The following “favourites of 2009” list is so horribly outdated (it even has a song from 2008,….), its kinda like that terrorist scarf /Anya Hindmarch bag/H1N1 thing that everyone was very into a long time ago. So to make it more modern, I’ve decided to word this post differently; instead of writing about the stuff I loved about the songs I loved in 2009, I’ve decided to write about the stuff I hated about the songs I loved in 2009.
Hope you get my drift, and if you don’t, fret not, I have finally decided to post some mp3s on my blog (apologies as i am not able to post everything on the list), so its really a win-win situation here! Catch 88! (If Catch 22 means a lose-lose situation, then surely a win-win situation can only be Catch 88? or if you’re in the US or other countries, Catch 77!)
And you want to know what else is unique about this list? ANIMAL COLLECTIVE IS NOT ON IT. Bet you’ll have a hard time finding a “best of” list without them.
Things I hated about my 20 favourite songs of 2009
20. Whitest Boy Alive – Intentions
19. The Antlers – Bear
X. Rachael Yamagata – Horizon (edit : i later found out that this was a track from 2008, but I’m not taking it down because i do like it so very much)
Because there is a stupid “Parental advisory EXPLICIT CONTENT” label on the cover of the album. Also it was used to great dramatic effect in that show where that girl with the hot legs who used to lived in California moved to New York to do pretty much nothing but strut around the meat packing district. (Listen on youtube)
18&17. Miike Snow – Cult Logic/Song for no one
Because people won’t stop comparing Song for No One with Young Folks. Because I once commented that these guys were ugly and a friend retorted that I was in no position to make such a comment. fuck him for discriminating ugly people. (listen on youtube)
16. Camera Obscura – Honey in the Sun
Because it made me feel fuzzy around someone else when it was obviously not meant to be. (Listen on youtube)
15. Girls – Lust for Life
The first 2 lines of the lyrics should have sounded like this, ” I wished I had a boyfriend. I wished I had more money in my pants.” That’s the only way I intend to sing it anyway. (click on the above picture for the song)
14. Florence and the Machine – Drumming Song
Because Florence is obviously aping Lady Gaga in the video. (overkill!) And because me and a friend wanted to add this song to our set list, but we’re an acoustic band. Damn!
13. Sea Wolf – The Violet Hour
For obvious reasons, see here.
12. God Help the Girl – Funny Little Frog
11. St Vincent – Laughing with a Mouth of Blood
Because the video is completely humourless. And because I am jealous of her.
10. The Dodos – The Strums
Because i sometimes wished that these guys would wear better clothes or have at least a little bit of gel in their hair. And because their album was leaked and everyone gave them bad reviews even BEFORE the album was officially released. (click on the image for the song)
9. The xx – Crystallised
8. Memory Tapes – ?
7&6. Dirty Projectors – Two Doves/Stillness is the Move
Because someone had the guts to post the following comment on youtube : “I need to meet someone with Eagle hair.”. So do I.
5&4. Grizzly Bear – Service Bell (with Feist) and Dory
2. Mew – Sometimes Life Isn’t Easy
“Leave me in the ditch when they kick me, severe my limbs and deceive me..SOMETIMES LIFE ISN’T EASY” Because in many ways, this could be Darth Vader’s song. But it really isn’t. (doesn’t Jonas Bjerre look like that actor who played Luke?) (click on the image for the song)
1. Bat for Lashes – Pearl’s Dream
Because why the heck is there a wolf in the video? I am totally against random animals in music videos. Put yourselves in their shoes please, don’t you realize that it might be awkward for them too? (click on the image above to download)
(Disclaimer: If you are the owner of any of the music on this post and wish for your mp3 to be taken down, drop me a comment and I’ll immediately do so. Otherwise, all mp3s made available on this page will be automatically taken down in 7 days time)