Year in Music
January 15, 2010, 7:57 am
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Year in Music 2009

I’m embarrassed at how late this is, please forgive me.

I started doing this in 2007 because I wanted to remember the songs that were stuck in my head throughout the year – it still is mostly comprised of songs like that, songs I couldn’t get enough of. Some of them were in my head the whole year, some only for a few hours. Each of them means something or is attached to a nice memory. I like it, it’s like a nice, neat little time capsule.

Here is 2008, if anyone is interested:
I don’t have a link for 2007 but it exists also…


  1. Her Morning Elegance, Oren Lavie. I fell in love with this song because of the amazing music video. I downloaded the rest of the album, but I wasn’t really into it. And I’m honestly not sure I’d like the song if I hadn’t seen the video – but the video is SO good and meshes so well, and I had it stuck in my head for weeks.
  2. Song Against Sex, Neutral Milk Hotel. This song is funny because it’s the only song of theirs I ever really liked that’s not on Aeroplane. I also like it because the line “And I knew the world was over so I took a look outside ” was once Joanna Ginsberg’s status, if I’m not mistaken, and it always stuck with me.
  3. Time Goes By (Whatever), Space Ghost Cowboys. I acquired the Sad Album months before it came out, and John really played it out, and I kinda fell in love with it. This song is so wonderful.
  4. I’m On A Boat, The Lonely Island. The trip to Miami with the SU basketball team was all about this song, and that trip was really important and memorable and hilarious. And we saw T-Pain (right!?) and a scene from the video is right outside the hotel we stayed at.
  5. In my Life, The Beatles. Harpsichord solo.
  6. Single Ladies, Beyonce. My mom introduced me to this song before anyone else did, and that means something. Also, it runs the line between empowerment and objectification, and I’ve seen it written about from both sides. But most importantly, it’s a great song and a groundbreaking video.
  7. I Should Have Known Better, The Beatles. John told me this was one of his favorite Beatles songs, and I didn’t know it. To be honest, it didn’t even sound familiar. So I listened to it nonstop for a few weeks to avoid total humiliation.
  8. Not The Same, Ben Folds. I saw him play live in the Dome up at school, and it was a really mind-blowing show. I hadn’t heard this song before, and I wish I had that live performance recorded, because the recorded one doesn’t really do it justice. But I thought about this song nonstop for a few days after that show.
  9. This Year, The Mountain Goats. I think I was feeling down for a days at some point, and listened to this song a lot, and made it a melodramatic status update.
  10. Living Room, Tegan and Sara. There’s something really powerful and cute in this song (like all their songs). I like those little raspy voice parts.
  11. Waterloo Sunset, The Kinks. Ok, when I was in London, I went to Waterloo Station a few times a week on my way to work, and I would unconsciously start singing this song every time I saw the sign. By the end of the 6-week trip, all my friends knew the song by heart, and I had basically played it out.
  12. Just Dance, Lady GaGa. I am in love with GaGa, despite my better judgment. But part of the reason she’s so important is because of all the dancing me and Suzie did in London at the clubs. GaGa was like, the focal point of that trip. And seeing Suzie dance to this song was so excellent, and made me smile a lot.
  13. Us, Regina Spektor. I saw [500] Days of Summer twice, and played the soundtrack out. But this song pretty much makes me cry. I downloaded all her other music too, after seeing that movie. I was mad at myself for not doing it sooner.
  14. Diva, Beyonce. I’m usually against duplicating artists in this mix, but Beyonce ruled this year. I saw this performed live on Tv when I was in Bing visiting Gabby, and it freaked me out, how much I was entranced by it. I thought about Beyonce nonstop for a few weeks, and how fucking awesome she is.
  15. Please Don’t Leave Me, P!nk. Me and Gabby joked around to this song while painting my awesome room awesome yellow. This song really kinda bothers me a lot, but we had a good time with it.
  16. I Gotta Feeling, Black Eyed Peas. A lot of these songs toward the end are pop songs – actually, this year in general had more pop in it than other years. But just the first measure of this song makes me feel really good. Even though it’s sort of a dumb song. L’Chiam!
  17. Party In The USA, Miley Cyrus. This is the most fun song ever.
  18. Forever, Chris Brown. The JK Wedding and the Office wedding made this song way more meaningful that it would’ve been if I had known it was Chris Brown when I fell in love with it. Those weddings are both so amazing.
  19. Kids, MGMT. Erica played this song a lot in the dorm last year, and now it really caught on and I hear it all the time, in commercials and whatnot. I find the video really scary, but this song is in my head a lot.
  20. Lisztomania, Phoenix. I added this at the last minute, and I’m still not sure it fits. But it sure has been appearing in a lot of places recently.

Honorable mention: Battlefield, Jordin Sparks


OK, so.
January 12, 2009, 5:35 am
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I’m almost offocially a dual major in Advertising and Women’s and Gender Studies, in the Newhouse School and the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University.

Now, for anyone who has heard of the Newhouse School, it’s supposed to be a big deal, right? S.I. Newhouse owns Advance Publications – Conde Nast. I didn’t know this going in (at all!) but it’s been called the Harvard of Communication Schools. Now, I applied to this school because, vaguely knowing of this reputation, I assumed a credible media school would be…skeptical of the media, like I tend to be. But Newhouse isn’t. At least not yet, after 3 semesters. I need that skepticism and maybe some cynicism, as a feminist. I feel like when I look at advertising, all I see is sexism.

I don’t have a positive outlook on the ad world. When I flip through magazines, I don’t see the clever taglines or breathtaking art direction as quickly as I notice the skewed gender roles or underlying messages about sex or homophobia or capitalism. So I picked up the Women’s Studies dual major.

And I read blogs every day. My Google Reader has 26 subscptions, some Feminist and some ad-oriented (and some comics and political blogs). There is some crossover in these two categories, but not nearly enough. Feministing and AdRants hit a fewquestionable advertisements that interest me, mixed in with a ton of other stuff (really worthwhile stuff).

All of this brings me to the point! That I want to blog about sexist images and ads. Current ones, with maybe some ridiculous older stuff along the way. I’m going to try to flip through more magazines and I’m going to scan in stuff that I see from the NYtimes or other papers I come across (Daily Orange, perhaps?). I think I’m going to start off with just images, and eventually add my own thoughts. Play it out in the comments until then. Phew! OK, here we go, enjoy it.

December 24, 2008, 10:22 pm
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And here we go.

Been thinking about a lot of things, this makes a little bit of sense. Gonna blog!

End of the year means many things, but most importantly! The Year In Music. The songs that got me in 2008.

Add me to your feminist blogrolls, your advertising blogrolls, your Google Readers and RSS feeds. Soon, a blog about me and my life, and then onto bigger and better things.