The 20.9 Best Songs of 2009… So Far / Jan.-June

Art by Odili Donald Odita

Art by Odili Donald Odita

How freaking crazy is it that 2009 is already halfway over? What a crazy year so far, in so many ways, the least of which is all of the fantastic, surprising, and sometimes disappointing music that has come our way. TBE will be 5 months old in a week and we have been chronicling most of the year’s jams. Here are my top 20.9. I guarantee you wont agree with all of them but doesn’t that just make our friendship that much more deep and meaningful? Just so we are clear how I arrived at this particular order, I’ve selected my favorites from my top listens each month and then ordered them purely by total play count. I know that’s confusing but whatever, the list is after the jump.

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TBE Exclusive! DJ be and the Slow Burn Summer mix

Big moves are being made over at TBE HQ and one of them is this, The Slow Burn Summer mix, our first DJ mix by local favorite “DJ be” who was kind enough to blend up a fresh-to-death 60 minutes of straight fire. Put in on your iPod, cell phone, CDR, or whatever and then slip on your shimmy-shoes.

The mix is a single file because this thing is too fresh to be skipping tracks. I have, however, embedded a timecoded track-list in the lyrics section of the ID3 tag so you can at least know where you are at (or jump to your favorite part, if necessary). Let me know what you think of this method.

Download DJ be’s Slow Burn Summer Mix

Track list after the jump…

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Datarock finally Give It Up


you gotta keep up your guard, you gotta hit quick and hard

Datarock – Give It Up

The Norwegians in the red jumpsuits are back! Their new album Red comes out later this year but various other tidbits have been surfacing lately. A few months ago the Kissy Sell Out remix of the lead singe “Give It Up” came out to some confusion because nobody had heard the original. I was pretty stoked on it but was holding off judgment for the original. Well, last week the video for album version of “Give It Up” came out and for many it was our first true glimpse of Datarock 2009. You many have stumbled across that video in the TBE TV box (up on the right) and experienced the raw awesomeness of Datarock meets “Bad” meets Romeo & Juliet. I really hope this amped up energy and tighter song-crafting are indicative of Red as a whole (Not to mention that hot-ass album art). Their debut had its highlights (below) but was mostly forgettable, whereas “Give It Up” hits harder and tighter and weirder than anything before it. It’s not easy to mix Romeo, Mercutio, a Tony Robbins-esque pep-talk and enemas in under 2 and a half minutes.

From Datarock’s debut Datarock Datarock:

Datarock – Computer Camp Love

“Computer Camp Love” was the ubiquitous Grease-quoting, geek flashback, humor track but it’s appeal was mostly novelty.

Datarock – See What I Care

“See What I Care” is my favorite track on the album. Its smooth vocals and more introspective lyrics layered over a whiplash 80s buildup beat are a recipe for head bobbing sing-alongs.

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