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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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Dirty Projectors: Dirty Projectors

What David Longstreth attempts to pass as daring, confessional experimentation often veers closer to self-indulgence.

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Dirty Projectors - "Keep Your Name" (Singles Going Steady)

Dirty Projectors return with this emotionally complex, multifarious number.

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Counterbalance: Dirty Projectors' 'Swing Lo Magellan'

You reach out and into the absence and gasping. The vastness grabs you like an alien embrace, your face to the face of this week's Counterbalance, in which we look at the Dirty Projectors' 2012 indie hit. Foolish, we know, but we're about to die.

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Dirty Projectors: About to Die EP

Projectors' ornate eccentricities have been compressed and focused into uncharacteristically loose, almost minimalist indie-pop pieces.

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Fall 2012 New Music Playlist

Another listening session with background notes to ease the transition into fall, including new music off highly anticipated releases from indie strongholds Grizzly Bear and Animal Collective along with singles from upcoming releases from Tame Impala and Matt and Kim.

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Dirty Projectors - "About to Die" (video)

Dirty Projectors have announced a new EP releasing November 6th featuring the "About to Die" track from Swing Lo Magellan, as well as three new songs. The video was written and directed by David Longstreth and produced by Pitchfork.TV.

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Dirty Projectors: 9 July 2012 - Brooklyn

Dirty Projectors are playful, hummable, uncompromisingly eccentric, but also unmistakably tight in their musicianship.

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Taking It All In: The Pitchfork Music Festival 2012 (Friday)

The first day of Pitchfork delivered a broad sampling of genres from art rock to hip-hop and was capped by a surprisingly muscular set from Feist.

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Dirty Projectors: Swing Lo Magellan

As ever, Dirty Projectors follow their own muse on Swing Lo Magellan. It's just that they do so by reining in their restless talents this time around.

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Listening Ahead: Upcoming Releases for July

The record release schedule usually cools off as summer heats up, but this July offers its fair share of highly anticipated albums from across the musical spectrum.

Matthew Fiander and Arnold Pan
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Dirty Projectors and Björk: Mount Wittenberg Orca

It's been out digitally for over a year now with proceeds having gone to charity. So now that the money isn't even for a good cause, why buy an underwhelming seven-track EP?

Matt Edsall
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Dirty Projectors: Bitte Orca (Expanded Edition)

This collection of acoustic live takes and b-sides offers no substantial addition to Dirty Projectors' instant classic.

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Big Ears Festival: 26-28 March 2010 - Knoxville, TN

For Knoxville music and arts fans, it was time to show the rest of the world that we’ve got a pretty hip little town on our hands, and the Big Ears Festival is a perfect mission statement.

Andy Feliu
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Pitchfork: The Taste Maker

Judging by the "Top Ten" list of hundreds of critics in Village Voice's Pazz and Jop Poll, Pitchfork is either really good, or critics are becoming really lazy.

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Like Tiny Bacteria Running Around: An Interview with the Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth discusses Bitte Orca, his recent collaborations with Björk and David Byrne and the art of discharging firearms in Canadian shopping malls.

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Bonnaroo Day 1 (Friday, 12 June 2009)

Words by John Bohannon and Pictures by Karen Dunbar

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Dirty Projectors: Rise Above

This is some kind of alchemy, turning straight-shooting punk guitar riffs into quiet breaths of orchestration and shouted choruses into cooing two-part female harmonies.

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Dirty Projectors: New Attitude EP

The seven new attitudes on display here seem to maintain a vague veneer of folk, but also lurch between electronic blip accompaniment, noisy backup vocal arrangements, sudden falsetto, oozing cello drone, scratchy keys-and-flute jams, and operatic orchestration reminiscent of the last full-length.

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Dirty Projectors: The Getty Address

Good art impresses. Great art transforms. Unfortunately, The Getty Address is merely good art.

Kenneth Yu
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Dirty Projectors: 21 January 2005 - Brooklyn, NY

Longstreth and company play with an unadorned, mellow tone that feels both effortless and emphatically sincere. That is, when you can hear them.

Peter Joseph
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Dirty Projectors: Slaves' Graves & Ballads

Longstreth doesn't make it easy on us, he sings with the drama of classical crooner rather than the shy simplicity of a true folkie. This fact combined with his pension for nebulous song structure will continue to keep the unsuspecting at bay.

Jon Goff

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