When Pitchfork posted their favorite songs from last year (man it feels good to say that), we weren’t the least bit surprised that Vivian Girls’ “Where Do You Run To,” (off of their self-titled In The Red gem) scored high marks, coming in at #19. As they so aptly put it, “[when] the song’s rumbling thunder starts sucking face with the girls’ intermingled voices, it becomes pretty clear that these ladies are taking what’s not necessarily theirs, and making it their own.”
Another big hit of 2008 was The Walkmen’s “In The New Year,” off of their brilliant fifth LP, You & Me. At #26, this is the perfect track to ring in 2009, while offering just the slightest tinge of nostalgia for the year that gave us this amazing Gigantic debut.
Finally, we have a couple of Frenchkiss dudes who are very near and dear to our hearts here at the Rind. Weighing in at #59 with “Fools,” The Dodos won over the folks at Pitchfork enough to receive an honorable mention for Best Albums of 2008 as well. The rousing track off of their debut Visiter is fittingly described as “one of the most subtle and accomplished integrations of a global folk style in a year seemingly more indie bands than ever looked abroad for inspiration.”