Best of the Blogs (Jan where were we? ’09 Edition)


Start the New Year with a blam.  Blues makes its first ever appearance here.  Animal Collective can apparently do no wrong (see below).  And some hotly anticipated albums release their first tracks. The winners are:

1. Notorious B.I.G. – Party & Bullshit (Ratatat remix)

Biggie lives on in the movies and in remixes. The sure-fire crowd pleaser in any occasion.

2. Birdy Nam Nam – Worried / The Parachute Ending

‘Worried’ is just killer. ‘The Parachute Ending’ is produced by Justice, and well, it sounds like that new Justice track you’ve been waiting for.

3. Ratatat – Mirando (Animal Collective remix)

It’s not enough that Animal Collective have an album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, that everybody has already decided will be the best album of ’09. But here they create a transcendent remix that will scare the DJs.

4. Jesse Rose – Forget My Name (feat. Hot Chip)

When Jesse Rose gets these smoking results he’ll be glad to pay for Hot Chip’s services.

5. Der Dritte Raum – Swing Bop (side A)

Raum has actually recreated the music from the cantina scene in Star Wars. And it’s good enough for both jazz and techno clubs.

6. Peter Bjorn & John – Nothing to Worry About

The first single fom their hotly anticipated new album. No disappointment here.

7. The Qemists – Dem Na Like Me (King Cannibal remix)

Good luck getting this dubstep track out of your head. King Cannibal is showing next-big-thing potential.

8. Bag Raiders – Shooting Stars

Hyperbole has this as the #1 song of the year, and yeah, it’s electro-pop stardust that won’t burn out soon.

9. The Glimmers – Let’s Get Physical

The Glimmers cover Olivia Newton John and it’s insanely fun.

10. Fever Ray – If I Had A Heart (F** Buttons remix)

This fills my art-punk-emotion quotient to acceptable levels. Fever Ray is basically a side project of The Knife. 

11. John Fairhurst – Obnox Stomp

Blues! Welcome to the party. All I can say about this is this guy goes off. (And it’s #4 on Music Like Dirt’s top 200 tracks of 2008.)

12. Alva Noto – U 08-1

Austere, robot noise music with someone counting in French. It’s so weird you gotta love it. (#9 on the same list above.)

13. Dan Deacon – Get Older

The first preview from Deacon’s forthcoming album, Bromst, and it rocks.

14. Telefon Tel Aviv – Stay Away From Being Maybe

I reccomend Telefon Tel Aviv’s whole album, but this is probably my favorite track I’ve heard so far.

15. Franz Ferdinand – Twilight Omens

The best song from Franz Ferdinand’s upcoming new album Tonight?

(Bonus Honorable Mentions:)

Bell Hollow – The Bottle Tree (Peter du Charme mix)

Your Twenties – Caught Wheel

Groove Armada – Drop the Tough (Van She B-Live remix)


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3 Responses to “Best of the Blogs (Jan where were we? ’09 Edition)”

  1. Adam Sweeney Says:

    Ratatat is the truth. Sigh, it seems like so long ago that I saw them opening for The Killers and smoking joints in a van. Haha.

    • jeredunn Says:

      That sounds like a hell of a show. It seems The Killers only play big arenas now. They’ll be in Austin in a week with M83, and I almost want to go just for M83.

  2. Adam Sweeney Says:

    I want to say I saw them at Stubb’s inside. That tells ya how small The Killers were at the time. I saw them again at ACL last year. I was more into it because of the crowd than their show.

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