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You may remember the Harlem Shakes (the band, not the meme) from the top of a little list we compiled back in 2009.

Well, a lot of people are just now starting to pay attention to this fantastic (though, sadly, defunct) band’s twitter account… that is, if “paying attention” means “mistaking it for the official account of some recent internet dance craze”. So crazy, these kids!

You can read Buzzfeed’s rather perfect breakdown of the whole thing RIGHT HERE.

If only more people had been reading WiAC back in 2009, we wouldn’t keep having problems like these.

mp3: Harlem Shakes – Nothing But Change Part II



arms_img02_hiresSorry about the lack in posts lately – but after finishing finals both Logan and I have headed home for the holidays, and we’re both really enjoying the time away from computers. So you can expect sporadic posting at best for the another week or two. Sorry! But not that much! That said, this is pretty awesome – so I had to take a minute to write about it. The band is ARMS, which is essentially just Todd Goldtstein of Harlem Shakes (RIP), and he’s pretty great.

I know I’m a little late to the party here, considering ARMS’ debut album Kids Aflame came out in the middle of last year, and despite it making a few end-of-2008 lists it wasn’t until very recently that I actually listened to the whole thing through. But wow, this thing is good. It’s pretty lo-fi in a lot of ways (think NOT Harlem Shakes), but the DIY aesthetic works perfectly, giving each song a lot of room to gently sort itself out. I’d write more, but I’ve got some friends to meet. You know – home for the holidays stuff. Enjoy!

mp3: ARMS – Tiger Tamer
from the album Kids Aflame (Amazon/iTunes)

mp3: ARMS – Sad, Sad, Sad
from the album Kids Aflame (Amazon/iTunes)

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2009 Top 25Well it’s that time again. It’s been a good year in music for sure – so much so that we’ve bumped our list up to 25 albums this time around, and even then we were having to painfully cut out some clearly great records.

Remember, this list represents our favorite albums of the year, not necessarily the best albums of the year. If we had to pick what we thought were the very best albums critically, this would probably be a very different list. But we’re no critics, so that’s not what we’re going to do. These are simply our very favorite albums of the year – the ones that made us laugh, cry, dance, smile, press repeat, wet our pants, etc. This is what we’ll remember when we look back on 2009.

Here we go:

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