Two Thousand and Nine
Happy New Year! Before the year comes to a close I wanted to just mention a few of my favorite musical happenings from 2009.
Best 2009 Album Never Released: Pela’s Rise Ye Sunken Ships
I heard live versions of these songs and was eagerly awaiting this follow-up to Anytown Graffiti, but alas, the group broke up. So, recorded versions of “East Los Angeles”, “Rise”, “Juarez”, “Strange Days”, and “Augustine” are out there somewhere…if only they could make their way to my ears. Seriously, if you have them, send them along.
Best Group Reunion/Comeback: Boyz II Men
This was a surprise, to say the least. Apparently it was not the end of the road.
My prediction for musical reunion/comeback of 2010: Ok, so I wanted to say Kris Kross (the mack daddies of backwards clothing fame), but it turns out that they already reunited in 2007. So then it was Bell Biv DeVoe, but I found out they, too, have reunited, as did En Vogue, All-4-One…
Notable Indie Rock Musicians Playing at Fancy Venues: M. Ward at the Apollo Theater, Band of Horses at Carnegie Hall, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at Gilman Opera House at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dark was the Night performers at Radio City Music Hall.
Best Concert Line-Up: Dark was the Night at Radio City Music Hall. Really, how often do you get to see Bon Iver, Dirty Projectors, Feist, David Byrne, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, and The National all in one night?
Best New Band: I’m going with Hockey.
Favorites songs of 2009:
“While you wait for the Others” by Grizzly Bear
“Slight Figure of Speech” by The Avett Brothers
“Too Fake” by Hockey.
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