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Favorites of 2008, Pt. 1

December 29, 2008

image3It’s time once again for the annual rundown of my favorite music of 2008. If you’re not used to this feature, it’s not “my favorite cds of the year,” or anything of the sort. I listen to so little new music, that would be pointless.

This is instead, “songs I overplayed this year, no matter how old.” And some are really, really old. So, here we go, month to month (roughly, as my memory is slipping a little).

And let’s all cross our fingers that these posts stay up – with all these links, I’m probably pushing my luck.

Leonard Cohen – Famous Blue Raincoat
I just discovered him in a major way early this year.
Pink Martini – Lilly
It took me a couple of listens more than it probably should have to feel sure that they really were talking about a dog.
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra – Hey Ya
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra – Rehab
New group, old sound. Their Hits the Hits cd includes covers like the above, done in a ’60s jazz style.
Stan Kenton – Black Coffee
Thanks to my friend Ellie from Flickr for this one.
Jonathan Coulton – Famous Blue Raincoat
Not a month or much more after I heard the original for the first time, I heard Coulton’s version. I prefer it.
Sondre Lerche & Regina Spektor – Hell No
My friend Andrea sent me this one on a mix cd and I got hooked.
The Coasters – Down In Mexico
Most recently from the Grindhouse Death Proof soundtrack. Also possibly the earwormiest song I heard this year.
KT Tunstall – I Want You Back
Jackson 5 cover. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a version of this song I didn’t love.

The Wild Wild West Theme
I’ve been Netflixing the entire series this year. I watched reruns of it on Sunday afternoons with Dad when I was a kid and loved the show then, and I’m loving it much more now. A Western, mildly spy-themed, proto-steampunk show with a definite ’60s aesthetic and great sets, costuming and music. Also, my childhood adoration of Artemus Gordon has come raging back.
I spent a lot of time this summer driving around listening to a double mix cd I made of ’70s am summer music, so there wasn’t much time for lots of other music. From that mix cd, here is
Jay Ferguson – Thunder Island
and King Harvest – Dancing In the Moonlight
Besides that, there was also Dean Martin’s theme to the Matt Helm movies, Not the Marrying Kind, and The Carpenters’ Superstar. (I finally got to see Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story and this got stuck in my head.)
The second half of the year is for tomorrow.
The first photo is from January’s Columbus Flickrmeet tour of the Southern Theatre, the second from an April trip to Logan, Ohio with my friend Angie and the third from a trip to Sidney with my friend Susan.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Sparkleneely permalink
    December 30, 2008 12:17 am

    Um, Superstar? Dean Martin??? Will the similarities never end???

    Thank you SO MUCH for not only your blog, but for Shawn Lee!!! Just Saturday night I’d heard of them and their cover of “Toxic,” and had forgotten the name. And BAM! there it was in your blog… you’re the best! I have a CD for you with Kai Winding on it… will you email me your address again?

    Happy New Year!!! xoxoxo

  2. King Harvest permalink
    December 30, 2008 1:15 am

    Thanks for including Dancing in the Moonlight!

  3. Dane permalink
    December 30, 2008 4:15 am

    Karen: I posted one today too that I think you’ll like! And I’m happy to help with the Shawn Lee – I fell in love with those songs instantly. You’re too sweet to send me that cd. I’ll email you my address again.

    King Harvest: OMG! How cool! Thanks for coming by and commenting! I have loved that song forever … it just got a ton of extra play this year. Congrats on getting the rights to your music back.

  4. 54cermak permalink
    December 30, 2008 3:19 pm

    Love the photo to accompany your summer songs. It captures alot of what summer (early summer anyway) in Ohio is like better than a more obvious sunny photo ever would.

  5. Dane permalink
    December 31, 2008 6:08 am

    Thank you! It’s one of the two best I’ve ever taken, I think.

  6. Sparkleneely permalink
    December 31, 2008 7:47 pm

    No worries, I found your address and the cd is on its way. I included the Shawn Lee, so THANK YOU! I hope you like it…


  7. Dane permalink
    December 31, 2008 7:48 pm

    Eee! Thanks, I’d love to hear it.

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