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2008

Ahh, year end. crisp winter nights, hot chocolate (now, with red peppers ala kat), new sweaters, snuggly scarves, wool socks, brisk runs, red noses, holiday cheer (and snark), and lists! Lists upon lists upon lists! who’s been naughty, who’s  been nice; ingredients for jb’s mother’s ginger snaps; recipients of belated holiday cards, gifts for sister and parents,  pumpkin beers ive yet to try… and last but not least, the best-of lists!!

now, to try and put these in any logical order would be ridiculous and unfair. and when i say the best of ’08, lets not go crazy trying to define what that means for albums released in 2006 in Sweden (thank god Robyn is finally getting some recognition) or the UK (ooh adele! mgmt!). lets just drop all the pretentious logistical stuff and say that here follow the tunes that i dug like mad in ’08.

some are just tracks, others are albums (i admit it, some cds i just didnt listen to all  of – leona lewis, for example – and some i couldnt stop spinning). but all were tunes that will forever remind me of the  following: early mornings driving on brick roads through baltimore, that giddy feeling you get when you realize youre smack dab in the middle of falling in love, packing up and moving all the way across the country, spending lazy nights with the roommies, blogging the multitudes of pop culture crap, running along the bay on the perfect afternoon – the lights just beginning to dim and everything illuminated by soft lights on the water, bike rides down hills at top speed, bike rides uphill and miserable, dance parties in soma till the early morning, road trips down route 1 in search of the perefct bag of cherries, sunday afternoons overlooking dolores park with a nora roberts novel and warm beet salad, grilling on my balcony while the sun goes down, and taking giant blindfolded leaps of proverbial cliffs…

Continue for the mp3s

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it’s like that time they married [dark] chocolate and peanut butter.

gifted

from N.A.S.A‘s upcoming The Spirit of Apollo: Gifted (feat. Kanye, Santogold and Lykke Li)

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all songs considered compiled a best of 08′ thus far for last week’s show.  topping the list? panic and the disco, mgmt, girl talk, and frightened rabbit.  cant say i disagree. santogold even made the list! 

ive heard a lot about panic’s new album, and i have to say, im pretty impressed. it’s hard to dismiss all the beatles mentions in reviews: in their soph effort, the band is much more self aware, subdued and mature -there’s a definite beach boys-esque feel that works really well.  the record, pretty odd, was put out by pete wentz’s fueled by ramen imprint, decaydance records. looks like the emo kids are growing up.

check out the show here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=92283650 for tracks that fans loved, but the show missed.

what are your faves of 08? ill post some of mine over the next few days.

for now, here are two of mine (and nprs!) –>
mgmt’s time to pretend
santogold’s say aha

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