Welcome to our “Best of 2008” list … of all our favorite things from the year that we could download or do for free. If you have read this blog for any time you know we like a lot of stuff, dislike a little bit and really hate the Eagles. So let’s get started, shall we?
Things We Crossed Off Our Wal-Mart Shopping List
1. Journey with a brand-new lead singer
2. AC/DC t-shirts and hoodies
3. Special Elvis commemorative Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
4. Yet another Bruce Springsteen greatest hits CD
5. Rock Band (Aerosmith edition)
Bands We Never Heard Of (Until We Read a ‘Best Of’ List)
1. Fleet Foxes
3. Blitzen Trapper
5. Hunting License (OK, I made that one up. Geddit?)
Obligatory Rap Song (‘Cause Everybody Else Has One)
Lovely Moments from 2008
1. Alejandro Escovedo joined Bruce Springsteen onstage in Houston to sing Al’s “Always A Friend.” Making it even better, Joe Ely came up next.
2. Motörhead closed their set with “Don’t forget us. We are Motörhead, and we play ROCK AND ROLL!”
George’s All-Bruce Springsteen List
1. “The Wrestler”
2. “Working On A Dream”
4. “A Night With The Jersey Devil”
5. “My Lucky Day”
George would like to remind everyone that Springsteen’s Working On A Dream comes out Jan. 27.
Our Favorite Songs We Downloaded This Year
Stuff We Would Just As Soon Never See Or Hear Again
1. She & Him (although Zooey Deschanel is pretty cute)
2. The second half of Chinese Democracy
3. The Police reunion
4. Certifiable by the Police
5. Hurricane Ike
6. This guy (SXSW bouncer):
OK, We Thought These Were Some Of The Best Albums of 2008
1. Electric Arguments by The Fireman – Never thought we’d say “Best Album” and “Paul McCartney” in the same sentence.
2. Viva La Vida by Coldplay – The expanded version is much better, with a really cool “Life In Technicolor II.”
3. Momofuku by Elvis Costello – This classic artist just keeps getting better with age.
4. Gift of Screws by Lindsey Buckingham – see No. 3 above.
5. Real Animal by Alejandro Escovedo – Texas artist looks back on his 1970s punk rock days with anger and tenderness.
Real ‘Best Of 2008’ Lists