Don’t let anyone tell you that it was a shit year for music. I had a tough time narrowing the list down to 25, but here it is in all its glory for you to digest and enjoy. Support the artists (and me) by purchasing the albums. In return, I offer you my Top of 2009 Mix. And while you’re at it, you might as well sign up to get my monthly mixes as well.
1. Arctic Monkeys – Humbug
2. We Were Promised Jetpacks – These Four Walls
3. Built To Spill – There Is No Enemy
4. The xx – xx
5. Kings Of Convenience – Declaration of Dependence
6. Air – Love 2
7. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
8. Ramona Falls – Intuit
9. The Horrors – Primary Colours
10. Miike Snow – Miike Snow
11. Fanfarlo – Reservoir
12. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns
13. Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
14. Maps – Turning The Mind
15. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
16. The Big Pink – A Brief History Of Love
17. Doves – Kingdom Of Rust
18. Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels
19. Brakesbrakesbrakes – Touchdown
20. PANTyRAiD – The Sauce
21. Obits – I Blame You
22. Mastodon – Crack The Skye
23. A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Ashes Grammar
24. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
25. Timber Timbre – Timber Timbre
A few other things I liked that couldn’t make the list for various reasons:
Fulgeance – Smartbanging EP – An EP is not an album, but I almost made an exception for this masterful synth orgy. It’s a sexy mix of French disco and Hip-Hop beats.
Here We Go Magic – Here We Go Magic – I cannot in good conscience recommend this entire album, but you’d be wise to download tracks 1,2,3,4 and 6.
Nirvana – Live At Reading – I’ve owned the bootleg of this for years and it’s one of the live shows I own (bootleg or not) that I’ve heard. The fact that it’s Nirvana just moves it to the top of the list. If you’re even a casual Nirvana fan and you want to see and hear the band in top form, pick this up.
Nirvana – Bleach: Deluxe Edition – Sub Pop did an amazing job on this package and the album never sounded so good. It comes with an early live show as well. All on white vinyl (if you opt for that like I did).
The cover art for Neko Case’s album Middle Cyclone – I like the album, but don’t love it. The cover, however, is one of the best album covers I’ve seen in a long time.
Victoire – A Door into the Dark EP – Why an artist would agree to do something with eMusic only is beyond me, but it’s worth getting your hands on this gorgeous new classical EP. It’s pretty mind-blowing.
Various Artists – Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic Ballads and Dirges 1968-1974 – The first thing that came to my mind after listening to this was that I was clearly born at the wrong time. The music is amazing, but the painstaking effort that went into the packaging for this package does not disappoint.
Finders Keepers Records – You think I’m a music fan? Finder’s Keepers releases make me feel like I should be sent back to grade school with dunce cap. This UK-based label unearths some of the most incredible music from all over the world. I wish I could relay my amazement and excitement in words. I will own the entire catalog from this label.