Archive for December, 2009

The Best Songs of 2009

Thursday, December 31st, 2009
  1. Animal Collective – What Would I Want? Sky
  2. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks
  3. Animal Collective – My Girls (one Avey song, one Panda song, from separate releases — I’m pretending this doesn’t break my one song per artist rule)
  4. Destroyer – Bay of Pigs (link must be an edit — full track is a wonderful 13 minutes and 39 seconds)
  5. Phoenix – Lisztomania
  6. A.C. Newman – All of My Days and All of My Days Off
  7. St. Vincent – The Party
  8. Dirty Projectors – Stillness is the Move
  9. Julian Casablancas – 11th Dimension
  10. Portishead – Chase the Tear
  11. Girls – Lust for Life (INSANELY NSFW video)
  12. Thom Yorke – Hearing Damage
  13. The Flaming Lips – Watching the Planets (also really NSFW, I swear this is just coincidence)
  14. Washed Out – Feel It All Around
  15. Neko Case – This Tornado Loves You
  16. The xx – Crystalised
  17. Dinosaur Jr. – Pieces
  18. Camera Obscura – French Navy
  19. Wilco – Bull Black Nova
  20. The Big Pink – Dominos

The Best Albums of 2009

Thursday, December 31st, 2009
  1. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion It’s always boring to go with the consensus choice, but what can I do? It’s probably one of the top three of the decade. I was not an AC convert prior to this record, and part of me was kind of proud for being a holdout. Turns out I was just being stupid. Still don’t like Feels though.
  2. St. Vincent – Actor Just so thoroughly great from start to finish. Our generation so badly needed somebody to make Disney songs from hell.
  3. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest This was by far my most eagerly anticipated record of the year. And while it might not be the complete, unparalleled classic I’d hoped for, it’s still ridiculously good.
  4. Girls – Album Simple, catchy guitar pop on the surface, but the album reveals surprising depth with repeat listens.
  5. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone Best overall release by a New Pornographer in 2009, and that’s actually no small feat when you consider Dan Bejar put out one amazing, epic single and A.C. Newman had a solid solo LP.
  6. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca Ends on kind of a weak note, but a really impressive breakthrough for these guys regardless.
  7. The Flaming Lips – Embryonic Some hate it, and it’s not exactly and easy listen, but it’s so much better (and so much more Flaming Lipsy) than everything they’ve released since Soft Bulletin.
  8. Washed Out – Life of Leisure EP A very rewarding, appropriately brief collection of intimate bedroom synthpop.
  9. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Not every song is a standout, but when these guys are on they’re making some of the best pop music you’ll ever hear.
  10. Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms Kind of like Washed Out, but a little more angular and goofy. I mean that as a compliment.