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2009 Year End List: Michael Benjamin Lerner, Telekinesis

2009 Year End List: Michael Benjamin Lerner, Telekinesis Phoenix: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix This record is insanely catchy, and sounds so good in a rock club, played really loud.telekinesis_press1_loPhoenix: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
This record is insanely catchy, and sounds so good in a rock club, played really loud. Like, so good!

Cass McCombs: Catacombs
He continues to put out mega brilliant records. It scares me. PREfection is sloppy and enchanting, Dropping the Writ is unstoppable, but this new record is absolutely amazing. I am completely smitten with it.

Wild Beasts: Two Dancers
Friends of mine from the beautiful town that is the Lake District, England. I thought their last record was tops. Little did I know. This record is completely gorgeous. I really, truly hope they can break here in the U.S.

David Bazan: Curse Your Branches
A pretty daring record. The last song kills me every single time.

The Clientele: Bonfires on the Heath
This was my soundtrack to our October/November European tour. It's a record all about fall, my favorite season. The title track is ridiculously good.

The Wooden Birds: Magnolia
Amazing whisper of a record.

Favorite Discoveries of 2009:

Scott Walker
I had no idea. I randomly downloaded the documentary about Scott Walker and the Walker Brothers, and watched it on a flight from North Carolina back to Seattle. When I got home, I immediately went to the record store and bought every Scott Walker record I could find. Scott 4 is pretty much pure genius. I'm absolutely in love with his records.

The Vaselines
I think I was a little young for the Vaselines. They were always one of those bands my older friends would talk about, and I would fake that I knew just to be cool, even though I had never heard them. Well, Sub Pop just put out this great retrospective, and I bought it, and had my mind completely blown up. I am in love with this band so very much.

Warsaw
Pre-Joy Division, but basically a punky-er Joy Division. Totally bratty and rad.

John Phillips
Papa John, from the Mamas and the Papas. He put out a solo record called John, the Wolfking of L.A., which is pretty scary good. You must try to find it at your local record store. You must!

Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra
Hadn't ever heard their records, but "Sundown, Sundown" is a pretty incredibly genius song. I've listened to it endlessly for two months.

Jacques Dutronc
He sounds like he doesn't give a shit. And that's oh so very French. It's like the French Rolling Stones. I love it.