Archive for December, 2009

Of The Year – 2009

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

I’ve always wanted to “officially” track a best of the year music list, and figured here would be the most appropriate place to do it.

1. Sad Man Happy Man — Mike Doughty

I had huge expectations going in after an interview said this would sound like Skittish & Rockity Roll, and Doughty delivered in spades. My sister calls it “Soul Coughing Unplugged” which is a decent description. Just Doughty doing what he does best and knocking it out of the park.

2. Dark Night of The Soul — Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse

The Wilco-esque tale of an album that nearly wasn’t might give this bonus points, but regardless it’s a masterpiece. Still a little odd when I get caught singing the song with my own name in it though…

3. Far — Regina Spektor

I’ve always kinda liked Regina, but now I love her. Heck of a live performance too.

4. Monsters of Folk — Monsters of Folk

Supergroups are tough. Always the best intentions, but hard to pull off. This one is greater than the sum of its parts. I especially loved the unexpected electronic feel to the lead track, defying expectations from the start and inviting a closer listen.

5. Up From Below — Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

A fun, whimsical, magical mystery ride. Much respect for an album that name-drops a Beatles song while really deserving it as a descriptor.

$14.50 – $1.45 = $13.05 in December

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Lulu.com is running a holiday promotion.  Use coupon code HUMBUG at checkout to get 10% off your order on anything, including the Timely Persuasion paperback.  Valid through December 30th.

Not only do you get to go back in time, but you can also go back in price!

(Yup.  That was a terrible joke.  But I liked it…)

Bonus fun fact:  I didn’t make up the coupon code, but it’s interesting that it quotes Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol, considered by some to be the first published time travel story in 1843.  This classic gets a minor nod in Chapter 9 of TP, one of many hat tips to other time travel tales.