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22 Dec
Podcast #3 – Top 20 songs of 2009 (by Ed)

I finally settled on my top 10 list of 2009, so I thought I’d get this podcast done today (it’s been exactly a year since our last one, so the timing couldn’t be any more perfect – ha). You’ll notice in the end Seeland beat out Sally Shapiro. “My Guilty Pleasure” just didn’t have the lasting power I thought it would, especially compared to how amazing that Cloetta Paris cd was last year. So Seeland takes the #1 spot. “Tomorrow Today” is a perfect album and one I hope gets the worldwide recognition it deserves. It’s also probably not a surprise to see Epic45 pretty high on my list (I know it’s an EP, but I’m counting it). Northern Portrait also just made it in time to take the 8th spot, inching CFCF and Keith Canisius and knocking A Place To Bury Strangers off. All and all a pretty good year for music, it was definitely a challenge to pick 20 top songs, but I’m pretty happy with the podcast. Hope you enjoy it!

Top 10 releases of 2009
1. Seeland – Tomorrow Today CD (LOAF)
2. Sally Shapiro – My Guilty Pleasure lp/cd (Paperbag)
3. Epic45 – In All The Empty Houses cd (Make Mine Music)
4. Röyksopp – Junior lp (Astralwerks)
5. A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Ashes Grammar lp/cd (Mis Ojos Discos)
6. So Cow – So Cow lp (Tic Tac Totally)
7. Cats On Fire – Our Temperance Movement cd (Johanna Kustannus/Matinée)
8. Northern Portrait – Criminal Art Lovers cd (Matinée)
9. CFCF – Continent lp/cd (Paperbag)
10. Keith Canisius – Waves cd (Quince)

runners up:
A Place To Bury Strangers – Exploding Head lp (Mute)
Lake Heartbeat – Trust in Numbers cd (Service)
The Mary Onettes – Islands (Labrador)
Maribel – Aesthetics cd (Quince)
Jónsi & Alex – Riceboy Sleeps lp (EMI)
SPC ECO – 3-D mp3 (self-released)

Podcast #3 – Top 20 songs of 2009
(in no particular order)
1. Sally Shapiro – Looking At The Stars
2. The Bridal Shop – Ideal State
3. The Mary Onettes – Puzzles
4. Korallreven – Loved-Up
5. Crystal Stilts – Love is a Wave
6. A Place To Bury Strangers – In Your Heart
7. Northrn Portrait – When Goodness Falls
8. Lake Heartbeat – Golden Chain
9. Sea Lions – Beautiful Day
10. A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Shy
11. Averkiou – Wasted and High
12. Seeland – Captured
13. Memory Cassette – Surfin (Sail a Whale version)
14. Röyksopp – The Girl And The Robot
15. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Higher Than the Stars (Saint Etienne Visits Lord Spank Mix)
16. The Depreciation Guild – Dream About Me
17. Cats On Fire – Letters From A Voyage to Sweden
18. Wake The President – Miss Tierney
19. Frankie Rose – Thee Only One
20. Epic45 – Ghosts On Tape

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  1. Fantastic selection !

    But where are Horse Shoes (or did you have a policy about not including Shelflife releases)? Their cdep comes out on top of my list of 2009 (that is if I could get round to making a list, hahaha). They leave everyone far behind them with their gorgeous songs.

    Keep on keepin’ on ! You have released nothing but perfection so far ! Can’t wait for that Burning Hearts 7″.
    There should be a Futur Pompiste album soonish too !
    2010 is going to be poptastic !

    Comment by Bart — 24 Dec @ 10:24 am

  2. Haha, thanks Bart! Yeah, I always exclude Shelflife releases as they’re all #1’s to me.

    Speaking of the Burning Hearts, the “Night Animal” 7″s just arrived here yesterday… an early Christmas present. I’ll put them up for preorder in early January! 2010 will be a great year!

    Comment by ed — 24 Dec @ 10:47 am

  3. Nice list, Ed! Here’s mine:
    Top Ten 2009
    1. We Wish You Well on Your Way To Hell/Computer Perfection (Le Grand Magistery)
    2. Psychic Chasms/Neon Indian (Lefse Records)
    3. Letting Up Despite Great Faults (New Words)
    4. Aboa Sleeping/Burning Hearts (shelflife)
    5. Hospice/The Antlers (Frenchkiss )
    6. Play Music/Thieves Like Us (shelflife)
    7. Logos/Atlas Sound (Kranky)
    8. Never Cry Another Tear/Bad Lieutenant (Original Signal)
    9. Displayed in Reflections/Broadfield Marchers (Rainbow Quartz)
    10. Magic Circles/The June (Rainbow Quartz)

    Top Ten Songs 2009
    1. “Caleidoscope Aeroplane”-Labrador
    2. “Last Summer”-Pete Yorn
    3. “(Come With Me To) Albuquerque”-Dylan Mondegreen
    4. “God Watch Over You”-Prefab Sprout
    5. “Get Up”-Washed Out
    6. “Duermete”-As Tall as Lions
    7. “For Prayer”-Wye Oak
    8. “Greens, Grays, And Nordics (I Am Robot And Proud Remix)”-Deastro
    9. “Dropping The Bomb”-Manners of Flash(Guided by Voices)
    10. “Doomsday Devices”-Golden Bloom

    Comment by e6gMan — 29 Dec @ 9:47 am

  4. Nice list as well! Glad Burning Hearts and TLU made the cut. :) There’s also a lot there I haven’t heard yet (Computer Perfection, Broadfield Marchers, The June) so I’ll check them out. I liked most of that Bad Lieutenant record, but there’s some songs I just have to skip. Washed Out almost made my top 20 songs.

    Comment by ed — 29 Dec @ 11:42 am

  5. Thanks, I just checked out Seeland-wow! Amazing! Sorry I missed that one. Will look over the others on your list as well. I do like ASDIG and NP and Mary Onettes. (As for BL, I LOVE the “Sink or Swim” remixes)

    Comment by e6gMan — 29 Dec @ 1:47 pm

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