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The 50 Best Songs of 2009

As part of PopMatters’ 20th anniversary, we are revisiting classic features. Travel back in time a decade ago to 2009, when indie rock was in its full ascendency,and hear the songs that soundtracked the era.

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Bad Weather California: Sunkissed

Sunkissed may be an innovative and unique album tonally and texturally, but in the end the words deliver an anonymous kind of joy amidst the jagged pleasure of the music.

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Referencing the Bulldozer: An Interview with Akron/Family

Mysterious album sessions near a volcano? Multiple copies of the same disc leaked online? Citing bulldozers for inspiration? The latest Akron/Family album is the band's most daring yet, and Miles Seaton sits down with PopMatters to set things straight (somewhat).

Sara Hayes
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Akron/Family: S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT

The latest helping of left-field psych-folk from the Brooklyn outfit is one of 2011’s first great albums.

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Akron/Family New Album Listening Party: 8 January 2010, Los Angeles

Impressions from a single listen of the forthcoming album, S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, music that is quintessentially American.

George Russell
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Is Free the Future of Music?

A Los Angeles concert promoter is attempting to make money by making his concerts free, and he thinks the rest of the industry should do it too.

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This Year Is Gonna Be Ours: An Interview with Akron/Family's Miles Seaton

Brooklyn's exhilarating folk-prog-jazz quartet hit a rough spot last year, as Ryan Vanderhoof left and the remaining three members had to rethink what it meant to be a band. The shake-up led to profound changes in Akron/Family's sound and approach to music.

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Akron/Family: Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free

On its new album, the band delivers a masterpiece while ranging from pastoral ditties to noise-laden freak-outs.

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Akron/Family

Perhaps the most meaningful aspect of an Akron/Family performance, and what makes them most memorable as a band in general, is the incredible willingness to involve, and be involved.

Rachel Brodsky
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All Together Now: YAAAAARRRRGGHHH

Akron Family - Raising the Sparks

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Surfin' the Sound Waves

Green Mushroom is a feature of Moving Pixels that allows our Multimedia writers to comment on reviews in the Multimedia section, hence giving our coverage of those games...(wait for it)...extra life.

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Akron/Family: Love is Simple

Akron/Family's albums get more generous with each release; this one might just be the album of the year.

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Angels of Light: We Are Him

We Are Him showcases a side of Michael Gira that shares more in common with, say, Jim Thirlwell than it does Johnny Cash.

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Perpetual Motion: An Interview with Akron/Family

With its third album in two years Akron/Family takes another snapshot of its continuously evolving musical journey. Meek Warrior's free jazz freak outs may surprise some fans, but bass player Miles Seaton shrugs it off, saying, 'We just want to keep capturing wherever we are along the way.'

Jennifer Kelly
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Akron/Family: Meek Warrior

Underground folk's least dysfunctional Family finds another way to one-up itself.

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Akron/Family: Akron/Family

The latest arrival to the burgeoning freak-folk movement makes a strong case against the easy labeling that will eventually come.

Peter Funk

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