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[revisited] 2009

I spend a fair amount of time digging for new music, but I always go back to my favorites. One year in particular is always on repeat and seeing as how we’re now ten years removed, it’s about time I gave praise where praise is due.

To put it bluntly, 2009 was an epic year of music. It’s the year I’ve revisited most frequently since I started compiling my year end lists – (31) Days of Good. I honestly can’t think of another year that includes so many of my favorite records. Records I still listen  to on a regular basis. Records I don’t think i’ll ever stop enjoying. Hell, records I don’t think I could live without. Records like Mew’s No More Stories Are Told Today…, The Antler’s Hospice, Karen O and The Kids’ Where The Wild Things Are soundtrack, Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, Japandroids’ Post-Nothing, Future Islands’ Feathers & Hallways, St. Vincent’s Actor, Passion Pit’s Manners, Telekinesis’ Telekinesis!, Mos Def’s The Ecstatic, Discovery’s LP, and The xx’s xx.

This is such a small sample of incredible releases and I can go on-and-on listing my favorites. But records aren’t meant to be read, they are meant to be heard. So if you’re unfamiliar with one of greatest years of modern music, I’ve got your covered. Take a spin down memory lane with my (31) Days of Good//2009 playlist below and check back throughout the year as I revisit more favorites.

[mix] (31) Days of Good: 2011

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As I prep #31days2016, I find myself exploring the tunes from past (31) Days of Good. It seems counter productive when i’m writing about the best new music of the year, but listening to old favorites seems to motivate me more. Last month, Brendan and I revisited the early blogspot days of Concrete Opinions and 35mmBeats on Revolutions Per Minute and had a blast. So, as we approach the “best of season”, i thought it would be nice to share my old (31) Days of Good playlists. 

Enjoy.

[mix] (31) Days of Good: 2009

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As I prep #31days2016, I find myself exploring the tunes from past (31) Days of Good. It seems counter productive when i’m writing about the best new music of the year, but listening to old favorites seems to motivate me more. A few weeks ago, Brendan and I revisited the early blogspot days of Concrete Opinions and 35mmBeats on Revolutions Per Minute and had a blast. So, as we approach the “best of season”, i thought it would be nice to share my old (31) Days of Good playlists. 

Enjoy.

[new music roundup] 6.17.14

the antlers - familiars

 

A few of my favorite new releases this week…

 

The Antlers//Familiars

[antlersmusic.com]

 

Boris//Noise

[borisheavyrocks.com]

 

Lana Del Rey//Ultraviolence

[lanadelrey.com]

 

Miniature Tigers//Cruel Runnings

[miniaturetigers.com]

 

Say Hi//Endless Wonder

[ilikesayhi.com]

 

More new music at Largehearted Boy.

(31) Days of Good: 12.2.12

Baltimore’s Beach House continue to impress with each and every release.  This year’s Bloom might be their best yet.  It’s definitely my personal favorite from the duo and one my top 10 favorite albums of 2012, which makes it incredibly difficult to pick one favorite.  Bloom is one of those records you can listen to start to finish, over and over again.  “Myth” was my first taste of Bloom and it’s an incredible leadoff track.  “Lazulli” is simply magical…or what I like to describe as “Legend of Zelda” meets dream pop.  Ultimately, I have to go with “On the Sea”.  Now this is just me, but this song makes me happy and nostalgic.  Whenever I listen, I can’t help but take trips down memory lane.  I also really love the “Rainbow Connection”-esque piano in the beginning, and how it delicately builds and builds, but never really bursts.

Beach House – On the Sea [from Bloom]
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I’ve been a fan of Brooklyn’s Yellow Ostrich for a couple of years now and I love what these guys are doing.  They have such a cool and authentic sound, simply calling them indie rock doesn’t do them justice.  The band had a big year.  The band’s biggest highlight this year was the release of Strange Land — an impressive, and surprisingly sophisticated, guitar-heavy pop record.  And along with touring extensively all year, the band also found time to release a great EP — Ghost.  If you haven’t given Yellow Ostrich a proper listen, you’re missing out.

Yellow Ostrich – Marathon Runner [from Strange Land]
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It comes as no surprise to those that know me, or read this here blog, that I am a big fan of The Antlers.  They released a full-length, Burst Apart, and an EP, (together), last year.  I figured they’d take this year off, God knows they deserve it.  Lucky for me, and the rest of the fans, the band surprised us with a fantastic new EP, Undersea.

The Antlers – Drift Drive [from Undersea]
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