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MMVIII
Created by: Calaveth
Tracks: 17
Length: 01:14:42
Keywords 1. Best of
2. 2008
3. Favorites
Created on 1/17/09 03:11pm
Level 2
Points 1310
Total visitors 17
Unique visitors 11
description:
A selection of songs from my favorite releases of 2008. Inspired by a mixtape by Johnny Luddite.

The constraints of the mixtape forced me to leave a number of artists that I really wanted on here, but couldn't fit: Bardo Pond, Beats Antique, The Black Keys, Calexico, DetektivbyrÄn, Diplo & Santogold, Portishead, The Presets etc etc...but I still feel this selection is overall the best I've listened to this past year.

tracklist

1 Fuck Buttons : Colours Move
I was going to exclude Fuck Buttons because they sound like nothing else on this mix, but it felt dishonest to [...]
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Track 6 from Street Horrrsing
Length: 00:08:54
Year: 2008
Track Description:
I was going to exclude Fuck Buttons because they sound like nothing else on this mix, but it felt dishonest to omit the band that made the record that wowed me more than any other in 2008, Street Horrrsing.
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2 Crystal Castles : Crimewave
With glitchy Crystal Castles, the transition from Fuck Buttons isn't totally hopeless. Another of my favorite [...]
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Track 3 from Crystal Castles
Length: 00:04:18
Year: 2008
Track Description:
With glitchy Crystal Castles, the transition from Fuck Buttons isn't totally hopeless. Another of my favorite releases of the year.
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3 Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve : Bubble Burst
A friend said it sounded like a 60's or 70's band, and considering how much BtWS rely on old samples, that's n [...]
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Track 9 from Ark 1
Length: 00:04:37
Year: 2008
Track Description:
A friend said it sounded like a 60's or 70's band, and considering how much BtWS rely on old samples, that's not so surprising.
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4 islands : Creeper

Everybody was talking about Vampire Weekend, but I'm in the Islands camp here. They do the same thing, b [...]
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Track 5 from Arm's Way
Length: 00:04:06
Year: 2008
Track Description:

Everybody was talking about Vampire Weekend, but I'm in the Islands camp here. They do the same thing, but better.
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5 Okkervil River : Singer Songwriter
It was only with all the hype this year that I discovered Okkervil River. Now there's a big back catalogue I l [...]
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Track 3 from The Stand Ins
Length: 00:03:49
Year: 2008
Track Description:
It was only with all the hype this year that I discovered Okkervil River. Now there's a big back catalogue I look forward to explore.
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6 Los Campesinos! : We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

Bordering on too clever, but I can't help it, I love their quirky, geeky lyrics. And to release not just [...]
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Track 3 from We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
Length: 00:03:53
Year: 2008
Track Description:

Bordering on too clever, but I can't help it, I love their quirky, geeky lyrics. And to release not just one, but two such good records in one year is almost unfair.
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7 Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds : Today's Lesson
I wonder if it's the Grinderman side project that has rejuvenated Nick Cave? In any case, this is the stronges [...]
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Track 2 from Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Length: 00:04:41
Year: 2008
Track Description:
I wonder if it's the Grinderman side project that has rejuvenated Nick Cave? In any case, this is the strongest album in quite a while from him and the Bad Seeds.
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8 Shearwater : Century Eyes
Just a very, very solid record... Could have picked pretty much any tune from it to put here.
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Track 6 from Rook
Length: 00:02:18
Year: 2008
Track Description:
Just a very, very solid record... Could have picked pretty much any tune from it to put here.
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9 Deerhoof : Basket Ball Get Your Groove Back
One of my absolute favorite Deerhoof records, and that is saying a lot. This particular track is to like an in [...]
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Track 6 from Offend Maggie
Length: 00:02:36
Year: 2008
Track Description:
One of my absolute favorite Deerhoof records, and that is saying a lot. This particular track is to like an injection of pure euphoria. I get so happy when I listen to it.
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10 Darlings' Cabinet of Sundry Horror : The Knives Are Out Tonight
Just an EP, but probably the most *fun* release of 2008. Burlesque, dramatic. Fit for a cirkus or a cabaret.
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Track 2 from Darling's EP
Length: 00:02:46
Year: 2008
Track Description:
Just an EP, but probably the most *fun* release of 2008. Burlesque, dramatic. Fit for a cirkus or a cabaret.
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11 Black Mountain : Evil Ways
It was people here at Mixtape Collective that turned me onto Black Mountain. One of my absolute favorite relea [...]
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Track 7 from In the Future
Length: 00:03:26
Year: 2008
Track Description:
It was people here at Mixtape Collective that turned me onto Black Mountain. One of my absolute favorite releases of 2008, not just this awesome track, but the whole album.
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12 Adebisi Shank : Snakehips
This is the comment on a song by a band called Adebisi Shank.
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Track 8 from This Is The Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank
Length: 00:02:37
Year: 2008
Track Description:
This is the comment on a song by a band called Adebisi Shank.
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13 Boris : My Neighbor Satan
Boris released two albums in 2008, but the tracks on Cloud Chamber are 17 and 18 minutes long, so I'll include [...]
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Track 5 from Smile (Japanese Version)
Length: 00:05:20
Year: 2007
Track Description:
Boris released two albums in 2008, but the tracks on Cloud Chamber are 17 and 18 minutes long, so I'll include a song from Smile instead - not my favorite Boris album, but one that has grown on me over time.
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14 Mogwai : Batcat
This was the first track I took a liking to on this album, and it has stayed my favorite. Mogwai really rocks [...]
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Track 2 from The Hawk is Howling
Length: 00:05:24
Year: 2008
Track Description:
This was the first track I took a liking to on this album, and it has stayed my favorite. Mogwai really rocks out here.
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15 This Will Destroy You : Threads
More post-rock, and just as good, if not better than Mogwai's release. More atmospheric, less rocking. Reminds [...]
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Track 3 from This Will Destroy You
Length: 00:05:41
Year: 2008
Track Description:
More post-rock, and just as good, if not better than Mogwai's release. More atmospheric, less rocking. Reminds perhaps more of Explosions in the Sky than Mogwai.
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16 Dead Meadow : What Needs Must Be
One of my most listened to albums this year. It just have such a comfortable sound to it. It doesn't matter wh [...]
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Track 3 from Old Growth
Length: 00:04:18
Year: 2008
Track Description:
One of my most listened to albums this year. It just have such a comfortable sound to it. It doesn't matter what mood I'm in, it's always right with some Dead Meadows.
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17 The Raconteurs : Carolina Drama
Ah, a redneck murder ballad. Irresistable.
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Track 14 from Consolers Of The Lonely
Length: 00:05:58
Year: 2008
Track Description:
Ah, a redneck murder ballad. Irresistable.
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Cheers for this. I included it in the year-end wrapup at Zen Running Order: http://tinyurl.com/cvhky3
2/08/09 06:53pm
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It was a good year, as we can see from this mix. Especially like Los Campesinos and Black Mountain.

Happy New Year!
1/18/09 03:51pm
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I do really like 17, but that was one of the ones I couldn't find room for on my mix. The album ax a whole was a bit disappointing. I only know another four tracks here which makes me feel bad. There are at least a few I will try and follow up. Thanks
1/18/09 04:26am
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