In Case You Missed It

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Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift notwithstanding, there was more to 2009 than pop tarts. Here’s what you missed while you were busy listening to Poker Face.

Hey,” by Elvis Perkins in Dearland
(About as refreshing as a New Year’s Day wake-up call — ouch — but a goody.)

El Caporal,” by My Morning Jacket
(From the Dark Was the Night compilation, this one will brighten your day.)

Baby Boomer,” by Monsters of Folk
(The future of great music may be in their hands.)

I and Love and You,” by The Avett Brothers
(Even week-old mistletoe will do the trick. Pucker up.)

Show Me What I’m Looking For,” by Carolina Liar
(A pop song without the shame.)

D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune),” by Jay-Z
(It was the Empire State of Mind year, but Mr. Beyoncé is reinventing rap. Again.)

Wantin’ Her Again,” by Ben Kweller
(Country song with a little indie rock thrown in. Read: No need for a pickup truck.)

That Western Skyline,” by Dawes
(Our fave new band of 2009.)

Heartbreak Warfare,” by John Mayer
(Try to ignore that it’s, well, John Mayer. We love this song.)

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