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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #500 on: 01 Jan 2010, 22:21 »

dude it looks like you forgot to put snacks on yr list.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #501 on: 02 Jan 2010, 02:57 »

Snacks?
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #502 on: 02 Jan 2010, 03:30 »

Waaaaaiiiiitttt yoooouuuu guuuuyyyyyssssss

ALBUMS:
01. Future of The Left - Travels With Myself and Another [4AD]
02. Lightning Bolt - Earthly Delights [Load]
03. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone [ANTI-]
04. Japandroids - Post-Nothing [Unfamiliar / Polyvinyl]
05. Mos Def - The Ecstatic [Downtown]
06. Sonic Youth - The Eternal [Matador]
07. Mission of Burma - The Sound The Speed The Light [Matador]
08. Jay Reatard - Watch Me Fall [Matador]
09. The Mountain Goats - The Life of The World To Come [4AD]
10. Dinosaur Jr - Farm [Jagjaguwar]
11. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic [Warner Bros.]
12. Lucero - 1372 Overton Park [Universal Republic]
13. Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle [Drag City]
14. Built To Spill - There is No Enemy [Warner Bros.]
15. Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid [Nonesuch]
16. DOOM - Born Like This [Lex]
17. dälek - Gutter Tactics [Ipecac]
18. Obits - I Blame You [Sub Pop]
19. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! [Lost Highway]
20. Mariachi El Bronx - Mariachi El Bronx [Swami / Wichita]

EPs:
01. No Age - Losing Feeling [Sub Pop]
02. Fucked Up - Year of The Rat [What's Your Rupture?]
03. Paint It Black - Amnesia / Surrender [Bridge Nine / Fat Wreck]
04. Superchunk - Leaves in The Gutter [Merge]
05. Sleigh Bells - Demo [self-released]

COMEDY:
01. Paul F. Tompkins - Freak Wharf [A Special Thing]
02. Maria Bamford - Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome [Comedy Central]

Plus waaaaay too many honorable mentions.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #503 on: 02 Jan 2010, 11:17 »

02. Lightning Bolt - Earthly Delights [Load]

Finally someone else acknowledges this album's awesomeness.  :-D
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #504 on: 02 Jan 2010, 11:59 »

I love that album.  It might even be my favorite Lightning Bolt album, EVER.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #505 on: 03 Jan 2010, 00:15 »

I love that album.  It might even be my favorite Lightning Bolt album, EVER.

That's my thoughts too. It's certainly a close call between that one and Wonderful Rainbow for me.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #506 on: 06 Jan 2010, 03:40 »

Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport
Florence and the Machine - Lungs
Japandroids - Post-Nothing
A.A. Bondy - When the Devil's Loose
Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - self-titled
The Twilight Sad - Forget the Night Ahead
Sky Larkin - The Golden Spike
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #507 on: 06 Jan 2010, 04:57 »

I've seen some Editors hatin' here.

I thought ITLAOTE was really good. Burn me.

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« Reply #508 on: 06 Jan 2010, 11:07 »

I still haven't heard that Mariachi El Bronx album but I've heard really good things and I'm glad it was on your list, gives me faith.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #509 on: 06 Jan 2010, 13:59 »

I've seen some Editors hatin' here.

I thought ITLAOTE was really good. Burn me.

don't hate them, but they're boring compared to other similar bands.  that paul banks solo album this year tops anything they've done.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #510 on: 06 Jan 2010, 14:22 »

I don't think I have actually heard 10 albums released in 2009.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #511 on: 06 Jan 2010, 14:42 »

Since my list is a little similar to some other people's lists, I'm gonna spice it up!

Here is my list, sans vowels:

TP TN:

1.  JPNDRDS - PST-NTHNG
2.  FCK BTTNS - TRT SPRT
3.  PSSN PT - MNNRS
4.  PHNX - WLFGNG MDS PHNX
5.  MMRY TPS - SK MGC
6.  FVR RY - FVR RY
7.  RL STT - RL STT
8.  SLW CLB - YH S
9.  CFCF - CNTNNT
10. BB - MBVLNC VN

HNRBL MNTN:

BLCK MTH SPR RNBW - TNG S
DN DCN - BRMST
GRLS - LBM
GRZZLY BR - VCKTMST
MDRT - MDRT
TH PNS F BNG PR T HRT - TH PNS F BNG PR T HRT
RYKSPP - JNR
SHPNGL - NFFBL MYSTRS FRM SHPNGLND
SMN MBL DSC - TMPRRY PLSRS
SBWY - SBWY

See if you can figure them out! (PROTIP: They are really easy)
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #512 on: 06 Jan 2010, 14:45 »

9.  CFCF - CNTNNT

Huh, that was #9 on my list, too.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #513 on: 06 Jan 2010, 14:55 »

I've seen some Editors hatin' here.

I thought ITLAOTE was really good. Burn me.

don't hate them, but they're boring compared to other similar bands.  that paul banks solo album this year tops anything they've done.


Was that a diss towards Banks' solo album? Cause I really liked it, it was one of my runner-ups to the top 10. (I should do a top 15 actually.)
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #514 on: 06 Jan 2010, 16:46 »

er, no, i love that Banks album, way better than the last interpol.  clearly he needs to write all their songs from now on.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #515 on: 06 Jan 2010, 16:47 »

I've seen some Editors hatin' here.

I thought ITLAOTE was really good. Burn me.

don't hate them, but they're boring compared to other similar bands.  that paul banks solo album this year tops anything they've done.


This is the incorrect answer. Their first two albums were good (I have a preference for the second one, but I'm the minority there) and the third one is just...boring '80s new wave? Like, I guess it does that okay, but who wants to listen to a middling album from the '80s?
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #516 on: 06 Jan 2010, 17:41 »

Things I really liked, sort of in order up to my favorite of the year but not really. If I were to make a definitive list, these would probably all be on it somewhere in any case:

William Fowler Collins – Perdition Hill Radio
Hildur Gudnasdottir - Without Sinking
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – Vs. Children
Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
Elm - Nemcatacoa
Xela – The Divine
Hanging Thief – S/T
Scott Tuma and Mike Weiss – Taradiddle
Evan Caminiti – Psychic Mud Shrine
Concern – Truth and Distance
MONO – Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Good Stuff House – Endless Bummer
Do Make Say Think – Other Truths
Wildbirds and Peacedrums – The Snake
Ilyas Ahmed – Goner (definitely album of the year for me, no doubt in my mind. It’s brilliant!)
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #517 on: 06 Jan 2010, 18:03 »

I've seen some Editors hatin' here.

I thought ITLAOTE was really good. Burn me.

don't hate them, but they're boring compared to other similar bands.  that paul banks solo album this year tops anything they've done.


This is the incorrect answer. Their first two albums were good (I have a preference for the second one, but I'm the minority there) and the third one is just...boring '80s new wave? Like, I guess it does that okay, but who wants to listen to a middling album from the '80s?

i honestly don't know which band you're talking about.  if you're talking about Editors, your response makes no sense.  if you're talking about Interpol, i agree that Antics is their best album but Our Love To Admire doesn't sound anything like 80s new wave.  it is, however, not great.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #518 on: 06 Jan 2010, 18:06 »

I went through all this thread looking for starting points to assemble my own list and I've actually heard literally none of the albums herein mentioned, unless I skimmed some shit.

I don't think I have actually heard 10 albums released in 2009.

Did I never mention Aleph at Hallucinitory Mountain?

Anyhow, as far as what I heard (which admittedly wasn't a ton):

Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Beware
Chain and the Gang - Down With Liberty... Up With Chains!
Current 93 - Aleph
Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
Julie Doiron - I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day
Joan of Arc - Flowers
Magnolia Electric Co. - Josephine
Mt. Eerie - Wind's Poem
The New Year - The New Year


Listened to Future Of the Left, Bill Callahan, Immaculate Machine, These Estates, Yo La Tengo, Neko Case, and Handsome Furs a bunch as well.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #519 on: 06 Jan 2010, 19:29 »

Oh, I forgot to mention my absolute least favorite album of the year, Bitte Orca. What a fucking disastrous mess of an album. Irritating beyond belief, completely mishmashed, illogically constructed, jarringly composed in the worst possible sense of the word, rife with totally superfluous instrumentation and generally godawful songwriting, I cannot for one single second of this aural trainwreck fathom in the slightest why anyone might like this. And no, I'm really not being hyperbolic here, I do think it's that bad.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #520 on: 06 Jan 2010, 19:39 »

Holy shit I did not realize other people had this opinion.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #521 on: 06 Jan 2010, 19:44 »

Since my list is a little similar to some other people's lists, I'm gonna spice it up!

Here is my list, sans vowels:

TP TN:

1.  JÆPÆNIDIRIDÆS - POST-ANYTHONG
2.  FUCK BUTTINOS - TART SAPART
3.  PISSIN PET - MINNORS
4.  PHANXIIIIIIIII - WÜLFGONG MADES PHANXIIIIIIIIII
5.  MAMARY TIPS - SUK MAGOC
6.  FAVOR ROY - FAVOR ROY
7.  ROLE SITATA - ROLE SITATA
8.  SLEW CLUB - YOOHOO ASE
9.  CUFCUF - CUNTANANAT
10. BOOBIE - MOBOVILNIAC VAN

HNRBL MNTN:

BLOCK MATH SOUPER RENIBAW - TONG SI
DAN DICIN - BROOMSTY
GRILS - LABIUM
GRIZZLY BEER - VICKYTIMYSTEI
MADRETI - MADRETI
THE PUNS OF BONG PORE IT HURT - THE PUNS OF BONG PORE IT HURT
RAYKISPAPE - JENOR
SHAPANGLY - INEFFABLE MYSTERIES FROM SHIPINGLAND


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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #522 on: 06 Jan 2010, 19:46 »

Holy shit I did not realize other people had this opinion.

o/

I would bet money that there's more of us than you know. People are just afraid to speak out against something that's so inexplicably revered. Come on guys, none of you actually like this, right?
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #523 on: 06 Jan 2010, 20:09 »

I've seen some Editors hatin' here.

I thought ITLAOTE was really good. Burn me.

don't hate them, but they're boring compared to other similar bands.  that paul banks solo album this year tops anything they've done.


This is the incorrect answer. Their first two albums were good (I have a preference for the second one, but I'm the minority there) and the third one is just...boring '80s new wave? Like, I guess it does that okay, but who wants to listen to a middling album from the '80s?

i honestly don't know which band you're talking about.  if you're talking about Editors, your response makes no sense.  if you're talking about Interpol, i agree that Antics is their best album but Our Love To Admire doesn't sound anything like 80s new wave.  it is, however, not great.


He is talking about The Editors and it does make sense. Their first albums were (relatively) good and their third album really sound like boring 80s new wave music. But meh, I've always been more of an Interpol fan.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #524 on: 06 Jan 2010, 20:16 »

o/

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I actually heard someone state that the lead singer is the best singer he's ever heard. (That statement is ridiculous)

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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #525 on: 06 Jan 2010, 20:31 »

I actually thought the exact same thing the first time I listened to it. But then, somehow, over several listens, I grew to love the ridiculousness of it. *shrug* Oh well.
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« Reply #526 on: 06 Jan 2010, 20:36 »



3.  PISSIN PET - MINNORS

5.  MAMARY TIPS - SUK MAGOC

9.  CUFCUF - CUNTANANAT


I dunno, I was kind of snickering at these. I'd listen to CUNTANANAT
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #527 on: 06 Jan 2010, 20:40 »

Well, it's a good thing you can laugh at yourself
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #528 on: 06 Jan 2010, 20:46 »

I actually heard someone state that the lead singer is the best singer he's ever heard. (That statement is ridiculous)

I love this band so much yet I don't know how anyone could think that of Longstreth.
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« Reply #529 on: 06 Jan 2010, 21:14 »

Yeah he is pretty awful, especially in his high range
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« Reply #530 on: 06 Jan 2010, 23:24 »

his voice is an elastic marvel, as much an instrument as tom waits' or the dude from wild beasts
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« Reply #531 on: 06 Jan 2010, 23:26 »

what's superfluous about "two doves," which is just voice, strings and guitar
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« Reply #532 on: 07 Jan 2010, 02:29 »

Oh shit guys watch out someone wrote something about music that Johnny disagrees with take coverrrrrr
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« Reply #533 on: 07 Jan 2010, 07:34 »

 :police:  <<<< That's me. I'm an officer on the Taste Police Force.
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« Reply #534 on: 07 Jan 2010, 08:58 »

I think you guys are missing the point.  What really makes that album so great are Amber, Angel and Haley's vocals. For the most part listening to any Dirty Projectors albums from before their time in the band is an exercise in frustration for me. I mean Longstreth voice is obviously not meant to be some sort of vocal revelation.
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« Reply #535 on: 07 Jan 2010, 09:47 »

Comparing Longstreth to Tom Waits is about as close to blasphemous as you can get when talking about music.
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« Reply #536 on: 07 Jan 2010, 09:53 »

I would bet money that there's more of us than you know. People are just afraid to speak out against something that's so inexplicably revered. Come on guys, none of you actually like this, right?

i have never liked the dirty projectors and make fun of my friend that does.  i'm not going to make much of a comparison between bitte orca and dan deacon's Bromst, but i will say that i like the latter for all the reasons that i hate the former, if that makes any sense.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #537 on: 07 Jan 2010, 10:50 »

I think you guys are missing the point.  What really makes that album so great are Amber, Angel and Haley's vocals. For the most part listening to any Dirty Projectors albums from before their time in the band is an exercise in frustration for me.

See I don't really see how people can like bands because of one element of the band.  That is is like saying you should listen to Red Hot Chili Peppers because Flea is an excellent bass guitarist.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #538 on: 07 Jan 2010, 11:35 »

Isn't it equally odd to dislike a band because of one element like Longstreth's vocals? Anyway my point wasn't that I like the album only because of the other vocals.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #539 on: 07 Jan 2010, 11:42 »

No, it's why I think Deerhoof are terrible.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #540 on: 07 Jan 2010, 19:14 »

Isn't it equally odd to dislike a band because of one element like Longstreth's vocals? Anyway my point wasn't that I like the album only because of the other vocals.

Now I didn't say that was the only thing I didn't like about Dirty Projectors.  I pretty much agreed with everything Mr. Wombat said about the band.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #541 on: 07 Jan 2010, 22:46 »

I've seen some Editors hatin' here.

I thought ITLAOTE was really good. Burn me.

don't hate them, but they're boring compared to other similar bands.  that paul banks solo album this year tops anything they've done.


This is the incorrect answer. Their first two albums were good (I have a preference for the second one, but I'm the minority there) and the third one is just...boring '80s new wave? Like, I guess it does that okay, but who wants to listen to a middling album from the '80s?

i honestly don't know which band you're talking about.  if you're talking about Editors, your response makes no sense.  if you're talking about Interpol, i agree that Antics is their best album but Our Love To Admire doesn't sound anything like 80s new wave.  it is, however, not great.


I guess you're a bit slow then? I was obviously talking about the Editors. You know, the band that put out an eighties album this year.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #542 on: 07 Jan 2010, 23:04 »

Settle down, no need to get personal about it.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #543 on: 08 Jan 2010, 00:08 »

I honestly think "Crack The Skye" by Mastodon should get a mention here too.

I've not kept up very well with what came out this year.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #544 on: 08 Jan 2010, 00:12 »

The Ichthyologist is fantastic
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #545 on: 08 Jan 2010, 00:30 »

The Ichthyologist is fantastic

I need to buy that album, pretty dang soon. As well as a squillion others, but yeah.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #546 on: 08 Jan 2010, 00:47 »

I'm going to mention Goi, Rode, Goi by Arkona. Because it's wonderful and if there is a reason to mention nice folk metal it should be mentioned. So, Goi, Rode, Goi is a good album.

It also has some dutch lyrics on there which, coming unexpectedly on a russian language album, may have been the biggest WTF!-Did-I-Just-Hear-That-Correctly?-moment of 2009 for me.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #547 on: 08 Jan 2010, 06:44 »

Less words, more lists.

1. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
The one album that kept it's shine all year long. The perfect soundtrack to the past summer and brilliantly cheerful during these cold winter days.
2. Moderat - Moderat
The perfect blend of Apparat's dreamy synths and Modeselektor's beats. Could've been number one if it wasn't for the awful vocals on track 7. Oh well. Absolutely astonishing live btw.
3. Nosaj Thing - Drift
What do you even call this? Atmospheric hip-hop? IDM? Actually decent dubstep? Amazing.
4. Worriedaboutsatan - Arrivals
Some of the most beautiful ambient techno in years.
5. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - s/t
Fuzzy pop at it's best. Amazingly catchy.
6. Health - Get color
Clearly influenced by the tracks on Disco. Still noisy but melodious when they want it to be.
7. The Raveonettes - In and out of control
I fell in love with their first album late this summer, yet their other LP's lack a certain something. Not this one though. A fine return to form.
8. Fever Ray - Fever Ray
One of the best live performances I saw this year. This would've been higher up a few months ago.
9. Fuck Buttons - Tarot sport
An acid house take on their debut. Very good if not quite spectacular.
10. Yo La Tengo - Popular songs
More of the same yes, but that's good enough for me. Although the last half is superfluous.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #548 on: 08 Jan 2010, 09:48 »

I guess you're a bit slow then? I was obviously talking about the Editors. You know, the band that put out an eighties album this year.

you said "80s new wave".

"80s new wave" = talking heads, the cars, the b-52s, yaz, flock of seagulls, and a bunch of other things that this last editors album doesn't sound like.
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Re: Top Albums of 2009: Part I
« Reply #549 on: 08 Jan 2010, 10:33 »

OK, so here's a more (sort of) concrete top 6 list:


6. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
With their newest album, Grizzly Bear continues to prove why they're one of the most engaging and innovative bands in the world of popular indie-rock. A lush, gorgeously arranged albums that manages to be catchy and addictive without being trite or ultimately boring like so many of its counterparts.

5. MONO – Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Well, it's MONO so you should all know what that means by now: massive, shamelessly epic post-rock, this time complete with a full orchestra. It's a rock and roll Beethoven album and it totally fucking rules.

4.Good Stuff House – Endless Bummer
Good Stuff House is Matt Christensen and Mike Weis from Zelienople teaming up with Scott Tuma and the results are just what you might expect from such a collaboration: a massively dense, cavernous, haze filled mass of ghostly feedback and distortion, distant voices swallowed in a void of faded, clattering percussion and almost tribal instrumentation (guitars and wailing saxophone and eastern sounding strings to name just a few). Something about this album feels very primal and ancient and it's all exceptionally beautiful.

3. Do Make Say Think – Other Truths
Not much to say about this. It's a true return to form from one of the best bands in the genre (not to mention one of the best live acts you'll find). A really well imagined album, it's engaging and just plain cool, brimming with all the good stuff you expect from a DMST album in spades.

2. Wildbirds and Peacedrums – The Snake
OK, where the hell did this come from? I had never heard of this duo until I saw them open for Fanfarlo at The Bell House in Brooklyn but man did they put on one of the most utterly enthralling and powerful live performances I've ever seen. Although this group is just a guy on drums and a girl who sings and occasionally bangs on a pan steel drum or a zither, they make a ton of noise and they do it brilliantly. Although this album lacks a bit of the raw emotional intensity of the live shows, it's still terrific and pretty much guaranteed to be unlike anything you've heard before.

1. Ilyas Ahmed – Goner
By far the best thing I heard this year. Totally haunting and gorgeous rock and roll, smeared in distortion and fuzz like it was recorded by ghosts in the Marianas Trench that constantly revealing new layers with each listen. Ahmed has been pretty accurately described as a male counterpart to Grouper (who even makes an unexpected but brilliantly executed appearance on the album's final track) but his music is heavier, more intense, more driving. That is, these songs are more distinctly song-like in their structure and arc. In any case, this album is way too good to ignore.
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