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The songs they pick are old and new, across genres and across the globe. They also always feature a nice little blurb explaining the artist and the specific song they picked. The last four days have rendered songs that have all ended up on the newest playlist I am building and led me to further investigation and downloading:
1. Nova Onda, Nova Onda Do Pelo
A Swedish drummer that collaborates with Seu Gorge, the Brazilian singer from the Wes Anderson film Life Aquatic, where he sang David Bowie songs in Portuguese. Fique vibrante!
2. Beachcomber, Real Estate
Mark my words, this New Jersey band is going to be a band to watch in 2010, they are already drawing substantial crowds in New York and Brooklyn, which is the new epicenter of cool, you didn't get the memo? Well the Avett Brothers tell you clearly, listen to their song I And Love And You the next time it is playing on the radio which is in 4,3,2,1...
3. Man On the Moon, Cloud Cult
A Minnesota band that has been around since the early '00s but just reissued their most popular two albums. The more you listen to them the more you realize where a lot of these new indie darlings learned their tricks.
4. My Wife, Lost in the Wild, Beirut/Realpeople
"In "My Wife, Lost in the Wild," Condon (lead singer) constructs, bit by bit, a remarkable sonic structure, built around whirling synths and swirling beats. He layers one of his strongest assets — his clear, gorgeous crooner's voice — on top of itself, piling on in a round robin with himself to dizzying effect, culminating in an a cappella ending in which Condon serenades, "You'll send your heart to me" over and over as he harmonizes with himself. The result melds a bedroom singer-songwriter's humility with an artist's desire to top his own beautiful best work." - NPR
An added bonus is their 'Best of 2009' lists. They are only ten songs long, each song based on the overall quality of the album, and fucking spot on. They also feature diverse lists like: 'Best British Bands of 2009', '10 Albums You're Too Cool To Like', and 'Judging By the Cover: The Best Cover Songs of 2009'.