Monday, January 11, 2010

30 songs for 2009

Jet Lag and Separation Anxiety (my nearly one-year-old son's, not mine) have been causing me to go to bed early during the last week and a half. Prime creative/blog hours have been lost. Top songs of the year have been delayed. But the silver lining is that I have been able to get up early and do some actual work. A lot of really exciting things are in store for 2010, new improved FIVE gathering, a big Community Food Bank benefit in Eaton Plaza for April, a Bekah Townsend album in the works, real life in the flesh overdubs shows, etc.

But what's the end of the year without looking back at some great, grand and computer speaker worthy songs to list? In no particular order this year ...

Superdrag "Aspartame" Industry Giants
Bruce Springsteen "The Wrestler" Working on A Dream
Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Hysteric" It's Blitz
Eels "Ordinary Man" Hombre Lobo
David Bazan "Hard to Be" Curse Your Branches
David Crowder Band "Oh, Happiness" Church Music
Grizzly Bear "Cheerleader" Veckatimest
We Were Promised Jetpacks "Quiet Little Voices" These Four Walls
Lily Allen feat. Mick Jones "Straight to Hell" War Child- Heroes Vol. 1
Matt and Kim "Daylight" Grand
Bon Iver and St. Vincent "Roslyn" The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Mos Def "Life in Marvelous Times" The Ecstatic
Julian Casablancas "11th Dimension" Phrazes for The Young
Pearl Jam "The Fixer" Backspacer
Imogen Heap "First Train Home" Ellipse
Third Eye Blind "Bonfire" Ursa Major
The Rural Alberta Advantage "The Ballad of The RAA" Hometowns
U2 "Moment of Surrender" No Line on The Horizon
Wilco "I'll Fight" Wilco (The Album)
Memory Cassette "Asleep At A Party" The Hiss We Missed Ep
Elbow "Running to Stand Still" War Child- Heroes Vol. 1
Karen O and The Kids "Hidaway" Where The Wild Things Are
Neko Case "This Tornado Loves You" Middle Cyclone
The Get Up Kids "Your Petty Pretty Things" Daytrotter Session
Phoenix "Liztomania" Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Taking Back Sunday "Capital M-E" New Again
Silversun Pickups "Growing Old is Getting Old" Swoon
Andrew Bird "Anonanimal" Noble Beast
Jars of Clay "Forgive Me" The Long Fall Back to Earth
Julien Plenti "Only If You Run" Julien Plenti Is ... Skyscraper