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2009 Best of Music List

My musical tastes are all over the map. I am not a huge pop fan but every so often something will catch my attention. Country is not my go to music but there are definitely country musicians I admire and listen to. Ultimately, it is about the sound. Sometimes I hear something and know within a few beats, I am going to love this. Other times it will take a while for something to grow on me. I am also surprised every year by a few albums that blow me away and then over time I am less enamored with them. The Mountain Goats were the prime example of this. I could not stop listening to the new album when it came out but by the end of the year I was barely listening to it anymore.

I think the only thing I like more than writing is listening to music. Truthfully, I don’t think I would like writing half as much if I wasn’t listening to music while making words dance for me. I love looking at people’s best of music lists. I scour them for someone that I might have missed and every year I find someone new and interesting. I hope my readers can do the same with my lists. I tried ranking them but the truth is I couldn’t. I liked each of them for vastly different reasons and depending on my mood they would rise or fall on the list.



California Years			Jill Sobule
It's Frightening			White Rabbits
Dancing The Whole Way Home	Miss Li
Actor				St. Vincent
Middle Cyclone			Neko Case
Grrr...				Bishop Allen
Ordinary Riches			Company Of Thieves
Face Control			Handsome Furs
Yes!				K-OS
About A Girl			Winter Gloves
It's Blitz			Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Hometowns			The Rural Alberta Advantage
Saint Judas			Mark Growden
Crazy Enough			Storm Large
11:11				Rodrigo y Gabriela
Artichoke Perfume		Zoe Boekbinder
Ellipse				Imogen Heap
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix		Phoenix
Now We Can See			The Thermals
Laces Out			USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker)
The Hazards of Love		The Decemberists
Fantasies			Metric
Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle Bill Callahan
Far				Regina Spektor

My favorite songs from the year, once again in no particular order.

Percussion Gun 			White Rabbits
Drumming Song 			Florence + The Machine
Bird Song			Florence + The Machine
Eight Miles Wide 		Storm Large
Bourgeois Shangri-La 		Miss Li
Polythene Queen			Miss Li
Palm Springs			Jill Sobule
All The Difference		Red Cortez
Fuck You				Lily Allen
Don't Haunt This Place		The Rural Alberta Advantage
Marrow				St. Vincent
The Rake's Song			The Decemberists
The Wanting Comes In Waves	The Decemberists
Aha!				Imogen Heap
People Got A Lotta Nerve		Neko Case
I Cut Like A Buffalo		The Dead Weather
All We Want, Baby, Is Everything Handsome Furs
Albatross, Albatross, Albatross	 Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
Two Birds			Regina Spektor
You Dissolve			The Thermals
Zero				Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Paralyzing			Zoe Boekbinder
Adventures of Turtle & Seahorse	Zoe Boekbinder
Rooftop Brawl			Bishop Allen
Eid Ma Clack Shaw		Bill Callahan
Help I'm Alive			Metric
Psalms				The Mountain Goats
Invisible			Winter Gloves
Fresh Blood			Eels
Coffee Girl			The Tragically Hip
In Passing			Company of Thieves
Saint Judas			Mark Growden
Satellite Skin			Modest Mouse
4321				K-OS
This Will Not End Well		Wussy
Back Stabbin' Betty		Cage The Elephant
Armistice			Phoenix
Hanuman				Rodrigo y Gabriela
Hora Zero			Rodrigo y Gabriela
Anti-Venom			USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker)
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One Response to “2009 Best of Music List”

  1. Carrie says:

    >I've been meaning to check out Imogen heap. I think I will now. My CAPTCHA is 'outhell" HA.

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