Monday, December 22, 2008

TVD Presents | YOUR Top Ten of the Year

Not only is it the Holiday Season, but it's List Season. Everyone's compiling and posting 'em--the Ten Best This, the Ten Best That. But here at TVD we're thinking that you guys, the folks who stop by each day, are far better judges of what went down this year and what was truly memorable in 2008 rather than the folks whose business it is to sell you on how hip their respective lists are.

So, in the comments, let us have 'em. Give us one or ten or any number of things you thought made '08 special--new releases, reissues, live shows, DVDs, movies...whatever it is that 2008 just might be remembered for.

We're keeping this post perched on top of TVD til '09, so there's plenty of time to chime in--AND we've got some cool vinyl from the TVD archives for the most clever commenter along the way as a way of saying thanks for a more than memorable 2008 from our side of the screen. (And stay tuned, there's already amazing stuff in the works for 2009...)


JON said...

I'll kick it off while it's on top of my mind...

One of the best of the year: the crazy number of kids half my age with vinyl under their arms at last night's Rock & Shop at The Black Cat...

JON said...

The Dischord remasters/re-releases...

JON said...

The community spirit that continues to thrive among DC's independent music shops.

JON said...

That Orpheus is STILL open...

Mr. Fang said...

Nothing was more delicate, raw and overly impressive than the two disc reissue of Dennis Wilson's "Pacific Ocean Blue". Album of the year as far as I'm concerned. Sure, it was recorded over 20 years ago, but hell, nobody really heard it back then. Let's give it the love and attention it deserves. It's the least we can do for Dennis.

Anonymous said...

Kanye West. 808 and Heartbreak

Fleet Foxes. S/T

Of Montreal: Skelatal Lamping

Portishead: Third

Gang Gang Dance: Saint Dymphna

Bob Dylan: Tell Tale Signs


Davy H said...

Bon Iver - just lovely, especially in dark December...

Uncle E said...

Nick Cave's Dig Lazarus Dig! tops my list, followed by Fireman.
As far as re-issues go, I would say that Nick Lowe's Jesus Of Cool, Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue and OMD's Dazzle Ships. Far better reissues this year than new content, I'm afraid...

Oldetymer said...

Elbow-The Seldom Seen Kid

dickvandyke said...

So, as we step over the deep muddy puddle into 2009 .... how Science Fiction-esque does 2009 sound to those born in the 60s and 70s? We all expected to be wearing silver suits and flying around in individual glass pods by now ...

There's no doubt that 2008 will be remembered for when the arse fell out of the World plc. Collapses, takeovers, nationalisation, Iceland melts, Nickelback stocks rise, Shares wiped out, Merchant Bankers lived up to their rhyming slang name ... it was all bad news ...
An economic Krakatoa if you like.

I for one lost my job in late '08and have been living in the Kinks' Low Budget land since. I'm grateful for small mercies nonetheless. Much of the spark and spirit and spunk (which possesses another meaning in the UK!) has stemmed from stoical Blogs such as yours. The dedication to keep on keeping on - as more and more obstacles pop up - is just fucking tremendous.

Any bright lights through the cloying fog of despair this year were welcome.

Oh yeah, sorry mate ... the highlights ...

Yer man Obama .. let's hope the pudding's proof is in the eating.

An extravagantly bearded Radovan Karadzic finally copped it whilst casually travelling on a bus.

The mini black holes created by a big 'Hadron Collider' thingy in Switzerland did not 'survive and grow exponentially and eat the planet from the inside' ... which is always a bonus.

Madonna became a single woman with 3 assorted kids by different fathers. (Like a million other women in Britain).

OJ Simpson - guilty - til proven innocent

Heather Mills - She's Leaving Home.

Duffy lost her trousers.

The Olympics were a true success - save the odd few hundred demonstrations. (Britain even rowed and rode like Trojans).
By the way, 6 Irishmen and a dog called Seamus are currently working on London's 'infrastructure' for 2012(whilst moonlighting on Mrs Fawlty's dividing wall).

The Pope stampedes kicking and screaming into the 17th Century ... like a Californian Nazi.

Gordon Brown saved the world .. and them fumbled it into his own goal.

Harry Potter seems to have fucked off.

Sarah Palin seems to have fucked off. (With a folksy, down home wink, obviously)

Amy Winehouse seems to have .. etc.

Film: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

Soccer: Keegan Come, Keegan Go.

Women: Carla Bruni Sarkozy (well worth a squirt in anybody's language).

Kinky: Max Mosley's (Formula 1 boss) comments on sadomasochism were a tad strange. He said, "Why worry, as long as you're not hurting anybody?"

Comeback: From The Jam - don't knock it til you've seen them.

Never Been Away Comeback - Leonard Cohen age 74. Song hits Nos 1 and 2in UK Christmas Chart.

Thanks for caring so much Jon ... and all those in the Blog Army.

Seasons Greetings to you all.

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Davy H said...

May the blessings of the season be upon thee Jon; thanks for all the great music and great posts - and here's to more of this nonsense in 2009 (Dick's right: SCI-FI YEAR! - 'there'll be spandex jackets, one for everyone') x

JON said..., I can dust off some of that stuff taking up room in the closet? Suh-weet.

Cheers Davy!

(...and as you can tell, didn't get to London this holiday, alas.)

Alla said...

favorite record of the year is definitely Department of Eagles "In Ear Park"
also on the the list:
MGMT "Oracular Spectacular"
The Last Shadow Puppets "The Age of the Understatement"
She & Him "Volume 1"
Vampire Weekend s/t
The Rosebuds "Life Like"
The Submarines "Honeysuckle Weeks"