My Year in Lists

This is a post to let you know about upcoming year-end attractions here at CTRNR. Considering it’s nearing the end of the year, all music nerds are furiously compiling their lists – best singles, best albums, best artists. Since this is my first time doing it, I’m both a bit overwhelmed and excited. I’m pretty much like the music nut characters in High Fidelity, so I’m sure it will be fun. I have approximately 130 albums to consider, but I will attempt to be as thorough as possible, or die trying, or try dying, or do some tie dying.

Mark the following events on your calendar:

The November 23 edition of Everyday is Like Sunday, Except for Blue Monday and Ruby Tuesday, and…Well, Friday I’m in Love will feature some top songs of 2008.

Beginning November 28, every Friday until the new year will feature five albums in my Top 25 Albums of 2008 Countdown.

And finally, the last three Sundays of the year will feature the annual weekly mix round-up, where you will be able to download all of the year’s mixes.

Also, if you feel so inclined, you can vote for your top 10 songs from the shortlist (or not so shortlist) below to have your voice heard for the Festive 50 at the lovely Contrast Podcast. Once you’ve compiled your list, email it to contrast.podcast@gmail.com by November 24. You may also give one song a negative vote if you are rather crotchety like me.

A.A. Bondy – Witness Blues (Daytrotter Session)
AC/DC – Rock n’ Roll Train
Aimee Mann – Freeway
Arms – Kids Aflame
Beck – Gamma Ray
Ben Folds – Hiroshima (B B B Benny Hit His Head)
Ben Folds – The Frown Song
Ben Folds – You Don’t Know Me
Billy Bragg – I Keep faith (solo version)
Billy Bragg – Old Clash Fan Fight Song
Bloc Party – Mercury
Bob Mould – The Silence Between Us
Brendan Canning – Hit The Wall
British Sea Power – Atom
British Sea Power – No Lucifer
British Sea Power – Waving Flags
Cat power – New York
Chad VanGaalen – Willow Tree
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
CSS – Rat Is Dead (Rage)
Dark Dark Dark – Junk Bones
David Byrne & Brian Eno – Strange Overtones
Death Cab For Cutie – I will Possess Your Heart
Death Cab For Cutie – You Can Do Better Than Me
Death Cab For Cutie – Your New Twin Size Bed
Delta Spirit – People C’Mon
DeVotchKa – Blessing In Disguise
DeVotchKa – The Clockwise Witness
Double Dagger – Catalogs
Elbow – Grounds for Divorce
Elbow – On a Day Like This
Elvis Costello and The Imposters – Stella Hurt
Felice Brothers – Frankie’s Gun!
Felice Brothers – Greatest Show on Earth
Fleet Foxes – blue ridge mountains
Fleet Foxes – He Doesn’t Know Why
Fleet Foxes – Mykonos
Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
Flight Of The Conchords – Business Time
Flight Of The Conchords – Ladies Of The World
Fred – Fear
Frightened Rabbit – Fast Blood
Frightened Rabbit – Good Arms Vs. Bad Arms
Frightened Rabbit – Keep Yourself Warm
Frightened Rabbit – My Backwards Walk
Frightened Rabbit – Poke
Frightened Rabbit – The Modern Leper
Frightened Rabbit – The Twist
Girl Talk – Play Your Part (Pt. 1)
Glasvegas – Daddy’s Gone
Glasvegas – Geraldine
Half Man Half Biscuit – National Shite Day
Half Man Half Biscuit – Totnes Bickering Fair
Hello Saferide – Anna
Hercules & Love Affair – Blind
Hot Chip – Ready For The Floor
Ida Maria – I Like You So Much Better When You Are Naked
Ida Maria – Oh My God
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – The Flame That Burns
Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue
Jenny Lewis – Carpetbaggers
Jukebox the Ghost – Hold it In
Keane – Spiralling
Lykke Li – Little Bit
M.I.A. – Paper Planes
M83 – Kim & Jessie
Manhattan Love Suicides – Jonny Boy
Mates of State – My Only Offer
Melody Gardot – Love Me Like A River Does
MGMT – Electric Feel
MGMT – Kids
MGMT – Time To Pretend
My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
My Morning Jacket – I’m Amazed
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Albert Goes West
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!!
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Midnight Man
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – We Call Upon The Author
Northern Portrait – I Give You Two Seconds To Entertain Me
Okkervil River – Lost Coastlines
Okkervil River – On Tour With Zykos
Orphans and Vandals – Mysterious Skin
Panic at the Disco – Nine in the Afternoon
Panic at the Disco – That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)
Paul Weller – Have You Made Up Your Mind
Port O’Brien – I Woke Up Today
Portishead – The Rip
R.E.M. – Hollow Man
R.E.M. – Living Well Is the Best Revenge
R.E.M. – Supernatural Superserious
religious knives – basement watch
Robert Parker Vaughan – Crack Her Smile
Santogold – I’m A Lady
Santogold – L.E.S. Artistes
Santogold – Lights Out
School of Language – Rockist
She & Him – Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
Shearwater – Rooks
Sigur Ros – All Alright
Sigur Ros – Festival
Sigur Ros – Gobbledigook
Sigur Ros – Inní mér syngur vitleysingur
Thao Nyugen – Bag Of Hammers
The Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight
The Fall – 50 Year Old Man
The Hold Steady – Ask Her For Adderall
The Hold Steady – Constructive Summer
The Hold Steady – Sequestered in Memphis
The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
The Just Joans – What D We Do Now
The Raconteurs – Carolina Drama
The Raconteurs – Salute Your Solution
The Roy Hargrove Quintet – Strasbourg/St Denis
The Shortwave Set – No Social
The Stills – Being Here
The Wedding Present – Boo Boo
The Wedding Present – Don’t Take Me Home Until I’m Drunk
The Wedding Present – Spiderman On Hollywood
The Weeks – Buttons
The Weepies – Antarctica
The Whigs – Right Hand on My Heart
The Young Knives – Up All Night
They Might Be Giants – Seven Days Of The Week (I Never Go To Work)
TV On The Radio – Golden Age
Vampire Weekend – A-Punk
Vampire Weekend – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma
Vampire Weekend – The Kids Dont Stand A Chance
Vanilla Swingers – I’ll Stay Next To You
Vivian Girls – Where Do You Run To
Weezer – Pork and Beans
Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby – Here Comes My Ship

Have fun compiling your lists as I finish up mine.

2 Responses to “My Year in Lists”

  1. 1 Tim Young
    November 19, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Nice choice of picture .. it looks like my house .. I WISH!! :)

    … thanks for plugging the contrast vote. Fingers crossed that the votes will roll in.


  2. 2 JC
    December 13, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    I’m so sorry I was unable to vote – its taken forever to reload all my songs after the PC crashed, and I havent been able to get round my favourite places for ages.

    Hope you forgive me…

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There is no part of my body that has not been used

Pity or pain, to show displeasure's shame

Everyone I've loved or hated always seems to leave


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But I've never caught a glimpse

Of how the others must see the faker

I'm much too fast to take that test

The Smiths Queen is Dead

A dreaded sunny day

So let's go where we're happy

And I meet you at the cemetry gates

Oh, Keats and Yeats are on your side

A dreaded sunny day

So let's go where we're wanted

And I meet you at the cemetry gates

Keats and Yeats are on your side

But you lose 'cause weird lover Wilde is on mine

The Clash London Calling

When they kick at your front door

How you gonna come?

With your hands on your head

Or on the trigger of your gun


Charles Windsor, who's at the door

At such an hour, who's at the door

In the back of an old green Cortina

You're on your way to the guillotine

Here the rabble comes

The kind you hoped were dead

They've come to chop, to chop off your head


Then you came with your breezeblocks

Smashing up my face like a bus-stop

You think you're giving

But you're taking my life away


Won't someone give me more fun?

(and the skin flies all around us)

We kiss in his room to a popular tune

Oh, real drowners


Don't walk away

In silence

See the danger

Always danger

Endless talking

Life rebuilding

Don't walk away

Walk in silence

Don't turn away in silence

Your confusion

My illusion

Worn like a mask of self-hate

Confronts and then dies

Don't walk away


You don't want to hurt me

But see how deep the bullet lies

Unaware I'm tearing you asunder

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Is there so much hate for the ones we love

Tell me we both matter don't we

The Associates Affectionate

I don't know whether

To over or under estimate you

Whether to over or under estimate you

For when I come over

You then put me under

Personal taste is a matter of gender


I wake at dusk to go alone without a light

To the unknown

I want this night inside of me

I want to feel

I want this speeding

I want that speeding


You'll never live like common people

You'll never do what common people do

You'll never fail like common people

You'll never watch your life slide out of view

And dance and drink and screw

Because there's nothing else to do

Vanilla Swingers

All I have is words, words that don't obtain

And I feel I'm a stain on your horizon

So I stay away - it's easier that way

And there won't be no-one I need to rely on

Is it him, is it me

Or is there something only I can see

How did I get here, why do we blow around like straw dogs on the breeze

I'm a special one, what they used to say

But I've to stay on, finish levels-A

You don't need exams when you've read John Gray

The Indelicates American Demo

And nobody ever comes alive

And the journalists clamour round glamour like flies

And boys who should know better grin and get high

With fat men who once met the MC5

And no one discusses what they don't understand

And no one does anything to harm the brand

And this gift is an illusion, this isn't hard

Absolutely anyone can play the fucking guitar

JAMC Darklands

And we tried so hard

And we looked so good

And we lived our lives in black


Plucked her eyebrows on the way

Shaved her leg and then he was a she

She says, hey babe,

Take a walk on the wild side

Said, hey honey, take a walk on the wild side


Hide on the promenade

Etch a postcard:

How I dearly wish I was not here

In the seaside town...that they forgot to bomb

Come, come, come - nuclear bomb


Back when we were kids

We would always know when to stop

And now all the good kids are messing up

Nobody has gained or accomplished anything

Wire Pink Flag

Prices have risen since the government fell

Casualties increase as the enemy shell

The climate's unhealthy, flies and rats thrive

And sooner or later the end will arrive

This is your correspondent, running out of tape

Gunfire's increasing, looting, burning, rape


Well, maybe there's a god above

But all I've ever learned from love

Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you

It's not a cry that you hear at night

It's not somebody who's seen the light

It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah


And what costume shall the poor girl wear

To all tomorrow's parties

For Thursday's child is Sunday's clown

For whom none will go mourning


My body is your body

I won't tell anybody

If you want to use my body

Go for it


Oh it's opening time

Down on Fascination Street

So let's cut the conversation

And get out for a bit

Because I feel it all fading and paling

And I'm begging

To drag you down with me

Mansun Six

And you see, I kind of shivered to conformity

Did you see the way I cowered to authority

You see, my life, it's a series of compromises anyway

It's a sham, and I'm conditioned to accept it all, you see

Japan Gentlemen

Take in the country air, you'll never win

Gentlemen take polaroids

They fall in love, they fall in love


We just want to emote til we're dead

I know we suffer for fashion

Or whatever

We don't want these days to ever end

We just want to emasculate them forever

Forever, forever

Pretty sirens don't go flat

It's not supposed to happen like that

Longpigs The Sun

There's no perfume I can buy

Make me smell like myself

So I put on perfume

To make me smell like someone else

In bed

Calvin Harris I Created Disco

I got love for you if you were born in the 80's, the 80's

I've got hugs for you if you were born in the 80's, the 80's


Does his makeup in his room

Douse himself with cheap perfume

Eyeholes in a paper bag

Greatest lay I ever had

Kind of guy who mates for life

Gotta help him find a wife

We're a couple, when our bodies double

Simple Minds Sons and Fascination

Summer rains are here

Savaged beauty life

Falling here from grace

Sister feeling call

Cruising land to land

No faith no creed no soul

Half a world away

Beauty sleeps in time

Sound and fury play

Bloc Party Silent Alarm

North to south


Running on


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He doesn't like chocolate

He's born a liar, he'll die a liar

Some things will never be different


LCD Soundsystem

Well Daft Punk is playing at my house, my house

I've waited 7 years and 15 days

There's every kid for miles at my house, my house

And the neighbors can't...call the police

There's a fist fight brewin' at my house, my house

Because the jocks can't...get in the door

Johnny Boy

I just can't help believing

Though believing sees me cursed

Stars Set Yourself

I am trying to say

What I want to say

Without having to say "I love you"

Josef K Entomology

It took 10 years to realise why the angels start to cry

When you go home down the main

Your happy smile

Your funny name

Cocteau Twins Bluebell


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Hair kisses 'n' hair architecture

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Hair kisses 'n' hair architecture

Augment a beautiful brunette

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How does it feel

To treat me like you do

When you've laid your hands upon me

And told me who you are


You must let her go

She's not crying



Feeling like I'm waiting

Modern times



Hating to distraction

Just leave them alone


Girls in the back

Girls in the back

Puressence Don't Forget

They say come back to earth and start getting real, yeah

I say come back to earth and start getting real

I know I can't


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And you walk all over me

And I ask you what you want

And you tell me what you need


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What to do for pleasure

Ideal love a new purchase

A market of the senses

Dream of the perfect life

Economic circumstances

The body is good business

Sell out, maintain the interest


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Going round in a circle I can't get out

Then I look around thinking day and night and day

Then you look around - there must be some explanation

And the tension builds

Psychdedelic Furs

India, India

You're my love song

India, you're my love song

In the flowers

You can have me in the flowers

We will dance alone

And live our useless lives

Ladytron Light Magic

They only want you when you're seventeen

When you're twenty-one

You're no fun

They take a polaroid and let you go

Say they'll let you know


No consolation prizes

Spit out your lies and chewing gum

Cut off your hair yeah that's it!

If you look like that I swear I'm gonna love you more


All the neighbors are startin' up a fire

Burning all the old folks, the witches and the liars.

My eyes are covered by the hands of my unborn kids

But my heart keeps watchin' through the skin of my eyelids


Prince charming

Prince charming

Ridicule is nothing to be scared of

Don't you ever, don't you ever

Stop being dandy, showing me you're handsome


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