Compared to the past few years, I didn't really listen to that much music in 2008. Being in a funk limited all forms of consumption to a slow and uninspiring drip. But I did have roommates and friends who were still dedicated, and visited i guess im floating and gorilla vs bear enough times to be excited and have favorites. So here they are, in no particular order. (I also perused about 10 lists from other blogs to catch stuff I missed, but it just so happens that nobody I've discovered through those lists made this list.)
Songs: Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix) - The Whitest Boy Alive This tune never fails to get me going. Perfect for dance parties.. with friends or by yourself! So chill and melodic. Erlend Oye is already spectacular by himself, but his album came out in 2006, so I cannot include him in this list. While You Wait for the Others - Grizzly Bear When I first saw this KCRW performance video, my jaw dropped. These dudes are magical. Definitely on my concert shortlist.. even though I don't go to concerts anymore. Hm. Digital Love (Daft Punk cover) - Miracle Fortress I confess, I am not familiar with Daft Punk's music, but I am more apt to check it out due to this delicious cover. It really makes me happy!
Songs/Albums: Thing About Trouble - Doug Burr This gentle, drawly songwriter from Denton was first introduced to me by the Lathans. Religious references, slide guitar, a gravely yet emotive voice.. it's a tried and true combo.
Your Arms Around Me - Jens Lekman Such simple and feel-good tunes from this sensitive young crooner. Sweet lyrics and liberal usage of strings. And he's a lovely person. The Snow Leopard - Shearwater This whole album is intensely good. I once described it as "Viking war lullabies."
No Excuses - Air France This song is joyfully complex, while staying upbeat and danceable. I don't know how else to describe it.
Only Me to Trust - Ghosthustler They are from Dent(r)on and they throw down very sexy beats. A SXSW showcased artist.
OK today I will respond to this being tagged by Rachel that asks me to share 7 random facts about myself. Not sure how 'random' these will be, since I'm not really that exciting, in my opinion. Mostly keep to myself.
1. I have the same birthday as my brother, who is 5 years younger than I. 2. I have a psychological disgust for most cheese, unless it is melted, white and not the main ingredient in a dish. 3. I am afraid that I will get tired of everything. 4. I don't like taking pictures of people. 5. My mind is empty most of the time (but I'm trying to amend that). 6. I've been to the island of Macao. 7. I used to lead youth group worship team at my church in Plano.
Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
this song makes me realize how romantic the idea of a person can seem when you're alone. plus it's so twee, which makes it all the more melancholy.
i'm not alone.. and it's pretty fun most of the time. i have to think about it more to appreciate what i have, but i'm working on that. and manage myself the times i am being driven crazy. or am doing the driving. haha.
i used to think i was a good and patient person.. not anymore. can't fool myself anymore. last year's events twisted me and turned me the opposite, sad to say. i became unbending because i bent too much. messed up. anyway, i guess i am only starting now to learn about love. i don't understand how to receive it, even after all these years. and how to give it? clueless and bumbling. what does it mean to have it? geez i really do hope i grow up soon, for the sake of everyone around me. sometimes i see things how they really are and am shocked at how b even puts up with me so much. unbelievable!