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Old 04-29-2009, 01:41 PM   #1
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Favorite songs of 2009

We're a quarter of the way through 2009, what have been your favorite tracks released so far this year? Feel free to provide thoughts, streams, legal downloads, or video. Or you can feel free to say no good music has been released in 2009 and get punched right in the throat by me. Which ever you prefer.
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:45 PM   #2
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Throat punching

So far my 2009 listening has been pretty slim but:

-House Of Mirrors by Doves
-Magpie To The Morning by Neko Case
-Magnificent by U2

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Old 04-29-2009, 01:50 PM   #3
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The correct answer for best song
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:51 PM   #4
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My Girls - Animal Collective
Breathe - U2
Zero - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:54 PM   #5
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Yeah, "Zero" probably goes too. As do "Soft Shock," "Skeletons," and "Little Shadow." It's Blitz! might be knocking Merriweather Post Pavilion off its pedestal. Only time will tell.

But MPP has "Bluish." Hmm...
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs - ZERO, Hysteric, Soft Shock
The Decemberists - The Wanting Comes In Waves/Repaid, The Rake's Song
Lily Allen - The Fear
Boss Springsteen - Tomorrow Never Knows, Last Carnival
Taylor Swift - Crazier
Shuttlecock - Moment of Service

I'm forgetting some stuff. And I'll post YouTubes later. But a baseball game is about to start. Great thread, Scumbo. Love is in the air.
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:01 PM   #7
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In no particular order:

1. Akron/Family - "Everyone is Guilty"
It's now been released as a single, and their new album, Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free comes out on May 5th. Fantastic song that goes from Sly and the Family Stone to classic rock riffs and back again without missing a beat.
Lala - Where music plays

2. Dirty Projectors - "Stillness is the Move"
Awesome, just awesome.

Here's the Pitchfork review of the track: "The first single from the forthcoming Bitte Orca is also the first Dirty Projectors song that actually sounds like a single. I know what you're thinking: Another blowhard straining his powers of pretension to compare experimental rock bands to random bursts of commercial radio. What I'll say is that Dave Longstreth, the band's guitarist, vocalist, and primary songwriter, is a very talented musician whose creative restlessness has made most of his albums fascinating but difficult to listen to. Here, though, there's much-needed breathing room. His and Amber Coffman's fractal guitar blasts are streamlined into a tidy West African–style blues loop; the backbeat is sturdy and midtempo (i.e., you can dance-- even grind [really]-- to it); and Amber and bassist Angel Deradoorian's vocals flutter with the weird verve of a robotic Mariah Carey (herself not convincingly human to begin with). All this and a massive, melodic chorus! One you can sing along with!

But the biggest revelation here is the lyric. After years of inscrutable, self-effacing narratives, Dirty Projectors recorded a love song-- about, to my ears, the scary, mature realization that "settling down" doesn't mean you stop growing. I mention it in part because it moves me, and in part because it's a compact metaphor for both song and album: a band realizing that slowing their role doesn't mean giving up-- and might even mean making leaps they couldn't have made before."
Lala - Where music plays

3. P.O.S. - "Optimist (We Are Not For Them)"
Minneapolis-native P.O.S. mixes punk rock and rap (in a good way). This is from Never Better.
YouTube - P.O.S - Optimist (HD Version)

4. Animal Collective - "My Girls," "Bluish," and "Summertime Clothes"
MPP is just too damn good to pick one.


I'm sure I'll be back with more later...
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U2 - Breathe
Doves - Winter Hill
Super Furry Animals - Cardiff In The Sun
P.O.S. - Optimist (We Are Not For Them)
Animal Collective - My Girls
Bob Dylan - If You Ever Go To Houston
Franz Ferdinand - Lucid Dreams
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Soft Shock
Metric - Collect Call
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U2 - Magnificent

Morrissey's I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris and Something Is Squeezing My Skull - even though both were written and first performed live way back early to mid last year...but both released on the brilliant Years Of Refusal....
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No idea how I forgot this one earlier...

Wavves - "So Bored"
Hummable distorted surf-punk...probably the best way I'll be able to describe it.
YouTube - Wavves - So Bored
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Yeah, "Zero" probably goes too. As do "Soft Shock," "Skeletons," and "Little Shadow." It's Blitz! might be knocking Merriweather Post Pavilion off its pedestal. Only time will tell.
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs - ZERO, Hysteric, Soft Shock
Yeah, I could easily list five songs off that album, but my favorite at this point has got to be Skeletons, followed by Dragon Queen.

Not a big singles guy, so I only know stuff off the albums I have.

Shuttlecock, Moment of Service
Shuttlecock, No Net on the Horizon
Shuttlecock, Unknown Partner
Phoenix, Lisztomania
Phoenix, Love is Like a Sunset
Phoenix, 1901
Bob Dylan, I Feel A Change Comin' On
Depeche Mode, Wrong
Prince, Ol' Skool Company

Something from the new Super Furries album, though I don't know it well enough yet.
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I'll throw this one out there as well:

YouTube - Dan Deacon - Snookered (new album Bromst drops March 24th)

Definitely a highlight from Bromst.
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Old 04-29-2009, 10:33 PM   #13
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Just off the top of my head so far:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Hysteric
U2 - Unknown Caller
Bruce Springsteen - Life Itself
Bell X1 - The Great Defector.

That's all for now, but that's mostly because I haven't really listened to a lot of albums from this year multiple times yet.
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U2 - NLOTH, Breathe, White as Snow, F-BB etc...
Harlem Shakes - Strictly Game, Nothing But Change Part II
Phoenix - Love Like a Sunset, 1901, Lisztomania
Franz Ferdinand - Ulysses, Lucid Dreams
Animal Collective - Bluish, Summertime Clothes

They're the songs from the albums I've really digested. I've got some more to go so that list will grow, no question. But they're standouts so far.
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Old 04-29-2009, 10:35 PM   #15
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A few more of my favorites from the Dark Was the Night comp:

The National - "So Far Around the Bend"
YouTube - The National - So Far Around The Bend

Yeasayer - "Tightrope"
YouTube - Yeasayer - Tightrope

Dirty Projectors and David Byrne - "Knotty Pine"
YouTube - Dirty Projectors David Byrne - Knotty Pine - (1 of 31)
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