The Best Songs in Dallas Music, 2009: Max Moon Sells Us On "Urban Outfitters" at No. 10

[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. 10 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. 10: Max Moon -- Urban Outfitters

Neither SMU grad  Astronautalis nor former PPT producer Picnic is a man with too much extra time on his hands. Indiviually, each of these talented hip-hop acts boasts a busy schedule: Astronautalis recently completed a Eurpoean tour alongside Tegan & Sara; Picnic, meanwhile, has been working on various projects, not the least of which finds him among Erykah Badu's hand-selected live beat-making outfit The Cannabinoids.

Somehow, though, the two mange to find some time--a little bit here, a little bit there--to link up, often over web cam, and work on yet one more thing: Their collaborative project called Max Moon.

Bonus mp3:

Max Moon -- "Urban Outfitters"

Max Moon -- "Urban Outfitters"

Like 2008 before it, 2009 came and went with rumors of an upcoming Max Moon album--but nothing to show for it. Similarly to last year, all the duo was able to show for its efforts this year--on record at least (they did team up for a few live shows around town this year, actually)--was one leaked track.

But here's the thing: Whereas earlier Max Moon leaks and whispers may have hinted at a promising future for the two, "Urban Outfitters," when released as part of the 2009 Kixpo Mixtape back in July, showed the dynamic duo not only living up to its hype, but maybe surpassing it.

Knowingly hip, and playing it off with their tongues in cheek, Astronautalis and Picnic rap and sing over a crazy, dance-inducing, melodic, electro-inspired, Picnic-produced beat and turn it on its head, offering the track a singalong hook so catchy that some listeners might even miss the underlying social commentary about consumerism the duo puts into play here.

With "Urban Outfitters," Max Moon's officially stepped past its status as an act to pay attention to in the future, establishing as a force with which few hip-hop acts can compete.

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"
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...and be sure to keep checking back, as this list will update daily

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