Bon Iver â€“ For Emma, Forever Ago: This album will never get old for me. It's so simple and beautiful â€¦ or simply beautiful!
Girl Talk â€“ Feed the Animals: I love nostalgia and so much of this album was a trip down memory lane â€¦ just fused with this year's radio hits. Plus, anyone that can mix Jay-Z with Radiohead and not fuck it up deserves some cred.
MGMT â€“ Oracular Spectacular: Is this not on anyone's list?
Calexico â€“ Carried to Dust: My first taste of Calexico and I was super impressed. I love the variety of influences and styles you hear in their songs.
Lykke Li â€“ Youth Novels: It really didn't take much for me to get into Lykke Li. I heard "Tonight" and instantly wanted more. It's been love ever since.
Kings of Leon â€“ Closer: This is probably one of my most listened to songs of 2008. I only wish it wasn't the opening track to their album cause it made the rest of the album pale in comparison.
Calexico â€“ Man Made Lake: Perfect example of how Calexico should be writing music for soundtracks and are just extremely talented overall.
Bon Iver â€“ Flume: This song is proof that you don't need much more than a simple acoustic guitar rhythm and beautifully piercing vocals to write a great song. Heck, your lyrics don't even have to make sense!
TV on the Radio â€“ DLZ: There is so much I love about this song: the drums, the vocals, the lyricsâ€”everything! Clearly why it's on my top five songs of the year.
Coldplay â€“ 42: Definitely my favorite track off Viva La Vida. Great lyrics and perfect music that's as emotional as the lyrics.
Be Kind Rewind: This movie pays homage to some of the best but does so in a quirky/fun and totally Gondry way.
Cloverfield: It's more the shock at how much I enjoyed this that made Cloverfield land on my top 5. I was expecting a mediocre movie at best, but found that it was tastefully done for a movie about a huge monster attacking New York City. I'm just glad I didn't see it in theatres otherwise all the shaking might have made me vomit.
Dark Knight: Does this even need to be justified?
In Bruges: I can't believe how much I liked this movie as well. I honestly went into it barely knowing anything and left it thinking: that was awesome! It totally made me develop a new found respect for Colin Farrell and was one of my most highly recommended movies of 2008.
Step Brothers: This was like the new Dumb and Dumber to me. And Dumb and Dumber is about as funny as it gets (sort of).
Half Note is a guest-blogger here on PMA. Read her blog, The Daily Eargasmfor her other music picks.