2008 Year in Review: Music

Tegan and Sara released the single "Call it Off,"
the third from their 2007 album The Con,
and alongside their consistent touring and involvement on several projects
outside of the band have made them household names.

Tegan recorded a song for the audio book version of Augusten
Burrough’s New York Times best seller, A
Wolf at the Table.

Together, the twins penned essays for AOL’s music site,
Spinner.com, kept up their own blogs and released the iTunes exclusive Live Session EP: Tegan and Sara. They
also contributed a track to Friends of P
– Tribute to The Rentals
in March 2008 and said they were working together
on writing the songs for their new album, which Tegan told AfterEllen.com would
be very different from the rest of their repertoire.

"Sara’s definitely writing some really good stuff,
definitely writing about a lot of different themes, writing about our childhood
and not necessarily about love and relationships, which is cool," Tegan
said. "I mean, we don’t think too much about it. We never ever sit down
and think about it and focus too much on what the plan is. Sara tried to do
that with me the other day about stuff that she potentially wants to take one
step further than we did on The Con,
with a completely different band and completely different producers. So we’ll

Tegan & Sara

Photo credit: Autumn de Wilde

Lesbian musician Kaki King released Dreaming of Revenge in 2008, the follow-up to her successful 2006
CD, Until We Felt Red. She also
released a collaboration with indie band The Mountain Goats called Black Pear Tree and contributed a cover
of Justin Timberlake’s "I Think She Knows" to the compilation, Guilt by Association: Volume 2, which
releases in Feb. 2009.

Also in 2009, she’ll be working on the scoring for a
documentary film on homosexuality and the church called Fish Out of Water.

Bisexual frontwoman of the Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer,
embarked on a tour in support of her solo debut, Who Killed Amanda Palmer? She announced that her band would be on
hiatus, temporarily, but fans were happy enough with her work on her own that
they didn’t seem to mind.

Who Killed Amanda
featured collaborations with Ben Folds, St. Vincent and Zoë Keating
of Rasputina, receiving very favorable reviews.

The release of the video for "Leeds UNITED"
sparked controversy when Amanda wrote on her blog that the record label,
Roadrunner Records, wanted to re-shoot scenes in which she bared her belly.
Fans were outraged, and protested the label with shots of their own stomachs,
calling it "The reBELLYon."

Palmer, who refused to re shoot the video in the first
place, wrote about the request: "do you have any idea who i am, what band
i’ve been in, what kind of music i write, who my fans are…who didn’t send you
the memo that i’m not britney spears? i’m not TRYING to look hungry. i’m trying
to look HOT. there’s a difference."

In return, the label utilized the protest as a marketing
tool and selling-point for the album. It peaked at 77 on the Billboard 200
after being released in September.

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