My favorite music of 2009

Best album cover of the year
Best album cover of the year

I don’t listen to enough new music to be able to declare the “ten best” or anything like that, but I love making year-end lists anyway. Here are my favorite albums of the year, in no particular order:

  • The Felice Brothers – Yonder is the Clock
  • Neko Case  – Middle Cyclone 
  • The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – It’s Blitz
  • Regina Spektor – Far
  • Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
  • The Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
  • Florence and the Machine – Lungs
  • Tegan and Sara – Sainthood
  • Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

No rap albums really spoke to me this year, although Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx pt 2 is still on my “to listen” list.

Here’s my favorite “orphaned singles” – songs I loved on albums I didn’t love:

  • The Decemberists, “The Rake’s Song” and “The Wanting Comes in Waves / Repaid”
  • Animal Collective, “In the Flowers”
  • Steve Earle, “Lungs”
  • Muse, “Uprising”
  • That one song on the Apple commercial where all the people are dancing in front of the iPod video cameras in different colors.

And finally, my favorite comedy albums of the year:

  • Maria Bamford – Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome  (I can’t recommend this enough)
  • Patton Oswalt – My Weakness is Strong
  • Eugene Mirman – God is a Twelve Year Old Boy

The New Age Reincarnation Center Answers Your Parenting Questions

reincarnationDear NARC: 

How do I know who my children were in their past lives?

 – Edna P., Fort Wayne IN

Dear Edna,

It’s important to be vigilant for past-life clues in your child’s behavior. Pay attention to their favorite toys, the pictures they draw, and their dream journals. Does your son like to make buildings with toy blocks? It’s possible he was a famous architect, or possibly one of the slaves who built the Pyramids. Does your daughter have a passion for horses? She may have been a Mongol raider or a gruff German cavalryman.

Also keep a close eye on how they respond to stories and films. If your child loves Snow White – that could mean she was once a princess, a dwarf, a Grimm brother, or maybe Walt Disney himself!

Remember, don’t let parental pride and wishful thinking cloud your judgment. Just because your little tyke loves to fingerpaint doesn’t make him the reincarnation of Pablo Picasso – he could also be Renoir, Monet, or even Andy Warhol.

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