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Hey there everyone!

Firstly, a big big thanks to those who wrote in their lists of top ten tracks of 2009.

It’s great to read over what you’re all listening to! Some really great tunes in there.

It seems there are quite a few of the same bands popping up, which is really interesting. Phoenix, Mumford and Sons, White Rabbits, to name a few. Is this because we all listen to similar radio, or because those bands simply connect well with people in general?

We all caught The XX last night at the Astra Lounge, here in Berlin. They played two shows in one night (both sold out), which is a sign that they’re doing something right. Check out the photos of the gig, above (taken with a shaky hand I’m afraid…).

They were really understated, but engaging also. Nice to see a band on stage at a big venue, not trying to blow you away, just playing their tunes the way they ought to be played. That takes balls I think – especially when playing to a crowd of 2500.

So we’re all on the same page, and the discussion can continue, here are some of the lists people sent in… Feel free to comment further…!

Melanie wrote:

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

Steve wrote:

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

Mariana wrote:

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!)

Lachie wrote:

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

Peter wrote:

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

Kim wrote:

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

Kylie wrote:

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

Andrew wrote:

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
Vampire Weekend – Cousins
9) Gomez – Other Plans
10) Silversun Pickups – It’s Nice To Know You Work Alone

Pete wrote:

-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!


Written by ocdandson

January 23, 2010 at 17:48

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  1. ughhh i realised i missed so many bands now that i read everyone else’s

    temper trap, franz ferdinand, animal collective, florence + the machine, junior boys…


    January 23, 2010 at 18:05

  2. As much as I can understand right now, I think you’re right!

    Hungover Guy

    January 24, 2010 at 05:19

  3. Hey there, awesome blog, just curious what spam blocker system you use for comments since I am getting so many spammers on my web site.

    Blanca Hoeflinger

    February 2, 2010 at 22:25

    • hey there,
      we don’t actually have any particular spam blocker on the blog. wordpress just asks if we want to approve every comment before they show up. so we have control over it.
      luckily, we haven’t been spammed yet anyway !!!
      i’m not sure what kind of system is good for spam blocking on other websites… i’m not very technical in this area…:)
      from oscar.


      February 3, 2010 at 10:30

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