I sent out my mix of songs I listened to in 2009 today, rather belatedly.
1. The Knux - Cappuccino
2. Phoenix - 1901
3. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Red Right Hand
4. Rhymefest featuring Michael Jackson - No Sunshine
5. Deer Tick - Easy
6. The Clap - Che Guevara T-Shirt Wearer
7. Tom Waits - Way Down In the Hole
8. Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer
9. The Dead Weather - Will There Be Enough Water? (live)
10. Guy Clark - Desperados Waiting For a Train
11. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned)
12. Fleet Foxes - Ragged Wood
13. The Gaslight Anthem - Great Expectations
14. Lupe Fiasco - Hip-Hop Saved My Life
15. Leonard Cohen - Anthem
Best finds: Rhymefest was a free download album online. The Clap I got (ha ha) after seeing an anti-Communist video from libertarian rag Reason. And I loved The Dead Weather's performance of "Water" at ACL so much that I had to track it down live (ultimately ripping it from a Youtube video).
Songs that I really listened to in '08 but I was too lazy to send out an '08 CD: Leonard Cohen, Fleet Foxes, the Knux.
Songs that had to be on there without question: Lupe Fiasco, Gaslight Anthem, Deer Tick.
Last cuts: "Love Lockdown" by Kanye West and "Bull Black Nova" by Wilco.
All in all: A mix of hip-hop, murder ballads, and inspiration. Hopefully folks like it!