2008 in review: Scott Hatch’s picks

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Top 10ish records (in alphabetical order)*

1970′s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground (Sublime Frequencies)
Birchville Cat Motel - Our Love Will Destroy the World cd and Second Curved Surface Destroyer 3xcd
Earth - Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull deluxe LP
Johan Johannsson - Fordlandia
Julian Koster - The Singing Saw at Christmastime
Mount Eerie - Dawn, Lost Wisdom, and Black Wooden Ceiling Opening
Max Richter24 postcards
Shadow Music of Thailand (Sublime Frequencies)
sigur rosMeð Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust
Cat Stevens - Harold and Maude Soundtrack, deluxe LP editions on Vinyl Records
Sun Kil MoonApril
Sunn o)))The Grimm Robe demos 3xLP re-issue
Ulaan Khol - I
Eddie VedderInto the Wild Soundtrack, deluxe LP edition on Vinyl Records

Stuff I gave 4 or 5 stars to on Netflix in 2008 and put into this list:

1. The King of Kong!!!! I don’t know of many documentaries I’ve ever seen that hold up so well upon re-watching. I’ve seen this probably 5 or 6 times and had many of my friends watch. This is a life changing movie. You will become an expert on Billy Mitchell. I think I may have first seen in 2007, but who’s counting. I did watch again in 2008.

It doesn’t matter much after number 1, but here goes:

30 days series
The Assassination of Jesse James
Big Love Season 2
Blades of Glory
Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 6
The Darjeeling Limited
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Into the Wild
My Blueberry Nights – Wan Kar Wai
The namesake
No Country for Old Men
Shadows – cassavettes
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Lady Vengeance – Chan-wook Park

Top live shows:

Sunn O))) in the Unitarian Sanctuary
Efterklang in the Unitarian Sanctuary
Rhys Chatham at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport
Earth at Johnny Brenda’s
Jimme Dale Gilmore at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago

* Scott excluded all releases on Burnt Toast Vinyl, the record label he runs.

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