So, here, from the Better Late than Never Department, is a round-up of what I found to be the best of that music, compiled and presented for your listening — and downloading — pleasure. It’s hard to boil so much product down into something coherent, and at nineteen tracks long I fear I’ll already be testing most people’s patience. I also left out a lot of music that I thought was really good but that failed to really move me, so there’s no Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors or Grizzly Bear. Sorry folks, I’m not that hip… or maybe too hip for that, depending on how you look at it. Anyway, enough disclaimers.
For no good reason, I call the compilation “Ox Tails.” You can listen to it through your Web browser over at Mix.subtraction.com/02 via the still terrific Opentape playlist tool. You can also download this compilation, along with the cover art I quickly cooked up, below — though in the interest of preserving some value for the labels, the downloadable songs are relatively low quality, at a bitrate of just 16 kbps. If you like any of the tracks and want to own the full-quality versions, you can click through to Amazon via the track listing at the bottom of this post and help me raise my little girl so she too can enjoy quasi-legal music blogging. Any way you choose to consume it, I hope you like it.
Thanks for the playlist, you got a lot of great tracks on there.
I put one together my own a few weeks back, feel free to check it out. Unfortunately, I have not set up downloads. Though most are available through Emusic. I look forward to putting your playlist in my rotation.
Thanks for sharing Khoi. I look forward to listening. Putting together a little something similar myself for next week.
Thanks for this! There are some great songs here. i’ve made it into a spotify list for those lucky enough to have spotify!
Thanks, folks. David, sadly I’m not lucky enough to have Spotify over here, but more power to you.
good looking list – very happy to see ‘cover my eyes’ on there. What. A. Tune!
thought the Jarvis stuff was pretty average though to be honest.
Simon: It’s true, Jarvis didn’t break any new ground in 2009. Still, I have to admit a personal predilection for his music that goes back, what, sixteen years or more now? There’s almost nothing he’s done that doesn’t sound good to me, for better or worse.
Oh, and the whole La Roux album is full of “What. A. Tune.” tunes, if you ask me.
Thank you so much Khoi! I listened to the playlist twice and already bought the Phoenix album. There’s tons of great stuff in this list that I didn’t know before.
Thanks. Not just for the music, but also the Opentape tip. I’ve been looking for something like this. The best part of the end of ’09 was all the great “best of” the decade/year music lists. Lots of stuff to discover.
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May I ask what the typeface on the cover is?
Great list Khoi! I must admit I had not heard most of these tracks…must be getting old or losing my cool factor – that is if I ever had it to begin with. I’ve already downloaded a ton of my favs.
Jason: Awesome, glad you enjoy it. Let me know which albums you like best.
Theo: That’s Klavika, a terrific typeface that I’m trying hard not to use but that I seem to return to all the time.
I’m in the midst of doing my Tops for 09, and La Roux and Phoenix will be there. And thanks for the Bon Iver song… lovely.
Oh, and you should also check out RCRDLBL.com — not as large a library as emusic, but lots of free downloads.
Phoenix’s Love Like a Sunset (part II in particular) is amazing. Its really awesome to see that on someone else’s list of great music. Personally I’m obsessed and I’ve stopped looking at the Play Count so as not to sweat my weird ability to listen to the same thing again and again like a kid and a movie.
Thanks for Bon Iver, Thom yorke and The Big pink! Whoa, man, your taste is really great..I think I’ll download other songs, maybe I’ll find smth interesting for myself
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