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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Highlights of 2008

The end of the calendar year has reached us and it's time for FMLY's Best of '08 to be revealed. For the past few weeks I've kept lists, re-written them, created categories and I'm STILL sure that I've left albums out that deserve to be here. However, as of now, here is the Best of '08, FMLY edition.

Worst Album of the Year, So Bad It Shouldn't Even Deserve A Category
01. Steve Aoki - Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles

Favorite Live Sessions
06. Grizzly Bear - Live On KCRW
05. Meals for Children - Live On FMLY Radio
04. Avey Tare, Deakin, Kria Brekkan - Live At Glasslands
03. Animal Collective - Live At Pitchfork
02. Wingnut Dishwasher's Union - Live In Plattsburgh, NY
01. Nephews - Live On FMLY Radio

Some Favorite Live Performances
20. Les Savy Fav @ Coachella
19. Rumspringa (w/ Ninjasonik) @ FMLY's Breakfast of Champions
18. Nephews @ Milo Ward's, Sprawl Benefit
17. Pattern is Movement @ Piano's
16. Health @ El Rey
15. Dan Deacon's Ultimate Reality @ El Rey
14. Unicorn Dream Attack @ Blip Fest
13. Ninjasonik and Japanther @ Alphabeta
12. Lucky Dragons @ Whitney Biennial
11. Zomes, Fursaxa, Brightblack Morning Light @ (le) Poisson Rouge
10. Department of Eagles @ The Bell House
09. Lemonade, el Guincho @ (le) Poisson Rouge
08. Koalacaust @ Culver Veteran's Park Bleachers
07. Yoni Wolf @ anticon.'s third annual ten year anniversary
06. Anamanaguchi @ Blip Fest
05. Line C3, ARP, Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) & Steve Reid @ (le) Poisson Rouge
04. Why? @ Bowery Ballroom
03. Paul Baribeau @ Elliot Babin's Garage
02. cLOUDDEAD @ anticon.'s third annual ten year anniversary
01. Jack JohnsonAnimal Collective @ Coachella

worth mentioning: Best Friends Forever and Muggabears were awesome live

Favorite Commercial Appearances
03. Cool Kids - Rhapsody on TiVo
02. Dan Deacon - Crayola
01. Spank Rock - Wishbone Salad Dressing

Favorite Label/Collective/People
05. 8bitpeoples
04. Paw Tracks
03. Plan-It-X
02. Marriage
01. anticon.

Favorite NY Venues
05. The Bell House
04. Glasslands
03. Todd P & Interns & Friends Affiliated Venues
02. The Cake Shop (downstairs)
01. (le) Poisson Rouge

Best High Movies (i probably only saw like, 10 movies this year)
05. Cloverfield
04. Tropic Thunder
03. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
02. Pineapple Express
01. Jumper

Couple of the Year
02. Devendra Banhart and Natalie Portman (RIP to that)
01. Joanna Newsom and Andy Samberg

Favorite Albums
35. Subtle - Exiting Arm
34. Yo Gabba Gabba! - s/t
33. Slaraffenland - Sunshine EP
32. Brightblack Morning Light - Motion to Rejoin
31. Zach Hill - Astrological Straits
30. Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
29. Wavves - s/t
28. Noah23 - Rock Paper Scissors
27. Daedelus - Love To Make Music To
26. Ninjasonik - All Our Friends Are In Bands
25. Grouper - Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill
24. Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
23. Air France - No Way Down
22. No Age - Nouns
21. The Field - The Sound of Light EP
20. Ratatat - LP3
19. cloud. - Pimp Steak
18. Zomes - s/t
17. High Places - s/t
16. Beach House - Devotion
15. Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing
14. Andrew Jackson Jihad - Only God Can Judge Me
13. Rafter - Sex, Death, Cassette
12. Ponytail - Ice Cream Spiritual
11. Department of Eagles - In Ear Park
10. TV on the Radio - Dear Science,
09. Hot Chip - Made In The Dark
08. Dosh - Wolves and Wishes
07. Lucky Dragons - Dream Island Laughing Language
06. Okay - Huggable Dust
05. The Octopus Project - Hello, Avalanche
04. Animal Collective - Water Curses EP
03. Deerhunter - Microcastle
02. Tobacco - Fucked Up Friends
01. Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs ha, just kidding
01. Why? - Alopecia

Very deserving to be among this list is Geotic / [Post-foetus], I have not been back to Los Angeles to purchase my copy of The Fabric but when I'm there in Jan it's on my to-do list. Also, Black Moth Super Rainbow's Drippers EP and Drippers were awesome, but not qualified for this list as they were collections of older music. Technically el Guincho's Alegranza came out last year as well. And as far as No Age, well Nouns was fuckin' fantastic, but didn't leave the impact on me that Weirdo Rippers did. If you'd like to see Girl Talk's Feed The Animals on that list then go ahead and throw it in.

Have a Happy Christmas and a Merry Channukah, enjoy the holidays and go see Yo La Tengo if you're in NY or Jersey. 2008 has been an incredible year for both Cameron and I and we couldn't have done it without you guys. If you came to a show, bookmarked this blog, downloaded a song, supported one of our friend's bands or even if this is your first time here - thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We love FMLY and are so excited to share our plans for 2009. Don't forget, it's never too late to get involved! We're still looking for bloggers and pals to help out at shows. I'll be in New York for another couple of weeks but I'll catch you guys in Los Angeles come January. I'm really interested in hearing what your favorite albums of '08 were so if you feel like sharing then leave a comment or send me an email. Happy Holidaze.

Blink-182 - Happy Holidays, You Bastard
Unicorn Dream Attack - L1ttl3 Drumm3R B0y
Banjo or Freakout - Silent Night

I'll leave you with a clip from my favorite holiday movie, Silent Night, Deadly Night 2.


nice selections

i got some similars pics on my blog u appreciate the subtleties of taste? lol
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