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Playlist: Best Songs of 2009

Running a little late on this one…  As a companion to my list of the top 20 best albums of 2009, I present a playlist featuring one of the best cuts off of each of those albums, re-sequenced for maximum enjoyment.

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Top 20 Albums of 2009

# Artist Album Label
1. Metric Fantasies Metric/Last Gang |Listen|Buy|
2. Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca Domino |Listen|Buy|
3. Handsome Furs Face Control Sub Pop |Listen|Buy|
4. Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career 4AD |Listen|Buy|
5. Joe Henry Blood From Stars Anti |Listen|Buy|
6. Why? Eskimo Snow Anticon |Listen|Buy|
7. Jason Lytle Yours Truly, The Commuter Anti |Listen|Buy|
8. Dinosaur Jr. Farm Jagjaguwar |Listen|Buy|
9. Andrew Bird Noble Beast Fat Possum |Listen|Buy|
10. Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle Drag City |Listen|Buy|
11. Doves Kingdom Of Rust EMI |Listen|Buy|
12. Built To Spill There Is No Enemy Warner Bros. |Listen|Buy|
13. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion Domino |Listen|Buy|
14. Antlers Hospice Frenchkiss |Listen|Buy|
15. Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Slumberland |Listen|Buy|
16. jj jj n° 2 Sincerely Yours |Listen|Buy|
17. Lou Barlow Goodnight Unknown Merge |Listen|Buy|
18. Sonic Youth The Eternal Matador |Listen|Buy|
19. Mountain Goats Life of The World To Come 4AD |Listen|Buy|
20. Yeah Yeah Yeahs It’s Blitz Interscope |Listen|Buy|

Honorable Mention:

The Gossip – Music For Men
Girls – Album
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse – Dark Night Of The Soul
Mos Def – The Ecstatic
Mountain Goats & John Vanderslice – Moon Colony Bloodbath
Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
tUnE-yArDs – BiRd-BrAiNs
Boat – Setting The Paces
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Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad


Our Band Could Be Your Life:  Scenes From the American Indie Underground 1981 -1991 by Michael Azerrad

Published in 2001, Michael Azerrad’s 3rd Rock book chronicles the early histories of 13 original American Indie rock/Hardcore bands.  Including the following:

Black Flag
The Minutemen
Mission of Burma
Minor Threat
Husker Du
The Replacements
Sonic Youth
Butthole Surfers
Big Black
Dinosaur Jr.
Mudhoney & Sub Pop Records
Beat Happening

Azerrad deftly puts together each of the bands histories, explaining their background, how they laid the ground work for today’s network of independent labels and venues, and explained how they influenced the world around them.   He makes careful note to qualify his decisions to cover only certain bands and out of those band to focus on their independent releases.  For example, he limits his coverage of The Replacements (one of my favorite bands) up to just after the release of Pleased To Meet Me.  One obvious omission from the book is R.E.M., having come into existence around the time the book is covering and being on independent label IRS.  Azerrad explains that he purposely did not include R.E.M. since they were one of the first Indie groups to sign to a major label and become hugely popular.  The title of the book is taken from a song by the Minutemen.

Check out some of my favorite tracks from the bands below.

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