December 31st, 2009

My Top 10 Albums of 2009

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

No. 10
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
(Slumberland)
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No. 09
Raekwon
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II
(Ice H2O/EMI)
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No. 08
The xx
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(Young Turks)
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December 24th, 2009

My Top 20 Tracks of 2009

Animal Collective - Brother Sport

No. 20
Animal Collective
“Brother Sport”
(Domino)

No. 19
Washed Out
“Feel It All Around”
(Mexican Summer)

No. 18
Peter Bjorn and John
“Nothing To Worry About”
(Almost Gold/Wichita)

December 21st, 2009

Hot Chip “Take It In”

hot-chip-pencil-drawing

UK electro-pop/rockers Hot Chip have a new album, One Life Stand, coming out this February.  Their second and third albums, 2006’s The Warning and last year’s Made in the Dark, are among my favorite dance albums ever made, and produced three of the finest singles of the decade, “Over and Over,” “Ready for the Floor,” [...]

December 18th, 2009

A Beginner’s Guide to Animal Collective

Animal Collective

The web has been inundated with Best of 2009 lists the last few weeks, and before that, we got previews of these lists from the placement of 2009’s music on Best of the Decade lists, which have been coming out steadily since October.  And now finally, over the next few weeks, the print editions of [...]