Brent’s top 20 songs of 2009

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Here they are — the 20 songs I couldn’t get out of my damn head this year. And just when you thought you knew me, I throw you a curveball at No. 1. I’m a sneaky bastard, I tell ya.

20. Future of the Left – Manchasm

19. Cage the Elephant – Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked

18. Rural Alberta Advantage – Dethbridge In Lethbridge

17. Manchester Orchestra – Shake It Out

16. The Decemberists – The Rake’s Song

15. Blakroc – Dollaz & Sense

14. Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears – Sugarfoot

13. Bon Iver – Blood Bank

12. The Dead Weather – Will There Be Enough Water?

11. St. Vincent – Actor Out of Work

10. Andrew Bird – Oh No

9. Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band – Albatross, Albatross, Albatross

8. The Maldives – Walk Away

7. Metric – Help I’m Alive

6. Arctic Monkeys – Pretty Visitors

5. Monsters of Folk – Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)

4. Them Crooked Vultures – Elephants

3. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks

2. Mastodon – Oblivion

1. Camera Obscura – French Navy

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About Brent Stecker

Brent is a journalist and small-time musician based in Wenatchee, Wash. His passion for music wasn’t discovered until his teenage years, however, when he first got his hands on a Rage Against the Machine CD. He spent the rest of his adolescence broadening his musical tastes, obsessively learning guitar, and harnessing his writing abilities in journalism classes.