Category Archives: 2008


Mixes By Year: 2008 Most Recommended Albums

2008-  the end of one of the worst political eras in American history.  The financial collapse leading to the Great Recession.  Good times!  It’s tough to historically evaluate a year that was merely three years ago but I can say that my top two albums then- Fleet Foxes self-titled debut & Vampire Weekend’s self-titled debut are my top two albums now.  Though they pretty much tower over the competition for me that doesn’t mean that there weren’t aren’t a bunch more ridiculously solid released in ’08.

Erykah Badu experienced a career reinvention and resurgence with the P-Funk & Sly Stone inspired “The New Amerykah Part 1: 4th World War”.  The Drive-By Truckers “Brighter Than Creation’s Dark” was a return to form after the middling “Blessing and A Curse” two years prior.  With “Brighter” the DBT’s re-established their position at the top of the heap of all working alt-country bands. Previously little heard from band’s like Portland’s Blitzen Trapper and Australia’s Cut Copy released the excellent “Furr” (the former) and “In Ghost Colours” the latter.  Cut Copy has one of the best dance-rock meets indie-pop fusions since New Order and Blitzen Trapper fit right in with both folky bands like Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver & Local Natives as well as the ass- kicking rock bands like early Wilco, Uncle Tupelo & the Truckers.  Speaking of Bon Iver, 2008 was the year that lead singer Justin Vernon’s (until later really the sole member and creator in Bon Iver) Bon Iver’s debut album “For Emma, Forever Ago” saw wider distribution.  It was originally self-released in the fall of 2007 but was heard by no one besides a few important blogs until ’08.  As understated and personal an album as “For Emma” is, it announced to the world a major talent in Vernon who would become bigger in the 3 ensuing years.  Baltimore’s Beach House released their very good 2nd album, “Devotion”, an improvement over their nice self-titled debut, and a twin to “For Emma” when it comes to slow, quiet and very sad music.

’08 was a good year for new bands as well.  The UK’s Los Campesinos! released their debut album “Hold On Now, Youngster” as well as a very good follow up EP at the end of the year.  The album is off the rails fun, punky, wordy, funny & snotty.  Two L.A. vegan kids No Age released their first official full length (after the “Weirdo Rippers” singles comp)- the awesome “Nouns”.  They were the house band at the popular D.I.Y. all ages venue The Smell, which would launch a slew of likeminded bands around the same time.  The beautiful and eccentric 21 year old Swede Lykke Li released her very promising debut album “Youth Novels” and suburban New Jersey-ites Titus Andronicus came out with “The Airing of Grievances”, which was epic length punk rock meets hometown hero Bruce Springsteen.  Fellow Jersey-boys The Gaslight Anthem’s “The ’59 Sound” was stripped down 50’s style rockabilly punk meets Springsteen as well.  Glad to see the Boss getting his due from the indie rock and punk community.  NYC’s Hercules and Love Affair paired with transsexual singer Anthony Hegarty to release their self-titled debut- one of the best full length dance records I’ve heard in a very long time.  On the other side of the pond and of the dance spectrum was Crystal Castles self-titled debut which was screaming goth punk meets dance music and an Atari 2600.  The Lower East side NYC based A&R talent scout and M.I.A.’s influenced Santogold’s (now Santigold after she lost a law suit) debut also sounded great in ’08- a mish-mash of styles she brought together indie, dancehall & chirpy new wave music.

Though ’08 was not an amazing year for rap music it did contain “Tha Carter III” a huge event album from Lil Wayne which sold a million in its first week, unheard of during a time of tremendous music industry doldrums.  One of the biggest pioneers in alternative, “conscious” rap music, Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest, was back from a very long absence with his 2nd commercially released solo album, the excellent “The Renaissance”.  Outside of those two Atlanta rapper T.I. released the decent “Paper Trail” which had a few outstanding songs on it and D.C. rapper Wale released his debut mixtape and stoner rapper Kid Cudi came out with his debut single, the great “Day N’ Nite” which he still hasn’t come to equalling.  Kanye West took a break from rap to record an interesting emo rap album filled with him singing in auto-tune.  Though it goes down as his weakest album by far it is still a worthwhile listen with a handful of highlights.  It seems that anything Kanye puts out is worth a listen.

Veteran rockers like the Black Keys, Jack White’s other band the Raconteurs, My Morning Jacket & the Hold Steady all released albums of varying quality in ’08.  MMJ’s “Evil Urges” was an experimental hit and miss affair which was a let down after their last two excellent albums even though it has its bright spots.  The Raconteurs 2nd album was an improvement over their pretty good debut though still not the equal of the White Stripes best work.  The Hold Steady’s “Stay Positive” was their fourth very good release in a row though also a drop in quality from at least their previous two.  The Black Keys enlisted the help of hot producer Danger Mouse for “Attack & Release”- their most experimental album in a series of straight forward hard garage-rockin’ releases.  Brooklyn’s TV On the Radio’s “Dear Science” was nearly as good as the previous “Return to Cookie Mountain”, solidifying their status as one of the best bands of their time (IMO). Bristol, England’s Portishead came out with the great “Third” after an enormous absence- their second album was released in 1997.  They managed to sound as great as ever- somehow updating their sound but sounding like no one but Portishead at the same time.  Three other underground bands who had already released excellent albums, Hot Chip, Deerhunter and M83, did so again in 2008, giving all three bands more traction and notoriety than ever.

Perhaps the biggest story of ’08 was the debut album of dance-pop superstar Lady Gaga with “The Fame”.  She inspired enormous levels of both love & hatred but she was certainly the biggest new star in the dance pop realm since Madonna- ignoring lip synching robots like Britney Spears.  Two blue-eyed soul stars from Britain emerged the same year-  Adele with her debut album “19” who would go on to much bigger fame with her follow-up “21” and Duffy, whose excellent debut “Rockferry” belied her dud follow-up a few years later


Buy New Amerykah, Pt. 1 (4th World War) – Erykah Badu

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Buy Hercules And Love Affair – Hercules and Love Affair

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Buy Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend

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Buy The Renaissance – Q-Tip

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Buy Dear Science (Bonus Track Version) – TV On the Radio

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Buy Brighter Than Creations Dark – Drive-By Truckers

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Buy Furr (Bonus Track Version) – Blitzen Trapper

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Buy London Zoo – The Bug

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Buy Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

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Buy Saturdays = Youth – M83

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Buy Hold On Now, Youngster… – Los Campesinos!

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Buy Devotion – Beach House

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Buy For Emma, Forever Ago – Bon Iver

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Buy Third – Portishead

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Buy Made In the Dark – Hot Chip

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Buy Tha Carter III – Lil Wayne

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Buy Santigold – Santigold

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Buy Microcastle – Deerhunter Buy Weird Era Cont. – Deerhunter

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Buy In Ghost Colours – Cut Copy

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Buy Nouns – No Age

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+ 2 EP’S


Buy Water Curses – EP – Animal Collective

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Buy Sun Giant – EP – Fleet Foxes

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Mixes By Year: Best of 2008 Volume 1

Best of 2008 Volume 1

1.  Vampire Weekend- A Punk

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2.  Hot Chip- Ready for the Floor

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3.  Cut Copy- Hearts On Fire

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4.  Hercules and Love Affair (Feat. Antony)- Blind

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5.  Santigold- You’ll Find a Way

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6.  Taylor Swift- You Belong With Me


7.  M83- Kim & Jessie

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8.  Los Campesinos!- Death to Los Campesinos!

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9.  The Bug (Feat. Warrior Queen)- Poison Dart

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10.  Erykah Badu- Soldier

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11.  Portishead- Machine Gun

Buy Machine Gun – Third

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12.  Deerhunter- Nothing Ever Happened

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13.  Jay Reatard- Always Wanting More

Buy Always Wanting More – Matador Singles ’08 (Bonus Track Version)

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14.  No Age- Sleeper Hold

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15.  Drive-By Truckers- The Righteous Path

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16.  TV On the Radio- Golden Age

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17.  Fleet Foxes- White Winter Hymnal

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18.  David Byrne & Brian Eno- Strange Overtones

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Mixes By Year: Best of 2008 Volume 2

Best of 2008 Volume 2

1.  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds- Dig!! Lazarus Dig!!

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2.  Titus Andronicus- Arms Against Atrophy

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3.  The Hold Steady- Slapped Actress

Buy Slapped Actress – Stay Positive

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4.  My Morning Jacket- Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Part 2

Buy Touch Me I’m Going to Scream, Pt. 2 – Evil Urges

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5.  Blitzen Trapper- Furr

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6.  Fleet Foxes- Mykonos

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7.  Animal Collective- Water Curses

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8.  Vampire Weekend- Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

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9.  The Mae Shi- Run to Your Grave

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10.  M83- Graveyard Girl

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11.  Hercules and Love Affair (Feat. Antony)- Raise Me Up

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12.  Q-Tip- Move/The Renaissance Rap

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13.  Lil Wayne (Feat. Fabolous & Juelz Santana)- You Ain’t Got Nothin’

Buy You Ain’t Got Nuthin – Tha Carter III

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14.  Cut Copy- Lights and Music

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15.  T.I. (Feat. Rihanna)- Live Your Life

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16.  Erykah Badu- Honey

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Mixes By Year: Best of 2008 Volume 3

Best of 2008 Volume 3

1.  Los Campesinos- You! Me! Dancing!

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2.  Gang Gang Dance- House Jam

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3.  Lady Gaga (Feat. Colby O’Donnis)- Just Dance

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4.  Santigold- Lights Out

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5.  Crystal Castles- Vanished

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6.  Vivian Girls- Where Do You Run To?

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7.  No Age- Teen Creeps

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8.  TV On the Radio- Halfway Home

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9.  Cut Copy- Out There On the Ice

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10.  Air France- Collapsing At Your Doorstep

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11.  Deerhunter- Operation

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12.  Lil Wayne- Dr. Carter

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13.  Blitzen Trapper- God + Suicide

Buy God & Suicide – Furr (Bonus Track Version)

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14. Jamey Johnson- High Cost Of Living


15.  Portishead- The Rip

Buy The Rip – Third

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16.  Coldplay- Violet Hill

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17.  Fleet Foxes- Blue Ridge Mountains

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Mixes By Year: Best of 2008 Volume 4

Best of 2008 Volume 4

1.  Vampire Weekend- Oxford Comma

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2.  The Ruby Suns- Tane Mahuta

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3.  Fleet Foxes- Drops in the River

Buy Drops In the River – Sun Giant – EP

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4.  Okkervil River- Lost Coastlines

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5.  The Black Keys- Oceans and Streams

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6.  Drive-By Truckers- Self-Destructive Zones

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7.  Be Your Own Pet- Becky

Buy Becky – Get Damaged – EP

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8.  Annie- I Know Ur Girlfriend Hates Me

*Track not available via iTunes and Amazon


9. Taylor Swift- Fifteen


10.  Estelle (Feat. Kanye West)- American Boy

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11.  Beyonce- Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)

Buy Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) – I Am… Sasha Fierce

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12.  Ida Maria- Oh My God

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13.  Los Campesinos!- Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats

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14.  Kanye West- Love Lockdown

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15.  She & Him- Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?

Buy Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? – Volume One

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16.  Duffy- Rockferry

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17.  Aeroplane- Whispers (Feat. Kathy Diamond) (Radio Edit)

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18.  Friendly Fires- Paris

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19.  TV On the Radio- DLZ

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20.  Erykah Badu- Me

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Mixes By Year: Best of 2008 Volume 5

Best of 2008 Volume 5

1.  Erykah Badu- Amerykahn Promise

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2.  TV On the Radio- Crying

Buy Crying – Dear Science (Bonus Track Version)

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3.  Max Tundra- Will Get Fooled Again

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4.  Crystal Castles- Untrust Us

Buy Untrust Us – Crystal Castles (Bonus Track Version)

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5.  Fucked Up- No Epiphany

Buy No Epiphany – The Chemistry of Common Life

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6.  No Age- Eraser

Buy Eraser – Nouns

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7.  Cut Copy- Nobody Lost, Nobody Found

Buy Nobody Lost, Nobody Found – In Ghost Colours

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8.  Hercules and Love Affair- Hercules Theme

Buy Hercules Theme – Hercules And Love Affair

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9.  Portishead- We Carry On

Buy We Carry On – Third

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10.  Deerhunter- Never Stops

Buy Never Stops – Microcastle

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11.  The Raveonettes- Aly, Walk with Me

Buy Aly, Walk With Me – Lust Lust Lust (Bonus Track Version)

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12.  Animal Collective- Street Flash

Buy Street Flash – Water Curses – EP

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13.  Kelley Polar- Entropy Reigns (In the Celestial City)

Buy Entropy Reigns (In the Celestial City) – I Need You to Hold On While the Sky Is Falling

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14.  Fleet Foxes- He Doesn’t Know Why

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15.  The Raconteurs- Old Enough

Buy Old Enough – Consolers of the Lonely

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16.  The Gaslight Anthem- The ’59 Sound

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17.  Los Campesinos!- Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks

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18.  Vampire Weekend- Walcott

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19.  Wiley- Wearin’ My Rolex

*Track not available via iTunes or Amazon

Mixes By Year: Best of 2008 Volume 6

Best of 2008 Volume 6

1.  Los Campesinos!- We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

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2.  Santigold- L.E.S. Artistes

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3.  The Black Keys- Strange Times

Buy Strange Times – Attack & Release

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4.  Fucked Up- Crooked Head

Buy Crooked Head – The Chemistry of Common Life

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5.  No Age- Brain Burner

Buy Brain Burner – Nouns

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6.  Passion Pit- Sleepyhead

Buy Sleepyhead – Manners (Bonus Track Version)

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7.  Portishead- Silence

Buy Silence – Third

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8.  Spiritualized- Soul On Fire

Buy Soul On Fire – Songs In A&E

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9.  Beck- Profanity Prayers

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10. The Rural Alberta Advantage- Don’t Haunt This Place


11.  Hercules and Love Affair- Athene

Buy Athene – Hercules And Love Affair

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12.  Fleet Foxes- Your Protector

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13.  Coldplay- Lost!

Buy Lost! – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

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14.  Death Cab for Cutie- Cath…

Buy Cath… – Narrow Stairs

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15.  Vampire Weekend- Mansard Roof

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16.  The Kooks- Always Where I Need to Be

Buy Always Where I Need to Be – Konk

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17.  Jay Reatard- See Saw

Buy See/Saw – Matador Singles ’08 (Bonus Track Version)

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18.  Q-Tip- Gettin’ Up

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19.  T.I.- No Matter What

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20.  Wale- The Kramer

Buy The Kramer – The Mixtape About Nothing

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21. The Hold Steady- Constructive Summer

Mixes By Year: Best of 2008 Volume 7

Best of 2008 Volume 7 (9/24/11)

1.  Fucked Up- Son the Father

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2.  Titus Andronicus- Titus Andronicus

Buy Titus Andronicus – The Airing of Grievances (Bonus Track Version)

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3.  Blitzen Trapper- Fire + Fast Bullets

Buy Fire & Fast Bullets – Furr (Bonus Track Version)

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4.  Drive-By Truckers- That Man I Shot

Buy That Man I Shot – Brighter Than Creations Dark

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5.  Q-Tip- Johnny Is Dead

Buy Johnny Is Dead – The Renaissance

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6. Big Boi (Feat. Andre 3000 & Raekwon)- Royal Flush

Buy Royal Flush – Royal Flush (feat. André 3000 & Raekwon) – Single

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7.  Lil Wayne- Let the Beat Build

Buy Let the Beat Build – Tha Carter III

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8.  The Bug (Feat. Ricky Ranking & Aya)- Too Much Pain

Buy Too Much Pain (feat. Ricky Ranking) – London Zoo

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9.  Erykah Badu- The Healer/Hip Hop

Buy The Healer – New Amerykah, Pt. 1 (4th World War)

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10.  Cut Copy- Feel the Love

Buy Feel the Love – In Ghost Colours

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11.  Hot Chip- One Pure Thought

Buy One Pure Thought – Made In the Dark

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12. Adele- Right As Rain


13.  Beach House- Wedding Bell

Buy Wedding Bell – Devotion

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14.  Lykke Li- Dance, Dance, Dance

Buy Dance, Dance, Dance – Youth Novels

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15. Lady Gaga- Paparazzi

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16. Ladyhawke- Paris Is Burning


17.  Vampire Weekend- M79

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18. Jamey Johnson- Place Out On The Ocean


19.  Fleet Foxes- English House

Buy English House – Sun Giant – EP

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Mixes By Year: Best of 2008 Volume 8

Best of 2008 Volume 8 (9/24/11)

1.  Los Campesinos!- This Is How You Spell “HaHaHa We Destroyed the Hopes and Dreams of a Generation”

Buy This Is How You Spell “HAHAHA, We Destroyed the Hopes and Dreams of a Generation of Faux-Romantics” – Hold On Now, Youngster…

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2.  Tokyo Police Club- Your English Is Good

Buy Your English Is Good – Elephant Shell

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3.  Vampire Weekend- Campus

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4.  Beck- Chemtrails

Buy Chemtrails – Modern Guilt

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5.  Marnie Stern- Roads? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads

Buy Roads? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads – 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

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6.  Tame Impala- Desire Be, Desire Go

Buy Desire Be Desire Go – Tame Impala – EP

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7.  Blitzen Trapper- Not Your Lover

Buy Not Your Lover – Furr (Bonus Track Version)

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8.  Adele- Chasing Pavements

Buy Chasing Pavements – 19

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9.  Duffy- Distant Dreamer

Buy Distant Dreamer – Rockferry

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10.  Beach House- Heart of Chambers

Buy Heart of Chambers – Devotion

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11.  The Walkmen- The Blue Route

Buy The Blue Route – You & Me

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12.  Deerhunter- Saved By Old Times

Buy Saved By Old Times – Microcastle

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13.  TV On the Radio- Red Dress

Buy Red Dress – Dear Science

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14.  Cut Copy- So Haunted

Buy So Haunted – In Ghost Colours

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15.  M83- Up!

Buy Up! – Saturdays = Youth

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16.  Kid Cudi- Day N’ Nite

Buy Day ‘n’ Nite – Man On the Moon: The End of Day

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17.  Lil Wayne- A Milli

Buy A Milli – Tha Carter III

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18. Chairlift- Bruises


19.  Little Boots- Stuck On Repeat

Buy Stuck On Repeat – Arecibo – EP

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