Dad's Records is all about my Dad enriching my musical world with suggestions from the past. But of course, it's a two-way street. A few times a year, and always at Christmas, I give my dad a CD of what I think he'll most enjoy from the current music scene. So for every The Sopwich Camel, there has to be a corresponding A.A. Bondy.

So here's a preview of what I'll be giving my dad this Christmas. Consider this my...

Best of 2009...For Your Dad

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[ mp3 ]: Wilco - You And I

It seems you can't make a mix for your dad without putting at least one Wilco song on there. Dads love Wilco. It's a law of nature. Like gravity. Or girls liking Glee.

This song is one of my favorites of this year's Wilco (The Album). If any of you have seen these guys live, you know they're the most musically skillful band out there. They make it look so easy. And this song sure is easy on the ears.

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[ mp3 ]: Real Estate - Beach Comber

I'll admit it. I found these guys in the blogosphere. It's not my most favorite way of discovering music, but as soon as I heard them, I wasn't ashamed. I like to think of them as a band you'd find gathered around a bonfire on the beach somewhere south of San Francisco. I don't where they're from, but that's what they sound like to me.  Imagine a sunnier Built to Spill.

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[ mp3 ]: Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks

Well, there's not much more that can be said about this one. From Pitchfork, to NPR, to every blog every in the world ever created ever, this is almost unanimously the song of the year. I think I first fell in love with it after watching the trippy video. Does anyone else think there's something Swedish about these guys' voices? They remind me of Jens Lekman, or Sondre Lerche. Nice work, fellows.

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