All the Young Punks’ best songs of 2009 (Part I)

It was a bountiful year for finding good new bands. Rather than doing a traditional top 10 or 20 songs of the year, I’m going to devote at least a couple of posts this week to tracks that made my playlists.

For this first post, I’ll focus on bands I discovered for the first time in 2009. Portugal. The Man made a great retro-sounding song in People Say. I like almost everything the Builders and the Butchers put out (same goes for the Pains of Being Pure at Heart). Girls, The xx and Sin Fang Bous were pleasant surprises.

Here’s some of the year’s best.

People Say – Portugal. The Man

Short Way Home – The Builders and the Butchers

Melt Down The Knives – Sin Fang Bous

A Violent Translation of the Concordia Headscarp – Emperor X

Beneath Your Tree – Bowerbirds

Lust For Life – Girls

Let’s Go Surfing – The Drums

Crystalised – The xx

Come Saturday – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Eid Ma Clack Shaw – Bill Callahan

Overnite Religion – Kurt Vile

Black & Blue – Miike Snow

Sleepyhead – Passion Pit

Lakeside – BLK JKS

Priestess – Imaad Wasif

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