Choosing my favorite songs of 2009 was no easy feat. I spent hours going through my iTunes, Last.fm, DailyTuneage, and even Tweets seeing what was resonating with me through the course of the year. In a nutshell: I listened to a LOT of music. A LOT, PEOPLE. So much, in fact, that it didn’t all fit onto one CD. (Note: both this and the other mixes fit on a standard 700 mb CD should you be one of those antiquarians who listens to CDs in their car or whatever.) I took a first stab at this at the end of November, writing down the songs that meant the most to me. Then later put it into an iTunes playlist, listening to it repeatedly, swapping out songs, changing the order, and listening again, so by the time I posted it, I was almost a little sick of my own taste in music. (But just a little.) And as I mentioned in my other post, I didn’t limit myself to songs just released in 2009; instead, chose the tunes that I loved the most during the past year. (Don’t worry, I’ll cover my favorite albums of the year in yet another music-related post.) The songs that made it onto “Outside Under Broken Leaves” tended to be more personal, and as such, a lot of them were on the slower side. Melodious. Ethereal. They just seemed to fit my mood for this year, or at least my mood now as I’m looking back on the last year.
But there were more songs…many more songs that played a role in shaping my personal soundtrack of 2009. (No, I didn’t just sit around weeping quietly into my journal, as the other mix may suggest.) I did my share of rocking out, and this mix – which I’m calling “Lost and Found: B-Sides from Aubs’ Best of 2009” – reflects that.
It’s all about the balance. The fast and the slow, the give and the take, the push and the pull. Hopefully this mix serves as a compliment to my Best of 2009, and also to your own musical journeys.
1. There Goes The Fear – Doves
2. Saints – Army Navy
3. It’s About Time – Barcelona
4. Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
5. Pursuit of Happiness – Kid Cudi (featuring MGMT & Ratatat)
6. All We Want, Baby, Is Everything – Handsome Furs
7. Please Visit Your National Parks – Oxford Collapse
8. See You – Dinosaur Jr.
9. Hi-Fi Goon – Throw Me the Statue
10. Lost & Found – Phoenix
11. Oh My God, Whatever, Etc. – Ryan Adams
12. Anonanimal – Andrew Bird
13. Crystalised – The xx
14. Blindness – Metric
15. Blue Skies – Noah and the Whale
16. Island, IS – Volcano Choir
17. Lose You – Pete Yorn
18. I And Love And You – The Avett Brothers
19. Your Love (live) – Bon Iver
Merry Christmas, everyone.