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Carolyn Kassnoff writesCarolyn Kassnoff’s Best of 2009

Throughout the month of December we’ll be posting lists of the best music of the year as determined by the volunteers that make CHIRP what it is. Today’s is from CHIRP Volunteer, Carolyn Kassnoff and compiles her favorite songs from 2009.

  1. Death Cab For Cutie “Little Bribes” – The Open Door EP (Atlantic) Amazon / Insound / iTunes
    A very accurate depiction of a visit to a casino.
  2. Neko Case “This Tornado Loves You” – Middle Cyclone (Anti) Amazon / Insound / iTunes
    Her voice is amazing.
  3. Animal Collective “Summertime Clothes” – Merriweather Post Pavillion (Domino) Amazon / Insound / iTunes
    Who wouldn’t want to go for a summertime walk after hearing this?
  4. Local Natives “World News” – Gorilla Manor (Infectious) Amazon / Insound
    They sound very energized, especially on their cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Cecilia.”
  5. Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele “You Can’t Force a Dance Party” – The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulelele (Paw Tracks) Amazon / Insound / iTunes
    This is a catchy song, and Dent May sounds great live.
  6. Phoenix “Lisztomania” – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote) Amazon / Insound / iTunes
    Indie Dance Anthem of 2009 #1.
  7. Passion Pit “The Reeling” – Manners (French Kiss) Amazon / Insound / iTunes
    Indie Dance Anthem of 2009 #2. (I love them both equally.)
  8. Fanfarlo “Luna” – Reservoir (Atantic) Amazon / Insound / iTunes
    How many instruments did they use on this album?! Strings make it passionate.
  9. The Decemberists “The Rake’s Song” – The Hazards of Love (Capitol) Amazon / Insound / iTunes
    Scary! Colin Meloy & Co. do a phenomenal interpretation of the album live.
  10. Thao with the Get Down Stay Down “Know Better Learn Faster” – Know Better Learn Faster (Kill Rock Stars) Amazon / Insound
    Ever since We Brave Bee Stings and All, I’ve loved both her songwriting & her acoustic guitar-based music.


Favorite album cover of the years
Neko Case – Middle Cyclone (Anti)

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