Animal Collective

As you might have noticed, I quickly deep-sixed the "Obsessions of the Week" feature when it became clear I was only obsessing over music and Lost. But I'm going to bite another feature from one of my favorite blogs, Tom Breihan's sadly discontinued hip-hop-and-other-stuff journal Status Ain't Hood. Every three months, Breihan would run down his top 10 albums and songs of the quarter. I'm going to do the same, publishing a songs list today and albums tomorrow.

I weighed whether to include stuff like the new Grizzly Bear album, which leaked several weeks ago but won't officially come out until May, and I came down on the side of The Man. So only stuff that's been officially released is included in these lists. Without further ado, the songs:

(1) Animal Collective, "My Girls" "My Girls" is a true pop anomaly, at once the most out-there and the most immediately accessible pick on this list. These guys have a reputation as a band beloved by pretentious assholes who spend inordinate amounts of time downloading torrents and plotting how to become hipper than thou. But I'm continually surprised at how many normal folks hear this song and immediately fall in love with it, seduced by the siren of Brian Wilson-style melodies riding a polyrhythmic club banger through space. 2009 music has seen no moment more joyous than when the beat drops in the chorus and a gaggle of giddy Animal associates shout "Woooo!" It's basically the definition of next-level sh*t. My Girls - Animal Collective

Animal Collective

As you might have noticed, I quickly deep-sixed the "Obsessions of the Week" feature when it became clear I was only obsessing over music and Lost. But I'm going to bite another feature from one of my favorite blogs, Tom Breihan's sadly discontinued hip-hop-and-other-stuff journal Status Ain't Hood. Every three months, Breihan would run down his top 10 albums and songs of the quarter. I'm going to do the same, publishing a songs list today and albums tomorrow.

I weighed whether to include stuff like the new Grizzly Bear album, which leaked several weeks ago but won't officially come out until May, and I came down on the side of The Man. So only stuff that's been officially released is included in these lists. Without further ado, the songs:

(1) Animal Collective, "My Girls" "My Girls" is a true pop anomaly, at once the most out-there and the most immediately accessible pick on this list. These guys have a reputation as a band beloved by pretentious assholes who spend inordinate amounts of time downloading torrents and plotting how to become hipper than thou. But I'm continually surprised at how many normal folks hear this song and immediately fall in love with it, seduced by the siren of Brian Wilson-style melodies riding a polyrhythmic club banger through space. 2009 music has seen no moment more joyous than when the beat drops in the chorus and a gaggle of giddy Animal associates shout "Woooo!" It's basically the definition of next-level sh*t. My Girls - Animal Collective

(2) Bon Iver, "Blood Bank" Last year's Bon Iver obsession carried over well into 2009, thanks in no small part to "Blood Bank," the title track from Justin Vernon's outtakes/experiments EP. Adding a distinctly electric tint to Vernon's wintry cabin balladry, the song attached one of his most memorable melodies to lyrics that make a meal out of the most mundane details. Can't wait to hear what he lays on us next. (See also: "Brackett, WI," Vernon's contribution to the excellent Dark Was the Night compilation.) Blood Bank - Bon Iver

(3) The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Heads Will Roll" Who needs Nick Zinner's guitar riffs when the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are making dance-floor jams this hot? When Karen O demands that you dance 'til you're dead, you will comply, and you will like it. Heads Will Roll - Yeah Yeah Ye...

(4) RTFO Bandwagon, "Like a Dan Shearer Over Troubled Water" I've already gushed enough about this track. Check last week's blog entry while you stream the song on repeat.

(5) Tombs, "Gossamer" It's been a long time since I've been so taken with a metal song. How did this Brooklyn trio reel me in? Their gargantuan crunch is as thick with mind-melting harmony as with fury. This track is a must-hear for fans of Baroness and other musically adventurous metal combos. Gossamer - Tombs

(6) Phoenix, "1901" (free download)

(7) Kid Cudi, "Day N Nite" Day 'N' Nite (Main) - Kid Cudi

(8) Lily Allen, "The Fear" The Fear - Lily Allen

(9) Passion Pit, "Sleepyhead" Sleepyhead - Passion Pit

(10) The Lonely Island feat. T-Pain, "I'm on a Boat" I'm On A Boat - The Lonely Isl...