Best Albums of 2009: 5 EP’s

LADY GAGA- THE FAME MONSTER EP


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Buy Lady GaGa - The Fame Monster

Released by our best modern pop star (with Beyonce as the queen of R&B) as both a standalone and a companion piece to 2008’s “The Fame”. “Bad Romance” is one of the singles of the year and there should be more to follow in its wake.

 





Buy “Bad Romance”

Lady GaGa - The Fame Monster - Bad Romance


Buy “So Happy I Could Die”

Lady GaGa - The Fame Monster - So Happy I Could Die


 

 BON IVER- BLOOD BANK EP


Buy Bon Iver - Blood Bank - EP

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Justin Vernon’s second beautiful, stark, wintry collection of songs released in the dead of January including 4th track and closer “Woods” which is sung exclusively in auto-tune and covered (very well) by Vernon’s other band Volcano Choir.




Buy “Blood Bank”

Bon Iver - Blood Bank - EP - Blood Bank


Buy “Babys”

Bon Iver - Blood Bank - EP - Babys


 

 

 


MODEST MOUSE- NO ONE’S FIRST AND YOU’RE NEXT


Buy Modest Mouse - No One's First, and You're Next

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A collection of outtakes and b-sides from Modest Mouse’s last album “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank” which were all re-recorded for this EP. For the most part not the band’s best material but still well worth a listen.





Buy “The Whale Song”

Modest Mouse - No One's First, and You're Next - The Whale Song

Buy “Satellite Skin”

Modest Mouse - No One's First, and You're Next - Satellite Skin




 DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE- THE OPEN DOOR EP


Buy Death Cab for Cutie - The Open Door - EP

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A stop-gap EP between albums which includes a demo version of “Talking Bird” from the “Narrow Stairs” album as well as the track “Little Bribes” which would have been one of the best songs on the album had it been included.





Buy “Little Bribes”

Death Cab for Cutie - The Open Door - EP - Little Bribes


Buy “A Diamond and A Tether”

Death Cab for Cutie - The Open Door - EP - A Diamond and a Tether


 

 

 BLITZEN TRAPPER- THE BLACK RIVER KILLER EP

Buy Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer

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Seven track companion piece to last year’s excellent full length “Furr”. The title track is from “Furr” and the additional six tracks are very worthy b-sides.







Buy “Black River Killer”

Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer - Black River Killer

Buy “Silver Moon”

Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer - Silver Moon


** Surely the Animal Collective “Fall Behind” would have made this list if the damn thing wasn’t still on back order

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