when the drums kick in.

Threat Level Midnight
by The Riot Before from the album Fists Buried In Pockets
Just a great song. Fun to sing along with.

by Vetiver from the album Thing Of The Past
One of those songs that knocks it all back into place.

Last Day of Magic
by The Kills from the album Midnight Boom
Great song from an album that should have made my top 10 albums, but somehow got lost in the shuffle.

The Captive Mind
by The Helio Sequence from the album Keep Your Eyes Ahead
Another great song from an album that should have made my top 10 albums, but somehow got lost in the shuffle.

Back To Me
by The Dutchess and the Duke from the album She’s The Dutchess, He’s The Duke
Great bit of throwback rock and roll. I need an army jacket and a boogie hat.

Bad Old World
by New Model Army from the live album Fuck Texas, Sing For Us
Always been one of my favorite NMA songs. Love the intro.

Have a Nice Day
by Kinetic Stereokids from the EP Have a Nice Day

by Hello Saferide from the album More Modern Short Stories From Hello Saferide
A fitting song for the end of the year


The Best Albums of 2008


The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

Undoubtably the Album of the Year. I can’t say enough good things about this album, just buy it and listen.

Buy CD or Vinyl from Side One Dummy

Listen to High Lonesome : DOWNLOAD


Cloud Cult – Feel Good Ghosts

Every person I share this album with is an instant fan. It only takes one to get you hooked. Amazing songwriting, astounding lyrics, moments of epiphany.

Buy from the band

Listen to Journey of the Featherless : DOWNLOAD


Fucked Up – The Chemistry Of Common Life

Quite possibly the best punk-rock head-trip concept-album that is not a concept album of all time. Your brain may not be the same after this.

Buy from Amazon

Listen to Crooked Head : DOWNLOAD


Poi Dog Pondering – 7

Another in a long string of amazing records. Some bands just keep getting better.

Buy from the band

Listen to Butterflies : DOWNLOAD


HiFi Handgrenades – Carry On

Speck and Co. release yet another gem of punk/power pop songs, yet again criminally overlooked. Carry On is my song of the year, it’s that fucking good.

Buy from New Romance For Kids Records

Listen to Carry On : DOWNLOAD


Daniel Lanois – Here Is What Is


Buy from Red Floor Records

Listen to Bladesteel : DOWNLOAD


Marnie Stern – This Is It And I Am It And You Are It And So Is That And He Is It And She Is It And It Is It And That Is That

She’s hot. She plays guitar like no one else. She writes crazy songs you can’t stop listening to. Bonus points for best album name of the year.

Buy from Insound

Listen to Transformer : DOWNLOAD


Menahan Street Band – Make The Road By Walking

I can only wish my life was cool enough to have this as a soundtrack.

Buy from Amazon

Listen to Tired of Fighting : DOWNLOAD


Paramount Styles – Failure American Style

The dude from Girls Against Boys. Downtempo, acoustic guitar, biting and searing lyrics. Cooler than you.

Buy from Insound

Listen to Drunx, Whores & MZK People : DOWNLOAD


Mercury Rev – Snowflake Midnight

They put down their guitars and picked up electronics. Stunning.

Buy from Yep Roc

Listen to Senses on Fire : DOWNLOAD


Robots In Disguise – We’re In the Music Biz

Snarky, trashy and awesome.

Buy from Amazon

Listen to The Sex Has Made Me Stupid : DOWNLOAD


Off With Their Heads – From The Bottom

Great, straight-ahead hardcore. Melodic and raw with great sing along vocals.

Buy from No Idea Records

Listen to Wrong : DOWNLOAD

And, as always, Let the Children Lose It… Let the Children Use It… Let All The Children Boogie.

Tolerable Xmas Mixtape

Remainder of Xmas Mixtape:

Silent Night by Bad Religion

Donna & Blitzen by Badly Drawn Boy

Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid

Peace On Earth-Little Drummer Boy by Bing Crosby & David Bowie

Christmas in the Stars by C-3PO with R2-D2

Christmastime is Here by Combustable Edison

Christmas Blues (Live) by Fiona Apple

(It Must Have Been Ol’) Santa Claus by Harry Connick, Jr.

The Ronettes – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

2000 Miles by The Pretenders

Baby Please Come Home by U2

Jingle Bell Rock by The Ventures

Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues Feat. Kirsty MacColl

Happy Xmas, War is Over by John Lennon

Blue Christmas by Bright Eyes

Top Moments of 2008

Here’s my top memorable moments of 2008, big love to everyone involved with this year!

Early Spring – Paris

Rounding the corner after getting out of the Trocadero train station and seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time.

Music that was playing : Drive in Saturday by David Bowie

Early Spring – Paris

Heading to Le Boule Rouge, circling the Arc de Triomphe in the passenger seat of the Rabbi’s Mercedes, Julien navigating 5 lanes of chaos while smoking, talking and not even looking while driving.

Music that was playing : Most likely Zappa, but my brain registers Alive in the City by Zita Swoon

Spring – Orlando

Riding the Tower of Terror with my wife and kids… Sunshine’s face a mixture of horror and excitement.

Music that was playing : Screams of children and laughing of parents

Spring – Cocoa Beach

Attempting to catch a few waves on Grayson’s boogie board

Music that was playing : Waves and futile paddling

Spring – NYC

Dropping a txt bomb on Kosta while killing several bottles of wine with Colleen and the Heuer sisters.

Music that was playing : I’ve Got a Feeling by The Beatles

Summer – Nashville

Seeing Poi Dog Pondering play live after living with their music for nearly 20 years. Ian and I had a table 5 feet from Frank as they played.

Music that was playing : Butterflies by Poi Dog Pondering

Summer – Chicago

Early morning, running around Chicago lakeside parks with the kids, taking photos of them and the Bean.

Music that was playing : Everybody Here is a Cloud by Cloud Cult

Tolerable Xmas Mixtape, No. 6

Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight) by Ramones

Tolerable Xmas Mixtape, No. 5

A Change At Christmas (Say It Isn’t So) by The Flaming Lips

Tolerable Xmas Mixtape, No. 4

Been a bit remiss in getting my xmas mixtape up. Here’s a couple to get you through the grind of holiday mall music.

Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas by Eels : Download
Merry Xmas I Love You by Velocity Girl : Download

and not technically an Xmas song, but good for the season….
What A Wonderful World by John Legend : Download