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HIGH ROTATION 2009: My best of the year mix

16 Dec

So, here ’tis! My best-of-2009 mix!

In other words, this is a tracklist of my highest played that just squeaks in under 80 mins. Keep in mind these are my fave tracks of the year. For fave albums, see below High Rotation under “Top 10 Albums of 2009.”

High Rotation 2009 – By Lena

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And here’s what I have to deal with when I’m listening to/writing/reading/watching stuff online:

Cat steals chair!


Anyway, Top Ten Albums of 2009 – According to me:

(And yes, they are in a specific order)

1.) Fever Ray Fever Ray

In a word: Magic

Perfect for: Creating art/self expression. This album is a glimpse into the mind of a true artist. I always put together a great outfit if Fever Ray is playing while I’m choosing clothes. Karin Dreijer Andersson, you make me amazing!

2.) Grizzly Bear Veckatimest

In a word: Brilliant

Perfect for: Listening/writing. The organic, enveloping nature of this album makes it a completely faultless listening experience. Gets the creative juices flowing.

3.) Yeah Yeah YeahsIt’s Blitz! (Deluxe Edition)

In a word: Emotional

Perfect for: Experiencing all the highs and lows of love. I laughed, I cried, I hurled.

4.) BibioAmbivalence Avenue

In a word: Optimistic

Perfect for: Thinking/nodding head. The mixture of folk and electronic is stimulating to the mind. I’m excited about the future of music based on this album.

5.) Memory Tapes Seek Magic

In a word: Kinetic

Perfect for: Transportation, either forward or backward. Drive, bike, bus, walk, think with this on. Mentally transport yourself back to times you were happiest/saddest and live there for a bit.

6.) Sunset RubdownDragonslayer

In a word: Warm

Perfect for: Analog time. Sitting in a sunbeam wrapped up in a blanket; toasting in front of a fire with good book/magazine; generally feeling fuzzy towards oneself.

7.) Junior BoysBegone Dull Care

In a word: Playful

Perfect for: Getting ready to go out! Or, simply staying in and singing and dancing in front of the mirror (if you’re into that). Have fun with it.

8.) The xxxx

In a word: Sexual

Perfect for: Sexy times/daydreaming on bus about sexy times. Not that I’ve done this, ever.

9.) Atlas SoundLogos

In a word: Shy

Perfect for: Walking around all dreamy and introspective-like; being watched from afar.

10.) Major Lazer Guns Don’t Kill People … Lazers Do

In a word: Manic

Perfect for: Twisting and jerking yourself awake on dark, freezing winter mornings – oh, and shakin’ what yer mamma gave ya on the dance floor, too. Commagain!

In four words: GO BUY THESE PLEEZ!

All photos by me.


LOVE LOVE: Atlas Sound “Walkabout”

23 Nov

A little beam of sunshine has landed on my iPod!

I cannot stop listening to this new Atlas Sound track “Walkabout.” (THREE smileys!)

Since it’s been raining pretty heavily here in Vancouver, for something to quell my shrieking internal rants about steamy bus rides, dripping faux fur collars, leaky boots and wet jean cuffs is no small miracle.

The tunes I’ve been favouring lately have been amplifying these rants, actually. Too much heavy guitar or dance/electronic amplified mood music to get me up and out the door to work.

There’s always a time and a place for manic experimental dancehall, but maybe not while I’m digging craters in my mushy raisin bran while looking despondently out a rain-patterned window.

Bradford Cox (of Deerhunter fame) wrote and recorded “Walkabout” with Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear of Animal Collective) after meeting him on tour last year. The ensuing meld of minds and musical styles has created an chirping, glittery pop track that packs a punch similar to Peter Bjorn and John’s “Young Folks”, but with a much-needed absence of gloss.

This song is for little triumphs and fledgling dreams. While listening, it’s easy to imagine a group of little kids discovering the seaside for the first time: creating marvels of architecture with sand and sticks; turning over rocks and squealing at the creatures beneath; dusting sand off of one another…


Download Atlas Sound – Logos from iTunes. (The rest of the album is amazing as well.)

Photo courtesy of Spinner.com