2009

Washed Out – Don’t Wanna
Washed Out shares a vintage, surf-y deep cut from the High Times sessions. "Don't Wanna" is one of four previously unreleased bonus tracks that will appear on the reissue of the 2009 chillwave classic, out November 5th. Listen below, and pre-order on colored vinyl here.
EPs + Singles of 2009
Not all of the best music we heard this year was restricted to the long-player format. These are our favorite EPs + singles of '09, released in various vinyl/tape/digital formats.
EPs:

01 Memory Cassette | Call & Response 7" (Acephale)      mp3: 02 Animal Collective | Fall Be Kind (Domino)03 …
gorilla vs. bear’s songs of 2009

01 Animal Collective | My Girls02 03 White Denim | Regina Holding Hands04 Cass McCombs | You Saved My Life
05 06 07 08 Animal Collective | What Would I Want? Sky09 Grizzly Bear | Ready, Able10 11 Major Lazer | Keep It Goin Louder
12 Phoenix | Lisztomania
13 Raekwon | 10 Bricks14 15 16 17 jj | Ecstasy
18…
gorilla vs. bear’s albums of 2009
Our favorites from an exceptional year:
25 pisces | a lovely sight     mp3: 24 ganglians | monster head room     mp3: 23 the mantles | the mantles     mp3: 22 st. vincent | actor     mp3: 21 cass mccombs | catacombs     mp3: 20 atlas sound | logos     mp3: 19 washed out | high times     mp3: 18 night…
2009.5
Our favorite albums of the first half of '09:
01. grizzly bear | veckatimest01. white denim | fits03. smith westerns | smith westerns    mp3: 04. phoenix | wolfgang amadeus phoenix05. animal collective | merriweather post pavilion06. fever ray | fever ray07. night control | death control08. jj | n° 2…
ida maria, neon indian added to monolith 2009

This is shaping up to be pretty amazing, and they're only about half way done announcing the lineup, with a few huge surprises still to come. Some other highlights so far:
The WalkmenMethod Man + RedmanGirl TalkM. WardThe Twilight SadHEALTHPassion PitThe ThermalsDeer TickThe Pains of Being Pure at He…
official sxsw 2009 showcase schedule
girls
The schedule of official SXSW 2009 showcases is now up. I'm still digesting the whole thing, but here's a handful of recommended SXSW-hosted mp3s, culled from their massive list of free jams. Feel free to leave your band/showcase recommendations in the comments...
new sxsw 2009 showcasing bands list
It's long. This isn't the final list -- there are a few bands playing our day party that aren't on it -- but it's probably pretty close. Some highlights that weren't on the last official list include Gang Gang Dance, Ducktails, Pocahaunted, Beach House, HEALTH, Anti-Pop Cons…
blog radio :: most likely to succeed 2K9

For today's special edition of Blog Radio, Sirius asked us to count down the top 5 artists that we think are most likely to succeed in 2009. Of course, success is a relative term, so my list is essentially just the artists I look forward to hearing new material from/want to see live/expect breakout …