Top 10 2009

I finally got it done! The lowest turnout of the decade but with a submission even yesterday we still have a decent amount. I still have to do my albums of the noughties, quiet a few are included in the lists.

There is so much music out there and so much easier to access it these days. As usual we all had our own musical journies through they year with some consensus on the best our there.

Favourite album of the year

  1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
  2. Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest
  3. XX - The XX
  4. Wilco - Wilco
  5. DM Stith - Heavy Ghost
  6. Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs
  7. PJ Harvey & John Parish - A Woman A Man Walked By
  8. Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul
  9. Doves - Kingdom of Rust
  10. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic

Film of the year

  1. The Wrestler
  2. Hangover
  3. Slumdog Millionare
  4. District 9
  5. 500 days of summer

Albums of the Noughties

Mark Butcher  Tom Corcoran  Richie Evans  Lucas Hilbert  Dave McGuinness  Brendan Jennings  Niall Lynch 


Scott Balikian  Enda Bates  Garbhán Blake  Mark Butcher  Gerard Cagney  Tom Corcoran  Tony Corrigan  Kara Donohue  Richie Evans  Lucas Hilbert  Brendan Jennings  Gary Lampard  Niall Lynch  Chris Louca  Dave McGuinness  Nathan Morehouse  Derek Murphy  Caroline O'Reilly  Enda Ruddy  Peter Ward  Colin Waugh  Declan Waugh 

All time Contributors

Scott Balikian

Doing a best of a decade is very hard to do. I'm lucky to get in my Top 10 of 2009 which seems to be a little light, so I know some albums are missing. 2009 marked the year I started buying vinyl again in force. It feels great to "own" music again.

The decade list is not in any particular order. I went through some of my old lists from this group as well as looking at Pitchfork's Top 200 list just to jog my memory. Obviously, I am a repeat offender which is why pretty much every Hold Steady, Roots Manuva, Clem Snide album is in there. I was a little depressed after first looking at Pitchfork's list cause there seemed to be so little music I wanted to listen to again (The Strokes. The White Stripes. Beck.), but upon further thought, I remembered all the great music I actually did listen to again and again and again. So here it is and here's to looking forward to another decade of great music.

Top Albums of 2009
Sparklehorse/Danger Mouse/David Lynch - Dark Night of the Soul
The Antlers - Hospice (a very close second for album of the year)
We were Promised Jetpacks - These Four Walls
Justin Townes Earle - The Good Life
Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Tom Waits - Glitter and Doom
Steve Earle - Townes
The Maldives - Listen to the Thunder
The Whip - X marks Destination>

Shows of 2009
They Might Be Giants - Flood Tour
Jason Isbell w/ Justin Townes Earle - Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA
The Maldives w/ Thee Emergency - Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA
Merle Haggard & Kris Kristoffersen - Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA

Best of the 2000's
Clem Snide - The Ghost of Fashion
Clem Snide - Soft Spot
Clem Snide - Your Favorite Music
Clem Snide - End of Love
Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair
The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America
TV On The Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
TV On The Radio - Desparate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
Tom Waits - Orphans
Mclusky - Mclusky Do Dallas
Portishead - Third
Dizzee Rascal - Maths + English
Sigur R?s - ()
Godspeed You Black Emperor - f#a# (infinity symbol)
Roots Manuva - Run Come Save Me
Roots Manuva - Awfully Deep
Royksopp - Melody AM
Lift To Experience - The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads
Sparklehorse - It's A Wonderful Life
Sparklehorse - Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain
Steve Earle - Washington Square Serenade
World Party - Dumbing Up
Guided By Voices - Human Amusements at Hourly Rates
The Meat Purveyors - All Relationships Are Doomed To Fail
Troublemakers - Expressway
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights

Honarable Mentions:
The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
The Strokes - Is This It
Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightening, Strike

Enda Bates

Enda's Top Ten Albums of 2009

- some old ones in there, so much music, so little time. New albums from Jim O'Rourke, Do Make Say Think, the Redneck Manifesto and Battles will all probably be in there once i get my hands on them.

1 Halfset "Another Way of Being There"
2 Do Make Say Think "You, You're a History in Rust"
3 Panda Bear "Person Pitch"
4 Dan Deacon "Bromst"
5 Legion of Two "Riffs"
6 James Blackshaw "The Glass Bead Game"
7 Steve Reich "The Four Sections"
8 Animal Collective ?Merriweather Post Pavilion?
9 Adrian Crowley ?Season of the Sparks?
10 Tyondai Braxton "Central Market"

Garbhán Blake

Blocker's Top 10 Albums 2009

  1. The Felice Brothers - Yonder is the clock
  2. Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs
  3. Tom Waits - Glitter and Doom Live
  4. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
  5. Super Furry Animals - Dark Days / Light Years
  6. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
  7. Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport
  8. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
  9. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
  10. Iron & Wine - Around the Well

Honourable Mentions


Real old school look to this years events....