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Monday, November 5, 2012

What Were We Listening to Four Years Ago?

Posted by on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Is anyone else LOSING THEIR MIND? Anxiety, man. Election anxiety. As I was trying to put together an election day/anxiety soother/optimistic playlist, I looked for inspiration in the past and took a look at some of the songs, albums, and artists that were making the charts four years ago.

Here's what the first week of November 2008 looked like...

The KEXP Variety music chart for Oct 31-Nov 6, 2008:

1. TV on the Radio Dear Science
2. The Moondoggies Don't be a Stranger
3. Various Artists Live at KEXP Vol. Four
4. The Henry Clay People For Cheap or For Free
5. Point Juncture WA Heart to Elk
6. Larytta Difficult Fun
7. Friendly Fires Friendly Fires
8. Jake One White Van Music
9. The Vivian Girls The Vivian Girls
10. School of Seven Bells Alpinisms

The KEXP Northwest music chart for Oct 31-Nov 6, 2008:

1. The Moondoggies Don't be a Stranger
2. Point Juncture WA Heart to Elk
3. Jake One White Van Music
4. See Me River Time Machine
5. Helms Alee Night Terror
6. Wallpaper On the Chewing Gum Ground
7. Common Market Tobacco Road
8. Blitzen Trapper Furr
9. The Decemberists Always the Bridesmaid: A Singles Series
10. The Pica Beats Beating Back the Claws of the Cold

Billboard Top 100 for the week of November 1, 2008:

1. "Whatever You Like" by T.I.
2. "Live Your LIfe" by T.I. featuring Rihanna
3. "So What" by Pink
4. "Womanizer" by Britney Spears
5. "Hot N Cold" by Katy Perry
6. "Disturbia" by Rihanna
7. "Let It Rock" by Kevin Rudolf featuring Lil Wayne
8. "Miss Independent" by Ne-Yo
9. "Fearless" by Taylor Swift
10. "Can't Believe It" by T-Pain featuring Lil Wayne

Some albums released Tuesday, November 4, 2008:

Vanilla Ice Vanilla Ice Is Back!
Q-Tip The Renaissance
Shiny Toy Guns Season of Poison
Brad Paisley Play
Hinder Take It to the Limit

In The Stranger's music section for the week of Oct 30-Nov 5, we featured Partman Parthorse, "A Big, Gay Roundable" with members of Torche, Abe Vigoda, and These Arms Are Snakes, Parts & Labor, and more.

That same week on Line Out we were writing about Red Fang, Starfucker and Half Yogurt, Cancer Rising, and Celine Dion,

Also, on Tuesday, November 4, Segal shared his Post-Election Soundtrack, the songs he'd play if McCain won (shudder) and songs he'd play if Obama won (Curtis Mayfield and Public Enemy top the list).


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Erin Resso 1
Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" will forever bring back memories of dancing in the streets after Obama won in 2008. I think it was Neighbors that brought speakers out and blasted it to the crowd. So good.
Posted by Erin Resso on November 5, 2012 at 11:58 AM · Report this
Larry Mizell, Jr. 2
that was a moment for sure
Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on November 5, 2012 at 12:42 PM · Report this
Josh Bis 3
I remember approximately 4% of those albums from 2008. My spottily-scrobbled charts suggest my late-October/early-November sounded like:
Mount Eerie & Julie Dorion (Lost Wisdom), No Age (Nouns), Spiritualized (Songs in A&E), Menomena (Friend & Foe), Okkervil River (the Stand Ins), Foals (Antidotes), Ra Ra Riot (EP) with unusually high doses of Belle & Sebastian and Kings of Convenience.

It also seems like I spent the week leading up to the election watching all of Mad Men. Memories.
Posted by Josh Bis on November 5, 2012 at 1:34 PM · Report this
Dean Fawkes 4
We really are better off today than four years ago.
Posted by Dean Fawkes on November 6, 2012 at 2:57 PM · Report this

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