Saturday, January 2, 2010

25 songs I obsessed over in 2009

Hello 2010! I see great things on the horizon. Maybe I'll become the next William Faulkner. Maybe I'll find true love with a hipster that understands the importance of playing authentic music during love making, and none of that Phoenix stuff cause I cant keep that beat. Or maybe Arcade Fire will release a new album and it will bring peace to the world, or solve world hunger, or something like that. Anyways, so if you probably know, I haven't been posting on a regular basis lately, but I hope to make up for it with a ton of mp3's to download. I really mean a ton of downloads, tomorrow I'll be releasing my top 25 albums of 2009 so there will be alot of mp3's there too. So, here is my list of my most obsessed songs for the year of 2009. Some of these songs obviously didn't come out this year so its not a best songs of the year list. Is that cool with you?

  1. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros- Home
    This song really took my breath away the first time I heard it. There is nothing as organic and beautiful as the interlude when Alex and Jade are just talking to each other, and when played live it only gets better.(Even though Jade was sick and could barely sing when I saw them, it still was magical)
  2. The Antlers- Bear
    As you already know Hospice is almost perfect. Every song is flawless, but "Bear" was the one song off this album that I could not stop playing. The lyrics are what set it apart for me. Though I didn't get a random girl pregnant, I did turn twenty one around the time this album came out, so that's cool I guess. And if I did knock somebody up I would have been fine with making my offspring a cave and finding food for him/her to eat, all the while I know we're fucked and not getting unfucked soon.
  3. The Tallest Man on Earth- The Gardener
    Can you escape the power of these vocals? The Tallest Man on Earth is rapidly becoming my favorite folk singer of all time. He has so much passion that its almost intimidating when seen live. When I saw him at Exit/In he just stared every single person in the crowd down; and when his eyes met your eyes it was like your soul was being possesed by a folk god.
  4. Bows And Arrows- I Spent My Nights Awake
    A local band that I'm love with, and this song was constantly playing on my ipod it seems. The breakdown near the end of this song continues to make me dance uncontrollably, even though I've listen to it over a thousand times.
  5. Animal Collective- What Would I Want Sky
    We all know Animal Collective is amazing, but when they sample a Grateful Dead song then you start to realize the genius behind these guys. You gotta respect Animal Collective.
  6. Bob Dylan- Moonshiner
    This song is very special to me. Why? Well the first time I heard this song was at the Tallest Man on Earth show. Needless to say it was a great cover, but a couple of months later me and some friends did our own cover of "Moonshiner". It involved a bachelor party with 30 guys in a huge cabin in Gaitlinberg, 2 bathtubs full of alcohol, a pair of acoustic guitars, and a crowd of old, grey moustached bikers. I wish someone would have recorded our version, cause it was kick ass my friends.
  7. Harlem Shakes- Strictly Game
    "Make a little money, take a lot of shit
    Feel real bad, then get over it
    This will be a better year" The most amazing lyrics. If your down, then this will cheer you up.
  8. Warren Zevon- My Shits Fucked Up
    I'm always afraid to go to the doctor when I listen to this song, cause the doctor will probably say my shits fucked up. Apparently Zevon felt the same way, except he had a phobia of doctors which can be a bad thing. Especially if you have cancer and refuse treatment which will lead to an unfortunate death. Zevon, another great singer/songwriter who has left us to soon.
  9. Tallest Trees- Alouette!
    Another awesome local band that I've fell in love with. Somewhat psychedelic somewhat experimental, somewhat amazing. That should be enough description for this very loved band and track.
  10. Xaphoon Jones- I Wanna Know Now
    Xaphoon Jones knew what he was doing when he mixed Marley and MGMT. Anything Bob Marley attracts my attention and just about everyone else in the world. This is a good ass song, dont take my word for it though.
  11. The xx- Crystalised
  12. Justin Vernon- Ring Out
  13. Passion Pit- Sleepyhead
  14. The Dodos- Men
  15. Cymbals Eat Guitars- And The Hazy Sea
  16. Magnolia Electric Co.- Josephine
  17. The Hood Internet- Two Weeks of Hip Hop (Dead Prez vs Grizzly Bear)
  18. Grizzly Bear- Two Weeks
  19. Carissa's Wierd- Ignorant Piece of Shit
  20. Michael Ford Jr. & The Apache Relay- Why'd You Go?
  21. Bill Callahan- Eid Ma Clack Shaw
  22. City and Color- Against The Grain
  23. Nico- These Days
  24. Plants and Animals- Feedback in The Field
  25. The Beatles- Yesterday
I hope you enjoyed this little list of songs I really digged in 2009. I know I did. Hit me up and let me know what you really got into last year. I appreciate your thoughts too, ya know?

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  1. I think this was a really, really great post. I'd definitely like to see more like it. I suppose the reason I like it is because of the personal aspect you add to some of the songs you obsessed over. Great songs to obsess over really. No love for Ara Batur though? Eh well.

  2. The Tallest Man on Earth is amazing. Shallow Grave is one of the greatest albums I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.

  3. I absolutely loved Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros as well. I got it from a free download album and am lucky I did. I listened to it while reading To Kill A Mockingbird, and while there's no real connection the song fit perfectly.

  4. Man, I thought I was alone on Home. I randomly stumbled upon it and obsessively listened to it, thinking it was way too cheesy for anybody else to enjoy. I love that track and having company on that opinion. Play on!

    Keep doing what you're doing with this blog entry. It's a great list of songs with an actual human being behind it, rather than one collectively agreed upon. Excuse me, but I have to go jig to Bows and Arrows now. Happy new year.

  5. Nice list...I've been obsessed with the Bows and Arrows song since I heard it the first time on that mix that Nashville Cream put together for download on or whatever.