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Our top ten tracks of 2009…

with 21 comments

Hello, and happy new year!

We hope you are recovering and feeling plenty of sparkly newness.

Joe has decided, and this is his single resolution for 2010, that he wants to do more shoulder-stands this year. He has been practicing and apparently his ‘core’ is improving. He does still wee the bed though…

I’ve just woken up in snowy Berlin and thought it might be time to upload that list of tracks that we all loved from the past year or so. I know there seem to be so many top five, top ten, even top one hundred lists floating about this time of year, so what could we possibly hope to add or say that will keep the whole thing fresh?

I’m not really sure to be honest. But we have loved a lot of music over the past year, and we’d also love to hear what your thoughts are on what we’ve been listening to.

Phoenix released a great album, and we saw them live in Melbourne a few months ago. The show was better than we could have possibly expected. Really dynamic. And they take you on a journey.

We really love ‘Lisztomania’. Didn’t realise that there is actually a movie called ‘Lisztomania’, starring Roger Daltrey, Ringo Starr and Rick Wakeman… and that the word was first used to describe the massive response for the piano performances of Franz Liszt. Apparently women used to scream Beatles-style for him… That’s not bad for a solo pianist.

Just discovered a band that goes by the name of Dead Man’s Bones. I was surprised to find that Ryan Gosling (the actor…) is one half of this project, and it is pretty damn good. They recorded an entire album with a kids choir, which adds an almost unsettling sense of foreboding to the whole thing. Don’t ask me why, but it is very dark and somewhat creepy. Check it out.

Kasabian released an album we all love. This one is set apart from their other albums in that it was co-produced by Dan the Automator, who brings an element of hip hop to the whole indie/rock vibe. Pretty rad.

There are plenty more there, and so much more to say, but I’m going to stop now. Have a look at the list here…

Our top ten tracks of 2009:

1. Phoenix – Lisztomania
2. Dead Man’s Bones – Buried In Water
3. Doves – Jetstream
4. Kasabian – Where Did All The Love Go
5. Fever Ray – If I Had A Heart
6. The XX – Crystallised
7. White Rabbits – Percussion Gun
8. Lady Gaga – Paparazzi
9. Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
10. Antony and the Johnsons – Another World

Let us know your thoughts!!

Lots of love from Dukes.

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Written by ocdandson

January 8, 2010 at 14:53

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  1. got to love a bit of doves, spesh when cuz is manager, family requirement ha, Lady Gaga is good and weird, loved mumford and sons and the rest are familiar but will re-listen too. Would swap the snow and cold for temps here…43 today yak

    Jayne

    January 9, 2010 at 19:57

  2. sweet choice of tunes, my top ten for 2009 were:
    mumford & sons – little lion man
    pheonix – lisztomania
    bloody beetroots – awesome
    bluejuice – i ain’t tellin the truth
    temper trap – science of fear
    the view – shock horror
    franz ferdinand – no you girls
    florence & the machine – rabbit heart
    metric – help i’m alive
    passion pit – little secrets

    Melanie Ashton

    January 20, 2010 at 07:54

    • hey mel

      great tunes there indeeed . seems to be a lot of similar tunes popping up in lists! what does that say?

      do you listen to the radio…? which station, if so?

      really dig the passion pit album also. great stuff.

      from oscar

      ocdandson

      January 23, 2010 at 13:04

  3. Dead mans bones blew my mind, I discovered them a few months back. Goslings voice is haunting and there are some really great moments from the choir. Also The XX have been on high rotation over the past few months. Intro is one of my favourites as is crystallised. Great song choices!

    Jessica

    January 20, 2010 at 07:58

    • jess – it’s oscar…

      how’s it goin?

      yeah the choir thing is so unsettling, even though they’re kids! i don’t know what that means.

      i’m so surprised in ryan gosling too – i didn’t realise he had such talents outside of acting. love the fact that they had a concept for the album also. ties in really nicely.

      saw the xx last night here in berlin. they were great. and sounded so good. very super super chilled, which was almost a little strange in front of 2500 people!!

      peeeeace

      ocdandson

      January 23, 2010 at 13:06

  4. Pheonix and White Rabbits oh yeah! Here’s my list off the top of my head anyhow 🙂

    Muse – Exogenesis Symphany
    Alexisonfire – Sons of Privilege
    Placebo – Breathe Underwater
    Closure in Moscow – Sweetheart
    The Mars Volta – Cotopaxi
    Editors – Bricks & Mortar
    Brand New – You Stole
    Young Heretics – Bones of a Rabbit
    Karnivool – New Day
    Temper Trap – Fader

    Steve

    January 20, 2010 at 08:22

    • yo steve

      nice tunes. how good is that white rabbits song?

      incredible to see that phoenix are smashing it everywhere. they just sold out festival hall in melbourne, i hear – that’s huge.

      and also great to see the temper trap doing so well. australian bands have super huge potential and it’s really great to see them succeed all over the world.

      from oscar

      ocdandson

      January 23, 2010 at 13:07

  5. Is this were I submit my list?

    I love most of those songs, but for me, it would have to be:

    Bat For Lashes – Daniel
    Bloc Party – One More Chance
    Friendly Fires – Kiss Of Life
    Julian Casablancas – 11th Dimension
    Manchester Orchestra – I’ve Got Friends
    MSTRKRFT – Heartbreaker
    Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
    Patrick Wolf – Hard Times (he is the most amazing man ever)
    Simian Mobile Disco – Audacity Of Huge (Ft. Chris Keating)
    White Rabbits – Percussion Gun (everytime I hear this song I smile so so so much!)

    Mariana

    January 20, 2010 at 08:35

    • heeeey mariana

      yes it is where you submit your list!

      aaah more good tunes. seeing whit rabbits pop up a few times. they’re great.

      and mumford and sons also. great to hear their music produced a little more – before their new album, i’d only heard their early EP tunes. it is great to see the transition.

      from oscar.

      ocdandson

      January 23, 2010 at 13:09

  6. Top Ten:
    1- Resistance – Muse
    2- Amongst The Waves – Pearl Jam
    3- Central – John Frusciante
    4- Cotopaxi -Mars Volta
    5- Gunman – Them Crooked Vultures
    6- Runaway – Dukes Of Windsor
    7- You Never Know – 7 Worlds Collide
    8- Quiet Dog – Mos Def
    9- Assassin -John Mayer
    10- Battle For The Sun – Placebo

    Lachie

    January 20, 2010 at 11:13

    • lachie,

      nice tunes.

      them crooked vultures are pretty rad. i am a led zeppelin lover from way back mind you, so perhaps there is an element of nostalgia there..

      what is that shit band, dukes of windsor in your list?? i’ve seen some really gay clip they do to that song. stupid idiots.

      love from oscar.

      ocdandson

      January 23, 2010 at 13:12

  7. I have to agree with Phoenix – Lisztomania, its an awesome song. I’ll have to check out the other ones on your list.

    I voted for the folling on triple J, which you can tell is quite varied.

    AFI – Medicate
    Art Vs Science – Hollywood
    British India – Vanilla
    Florence and The Machine – Drumming Song
    Mumford and Sons – Little Lion Man
    Mumford and Sons – The Cave
    Phoenix – Lisztomania
    Phrase – Spaceship
    Rise Against – Savior
    Bluejuice – (Ain’t) Telling The Truth

    Peter

    January 20, 2010 at 11:32

    • hey peter

      how’s it going?

      nice one with the votes. you are an avid triple j listener i take it?? nice. that station is super important for australian music – and it’s great to see some aussie names in your list as well!!

      really diggin mumford and sons over here – their album sounds super sweet. very nicely produced.

      oscar, a duke

      ocdandson

      January 23, 2010 at 16:51

  8. Phoenix – 1901
    Deportees – Under The Pavement – The Beach
    The Sound of Arrows – Into The Clouds
    Jet – Beat On Repeat
    Phoenix – Lisztomania
    Fibes, Oh Fibes – Run to you
    30Seconds to mars – Kings and Queens
    Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
    John Mayer – Heartbreak Warfare
    Salem al fakir – Astronaut

    Kim Wallén

    January 20, 2010 at 13:24

    • hey kim

      how you doing?

      phoenix keep popping up again and again!! it’s actually quite amazing. their album has just really connected it seems… lisztomania is a brilliant track.

      you know they got a dance producer in to mix the album? great combination of band feel and electronic sound. dig it.

      nice one, thanks for writing in.

      from oscar

      ocdandson

      January 23, 2010 at 16:53

  9. Hey Guys 🙂
    Personally i think 2008 was a better year for music but heres my list ;

    Bag raiders – Shooting Stars
    Pearl Jam – The Fixer
    Calvin Harris – You used to hold me
    Ladyhawke – My Delirium
    Midnight Youth – All on our own
    La Roux – In for the Kill
    Kasabian – Where Did All The Love Go
    Artic Monkeys – Crying Lighting
    Philadelphia Grand Jury – The Good News
    Bat For Lashes – Daniel

    Have fun and cheers
    Kylie

    Kylie

    January 20, 2010 at 23:58

    • hey kylie

      how you going?

      why was 2008 better?? what did you have in your list that year…?

      i seem to recall it being a pretty good year also.

      nice to see some midnight youth in there – we toured with them last year for a month or so. very funny dudes. and they are absolutely massive in NZ! it verges on ridiculous.

      love the kasabian album. we also should have put ‘fire’ in our list, we really couldn’t pick between that and ‘where did all the love go’.

      from oscar

      ocdandson

      January 23, 2010 at 16:55

  10. I do this every year, and I know how hard it is to choose 10 songs from a shortlist of 50 greats. Here’s mine:

    Top 10 Songs of 2009:
    1) Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy
    2) Phoenix – Lisztomania
    3) Placebo – Bright Lights
    4) Bluejuice – Broken Leg
    5) Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
    6) The Temper Trap – Science Of Fear
    7) Simian Mobile Disco – Audacity Of Huge
    8) Vampire Weekend – Cousins
    9) Gomez – Other Plans
    10) Silversun Pickups – It’s Nice To Know You Work Alone

    SWEET! 😀

    Andrew Bitto

    January 21, 2010 at 12:13

    • hey andrew

      how’s it going?

      yeah it’s always a pain to narrow down 10 tracks from a list of 50. or more. it’s like asking what your favourite band is – basically impossible to answer.

      really digging the new vampire weekend stuff – i hear they opened up at no.1 on the billboard charts in the US, which is amazing. first band on an indie to have done that in a long while.

      thanks for writing in!

      from oscar.

      ocdandson

      January 23, 2010 at 16:57

  11. Not the best tracks of ’09 – simply my favourites. Basically picked them all for their irresistible hooks… In no particular order:

    -Marina & the Diamonds – Obsessions
    -The xx – Islands
    -Silversun Pickups – Panic Switch
    -Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Dull Life
    -Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work
    -Phoenix – Lisztomania
    -Fever Ray – Triangle Walks
    -Röyksopp – The Girl and the Robot
    -Metric – Gimme Sympathy

    and last, my absolute favourite, I can never get tired of this track, it’s so beautiful and calm, I feel like I’m floating…
    -Destroyer – Bay of Pigs

    I’d also like to add that there is no shame in liking a bit of Gaga! Paparazzi is damn catchy!

    Pete

    January 22, 2010 at 16:02

    • hey pete

      how you doing?

      funny you mentioned marina and the diamonds – i was just checking her (them?) out. strangely enjoyable, i don’t know what to feel yet. but i think i like it.

      been checking out some metric also. interesting sound. didn’t realise that the singer is also plays in broken social scene, who are awesome.

      speak soon and thanks for writing in!!

      from oscar, a duke

      ocdandson

      January 23, 2010 at 16:59


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