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Best Of 2009: Music

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I did this last year and I got all motivated to do it again this year but then I got bored making a list and lost all my momentum. List making is god damned hard. You have to think… and like, remember stuff… and try to sound smart… shit.

In no particular order:

Animal Collective. These guys finally quit dicking around and put out an album that you can just put on an sit down and enjoy instead of having to work so hard not to hate every 4th song. To put it more politely, these guys finally showed their maturity as truly great musicians with an album that looks like they are having a whole lot of fun playing music.

St. Vencent. Aside from being pretty damn attractive and always coming off as a genuinely happy person (the later being a prerequisite for being a part of The Polyphonic Spree?), her music is coming into its own with this full length album. She’s going to stop being compared to other artists and will soon have people saying that newcomers have that St Vincent sound.

Andrew Bird. Anyone less charming and talented could probably come off as a real prick making music as challenging as Bird. I haven’t listened to this year’s album as much as previous ones but I got the same feeling of enjoyment out of knowing that I am just too dumb to really appreciate the music to its full capacity. But I’m okay with that. I just like hearing it and with Andrew Bird, that’s more than enough. I you watch one video from this post, make it this one (even though, fuck you pitchfork tv, half of the close ups are straight into a glaring backlight). Plus I just love that he performs in stripey socks.

Metric. I’ll enjoy anything Emily Haynes does. She could put out an album of Sheryl Crow covers and I’d buy that. Actually that’s not a half bad idea…

Phoenix. This being on here is pretty fucking redundant. It is the most universally acclaimed album of the year. It just goes without saying. But you know what, they put out an album that was pop formulaic and easily accessible and really damn good. The fact that I listened to it for the first time and felt like the album had not only been a favorite for my entire lifetime but a staple in the cultural lexicon is quite a feat. For once, the radio, the critics, and the fans can all agree, this shit is good.

Wilco. Combine Wilco with Feist and then punch yourself right in the pants to make sure you’re not dreaming. Jeff Tweedy is not who I would call a particularly good looking dood. Maybe goofy even. But who cares when you craft beautiful album after beautiful album out of the ether on your way to becoming one of the best living songwriters. Oh and Feist, aside from having a perfect voice, you’re clearly the pretty one in the video. Or any video for that matter.

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. Aside from taking the title for most emo sounding band name that I’ll ever listen to, they also put out a just plain good first album this year. They are great people too. I got to meet them at a show in Colorado and they were pretty swell folks. One pretended to be a dinosaur for a photo of mine. Anyways, mix some of that new wave revival stuff in with some surf rock drums and you got yourself some fun music.

Lucero. I was skeptical as hell when the Overton sampler came out. But dammit, how can I ever hate anything these guys do? So what if it’s got horns and crap in it. They are trying new things. It’s not like their entire catalog has to be about hating yourself and drinking your shit into oblivion. Though that brand of the band is still my favorite stuff. Whatever, I’m just happy these guys are making it work and having some fun and are happy.I don’t know what the hell is up with this video but it’s got my favorite song off the new album going on so whatever (big surprise, the one about heartbreak and feeling like shit).

Neko Case. I forgot this came out this year. Neko Case is another amazing woman who can do no wrong in my books. Hell, she could put out an album of the same Sheryl Crow covers as Emily Haynes and I’d buy that too. Also not a half bad idea. Listen to those words and listen to that booming voice. Jeebus, she’s good.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. So maybe they were a couple years late to the electro-pop dancey sound but they did it right at least and better late than never. That and they played one of the best performances that I have ever seen this year at Monolith, completely redeeming them from the abysmal crap-show that happened at the Fillmore a few years earlier.

Camera Obscura. I will probably always like this band. They are so darn humble and adorable and make such swell tunes. This video is one of the only music videos that I can think of that has taken me back to what it felt like to be a kid watching MTV (back when they had music on their channel) and watching the same video all summer in the early to mid 90’s. That ending look is so bitter that I had to rewatch the entire video and rethink my perceptions of the song.

Matt and Kim. They have moved beyond that novelty of “Hey, I’m Matt and this is Kim and we’re playing songs!!!” and have made an album that’s somehow more infectious, modifying their model to be “Hey, I’m Matt and this is Kim and we’re having so much fun that you can’t help but join!!!” and I think that’s a pretty cool next step for the band.

Okay. That’s all the good music there ever was this year, just keeeding. But really if, you think otherwise, I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions for what I missed out on all year.

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Written by photokevo

December 31, 2009 at 3:58 am

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  1. Grizzly Bear- Veckatimest

    cshewmake7

    December 31, 2009 at 8:31 am

  2. They are actually on my list of stuff to cover in the “I don’t get it” category around here. I’ve tried and tried. I just don’t see what the hype is about with them. Let’s sit down and give that a listen some day. I’d be into getting your perspective on them.

    photokevo

    December 31, 2009 at 5:30 pm


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