There had been way too many remarkable songs to fit into a top 10, heck, even a top 25 list for me. So here, I'm giving you a peek into the colossal (to exaggerate it a bit) number of songs that shook, ripped and sewn together my year. 2009 bore witness to the influx of exquisitely created music from an expansive and diverse pool of genres. Indie, rap/ hiphop power reigned supreme in the charts and year-end lists. These songs may not be what you'll rank as your best 100, but I guarantee you, these are DEFINITELY worth having in your player. I'm not sure if I'll be able to post something new til next year, so to be sure... SEE YOU THIS 2010! Thanks for a great 2009 folks!

*.ZIP file downloadable tomorrow.

OH NOES - The .ZIP file I prepared was unfortunately delted, so I have to make-do with this Mediafire folder. The folder is public and all the tracks from the list is downloadable there. My apologies for the inconvenience. Happy holidays!
TBT Best Tracks of 2009 Mediafire Folder

Au Revoir Simone

:: Akron/Family - River
:: Akron/ Family - Sun Will Shine (Warmth Of The Sunship Version)
:: Andrew Bird - Anonanimal
:: Animal Collective - My Girls
:: Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes
:: Annie - Songs Remind Me Of You
:: Arctic Monkeys - Crying Lightning
:: Au Revior Simone - Take Me As I Am
:: Au Revoir Simone - Knight of Wands
:: Baroness - Swollen and Halo

Grizzly Bear

:: Basement Jaxx - Raindrops
:: Bat For Lashes - Daniel
:: Bat for Lashes - What’s a Girl to Do  -disqualified since this track is more than a year old.
:: Beach House - Lover Of Mine
:: Bear in Heaven - Lovesick Teenagers
:: Bon Iver feat St. Vincent - Roslyn
:: Camera Obscura - Forest And Sands
:: Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM
:: Cloud Cult - Fairy Tale

80 More tracks inside-->

Marina and The Diamonds

:: Death Cab for Cutie - Little Bribes
:: Dirty Projectors - Stillness is The Move
:: Dirty Projectors - Temecula Sunrise
:: Dirty Projectors and David Byrne - Knotty Pine
:: Drake - Best I Ever Had (Matamatics remix)
:: Ellie Goulding - Under The Sheets
:: Ellie Goulding – The Wolves (Act I and II) (Bon Iver Cover)
:: Feist ft. Grizzly Bear - Service Bell
:: Fever Ray - Seven

Kid Cudi

:: Fleet Foxes - Mykonos
:: Fleet Foxes - Your Protector
:: Floating Vibes - Surfer Blood
:: Friendly Fires - Skeleton Boy
:: Gang Gang Dance - First Communion
:: Girls - Lust For Life
:: Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
:: Gucci Mane – Dangers Not A Stranger (Diplo Remix)
:: Miike Snow - Silvia
:: Hot Chip - Take It In

Sufjan Stevens

:: Iron and Wine - The Trapeze Singer
:: John Mayer - Heartbreak Warfare
:: Jonsi – Boy Lilikoi
:: Kid Cudi - Pursuit of Happiness (feat. MGMT and Ratatat)
:: Kite in the Air - Magic Marker
:: La Roux - Im Not Your Toy (Data Remix)
:: Lil Wayne ft. Young Jeezy and Santogold - You'll Go Crazy
:: Little Boots - Remedy (Buffetlibre VS Sidechains remix)
:: Madonna - Celebration (feat. Akon)
:: Marina and The Diamonds - Mowgli's Road

Passion Pit

:: Matt And Kim - Daylight
:: Metric - Help I'm Alive (The Twelves Remix)
:: Micachu and the Shapes - Golden Phone
:: Miike Snow - Animal
:: Shugo Tokumaru - Rum Hee
:: Modest Mouse vs Kanye West - Floating Paranoia
:: Mos Def - Quiet Dog
:: Mumm Ra - She's Got You High
:: Music Go Music - Warm In The Shadows
:: Neko Case - I'm An Animal


:: Neon Indian - Deadbeat Summer
:: N.A.S.A - Whachadoin (Feat. Spank Rock M.I.A. Santogold)
:: Ok Ikumi- Shining Path Pt. 2
:: Passion Pit - Little Secrets
:: Phoenix - 1901
:: Pony Pony Run Run - Hey You (PPRR Dance Remix)
:: Priscilla Ahn - In a Tree (Written)
:: Priscilla Ahn - Lullaby
:: Rachel Yamagata - Duet
:: Robyn ft. Snoop Dogg - Bum Like You
:: Royksopp - Miss It So Much (Featuring Lykke Li)

The Big Pink

:: Rye Rye ft. MIA - Bang
:: Shakira - She Wolf
:: St. Vincent - Marrow
:: Sufjan Stevens - You Are the Blood
:: Sunset Rubdown - Idiot Heart
:: Taylor Swift - You're Not Sorry (CSI Remix)
:: Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
:: The Antlers- Two (Daytrotter Session)
:: The Avett Brothers - Laundry Room
:: The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You

The xx

:: The Big Pink - Crystal Visions
:: The Big Pink - Velvet
:: The Boy Least Likely To - Every Goliath Has Its David
:: The Decemberists - Shiny
:: The Flaming Lips - Silver Trembling Hands
:: The Gossip - Heavy Cross
:: The Golden Filter - Thunderbird
:: The Horrors - Sea Within A Sea
:: The Mary Onettes - Dare
:: The National - So Far Around the Bend

Vampire Weekend

:: The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - The Tenure Itch
:: The Twelves - Nightvision (Daft Punk Cover)
:: The Very Best - Warm Heart of Africa (ft. Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend)
:: The xx - Islands
:: Vampire Weekend - Horchata
:: VV Brown feat. Little Boots - Leave
:: William Fitzsimmons – I Dont Feel It Anymore (Song of the Sparrow)
:: YACHT - Psychic City (Voodoo City)
:: Yeasayer - Ambling Alp
:: Yo La Tengo - Periodically Double or Triple

Friday, December 18, 2009

WEEKLIES: The Planets Bend Between Us

Lupe's got a new release, and although this Robin Thicke song is a few days old, you better give it a listen. Ke$ha, who's topping the charts overseas, has a new track-- Love is A Drug. Gucci Mane's Diplo remix, along with a Notorious BIG and Miley Cyrus mashup. Mos Def's Supermagic, 2 Passion Pit remixes of OK Go and Paper Route and to close the Weeklies is a track from Timbaland featuring Jojo! Expect more anthem songs and music jams for the next week!

:: Lupe Fiasco - Solar Midnite

:: Ke$ha - Your Love Is My Drug

:: The Soft Pack - C'mon

:: Ok Go - This Too Shall Pass (Passio Pit Remix)

:: Robin Thicke - It's In The Morning (feat. Snoop Dogg)

:: Gucci Mane - Danger's Not A Stranger (Diplo Remix)

:: Party and Bullshit in The USA - Miley Cyrus VS Notorious BIG

:: Robin Thicke - Elevetas (feat. Kid Cudi)

:: Mos Def - Supermagic

:: Paper Route - Tiger Teeth (Passion Pit Remix)

:: Timbaland - Lose Control (feat. Jojo)

Something extra: Paulo Nutini - Wake Up (Arcade Remix)

UK recording artists Ellie Goulding and Erik Hassle turned in this acoustic cover of Robyn's "Be Mine," and their version feels so intuitive, it seems like someone should've recorded the original track as a duet before now.

:: Ellie Goulding - Be Mine (Robyn Cover feat. Erik Hassle)

After all the work this week, I still have the finals to prepare for this weekend. I've had it pretty rough but I'm just going to take this teeny little break for myself and share these new tracks I got all over the interweb. And with new, I mean, half of these artist's I've heard of only recently (my age can attest to this flaw). These tracks got me through this very tiresome week - so I hope it does the same for you.

:: Kid Cudi ft. Vampire Weekend - CudderIsBack
Hmm. An Ottoman remix from Cudi. Just the right taste. Just great.

:: The Soft Pack - Answer To Yourself

:: Shout Out Clouds - Walls
AWESOME. These guys are just A.W.E.S.O.M.E. They've achieved self-actualization.

:: Ted Leo - Even Heroes Have To Die

:: Lil Wayne - On Fire

:: Shearwater - Castaways

:: Nina Simone - Feeling Good (Troublemaker Remix)
Got this one over Pigeons and Planes. Really good remix of Nina Simone's.

:: Glass Ghost - Mechanical Life

:: Kanye West - Paranoid (Kevin In Color Remix)
I've heard a LOT of remixes of Paranoid, and although this doesn't rank as the best, it sure it something to shake your booty to.

:: Woven Bones - If You're Gold, I'm Gone

:: Lil Wayne - I Feel Like Dying (Flying Lotus Remix)
Flying Lotus did a pretty nasty good remix of this Lil Wayne's song. Me likey.

:: Beach House - Lover of Mine
Another good track from Beach House. These guys really made a different genre for themselves.

:: Jonsi - Boy Lilikoi
This song is from the voice of Sigur Ros. I can't add the appropriate symobls for the letters, so bear with me on this. One of the things I like most about Jonsi / Sigur Ros's music is this "Christmas" kind of feeling I get. Which is wierd cause I am a born pessimist, but sometimes, it gets to be a little different for me.

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As promised, here is the official soundtrack of the 4th season of Grey's Anatomy. Other than Grey's Anatomy, other hit shows like Gossip Girl, Chuck, Fringe, Glee, Dollhouse, One Tree Hill, Ugly Betty, House and many more. You've got to give a hand to the music supervisors of these shows for their success. The music is not perfect, but it's certainly entertaining. The show goes mostly for indie favorites like The National, Ingrid Michaelson, The Gossip, Tegan and Sara, The Bird and the Bee, Bon Iver, Feist, Goldfrapp, Rilo Kiley, Frightened Rabbit, The Republic Tigers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more. Enjoy!

You can also check out the 3rd season here: Season 3
(I'm working on the individual mp3s. For those which don't have their own links yet, I hope you can bear with the .ZIP files.)


:: Adele - Hometown Glory
:: Alaska In Winter - Your Red Dress
:: Amy Obenski - Carousel
:: Ben Lee - What Would Jay-Z Do
:: Ben's Brother - Let Me Out
:: Beth Orton - Carmella
:: Blonde Redhead - 23
:: Bon Iver - The Wolves (Act I and II)
:: Bryn Christopher - The Quest
:: Buddy - Say A Lot
:: Caedmon's Call - Ten Thousand Angels
:: Calahan - Pouring On The Gasoline
:: Cary Brothers - The Last One
:: Chris Garneau - Black & Blue
:: Chris Garneau - Castle-Time

More Inside ->


:: Coldplay - Death And All His Friends
:: Correatown - All The World (I Tell Myself)
:: Derek Webb - Name
:: Duffy - Mercy
:: Electrocute - Uh-Oh
:: Feist - My Moon My Man
:: Frightened Rabbit - Good Arms Vs. Bad Arms
:: Goldfrapp - Some People
:: Gomez - Moon And Sun
:: Greenskeepers - Money
:: Greg Laswell - What A Day
:: I'm From Barcelona - Oversleeping
:: Ida Maria - Keep Me Warm
:: Imani Coppola - Raindrops From The Sun
:: Ingrid Michaelson - Giving Up


:: Jamie Lidell - Little Bit Of Feel Good
:: Jay Clifford - Know When To Walk Away
:: Joe Henry - God Only Knows
:: Joe Purdy - San Jose
:: John Legend - Sun Comes Up
:: Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now
:: Jon Foreman - The Cure For Pain
:: Joshua Radin - Sky
:: Katalyst - Say What You Feel
:: Kate Nash - Merry Happy
:: Katie Herzig - Fool's Gold
:: Katie Herzig - Sweeter Than This
:: Kendall Payne - I Will Show You Love
:: Kim Richey - The Absence Of Your Company
:: Laura Izibor - From My Heart To Yours


:: Lifehouse - Broken
:: Lily Allen - Knock 'Em Out
:: Lykke Li - I'm Good I'm Gone
:: Meaghan Smith - 5 More Minutes
:: Meiko - Hawaii
:: Meiko - Reasons To Love You
:: Miss Li - Don't Try To Fool Me
:: Missy Higgins - Where I Stood
:: Natalie Walker - Circles
:: Neverending White Lights - Distance
:: New Buffalo - Cheer Me Up Thank You
:: Northern State - Better Already
:: Northern State - Iluvitwhenya
:: Patty Griffin - Up To The Mountain
:: Prince Fatty - Milk And Honey


:: Priscilla Ahn - Dream
:: Priscilla Ahn - Rain
:: Rilo Kiley - Breakin' Up
:: Roisin Murphy - Movie Star
:: Sandra Oh & Chyler Leigh - Like A Virgin
:: Santogold - Creator
:: Sara Melson - Feel It Coming
:: Soulsavers - Revival
:: Sugar - Walking Away
:: Taken By Trees - Only Yesterday
:: Tegan And Sara - Call It Off
:: The Bird And The Bee - Polite Dance Song
:: The Bravery - The Ocean
:: The Cake Sale - Some Surprise
:: The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home


:: The Gossip - Listen Up
:: The Magic Numbers - Let Somebody In
:: The National - About Today
:: The Perishers - Best Friends
:: The Perishers - Come Out Of The Shade
:: The Perishers - Get Well Soon
:: The Puppini Sisters - Walk Like An Egyptian
:: The Rentals - Little Bit Of You In Everything
:: The Republic Tigers - Buildings And Mountains
:: The Rosewood Thieves - Heavy Eyes
:: The Submarines - Brightest Hour
:: Trolle Siebenhaar - The Yard
:: Vampire Weekend - Mansford Roof
:: Watermark - Made For You
:: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Rockers To Swallow

It's common knowledge that Marina (of the Diamonds) has never been a fan of the anti-consumerism invective of "Hollywood." Her ironic head cheerleader smile and the punchy chorus makes it all good. Is is just my imagination or there's some bits of disdain (and possibly hostility) here?