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2008 Year End Lists - Merge Staff: Christina Rentz, Publicist

2008 Year End Lists - Merge Staff:  Christina Rentz, Publicist This list excludes the obvious 2008 highlights of Merge albums, getting married, home ownership and President Obama! The Music Tapes at CMJ – Wow.  Julian Koster is an inspiration to boring adults everywhere! Twilight series – I know, I know – but unrequited Teenage vampire love is HOT! Secretly Canadian showcase at SXSW – Bon Iver, Black Mountain & Jens Lekman – awesome! Wye Oak at Local 506 (1/8/08) – Meeting Jenn and Andy for the first time over Carrburritos followed by being blown away by hearing If Children live for the first time! Brooklyn adventure with Dan Bejar – January 08 – whirlwind trip to the strangest photo shoot ever followed by wine and Carl Newman’s adorable doggy. Shout Out Louds at SXSW – They played so many times in a row, and never lost their energy and general adorableness. NPR Tour – Lindsey and I toured (and squealed) our way through the NPR studios courtesy of our friend Stephen at NPR.org/music.  A dream come true! Nik FreitasSun Down – sounds like Wings and The Jayhawks, and everything else I love! Crooked FingersForfeit / Fortune – Neko Case duet almost sent me over the edge! Portastatic at Duke Gardens – Mac dedicated Springsteen’s “Two Hearts” to my fiancé and I the week before our wedding.  Best wedding gift ever! Mad Men - despicable people, beautiful clothes and lipstick, and Don Draper, oh yes, Don Draper! Honorable Mentions:  Calexico, Puppy cam, Chateau Marmont & D Listed

This list excludes the obvious 2008 highlights of Merge albums, getting married, home ownership and President Obama!

The Music Tapes at CMJ
– Wow.  Julian Koster is an inspiration to boring adults everywhere!
Twilight series – I know, I know – but unrequited Teenage vampire love is HOT!
Secretly Canadian showcase at SXSW – Bon Iver, Black Mountain & Jens Lekman – awesome!
Wye Oak at Local 506 (1/8/08) – Meeting Jenn and Andy for the first time over Carrburritos followed by being blown away by hearing If Children live for the first time!
Brooklyn adventure with Dan Bejar – January 08 – whirlwind trip to the strangest photo shoot ever followed by wine and Carl Newman’s adorable doggy.
Shout Out Louds at SXSW – They played so many times in a row, and never lost their energy and general adorableness.
NPR Tour – Lindsey and I toured (and squealed) our way through the NPR studios courtesy of our friend Stephen at NPR.org/music.  A dream come true!
Nik FreitasSun Down – sounds like Wings and The Jayhawks, and everything else I love!
Crooked FingersForfeit / Fortune – Neko Case duet almost sent me over the edge!
Portastatic at Duke Gardens – Mac dedicated Springsteen’s “Two Hearts” to my fiancé and I the week before our wedding.  Best wedding gift ever!
Mad Men - despicable people, beautiful clothes and lipstick, and Don Draper, oh yes, Don Draper!

Honorable Mentions:  Calexico, Puppy cam, Chateau Marmont & D Listed