PRINT December 2009

Music: Best of 2009

Charlotte Gainsbourg


1 Beck’s website ( An ingenious musical scene: ever-changing and inspired, mixing artwork, sound, covers, and interviews that display the playfulness and free eclecticism of the artist’s mind.

2 Thom Yorke, “Hearing Damage” (ChopShop/Atlantic) I look out for anything Yorke does—for example, his song for the original sound track of the most recent Twilight movie (New Moon, 2009), “Hearing Damage.”

3 Sound track for The Third Man (Silva, 2003) A film I love. A voyage in time. The music gave the 1949 film its original and unforgettable tune; its zithered tones haunt me to this day.

4 The Dead Weather, video for “Treat Me like Your Mother,” directed by Jonathan Glazer Bold, beautiful, politically incorrect. Guns and cigarettes.

5 Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino) I discovered them through a sound engineer. I admire the experimental tone,

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