Archive for December 2009
Okay, friends! We’re finally at the top of my list. (Sorry it was postponed for so long. Holiday festivities with the family have taken up time during the last few days.)
These songs are considered to be the Top 50 Songs of 2009 based on how much I played them on repeat or on sheer quality and credible musicianship.
I hope you enjoyed all the songs so far. I hope even more that you grabbed a few tracks you really loved and are playing them on repeat now. So without further ado, here are my top 10 songs of 2009!
Okay, second to last list for my Top 50 Songs of 2009! Hope you had time to listen to numbers 50 – 41, 40 – 31, and 30 – 21. There was good stuff in those installments but the great stuff is what’s up coming up in this post!
Think about it – we’re up to the top 20 now! Also, keep in mind that these are my favorite songs of 2009 based on my opinions on musicality. Not everyone will agree with these ranking or choices, but I’m hoping that everyone will love at least a few songs if not all of these.
Songs 20 – 11 all ready for you to stream and download… after the jump!
With the sad news of Brittany Murphy’s sudden death, I had to post this video. Although I despise Access Hollywood, I turned the TV on while they were showing footage of Murphy singing Queen’s “Somebody To Love” for the film, Happy Feet – and that was all it took. I was overcome with sadness because not only was she a lovable actress but she had a such a great voice! It’s a shame she never got to release that solo album of hers.
Although I’m glad Paul Oakenfold was just a phase for me back in 2002, (I can’t really listen to him sober anymore) I still love this track which features the late actress. Murphy had been singing behind the scenes for years but this was the first track to identify her vocals with. Not to mention, she looked fabulous in this video!
Check it out below!
All right. We’re in the middle of the list with the third installment to my countdown of 2009′s Top 50 songs. I hope you had time to check out numbers 50 – 41 and 40 – 31. These are all songs I’ve rocked on my iPod this year. It’s great if you were bumping to some of these tracks too, but nothing would make me happier than you discovering some great new artists in this list.
So, here’s my favorite songs of 2009 – numbers 30 – 21. They’re all after the jump ready for you to stream and download again. Enjoy!
If you haven’t heard of Lex Land by now, my heart goes out to you. At the age of 21 she put out an incredible album titled Orange Days on Lemon Street filled with tracks of wisdom and soul. With vocals that are as soothingly classic as Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald’s but refreshing in approach as Meaghan Smith or Adele, Lex Land has toured with great artists (such as Gavin Castleton) who also know how to musically throw down. You can read an interview I did with her on BeatCrave here.
To get you into the mood for the holidays – as if you weren’t already – I’d like to share her cover of Joni Mitchell’s lovely “River.” A sad song when stripped down to the message but beautifully composed when focused on the musicality, Lex Land does a wonderful job bringing out the sorrow and insight in her cover.
Check it out and grab the mp3 along with her song, “Could’ve Had Me” below!
Chillwave artist, Washed Out, returns with a new video for his track, “Belong.” As a track off his limited cassette tape release, Mirror Universe, back in September it’s a continuation of breezy melodies and fuzzy guitars.
However, this video directed by Blake Salzman presents the most unexpected visuals to go along with the track. I thought Washed Out’s last video for “Feel It All Around” felt a little too home video, but based on this video it looks like Salzman’s been watching SNL’s “Body Fusion” skit or a lot of Eric Wareheim videos while coming up with the treatment. Decked out in glowing colors and girls staring at the camera during jazzercise, the video’s finale calls for a dance party out in space.
Check it all out below…
Next up are my favorite songs ranked from 40 – 31. Songs include Peaches, Robotanists, Mirah, A Place To Bury Strangers, and more. Take a look below, listen and download away!
The Drums may not suit everyone’s taste, but there is no doubt that they’re simply a lot of fun. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY members from bands, Elkland and Goat Explosion, teamed up together with two other guys to bring us this post-punk pop music. Live shows include back up singers in uniform who dance in synchronization and whistle as well.
They’ve recently released a video for their song, “I Felt Stupid.” It’s a nice simple black and white concept based on track and field sports with shots of the band performing. However, fun times on the field turn into dangerous situations.
Watch the video below then download their track, “Let’s Go Surfing,” below!
Beck has been one of the busiest musicians in 2009. After releasing Modern Guilt in 2008, Beck launched a website with a TON of different series including the most popular one called The Record Club. This club is basically a meeting where Beck invites a group of all-star musicians to come in to his studio and record an entire album’s worth of covers.
The first Record Club installment featured producer Nigel Godrich and actor Giovanni Ribisi covering The Underground Velvet & Nico and the second installment featured MGMT and Devendra Banhart covering Songs of Leonard Cohen. The latest boasts another great round of artists such as Feist, Jamie Lidell and Wilco‘s guitarist, Nels Cline who all cover Skip Spence’s cult-favorite, Oar.
Like always, they post their finished products onto vimeo to share with friends and fans. I’ve got two of them for you after the jump. Enjoy!
I always thought all three Swedish artists, Lykke Li, Robyn, and El Perro del Mar all sounded alike. Of course, I’m not talking about their styles but they all seem to have a delicate soprano voice that takes you by surprise.
El Perro del Mar, known for gorgeous lo-fi twee pop, put out a wonderful mini-album this year by the title of Love Is Not Pop. “Change of Heart” is the track that has become a favorite of many El Perro del Mar fans, and apparently we little people aren’t the only ones who like it.
Swedish pop star, Robyn, has remixed the track under the moniker Rakamonie, and it’s pretty decent! For those people who don’t know too much about Robyn, all you have to know is that she went from this overbearing bubble gum pop star in the 90s with hits like “Show Me Love” and “Do You Know (What It Takes),” to this individually powerful force over in the UK when she decided to go indie and electronica. Her self-titled album, Robyn, was definitely one of my faves during 2008 and based on what I know about her and the electronica scene, it doesn’t surprise me to find out she’s done a rad remix like this.
El Perro del Mar and Robyn’s voices sound like one on this remix, and of course I’m a fan because of its clean organized beats. Even del Mar fans won’t be able to deny their liking for this remix. It doesn’t run too far away from the key melodies, but reaches out just enough to sound refreshingly new. Listen to the remix and then the original below!