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Every show starts with the ’70s! We’ll rediscover forgotten rockers, revisit unfairly maligned disco beats and replay power-pop favorites. Next: plenty of new releases, occasional live bands and more. Don’t let the nickname confuse you.

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Options December 30, 2008: best of 2008!
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Artist Track Album Label Comments Approx. start time
alvin cash  tip toeing   Options va-memphis 70  bgp / ace  my #10 various artists compilation of 2008  0:00:00 ()
metal boys  tokio airport   Options va-des jeunes gens modernes  born bad  my #9 various artists compilation of 2008  0:03:11 ()
asiko rock group  lagos city   Options va-nigeria disco funk special  soundway  my #8 various artists compilation of 2008  0:08:23 ()
tim lee  molly says   Options va-stand-ins for decibels  paisley pop  my #7 various artists compilation of 2008  0:12:06 ()
record player  your fantasy   Options va-science class  now again / soul cal  my #6 various artists compilation of 2008  0:22:15 ()
cargoe  feel alright   Options va-thank you friends: the ardent records story  big beat  my #5 various artists compilation of 2008  0:26:42 ()
romanowski  flagranti   Options va-jazz & milk breaks  jazz & milk  my #4 various artists compilation of 2008  0:29:44 ()
gary charlson  real life saver   Options va-titan! it's all pop  numero  my #3 various artists compilation of 2008  0:34:06 ()
the carpettes  radio wunderbar   Options va-perfect unpop  cherry red  my #2 various artists compilation of 2008  0:37:35 ()
yellow sunshine  yellow sunshine   Options va-conquer the world  philadelphia internaitonal  my #1 various artists compilation of 2008  0:45:25 ()
Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2008
nothing people  should've known   Options anonymous  s-s  my #10 album of 2008!  0:52:40 ()
the pets  alotta things   Options misdirection  static impulse  my #9 album of 2008!  0:57:02 ()
bam bam  oro flash   Options s/t  nene  my #8 album of 2008!  0:59:50 ()
hank iv  drop the whip   Options refuge in genre  siltbreeze  my #7 album of 2008!  1:04:10 ()
nice face  fubar over you   Options cdr demo    my #6 album of 2008!  1:12:23 ()
cute lepers  terminal boredom   Options can't stand modern music  blackheart  my #5 album of 2008!  1:15:51 ()
agent side grinder  ricocheting memories   Options s/t  enfant terrible  my #4 album of 2008!  1:21:32 ()
don cavalli  casual worker   Options cryland  everloving  my #3 album of 2008!  1:25:44 ()
fallen leaves  shining   Options it's too late now  parliament  my #2 album of 2008!  1:29:48 ()
thomas function  snake in the grass   Options celebration!  alive  my #1 album of 2008!  1:39:41 ()
Top 10 Reissues of 2008
better beatles  paperback writer   Options mercy beat  hook or crook  my #10 reissue of 2008!  1:46:18 ()
the lines  on the air   Options memory span  acute  my #9 reissue of 2008!  1:49:32 ()
splitsville  the kids who kill for sugar   Options let's go!  zip  my #8 reissue of 2008!  1:53:04 ()
van duren  this love inside   Options are you serious?  water  my #7 reissue of 2008!  1:54:52 ()
squares  dissipation   Options #1 cassette  self-released  my #6 reissue of 2008!  2:03:14 ()
blue ash  here we go again   Options no more, no less  collectors' choice  my #5 reissue of 2008!  2:06:07 ()
sparks  forever young   Options introducing  lil beethoven  my #4 reissue of 2008!  2:10:10 ()
individuals  dancing with my 80 wives   Options fields/aquamarine  bar none  my #3 reissue of 2008!  2:14:59 ()
steinski  lesson 3 (history of hip hop)   Options what does it all mean?  illegal art  my #2 reissue of 2008!  2:18:13 ()
pylon  feast on my heart   Options gyrate plus  dfa  my #1 reissue of 2008!  2:23:19 ()
Top 10 Singles/EPs of 2008
percee p  the hand that feeds you   Options 7"  stones throw  my #10 single/EP of 2008!  2:27:48 ()
jacuzzi boys  island ave.   Options 7"  hozac  my #9 single/EP of 2008!  2:29:50 ()
blank dogs  leaving the light on   Options diana (the herald) 12" ep  sacred bones  my #8 single/EP of 2008!  2:32:54 ()
london dirthole company  i'm satisfying   Options she said yeah yeah yeah! 7" ep    my #7 single/EP of 2008!  2:34:40 ()
apache  boys life   Options 7"  douche master  my #6 single/EP of 2008!  2:38:30 ()
thomas function  relentless machines   Options 7"  dusty medical  my #4 single/EP of 2008!  2:42:38 ()
the herbaliser  can't help this feeling   Options cd single  !k7  my #5 single/EP of 2008  2:46:45 ()
parry gripp  turkey so fine   Options hoagiefest!    my #3 single/EP of 2008!  2:51:26 ()
nothing people  army of ideal   Options 7"  hozac  my #2 single/EP of 2008!  2:53:51 ()
vermillion sands  mary   Options 7"  rijapov  my #1 single/EP of 2008!  2:56:42 ()

Listener comments!

  Tue. 12/30/08 11:05pm Sybil:

Good penultimate evening of 2008!
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:06pm C:

Luckily, Local H put out one of the best releases of 2008, "12 Angry Months."
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:07pm Sybil:

Ah, Des Jeunes Gens Modernes. Will we also get some Italian Disco tonight?
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:07pm efd:

haha... hi, everyone! Excellent use of "penultimate," Sybil!
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:09pm Joe:

For years and years I thought "penultimate" meant "the last"... oh, the boundless depths of ignorance.
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:09pm efd:

you'll have to settle for Nigerian disco... the Italo-Disco comp wasn't in the top 10, believe it or not.
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:11pm annabelle clark:

evan---hny,,,best wishes,,,have fun!!!peace
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:12pm Sybil:

A friend once got yelled at for using "antepenultimate". It's a risky business.
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:13pm Sybil:

I do like the Best VA Compilations of 2008 concept.

Oh, good, annabelle's here!
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:13pm Joe:

If only I had known that word yesterday... my friends would have yet another reason to hate me.
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:13pm annabelle c.:

efd have any wild plans for new years?
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:14pm Jessica:

That, right there, was the funk.
Glad I got here in time!
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:15pm efd:

i swear, these year-end shows are the most stressful shows if the year, like clockwork, no matter what i do to try to get ahead of it.
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:16pm efd:

if anyone can scrounge up an mp3 from the Van Duren CD "are you serious" that came out this year i would be eternally grateful.
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:16pm randy in NC (on LI):

efd- BTW I have heard that the dBs are 2 tunes away from a new CD.
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:18pm Jessica:

I so, so want to start using antepenultimate in everyday conversation, for at least the next 7 days, but really this week is all about declarations of LAST. No more. Out with that bleep, and in with the eyes-closed leaps into new.
But still, what a beautiful word.
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:20pm Laurie:

I had a hard enough time filling out top threes for the indie pop/tweenet poll. By the way, I was right about 10 months ago. "Tiger Phone Card" by Dengue Fever is the best song of 2008.
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:24pm C:

I like Dengue Fever, but don't the lyrics to "Tiger Phone Card" make you cringe just a little?
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:24pm Jessica:

You know it's a party, when EFD drops a g.
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:25pm Michael from the Left Coast:

Wow--this is slamming!
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:26pm Sybil:

OK, it will be so extra special to hear EFD say "countin' down the hits" a few more times.
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:27pm Laurie:

C: No. I sing along every time. EVERY TIME.
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:29pm Jessica:

Tiger Phone Card's product placement fu is pretty cringe-worthy. Yet somehow Ambien seems kinda sexy, now.
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:29pm Joe:

this song makes me FEEL ALRIGHT.

no seriously
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:43pm john:

Hey folks! I think nearly everyone who's been in the car with this year has heard Memphis 70 by now. And thanks for reminding me that I have to pick up that Titan comp!
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:51pm john:

For what it's worth, btw, this was probably my fave rave comp of the year too. The one with all the Philly hits was great too, but no surprises on that one.
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:56pm efd:

just got a Van Duren track, thanks all for your help
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:58pm Paul, The Pride of Staten Island:

Hey Facebook friend! I'm with you on the Nothing People album. It made my top ten as well. And you're playing the best soon from it too! Kudos to you, EFD!
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:58pm Joe:

Somebody beat me to it? Bastards.
  Tue. 12/30/08 11:58pm speccy:

congrats on making it thru the comps! pretty great -- don't run out of time!
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:00am annabelle clark:

g'nite all best wishes & hny!!
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:02am efd:

goodnight and happy new year to you, Annabelle!

Don't jinx me, speccy!!

Hi Paul, hi John, hi Joe! did I miss anyone?
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:02am efd:

oh! hi Laurie and Jessica! thanks all for listening/commenting!
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:08am efd:

speccy, my problem is I always think i'm going to have time leftover!

In fact, I'm thinking that even now...
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:09am Sybil:

If you have time left over... You can play "Turkey So Fine"!!!

Unless of course...
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:10am Sybil:

Refuge in Genre is a perfect title. I must steal it.
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:17am efd:

Sybil, you mean play it repeatedly until 2am? Excellent idea!
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:19am Sybil:

fubar over you... cute lepers... the hits just keep on coming!
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:24am speccy:

I'm sure you could fill an extra 20 minutes with chatter if you *really* needed. A long distance dedication Casey Kasem style.
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:26am Sybil:

We could do hot stove chat.

OOH OOH! I have to show you the really cool Hanukah present I got in lieu of gelt. (It's a recession, folks.) Now where did I put that scanner?
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:27am Spoony:

Great show tonight. Don't sweat the time, just break the key off in the studio door. (Unless there isn't much air available.) Great to hear some Cute Lepers.
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:32am efd:

thanks, Twitter pal Spoony! Sybil, fire up that scanner!
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:35am Joe:


The suspense is literally killing me, literally. This is the first time I've ever wanted a fallen leaves song to -end-
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:36am efd:

this is *exactly* why I didn't publish that blog post before my show.
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:37am Joe:

damn you, Davies
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:38am Paul, The Pride of Staten Island:

Evan, you're LITERALLY killing Joe. You've got blood on your hands Mr, Davies!
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:40am Sybil:

OK, here's better than gelt. (I think the guy who gave it to me didn't appreciate what he had.)
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:40am Joe:

Yeah man, now I'm figuratively dead and it's literally your fault.
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:41am Sybil:

  Wed. 12/31/08 12:42am Joe:

Wow, Sybil, thats totally awesome. And fitting, seeing how EFD's pick came straight out of LEFT FIELD. *rimshot*
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:43am Paul, The Pride of Staten Island:

Thomas Function! That was my number 1 as well! Well, sort of, as I didn't really rank my top ten. Nonetheless, we are simpatico, my friend.
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:44am efd:

omg Sybil, that is AMAZING!!
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:49am Spoony:

I'm routing for The Nerves. C'MON Nerves.
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:50am john:

I'm voting with Spoony. But I think 80% of my favorite records this year were reissues.
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:51am Sybil:


I'm not a betting woman, and a good thing it is.

And my #1 song of 2008 was Paper Planes, a sentimental favorite. There, I said it.
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:52am Sybil:

But I'm happy with nearly everything played tonight. Just sayin'.
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:53am Paul:

Thanks for playing the Lines. I haven't seen it on anyone's best reissue list which is a real goddamn shame. Great, great record.
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:54am efd:

y'know, John and Spoony, it seems like every year there's at least one album that I end up leaving off my list as more of an oversight than a reflection on its quality. This year, that (dis)honor falls to The Nerves, I'm sorry to say.
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:57am john:

Totally understandable. In the days when I did lists, I think I had more oversights than things that actually made it. That's what happens (at least to me) when you don't organize your CDs, kiddiwinks!
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:57am noah:

Keepin my Wed morning swell Evan!! Thanks!!! -Noah
  Wed. 12/31/08 12:57am C:

Not that anyone cares, but I think my favorites this year were the releases from the Pierced Arrows and Lambchop. I picked up the Wolverton Bros. one after hearing it last week or the week before on your show, Evan and it's great too. All in all, a great year in music.
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:00am Sybil:

lists are the pits. One always forgets something unforgettable.

I have reason to know.
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:01am john:

Guilty Pleasure Dept. For 40-somethings, Reissue Division: I feel it incumbent upon myself to confess spending a certain amount of money (and a lot more time) in 2008 on a variety of Alice Cooper reissues. Ahh, fifth grade...
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:03am Sybil:

I am SOOOO GLAD that you got the Van Duren thingy, it was worth it.
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:04am Spoony:

"Hanging on the telephone," so to speak. Ba dum-dum! It's been a good year for reissues and collections.
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:06am Sybil:

You do know that you only have 56 minutes left? (As I write)

I despair of ever hearing "turkey so fine" this year. I hope to hear it next year!
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:08am efd:

Hi Noah! Thanks for checking in. C, thanks for posting your faves of the year... anyone else? (Paul, I'll just refer to my list to see what yours is.)

Sybil, thanks for the time check! :)
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:10am Sybil:

A better than expected New Year to anyone who has dared to post here. Much joy to Joe, John, Laurie, Jessica, and anyone I've forgotten. And to EFD, may all your fondest dreams be realized, now and in the funture.
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:11am Paul:

Well, thus far, you've played 4 out of my top ten. If you (or anyone else is interested) you can check my blog:


(I apologize if I'm being at all spammy)
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:11am Sybil:

I love "funture" so much I won't change it.
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:11am efd:

I'm guessing "funture" was a typo, but I like it! Thanks, Sybil, and the very same to you!!
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:12am Joe:

THE FUNTURE. It's like the future, but way more fun! Sybil, you are my #1 commenter this year.
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:14am Joe:

Actually, I'm lying, it's probably stingy d. But you're like, number 2 at the very least
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:14am Laurie:

Yes, Happy New Year to Evan, everyone at WFMU, and all of WFMU's listeners. Yay!
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:14am Sybil:

Sparks! I mean.I am forever happy.
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:19am efd:

ok, right about now i am starting to think i don't have enough time. O, how the worm turns.
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:21am efd:

... he says as he starts a 5-minute song.
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:21am john:

As long as we're still reissuing, a two-fer of favorites re-hit the street this year-The Impressions' This Is My Country and The Young Mods' Forgotten Story. And the too-brief collected works of the Shop Assistants.

Back at'cha, Sybil!
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:21am Sybil:


Love ya.
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:22am Paul:

Evan, why don't you play the singles from 1 to 10 instead of 10 to 1? This way, if you run out of time, you'll only be cutting off the "lesser" singles.
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:24am efd:

Paul, interesting idea but I think my head would explode if I played the #1 song first.

I appreciate that you're trying to find a solution, though.
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:25am Joe:

Instead, we're getting expert-caliber drop-ins and fade-outs!

The man is a radio genius!

Of course, we all knew that already.
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:26am speccy:

hah hah stepping all over those vocals! JK
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:26am Michael from the Left Coast:

What--no Nerves reissue?
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:27am efd:

I know... see my earlier comment from 12:54.
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:29am Joe:

HELL yeah Percy P. That is WHAT IS UP.
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:30am Sybil:

EFD, You can do it!
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:33am Laurie:

  Wed. 12/31/08 1:34am Noah:

Percee P, one of the few well deserved rappers to put out a full length this past year....wait, that was in 2007.
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:40am Paul:

You can do it, Evan!!
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:40am john:

Wow, that London Dirthole Company record sounded like Mark E. Smith fronting The Pretty Things, just as it should be. Rawk!
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:49am Joe:

Hah! Where was it hiding?

Oh man I'm so glad you found it.
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:50am efd:

it was sitting on top of the CD player in the record library. sheesh....
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:54am Laurie:

  Wed. 12/31/08 1:55am speccy:

Get on the hog with the Wawa PR team!
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:55am Joe:

Goddamn it, first Belock now you. This song has been stuck in my head since lunch, when it actually forced me to suspend work and go buy a sandwich.

Now I have to go make a snack.

The best thing about Hoagiefest for me, being too far north to actually participate, is that it got me to start listening to my old Nerfherder cds.
  Wed. 12/31/08 1:56am efd:

I am still using "Turkey So Fine" as my ringtone, 6 months later.
  Wed. 12/31/08 2:00am efd:

phew! just made it! (thanks to Marty McS. for yielding a couple of minutes)
  Wed. 12/31/08 2:01am Joe:

My resolution: to be as cool as an FMU DJ.

Great show, happy new years!
  Wed. 12/31/08 8:54pm mandrax:

Just like you (Evan) I was also 16 when the Introducing Sparks album came out. I'll never forget seeing them for the first time in "Rollercoaster" (in Sensurround, of course!) Keep up the AWESOME work, Ev!
  Fri. 1/2/09 1:49pm MikeSin:

I'm risking my source of income to listen to this fine archive at the moment (I guess that "streaming media" block/filter here at work expired in 2008?!). Anyway, a fine year-end wrap-up show. Few were happier than me to see that first Blue Ash LP finally get properly reissued on CD. Have you ever heard the second LP, "Front Page News" that was released in the late '70s on the Playboy (!) label? Vastly inferior with too many horn overdubds... IMHO. Happy new year to you!
  Mon. 1/5/09 3:46pm profstevesteve:

can't work. must drum tap with Relentless Machines!
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