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2009 Year end lists, submit yours and get entered for $50

posted December 15, 2009, 9:09 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest, Editorial | comment 15 Comments

Tags: Staff Picks, Top Ten, $50, Amazon, Japandroids, Pink Mountaintops, Built To Spill, Blue October, Dead Weather, 2009

It’s time for the Best of 2009… If you give us your list in any format (top 10, general list, story) in a comment below, you are entered to win a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate, just in time for Christmas.

Here’s the staff’s faves of 2009:

DSCANLAND (owner/chief editor/master programmer Dennis Scanland)

  • M Ward – Hold Time
  • Japandroids – Post-Nothing
  • The Dudes – Blood Guts Bruises Cuts
  • Busdriver – Jhelli Beam
  • Pink Mountaintops – Outside Love
  • Lorrie Matheson – In Vein
  • Diablo Swing Orchestra – Sing-Along Songs For The Damned And Delirious
  • Califone – All My Friends Are Funeral Singers
  • The New Year – The New Year
  • Fever Ray – Fever Ray
  • Evergreen Terrace – Almost Home
  • Atlas Sound – Logos
  • White Lies – To Lose My Life
  • Isis – Wavering Radiant

ARCHELON (Reviewer/Resident Pom/Emma Lambert)

  1. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
  2. No Made Sense – The Epillanic Choragi
  3. Foreign Cinema – Non-Synchronous Sound
  4. The XX – XX
  5. Built To Spill – There Is No Enemy
  6. Thrice – Beggars
  7. Kings Of Convenience – Declaration of Dependance
  8. The Faceless – Planetary Duality
  9. The Wooden Sky – If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone
  10. Mumford And Sons – Sigh No More

Honourable mentions to Biffy Clyro, White Lies, Swamphouse and Cage The Elephant.


HSTISGOD’s (Staff Writer/VP Brian Rutherford)
1. Experience.Hold. – E.P.
2. Brand New – Daisy
3. Shuteye Unison – ST (EP)
4. Sipo – Year Of The White Rose
5. MUSE – The Resistance
6. Alexisonfire – Old Crows/Young Cardinals
7. Rodrigo Y Gabriela 11-11
8. Brother Ali – US
9. Easy Star All Stars – Lonely Hearts Dub Band
10. Blue October – Approaching

Other Honorable Mention Artists …
The Dead Weather, Mos, Def, Basko Sthlm, The Mars Volta, DOOM, Gaslight Anthem, Michel Ackermann, Katey Laurel, Vanna, Janus, In Flight Safety, Blue Island Tribe, Cary Judd, What Time Is It Mr. Fox, Junior Varsity, Built To Spill, Meg & Dia, K’naan, Monsters Of Folk and Animal Collective

Jeers to
Isles & Glaciers!

Patchen (veteran reviewer Mike Wood, AKA Mr. Eclectic)

  • Castanets – Texas Rose The Thaw & The Beast
  • Death – …for The Whole World To See
  • Black Breath – Razor To Oblivion
  • Iggy Pop—Preliminaires
  • Various Artists—Daptone Gold
  • Various Artists: Ghana Special: Modern High Life, Afro-Sounds & Ghanaian Blues, 1968-81
  • Pissed Jeans—King of Jeans
  • Volcano Suns—All Night Lotus Party (reissue)
  • Mono—Hymn to the Immortal Wind
  • Extra Golden—Thank You Very Quickly

ToddLevinsonFrank (rookie reviewer not clear on “Top 10” lol)

  • The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
  • Polvo – In Prism
  • Sonic Youth – The Eternal
  • Raekwon – Only Built For Cuban Linx 2
  • Pearl Jam – Backspacer
  • Regina Spektor – Far
  • Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard – One Fast Move Or I’m Gone: Music From Kerouac’s Big Sur
  • Mos Def – The Ecstatic
  • Patterson Hood – Murdering Oscar
  • The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love
  • Them Crooked Vultures
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – The Live Anthology
  • The Black Crowes – Before the Frost/Until the Freeze
  • The Dead Weather – Horehound
  • Wilco (the Album)
  • Magnolia Electric Co. – Joesphine
  • KRS-One and Buckshot – Survival Skills
  • Ryan Bingham – Roadhouse Sun
  • John Wesley Harding – Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead
  • Allen Toussaint – The Bright Mississippi
  • Stephen Marley – Mind Control (Acoustic)
  • Drive-By Truckers – Fine Print
  • The Beatles 09.09.09 Remasters
  • Levon Helm – Electric Dirt
  • Ben Kweller – Changing Horses

Kev_stev (Perpetually Absent Indie Geek)

    1. Brand New – Daisy
    2. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
    3. Japandroids – Post-Nothing
    4. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
    5. Lil Wayne – No Ceilings
    6. mewithoutYou – It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright
    7. Cursive – Mama, I’m Swollen
    8. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
    9. The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love
    10. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
    11. Bon Iver – Blood Bank
    12. Dan Deacon – Bromst
    13. Silversun Pickups – Swoon
    14. Mono – Hymn to the Immortal Wind
    15. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz

What say you? Leave your top 10, list, favorites we left out, worst albums whatever… If you drop a comment in this thread we will enter you in a draw for a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Merry Christmas all!


15 Responses to “2009 Year end lists, submit yours and get entered for $50”

  1. Profile photo of mountaloha mountaloha on December 15th, 2009 11:40 pm

    I didn’t really enjoy 2009, so this is just a list of bands I knew who put out a record in said year. A few gems, but nothing mind blowing.

    1. Wild Beasts – Two Dancers
    2. Japandroids – Post-Nothing
    3. Passion Pit – Manners
    4. Two Hours Traffic – Territory
    5. The Decemberists – The Hazards Of Love
    6. Cymbals Eat Guitars – Why There Are Mountains
    7. Dethklok – Dethalbum II
    8. Silversun Pickups – Swoon
    9. Emery – … In Shallow Seas We Sail
    10. Florence + The Machine – Lungs

  2. Profile photo of dscanland dscanland on December 17th, 2009 2:08 am

    Interestingly enough, I read a stat where 100,000 albums were released in 2009. Holy shit!

  3. Profile photo of Brian Rutherford Brian Rutherford on December 17th, 2009 2:10 am

    damn! I wonder the record might be

  4. Profile photo of X_NaStY X_NaStY on December 17th, 2009 5:11 am

    How could anyone calculate that? Seems like one of those made up stats/guesstimate

  5. Profile photo of Scrag Scrag on December 17th, 2009 2:25 pm

    mountaloha, I saw Silversun Pickups live a few nights ago supporting Placebo in Manchester – they were absolutely stunning! Bought the album on the back of that – I haven’t been disappointed by it, a few only OK tracks but the rest is good. They have fantastic stage presence.

  6. Profile photo of dscanland dscanland on December 21st, 2009 5:47 pm

    Two more days to get your lists in to be eligible for the $50 draw.

  7. avatar uberVU – social comments on December 21st, 2009 5:55 pm

    Social comments and analytics for this post…

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  8. Profile photo of Kevin Sellers Kevin Sellers on December 23rd, 2009 5:52 am

    The long-lost reviewer returns. Well, not that long, but I have been out of my old familiar fold here for FAR TOO LONG. I really don’t know why I left in the first place, but I was beginning to get the reviewer’s blues in regards to music…like, it was sounding more like a job and less like something I just wanted to enjoy. Maybe I needed the break from analyzing it. But I had to come back and share the best of what I’d heard over the last year. I’ll post it in a regular old blog elsewhere in a bit of a story-like fashion. Hope the holidays are treating all of you well. Here’s to a happy and more productive New Year (for me at least hahaha)

  9. Profile photo of dscanland dscanland on December 23rd, 2009 2:06 pm

    Welcome back Kev. Definitely noticed a void since you were on hiatus. Sort of like when AC/DC goes away for a long time… Let me know what you need. Cheers!

    BTW – Today is the last day to get your lists in for the $50 draw. Don’t let moutaloha walk away from this one uncontested!

  10. Profile photo of mountaloha mountaloha on December 23rd, 2009 4:58 pm

    I won’t be at all disappointed coming out of this competition uncontested. It will be a small moral victory!

  11. Profile photo of radiox radiox on December 23rd, 2009 10:12 pm

    1. Silversun Pickups-Swoon
    2. Sonic Youth – The Eternal
    3. The Dead Weather-Horehound
    4. Pearl Jam-Backspacer (I know not exactly indie but new label-great album!)
    5. Julian Casablancas-Phrazes For The Young
    6. Them Crooked Vultures
    7. Bat for Lashes-Two Suns
    8. Muse-Resistance
    9. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz
    tie 10. Dinosaur Jr-Farm
    tie 10. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus

    Honorable mention:
    Spoon-got nuffin (EP)
    Raekwon-Only Buit 4 Cuban Linx II

  12. Profile photo of bewitchingfaery bewitchingfaery on December 24th, 2009 2:02 am

    The bird and the bee – Ray Guns are not just the future

    silversun pickups – swoon

    street sweeper social club – street sweeper social club

    brand new – daisy

    Franz Ferdinand – tonight: franz Ferdinand

    Dan Auerbach – keep it hid

    muse – the resistance

    Tori Amos – abnormally attracted to sin

    placebo – battle for the sun

    the temper trap – conditions

  13. Profile photo of mountaloha mountaloha on December 31st, 2009 3:50 pm

    Just curious, but is there any timetable on when the winner will be announced. I’m steeped in anticipation.

  14. Profile photo of dscanland dscanland on December 31st, 2009 6:11 pm

    We did throw the three names in a hat and Josh, you are the Wiener! Congrats. I’ll contact you next week when I’m back at work with the gift cert details. Happy new year!

  15. Profile photo of mountaloha mountaloha on December 31st, 2009 6:25 pm

    Thanks man, I really appreciate that. Don’t worry, I’ll put it to good use. and Happy New Year to you too!

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