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The 10 Best Debut Albums of 2009

Continuing our celebration of PopMatters' 20th anniversary, we revisit our 10 picks for the best debut albums of 2009. It turns out our selections were prescient as many of these artists have gone on to storied careers. Travel back to 2009 and see them again for the first time.

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Passion Pit - “Lifted Up (1985)” (video)

"Lifted Up (1985)" is right and ready to color your next dance party, with a jubilant chorus that's ripe for belting along.

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Ghost Beach: Blonde

Whether it's the jaunty beats, syncopated guitar rhythms, or dramatic drops, Blonde feels like the soundtrack to a neon-swathed beach house party, a joy ride on a cool summer night, or a nostalgia-fueled recreation of the original passion pits.

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Sweetlife Festival: 11 May 2013 - Washington DC

Washington, DC’s Sweetlife Festival does things a bit differently. And that is a very good thing.

Corey Beasley
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Music, Meaning and Money: The Special Ingredients of Media and Consumerism in Pop

On negotiations between the pop/rock singer, a media-savvy audience, corporations, and meaning itself. Entranced by media, we turn everything into media; beholden to commerce, we turn life into a commodity.

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Passion Pit - "Constant Conversations" (video) + Tour Dates

Passion Pit have a long slate of tour dates ahead of them through the summer and fall and they'll be playing Lollapalooza this weekend in Chicago. In the meantime the band just released their new video, "Constant Conversations", a tune full of slow, steamy grooves.

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Passion Pit: Gossamer

The Boston buzz band's second full-length of shout-along electropop is as scrappy, outsized, and infectious as anyone could hope for, and as shrill and cloying as anyone could expect.

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Summer 2012 New Music Playlist

Another new tunes playlist with notes for a sizzling summer soundtrack, including Passion Pit, Liars, and Teen Daze.

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The Hush Now: Memos

Boston quintet aims high on their shamelessly massive third LP.

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Bombay Bicycle Club: A Different Kind of Fix

After 2010's acoustic-centered, Flaws, Bombay Bicycle Club return with another fantastic follow-up that threads the dance-pop of Passion Pit with the ambient intonations of Interpol.

Matt Edsall
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Yeasayer: Odd Blood

On their debut, this band made waves on the strength of a quietly revelatory single about the year 2080. Now the group seems determined as all hell to imagine 2080, the year, in sound.

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Passion Pit: 10 January 2010 - New York

Passion Pit preempts world tour by giving the audiences a reason to dance with three sold out nights in NYC.

Sachyn Mital
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Sun, Sweat and Tears: Three Days at the Austin City Limits Festival

PopMatters takes a look at how a disparate array of acts fared in Austin’s playpen of mud, the blood, and the beer.

Tim Slowikowski
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Wet Hot American Festival: Lollapalooza 2009

Certain things in Chicago are predictable... if it’s Lollapalooza weekend, the weather is gonna stink. PopMatters covered the fest, shooting video interviews and avoiding heatstroke.

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CMJ Music Marathon 2008 Day 3: Passion Pit

Words and Pictures by John Bohannon

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Passion Pit: Chunk of Change

Chunk of Change is confidently unassuming, full of energy and melodies so embedded they sneak up on you, but so infectious you'll find them hard to forget.

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