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Roundup 2009: Five More Songs From An Awful Year

Looking back over 2009, I’m surprised to see that I recorded more music than I’d thought I had. Probably because I was approaching every track as a demo, I neglected to notice that the year’s total output essentially adds up to about half an album.
If you missed any of these songs, or if you’d like to hear them all back-to-back, well then this is the blog post for you! Hope you like the tunes, and Happy New Year!

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Roundup 2009: Four Cool Songs From An Awful Year

I‘ve never been one for year-end lists – best-of, worst-of, etc. – but I had some enforced time for reflection last week courtesy of an ugly virus and realized that I did have a few favorite songs from 2009 that people out there might have missed.
Herewith, for your listening/viewing pleasure, the official “Four Songs That Mike Enjoyed In 2009 That You Might Not Have Heard On The Radio” list. Don’t say I never gave you anything.

This qualifies as maybe the biggest surprise of 2009: a band from France made a cool album. France!

I like this song because it’s got me walking around the grocery store singing “I should’ve taken acid with you”, which gets me strange looks in the produce section.

I think Metric’s “Fantasies” is my favorite album of 2009 (and I wonder whether 2009 will be the last year that I, or anyone else, will pick an entire favorite “album”). All of the songs are strong – this one just had the easiest video to find. Great roadtrip music – I’ll always associate this track with midnight on a two-lane road at the bottom of a 5,000-foot deep canyon, no one else around, under a full moon.

This album came out in 2008, but I didn’t hear it until this year, so there. I’ve always been a big fan of the fervent chorus, and this track has that in spades.

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Son Of Firecracker

A bunch of you mentioned that the NPR music player where they posted all the songs from their “Write & Record A Song In A Weekend” challenge is seriously f-ed up, and that it’s hard to find the particular song you’re looking for, which is true.
If you’re looking for someone else’s track, I’m not sure what to tell you, but here’s an easy way to check out the song I submitted, which is called “Firecracker”. Just click the ol’ white play arrow below.
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