Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Best Music of 2009

I used to be as into music as I was into movies. In college, I would make a weekly visit to Tower Records to check out the new releases. I subscribed to CMJ (formerly College Music Journal) to keep up on all the latest up and coming bands. If anyone at school needed to know anything about music, I was the one they came to.

Then, two years before our marriage, my then fiancĂ© bought me a brand new to the market DVD player. Suddenly all the money I spent on music was diverted to movies. That is not blame I’m placing. I love my wife dearly for thrusting me into the DVD market at its birth, among other things.

While I attempted to get back into the music scene for the next eleven years, I could never seem to gain the same foothold I once had. I could never find the really new stuff. The stuff that was up and coming before it up and came. I couldn’t even seem to get the same grasp on long standing acts. I didn’t feel informed enough to swing for the fences in the way I once had. All my purchases seemed safe, and so my music collecting never got off the ground again.

That was until last year when a fairly impromptu visit to Chicago allowed a couple of good friends to prepare a new music introduction experience for me that created the spark I’d been looking for in my music obsession. Suddenly, I was back in the game. Part of that game is creating a list of favorite albums, songs, and music sources discovered throughout the year.

I had quite an overwhelming year catching up on the music scene, as well as figuring out how to stay, if not ahead of it, at least along stride with it. This being the first best of list I’ve ever produced for music, I may seem like I’m flailing at the wind with some of my choices, but these were the albums that left the most indelible impressions on me over the greatest year in music I’ve experienced in quite some time.

30 Favorite Albums

1. Omar Rodriguez Lopez – Solar Gambling buy
2. Stardeath and White Dwarfs – The Birth buy
3. Anneke Van Giersbergen & Danny Cavanagh – In Parallel
4. Giant Squid – The Ichthyologist buy
5. Count Raven – Mammons War buy
6. The Devil’s Blood – The Time of No Time Evermore buy
7. Lou Barlow – Goodnight Unknown buy
8. Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears – Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is! buy
9. The Swell Season – Strict Joy buy
10. Der Blaue Reiter – Nuclear Sun buy
11. The Black Crowes – Before the Frost/Until the Freeze buy
12. The Dead Weather – Horehound buy
13. Heartless Bastards – The Mountain buy
14. Russian Circles – Geneva buy
15. Eagle Twin – The Unkindness of Crows buy
16. The XX – XX buy
17. P.O.S. – Never Better buy
18. Crippled Black Phoenix – Night Raider/The Resurrectionists buy
19. The Lonely Island – Incredibad buy
20. Horns of Anguish – Barriers buy
21. Dinosaur Jr. – Farm buy
22. Maserati – Passages buy
23. Pelican – What We All Come To Need buy
24. Behold! The Monolith – Behold! The Monolith LP buy
25. Black Math Horseman – ‘Wyllt’ buy
26. Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue buy
27. The Black Heart Procession – Six buy
28. The Leisure Society – The Sleeper buy
29. The Flaming Lips – Embryonic buy
30. DeWolff – Strange Fruits and Undiscovered Plants

Favorite Individual Tracks (in track order of “Words Unspoken: Best of ’09” mix)

Crippled Black Phoenix “Rise Up and Fight”
Mastodon “Crack the Skye”
The Swell Season “Low Rising”
BlackKoldMadina “Trouble the Water”
Crocodiles “I Wanna Kill”
XX “Night Time”
The Leisure Society “Save It For Someone Who Cares”
Foo Fighters “Word Forward”
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears “Get Yo S**t”
The Lonely Island “Boombox”
Behold! The Monolith “Battle for Balls Deep”
P.O.S. “Out of Category”
Pearl Jam “The Fixer”
Maserati “No More Sages”
Have a Nice Life “Trespassers W”
The Black Crowes “Greenhorn”
Steve Martin “Words Unspoken”

Download them here.

10 Reissues/Box Sets/Compilations

1. Nirvana – Bleach: 20th Anniversary (deluxe edition) buy
2. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – White Lunar buy
3. David Bowie – Space Oddity: 40th Anniversary (deluxe edition) buy
4. The Beatles – Mono Remasters (box set) buy
5. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (deluxe edition) buy
6. Big Star – Keep an Eye on the Sky (box set) buy
7. Hawkwind – Quark, Strangeness, and Charm (deluxe edition) buy
8. Pearl Jam – Ten Redux Buy
9. The Pixies – Minotaur (box set) Buy
10. Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series, vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs – Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 Buy

10 From the Used Bin

1. Leaf Hound – Growers of Mushroom (1971) Buy
2. Wicked Minds – From the Purple Skies (2004)
3. Rodriguez – Cold Fact (1970) Buy
4. Eno, Moebius & Roedelius – After the Heat (1978) Buy
5. Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Rossum – The Days of Mars (2005) Buy
6. Thin Lizzy – Nightlife (1974) Buy
7. Amanaz – Africa (1975) Buy
8. Frank Sinatra – In the Wee Small Hours (1955) Buy
9. Two Lone Swordsmen – From the Double Gone Chapel (2004) Buy
10. Chico Magnetic Band – Chico Magnetic Band (1973)

5 Sources
The Sludge Swamp sludgeswamp.blogspot.com
Lucid Media lucidmedia.blogspot.com
Debutante Debris debutantedebris.blogspot.com
White Dot Music stance-out.blogspot.com
Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers sadsongsfordirtylovers.blogspot.com

5 Sites, Not Sounds.

Awkward Family Photos awkwardfamilyphotos.com
dooce: Daily Chuck www.dooce.com/daily-chuck
People of WalMart peopleofwalmart.com
S**t My Dad Says twitter.com/shitmydadsays
Daily Film Dose www.dailyfilmdose.com

Please keep your artists employed. Buy the music you like.

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