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Five and Alive: Songs of 2009

Posted by - 01:10 PM on 11/27/09
It's been quite a year for albums, but don't let us forget about what makes up those albums - individual tracks. Here's my top five favorite songs this year. Discuss in the replies your picks.
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01:10 PM on 11/27/09
Adam Pfleider
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Five and Alive1) Silversun Pickups - "Panic Switch" --- Talk about a power-house song. The guitars drive on fuzzed tracks while the vocals of Brian Aubert are quiet but blunt. When the vocal harmonies come in at the end...it's just a blistering single and one of the finest of the year.

2) Portugal. The Man - "Mornings" --- I remember the first time I got through The Satanic Satanist, I was feeling indifferent about it as a whole, but must have listened to the closer well around 20 times within the following 12 hours - obsessive much? The guitar twangs matched to John Gourley's amazing vocals aren't the topping that is the chorus line of this true gem.

3) Thrice - "Beggars" --- Like my following choice, upon the first listen of Beggars I was a bit indifferent, and it took a few listens. I was returned to the title track, and brilliant closer. The song itself may just be some of the best lyrics Dustin Kensrue has ever penned, and instrumentally the band has crafted one of their best works and the true definition of progression by an artist.

4) St. Vincent - "Actor Out of Work" --- What a majestic album Actor is! It's elegant, and brings more depth than 2007's Marry Me. The first single off the album is shining and heavy at the same time. Annie Clark is just as beautiful as her music.

5) Grizzly Bear + Feist - "Service Bell" --- Sure, it didn't sound as full as this on Grizzly Bear's debut Horn of Plenty, but add a new orchestration and Leslie Feist's voice matched to Ed Droste and the this short collaboration engulffed these ears for many a repeat listen.
01:15 PM on 11/27/09
kbi the crowing
dr( )ning the days away
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strongly agree on the first two
haven't listened to the others
01:22 PM on 11/27/09
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i agree with panic switch.
i like the family disease by oceana. .. im pretty sure this came out in 09'
01:25 PM on 11/27/09
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Panic Switch is a song that is so good that you could convince people who think they hate Silversun Pickups to like them. I should know, before that song I really could have cared less about them and now I can't get enough.
01:26 PM on 11/27/09
Ari Christos
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Kevin Devine's "Brother's Blood." I remember looking at it's length and being uninterested to listen to it at all, but then I heard it and was immediately floored.
01:30 PM on 11/27/09
wake up i'm calling you
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i definitely agree about panic switch, haven't really listened to the others much. i don't think i could pick a top 5, but lady gaga - bad romance, wale - shades, dirty projectors - stillness is the move, pete yorn & scarlett johansson - relator, and fun. - be calm would definitely be contenders, among plenty of other great ones.
01:35 PM on 11/27/09
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I don't think I have a top 5 yet, but "Desert of Song" by Between the Buried and Me is one of my favorites.
01:56 PM on 11/27/09
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I haven't narrowed it down to five yet, but here are a few that will definitely contend for it: Little Secrets - Passion Pit, Where You Are - Nathan Phillips, I Felt Stupid - The Drums, Tarmac - Chris Merritt, Backfire - MUTEMATH, Don't Give Up - LAKE, Naive - Sleeping At Last, Katos - The Mercury Program, among others.
01:58 PM on 11/27/09
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In no order, and it's not only five. Deal.

Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
The Dear Hunter - He Said He Had A Story
Bon Iver - Woods
Bedouin Soundclash - On My Block
Miike Snow - Plastic Jungle
Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
Jenny Owen Youngs - Last Person
P.O.S. - Drumroll (We're All Thirsty)
Passion Pit - Moth's Wings
Manchester Orchestra - I Can Feel A Hot One
02:02 PM on 11/27/09
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1. mother love - oceana
2. a space to grow - the dangerous summer
3. into the sea - as cities burn
4. you leave - therefore i am
5. playing god- paramore
02:03 PM on 11/27/09
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Tracks make up albums. Yes. Yes.
02:05 PM on 11/27/09
easy come and easy go, whatever
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01. fun. - The Gambler
02. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Dull Life
03. Manchester Orchestra - My Friend Marcus
04. Lily Allen - Chinese
05. Radiohead - Harry Patch (In Memory Of)
02:07 PM on 11/27/09
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Wow, I am so happy to see "Service Bell" mentioned. It has to be my favorite song of the year, a really gorgeous rendition of that song. There has been more than one instance when I just put that on repeat over and over again.

Aside from that song, I'd say...
Bon Iver-"Blood Bank"
Animal Collective-"My Girls"
Rural Alberta Advantage-"Don't Haunt This Place"
Thom Yorke-"Hearing Damage"
02:07 PM on 11/27/09
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My top five will be something like this:

John Mayer- Assassin
Tegan & Sara- On Directing
Say Anything- Do Better
Jay-Z- Empire State Of Mind
Relient K- I Don't Need A Soul

And The Summer Set's "Take It Slow" would get a namedrop...

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