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NPR’s All Songs Considered just did a Best of ’09 (So Far). Totally digging it except for two important omissions: Florence & the Machine (the incredible Lungs – Drumming is especially fantastic, as is her cover of Postcards From Italy) and Sunset Rubdown (Dragonslayer = brilliant; see Idiot Heart & You Go On Ahead / Trumpet Trumpet II).

Here’s their list, with the picks i especially agree with in bold. What do you think? (lots of mp3 reposts / tracks ive sent in my mp3 blasts, but a few new ones, too)

The Best Songs of 2009 (so far)
1. “My Girls” Animal Collective
2. “Two Weeks” Grizzly Bear
3. “Blood Bank” Bon Iver <– justin vernon! oh, to have been emma, forever ago!
4. “The Rake’s Song” The Decemberists
5. “Lisztomania” Phoenix <– so much fun
6. “Zero” Yeah Yeah Yeahs <– my fave track on It’s Blitz. love running up Alamo Sq to this.
7. “This Tornado Loves You” Neko Case  <– amazing.
8. Sleepyhead” Passion Pit <– no secret im in love with this song.
9. “Laughing With” Regina Spektor <– disappointing, i thought. especially this track.
10. “The Wanting Comes In Waves/Repaid” The Decemberists <– love Shara Woodren on this!
11. Train Song” Feist and Ben Gibbard <– from my fave collaboration of the year
12. Knotty Pine” David Byrne & Dirty Projectors <– same album. love love love it.
13. Daniel” Bat For Lashes <– lush. posted a killer remix a few months back, i think.
14. “Summertime Clothes” Animal Collective
15. “One Wing” Wilco <– sorry, ive never been a big jeff tweedy fan, except when he collab. w/ Billy Bragg
16. “The Fear” Lily Allen <– great track. but still obsessed with her cover of “Straight to Hell
17. “Heads Will Roll” Yeah Yeah Yeahs
18. “Wilco (The Song)” Wilco
19. “Stillness Is The Move” Dirty Projectors <– great track but im not obsessed w/ Bitte Orca.
20. Help, I’m Alive” Metric <– im not a huge Emily Haines fan, but there’s something about this track.
21. Anonanimal” Andrew Bird
22. “On No” Andrew Bird <– fantastic song. i wish i listened to him more.
23. “No You Girls” Franz Ferdinand
24. “I And Love And You” The Avett Brothers
25. “French Navy” Camera Obscura <– fantastically fun
26. “Magpie To The Morning” Neko Case <– gorgeous.
27. “Woods” Bon Iver
28. “Black Hearted Love” PJ Harvey and John Parish
29. “While You Wait For The Others” Grizzly Bear
30. Panic Switch” Silversun Pickups <– love, love, love the build up in this.

Read on for the album picks…


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she’s incredible.

more quiet than expected this show; Kelly Hogan did most of the talking. Neko barely addressed the audience directly, but then, that’s exactly the way i wanted it. her music, her voice, there’s something so hauntingly removed about it. managed to squirm my way directly in front of the stage, and my god, i was blown away.  i’ve been to some unforgettable shows (front row of AFI, onstage with Anti-Flag, two feet from Feist in the Unitarian church basement before she was famous), but i honestly dont think ive ever seen an artist live whose voice was so incredibly… crisp. 

She started with Maybe Sparrow, and ran through a lot of her recent catalogue. Most tracks were from Middle Cyclone, but she also sang a few from The Tigers Have Spoken and a  lot of Fox Confessor...  The set ended with This Tornado Loves You (possibly my favorite track on the new one), and then they came back out for the encore, which included some absolute favorites: If You Knew, Magpie to the Morning, That Teenage Feeling and the absolutely awesome show closer: John Saw that Number.  The entire audience walked out last night with giant, silly-ass smiles plastered on. Enjoy.

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Neko’s Middle Cyclone drops today.
a few tracks to help remind you why you should support any and every endeavor of hers:
A Widow’s Toast  <– my all-time, favorite Neko Case song
Dreamin’ Man <– fantastic Neil Young cover
We’ve Never Met   <– Ron Sexsmith helps out

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Live cuts from last month:

Middle Cyclone – there’s something about this song that just tugs at you
Don’t Forget Me – fantastic Harry Nilsson cover (i cant figure out if the title is actually “alimony”)
I’m an Animal – another new one from Middle Cyclone (march 3!!)
Hold On, Hold On – god, this song gets better and better every time i hear it. and it’s incredible live.

call me crazy, but Neko Case just sounds like love to me – it’s all folk tales and morbid humor and tongue in cheek and cool nights driving with the windows down.  there’s something exciting and tragic and wistful about her songs; god, she’s good.

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from her upcoming album, Middle Cyclone: People Got a Lotta Nerve

from her label / the cause:

Today, we are especially happy to bring you “People Got A Lotta Nerve,” the first single from Neko Case’s forthcoming album Middle Cyclone (out March 3), because for every blog that reposts the song and/or iLike user who adds it to their profile, Neko Case and ANTI- will make a cash donation to Best Friends Animal Society.

The promotion will run from January 13 to February 3, 2009. Five dollars will be donated for every blog post and one dollar for every user of iLike that adds the song to his/her profile.

Sweet! Download for charity!
Next wed night @ the Herbst!!! I can’t even put into words how excited this makes me – Neko is incredible; her music is folky and hopeful and bold, and never fails to lift me up.

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