Archive for December, 2008

Favorite Albums of 2008

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

We thought it would be fun to share with you all, our recently compiled lists of favorite albums from 2008. We’d also love to know what albums you guys loved best, so feel free to post your own lists too!

breathmint – Top 25
01) Amanda Palmer – Who Killed Amanda Palmer?
02) Laura Marling – Alas, I Cannot Swim
03) Beck – Modern Guilt
04) Get Well Soon – Rest Now, Weary Head! You Will Get Well Soon
05) Mountain Goats – Heretic Pride
06) Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue
07) Tilly & The Wall – O
08) Somone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Pershing
09) of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping
10) Dresden Dolls – No, Virginia
11) Best Friends Forever – Best Friends Forever
12) Ra Ra Riot – The Rhumb Line
13) Fleet Foxes – Sun Giant / Ragged Wood
14) A Perfect Little Angel – Florida
15) Silje Nes – Ames Room
16) Deerhunter – Microcastle
17) CSS – Donkey
18) Rachel Goodrich – Tinker Toys
19) Atlas Sound – Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
20) Ida – Lovers Prayers
21) Megapuss – Surfing
22) Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Real Emotional Trash
23) Hercules & Love Affair – Hercules & Love Affair
24) Ruby Suns – Sea Lion
25) The Watson Twins – Fire Songs

almostaghost – Top 25
01. TV On The Radio: Dear Science
02. Portishead: Third
03. Beck: Modern Guilt
04. Laura Marling: Alas, I Cannot Swim
05. Death Cab For Cutie: Narrow Stairs
06. Cat Power: Jukebox
07. Q-Tip: The Renaissance
08. Goldfrapp: Seventh Tree
09. Spiritualized: Songs In A&E
10. Lykke Li: Youth Novels
11. Beach House: Devotion
12. The Raconteurs: Consolers Of The Lonely
13. My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges
14. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien: Eleventh Hour
15. Brian Eno & David Byrne: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
16. R.E.M.: Accelerate
17. Langhorne Slim: Langhorne Slim
18. Aimee Mann: @#%&*! Smilers
19. Erykah Badu: New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
20. The Black Keys: Attack & Release
21. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
22. Frightened Rabbit: The Midnight Organ Fight
23. Martha Wainwright: I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too
24. The Mountain Goats: Heretic Pride
25. Eugene McGuinness: Eugene McGuinness

Modern Guilt Chocolates!

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Just in case you haven’t seen this yet, there was a video for “Modern Guilt”:

I assume many may have already known this video, but wanted to share it as a lead in to these great looking Modern Guilt-inspired holiday chocolates. They were made by the lovely Yukari, and I wanted to share them with everyone! :)

The Information Deluxe Edition Vinyl Delayed

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

I just wanted to pass along some info on the yet to be released deluxe The Information vinyl package from A+R. Apparently there has been a delay due to remastering. Copy of email below.

– breathmint

Dear Customer, 

Thank you for your purchase of the Deluxe Edition Vinyl Package of Beck’s The Information. We are writing to inform you that there is a slight delay in the shipment of your order due to the remastering of this album for vinyl, which has been done exclusively for this release. As of now, we expect the new shipping date of your order to be January 15, 2009, although it is possible that your order may ship before the end of December. We sincerely apologize for this delay, and hope you will understand that it is a result of our intention to provide you with the highest quality product. 

If you would like to cancel your order and receive a full refund of the purchase price, please reply to this email and we will cancel your order.  If you would still like your order, there is no need to respond and we will send your order as quickly as possible, along with a tracking number to monitor the shipment progress.

Thank you for your understanding and support. 



The Beck Oeuvre #17: Arabian Nights

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

“Arabian Nights”! Classic Beck Vultures weirdness. I wanted to point everyone to the interview Beck did with Andre 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast, where he said this song was inspired by them. I couldn’t find it on the web though: here’s the relevant part which I’d quoted over on Ghost:

“I’m gonna send you a B-side that I did a couple years ago that was very influenced by ATLiens. It’s called “Arabian Nights”.” He then said it was his tribute to them.

I’m still waiting for Beck and Outkast to collaborate!


[15:50:58] arabian nights: i always wish this was the song from aladdin
[15:51:03] Oh I come from a land, from a faraway place
Where the caravan camels roam
Where it’s flat and immense
And the heat is intense
It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home
[15:51:16] Arabian nights
Like Arabian days
More often than not
Are hotter than hot
In a lot of good ways
[15:54:34] actually this song’s pretty badass as it is. just not as badass as aladdin
[15:55:14] it taught us all about lazer vizaginal rejuvination


Next up: “Are U Positive?”!!