Author: Jason Gonulsen and Katie Cook
Well, we did it again. Despite a loud constituency of music fans out there who abhor these end of the year lists for their arrogance, their subjectivity, their self-indulgent ways, we came up with a short list of our favorites from the year. And we have to make one thing clear: these best-of-the-year lists should be more accurately called "the-best-of-what-we-know" lists. Mathematically, we have only dabbled in a fraction of the music released this year even though we spend hour upon hour searching for new musical discoveries every week instead of going to bed at a reasonable hour, or washing our socks, or God forbid, emptying the dishwasher. When it comes to finding new artists and bands, we honestly think these lists come in mighty handy. We like them for ourselves, so, if only in an attempt to assist you in uncovering your next favorite song, band, or album, we proudly present the Strangers Almanac Best of 2009. If we left something off, and you're just dying to give us a piece of your mind, please shoot us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or better yet, become our friend on Facebook and put it out there for the public. We hoped you enjoyed your 2009, friends. Here's to an even better 2010.
Top 20 Songs by Artists We Don't Get to Write About:
"Don't Haunt This Place" - Rural Alberta Advantage (Hometowns)
Ghostly ex-lovers and a driving drumbeat infuse this prime example of indie rock perfection. Canadian indie rock perfection at that.