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I have no MP3s to offer for this post, just some words, a retrospective of sorts. I don’t even have photos to offer as I have virtually developed no photos this year (I tried yesterday, I swear). I spent the past week cat & house sitting so I haven’t really had the chance to write about the things I wanted to. I eventually will so they will go without mention. What I really need to do is finish Luke’s mix and send it Down Under, so I can post somethings that I have been obsessed with. Half pointless because I usually email him about whatever I am absolutely crazed about and he trawls my last.fm anyway. I’ve been listening to it endlessly making sure that everything is the way I want it to be. The internet kinda spoils the surprise, however I feel the need to carry on this haphazard tradition.

It’s the final day of 2008, and I couldn’t say au revoir faster to this year. Especially these past few months. It finally hit me two days ago, that “Holy shit, 2009 is here.” I actually lightheartedly thought of sleeping through the change of the year. It’s not 2010, so I am not really freaking out. Some events have happened that are going to let me get to where I need to be for 2010. I never really set resolutions, because let’s face it, how many of us actually follow through with those? However, there are some changes I’m subconsciously implementing though what needs to be changed is slowly phasing out. I have no idea if this makes sense as I took a Xanax and am listening to Crystal Stilts non stop. “Spiral Transit” reminds me of Ariel Pink.

I got to thinking about my two favorite releases this year, though I have heard maybe 10% of new releases. But then I realized that the album I have listened to from start to finish since August was released in November of 2007. That being Smoke by White Williams, I am absolutely amazed by Joe Williams. As I am with super hyped about Crystal Stilts (I always want to write/say Crystal Slits), which I finally started listening to yesterday, yes really! I can’t get enough of Nugaze. You see I am not hip to the new music, even if it’s happening around me. Alas, I barely went to any shows this year, I somehow lived vicariously through my friend Jamie’s writings of said shows. I imagine that if I went to shows a lot, I’d probably hate them & Vivian Girls.

It amazes me how many people don’t know the magic that is the motorik tinged Smoke, hell I didn’t know and shame on Steve for not introducing me sooner. Go have a listen at last.fm, the whole album is uploaded, Tigerbeat6 is very smart for doing this. I could sit here and dissect the whole album (save for “Lice in The Rainbow”) because I have listened to it that much, but I won’t. Just go have a listen, I am looking at you friends! Everyone I have introduced his music to, has been pretty amazed. I don’t know why people in NY don’t know about him. I hear the next album will be very different and I am fucking dying with anticipation. Watch this interview with creepy John Norris (I know I watched this man growing up but EEK). There’s a part two but I can’t watch it. Somehow “New Violence” reminds me of this SNL “Christmas Song” clip, the part where Jimmy Fallon starts going off with the presets at -0:36:

Oh yeah, the other, or I guess you can say only favorite album of ’08 is Crystal Stilts’ Alight of Night. Vivian Girls s/t album could come in as a third second…

Joe, you’re in a class all by yourself. It’s a shame that Smoke is only available on vinyl in the UK.