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Best of 2007 CD cover
2008 Best of Lazy-i CD Cover
2009 CD cover

Lazy-i Best of 2009 Sampler

Here we are again at the end of a decade. For this year's annual comp CD, I contemplated pulling together a "Best of the '00s" mix, but changed my mind, figuring we'd all be better off if we could just forget the last 10 years (except, of course, for the music). Instead, here's the usual collection of the best of the best of bands I've run across during my sojourns for The Reader and There's a heavy dose of Nebraska-connected artists represented, which I've conveniently designated with an asterisk (*) so you'll have something to talk about if you ever run into them at the local Hy-Vee. As always, thanks go out to artist/genius Donovan Beery ( for the eye-popping CD sleeve design. See you at the end of the '10s.

Want a copy? Enter the Lazy-I Best of 2009 Giveaway! All you have to do is e-mail me ( with your name and mailing address and you'll be entered in the drawing. Hurry! Deadline's Jan. 18!

Here's a track list:

* Brad Hoshaw and the Seven Deadlies - "Gone in a Minute" from the self-titled album (self released)

* Cursive - "From the Hips" from Mama, I'm Swollen (Saddle Creek)

* Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band -- "Nikorette" from Outer South (Merge)

Elvis Perkins in Dearland - "Shampoo" from the self-titled album (XL)

* Digital Leather - "Hurts So Bad" from Warm Brother (Fat Possum)

Micachu & the Shapes - "Golden Phone" from Jewellery (Rough Trade)

* O+S - "Permanent Scar" from the self-titled album (Saddle Creek)

The xx - "Crystalised" from xx (XL)

* Box Elders - "Hole In My Head" from Alice & Friends (Goner)

Yo La Tengo - "Periodically Double or Triple" from Popular Songs (Matador)

* Har Mar Superstar - "Almond Joy" from Dark Touches (Megaforce)

Peaches - "Talk to Me" from I Feel Cream (XL)

* Wagon Blasters - "Go Dog Go" from SPEED! Soapbox Riot (Speed! Nebraska)

Morrissey - "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" from Years of Refusal (Decca)

* Little Brazil - "Separated" from
Son (Anodyne)

* Ladyfinger - "Plans" from Dusk (Saddle Creek)

* Pete Yorn - "Social Development Dance" from Back and Fourth (Columbia)

The Avett Brothers - "I and Love and You" from I and Love and You (American)

* Maria Taylor - "Cartoons and Forever Plans" from LadyLuck (Saddle Creek)

Blue Skies for Black Hearts - "Wishing You a Merry Xmas" from XO for the Holidays Vol. 2 (XO)

* indicates a band with Nebraska connections.

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Posted Dec. 30, 2009. Copyright 2009 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.