Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Best of 2009

I had all of these great plans for a big year end best of as well as a decade best of wrap up, which just has not come to fruition yet. The holidays proved to be much more taxing than I had predicted. However, it would be a shame to have been keeping these lists piled up all year/decade and not at least drop them some where.

So without much fanfare, here are my picks for the best of 2009 followed soon by my best of the 2000’s.

Instead of giving a lot of verbiage to these discs, I will just include some tracks and you can decide for yourself what you think:

1.) Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle

Rococo Zephyr

2.) The Postmarks – Memoirs at the End of the World

Thorn In Your Side

3.) Tortoise – Beacons of Ancestorship

Charteroak Foundation
Monument Six One Thousand

4.) The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You

6.) Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport

7.) Justin Townes Earle – Midnight at the Movies

Midnight at the Movies

Mama's Eyes

8.) BLK JKS - After Robots


9.) The Duke and The King - Nothing Gold Can Stay

10.) Pink Mountaintops - Outside Love

11.) Atlas Sound - Logos



12.) Lucero - 1372 Overton Park

Can't Feel a Thing
Darken My Door

13.) Pelican - What We All Come to Need

Strung Up From the Sky

14.) Yoko Ono & Plastic Band - Between My Head & the Sky

Waitin' On the D Train
Watching the Rain


15.) Discovery - LP

Orange Shirt
So Insane

15.) Passion Pit - Manners

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Happy Holidays!!

Is there anything that the world needs more right now than a holiday mixtape? Sure world peace, a cure for cancer and a muzzle for Lane Kiffin would be nice, but what about some holiday love from The Raveonettes, Yoko and Animal Collective? Either way, here is my littering of the interwebs with some choice tunes for the holiday season.

One thing to note as you dig into the mix: as a rule I hate Christmas music. That being said (nice Curb reference), I feel pretty good about the tunes here. They are not all actual Christmas tunes, some are just winter themed - and by winter themed I mean that they could easily end up on Alexa Ray Joel's iPod (too soon? - probably).

A couple of highlights to make sure you catch: Both of the Dylan tracks from his new Christmas disc are great. If you have ever wondered what the holidays would sound like channeled through tinsel, phlegm and a child's cowboy hat you are in luck. The unreleased Bob Marley take on White Christmas is also a nice touch, and asks the age old question,"can I make a bong from a snow globe?". I will have to put on my engineering hat and check that out for next year. Lastly, I included a track by The Duke and The Gent that is not festive in the least, but probably my favorite song of 2009. Consider that my present to you.


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