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AWmusic’s Top Songs of 2008 pt 2: #51-75

I forgot to mention that these top songs are still very personal opinions despite trying to take as many suggestions of the rest of the writers. I’m not sure how people will respond to the list, numbering isn’t quite as important as inclusion. I like taking suggestions as there will be millions of tracks I likely missed. As is the goal with this list, 10-limit descriptions included.


Next in the series:
Part 3: #26-50
Part 4: #1-25

Numbers #51-75:
#51 Creator by Santogold w/ Switch and Freq Nasty (myspace/video -unofficial was canceled?)
The intro is risky, brave and wildly effective.
#52 Crystal Stilts by Crystal Stilts (myspace)
A song should be good if it’s your band name.
#53 I Wish I Could Keep You by Little Pictures (myspace/live)
This song makes me wish I was a kid again.
#54 In The Kitchen by The Pomegranates (myspace/live -poor visual quality)
A song I want to play on the guitar.
#55 Never Miss A Beat by Kaiser Chiefs (homepage/video)
The kids on the street, are scary! Shiiet.
#56 Death To The Los Campesinos! By Los Campesinos! (myspace/video)
“I’ll be control-alt-deleting your face with no reservation”.
#57 Marry Me Annie by Matthew and The Arrogant Sea (myspace)
Hey Annie, I’m serious, MATAS is a great band.
#58 Whiite Fantaseee by Slim Twig (myspace)
How about an Asian fantaseee?
#59 Dance Dance Dance by Lykke Li (myspace/live with Bon Iver)
Lykke Li’s hips lie and she’s shy. I’m in love.
#60 Galaxy Of The Lost by Lightspeed Champion (myspace/video)
Emmy The Great makes this song gold. Weird video.
#61 Skinny Love by Bon Iver
Bon Iver should try BBW. Morbidly Obese Love anyone?
#62 Good Time by Brazilian Girls (myspace/video)
I just want to have a good time too.
#63 Can’t Shake It by Kate Miller-Heidke (myspace/video)
I can’t dance either though this song is danceable…
#64 New Soul by Yael Naim(homepage)
I’m a new ipod product with a new catchy song.
#65 Boneless by The Notwist (homepage)
Great song off a slightly disappointing album.
#66 Shadow Falls by Hello, Blue Roses (myspace/live)
Awesome duet, too bad they were bashed by Pitchfork.
#67 Get Better by Mates of State (myspace/video)
“Forget your politics for awhile”. 2008 was a tough year.
#68 Xavia by The Submarines (myspace)
The Submarines don’t let me down in this song.
#69 Home Sweet Home by Those Dancing Days (myspace/video)
A perfect holiday song.
#70 Not Your Savior by Peasant (myspace)
Peasant keeps it honest, leave him alone.
#71 Call It A Ritual by Wolf Parade (myspace)
I enjoy Spencer Krug’s metaphorical writing.
#72 Black Rice by Women (myspace/live)
Best Song that ends in a whimper.
#73 The Rip by Portishead (homepage/video)
Just beautiful.
#74 That’s Not My Name by The Tings Tings (myspace/video)
Wait..what is her name again?
#75 Gila by Beach House (myspace/live)

Week In Review Aug 18 – Aug 24

Another week in the books and this week I’m happy to announce the additions of 3 new writers.

Ghalib shared his experience on Extermination Music Night – an event I eagerly want to go to now.
Carmen reviewed E.S.L.’s Eye Contact – impossible to search for this band. I love the Canadian content these guys are pitching in with.
Speak of Canadian, Adam (writes a blog The Edge 102.1) reviewed Kathleen’s Turner Overdrive E.P (too long so I’m lazy to write it/copy and paste it).

Enter our latest contest!

Other reviews:
The Rhumb Line by Ra Ra Riot* I gave it a 5/5 meaning it’s likely on my best of the year list.
Oceans Will Rise by The Stills
Asking For Flowers by Kathleen Edwards
Memory Drawings by The Drift
Rip It Off by Times New Viking
The Devil, You + Me by The Notwist
Feel Good Hits of A Nuclear Winter by Laurel Collective
Fast Times at Barrington High by The Academy Is…

Adrian covers the Cutting Edge Music Fest in the first of a two part series.

Some blogosphere commentary:
Please freakin stop with the Bloc Party hype. Even if you hate the bloc party or like them, I’m sick of tired about hearing about their latest single or whatever fucking opinion you have on their new album. At this point, I hope their album receives a 5.0 something from Pitchfork so the blogs can talk about some more meaningful music.

Okkervil River plans to have videos promoting their latest album. They have some performances the latest and probably the awesomemest is with AC Newman of the New Pornos taking over Jon Meiburg’s duties on vocals in a star studded duet that makes me drool (and potentially wet – I keep that secret) with Wil Sheff playing the new single Lost Coastlines. Watch below if you hate navigating.

TI released a new song. Didn’t listen to it.

The Walkmen’s You & Me scored an 8.5 from P4K. You may be seeing a review from us though probably not from me (I haven’t listen to their past albums and it wouldn’t be right).

An uneventful week for me. I struggled with sleeping issues and my knee is going to take another 6 weeks to heal (10 TOTAL) as I can’t do any sports that involves any twisting. That blows.


The Notwist – The Devil, You + Me Review

The Notwist are a band out of Germany who have been active since 1989 a year after I was born. When The Devil, You + Me hit the US on June 17th I wasn’t too excited because not having checked out any of their previous work, reviewing an album would reveal a countless numbers of flaws I have as a reviewer. Alas, here we are.

Google is a strange thing. When you look up The Notwist on Google, the main goal is to land on their myspace page. I like sampling music in this sense and if I end up really liking a song or two, you generally see me reviewing it on this website. Some albums I don’t do this for but for the most part, I tend to the tend to take that path.

The problem with Google is it lands on a seemingly real page but it ends up being a fake with just 3 songs streamed of Neon Golden their previous release 6 years ago (here’s the real one). I don’t know how I would’ve reacted had I listened to the songs of The Devil, You + Me but I was won over with their older tracks. Probably one of my first times I actually sought out getting an older album but damn is Neon Golden an amazing record or what?

I’ve been fixated with Neon Golden most of the time while I review their latest disc. I can’t help it, it’s definitely a superior album. I’m not saying The Devil, You + Me is a bad album, it’s a decent and compelling affair. I’m not saying the Notwist are ambient as they seem to be far from it but it feels like The Devil, You + Me tries too much for your attention on the intros before settling down into a comfort zone that Neon Golden has throughout. Scrolling through this album, I just didn’t feel at ease at the beginning of each track even if it turned out to be great.

If you are a fan of the Notwist, then this record is sure to be overshadowed by Neon Golden but then again most records would have a difficult time matching up. I still like the album though, its complex in nature but comes simplistic like some post-rock acts I’ve tried to listen to. If you’re not a fan of the Notwist, get Neon Golden.

The Devil, You + Me is an above average effort and on it’s own it’s pretty good that has a few pop elements and while it sounds simplistic and it soothes and relaxes your soul, sometimes it misses that desired effect of entirely sedating me. Boneless is my favorite track but otherwise it’s hard to choose what other tracks I like of the album.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Boneless by The Notwist

Gloomy Planets by The Notwist

Buy the Devil, You + Me here: CD Universe + Insound + Amazon


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