Sunday, July 13, 2008

Best of 2008 (part 2): Top 40 tracks

A selection of some of the best singles and album tracks released in the first half of the year:
  1. The step and the walk - THE DUKE SPIRIT
  2. Swords of truth - THESE NEW PURITANS
  3. Courtship dating - CRYSTAL CASTLES
  4. To fix the gash in your head - A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS
  5. Idle hands - THE GUTTER TWINS
  6. Lie down here (& be my girl) - NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS
  7. You bring me down - BLOOD RED SHOES
  8. Cassius - FOALS
  9. Cheap and cheerful - THE KILLS
  10. Machine gun - PORTISHEAD
  11. Time to pretend - MGMT
  12. Salute your solution - THE RACONTEURS
  13. Black cat - LADYTRON
  14. I gotta fire - SPIRITUALIZED
  15. Hang them all - TAPES 'N TAPES
  16. Senior twilight stock replacer - THE FALL
  17. I'm now - MUDHONEY
  18. Living well is the best revenge - R.E.M.
  19. Wucan - BLACK MOUNTAIN
  20. I will possess your heart - DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
  23. I sent away - BLACK FRANCIS
  24. Walk it off - THE BREEDERS
  25. The nest - SONS AND DAUGHTERS
  26. Ready for the floor - HOT CHIP
  27. Paper planes - M.I.A.
  28. Lovely Allen - HOLY FUCK
  29. Hallelujah - THE HELIO SEQUENCE
  30. Half in love with Elizabeth - MYSTERY JETS
  31. It ain’t easy - ROBERT FORSTER
  32. You remind me of something (the glory goes) - BONNIE 'PRINCE' BILLY
  33. The age of the understatement - THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS
  34. The witch (made to measure) - CLINIC
  35. Black hole - BE YOUR OWN PET
  36. Bad kids - THE BLACK LIPS
  37. Stupid now - BOB MOULD
  38. Windows on the world - AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB
  39. New York - CAT POWER
  40. The devil - PJ HARVEY
In the Killer Tracks series we have already featured three of the top 5 songs here. Now it's a good time to add the videos for the other two: "The step and the walk", one of the highlights of The Duke Spirit's excellent second album "Neptune" and "Idle hands", the grunge epic off "Saturnalia", the product of Mark Lanegan and Greg Dulli's collaboration as The Gutter Twins. Now, I'm not sure what esteemed video commentators Beavis and Butthead would make of the Duke Spirit's effort but I'm sure they would have loved the explosion heavy "Idle hands"! Fire is cool!

The Duke Spirit - The step and the walk

The Gutter Twins - Idle hands

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