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Monday, November 16, 2009

2009 Year In Review for XPN

One of my favorite radio stations from Philadelphia is XPN. They are UPenn's public radio station, and they play a really wonderful mix of eclectic music without commercials or inane commentary. Plus, their news breaks come directly from NPR. If you live outside the Mid-Atlantic area, you might have heard World Cafe with David Dye, a radio program they produce that is syndicated around the country.

Growing up in the Mid-Alantic, and having a mother with good and prolific taste in music, has meant growing up listening to XPN. Every year they do a countdown of the best songs and albums of the year based on listener submitted lists. This year for the first time, I participated. I based my list off of albums I bought this year, albums that got a lot of good buzz, songs I found myself listening to over and over again online, and songs that every time they played on the radio I couldn't help but move to. As my primary venues for discovering new music are XPN and Pitchfork, I will admit that my selection was heavily influenced by the leanings of these two fine sources. Check it out:
Top 10 Songs
1. 1901 - Phoenix
2. Sink - Brand New
3. Time To Die - The Dodos
4. I'll See You When I Look At You - Luke Winslow-King
5. Raindrops - Basement Jaxx
6. The Rat (Part 1) - Tempo No Tempo
7. Young Hearts Spark Fire - Japandroids
8. I'm Broke - Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
9. Home - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
10. 11th Dimension - Julian Casablancas

Top 10 Albums
1. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - Phoenix
2. Daisy - Brand New
3. Time To Die - The Dodos
4. Old/New Baby - Luke Winslow-King
5. Waking Heat - Tempo No Tempo
6. Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! - Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
7. Post-Nothing - Japandroids
8. Logos - Atlas Sound
9. Dark Was the Night - Various Artists
10. Merriweather Post Pavilion - Animal Collective

There it is. If you are not familiar with these artists, I strongly suggest giving them a listen.

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