Best album of 2009
PENS - Hey Friend! What You Doing?
We're making this our album of the year because in the first draft of this list we had included not less than 6 songs from the record and just couldn't pick one track. We simply can't stop listening to songs like Freddie, 1-2, Hide The Kids, Yeah Baby! I'll Take You to Bagel Town, Networking and High In The Cinema. In the twenty-nine minutes the album lasts, it is as if PENS manage to capture all the films of Larry Clark and Harmony Korine and distill them into insanely perfect pop songs. And while every other band this year seemed to take great effort in trying to sound unconsciously noisy, DIY and lo-fi the PENS just did. And they did it brilliantly.
Best Songs Of 2009
(in order of length for some reason)
Graffiti Island - Moon Tan
Crocodiles, Graffiti Island, Dum Dum Girls & Pens split 7" (Art Fag)
Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin - Pop Song
Pop Song 7" (Goodbye Boozy)
Sea Lions - beautiful day