My favorite bands this year

Discovering new artists has been my hobby this year — even replacing videography as my #1 interest. Here are the artists I discovered this year, and I believe that they are the best of the best newcomers. Regarding Blitzen Trapper and Portugal. The Man, I knew about them since 2007, but it was only this year that I actually got into them for good.

Find legal, free mp3s in the links provided.

[I like the three first just the same]

1. Blitzen Trapper
1. Cloud Cult
1. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

4. Paper Route
5. Malbec
6. Seabird
8. Living Things
9. Cage the Elephant
10. Portugal. The Man

Right now, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are on a constant rotation. I try to get into other music in my 39 GB iTunes library, but I keep going back to them. Their album is one of the best in our decade, in my opinion.

My favorite song of theirs, the “Desert Song“, is one of my all time favorites too. Very avant-garde. The video too. If these guys had proper PR behind them, this song would have been a classic already.


matt wrote on December 18th, 2009 at 9:11 AM PST:

Whoa, there must be an error, I don’t see Slayer on here!

ozgur wrote on December 18th, 2009 at 1:00 PM PST:

how about Florence + the Machine or The Cribs or The xx?

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Eugenia wrote on December 18th, 2009 at 3:52 PM PST:

Florence + the Machine is just a more modern or alt. version of acts like Norah Jones, or Fiona Apple. That kind of music. Some songs are good, but I need less mellow or over-dramatic, and more songs like “Howl” from her. I much dislike the fact that she’s a “created” star though, and not an artist. She hasn’t written any of the songs she performed. She’s simply “the voice” on a project that is ran by a team of producers. I hate that with all my might. It’s like listening to an alternative rock version of Britney Spears.

The Cribs are generic alternative rock. Not bad, but not anything new either. Their new album is not that great btw.

The XX suck goats. They re-use the same bass riff on all of their songs. They are melody-less, and boring. I really don’t understand why they have such a following.

From all three, I’d go probably with Florence’s producer’s music. My husband would probably go for The Cribs. But I don’t see us having the patience to sit down and listen to a whole album by the XX. We’d probably have shot ourselves by the 3rd song.

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