30 Dic 2009, 5:37

I've decided to just stick to a list of top songs this year, rather than attempt a best albums list, as there are easily more albums I wish I could have listened to than the ones I've heard. Each artist will only appear once, with the exception of Justin Vernon, who managed to sneak in there a good five times. I didn't spend too much time on this, so don't get cranky with me.

100. "1999" by Suburban Kids with Biblical Names
99. "Genesis 3:23" by The Mountain Goats
98. "Last Dance" by The Raveonettes
97. "Neat Parts" by Fucked Up
96. "Settle On Your Skin" by Swan Lake
95. "She's Dead To Me" by The Von Bondies
94. "Am I Normal?" by Art Brut
93. "La Llorna" by Beirut
92. "All This Will Pass" by Youth Group
91. "You Can Have What You Want" by Papercuts
90. "Mermaid Struggle" by Beep Beep
89. "Don't Lie" by Abe Vigoda
88. "Houses" by Great Northern
87. "Never Had Nobody Like You" by M. Ward
86. "I Want Some More" by Dan Auerbach
85. "All Is Love" by Karen O. And The Kids
84. "Give Blood" by Rain Machine
83. "Out On The Water" by Suckers
82. "It's a Living" by Sebastien Grainger
81. "Cool Jumper" by Wavves
80. "Take On Me" by A.C. Newman
79. "Waiting For a War" by The Submarines
78. "I Can See the Future" by Iran
77. "Evacuate" by The Boxer Rebellion
76. "Help I'm Alive" by Metric
75. "Island, IS" by Volcano Choir
74. "Hellhole Ratrace" by Girls
73. "New Mexico" by The Cinematics
72. "When The Road Runs Out" by Blonde Redhead & Devastations
71. "Roslyn" by Bon Iver & St. Vincent
70. "You're a Target" by No Age
69. "Harold T. Wilkins Or How To Wait For A Very Long Time" by Fanfarlo
68. "Skin and Bones" by Flashy Python
67. "November Was White, December Was Grey" by Say Hi
66. "Little Things" by Ladyfinger (ne)
65. "Postcards" by An Horse
64. "Marrow" by St. Vincent
63. "Confidants" by Damien
62. "Animal" by Miike Snow
61. "Big Red Machine" by Justin Vernon & Aaron Dessner
60. "Remember Severed Head" by Clues
59. "Dominos" by The Big Pink
58. "Twin of Myself" by Black Moth Super Rainbow
57. "Dull Life" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
56. "Lua" by Conor Oberst & Gillian Welch
55. "Build Voice" by Dan Deacon
54. "Dorchester Hotel" by The Sounds
53. "Blood Pt. 2" by Buck 65
52. "Two Medicines" by The Dodos
51. "Microphone" by Coconut Records
50. "With a Girl Like You" by Dave Sitek
49. "Fangela" by Here We Go Magic
48. "The Rake's Song" by The Decemberists
47. "Growing Old Is Growing Old" by Silversun Pickups
46. "Glass" by Julian Casablancas
45. "Parallelogram" by Deastro
44. "New Life" by O+S
43. "Pat" by Built to Spill
42. "Blood Bank" by Bon Iver
41. "Circulation" by Deerhunter
40. "One Rose" by Why?
39. "Wind Phoenix" by Cymbals Eat Guitars
38. "No Man Is An Archipelago" by British Sea Power
37. "Magic Show" by Electric Owls
36. "Gold and Warm" by Bad Veins
35. "Freak Out" by stellastarr*
34. "Hearing Damage" by Thom Yorke
33. "Vapours" by Islands
32. "Wish" by Paper Route
31. "Stillness Is The Move" by Dirty Projectors
30. "Lottery Dust" by Drummer
29. "Deadbeat" by A Place to Bury Strangers
28. "Unwind" by Julian Plenti
27. "Middle Cyclone" by Neko Case
26. "River" by Akron/Family
25. "Pulling On A Line" by Great Lake Swimmers
24. "Gentle Hours" by Yo La Tengo
23. "Statues" by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
22. "Radio Kaliningrad" by Handsome Furs
21. "Back From Exile" by Nickel Eye
20. "The Giant of Illinois" by Andrew Bird
19. "My Maudelin Career" by Camera Obscura
18. "So Far Around The Bend" by The National
17. "Davy Crockett" by South Ambulance
16. "1901" by Phoenix
15. "The Whale Song" by Modest Mouse
14. "Slow Life" by Grizzly Bear (with Victoria Legrand)
13. "Idiot Heart" by Sunset Rubdown
12. "Percussion Gun" by White Rabbits
11. "Two Weeks" by Grizzly Bear
10. "Blue Skies" by Noah and the Whale
9. "Wicked Blood" by Sea Wolf
8. "Fear And Loathing In Mahwah, NJ" by Titus Andronicus
7. "You Are The Blood" by Sufjan Stevens
6. "People Say" by Portugal. The Man
5. "Let Me Up" by Cursive
4. "How We Fade" by The Thermals
3. "Brother Sport" by Animal Collective
2. "Kettering" by The Antlers
1. "Isis Unveiled" by ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

Also, 2009 was a great year for side projects, solo careers, supergroups, bands risen from the ashes of breakups, what have you. Below is a quick list of my favorites:

Solo Careers:
A.C. Newman (The New Pornographers) - Get Guilty
Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) - Outer South
Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) - Keep It Hid
Jason Lytle (Grandaddy) - Yours Truly, The Commuter
Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) - Phrazes For The Young
Neko Case (The New Pornographers) - Middle Cyclone
Sebastien Grainger (Death From Above 1979) - Who Do We Care For/It's A Living Single

Side Projects:
Atlas Sound (Bradford Cox, Deerhunter) - Logos, Rough Trade EP
Blakroc (The Black Keys, various artists) - Blakroc
Destroyer (Dan Bejar, The New Pornographers) - Bay of Pigs
Drummer (Patrick Carney, The Black Keys) - Feel Good Together
Electric Owls (Andy Herod, The Comas) - Ain't Too Bright
God Help the Girl (Stuart Murdoch, Belle & Sebastian) - God Help The Girl
Handsome Furs (Dan Boeckner, Wolf Parade) - Face Control
Iran (Kyp Malone, TV on the Radio) - Dissolver
Julian Plenti (Paul Banks, Interpol) - Julian Plenti Is... Skyscraper
Karen O. And The Kids (Karen O., Yeah Yeah Yeahs) - Where The Wild Things Are OMPST
Midnight Masses (Jason Reece, ...AYWKUBTTOD) - Rapture Ready, I Gazed At The Body
Nickel Eye (Nikolai Fraiture, The Strokes) - Time of the Assassins
O+S (Orenda Fink, Azure Ray) - O+S
Rain Machine (Kyp Malone, TV on the Radio) - Rain Machine
Sin Fang Bous (Sindri Már Sigfússon, Seabear) - Clangour
Sunset Rubdown (Spencer Krug, Wolf Parade) - Dragonslayer
Volcano Choir (Justin Vernon, Bon Iver) - Unmap

Clues (new project of Alden Penner, The Unicorns) - Clues
Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse (compilation with various artists) - Dark Night of the Soul
Flashy Python (supergroup consisting of Alec Ounsworth, Clap Your hands Say Yeah, and members of The Walkmen, Dr. Dog, and Man Man) - Flashy Python
Islands (current project of Nick Thorburn, The Unicorns) - Vapours
Monsters of Folk (supergroup consisting of Conor Oberst and Mike Mogwis of Bright Eyes, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and M. Ward) - Monsters of Folk
Realpeople (early project of Zach Condon, Beirut) - March of the Zapotec & Realpeople: Holland EP
Swan Lake (supergroup consisting of Carey Mercer of Frog Eyes, Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade, and Dan Bejar of The New Pornographers) - Enemy Mine

I guess it couldn't hurt to do a quick top 10 albums list:

10. Absence by Paper Route
9. Dragonslayer by Sunset Rubdown
8. Now We Can See by The Thermals
7. The First Days of Spring by Noah and the Whale
6. The Satanic Satanist by Portugal. The Man
5. Merriweather Post Pavillion by Animal Collective
4. The Century of Self by ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
3. Face Control by Handsome Furs
2. Dark Was The Night by Various Artists
1. Hospice by The Antlers

And finally, here are a few end-of-the-year awards that needed to be dealt:

Worst Cover Song:
Michael McDonald -- "While You Wait For The Others" (originally by Grizzly Bear)

Best Soundtrack For A Bad Movie:
The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Worst Name For A New Genre:
(tie) Chillwave and Freak Folk

Best Les Savy Fav impersonators:
Fucked Up

Most Obnoxiously Quoted "Indie" Song In A Facebook Status Update:
Matt & Kim -- "Daylight"

Biggest Letdown:
Silversun Pickups -- Swoon

Best Guitar Solo:
Modest Mouse -- "The Whale Song"

Best Band Named After An NBA Team:
the Boston Celtics

Most Underrated Band:
South Ambulance


  • SwitchTheMunky

    Nice lists, love your sub categories. It looks like you might of missed out on Bike For Three last year, it was a collab between Buck 65 and Greetings from Tuskan. It topped off my Top 10 for 2009.

    12 Ene 2010, 16:38
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