This week’s featured artist is not only one of my all-time favorite artists, they are also still going strong, with a new album coming later this year. When most people think of Tears For Fears, they probably think of the 1980’s, when they had many radio hits including “Shout”, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”, “Mad World” …. but what a lot of people don’t realize is that the band has stayed fairly active over the years, releasing albums through the 90’s and 2000’s. Late last year, they even started releasing cover songs of current indie artists (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, and Hot Chip so far). (more…)
These days, if you know who Brendan Benson is, you probably know him from his work in the Jack White band The Raconteurs. But back in 2002, he had just released his second solo album called Lapalco. I first discovered Brendan, and this song, when it appeared on one of the CD compilations for International Pop Overthrow, a concert festival I attend each summer in Los Angeles.
Later today, I will begin my alphabetical countdown of my 100 favorite songs of the last ten years (2000-2009), one each weekday, until I get through all of them. But, before that starts, I took some time to sit down and compile my 25 favorite songs of 2009. This was one of the best years for music in recent memory. What was different for me this year, compared to most, is that normally I have a lot of favorite albums… CD’s that I listen to all year, all the way through. This year, I have only a few albums that I enjoyed from beginning to end. So few that I may not even be able to rank them properly, but this was an amazing year for individual songs.