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2008 Your Morning Rock In Review – Matt’s Songs and Etc Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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As we continue our tour through 2008’s musical effort, we spend our second day with the esteemed Mr. Underscore T. This time he’s gonna give us a rundown of his favorite songs from ’08, favorite shows, and a few other opinions that I may have attempted to goad him into. Today, we embark on a journey of the soul with Matt after the jump

Favorite Songs of 2008:

1.  Constructive Summer – The Hold Steady
2.  Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
3.  I Will Posses Your Heart – DCFC
4.  I’m Amazed – MMJ
5.  The Next Messiah – Jenny Lewis
6.  Slapped Actress – The Hold Steady
7.  Like A Vibration – The Whigs
8.  Go Easy – Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
9.  Grapevine Fires – DCFC
10.  Joyride – The Killers
11.  Stay Positive – The Hold Steady
12.  Broadripple is Burning – Margot & the Nuclear So and Sos
13.  Sentimental Heart – She & Him
14.  Highly Suspicious – MMJ
15.  Salute Your Solution – The Raconteurs
16.  Crossed Out Name – Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
17.  Nothing Ever Happened – Deerhunter
18.  Freefallin’ – John Mayer
19.  Golden Age – TV on the Radio
20.  Long Division – DCFC

Guilty Pleasures:

“See You Again” by Miley Cyrus.  yes, I know.  But its my favorite pop song of the year, and it gets stuck in your head.

Shows of the Year:

The Hold Steady – 40 Watt, Athens, Georgia.
I didn’t think it would be possible to top my 2nd favorite show of the year, but THS managed to do it.  It was at the famous 40 Watt in Athens.  A small but enthusiastic crowd and an amazing show by the band.  Its very cliched, but it had the feeling of a religious event.  Everyone there to see the band became instant friends, the band looked like they were having as much fun as we were.  And the music sounded even better in person.  You could feel the energy in the club and with everyone.  They played a long set list for a small show and every song I wanted to hear they played.  If you can go see them.

311 – NOLA Arena, New Orleans, Lousiana.
Its no secret that 311 is my favorite band, and I’ve been listening to them since I was 15.  But this was the first year I was able to attend their 3-11 day show.  Every two years they play a show on March 11th.  (3-11, get it?)  They played 3 sets, 63 songs and played for almost 5 hours.  I got to hear songs I’d never heard before and songs that had not been played in years.  It was great to be in a huge arena with thousands of other hardcore 311 fans.

Band that should die in a fire:

Coldplay.  Congrats on putting out another album that manages to be completely boring and lame but universally praised by everyone.  Keep up the good work fellas!

3 I’m looking forward to in 2009:
1.  311
2.  John Mayer
3.  Eminem

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1. Matt_T - Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I forgot to mention Spaz by N.e.r.d. and Souled Out! by Conor Oberst.

Also very much looking forward to the new Mastodon in 2009

2. Rockabye - Wednesday, December 17, 2008

No interest in the two halves of OutKast doing solo work in ’09?

3. Clare - Wednesday, December 17, 2008

You’re still a pretentious douche, but I agree with your stance on Cold Play. They suck like Lindsay Lohan for coke.

4. Matt_T - Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Whoops, completely forgot about that too. I’ll definitely pick up those.

I think I’d be ran out of Atlanta if I didn’t

5. bigricks - Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Also on the docket for 2009, Jay-Z & Dr. Dre’s newest. Worth mentioning.

Your list plays a lot like my playlist from May until now. Only I’d add Electric Feel by MGMT, Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa by Vampire Weekend and Always Where I Need to Be by the Kooks. Those three garnered HEAVY rotation at various times in 2008.

6. Matt_T - Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I couldn’t remember if Electric Feel came out in 07 or 08. That was an error on my part. And I should have included A Punk, that was my favorite track off Vampire Weekend.

7. SA - Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I was wondering when Outkast was going to come out with something. Thanks Rockabye.

8. Rockabye - Wednesday, December 17, 2008

No problem. The plan is Big Boi’s solo (titled, beautifully, Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty) will drop sometime in winter/spring, followed a couple months later by the 3K solo. And then there’s going to be another true OutKast album either in ’09 or 2010.

Electric Feel counts as an ’08 single, IMO.

Also on my radar for ’09: Clipse, U2, Lupe Fiasco (final album? TRIPLE album?), Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, the Lonely Island album, and Timberlake. But I’m going to be discussing all this next week, too, and I want you all to come back for that.

9. DougOLis - Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Electric Feel was definitely an ’08 single, but Time to Pretend is kind or arguable.

#3

Album:
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes. There’s a reason this album is showing up at the top of most year end lists. It’s a beautiful album that’s easy to grasp and absorb without being trite or dumbed down. The songs are incredibly catchy and fun but not in a way that you want to spit out at the end. If the Pet Sounds era Beach Boys released an album today, this is what it would sound like.

Song:
Sigur Rós – “Inní mér syngur vitleysingur.” In English known as “Within me a lunatic sings,” it’s probably not the song you would expect to see from them on most year end lists and it’s arguably not their “best” song, but damned if it isn’t a hell of a lot of fun. This is by far their danciest song and as soon as it comes it brings pure happiness to my face and a hitch in my giddyup. While “Gobbledigook” introduced us to this new side of Sigur Rós as the first single, “Inní mér syngur vitleysingur” took it to another level as the 2nd track/single. The only downside is that this is by far their worst and least inspiring music video.

Show:
Street Scene Day 1 – Kind of copout choosing a festival but at least I narrowed it to the 1st day, and it may have been my best single day (night) at a festival ever. Here is the list of bands I saw in order: Muslims, MGMT, Foals, The New Pornographers, TV on the Radio, Spoon, Cat Power, Devotchka, Justice, Vampire Weekend, and Beck. I hit on several of the major bands from 2008 and none disappointed (it says something when Cat Power’s soulful set was the lowlight on the night). It was ridiculously fun and pretty much all the bands brought a great energy. TV on the Radio is arguably my favorite live band so innately anything else was going to be gravy but most of the other bands were able to rival that same intensity.


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