This was much harder than I thought it would be. Trying to narrow down a list of the 10 best songs from 2009 turned out to be much more difficult than I thought. Part of the difficulty was because much of my favorite music that I listened to this year was released before 2009. I may have taken some liberties with the list because of that. There were some awesome songs from 2008 that I would really like to include in this list, but I will try to refrain.
I had planned to be more active about posting this year. However, when I went back to work on Jan. 4 things got super busy. I’m hoping I can get back on track and start doing more frequent posts in the coming weeks. I still need to get back to my reviewing the top 50 albums, that will take much longer than I planed. I started listening to some of the albums at work and the music kind of drifts into the background while I work. I may have to find a way to invest some actual time to focus on listening to give my reviews. We will see what happens…
I’m back in the office today and I’ve decided to starting working my way through Pitchfork’s The Top 50 Albums of 2009. After a quick glance at the albums on the list I see many that I have heard and many that I won’t enjoy listening to.
My plan to is to listen to each album and write a post about it. On some days I may feel ambitious and post about multiple albums. Other days I may not post about any.
[I’ll come back and make these links this evening at some point.]
50. Woods – Songs of Shame
49. Cass McCombs – Catacombs
48. DOOM – Born Like This
47. Zomby – Where Were U in ’92?
46. Dan Deacon – Bromst
45. The Mountain Goats – The Life of the World to Come
44. tUnE-yArDs – BiRd-BrAiNs
43. Cymbals Eat Guitars – Why There Are Mountains
42. A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Ashes Grammar
41. Baroness – Blue Record
40. Mos Def – The Ecstatic
39. Jim O’Rourke – The Visitor
38. Major Lazer – Guns Don’t Kill People– Lazers Do
37. The Antlers – Hospice
36. Dinosaur Jr. – Farm
35. jj – jj n° 2
34. Passion Pit – Manners
33. Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue
32. Bear In Heaven – Beast Rest Forth Mouth
31. Sunn O))) – Monoliths & Dimensions
30. Röyksopp – Junior
29. Yo La Tengo – Popular Songs
28. Micachu and the Shapes – Jewellery
27. Various Artists – 5: Five Years of Hyperdub
26. Bon Iver – Blood Bank EP
25. DJ Quik & Kurupt – BlaQKout
24. Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
23. Memory Tapes – Seek Magic
22. Wild Beasts – Two Dancers
21. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
20. Real Estate – Real Estate
19. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
18. Atlas Sound – Logos
17. The Very Best – Warm Heart of Africa
16. Antony and the Johnsons – The Crying Light
15. Japandroids – Post-Nothing
14. Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms
13. St. Vincent – Actor
12. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
11. Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport
10. Girls – Album
09. Fever Ray – Fever Ray
08. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
07. Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
06. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
05. Raekwon – Only Built for Cuban Linx… Pt. II
04. The Flaming Lips – Embryonic
03. The xx – The xx
02. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
01. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
A couple of weeks ago Pitchfork published their “Top 100 Tracks of 2009“. I have finally gotten around to building a playlist to listen to the list and see what new gems I can find. I was happy to see a larger number of artists I was familiar with… whether I liked them or not.
I have gone through the list it a few times as I often get distracted and don’t really listen to some of the songs. Here are a few that pop out as my favorites, a couple of which are new to me.