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

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Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II No. 09
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II
(Ice H2O/EMI)

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The xx - XX No. 08
The xx
(Young Turks)

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My Top 20 Tracks of 2009

Animal Collective - Brother Sport No. 20
Animal Collective
“Brother Sport”

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

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

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Hot Chip “Take It In”


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,” and my personal favorite, “A Boy From School,” so needless to say, I’m more than a little excited about this new album.  It can be pre-ordered now from their website ( and its first official single, the title track “One Life Stand,” is now available on iTunes.  It’s a good song, but my favorite new track I’ve heard is “Take It In,” which came as a free download with a pre-order of the album, and is also widely available on mp3 blogs across the web.  Give it a listen below.

Hot Chip – Take It In

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 the End of Year issues from Spin, Rolling Stone and other music and entertainment publications will be hitting newsstands and a lot of people will be seeing these lists for the first time.  Undoubtedly, Merriweather Post Pavilion by noise rockers Animal Collective, probably the most critically acclaimed album of the year, will be very near the top, if not #1, on most of these lists.  But with nothing remotely close to a hit single in their repertoire, many will wonder, who this band is or what their music sounds like.  So now, without further ado, I present… the beginner’s guide to the musical stylings of Animal Collective.

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