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LAist Staff Picks 2009: Music

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Molly Bergen

This list is in no particular order. I know that it's numbered, but that is only so I could keep track of my thoughts. It is in no way reflective of importance. They are all equal in my eyes. Each one of these albums have deserved a spot because I deeply and truly love them and more miraculously am still not sick of them. Hopefully, you all will enjoy them as much because that's what lists are all about. I mean, it's partially to recognize achievement, but mostly it's to introduce people to much that they may have missed. In the spirit of that, I've included a tune with each album, so you can check them out. Enjoy!

1. Andrew Bird - Noble Beast

"Fitz & Dizzyspells"

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2. Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Pains of Being Pure At Heart

"Everything With You"

3. Big Pink - A Brief History of Love

"Velvet"

4. Metric - Fantasies

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"Gold Guns Girls"

5. The Heavy - The House That Dirt Built

"How You Like Me Now?"

6. The Love Language - The Love Language

"Lalita"

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7. Crocodiles - Summer of Hate

"I Wanna Kill"

8. Harlem Shakes - Technicolor Health

"Sunlight"

9. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes

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"Home"

10. Low Anthem - Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

"Charlie Darwin"

11. Silversun Pickups - Swoon

"Panic Switch"

12. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!

"Boogie"

13. Black Lips - 200 Million Thousand

"Short Fuse"

14. The Builders and the Butchers - Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well

"Hands Like Roots"

15. Frankel - Anonymity Is The New Fame

"Anonymity Is The New Fame"

16. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus

"Lisztomania"

17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!

"Heads Will Roll"

18. The Voyeurs - A Well Known Drag

"Things People Say"

19. Elvis Perkins in Dearland - Elvis Perkins in Dearland

"Shampoo"

20. Old Canes - Feral Harmonic

"Little Bird Courage"

21. La Roux - La Roux

"Bulletproof"

22. Sin Fang Bous - Clangour

"Advent In St. Ives"

23. The Generationals - Con Law

"Nobody Could Change Your Mind"

24. White Rabbits - It's Frightening

"Percussion Gun"

25. Fanfarlo - Reservoir

"Luna"

Now also this year there were a number of EPs and singles that were released by new bands that I listened to on repeat. I think it's unfair to discount them just because these artists didn't have a full album, so in the name of fairness I present:

Molly's Top 10 New Faces to Look For in 2010 (in no particular order):

Joe Pug - "I Do My Father's Drugs"

Lissie - "Little Lovin'"

Local Natives - "World News"

Avi Buffalo - "What's In It For?"

Surfer Blood - "Swim (To Reach The End)"

Magic Kids - "Hey Boy"

Toro Y Moi - "Blessa"

The Anasazis - "The Talk"

Little Fish - "Darling Dear"

Navajo Bixby - "Moonlighting"

Seven Saturdays "Secret Things" (Full disclosure: I manage this band and therefore am totally biased. Apologies.)