Dead Flowers: Ten Tracks from 2009

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1. The Veils - Sit Down By The Fire

An absolute epic on a record that could've used a few more of them, to be honest. Big, rolling drums and chiming acoustic guitar sound like a statement of intent from From Finn Andrews and Co.

2. Pete Doherty - Arcady
Ever since Up the Bracket, Pete has dealt with high expectations. His failure to meet them means that even his good records get overlooked.

3. Mew - Beach
Mew recaptures the magic of Frengers on this and most of the other tracks on No More Stories...

4. Animal Kingdom - Signs and Wonders

Although it falls squarely in the guilty pleasure category, this is still a top tune.

5. Foreign Born - Early Warnings

The high point of an otherwise spotty sophomore effort.

6. Fool's Gold - Surprise Hotel

Great song. Good band. Mediocre record.

7. The Notwist - Gloomy Planets (Live)

Probably my most listened to track in 2009, this live performance is featured on the new documentary Music No Music.

8. The Raveonettes - Break Up Girls!
One of a handful of standout tracks from a great, great album.

9. The Big Pink - A Brief History of Love

More tracks like this and The Big Pink could emerge as an important band.

10. Dead Skeletons - Dead Mantra

Still gets my vote for song of the year. It will open up new musical worlds you didn't know existed.

Honorable Mention:
The Ruling Class - "Sleeping Beauty"
A little too early 90s Britrock for its own good, this was still an intriguing track in a year with precious few of them.

Highlights from 2009 on Dead Flowers:
Interview with Sune Rose Wagner (The Raveonettes)
Interview with The Ruling Class
The "Utterly Brilliant" Radiohead (Video)
The Veils - Sun Gangs Review
Pete Doherty - Grace/Wastelands Review
Download Special - The Veils Acoustic
Download Special - Radiohead - Kid A: Amnesiac Live in Paris
Download Special - The Sound of Young Denmark
RIP Steven Wells
The Veils/Foreign Born Live Review
Fall Review Omnibus
My band releases its first EP

And a bit of history...
Best of 2006
Best of 2007
Best of 2008

Thanks for visiting Dead Flowers in 2009. See you next year!


Dirty Henry said...

Great mix ! Am only to the 6th track but it was already worthful :)

Mike said...

Thanks Henry! Spread the word!