Monday, December 14, 2009

up and up I keep on climbling

So at the end of every year, all the indie/hipster/I'm-cooler-than-you website/magazines make all these "best of" lists. Most of the stuff I disagree with or I've never heard. I guess I'm not that cool -- which I'm totally cool with -- but at least I'm not so conceited as to claim that my favorite tunes from this year that are "the best."

So here they are, my favorite songs of Make it Mine, 2009:

11. "Blood Bank" from Blood Bank EP by Bon Iver -- Heart wrenching never felt so good.

10. "Mind Idea" from OK Bear by Jeremy Enigk -- This song takes the weird off-keyness of Return of the Frog Queen and combines it with the pristine production of World Waits -- a perfect synthesis.

9. "Song of Remembering" from Songs About Time: Chapter One: The Story of A Thousand Seasons Past by The Rentals -- Sounds like old school Rentals minus the Moog sounds -- Return of Return of the Rentals.

8. "Song About an Angel" from Diary (Reissue) by Sunny Day Real Estate -- OK, so this track debuted in 1994, but I thought it only fitting to include my favorite song from the 2009 reissue of SDRE's seminal debut.

7. "Ambulance" from The Fire Kite EP by Eisley -- I'm not the hugest Eisley fan but when it comes to this song I'm phased.

6. "Possibility" from New Moon by Lykke Li -- The New Moon soundtrack: medium-quality songs from high-quality bands. With a few exceptions. This track is one of them.

5. "Watching the Planets" from Embryonic by The Flaming Lips -- I can't get enough of Wayne Coyne and company. It's nice to know I can always count on the Lips.

4. "Introducing Palace Players" from No More Stories Are Told Today I'm Sorry They Washed Away No More Stories The World Is Grey I'm Tired Let's Wash Away by Mew -- The name of Mew's latest album is longer than this comment: The best guitar song of the year.

3. "Little Secrets" from Manners by Passion Pit -- I was ever so pleasantly surprised by this band. This song pumps me up with every listen.

2. "A Diamond and a Tether" from The Open Door EP by Death Cab For Cutie -- Why bother articulating my feelings when Mr. Gibbard does it so well for me?

1. "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" from Raditude by Weezer -- "El Scorcho" for the new millennium. I feel like I'm in eighth grade again.


  1. I personally think your number eleven should be bumped up a few...just sayin...

    good selections, though!

  2. i like that you say they're your favorites and not the best. that always bothered me when people did that. there's so many albums and genres and stuff you haven't heard it's impossible to say something is the best.

  3. Vickie -- Thanks!

    Jess -- If For Emma had been released in '09 Bon Iver would've scored higher. Blood Bank is still great though.

    Tori -- Thank you for sharing my sentiment... some people think they know it all, right? (Of which I am often guilty...)

  4. "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" from Raditude by Weezer -- "El Scorcho" for the new millennium. I feel like I'm in eighth grade again."

    Very cool, myke. I think when people ask me what I think about this song I will respond with the above statement.
    Also 'The Open Door EP' spoke to me. Every song is an exert from a Kerouac book.