RIP 2008

Hello readers! Well, well well. Here we are again in the waning days of another year. Everybody get a good haul last week? iPhones and iPods a-plenty, I presume. And lucky you if you landed one of the new Aluminum Unibody MacBooks or MacBook Pros. Well, let’s cut to the chase. Here’s my annual short-list of must-sees, must-listens, must-haves of 2008, by no means comprehensive. In no particular order:

Beck, Modern Guilt. It’s good to hear Beck reinvent himself again. Perhaps not as ground-shaking as Odelay, Mutations or Sea Change, but solid nonetheless.

Teddy Thompson, A Piece of What You Need. The son of folk royalty Richard and Linda Thompson proved his solo-artist caliber once again with this year’s brighter sounding pop/rock/alt-country disc. If you haven’t listened to him yet, do yourself a favor and get this album. And 2004’s Separate Ways.

Mike Crawford and His Secret Siblings, Songs from Jacob’s Well, Volumes I and II. Some of the more creative orchestral arrangements and sincere song writing I’ve heard in a long time. These guys left it in the studio.

2008 was a standard-setting year for comic book adaptations, no doubt. I’ll keep it brief. Incredible Hulk- awesome. Iron Man- AWESOME. The Dark Knight- OMG AWESOME LOL. Moving on.

I don’t think I read any new books in the last few months, so here’s some classics I dug into again, and suggest you do the same.

G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.

Spalding Gray, Impossible Vacation.

So, if you haven’t read/seen/heard those items, you have a year to catch up. If any of you happen to be snowboarding at Monarch this weekend, be sure to stop and say hello. Heck, I’ll give you $50 off your next portable repair if you can find me. Have a Happy New Year, friends, and drive safe.

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