Sweet Sixteen - the birthday that lots of teenage girls celebrate with a massive party...but me, well I celebrated by getting my very first electric guitar. Though it's been years since I turned 16, the Sweet Sixteen lives on in an annual challenge I most look forward to: pick my favorite albums from the year, choose my favorite songs from those albums, put them all together in a neat little mix, package them up with a dorky album cover and distribute to both willing and unwilling friends. It's pretty typical for these songs to end up being very tied to certain times and places in my memory, so in the end, each Sweet Sixteen mix serves as a really good reminder of what happened over the course of that year. 2009 was one of my favorite years in music to date. I'm excited to see what 2010 has in store. Happy New Year!
--- Lauren Daniels SeattleGraffiti
1. Two Weeks - Grizzly Bear 2. Heart Skipped A Beat - The XX 3. Turn Me Well - Micachu 4. Coast of Carolina - Telekinesis 5. Fables - The Dodos 6. Just The Same But Brand New - St. Vincent 7. i am the changer - Cotton Jones 8. This Tornado Loves You - Neko Case 9. When We Swam - Thao with the Get Down Stay Down 10. Maybe So, Maybe No - Mayer Hawthorne 11. French Navy - Camera Obscura 12. Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros 13. Lalita - The Love Language 14. I And Love And You - The Avett Brothers 15. Sirens - Grand Hallway 16. 1901 - Phoenix