Last year I published my first ever Best Albums list, although music has played an important role in my life since high school. This year I feel I’ve compiled a list much more representative of the music I generally listen to a great deal. Dark doom and stoner albums dominated last year’s list, while this year is more spread out in terms of genre. I’ve included no less than four soundtrack albums in this year’s list, which is explained by the main topic of this blog, a grand obsession with movies. You won’t see a lot of mainstream music here, but hopefully I can point you toward something you might not have considered before. I’ve also included links to my five favorite websites to visit over the past year, because I don’t really have any other place to make those public. You can preview or purchase any of these albums by clicking on the "Dropped" date link under each title.
The Black Keys
The Besnard Lakes
The Tallest Man on Earth
The Orb featuring David Gilmour
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
Special Jury Prize
I’ve chosen to give out two special jury prizes this year. The first is not a full-length album but contains my favorite single track of the year, “Teeth and Claws”. The second was released in a digital only format at the very end of 2009. I did not get a good chance to listen to it before my Best Albums of 2009 list was published, but it certainly would’ve been included on that list had I heard it. Since it wasn’t released on CD and Vinyl formats until 2010, I took that as an excuse to include it on this year’s list. It’s one of the best cover albums I’ve heard.
Boris & Ian Astbury
The Flaming Lips &Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins and Peaches
Favorite five websites of the year:Hyperbole and a Half