Year In Review 2008


The GNC Top 25 of 2008

It's been a wonderful year for music here at Grand National Championships. We've compiled a list of the recordings that have made the biggest impact on us in the last solar cycle. Please bear in mind, some of these selections represent the entire album from which they were culled. In other cases, single outstanding tracks earned their way on alone.

Anyways, here they are:

25 Julian Koster - O' Little Town of Bethlehem
24 Born Ruffians - I Need a Life (Four Tet remix)
23 Tobacco - Hairy Candy
22 Pop Levi - Never Never Love
21 The Week That Was - The Story Waits For No One
20 Vampire Weekend - Mansard Roof
19 Deerhoor - Chadelier Searchlight
18 The Mae Shi - Run to Your Grave
17 The OaKs - Masood
16 Ladyhawk - (You Are My) Hellfire
15 Dr. Dog - The Rabbit, the Bat, & the Reindeer
14 Cinemechanica - Rivals
13 We Versus the Shark - Dirt in the Ground (Tom Waits cover)
12 Elbow - Grounds for Divorce
11 Okkervil River - Calling and Not Calling My Ex
10 Miracle Fortress - Digital Love (Daft Punk cover)
9 Women - Shaking Hand
8 Beck - Gamma Ray
7 Deerhunter - Never Stops
6 Pattern is Movement - Sound of Your Voice
5 Palantine - Evil Genius
4 School of Language - Disppointment '99
3 Grizzly Bear - While You Wait for the Others
2 Sigur Ros - Gobbledigook
1 Portishead - The Rip/Machine Gun

thanks for listenin'

Merry Christmas!!

zombie-zombie - Driving this road until death sets you free


The Best of the Year 2008

Join us Monday after next, for the summary of a very busy year for Grand National Championships. Hear some of the best musical moments, the funniest phone calls, and the wisest insights of this solar cycle.

THEN, on Wednesday, December 31st, tune in to Alastair filling in for Laura Taylor on Surface Noise from 11pm to 1am. The talk will be minimal, the jams will be maximal.


How It Should Have Looked


Invincibility Star 12.15.2008

GNC 12.15.2008 Hour One
GNC 12.15.2008 Hour Two

School of Language Extended Holiday Sea From Shore
set break
Beardsley Messiah for Hire Live on WMNF
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set break
Crystal Antlers Until The Sun Dies
(Part 2)
The Magnetic Fields California Girls Distortion
set break
Beardsley The Ballad of
Doobie Keebler
Live on WMNF
Pere Ubu Caroleen Why I Hate Women
Crystal Stilts The Dazzled Alight of Night
set break
Whorse Theme from Whorse Songs You've Heard Once
Arcade Fire The Ocean of Noise Neon Bible
Flatmates Happy All The Time Peel Session
set break
The Concert Report - -
My Bloody Valentine Only Shallow Loveless
Medications Opinions Your Favorite People
All In One Place
set break
Beardsley Johnny USA Live on WMNF
Beachwood Sparks Desert Skies Beachwood Sparks
The Kinks Where Have All The
Good Times Gone
BBC Sessions
set break
Villanova Junction Panic -
The Decemberists Oceanside 5 Songs
Nirvana Milk It in utero
set break
Beardsley Shotgun Blessing Live on WMNF
The Sea And Cake on a Letter Car Alarm
The Mae Shi Hlllyh Hlllyh
Brimstone Howl Million Years We Came in Peace
The Shins Black Wave Wincing The Night Away


Boosteroo 12.8.2008

GNC 12.08.2008 Hour One
GNC 12.08.2008 Hour Two

Led Zeppelin Dancing Days Houses of the Holy
set break
Black Lips I Saw a Ghost (Lean) Good Bad Not Evil
Tobacco Hairy Candy Fucked Up Friends
Phosphorescent A Picture of Our
Torn-Up Praise
set break
The Satsukos Benji EP
Clor Stuck In A Tight Spot Clor
Barringtone Snake In The Grass Snake In The Grass
set break
school of seven bells Iamundernodisguise Alpinisms
Foals Balloons Antidotes
Fruit Bats The Earthquake Of '73 Spelled In Bones
set break
deerhunter Nothing Ever Happened Microcastle
James Brown Bring It Up Ain't That A Groove
David Bazan I Never Wanted You Live
set break
Sondre Lerche Phantom Punch Phantom Punch
Rogue Wave Every Moment Out of the Shadow
Pina Y Sus Estrellas Los Extra Os Back to Peru
set break
Air Brakes On Premiers Symptomes
BLK JKS Summertime Mystery EP
Make Believe Ooo, Yum Going to the Bone Church
set break
Squarepusher Planet Gear Just a Souvenir
Blue by Five Boom Boom Vol 6 English Freakbeat
set break
USA is a Monster Above All It's the Songs Space Programs


Tune in This Week

UPDATE: Check out the Live Session link to the right to check out the mp3s of Beardsley's tunes. Thanks to the band (Ricky, Louie, Brian, Jason, Ben, and Andy), and Stephen Hammill for lending his engineering prowess. Our friend, Ryan Pureber also came out and took some color photographs. I'll share those with you as soon as I pry them from his cold, dead hands.



That Guy With the Dip 12.1.2008

GNC 12.01.2008 Hour One
GNC 12.01.2008 Hour Two

Love Alone again Or Forever Changes
set break
Figurines Race You Skeleton
The Menahan
Street Band
Make The Road
By Walking
Make The Road
By Walking
Deerhoof Chadelier Searchlight Offend Maggie
set break
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Gone Gone Gone
(Done Moved On)
Raising Sand
Phil and the
Third World American Toward Conquering
The Invisible Death
Junior Murvin Police and Thieves police and thieves
set break
Vivian Girls Wild Eyes Vivian Girls
Les Savy Fav New Teen Anthem 3/5
Beardsley Magnetic North Fighting Strangers
in the Alps
set break
Women Upstairs Women
Woodhands Dancer Heart Attack
Grim Reaper See You in Hell -
set break
Golden Animals The Steady Roller Free Your Mind
and Ride a Pony
Adem Something's Going
to Come
Love & Other Planets
set break
hi standard california dreaming survival of the fattest
Asiko Lagos City Nigeria Disco Funk Special
The Concert Report - -
set break
Ladyhawk I Don't Always Know
What You're Saying
The Most Serene Republic Green Door Green Door
Pivot Didn't I Furious O Soundtrack My Heart
school of seven bells Chain Alpinisms



Covered in BEES!! 11.24.2008

GNC 11.24.2008 Hour One
GNC 11.24.2008 Hour Two

Mitch Mitchell Can't Get A Nuff Eccentric Soul:
The Prix Label
set break
Tobacco Truck Sweat Fucked Up Friends
Palantine Social Influence Melee
Portishead Machine Gun Third
set break
Women Shaking Hand Women
R.E.M. Strange Currencies Monster
At The Drive-In Pattern Against User Relationship of Command
set break
Ill Ease and
the Racket
Here Comes Trouble Turn It Loose
Friendly Fires Jump In The Pool Friendly Fires
set break
Cinemechanica Antsinjapants The Martial Arts
Onion News Attractive Girls Union -
set break
Robert Plant
& Alison Krauss
Through The Morning,
Through The Night
Raising Sand
Ladyhawk War Fight For Anarchy
set break
Julian Koster O Little Town of Bethlehem The Musical Saw
at Christmastime
Tom Waits singapore Rain Dogs
Onion News Money Hole -
The Concert Report - -
Maus Haus We Used Technology We Used Technology
set break
The Replacements My Little Problem All Shook Down
Abigail Warhead Nixon's Guns The New EP
Faraquet Call It Sane -
set break
The Action 13 More Bread To The People Nigeria Rock Special:
Psychedelic Afro-rock
& Fuzz-Funk
Wye Oak Warning If Children
The International
Noise Conspiracy
Boredom of Safety The Cross of My Calling



Jerrad's Youth



Stare Into the Eyes of Cute!

Listener Careena has found herself a prototype of Apple's newest palmtop device, the iCat. Notice the cool blue of the eye design and the touches of white on the tips of the paws, no doubt a callback to the late-90's G3 era.

But in all seriousness, Careena says she needs to find a home for this kitty. You can drop her a line at careena@gmail.com if'n you think a bit of companionship might enrich your life.

Also, it turns out that Careena is neither heavy-set nor Wiccan. I guess all the electronic equipment in the studio threw off my radar.


Major Zero 11.10.2008

GNC 11.10.2008 Hour One
GNC 11.10.2008 Hour Two
GNC 11.10.2008 Hour Three

Ramblin' Jack Elliott Careless Darling I Stand Alone
Mary Timony Friend to J.C. Ex Hex
Of Montreal Jaques Lamure The Gay Parade
set break
The Bee Gees More Than A Woman The Greatest Hits
Cornelius Gum Sensuous
Emily Haines &
The Soft Skeleton
Doctor Blind Knives Don't Have Your Back
set break
The Appleseed Cast Silas' Knife Peregrine
Storm And Stress Track 6 Storm And Stress
The Apples in Stereo Please Velocity In Sound
set break
Terry Lynn Consumers Kingstonlogic 2.0
Onion News YouTube Contest -
The Who I Can't Reach You The Who Sell Out
set break
John Vanderslice Exodus Damage Pixel Revolt
unwed sailor Aurora Little Wars
set break
Run-on Sentence The Afterlife Pt 1 Hush 10th Anniversary
set break
Big Business Grounds for Divorce Here Come the Waterworks
Onion News Obama Supporters -
David Byrne
& Brian Eno
Everything That Happens Everything That Happens
Will Happen Today
set break
panda bear Track One young prayer
Brazilian Girls St. Petersburg New York City
The Replacements Waitress in the sky Tim
set break
Diana Ross &
The Supremes
Reflections The Complete Motown
Anthology Vol 4
Silas Durocher
and Everybody Knows
Boom. Dee Dah Dee Dah.
Thesis Statement

Antibalas I.C.E. Security


Movie Night 10.27.2008

GNC 10.27.2008 Hour One
GNC 10.27.2008 Hour Two

Stereolab Neon Beanbag Chemical Chords
deerhunter Agoraphobia Microcastle
The Physics Of
Aeroplanes and
Snake Charmer and
Destiny at the
Stroke of Midnight
set break
Squarepusher The Coathanger Just a Souvenir
Smart Went Crazy DC Will Do That To You
(I & II)
Con Art
Onion News Cindy McCain -
The Week That Was The Story Waits for No One The Week That Was
set break
polysics Pretty Good We ate the machine
Pit er Pat Trod-a-Long High Time
Marnie Stern Ruler This Is It And I Am It
And You Are It And So
Is That And He Is It
And She Is It And It Is
It And That Is That
set break
Maritime Aren't We All Found Out Heresy And The
Hotel Choir
The Toadies Nothing To Cry About No Deliverance
The Magnetic Fields 100,000 Fireflies The Wayward Bus/
Distant Plastic Trees
Onion News Obama Internship -
set break
My bloody valentine Only Shallow Loveless
The Breeders Drivin' On 9 Last Splash
Kings of Leon Molly's Chambers Holy Roller Novocaine
set break
Television Venus Marquee Moon
Frank Black Heloise Devil's Workshop
set break
Wire two people in a room 154
Self Suzie Q Sailaway Breakfast with Girls
LCD Soundsystem Time To Get Away Sound Of Silver


Caulking Compund 11.3.2008

GNC 11.3.2008 Hour One
GNC 11.3.2008 Hour Two

Magnetic Morning Motorway A.M.
French Miami The God Damn Best Science Teeth EP
Bob Marley Exodus Legend
set break
mint chicks Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
Free Blood Grumpy The Singles
set break
Koushik Nothing's The Same Out My Window
set break
Jordan Geiger Bruce Wayne Campbell
(Okkervil River Cover)
Squarepusher Planet Gear Just a Souvenir
Clues Perfect Fit Perfect Fit
set break
The Physics Of
Aeroplanes and Hurricanes Snake Charmer and
Destiny at the
Stroke of Midnight
Elliott Smith Junk Bond Trader Figure 8
Deerhoof Chatterboxes The Runners Four
Deerhoof Twin Killers The Runners Four
set break
Smokey And Miho 'Tempo De Amor' Tempo De Amor
Middle Distance
The Sun And Earth Middle Distance
Runner EP
The Concert Report - -
set break
Department of Eagles Around the Bay In Ear Park
The Replacements Unsatisfied Let It Be
Vivian Girls Tell The World Vivian Girls
set break
Parts & Labor Mount Misery Receivers
Elvis Presley A Little Less Conversation "68 Comeback Special
Radio Sampler