Ohh 2009….you gave us so much!
Susan Boyle’s warbling, Rhianna’s bruises, generic “R.I.P. Michael Jackson” t-shirts, Jon and Kate’s despicable hairplugs and mom cut and Tiger Tiger Woods Y’all. Twitter got wittier and jaded folks now express their longings through Facebook posts. People worried about getting some popular flu as we awaited a long winded, but eventually stunted Health Care plan. It’s the end of a simply fucked up decade.
A decade that makes the 90’s look like R.E.M.’s Shiny Happy People was played on repeat to the dot com boom and Bill Clinton’s transgressions. We will now forever be: Post 9/11 America. A nation supported on shrugging shoulders as we wake up to the 2010’s, sleeping with one eye open. We formerly woke up to nightmares of metropolitan rubble and bloated bodies floating past looters of underwater cities. But these nightmares must soon turn to stories we share or keep close to our chests watching the next decade rise or fall like a fiery sun.
Look past the Obama backlash (it’s arrived and going to get worse). Look past ‘sexting’ and social networking. Look past recession small talk and people becoming famous for wanting to be famous. Look past your Blackberry and iPhone. Look past celebrity infidelity. Look past the past.
So here is my list of the best of 2009! (I am possibly going to compile a best of the decade list…possibly)
Bat For Lashes, Daniel
She is trying to reinvent the music video era for the Youtube generation, which is amazing and needed, but I am still going to watch the Jersey Shore…MTV is good for at least SOMETHING these days. Beautiful lyrics about an obsessed women over dreary synth beats. You wish a significant other longed after you like this.
Kid Cudi, Remix of Pokerface by Lady Gaga
I know…the misogyny in this song is borderline threatening, but man if it doesn’t make me try to dance well. Cudi burst onto the scene with a personal album about a lonely stoner bent on revenge, but will it last? It all depends on when people start hating hipster-hop and whether or not he wants to continue to sing about gold chains.
Animal Collective, In the Flowers
These guys struck a cultural nerve this year by releasing an album that didn’t make people think about taking mushrooms and regretting it. The jump this song makes at 2:31 makes me want to drive my bike into a snow bank while maniacally laughing.
DOOM, Gazillion Ear
The best rapper alive releases an amazing new album that I wrote about earlier in the year.
Sunset Rubdown, Drangonslayer
If you know me, you know how obsessed I am with this band. This is by far their poppiest and most accessible work to date, but they remain the same. Why? Because Spencer Krug’s lyrics will trump whatever direction they take without overtaking georgeous musicianship.
Lyrics from You Go On Ahead (Trumpet Trumpet II):
And if there are two eyes in my head,
there are four seasons in a year,
and reflections on the water of a burning yellow sphere.
(Video above is Sunset Rubdown playing at the Pitchfork.com office)
Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca
Where the fuck did this come from? This album rattled my bones with borderline absurd tempo changes and R&B sensibilities. The 3 female vocalists make beat boxing and DJ equipment sound obsolete. I can’t stop listening.
DOOM, Born Like This
DOOM dropped the MF and started quoting Bukowski. I think that is all I need to say.
Swan Lake, Enemy Mine
Three beasts get together, write songs about dead friends, lost love and growing old. I am still deciphering the lyrics, but I am not even sure if I really want to. Previous blog mentions.
This is the year that I actually started watching TV shows regularly, and I picked a great season.
In 5 words of less:
Community on NBC: 2nd best ensemble cast EVER. (Arrested Development is number 1 kids)
Parks and Recreation on NBC: Aziz Ansiri and Aubrey Plaza
Modern Family on ABC: Hilarious and not self aware
Intervention on A&E: Prepare to cry alot
Jersey Shore on MTV: The Situation and Pauly D
Sizzled from the pulsating opening sequence and didn’t lose an ounce of steam. J.J. Abrams found the perfect way to explain a franchise reboot without ruining the franchise: TIME TRAVEL! Why didn’t someone think about his before?
Where The Wild Things Are
The confusion of childhood has never been realized like this. Spike Jonze continues to make films with an ethereal quality, while being grounded in humanism. James Gandolfini’s performance as Carol is just as good as anything he did on the Soprano’s.
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Stop motion animation, Wes Anderson, Roald Dahl and George Clooney. How could this not be good? Anderson’s trademark touch is evident without being overbearing.
Other exciting ‘09 things:
The MUPPETS ARE BACK! They have a Youtube Channel. In this world of CGI ‘puppetry’ the Muppets still manage to have more soul than an Avatar.
This amazing picture of Al Gore:
She must not believe in global warming...poor lil girl
Have a wonderful holiday, thanks for reading, and lets move forward.
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