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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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Sic Alps: Napa Asylum

Lo-fi devotees Sic Alps shred a good deal of the layers of noise that shrouded their past releases in favor of more straight-forward, blues-inspired songwriting -- it's a good experiment, but they haven't quite worked out the kinks yet.

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Sic Alps: U.S. EZ

Even though the band sullies their instruments with fuzzy-psych flavors it’s the tight-knit vocal harmonies that make Sic Alps both palatable and reminiscent of the glory days of '60s psych-folk.

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