2009 – A Year in Review


Dez 14 2009, 21h47

This year, particularly in music, was an odd year for me. The first half of the year was dominated by electronic music, whether it be electro-rock, airy dream-pop tunes, or retro lo-fi synth-pop. I finally attended the Ultra Music Festival after years of wishing that I could go. The festival was a great time and Miami is a fantastic city. The second half of the year involved a major shift to indie rock, freak folk, shoegaze, and post rock. While I still listened to electronic-influenced music, it was mostly combined with indie elements. This shift was likely a result of getting a radio playlist show on Indiespot on Metaphoric (check out my main page for information), which has me consistently looking for brand new alternative and indie tunes and artists. Fun times…but without further ado, here is my 2009 Year in Review.

To make the top albums list somewhat easier for myself, I’m going to split my list into an overall top list and a more electronic-focused list. It seems to be the only way I can manage to figure this out.

Top Twenty-One Amazing Albums of the Year


21. Local NativesGorilla Manor (Best Tracks: Sun Hands, Airplanes)

20. GrammaticsGrammatics (Best Tracks: D.I.L.E.M.M.A., Murderer)

19. The AntlersHospice (Best Tracks: Kettering, Sylvia)

18. Animal CollectiveMerriweather Post Pavilion (Best Tracks: My Girls, Summertime Clothes)

17. Mute MathArmistice (Best Tracks: Backfire, Burden)

16. NursesApple’s Acre (Best Tracks: Technicolor, manatarms)

15. Bombay Bicycle ClubI Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose (Best Tracks: What If, Always Like This)

14. Post War YearsThe Greats and the Happenings (Best Tracks: White Lies, Soul Owl)

13. The xxxx (Best Tracks: Shelter, Crystalised)

12. tUnE-yArDsBiRd-BrAiNs (Best Tracks: Hatari, Sunlight)

11. DD/MM/YYYYBlack Square (Best Tracks: I'm Still In The Walls, Infinity Skull Cube)

10. The Whitest Boy AliveRules (Best Tracks: Island, 1517)

9. Ramona FallsIntuit (Best Tracks: I Say Fever, Russia)

8. PhoenixWolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Best Tracks: 1901, Love Like a Sunset)

7. FauntsFeel.Love.Thinking.Of (Best Tracks: Out On A Limb, Alarmed/Lights)

6. The Appleseed CastSagarmatha (Best Tracks: A Bright Light, The Road West)

5. Wild BeastsTwo Dancers (Best Tracks: Two Dancers (i), We Still Got The Taste Dancin' On Our Tongues)

4. The MaccabeesWall Of Arms (Best Tracks: No Kinds Words, Love You Better)

3. MewNo More Stories Are Told Today I'm Sorry They Washed Away No More Stories the World… (Best Tracks: Introducing Palace Players, Vaccine)

2. Grizzly BearVeckatimest (Best Tracks: Two Weeks, Fine for Now)

1. The Flaming LipsEmbryonic (Best Tracks: The Ego's Last Stand, Silver Trembling Hands)

Top Ten Electronic/Dance Albums of the Year

10. DataSkywriter (Best Tracks: Aerius Light, Electric Fever)

9. YuksekAway From The Sea (Best Tracks: Extraball, Tonight)

8. ModeratModerat (Best Tracks: Seamonkey, Rusty Nails)

7. Amanda BlankI Love You (Best Tracks: Shame On Me, Might Like You Better)

6. Felix da HousecatHe Was King (Best Tracks: Kickdrum, Machine)

5. Simian Mobile DiscoTemporary Pleasure (Best Track: Turn Up the Dial, 10000 Horses Can't Be Wrong)

4. The Juan MacleanThe Future Will Come (Best Tracks: Happy House, The Simple Life)

3. PeachesI Feel Cream (Best Tracks: More, Take You On)

2. VitalicFlashmob (Best Tracks: Poison Lips, Still)

1. RöyksoppJunior (Best Tracks: Vision One, True to Life)

Top Ten EPs of the Year

10. Memory CassetteCall & Response
9. Ted & FrancisTed & Francis
8. Tesla BoyDemo EP
7. MaseratiPassages
6. The Golden FilterThe Golden Filter
5. DelphicCounterpoint / This Momentary
4. Animal CollectiveBe Fall Kind
3. Weird TapesGet Religion
2. Washed OutLife of Leisure
1. We Plants Are Happy Plants548 EP

Artists with a Release Worth Mentioning
A Place to Bury Strangers
As Tall As Lions
Bat for Lashes
Black Moth Super Rainbow
Bruce Peninsula
Dan Deacon
Fever Ray
Florence + the Machine
Fuck Buttons
The Horrors
Matt & Kim
Memory Tapes
The Mercury Program
Silversun Pickups
Teengirl Fantasy
We Were Promised Jetpacks

Some I checked out after making this list and that I really like:
Dappled Cities
Sleigh Bells

Best Albums I Discovered in 2009 Not Released in 2009

3. Kelley PolarI Need You To Hold On While The Sky Is Falling
2. TélépopmusikAngel Milk
1. The Flaming LipsYoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

Live Shows and Events in 2009
Concerts Attended – 30
Festivals Attended – 4

Venues Most Frequented
OttobarWebsite – Baltimore,MD – 7 times
SonarWebsite – Baltimore, MD – 7 times
9:30 ClubWebsite – Washington, DC – 3 times

Best Live Shows/Concerts*

10. Junior Boys/Woodhands/Terror Pigeon Dance RevoltSonar – Oct 30th
9. Depeche ModeLollapalooza – Aug 9th
8. MSTRKRFT/Spank Rock/Amanda BlankSonar – April 4th
7. Sébastien Tellier/Lemonade9:30 Club – April 3rd
6. The Juan Maclean/The FieldPure – May 22nd
5. Friendly FiresBlack Cat – March 24th
4. Mute Math/As Tall As LionsSonar – Sept 24th
3. Peaches9:30 Club – June 17th
2. Simian Mobile Disco/Feadz/TriobeliskSonar – April 25th
1. Rabbit In The Moon/PendulumUltra Music Festival – March 27th

To see the rest of my 2009 shows, refer to this journal entry.

Best Music Blogs or Websites

5. DecoyMusic
4. Pasta Primavera
3. Consequence of Sound
2. Stereogum

Most Anticipated for 2010
Band of Horses – Night Rainbows
Beach House – Teen Dream
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
Hot Chip – One Life Stand
Lake TroutTBA
Minus the BearTBA
Röyksopp – Senior
Spoon – Transference
The StrokesTBA(?)
Télépopmusik – In the Air
These New Puritans – Hidden
Yeasayer – Odd Blood
Envios aceitos
Best of 2009


  • sOopahvi

    why then i'm very much in agreement with a lot of your list......... going to have to check out the artists i don't know. ":D

    Dez 17 2009, 23h41
  • warrenwheel

    cool...let me know if you find anything new you fancy...

    Dez 18 2009, 7h47
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