Our (Conditional) Best of 2008 Lists


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

MP3: “Never Walk Away”  by Journey w/Arnel Pineda

2. AC/DC t-shirts and hoodieselvisreeses1

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  

MP3: “Blue Ridge Mountains” by Fleet Foxes                    blitzen20trapper

2. Deerhunter

3. Blitzen Trapper

4. Deerhoof

5. Hunting License (OK, I made that one up.  Geddit?)


Obligatory Rap Song (‘Cause Everybody Else Has One)

MP3: “Damn, I’m Cold” by Bun B


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!”

3. This: iggy-and-madonna


George’s All-Bruce Springsteen List

1. “The Wrestler”

2. “Working On A Dream”

3. MP3: “Life Itself”

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

1. MP3:  “Mercy” by Duffy

2. MP3: “Rock And Roll Train” by AC/DC

3. MP3: “Sister Lost Soul” (live at the Continental Club) by Alejandro Escovedo

4. MP3: “Carpetbaggers” by Jenny Lewis w/Elvis Costello

5. MP3: “Chinese Democracy” by Guns N’ Roses


Stuff We Would Just As Soon Never See Or Hear Again

1. She & Him (although Zooey pf_main_zooey2Deschanel is pretty cute)

MP3: “You Really Got A Hold On Me” by She & Him

2. The second half of Chinese Democracy

3. The Police reunion

4. Certifiable by the Police

5. Hurricane Ike

6. This guy (SXSW bouncer):       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.”

MP3: “Life In Technicolor II” by Coldplay

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.

MP3: “Great Day” by Lindsey Buckingham

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

Rolling Stone                                                           Billboard

Aquarium Drunkard                                                 Blender

Some guy’s list at Elbo.ws                                      Culture Bully

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