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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!

Huff…

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.

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BEST VIDEO OF 09: Grizzly Bear “Ready, Able”

13 Dec

With 2009 drawing to an end, everyone with an Internet connection and a few spare mins is churning out their favourite tracks/trends of the year.

None to pass on the opportunity to be delightfully self-indulgent, I am planning several lists in my mind. It’s great fun to put them together while sipping coffee and staring at my computer screen pretending to work, gazing out the window of the bus, or walking briskly through softly falling snow.

Also, I’ve put together a mix of my favourite tracks of the year and I’m planning to copy them, sew cases out of paper, potato stamp them and give them to friends/family as gifts. I’ll post on this in the coming week.

And there’s also the entire decade to consider. People are starting to sum it all up. (Geez, I’d better get back to my list-making/filtering, STAT!)

To start off, I’d like to declare Grizzly Bear’s “Ready, Able” as the greatest music video of 2009.

Directed by Allison Schulnik, this video brilliantly contrasts the infinite emptiness and soaring emotionality in this song. And it’s uniquely rendered through some of the most interesting stop-motion animation I’ve seen (I’m big into animation).

I love the way the colours bleed and pour and smear into one another.

In an interview on Fecalface.com, Schulnik spoke about how she chooses her content. Here’s her reply:

“I seem to be drawn to sad characters, the forlorn reject. Something about being on the outside. The outcast. But I also am intrigued by the super confident fool. He too is a reject. I’m not really interested in what’s accepted by people. I like the things, places and characters that have been forsaken. On both sides of the field. The happy genius fool and the pathetic misfit. I guess I like drama.”

Indeed. I completely agree that the super confident fool is inherently a reject. Also, far from being sad, watching the pathetic misfit gives me a surge of happiness and energy.

Perhaps it’s because I really like the way Schulnik portrays her rejects — in all their funny, futile, endearing glory.

Here are two of my favourite paintings of hers:

What a silly scary monkey!

Anyway, I’m jazzed by her statement about creating her own worlds:

“My dad’s an architect, that’s probably where the animation bug came from — making little worlds that you create and be supreme leader in, except mine are mini and made from wood and clay. I have always been drawn to fantasy worlds, theatrical worlds, hand-made worlds. This world doesn’t always hold my attention for very long. But I also love animators and comedians. That’s probably another reason I was drawn to animation.”

Check this:


“Ready, Able” is my favourite song off Veckatimest, but I must admit I chose “Two Weeks” instead to represent the album on  my Best of 2009 mix for two reasons:

  • Reason one: “Two Weeks” is more radio friendly.
  • Reason two: I selfishly want to keep “Ready, Able” to myself as my own secret song, and allow other people to discover it on their own.

Is this wrong? Probably. I find it annoying when other people do this, but I’ve felt possessive over certain music that since I was a teenager (always music that links to my emotions in some way).

Can anyone relate? If so, what are your secret songs?

(Promise I won’t tell…)

Photos courtesy of fecalface.com