The Best Songs in Dallas Music, 2009: Neon Indian and "Deadbeat Summer" Get Us All Hot and Bothered at No. 9

[Editor's Note: Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be presenting my favorite local songs of the year, counting down from No. 25 to No. 1, one track a day. Today we take an in-depth look at song No. 9 on the list--and, please, feel free to click after the jump for a free download of the track. Lastly, please keep checking back to see how the list pans out. Also after the jump, check out songs No. 40-26 in the Top 40 list that will update as it grows...]

No. 9: Neon Indian -- "Deadbeat Summer"

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For a few years now, Alan Palomo and his electronic stylings have been, if we're speaking in Billboard chart terms, "bubbling under." 

But with a new project called Neon Indian to focus on in 2009, Palomo finally broke out. And how.

Bonus mp3: Neon Indian -- "Deadbeat Summer"


Local taste-making blog Gorilla Vs. Bear was all over the project from the start. Before long, Pitchfork, Stereogum and the like hopped on board, too. And then Rolling Stone. And then Austin City Limits came calling, asking the band to fill in at its festival. And then Grizzly Bear asked Palomo to remix some of its tracks. Hell, Hispter Runoff even created a whole genre name--albeit a half-joiking one--partially because of Neon Indian's boundary-ignoring output.

Yes, it was quite the whirlwind year for Neon Indian.

Funny, then, that the whole project launched as something of a lark. No matter: It was still enough to steal Palomo's attention away from his other, and maybe even better, VEGA project. Can't blame him for that move. The demand was there--enough for Palomo to make Neon Indian's full-length, Psychic Chasms, a priority. And when that full-length was released, the praise only continued. And thanks to some smartly appropriated Todd Rundgren samples and Palomo's own borderline genius pop sensibilities, it's easy to see why.

Really, there isn't a weak track on Psychic Chasms. But there certainly isn't a stronger one than "Deadbeat Summer." The perfect soundtrack to a lazy, hazy, sun-filled sumemr afternoon, Palomo's genius isn't so evident much in the tracks hook or chorus (though both impress) as it it is in crafting this whole slacker-pop aesthetic. The song title may be a dead giveaway to the landcape Palomo is looking to sonically create with this song, sure. But, really, a quick listen reveals as much regardless--and that is perhaps the greatest gift Palomo possesses.

The Top 40 Local Songs of 2009 (Links to music videos and free song downloads available where applicable; links to streams where neither a download nor video exists.)
40. The Wax Museums -- "Safety in Numbers"
39. Macon Greyson -- "Pushing Strings"
38. The Burning Hotels -- "Austin's Birthday" (video)
37. The Riverboat Gamblers -- "DissDissDissKissKissKiss" (video)
36. Salim Nourallah -- "Endless Dream Days"
35. The Phuss -- "Preacher, Preacher"
34. The Southern Sea -- "These Things Always End Badly"
33. Fungi Girls -- "Pacifica Nostalgia"
32. Giggle Party -- "Jason Bought a Hatchet" (video)
31. Carter Albrecht -- "Country Living" (stream)
30. This Old House -- "At Risk"
29. Occult Detective Club -- "You'll Follow Me" 
28. Bad Sports -- "Nothing But Agitation"
27. Darktown Strutters -- "Quakertown"
26. The Crash That Took Me -- "Patricia Lynn" (stream)
25. Red Monroe -- "Pat Mayse Lake"
24. Danny Balis -- "Tethered"
23. Sleep Whale -- "Cotton Curls"
22. PVC Street Gang -- "Cutlass" (video)
21. Air Review -- "Jura"
20. Xrabit & Damaged Good$ -- "Follow the Leader" (video)
19. Doug Burr -- "The Righteous Will Rejoice"
18. Seryn -- "We Will All Be Changed"
17. galleryCat -- "Say Say Say"
16. Sunnybrook -- "Waving Hands"
15. The O's -- "You've Got Your Heart"
14. Ishi -- "Pastel Lights"
13. Binary Sunrise -- "Five Minutes"
12. The Paper Chase -- "What Should We Do With Your Body? (The Lightning)"
11. Fergus & Geronimo -- "Tell It In My Ear"
10. Max Moon -- "Urban Outfitters"
9. Neon Indian -- "Deadbeat Summer"
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...and be sure to keep checking back, as this list will update daily
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