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Well, it's that time of year again. The best of lists are a-flyin', and as I set to the task of compiling my own I realized how oddball my tastes and influences have been this year. There are a few tracks on here I'm a little embarrassed by and (usually) would deride as horrible crap. Ah, but so is the joy of these lists: they're a chapter in time, a reference point to all that precipitated over those 12 months/52 weeks/365 days that we mark off on the calendar. Alas, dear friends, here is my best of '09 list...

01. Jace Everett - Bad Things
Even though the show it came from ultimately disappointed, I still dug this track quite a bit. Granted it reminds me far too much of Chris Isaak's "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing", but it's still pretty good.

02. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
Karen O. was quite busy this year between her own band's new record and the soundtrack to Spike Jones' 'Where The Wild Things Are'. 'Zero' was one hell of an opening shot to a banner year.

03. Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes
Despite my early misgivings about the hype behind 'Meriweather Post Pavillion', this track really grew on me. The rest of the record is all right, but not nearly as sublime as "Summertime Clothes".

04. Peter Yorn & Scarlett Johansson - Relator
Yeah, I know, I can't figure it out either. ScoJo isn't exactly Miss Vocalist Extraordinaire, but the record she did with Pete Yorn has its bright moments.

05. The Decemberists - Won't Want For Love (Margaret In The Taiga)
The latest Decemberists' album was pretty decent, but this stomper really stuck out and stuck with me.

06. A.C. Newman - Like A Hitman, Like A Dancer
Whether he's solo or with the New Pornographers, you can't beat A.C. Newman's knack for a hoppity pop song.

07. Doves - Kingdom Of Rust
These guys take far, FAR too long between albums.

08. The Limousines - Very Busy People
End of 2009 and all these guys have kicked out is this track and a four-song EP. The EP is OK, but I still really dig this track. Some people hate on it, but some of the couplets are friggin' brilliant.

09. Metric - Help I'm Alive
I've been enthralled by Metric's 'Fantasies' ever since I heard the first chords of this track. Probably the best album front to back this year.

10. Owl City - Fireflies
All the cat calls that Owl City are a glorified Postal Service tribute band are not completely unfounded, but 'Fireflies' is still a catchy tune. The video is pretty neat too.

11. Langhorne Slim - I Love You, But Goodbye
This guy just gets it. Not sure how else to put it... He just gets it.

12. Cracker - Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me
David Lowery will never go away, and we should be thankful for that.

13. Frightened Rabbit - Old Old Fashioned
Live version of my favorite Frightened Rabbits song. First heard them by way of the live record they put out this year, which led me back to their 2008 album 'Midnight Organ Fight'. I still prefer the live version of this track, mainly for the raucous vibe and the sing-along towards the end.

14. The Swell Season - Low Rising
Glen Hansard and Marketa Iglova are no longer the cutesy couple they built their image around, but it doesn't detract much of the quality from their music.

15. Gliss - Morning Light
Low, fuzzy, buzzy, drone rock. Sorry, I'm a sucker for it, 'specially when it's done well.

16. Alice In Chains - A Looking In View
Alice In Chains came roaring back this year with a new singer (William Duvall), and their first record together was bloody amazing. My favorite record of the year, barely edging out Metric.

01. Lady GaGa - Bad Romance
No, don't blink or double-take. I have a Lady GaGa track on here, and the reason why: it's catchy. Pure and simple. Am I going to defend her as an artist or musician? HELL no, but this track has hooks that dig deep in to the grey matter. Music gods help me...

02. Passion Pit - The Reeling
How can anyone NOT like this track? Fantastic single, amazing record.

03. Nina Simone - Sinnerman (Felix Da Housecat's Heavenly House Mix)
That Sony HTC commerical out right now features this remix of Nina Simone. I don't know why, but that loop is friggin' addicting.

04. Depeche Mode - Wrong
Though the latest Depeche Mode album was not nearly as strong as their past efforts, "Wrong" and its accompanying video are deserving of the "classic" status in their body of work.

05. M. Ward - Never Had Nobody Like You
Though Ward had some strong tracks with Monsters Of Folk, this track off of his latest solo record is one of the catchiest he's ever written. Great track...

06. Slow Club - When I Go
Yeah, I have a soft spot for sentimental songs occasionally, but not enough to slip into Hallmark territory.

07. The Cloud Room - 24 Hr Heartbreak
Much likes Doves, four years between albums is far too long for these guys. Another great record.

08. Muse - Uprising
This song was stuck on repeat in my head for a good month. Not Muse's strongest record, but some damn fine singles on there.

09. Dredg - I Don't Know
What can I say? I love these guys.

10. Cursive - From The Hips
For some reason the lyrics on the new Cursive record really stuck with me, this track in particular.

11. The Avett Brothers - Kick Drum Heart
"My my heart like a kick drum! My love like a voice!" Great song, better album.

12. The Flaming Lips - Silver Trembling Hands
Another adventurous musical mind trip brought to you by Wayne Coyne and Co.

13. Editors - Papillon
It took some warming up to, but I really like Editors' new sound on their new album. My girlfriend is sick of this song since I've been playing it so much, but it's our compromise with her Lady GaGa fixation. ;)

14. Thrice - All The World Is Mad
I love the new Thrice record. Great stuff.

15. Beads - Evil
A slow-burning vagabond of a track, "Evil" burns into your brain. The whole album is like that, and I dig it.

16. DJ AmpLive - Video Tapez (ft. Del the Funky Homosapien)
DJ AmpLive was a brief internet sensation earlier this year when he released a batch of Radiohead remixes, which eventually won the favor of Thom Yorke himself after he came under fire for releasing them to the public without the band's blessing. His mashing of "Videotape" and Del's rhymes are easily the best on the EP.
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