December 28, 2009

music: 2009 top twenty

Other Years: 20162015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.

I couldn't help myself once I got started. As soon as I posted my list of top ten, I kept thinking of other albums I just had to mention. So, here is my list of 11-20 top albums. You can view 1-10 here.

Again, I've listed two "honorable mentions." Like the Jawbox re-release, these also were re-releases that I/we really got into this year. The second ten lean towards the heavier side. The first set certainly got the most listens, at home, in the car and at the office. These selections reveal a little more of my specific tastes???minus the influence of my family's good tastes.

Top 20 (11-20):
Matt and Kim - Grand Happy, simple pop... it'll make you smile.

Tortoise - Beacons of Ancestorship Instrumental madness! I usually don't get into these kind of bands but the only reason why Tortoise doesn't have vocals is because the world couldn't handle Tortoise with vocals. Beautiful.

Goes Cube - Another Day Has Passed No, not the next Refused or Snapcase as some have said but still pretty darn good stuff.

The Dodos - Time To Die Frantic drums with acoustic guitars and more. Yum.

Cursive - Hello Mama, I'm Swollen Not as good as The Ugly Organ, but still a solidly sad and good effort as always

Cloak/Dagger - Lost Art Short, simple, rad. Kind of picks up where bands like Hot Snakes left off.

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion Another album I didn't want to like... but you have to... they're the 21st Century equivalent to Brian Wilson

Future of the Left - Travels with Myself and Another It is a bit disappointing that I didn't include this on the top ten. This band is simply amazing. Rock at it's rockingest.

Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs If Sonic Youth were from Hoboken, NJ...

The Paddle Boat - B Side of a Life San Diego locals that are doing some good vintage song crafting. Bring on the clarinet!

Honorable Mentions:
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The remastering of the Beatles collection didn't add much in my opinion but this album got lots of listens this year. Still amazing how great this band was and still is. Would've beat most albums released this year if it had come out as an original.

Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Eddy Current Suppression Ring Originally released in 2006. A wonderfully raw and simple punk act, re-issued in the States this year.