As you get ready to kiss 2009 goodbye, we leave you with a few farewell tunes handpicked by The Bell House‘s Jack McFadden (who also happens to be answering questions this week for the City Room). To continue what’s become a bit of a tradition, he picked his top 10 favorite songs by bands that played the Bell House and Union Hall this year. Not every song was free and legal to download, so we offered ones that were. (To download on a PC, right click on the song link and save; on a Mac, hit alt+click, or get ’em all here). Crank these up, sip some champagne and get yourself in the mood to have a happy New Year’s!
1. Okkervil River, “Pop Lie”
2. Camera Obscura, “Swans” (Ok to download “My Maudlin Career“)
3. The Rural Alberta Advantage, “Frank, AB” (Ok to download “Don’t Haunt This Place“)
4. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, “This Love Is Fucking Right” (Ok to download “Young Adult Friction“)
5. Fanfarlo, “The Walls Are Coming Down” (Ok to download “Luna”)
6. Jason Lytle, “It’s The Weekend”
7. St. Vincent, “Save Me From What I Want” (Ok to download “The Strangers“)
8. Headlights, “Get Going”
9. Obits, “Pine On”
10. Bishop Allen, “The Ancient Commonsense Of Things“
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