Many of these bands made appearances on the jwz mixtapes in 2008 and 2009, but I stopped compiling those mixtapes in March 2009, so I discovered many of these bands later.
I sometimes wish that I had kept up with the mixtapes, but at this point I've lost momentum. What killed that project was a conjunction of several things. I went to the South by Southwest festival in March, which kind of fried my brain, musically speaking. Before going, I listened to (or at least skimmed) each of the 1200+ tracks on the SXSW torrent in preparation. That took weeks. Then, after a solid week of seeing around ten bands a day, I returned home to dig through the music I had discovered there. That also took weeks. And at about the same time, there was the New Girl, and so she was pretty much the final nail in the mixtape coffin.
I find that now that I'm no longer spending the time each week to put together the mixtapes, I acquire music more slowly. I guess the act of compiling those tended to focus my acquisitiveness.
As last year, I have eschewed the task of writing short summaries of these albums, because that's a pain in the ass. Despite that, you should listen to these albums because I loved them and you trust me.
Number of these bands that I saw perform this year: 13.
Number of these bands that performed at DNA Lounge this year: 0.
Here's your shopping list:
- Metric - "Fantasies"
- La Roux - "La Roux"
- Fight Like Apes - "And the Mystery of the Golden Medallion"
- Nico Vega - "Nico Vega"
- Jessy Moss - "Down at the Disco"
- The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - "Fruit"
- Kap Bambino - "Blacklist"
- Stripmall Architecture - "We Were Flying Kites"
- Product01 - "Bullet Ride"
- Au Revoir Simone - "Still Night, Still Light"
- My First Earthquake - "Downstairs"
- Thieves Like Us - "Play Music"
- Puscifer - "V is for Vagina"
- The Faint - "Fasciinatiion"
- Dragonette - "Galore"
- The Juan MacLean - "The Future Will Come"
- The Brownies - "Ourknife Yourback"
- Silversun Pickups - "Swoon"
- Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer - "Schematics"
- The Spores - "Doom Pop"
- Tegan & Sara - "Sainthood"
- The Blacks - "Tiger Songs"
- Sleater-Kinney - "All Hands on the Bad One"
- Röyksopp - "Junior"
- Fever Ray - "Fever Ray"
- Fol Chen - "Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made"
- The Coathangers - "Scramble"
- Tiny Masters of Today - "Skeletons"
- Tiga - "Ciao!"
- Spiral Beach - "The Only Real Thing"
- The Ettes - "Do You Want Power"
- A Place To Bury Strangers - "Exploding Head"
- Nite Jewel - "Good Evening"
- Vitalic - "Flashmob"
- Miss Kittin & The Hacker - "Two"
- Annie - "Don't Stop"
- Digitalism - "Idealism"
- Pnau - "Pnau"
- Ringo Deathstarr - "Ringo Deathstarr"
- Stricken City - "Songs About People I Know"
Ahh, the optimisation problem of a Man's Hobbies and a New Girl. It's NP complete as far as I've been able to tell.
In the interest of browsing jwz's write-up music, I threw together a Spotify playlist, for those so endowed, with most of the albums. Where the albums were missing or inaccessible, I tried to have the artists represented by some random song, to act as a bookmark so that the listener can explore their other music. Only three or four artists were missing completely from Spotify.
For those of you not spotify-enabled (including jwz since he's in the US), a similar playlist has also been built on Grooveshark:
It's also missing stuff because we only have what gets uploaded, but 293 songs ought to be enough to keep people busy for a while. :)
No Nitzer Ebb love? Their Industrial Complex album was really rather good. As in, good like they used to be back in the day, good.
Haven't heard it, don't care.
"Hey, are you going to go see Skinny Puppy?"
"No, but I would totally go see them another time. For example, 1989."
Spotify playlist for jwz 2009 music wrap-up (about 80% of the albums were found).