other dennis yangs in the news..

I like following what the “other” Dennis Yangs are up to around the world.. this just came across the wire:

Dennis Yang, 31, Chaska, Minn., assault on firefighter/medical personnel and assault, failed to appear, warrant ordered.

Oh Dennis, of Chaska, Minnesota.. what are you doing? You’re tarnishing our good name.

Anyway, this reminds me, if any of the other Dennis Yangs are out there, feel free to drop me a line, and I’m happy to give you a coveted “dennisyang.com” email address. C’mon, I know you’re out there.

my favorite songs of 2009

Happy New Year everyone.. 2010 is well on its way, so I’ve put together a little mix to get it started… 2009 was an amazing year for new music. Whoever said that the digital age is killing music obviously isn’t actually out there listening to the stuff.

The year opened for me with a whole lotta Bon Iver, whose Blood Bank EP was an awesomely haunting way to open the new year. Then, pretty much most of my 2009 was spent listening to Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.. man, that entire album is insanely awesome. And then, just as 2009 was about to close, the xx stormed the scene.

2009 was also the year of the remix for me, aided with the hype machine, remixes (good AND bad) are flooding out more than ever. Yes, it takes time to sort through the crap to find the gems, but once you do, it’s quite rewarding. Also, if you haven’t heard the brazilian remixing duo, The Twelves, yet.. I highly suggest you go and check them out. Now.

Anyway, I’m rambling.. so, without further adieu, here’s my picks for best songs of 2009.

Enjoy.

As long as I have your attention, I might as well also list out the live shows that I saw for 2009:

  • The Bird & The Bee @ The Independent
  • rjd2 @ 103 Harriet and Vessel
  • Toshio Hirano @ The Rite Spot
  • Ratatat @ The Fillmore
  • Band Of Horses @ The Fox
  • Jason Reeves, Brendan James, Amber Rubarth @ Cafe du Nord
  • Emilie Simon @ Le Poisson (NYC)
  • Bon Iver @ The Fox
  • Dawes (opening for Langhorne Slim, but I left after seeing Dawes) @ The Independent
  • Joan As Policewoman @ Knitting Factory (Brooklyn)
  • Friendly Fires & The xx @ The Independent

Not a bad take for this year, I suppose.. I got to see 2 of my top 3 acts of 2009 — Phoenix actually played the Warfield, but I refuse to go to that venue cuz I hate it.. yuck. Clearly, The Independent is my favorite place to go see shows this year (and I’ll be back there for Miike Snow soon). Strangely though, no shows at the Greek for 2009.. Weird.

Anyway — hats off to a super awesome musical 2009.

Happy New Year all.