Sunday, January 10, 2010

BEST SONGS OF 2009: 125-101

100 songs just wasn't enough.  Essentially, the 25 songs listed below are the spill-over resulting from my indecisiveness.  The TOP 100 songs of 2009 are coming, but until then, we offer a small sampling of some tracks that just missed the year-end cut.

(Click Below for Songs 125-101 of The Best Songs of 2009:)

125- Patrick Watson - Big Bird in a Small Cage
Though his new album Wooden Arms is a far cry from his previous release Close to Paradise, or his work with The Cinematic Orchestra, I can never get enough of Patrick Watson's voice.

124- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Young Adult Friction
Over all, I find the release a wee-bit boring.  'Young Adult Friction' stands out... sort of.

123- Bat for Lashes - Daniel
I'm not sure I feel as strongly as most about this band.  But they do make some dramatic, atmospheric synth-pop.

122- Chris Garneau - Dirty Night Clowns
What if Sufjan Stevens had been raised by circus dwarves?

121- Blockhead - It's Raining Clouds
Hip-hop producer Tony Simon gave us some solid, instrumental hip-hop on his 2009 album The Music Scene.

120- Miike Snow - Black & Blue
Swedish electro-pop never sounded so good (Expect more from these guys in the top 100).

119- Dirty Projectors - Two Doves
Another fantastic, beautifully off-kilter track from the Dirty Projectors magnificent Bitte Orca.

118- The Atlas Sound - Walkabout (feat. Noah Lennox)
Solo project of Bradord Cox, lead-singer of Deerhunter, has a wonderful experimental take on ambient-rock.

117- Givers - Up, Up, Up
There's no denying that this little EP gave us one of the happiest songs of 2009.

116- Basement Jaxx - Raindrops
A fun, summer hit made fresh from a combination of worldly beats.

115- The Books - Cello Song (feat. Jose Gonzalez)
From the indie-compilation Dark Was the Night, which has many (many, many, many...) other deserving songs.

114- Our Book & The Authors - The Fire
Most underrated release of 2009 is from these guys.  'The Fire' is just one of their many gems.

113- Discovery - Osaka Loop Line
What do you get when you cross Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot members?

112- Silversun Pickups - Growing is Getting Old
While Swoon didn't quite live up to the bands debut.  This track stands out as one of their best.

111- Bill Callahan - All Thoughts Are Prey to Some Beast
Callahan's deep baritones and lo-fi style are intentionally lacking in emotion.
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110- Julian Casablancas - 11th Dimension
The 80's-inspired, first single from the lead-singer of The Strokes' solo album.

109- Islands - No You Don't
Michael Cera recently lent his appeal to the band's video.

108- Wale - TV in the Radio
Break-out year for the DC hip-hop artist.  Here, he gets help from TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek in the collab... hence the title.

107- LCD Soundsystem - Bye Bye Bayou
Better things are behind, and better things are ahead for James Murphy.  But this single-release was still good enough.

106- Wild Beasts - This is Our Lot
The ambient, indie-rock quartet from England's sound is defined by singer Hayden Thorpe's countertenor voice.

105- David Gray - Transformation
Proof of another solid release from Mr. Gray in 2009.

104- Phoenix - Fences
This won't be last you see of Phoenix on this list.

103- Gossip - Dime Store Diamond
Best described as Dance-Punk, Gossip's Music For Men is fueled by confidence and a fearless attitude.

102- Major Lazer - Keep it Going Louder
The best club anthem of 2009 that hardly got any play.  Also, creepiest music video of the year.

101- Freelance Whales - Starring
If The Postal Service were an indie-folk collective from Brooklyn.

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