That wasn’t actually a question. Prime numbers are sexy, and indie music is sexy, and our Best of 2009 THUS FAR lists are sexier than Paste’s. Also, more interesting. Anyway, so, I read Eric’s list and decided perhaps I should make one of my own, because we do, of course have slightly different tastes, and although 4 out of my 13 picks are by artists he also picked, my song choices are different. So, you should probably just combine our lists and make one massive playlist of wonder.
1) “Cradle” – The Joy Formidable Yes, this song is number one on my list for a reason. I love it with all my heart, and I watch the video over and over again wishing for her hair, and a see-saw, and my childhood back.
2) “You’re Not Coming Home Tonight” – First Aid Kit These Swedes speak to me. Good luck buying this EP.
3) “Because We’re Dead” – Slow Club This was a really difficult pick for me, as there are so many incredible songs on Yeah, So. Maybe it isn’t so predictable a choice because of its pace and sparsity, but that’s exactly why I picked it.
4) “Troll Nacht” – The Dodos You just heard this a couple days ago when they began streaming the album online…I guess there was an album leakage, so why not stream it for everyone’s enjoyment?
5) “Some Day” – We’ll Make It Right Another tough decision, another glorious album. “We’ll Make It Bright” was a close second. I like when they say “you better run no matter who you are”–it’s so cute!
6) “Dance Serene” – The Hard to Get I know, I know! Eric and the producer both say “Good at That” is the best song on the EP, and yet, I can’t help saying that “Dance Serene” is the best, and not only that, it is also one of the best songs of the year, beating out all of Paste Mag’s crap. (I don’t mean crap in a bad way, promise). It’s catchy, French, and fits Melissa’s and Tim’s voices in a really unique and charming way. So, “Dance Serene” it is.
7) “Serve Them Well” – Swimming in Speakers I swear I’m not trying to argue with Eric. Some of these artists have reached such a degree of quality that it’s really truly difficult to pick a “best” song. Although, I am right, and “Serve Them Well” is the best.
8 ) “Songs in the Night” – Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers Samantha Crain is so wonderfully sincere and vulnerable in her music. This is a brilliant album. Go see them live if you can.
9) “Young Adult Friction” – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart I like their sound, and their angst, and I think this song is fabulous. I’m only just beginning to get a grasp on life in my twenties, and they help me. Also I will review them soon, if you want.
10) “On My Usual Catch Up with Cecilia” – Hari & Aino Okay, Eric, I agree. Adore these guys.
11) “Step Off the Map and Float” – Library Voices My new obsession. I’ll be reviewing their EP soon, I hope, even though I did sort of already rave about their myspace page. Whatever! p.s. I think Chris Graham, who did these headshots, should most definitely do my wedding photography.
12) “Snow Room” – The Secret Life of Sofia Okay, I’m kind of guessing about the release date for this one, and I apologize if it’s not a 2009 song. But these things are difficult to find sometimes. Anyway, I love it for its ethereal qualities, and I’m waiting to see The Secret Life of Sofia become bigger and bigger.
13) “The Trapeze Swinger” – Iron & Wine It might be cheating because it’s a compilation album, so the song was not, you know, first ever heard in 2009. But the song is one of my favorites, with the most strangely beautiful lyrics you may ever hear, backed by Sam Beam’s classically, expectedly rapturing acoustics.
And there’s my list, love it or hate it. (Just kidding, I know you’ll love it).