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[QUICKIE] The Maccabees – GIVEN TO THE WILD (w/ “Pelican”)

to have it all and still want more, one things for sure we’re all getting older

Wall Of Arms was best of 2009 but multiple spins of this leave me flat. “Pelican” is OK. “Unknown” & “Grew Up at Midnight” are semi-jams.

[Quickies are mini-reviews that can fit into a 140 character tweet. They are of albums that people already know of but perhaps are curious about our take on it. What did you think of the disc?]

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The Best Albums of 2009 / The Top 15

This is it. The best of the best. As determined by me and in alphabetical-by-artist order. This list has been a labor of love and it is an honor to pay tribute to so many fantastic albums. With that said, don’t hesitate to lift your leg and leave your own mark in the comments. Or just track down the albums here that you don’t know and get down with a good set of headphone. I know these lists are self indulgent and often pointless but they are fun nonetheless. A big thank you to all the TBE readers who stick with me day after day and trudge through my ramblings. Ok, I’m out. Carry on! Read more

The 29 Best Remixes of 2009

I don’t know about you but 2009 was the year I fell in live with remixes. Starting TBE opened up my world to so many amazing reinterpretations of both great and not so great songs. Having always been more of a cover song guy this was new territory for me but I dove in headfirst and have been enjoying the ride so far. Good music is a personal thing and messing with great music is even more so. This is very much a subjective list and is based on nothing besides how much I love and respect the work done. Oh, and the numbering system is pretty much bullshit but I had to put them in some kind of order. Anyway, enjoy. I certainly have.

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

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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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Remix Roundup ∞ Vol. 3 / Now with covers!

stand up and get your extraball

Oh boy, it’s straight raining magic over at TBE headquarters. I’ve thrown in a couple sweet covers to balance out the remix madness. Good luck…

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The Maccabees are about to Love You Better

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that thought will cost you more than just a sweet smile

The Maccabees – Love You Better

When The Maccabees blew onto the scene in 2007 I was caught in their storm. Their debut LP Colour It In was what The Futureheads’ second album should have been and I loved them for it. Orlando Weeks voice has a specific vulnerable urgency that when coupled with their propulsive guitar rock works magic on me. It seems that most people know them for their single “Toothpaste Kisses” which is unfortunate because it always seemed like the token mellow filler among an LP packed with rock. Anyway, enough praise for their debut, its time to give some love to their recently released follow-up, Wall Of Arms. I have had Wall it on repeat all day and haven’t skipped one track. It is smart, sharp, fast, tight, and most importantly, it is out now. The fantastic lead single “Love You Better” (above) and my fave (not easy to choose) “Can You Give It” (below) will give you a good idea of what you are in for when you make the smart decision to pick this one up.

The Maccabees – Can You Give It

Here is my favorite from their debut Colour It In.

The Maccabees – All In Your Rows

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