Best Music of 2008

Best Music from TV Commercials 2008
So, as a mother I’ve learned it’s very hard to keep up with music.  Most of 2008 I missed, with the lovely exception of music in commercials.  So, to make it easier on all of the busy moms out there, here is your neat little guide to all the great music you’ve been hearing while cleaning/sewing/working/diapering.  It’s not hard to be cool anymore, just watch TV.

Long list here, no surprise.  Didn’t Apple start this whole good music in a commercial trend?
The Submarines – You Me & The Bourgeoisie The Submarines
Wolfmother – Love Train Wolfmother - Wolfmother - Love Train
Steriogram – Walkie Talkie Steriogram - Schmack - Walkie Talkie Man
Yael Naim – New Soul Yael Naïm - Yael Naïm - New Soul
Orba Squara – Perfect Timing This Morning Orba Squara - Sunshyness - Perfect Timing (This Morning)

Simone White – The Beep Beep Song Simone White - I Am the Man - The Beep Beep Song

Axe Deodorant and Body Spray
Yeah, I know.  Puke.  But I like the commercial and the song.
Allen Toussaint – Sweet Touch of Love

Almost makes me want to do laundry.  Almost.  Those who know me know, I am addicted to Downy, so this song was hard to love, but it’s stuck.
Emilie Mover – Ordinary Day Emilie Mover - Good Shake, Nice Gloves - Ordinary Day

Scandal – Goodbye to You Goodbye to You

You’ve been looking for this one, trust me.
Kira Willey – Colors Kira Willey - Dance for the Sun - Colors

Everybody and their Dog
Meaning these songs are ALL over the place.  
Five for FIghting – World Five for Fighting - Two Lights - World
Duffy – Mercy Duffy - Rockferry - Mercy
Lenka – The Show Lenka - Lenka - The Show

Seriously, enough with the cavemen, but thanks for the music.
The Sounds – Hurt You The Sounds - Dying to Say This to You - Hurt You
Royksopp – Reminder

Soprano’s Box set, almost makes me want to watch it.  Almost.  I’m not really into violence or blood and something tells me the Soprano’s is nothing but, am I right?  Love the song.
R.L. Burnside  – It’s Bad You Know R.L. Burnside - Come On In - It's Bad You Know

Honda Civic
I saw Grandaddy in Kentucky, they opened for Elliott Smith and we missed the whole show waiting outside.  Just before we got in out walked the lead singer with a white cat.  Odd man, great music.
Grandaddy – Nature Anthem Grandaddy - Nature Anthem - Nature Anthem

JC Penney
1st one is a remake, please don’t be offended, it’s beautiful
Josh Radin – Only You Joshua Radin - We Were Here - Only You
Regina Spektor – Music Box Regina Spektor - Attic Jam - Music Box

Jet Dry
Oooo, love this one.
Gotan Project – Epoca Gotan Project - La Revancha del Tango - Época

Most days are a Joe Purdy day around here.  Thanks for putting it to music and thanks Kia for giving it to me.
Arryn Eldon  – Get the Feeling
Joe Purdy – Can’t Get it Right Today Joe Purdy - You Can Tell Georgia - Can't Get It Right Today

Ben Lee – We’re All In This Together Ben Lee - Awake Is the New Sleep - We're All In This Together

Maybe?  It’s from the new Heather Locklear movie, Flirting with Forty.
Adele – Chasing Pavements ADELE - 19 - Chasing Pavements

Honestly I don’t remember this commercial, but I’m including it here because the song reminds me of middle school dances where nobody was allowed to touch!
Junior Boys – In the Morning Junior Boys - In the Morning - Single of the Week - In the Morning

Chrisette Michele – Love Is You Chrisette Michele - I Am - Love Is You
Duffy – Oh Boy

Old Navy
Yeah, cause I need another sweater.  Thing is, I don’t, until I hear one of these songs!
Lights – Last Thing on Your Mind Lights - Lights - EP - The Last Thing On Your Mind (EP Version)
Lights – February Air Lights - Lights - EP - February Air (EP Version)

Need a new workout tune?  
The Blue Van – Silly Boy The Blue Van - Man Up - Silly Boy

This commercial is a little newer, so you may not have heard it.  Addictive nonetheless.
The Silver Seas – Imaginary Girl The Silver Seas - High Society (Bonus Track Version) - Imaginary Girl

Remember the commercial with the funky laser lights?  Yes, you do.
Architecture in Helsinki -Souvenirs Architecture In Helsinki - Fingers Crossed - Souvenirs

I think I’m going to make a mix CD of every song Target has ever featured.  
Tim Myers – A Beautiful World Tim Myers - The Good Life - EP - A Beautiful World
The Kinks – Everybody’s a Star (Starmaker) The Kinks - The Kinks' Greatest: Celluloid Heroes - Everybody's a Star (Starmaker)
Badly Drawn Boy – All Possibilities Badly Drawn Boy - Have You Fed the Fish? - All Possibilities
The 88 – Coming Home The 88 - Not Only... But Also - Coming Home
The Concretes – Say Something The Concretes - The Concretes - Say Something New
The Icicles – La Ti Da The Icicles - Arrivals & Departures - La Ti Da

Tide with Downy
Cait La Dee – Take Me Home Cait La Dee - Beauty School Dropout - Take Me Home

From the family night promo, I think.  
Fisher – Beautiful Life Fisher - The Lovely Years - Beautiful Life

I think this was from another country, but it’s Wilco and if you don’t already love Wilco now is a good time to start.
Wilco – Sky Blue Sky Wilco - Sky Blue Sky - Sky Blue Sky

The Helio Sequence – Don’t Look Away The Helio Sequence - Love and Distance - Don't Look Away

And my favorite, probably not from this year but deserves a note since I adore it:  Young Folks by Peter Bjorn and John Peter Bjorn and John - Writer's Block - Young Folks
Best Music from TV Shows 2008
There’s a new trend in the closing credits on TV shows lately, “tonight’s show featured music from….” with a handy sponsor to help you find the music that fit so perfectly into the scene that made you cry.  I don’t know about you, but I rarely remember to look it up or even write it down.  So, here is a handy dandy of the music I liked the best in 2008 on television.  Good or bad, most shows are an easy way to find a new song to cry laugh or dance to.

I saw the first episode but never made it to the second.  With so many shows doing their best to copy what 90210 was, it’s odd the original has had a hard time finding steady footing.
Beat Control – Tilly and the Wall Tilly and the Wall - Beat Control - EP - Beat Control
I Always Knew – Jem Jem - Down to Earth - I Always Knew
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz Jason Mraz - We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things - I'm Yours
Now – Mates of State Mates of State - Re-Arrange Us - Now

Army Wives
I haven’t seen the show yet but always mean to start watching when I see a promo!
Nowhere to Now-here  – The Kin The Kin - Rise and Fall - Nowhere to Now-here
Blue Mind  – Alexi Murdoch Alexi Murdoch - Four Songs - EP - Blue Mind
I Believe in You – Cat Power Cat Power - Jukebox (Deluxe Edition) - I Believe In You
Healing Hands – Marc Cohn Marc Cohn - The Very Best of Marc Cohn - Healing Hands

Brothers & Sisters
Good show, short on good music, but here are a few.
Stolen Car – Beth Orton Beth Orton - Central Reservation - Stolen Car
Make it Mine – Jason Mraz Jason Mraz - We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things - Make It Mine
Slow Moves – Jose Gonzalez Jose Gonzalez - Veneer - Slow Moves
Fragment – Trespassers William Trespassers William - Different Stars - Fragment

I am so desperately in love with Chuck, not just the show, Chuck himself.  The Bon Iver song listed here is like a drug.  Too much and you’ll never stop crying your eyes out, be careful.
Skinny Love – Bon Iver Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago - Skinny Love
Returning to the Fold – The Thermals The Thermals - The Body, the Blood, the Machine - Returning to the Fold
The Kooks – Love It All The Kooks - Konk (Bonus Track Version) - Love It All
Fake Empire – The National The National - Boxer - Fake Empire
Time and Space – The Accidental The Accidental - There Were Wolves (Bonus Track Version) - Time and Space
Buildings and Mountains – The Republic Tigers The Republic Tigers - Keep Color - Buildings & Mountains
Don’t Worry – Love as Laughter Love As Laughter - Holy - Don't Worry

Grey’s Anatomy
Of course the show that borrows its episode titles is full of great music.  
Pitter-Pat – Erin McCarley Erin McCarley - Pitter-Pat - Single - Pitter-Pat
One of Those Days – Joshua Radin Joshua Radin - Simple Times - One of Those Days
Ordinary Day – Emilie Mover Emilie Mover - Good Shake, Nice Gloves - Ordinary Day
Live Like You’re Dying – Lenka Lenka - Lenka - Live Like You're Dying
Walcott – Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend - Walcott
Falling for You – Seabird Seabird - 'Til We See the Shore - Falling for You
Winter Birds – Ray LaMontagne Ray LaMontagne - Gossip In the Grain - Winter Birds

Gossip Girl
Totally stupid great show for teens, but if I had a teen there is no way I’d let him/her anywhere near this show.  Good place for new music, almost as good as it’s distant cousin The OC.  I cannot stop listening to My Only Offer…
Strict Machine – Goldfrapp Goldfrapp - Black Cherry - Strict Machine
Open Your Eyes – Snow Patrol Snow Patrol - Eyes Open - Open Your Eyes
Tell Me a Lie -The Fratellis The Fratellis - Here We Stand - Tell Me a Lie
The Wake Up Song – The Submarines The Submarines - Honeysuckle Weeks - The Wake Up Song
Dark on Fire -Turin Brakes Turin Brakes - Dark On Fire - Dark On Fire
Closer – Kings of Leon Kings of Leon - Only By the Night (Deluxe Version) - Closer
My Only Offer – Mates of State Mates of State - Re-Arrange Us - My Only Offer
Slow Show – The National The National - Boxer - Slow Show

Never watched House, but a good place for a few good tunes anyhow.
You Might Die Trying – Dave Matthews Band Dave Matthews Band - Stand Up - You Might Die Trying
Could We Survive – Joseph Arthur Joseph Arthur - Could We Survive - Could We Survive
Dark Road – Annie Lennox Annie Lennox - Songs of Mass Destruction - Dark Road

Private Practice
Three good songs, from the whole season.  I am not sure what the thinking on music is here…mostly very outdated.  
On and On and On – Wilco Wilco - Sky Blue Sky - On and On and On
Little Tornado – Aimee Mann Aimee Mann - @#%&*! Smilers (Deluxe Version) - Little Tornado
Swing Gently – Leona Naess Leona Naess - Thirteens - Swing Gently

I find it odd I don’t watch Scrubs, there is not a TV show more in sync with my music tastes, yet here we are starting season 8 (?) soon and I am totally unfamiliar.  Zach Braff’s best talent is not his acting, it’s the music he picks for the show.  Do not miss Jose Gonzalez and Jump Little Children, swoon!
Where We Gonna Go From Here – Mat Kearney Mat Kearney - Nothing Left to Lose - Where We Gonna Go from Here
Heartbeats – Jose Gonzalez Jose Gonzalez - Veneer - Heartbeats
Opportunity – Pete Murray Pete Murray - See the Sun - Opportunity
The Man – Pete Yorn Pete Yorn - Nightcrawler (Bonus Track) - The Man
B-13 – Jump Little Children Jump Little Children - Magazine - B-13
Missed the Boat – Modest Mouse Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank - Missed the Boat
Turn – Travis Travis - The Man Who - Turn
Winter – Joshua Radin Joshua Radin - We Were Here - Winter
Courage – Glenn Phillips

Ugly Betty
The most familiar song here, The Show by Lenka.  I think every show used it in their episode or promo this fall!
American Girl – Val Emmich Val Emmich - American Girl - Single - American Girl
American Girl – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - American Girl
Lost – Coldplay Coldplay - Viva la Vida - Lost?
You are Free – Mates of State Mates of State - Re-Arrange Us - You Are Free
The Show – Lenka Lenka - Lenka - The Show
Up  – The Saturdays
She’s So Lovely – Scouting for Girls

Here are the Staff Pick’s that stuck with me and have become permanent fixtures in my “most played” list.

Josh Kelley, Special Company Josh Kelley - Special Company
Kelley’s album was released shortly after his wedding to Grey’s Anatomy actress Katherine Heigl (the namesake for the song Hey Katie) and it’s clear that these songs were written by a man in love.  Listening to Two Cups of Coffee, Tidal Wave, Special Company and Stay Awake will remind you of the early years of love when your thoughts where consumed by the man of your dreams.   (Oh, we know he’s still in there…don’t be surprised if a few of these songs bring him back to the top of your list.)

Tristan Prettyman, Hello Tristan Prettyman - Hello
My motherhood addled brain rarely holds onto information that I’ve heard 3 or 4 times…let alone something I’ve heard only once.  While up with the babe in the wee hours of the morning, I caught a music video by Tristan Prettyman.  When I found myself walking through the house later that day singing the chorus to Madly, I knew I was hooked.  I’m not going to even bother with listing my favorite tracks – they’re all good. 

James Morrison, Undiscovered James Morrison - Undiscovered
Undiscovered by James Morrison is upbeat enough to keep me energized yet smooth enough to listen to all day. Morrison’s singing is soulful and rich…the lyrics thoughtful.  My favorite songs on this album are Under the Influence, You Give Me Something, Wonderful World, One Last Chance, Undiscovered and Call the Police

Morrison has just released his 2nd album (Songs For You, Truths For Me) so if you listen to Undiscovered (his 1st album) and your simply must have more well then, hey, lucky you.  Sometimes it pays to come late to the party.

Happy Listening!
-Emily & Erin


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