The first half of the show was devoted to the defining element of my week: stress. If you are in school, I'm sure you are stressed too. Or maybe you work in retail, causing you to hate the consumer-mania which dawns every year in December. Either way, it seemed fitting to channel this busy time of the year into a set about having nervous breakdowns, working all weekend and going insane. It helped me vent a little, and hopefully it made a busy Sunday afternoon a little easier for you.
Next week will probably be my last show of 2008, so you know what that means...lists! Year-end rundowns tend to be a little obnoxious, but I always find myself enjoying seeing other people's opinions on the best records of the year. If you've listened to the show at all this year I doubt my favorites from 2008 will be any sort of shock. And admit it, you have made a secret list in your head (or on your blog) as well.
December: the annual month of stress and retrospection.
Artist - Album - Song
Black Flag - Nervous Breakdown EP - Nervous Breakdown
The Rolling Stones - 19th Nervous Breakdown - 19th Nervous Breakdown
The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs - The Death of Ferdinand de Saussure *
The Bicycles - The Good, The Bad, and the Cuddly - Homework
Saturday Looks Good to Me - All Your Summer Songs - You Work All Weekend
Minor Threat - Complete Discography - Screaming at a Wall
Ecstatic Sunshine - Way - Perrier
The Beatles - White Album - I'm So Tired
Vivian Girls - s/t - Going Insane
Aids Wolf - Cities of Glass - Cities of Glass
Nail Salon - Rad City (7-Eleven) - Pepsiz
Adventure - s/t - Lordeo **
Crystal Stilts - Alight of Night - Crystal Stilts
The Manhattan Love Suicides - Burnt Out Landscapes - Sycamore Peripheral
Almonds, Cohen - Travel a Fair Distance - Two Friends Old Friends
Belle & Sebastian - BBC Sessions - The State I Am In
Cause Co-Motion! - It's Time! - Who's Gonna Care?
*Request for Blake who was at home doing homework
** Dedicated to Andrea and Caitlin who were at home studying why the connection between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary