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The 60 Best Albums of 2009

PopMatters turns 20 years old this October and we're beginning to celebrate our history by taking you back in time a decade ago. Obama was in the White House and the musical times were very good indeed. Revisit 2009 through its best albums.

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Late Fall 2012 New Music Playlist

Ready for another playlist with background notes for music by Cat Power, Stars, Deerhoof and more.

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Woods: Bend Beyond

Sinister undertones can't be kept at bay, and Woods explode into something more tangible than their jam-rock past.

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Woods: Sun and Shade

The Brooklyn-based lo-fi outfit churns out another solid collection of crackly guitar-pop -- with a few more-than-gratuitous psych-jams for questionable measure.

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The Babies: The Babies

Members of Woods and Vivian Girls craft some pretty solid -- and varied -- rock songs. Unfortunately, there's not much consistency to be found.

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Out of the Woods: The Freaky Beautiful World of Woodsist

With his band Woods and his label Woodsist, Jeremy Earl has carved out a shambolic niche in psychedelic pop that is as easy to listen to as it is hard to define.

Jennifer Kelly
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Woods: At Echo Lake

Brookyln's Woods have proven themselves to be lightyears ahead of their compatriots on this riveting indie-folk collection.

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MV + EE: Barn Nova

Prolific purveyors of independently-released psychedelic classic rock return to Ecstatic Peace! with their fourth offering on a bigger stage.

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Dungen:14 August 2009 - Brooklyn, NY

Dungen’s demeanor is the anti-rock star. Their onstage smiles, gratitude and grace are what sifts and separates Dungen from the pile of Zeppelin wannabes.

Rachel Brodsky
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