Tomorrow, some people from OPB's "In House" are coming to the Bitch office to ask us about our top five favorite albums of 2009. This means that we have been spending a fair amount of time racking our brains to come up with a serviceable top five list that won't reveal to the public radio-listening public that at least one of us (hi, that's me) has been mostly jamming out to Linda Ronstadt records from the 70s for the past six months (I guess you can't submit a 2009 top five list unless the albums actually came out in 2009?).
At any rate, today's B-Sides is a test run of our top five list, expanded into a top ten. It gives us a chance to see if you think this list works, plus it's always nice to take a break from a busy day to watch music videos. Make sure to give us plenty of feedback! Oh, and keep in mind that we are only considering women-centric bands (which means that at least one woman has to play a key role in the band). Let the listing commence! (These are in no particular order whatsoever and are just culled from a mishmash of emails we sent back and forth last week about albums we liked this year. Also, I am including a single from each album for the purpose of video watching, but we really are talking about the albums and not just the singles here. OK, enough disclaimers.)
Vivian Girls, "Everything Goes Wrong"
How fun are they? The Vivian Girls are a great pick-me-up no matter what mood you're in.
The Gossip, "Music for Men"
Has the Gossip ever done anything that isn't totally fucking super? I doubt it. They are the coolest.
Karen O and the Kids, "Where the Wild Things Are Sountrack"
Not only did the Karen O.'s music really enhance the film, it's also great just by itself. There is no "official video" for any of the Karen O. and the Kids' stuff, so I am just posting this cute fan video instead.
Thao with The Get Down Stay Down, "Know Better Learn Faster"
Anyone who has been reading the blog or magazine lately knows that we're big Thao fans. Who can blame us? Thao with The Get Down Stay Down rules! And how great is that animated video?
Jaqee, "Kokoo Girl"
Sweden has so many awesome musicians, not least among them being Jaqee. I don't know about you, but Jaqee's music makes me want to dress up in fun clothes and eat cupcakes. Which is a compliment, obviously.
Neko Case, "Middle Cyclone"
Neko Case never ceases to amaze. Her voice is ridiculously good, and her lyrics say those things you didn't even know you felt until you heard them. Does that make sense? It does when I listen to her, anyway.
Bat For Lashes, "Two Suns"
Not only is this a great album, but Natasha Khan's exploration of alter-egos and dual personalities is pretty cool too.
Fever Ray, "Fever Ray"
Just when you thought Sweden couldn't get any better (well, musically anyway) Karin Dreijer Andersson from The Knife goes and makes a solo album. It's great – did you expect anything less?
Yo La Tengo, "Popular Songs"
Ah, Yo La Tengo. Do you ever fantasize that you are Georgia Hubley and that you and your husband Ira Kaplan just sit around writing beautiful and precious songs for one another? Is that just me? Whatever, this album is great.
The Thermals, "Now We Can See"
What do you think of this top ten? What would you add or remove? Give us your feedback in the comments section!