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The following facts and statistics apply specifically to 2008:
Criteria: Records released in 2008 that I purchased and liked.
>>Favorite Album of 2008
Rabbit Habits – Man Man
>>Other Favorite Albums of 2008
Lost Wisdom – Mount Eerie feat. Julie Doiron and Fred Squire
Black Wooden Ceiling Opening – Mount Eerie
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
Water Curses – Animal Collective
Saturdays=Youth – M83
Microcastle – Deerhunter
Ice Cream Spiritual – Ponytail
That Lucky Old Sun – Brian Wilson
At Mount Zoomer – Wolf Parade
Arm’s Way – Islands
808’s and Heartbreaks – Kanye West
Cardinalogy – Ryan Adams and the Cardinals
Pacific Ocean Blue – Dennis Wilson
Flight of the Conchords – Flight of the Conchords
Stay Positive – The Hold Steady
The Renaissance – Q-Tip
In Ghost Colours – Cut Copy
Hercules and Love Affair – Hercules and Love Affair
Day & Age – Killers
Tha Carter III – Lil’ Wayne
Criteria: Personal favorites of the year. List limited to tracks released in 2008, 2 songs at most per record. Not to be confused with the Top 2008 songs of 2008; there are probably less than 50 here.
”You Swan Go On” – Mount Eerie feat. Julie Doiron and Fred Squire
“In Moonlight” – Mount Eerie
“Blue Ridge Mountains,” “White Winter Hymnal” – Fleet Foxes
“Jockin’ Jay Z” – Jay Z
“Celebrate The Body Electric (It Came From An Angel)” – Ponytail
“Skinny Love” – Bon Iver
“Microcastle,” “Agoraphobia” – Deerhunter
“Run to Your Grave” – The Mae Shi
“Time to Pretend” – MGMT
“Graveyard Girl,” “Kim & Jessie” – M83
“Mansard Roof,” “Oxford Comma” – Vampire Weekend
“Top Drawer,” or any other song from Rabbit Habits – Man Man
“Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!!” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
“Street Flash” -Animal Collective
“Street Lights” – Kanye West
“American Boy” – Estelle ft. Kanye West
“Touch Me I’m Going to Scream, Pt. 2” – My Morning Jacket
“Constructive Summer” – The Hold Steady
End of the Year List: Comic Books
(criteria: personal favorites of books released in 2008)
the following is a list of books i have read this past year and would recommended others to do as well. i should start reading the harry potter books; it’s hard to deny the impact those books have had. if you didn’t read too many books this year, you can make it a new years resolution! in no particular order:
wizard of the crow – ngugi wa’thiong’o
beautifully written political and social satire about the fictional republic of abruria, the story unfolds like a folk tale with unmatched clarity and resonance. it is an obersvation of our place on this earth and the love that will keep us together. hands down, my favorite book of the year.
the zoo story – edward albee
i was given this play as a gift from a friend and i always wondered if it was symbolic. like, was this given to me for a reason? oh by the way, the play ends with a man getting stabbed at the park. just like in my life!
the man who was thursday – g.k. chesterton
then who is thursday now?
shortcomings -adrian tomine
story about a cynical asian american guy who is forced to come to terms with his life through his rocky relationship with his girlfriend and his attraction to white women. poignant observations of racial/sexual relationships. amazing illustrations, best graphic novel of the year.
laika – nick abadzis
true story of the world’s first dog (and living being) to travel space. this story about the noble pup made me cry from beginning to end. it’s absolutely deliberate, but it got me. my eyes were sore from crying too much. have not cried that much in a long while, no joke. i am so lame.
watchmen – alan moore
what’s not to say about the watchmen. one of the most important graphic novels ever.
pictor’s metamorphoses: and other fantasies – hermann hesse
hey man, nobody said it would make sense. fantasy as life, life as fantasy, fantasy as allegory.
the invention of hugo cabret – brian selznick
it’s a pretty book, man. and since it’s 526 pages, people will think you are a monster of a reader. instant cool points, right? j.k. (rowling)
the pilgrim’s progress – john bunyan
still reading this one. it’s a christian allegory. my friend gave me a 1914 pressing of the book. very cool.