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Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse) is one of my personal  favorite artists.  His suicide in March is one of the most unfortunate musician deaths in some time.  Good Morning Spider is his second studio album under the Sparklehorse moniker, and in my opinion, has more of an Alt-Country feel than his other albums.  It really is a fantastic listen, and the lyrics are great (as to be expected from Linkous).  It should also be noted that track 9 is a Daniel Johnston cover.

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This is without a doubt the best shoegaze/dreampop album I have heard in a long time. Unfortunately, there are no tracks off this album on Youtube. If you’re a fan of this genre, and my other shoegazey uploads, definitely get this one. You will not be disappointed.

5.  Colin Hay – American Sunshine

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Colin’s delve into the genre of Country.  He mixes his own personal folk/acoustic pop-rock with the American sound the album is centered around.  Took me longer to get into than his previous, but once I did, it became one of my favorites of the year.

4.  Dan Deacon – Bromst

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Teddy had me download this in an album share we had near the beginning of Summer, and the whole month I listened to it nearly nonstop.  My love for it has died down as of late, but it’s still a great album.

3.  The Envy Corps – Kid Gloves

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One of my favorite EPs of all time (right behind Fionn Regan’s “Hotel Room”).  I ordered a physical copy of this just recently and it was worth every penny.  It shows how far the band has come both lyrically and musically in just one short year after their previous album.

2. Tommy Sparks (Self-Titled)

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One of the great emerging New-Wave artists we’ve seen so much of this year, Tommy Sparks’ debut album is one of the most danceable and catchiest things I’ve ever listened to.  Definitely one of the best 2009 had to offer.

1. The Rumble Strips – Welcome to the Walk Alone

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This album is so good, I can barely listen to their debut anymore.  Every time I put  one of their older songs on, I can’t help but switch to one of their newer ones.  One of the most soulful ska bands I’ve ever heard, “Welcome to the Walk Alone” takes the sound they started with on their first album and takes it to a much grander scale.  Amazing Album.  I encourage you to click on the picture and download it ASAP.

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It’s actually pretty funny how I came upon this album. A few years ago, back in the days I used Pandora rather than Last.fm, I would hear the song ‘Now I Know You Could Never Be the One’ from this album, constantly. Since I was usually playing fullscreen computer games, I was never able to identify the song, even though I liked it quite a bit. A mere few months ago, I stumbled upon this album in a Last.fm share thread and listened to it. I was totally blown away when the track I had constantly heard years before had come on.

But anyway, onto the album itself. Too many shoegaze and dreampop bands try to emulate My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins, so when a band tries something different, it’s a definite breath of fresh air. While The Meeting Places use relatively clean (and male) vocals and somewhat upbeat guitar segments, it still has that air of gloom that most shoegaze acts tend to bring along with them. It blends the elements of alternative rock and dreampop flawlessly, and it is just a great album.

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A Sunny Day in Glasgow is a dreampop/shoegaze group along the same lines as My Bloody Valentine except without the distortion. There’s nothing really to elaborate on about this album. It has female-fronted vocals done by twin sisters Robin and Lauren, with really heavenly-sounding guitars and keyboards in the background. The entire album was recorded on one microphone in a bedroom, but the production values of this album are hardly lacking. You should download this.

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Hey there. My name is Teddy, and I like music. I used to run Geroni Listening, but I got tired of it (it’s very amateurish and was more of an experiment). I live in Birmingham, AL, as seen in the header above. If you live in B’ham leave a comment and we can talk about our wonderful city and it’s sometimes-up-to-par scene. I hope this blog and it’s eventual many contributors will go places and do wonderful things. Now onto the music…

Atlas Sound is skinny man Bradford Cox and Bradford Cox only. This is his first true solo album, though he has released hundreds upon hundreds of songs in his lifetime. Let The Blind is a look into Cox’s mind and stories. It’s very cold and distant as compared to his newer album Logos. Cox said when he wrote Let The Blind he took riffs and looped them, and improvised a lot of the vocal parts and harmonies. The result is a very effective blend of not-over-the-top shoegaze and lush pop. Highly recommended.