Top Lists for 2008

Top Ten

It’s that time of the year, my favorite time of the year. Not because of Christmas, although that’s nice. No, it’s because of this webpage, Fimoculous’s Lists of Lists. This is the third year in a row that I’ve been enriched and excited about this page. Essentially it’s a collection of the lists from around the internet.

Lists such as Pitchfork’s Top 40 Music Videos, Oxford American Dictionary’s Word of the Year, Yahoo’s Top Searches, Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Entertainers of the Year, This Recording’s Top 20 Albums, Paste’s Top 50 Albums, Yahoo Movies’ Top 10 Trailers, Multinational Monitor’s 10 Worst Corporations, and NYT’s 100 Notable Books.

However, the best part is the music collection, in which I’d check out the top albums of the year that I’ve missed. I compare and contrast and the albums that fall in genres of music that I enjoy (of which there are many) that I haven’t heard of, then I check them out and if I like them, then I’m ecstatic because I’ve found a hidden treasure I would’ve never known about if it weren’t for Fimoculous’s lists.

I decided to add my own personal Top 20 favorite albums of 2008, based on statistics gathered by my charts page on Last.fm.

  1. The Raveonettes – Lust Lust Lust
  2. Shiny Toy Guns – Season Of Poison
  3. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
  4. Shocking Pinks – Shocking Pinks
  5. Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
  6. Glasvegas – Glasvegas
  7. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles
  8. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
  9. You Me At Six – Take Off Your Colours
  10. Santogold – Santogold
  11. The Ting Tings – We Started Nothing
  12. Creature – No Sleep At All
  13. The Sword – Gods Of The Earth
  14. Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s – Animal
  15. Kings of Leon – Only By The Night
  16. Stars – Sad Robots EP
  17. Justice – Planisphère
  18. M83 – Saturdays = Youth
  19. Snow Patrol – A Hundred Million Suns
  20. Titus Andronicus – The Airing Of Grievances

By no means are these the best albums of 2008 period, but my own personal favorites based on the limited amount of music I can cram into my life. I was kind of surprised to see Shocking Pinks up there. I didn’t realize that I liked that album as much as I apparently did. The top album on my list, The Raveonettes’s Lust Lust Lust, is such a superb album, even now I’m not sick of it and tend to go back to it every now and then to enjoy it all over again.

As for individual tracks, here’s my top 20 favorite songs for 2008:

  1. MGMT – Pieces Of What
  2. Elbow – One Day Like This
  3. Los Campesinos! – You! Me! Dancing!
  4. Vampire Weekend – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
  5. The Raveonettes – Dead Sound
  6. The Raveonettes – Lust
  7. M83 – Kim & Jessie
  8. M83 – Skin of the Night
  9. Vampire Weekend – A-Punk
  10. Shiny Toy Guns – It Became A Lie On You
  11. The Raveonettes – Hallucinations
  12. Shiny Toy Guns – Season of Love
  13. Vampire Weekend – I Stand Corrected
  14. Vampire Weekend – Walcott
  15. Vampire Weekend – The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance
  16. The Raveonettes – Black Satin
  17. Vampire Weekend – Mansard Roof
  18. The Ting Tings – Shut Up and Let Me Go
  19. Vampire Weekend – One (Blake’s Got a New Face)
  20. Vampire Weekend – Campus

Every year is filled with opportunities to enjoy so much good music that it is almost overwhelming. 2008 was no different, and I sincerely look forward to next year’s treasure troves of great music.


Florida Gators Stomp the Georgia Bulldogs

Florida Gators

49-10.

Overheard at prison, Michael Vick turned off the TV and said,

“Aww man, even I can’t stomach a dawg being beat up that bad.”

Florida LB Brandon Spikes and his teammates knew where Knowshon Moreno was all day Saturday.
Florida LB Brandon Spikes and his teammates knew where Knowshon Moreno was all day Saturday.

New Look, Construction Underway

You may notice the site now has a much cleaner, simpler look compared to the previous cluttered, busy design. I got tired of the previous design and intend on working on this new look. So if you see things changing around, don’t fret, I’m just sprucing it up according to my tastes and to also give you a better experience exploring this site.


I Got Quoted by MSNBC

iPhone Gaming

Just wanted to share that I was interviewed by MSNBC and my answers were quoted in an article available online at their site, entitled “Games are serious business for Apple”. The article is about gaming on the iPhone and iPod Touch, and whether or not Sony and Nintendo should be worried in regards to their PSP and Nintendo DS, respectively. The article was featured prominently on the front page of MSNBC, too.

Since starting FingerGaming.com two months ago, the site has grown by leaps and bounds as just a couple weeks ago Apple officially announced they’re entering the mobile gaming industry. I knew gaming on the iPhone and iPod Touch was going to be a big deal, so this basically validated my gut instincts.

Here are the quotes by me in the MSNBC article:

Apple iPhone and Touch users can interact with games by touching the screens and by tilting the machines to and fro. “The possibilities are near limitless with what can be done in games using these unique methods to interact with games,” says Matt Burris, creator of the blog FingerGaming.com.

Additionally, when the App Store launched in July, it suddenly offered an easy way for iPhone and Touch owners to download a veritable smorgasbord of games (and other programs) onto their devices. And Burris points out, “These games are affordable, lower than any other games on the market. They range from free, 99 cents, all the way up to $9.99. You don’t have to go to the store to get them. All you have to do is tap on an icon, choose the game you want to buy, and within minutes you’re playing that game.”

And further along in the article:

Burris disagrees. “If anything, Nintendo should be excited. The iPhone and iPod Touch will be reaching even further to an audience that may not even consider themselves gamers.”

He says that most people who have purchased an iPhone probably didn’t buy it to play games. But now that they’re able to find and easily play interesting games, they’ll be pulled into the fold.

For their part, Nintendo is striking a nonchalant tone.