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Monday, December 07, 2009

gorilla vs. bear's songs of 2009

01 Animal Collective | My Girls
02 Girls | Hellhole Ratrace
03 White Denim | Regina Holding Hands
04 Cass McCombs | You Saved My Life

05 Washed Out | Feel It All Around
06 Smith Westerns | Imagine Pt. 3 (demo)
07 Big Boi | Shine Blockas (feat. Gucci Mane)
08 Animal Collective | What Would I Want? Sky
09 Grizzly Bear | Ready, Able
10 Best Coast | When I'm With You
11 Major Lazer | Keep It Goin Louder

12 Phoenix | Lisztomania

13 Raekwon | 10 Bricks
14 The Bitters | Warrior
15 Family Portrait | Mega Secrets
16 The xx | You've Got the Love (Florence + the Machine cover)
17 jj | Ecstasy

18 Atlas Sound | Walkabout (feat. Noah Lennox)
19 Burial | Fostercare
20 Pearl Harbor | Luv Goon
21 Here We Go Magic | Fangela
22 The Sandwitches | Kiss Your Feet
23 Four Tet | Love Cry (Joy Orbison remix)
24 Dum Dum Girls | Rest of Our Lives (live)
25 Trailer Trash Tracys | Candy Girl
26 Memory Tapes | bicycle
27 The Mantles | Don't Lie
28 Fever Ray | Keep the Streets Empty for Me

29 Toro y Moi | Blessa
30 Taken by Trees | Anna
31 Memory Cassette | Asleep at a Party

32 VEGA | No Reasons
33 Burial + Four Tet | Moth
34 Pearl Harbor | Lost @ Sea
35 Bullion | Time for Us All to Love
36 Neon Indian | Mind, Drips
37 Real Estate | Beach Comber
38 Bat For Lashes | Daniel

39 The Mayfair Set | Already Warm
40 Woods | Death Rattles (Daytrotter session) / Rain On
41 Ganglians | Blood on the Sand
42 El Perro del Mar | Change of Heart
43 Forest Swords | Miarches

44 DOOM | That's That
45 Sharon Van Etten | For You

46 Wavves | No Hope Kids
47 Grouper | Hold the Way

48 SALEM | Frost
49 Vivian Girls | Tension
50 Tiny Vipers :: Development


Check out David's list after the jump...


DAVID'S TOP 40 of 2009:

1. Animal Collective | My Girls
2. Best Coast | Sun Was High (So Was I)
3. White Denim | Regina Holding Hands
4. Girls | Lust for Life
5. Grizzly Bear | Cheerleader
6. Phoenix | 1901
7. Major Lazer | Can't Stop Now
8. Smith Westerns | Imagine Pt. 3
9. Family Portrait | Mega Secrets
10. Bullion | Time For Us All to Love
11. Deadbeat Summer | Neon Indian
12. Real Estate | Beach Comber
13. Animal Collective | Daily Routine
14. The XX | VCR
15. The Mantles | Don't Lie
16. The Mayfair Set | Already Warm
17. St. Vincent | Marrow

18. Toro y Moi | Blessa
19. Vivian Girls | When I'm Gone

20. Burial | Fostercare
21. Memory Cassette | Asleep at a Party
22. Nite Jewel | Lover

23. The Sandwitches | Back to the Sea
24. The Golden Filter | Solid Gold
25. JJ | My Hopes and Dreams
26. Four Tet | Love Cry (Joy Orbison Remix)
27. Summer Camp | Ghost Train
28. Pearl Harbor | Luv Goon
29. Dum Dum Girls | Rest Of Our Lives (Live)
30. Washed Out | Feel It All Around
31. Wavves | No Hope Kids

32. Taken By Trees | Anna
33. Atlas Sound | Quick Canal
34. St. Etienne | Spring (Air France Remix)
35. Here We Go Magic | Fangela
36. Trailer Trash Tracys | Candy Girl
37. Sunset | Sunshine Hair
38. The Bitters | Can You Keep a Secret
39. VEGA | No Reasons
40. Fever Ray | When I Grow Up


Previously: Gorilla vs. Bear's ALBUMS of 2009


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Blogger Stefonix said...

very nice. I'm glad the second list got "Daily Routine" in there.

6:23 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Wow, no "French Navy" on either list?

I had figured that would _top_ a lot of people's lists.

7:21 AM  
Anonymous bobby said...

Me too. That Cass McComb's song is definitely a topper for me. Partial to "Two Doves" as well. kisses.

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

make a list without including white denim? not gonna happen.

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Will said...

Sweet list guys! No love for Two Weeks/While You Wait For The Others though!!!

Otherwise, some really great picks that I am also going to put on my list (once I make it lol!!)

Thanks for being great!

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You had to know this was coming, but all the same: no Dirty Projectors? Puzzling.

10:06 AM  
Blogger LiquidHeaven said...

Ready, Able. I went with Fine for Now between the two.

Good list.

10:15 AM  
Blogger norefugee said...

No Antlers? Sheesh.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need more chillwave

10:19 AM  
Blogger norefugee said...

No songs from Antlers "Hospice"?

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one song I like from that one album I like? Sheesh. It's like our tastes vary to a certain degree. I am very upset with you, stranger whom I've never met but am grateful for how you continually introduce me to great new free music person.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While You Wait and/or Fine For Now would've been shweet.
And I've never really liked My Girls, Summertime Clothes was always the place to go, for meh.
But Tunnelvision is waaay better than Fangela! Maybe I'm missing something...

11:51 AM  
Anonymous riv randem said...

smith WESTAHNZ yeaa

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you forgot to add "pacifia nostalgia" from fungi girls

12:23 PM  
Blogger Nate said...

good list bros

some other additions:

"Here to Fall" by Yo La Tengo


12:40 PM  
Anonymous J said...

Yea, I thought Chris dug Stillness is the Move, at least.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Also, I don't want to spoil the party, but Hellhole Ratrace was released as a single in 2008 and it made "best of" lists last year.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

it's cool, you're not spoiling the party. i had it on my list last year too, but it's so good it made the list again

1:24 PM  
Anonymous WW85 said...

also would have liked to see Royksopp's Happy Up Here...

1:34 PM  
Anonymous WW85 said...

Not at all what I expected.

Big misses in my book-

Big Wave Rider- Rainbow Bridge- Best surf lyrics ever.

Psychic City- Yacht- The epitome of the definition of "single"

No Intention- Dirty Projectors- Better than at least 30 songs on your list. Same could almost be said for the first 4 songs on the album...

Grizzly Bear- Ready Able? Really??

Fever Ray- You picked the 5th single (Keep the Streets..) and accompanying worst video from the album.

Freeway- Kurt Vile - April was a long time ago but it was this year. "It's Alright" and "Overnite Religion" are almost as good.

Crystalised- The XX - Picking VCR over it is somewhat understandable, but the Flo & the Machine remix? Everyone has personal likes & dislikes, but Crystalised is the definitive song from the album. (The album you put pretty high on your list)

Mind Movies- Daniel Johnston - I'd excuse it if you didn't include dreck like "Daniel" on the list...

Lovesick Teenagers- Bear In Heaven - Great song from a great album. Is it an anti Pitchfork thing???

Pinnacle Hollow - The Breeders - Easy to miss, but the song is a gem...

I Want a House - Twin Sister - Could easily be in top 15.

All that said, you guys introduced me to a lot of great music this year, some of it listed above. Thanks!!

2:03 PM  
Blogger Cole Garner Hill said...

Pretty stereotypical pics + Neon Indian is such a joke. And no "Shelia" or Kurt Vile? Yawn...

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sheila and kurt vile would've been stereotypical picks

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Coal said...

define stereotypical pick, cole. you as big an idiot as your blog would suggest?

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Valt said...

I love the option to comment and discuss these end of the year lists with fans unlike that "other" site we all go to. Even the folks who run GvB will comment back! I LOVE IT. Thanks!

One major miss for song - Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell (Wallpaper Remix) by Das Racist

& one slightly less major miss - Egyptian Cowboy by Electric Six

These are songs for people who have a sense of humor and like to have fun of course.

3:21 PM  
Blogger daniel said...

great list, bros! i agree w/ ready/able! i love that family portrait song too. surprised not to see HIGHLIFE's f kenya rip not here. that was my summer jam.

3:46 PM  
Blogger nunboi said...

Seeing Daily Routine is a very good thing, but man, why does Summertime Cloths get no love at all? Is it too accessible to be enjoyed by the internet?

4:15 PM  
Blogger Zach That said...

I can't believe how everyone is sleeping on the Clues album. Way too brilliant to be buried with the other forgotten albums of this year.

4:55 PM  
Blogger swolk said...

good list things i would change etc. but thats just taste... only one thing that i will actually say though...
TALAMAK BY TORO Y MOI IS THE BEST. blessa is really good too but TALAMAK SHOULD BE #1.

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

109 is better than Talamak and Blessa...

6:18 PM  
Blogger xyxyt said...

i stop reading at ANIMAL COLLECTIVE... couldn't understand their hypeeeeeeee

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Would I Want? Sky is the number one song of the year. I know the song has been floating around for a while, but the studio version is flat out mind-blowing.

7:17 PM  
Blogger lank thompson said...

nice list imo

7:18 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

i'm pretty sure i saw chris drop some hate on that pizza hut song on twitter...so no...i'm sure he did not forget to include it.

7:41 PM  
Blogger Randall said...

I thought "asleep at a party" came out last year... still, my favorite memory cassette song BY FAR

8:17 PM  
Anonymous WW85 said...

I second What Would I Want? Sky for top song this year. Gotta give Chris major props for putting it in the top 10 even though he and Dave probably pinky swore they'd both put My Girls on top back in January...

8:47 PM  
Blogger adamfitz22 said...

daily routine and ready, able are definitely my favorite songs from those albums, i'm glad you hit those. feel it all around might be my number one favorite of the year, followed closely by toro y moi's talamak or blessa. would new beach house songs have to wait to be included til next year? either way, good job with the lists. there is a reason i read your blog

10:27 PM  
Blogger mari said...

Nice lists. Lust for Life would be my song of the year.

10:52 PM  
Blogger Bo said...

im diggin the list. "when im with you" is super excellent. i'm not sure if you count new beach house but i will definitely be including "silver soul" in my best songs heard this year list, and next year for releases. enjoyed no age's "losing feeling", a lot of songs on Mt. Eerie's release. "summrtime" is my favorite on the girls record. it has some of the euphoric swelling that "imagine pt. 3" has. always an interest list from you guys. cheers to an equally good 2010!

8:31 AM  
Blogger ericbobs said...

All the commentators are haters.
-Mike "the situation"

I got my gripes but I mostly like. Thank you guys for another year of wading through crap so I don't have to.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Play the toro y moi song simulatenously with the fever ray song sounds cool

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Mollie said...

it' still hellhole ratrace

a few times

and then some songs from other years

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Jordan said...

If you have 5 min right now lets do this together…


Put on their single “SHY” from the above link. It is one of the more accessible/catchy tunes, and yet “Shy” does not loose its musical beauty that the rest of the album provides. Only “Shy” does not demand repeated listens prior

Here we go…

The single starts with a Electro-Retro almost Cut Copy-isk version of an alarm clock. The alarm clock seems to be trying to reverb over and over but it comes across struggling to play at all.

A drum/clap follows, which starts a haunting teeth grinding bass beat. An actual Bass guitar takes over, and a distant "owl hoot" hides in the background.

Now the song kicks off. Foreign Icelandic vocals bounce back and forth in between a Trance-like Bird’s echo. As the progression builds a crystal clear guitar breaks through the distortion and strikes a few descending notes almost like a piano would. The drumming reminds me of the tumbling drum roll that Godspeed Black Emp’s- Storm does so well. And then the song breaks its abstract nature and seems to find signal. The channel it finds is like a scene from Donnie Darko where the camera follows the interactions of characters in slow and fast motion…

Now that’s a Tune…

Their full album is the most Delphic, abstruse, acute, arcane, complex, concealed, difficult, discerning, esoteric, hard to understand, heavy, hidden, incisive, intricate, mysterious, obscure, occult, penetrating, profound, recondite, secret album of 2009 (all thesaurus adjectives of the word “deep”)

Much Love GvsB, Your album, and song list was very enjoyable to read. How dare you not put in my favorite album or single and differ from my taste. I therefore conclude you are wrong, and fearful of being racist. So you made up your number one pick from a list of black artists. You have also included xx to be spiteful of Pitchfork. You prefer grizzly bears to panda bears, so that’s why “MPP” was one step behind “veck”. But most of all, I believe, Chris and David designed this blog, years in advance to hinder the reputation of Dirty Projectors.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

You guy need to make a "Gorilla vs. Bear's Christmas Remix Songs of 2009." I am very intrigued by the holiday season and number of remixes bands make. I found some new albums I can add to my ipod at: Folk Christmas Songs This list lays out the Folk Christmas tracks, but I need more to add to my ipod. Help me out. haha. But, seriously let me know if you have any recommended Christmas songs from various bands.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Nick Wall said...

Good to see Sharon van Etten there. My main quibble is I would have liked to have seen more bands and artists from outside north america. Here's my list for what it's worth : http://musictodiefor.wordpress.com/top-50-songs-of-2009

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big YES to The Golden Filter's "Solid Gold." I didn't listen to anything last year as much as I listened to that. Glad to see it getting some love in someone's year end list.

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yr totally missing Letting Up Despite Great Faults - "In Steps" too good

2:03 AM  
Blogger Bang Potential said...

srsly, Regina Holding Hands IS that good http://bangpotential.com/2009/12/top-ten-albums-of-2009.html

5:15 PM  
Blogger A Fistful of Sound said...

I’m fucking tired of people having a whinge about 'stereotypical picks'. Best-of lists are idiosyncratic by nature and that is why they are fun.

I was a bit disappointed by the lack of love for Fuck Buttons & DP. But great list guys, thanks for giving me the heads up to so much new music this year.


4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck chillwave.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Dirty Projectors is a bunch of grating bullshit. I'm glad you didn't put that on the list.

Also... You picked "Walkabout" over "Shelia" off the Atlas Sound album? Hmmm...

Also... this band Grooms is really good in a pavement-y way, they didn't get enough love this year.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the thought that you found
takes you to town
smashes your face
burns out your heart

10:06 PM  
Anonymous thom said...

great list! yeah!

anyone who agrees (or vehemently doesn't) -
please do my survey for my dissertation: www.somequestions.co.uk
it's about the internet's effect on music and is quite fun and you can vent your opinions and tick nice boxes and i drew little pictures. PLEASE help me out. thanks. x

7:17 PM  
Blogger TeenageElephant said...

Check out my blog I wrote a post on how the internet changed music in the decade. It's long... maybe not dissertation long but hopefully you like it.
I'll do your survey.



10:58 PM  
Blogger Shores Blog said...

been checking out top 09 music lists the past few days and this one is by far the best one. great stuff guys!

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Kaley said...

I'm definitely happy to see multiple AC songs (especially daily routine), but no Summertime Clothes??? That was the best song on the whole album (which is saying a lot since every song on there was amazing)!

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Rita said...

"109" is an Ariel Pink knockof, though I like Toro Y Moi in general.

Things I haven't seen on anybody's top lists that are great:

*Blues Control - "Local Flavor"

*Gatekeeper - "Optimus Maximus"

*Oneohtrix Point Never -
"Zones Without People"

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love This:
Anonymous said...
No one song I like from that one album I like? Sheesh. It's like our tastes vary to a certain degree. I am very upset with you, stranger whom I've never met but am grateful for how you continually introduce me to great new free music person.

9:09 PM  
Blogger jpage said...

This is a great list! Now lets focus on 2010. Who do you think the bands to watch will be?

I posted my pics on MusicVagabond

9:38 AM  
Blogger Indie P. Seed said...

Great list(s). Y'all might be into this (in progress) Top 125 of 2009 as well: http://indieseed.blogspot.com/2010/01/best-songs-of-2009-75-51.html

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice list. if 1 song longer, blood, by navigator? good album too. anywho, love gvb.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Gabriel said...

I'm new to GvsB ..interesting look, you've got some gems here..I'm an artist/composer as well, and I'd like to share the video of my instrumental Chill/Electro/Ambient track Horizon
Thanks !

11:34 PM  
Blogger Félicien said...

animal collective is the most upper rated band ever they really suck

11:42 AM  
Anonymous gurff said...

You forgot:

the elevated - axe lips
gridspace - consuela
the frame mates - how did i know
elizabeth golgotha - every chance
forthright bastards - the dinner song

just to name a few

3:02 PM  

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