Continuing this week’s theme of resurrecting, year by year, some seriously overlooked jams from the past 5 years, here’s a batch from 2009 that deserve another listen. After you grab these songs and they become your new favorites, check into what I shared from 2007 and 2008.
Simon Joyner / Roll On
The ramshackle folk/rock of “Roll On” closes Joyner’s inexplicably overlooked Out into the Snow – a mostly meditative folk album featuring Joyner’s brilliantly elliptical songwriting. This one’s got such a great opening couplet (“You were up to your necklace/in drunk friends and wreckage”) that you almost miss all the other highly quotable lines (like “And now you’re Jesus’ age/But you’ve only been betrayed/By the calendar”) littered throughout.
Old Canes / Little Bird Courage
Old Canes is the side project of Chris Crisci of The Appleseed Cast, and “Little Bird Courage” is a blast of raucous, barreling folk music that kicks off Feral Harmonic. If you’re not shouting along with the closing call-and-response then we can’t be friends anymore.
Brook Pridemore / Just Like Nathan Hale Pt. 2
This folk/punk song comes from Pridemore’s A Brighter Light, a vicious song cycle that sounds like The Mountain Goats meets underground NYC folk hero Ed Hamell.
Soft Black / The Earth is Black
Led by Vincent Cacchione, NY folk/rock band Soft Black dropped one of 2008’s truly great albums in The Earth Is Black. The title track is an intense, agenda-setting tour-de-force with some serious fangs.
The Mantles / Don’t Lie
The Mantles are yet another amazing group of garage revivalists from San Francisco. This is one hell of a finely-constructed song – the guitar sound is scathing and I love how the tension is finally relieved by that indelible closing refrain.