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The LARRY Page's
Albums & Singles of the Year: 2009

So it shouldn't be a big surprise that Animal Collective has topped both my albums and singles lists this year. I guess primarily because their music had the highest rankings of any 2009 releases on my decade-end lists. But also because they've dominated just about all the year-end critic and blogger lists that have come out so far.

For me, Merriweather Post Pavilion, which was released in January, set the bar impossibly high for all other albums this year. This will probably sound like an exaggeration, but the album -- with its standout track "My Girls" -- was one of those rare first-listens that really felt like hearing an instant classic. And I place my bets that in ten years Animal Collective's greatest album to date will sound just as fresh and impressive.

Top 50 Singles of 2009
Top 50 Albums of 2009

posted on Thursday, December 24, 2009 | [permalink] | 0 comments

The LARRY Page's
Top 100 Albums of the 2000s

Considering the number of albums that came out in the 2000s, narrowing down a list of my top 100 albums of the last ten years was surprisingly easy. It really forced me to select albums that truly got me excited about music. And while there were hundreds of other albums that I really enjoyed this decade, these albums are the main reason I read so many music websites and blogs and magazines. The ones that I wouldn't want to imagine having never reached my ears.

Top 100 Albums of the 2000s

posted on Monday, December 21, 2009 | [permalink] | 0 comments

The LARRY Page's
Top 200 Singles of the 2000s

As a lifelong listmaker, I have long been excited about the challenge of coming up with my 200 favorite singles from my first full decade as an adult. So after a lot of shifting through old lists and a bunch of resources to make sure I didn't leave a single song behind, here's what I picked as the 200 songs that defined my decade.

Top 200 Singles of the 2000s

posted on Friday, December 18, 2009 | [permalink] | 0 comments

Top 25 Albums of 2008

So, here's my long mulled over list of favorite albums of the year.

Just a couple notes before you read on:

You may notice that in my intro to last year's list I mention feeling bad that I couldn't find room for Bon Iver's debut disc. Well, after a year of satisfying listens (and an official label release), I thought it deserved a spot on the 2008 list.

Secondly, if you've been looking at a lot of year-end best albums lists, it seems like a lot people agree with my #1 choice. I hate being so predictable, but honestly no other album even came close.

50. THE BUG / London Zoo
49. HIGH PLACES / High Places
48. LINDSTROM / Where You Go I Go Too
47. EL GUINCHO / Alegranza
46. WOLF PARADE / At Mount Zoomer
44. Q-TIP / The Renaissance
43. MAE SHI / Hlllyh
42. ELBOW / Seldom Seen Kid
41. BONNIE 'PRINCE' BILLY / Lie Down in the Light
40. CRYSTAL CASTLES / Crystal Castles
39. SIGUR ROS / Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
38. SPIRITUALIZED / Songs in A & E
37. WHY? / Alopecia
36. BUN B / II Trill
35. HORSE FEATHERS / House with No Name
34. CRYSTAL STILTS / Alight of Night
33. VAMPIRE WEEKEND / Vampire Weekend
32. ERYKAH BADU / New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War
31. HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR / Hercules and Love Affair
30. CALEXICO / Carried to Dust
29. FUCK BUTTONS / Street Horrrsing
28. SANTOGOLD / Santogold
27. CUT COPY / In Ghost Colours
26. THE DODOS / Visiter

25. PORTISHEAD / Third

24. KANYE WEST / 808s and Heartbreak

23. M83 / Saturdays = Youth

22. MY MORNING JACKET / Evil Urges

21. THE WEEK THAT WAS / The Week That Was


19. BLACK KIDS / Partie Traumatic

18. MAN MAN / Rabbit Habits

17. BON IVER / For Emma, Forever Ago

16. THE DUTCHESS AND THE DUKE / She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke

15. LIL' WAYNE / Tha Carter III

14. DEERHOOF / Offend Maggie

13. AMADOU & MARIAM / Welcome to Mali


11. DEERHUNTER / Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.

10. NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS / Dig! Lazarus Dig!

9. QUIET VILLAGE / Silent Movie

8. BLACK KEYS / Attack and Release

7. FOALS / Antidotes



4. LYKKE LI / Youth Novels

3. NEON NEON / Stainless Style

2. FLEET FOXES / Fleet Foxes

1. TV ON THE RADIO / Dear Science


Top 50 Singles of 2008

Top 50 Albums of 2007
Top 50 Albums of 2006
Top 50 Albums of 2005, Part 1 | Part 2
All Year-End Lists Back to 1995

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posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments


It became very clear to me when I began compiling this list that I spent much of 2008 seeking out good dance music. Luckily, the year was full of great electronic acts and energetic indie bands that I didn't have to search too hard. Dance cuts all but dominated this year's list. But you won't get to #1 without hearing a fair share of dramatic guitar riffs and undeniably catchy pop hooks.

As usual, I've done my best to limit these choices to songs that were actually released as singles, even if that meant axing some really great tracks like Erykah Badu's "The Healer" and Santogold's "You'll Find a Way".

I'll have my Top 50 Albums posted in a couple weeks.

50. TV ON THE RADIO / "Dancing Choose"
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49. CHRIS BROWN / "Forever"
(video) (stream)

48. THE HELIO SEQUENCE / "Keep Your Eyes Ahead"
(video) (mp3)


46. THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS / "The Age of the Understatement"

45. KARDINAL OFFISHALL featuring AKON / "Dangerous"
(video) (stream)

44. FRANZ FERDINAND / "Lucid Dreams"

43. ISLANDS / "Creeper"

42. SANTOGOLD / "L.E.S. Artistes"

41. GLASVEGAS / "Geraldine"
(video) (stream)

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39. ELBOW / "Grounds for Divorce"

38. WOLF PARADE / "Call It a Ritual"

37. DUFFY / "Mercy"
(video) (stream)

36. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE / "I Will Possess Your Heart"

35. DAN LE SAC VS. SCROOBIUS PIP / "Look for the Woman"

34. LEONA LEWIS / "Bleeding Love"
(video) (stream)

33. LYKKE LI / "I'm Good, I'm Gone"

32. ANNIE / "I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me"

31. BLACK KIDS / "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You"

30. ATMOSPHERE / "You"

29. BECK / "Chemtrails"

28. TING TINGS / "Shut Up and Let Me Go"
(video) (stream)

27. FLEET FOXES / "White Winter Hymnal"

26. JAMIE LIDELL / "A Little Bit of Feel Good"

25. HOT CHIP / "One Pure Thought"
(video) (stream)

24. NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS / "Dig, Lazarus, Dig!"

23. NEON NEON featuring CATE LE BON / "I Lust U"

22. CUT COPY / "Lights and Music"
(video) (stream)

21. MADONNA featuring JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE/ "4 Minutes"

20. BASIA BULAT / "In the Night"

19. FOALS / "Balloons"

18. PNAU featuring LADYHAWKE / "Embrace"

17. T.I. / "Whatever You Like"
(video) (stream)

16. ESTELLE featuring KANYE WEST / "American Boy"

15. SAM SPARRO / "Black and Gold"
(video) (stream)


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12. THE FUTUREHEADS / "The Beginning of the Twist"
(video) (stream)

11. RIHANNA / "Don't Stop the Music"
(video) (stream)


10. LADYHAWKE / "Paris is Burning"
(video) (stream)

9. CRYSTAL CASTLES vs. HEALTH / "Crimewave"
(video) (stream)

8. CSS / "Move"

7. ROBIN THICKE / "Magic"
(video) (stream)

6. KANYE WEST featuring DWELE / "Flashing Lights"
(video) (stream)

5. MGMT / "Electric Feel"
(video) (stream)

4. LYKKE LI / "Breaking It Up"

3. M83 / "Kim and Jessie"
(video) (stream)

2. HOT CHIP / "Ready for the Floor"
(video) (stream)

1. MGMT / "Kids"


Top 50 Singles of 2007
Top 50 Singles of 2006
Top 25 Singles of 2005

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posted on Saturday, December 06, 2008 | [permalink] | 1 comments


Vice Gives You The Gift Of Good Music
It's not a holiday album. It's a compilation of tracks (downloadable via from artists on the Vice Records roster, including Chromeo, Japanese Motors, King Khan & The Shrines, and The Streets. A couple of these had already been available for free download on the label's mp3 blog, but I believe most of these are first time freebies.

And, if you happen to be in search for some actually holiday music. Vice is offering up "Come On, Santa" for the taking. The track is from The Raveonettes new Christmas EP.

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posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments

LIST: LAST.FM BEST OF 2008 Best of 2008
If you've been poking around through music blogs lately, you've surely already experienced the glut of year-end lists touting the best of the year. (And yes, I'll be adding to the mess soon enough.) One year-in-review I was particularly fascinated by was the one at, which ranks the year's top tracks, albums, and new artists by total number of listeners on the site. The countdown of tracks is dominated by Coldplay and MGMT, but the other two lists include interesting jumbles that just cry for analysis. Katy Perry wedged between Foals and Fleet Foxes? The Kooks have the sixth most listened to album of the year? Statistics hounds, let your reasoning begin.

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posted on Tuesday, December 02, 2008 | [permalink] | 1 comments


It might not be a typical holiday album, but Low's 1999 holiday record Christmas was actually quite hauntingly beautiful. This year, they cross the line from haunting to just plain creepy on their new yuletide single "Santa's Coming Over". And check out those kids in the video. Truly frightening.

"Santa's Coming Over"

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posted on Sunday, November 30, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments


"There are Maybe Ten or Twelve"
This track from A.C. Newman's upcoming album Get Guilty is a simple and pretty pop song. It feels very much like some of the ballads from Challengers, but I think we'll have to wait until we hear the album before we can judge how much of a departure it is from his previous work with and without The New Pornographers.

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posted on Sunday, November 30, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments


I'm not sure I would have guessed that MGMT would make "The Youth" a single, but I suppose the most obvious dance-floor-ready tracks from Oracular Spectacular have already been released. Whether you love the track or not, you'll at least be amused by the video, which was directed by Eric Wareheim of Tim & Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job!.

"The Youth"

Other MGMT music videos:
"Time to Pretend"
"Electric Feel"

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posted on Monday, October 13, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments


"Enemy Within"
(Secretly Canadian)
Swedish songstress Frida Hyvonen has a voice that's both haunting and tender, And it's hard to ignore its power on "Enemy Within", which will appear on her upcoming sophomore album Silence is Wild. Musically, Hyvonen appeals to lovers of traditional singer-songwriters, yet she constintent dares to move boldy out of the girl-at-a-piano comfort zone.

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posted on Saturday, October 11, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments


(Absolutely Kosher)
A new track from search engine stumpers +/-, who'll be releasing their latest album entitled Xs on Your Eyes on Oct. 21.

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posted on Monday, October 06, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments


"Acid Tongue"
I'm not sure anyone succeeds at freshening up a traditional storytelling country-folk song quite like Jenny Lewis. The Rilo Kiley singer releases her new solo album Acid Tongue on Sept. 23 -- this time without the Watson Twins but with help from collaborators like Elvis Costello, Zooey Deschanel, and Chris Robinson. Just one listen to this title track and I'm yearning to hear all those harmonies.

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posted on Thursday, September 11, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments


"Hologram Buffalo"
"Oppressions Each"
With these two spacey selections, psychedelic folk band Brightblack Morning Light blaze the trail toward their forthcoming release Motion to Rejoin, which may make even the most straight-laced of fellows want to dress like a hippie and pop some pills.

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posted on Monday, September 08, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments


"Curs in the Weed"
(Kill Rock Stars)
Frontman Justin Ringle styles his voice after Nick Drake on this new track. Despite a roster of multi-instrument-playing band members, the Oregon-based outfit finds beauty in the simple and sparse. Horse Feathers' new album House with No Name is available on Sept. 9.

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posted on Friday, September 05, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments