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
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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