Take Five (Or Ten?): Top 10 Albums and Songs of 2009 (So Far)

My pal Dave over at The Shimmy Shake asked me to compile my top songs/albums/whatevers of 2009 to date, and how could I not help but comply with a request from such a swell guy? I’ve reposted my musings here, but please hop on over to The Shimmy Shake — Dave is increasingly responsible for introducing me to awesome new bands, so you’re best off taking your new music tips from him. He won’t lead you astray.

I haven’t provided an excessive amount of commentary, but hopefully enough to get you interested. Note: I deliberately picked songs that are not on any of the top 10 albums. I cast a much wider net for MP3s than I do for albums, so I think there are some interesting picks in there.  Also, you may have read about some of these songs in previous posts, particularly my summer jams post, so apologies for any redundancies.

Without further ado…


A Camp – Colonia – Another rec from the DP himself. I love me some Cardigans, and while the slower tempo on this record took some time for me to adjust to, I soon fell hard.

Bishop Allen – Grrr… – These guys continue to be some of the most inventive popsmiths out there. Another Boston(-originated) band makes good.

Bob Mould – Life and Times – The man, the myth, the legend – he’s not quitting anytime soon. Another solid effort.

Eels – Hombre Loco – A concept piece revolving around the concept of desire, the inimitable Mr. E leaves it all out on the table once more, and you can’t help but be affected.

Hello Saferide – More Modern Short Stories From… – My favorite quirky Swedish chanteuse spins more tantalizing yarns.

Neko Case – Middle Cyclone – What more can be said? She is simply captivating. This album is a compelling work that demands your attention

AC Newman – Get Guilty – I always feel like AC is better off sticking to his other life as a Pornographer, but his solo work is pretty enjoyable, and this is no different — probably better than his solo debut, actually.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Yes, their band may have the most precious/pretentious name ever, but they put out a heck of a fun record, poppy with a hint of 80s throwback.

Passion Pit – Manners – Yay, another Boston band makes good! Some of the most fun, well-crafted music I’ve heard in a while.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz – YYY albums always sneak up on me. I think they’ll just be alright, and then Karen O never fails to blow me away. ‘Blitz’ is no different.


Phoenix – 1901 – Just a fun electro-poppy cut from some hipper-than-thou French dudes.

Baby Dayliner – You Push, I’ll Go – I imagine this song playing in the car when you’re heading out to the bar. Gonna get a vodka soda, with a lime, with a lime.

The Decemberists – The Rake’s Song – Was not a fan of this album, but this song just kicks ass. Deliciously spiteful.

St. Vincent – Marrow – A fun, dark and crunchy offering from the lovely Ms. Clark.

Mary Onettes – Dare – This song is a delightfully fuzzy new wave throwback.

Owl City – Hot Air Balloon – The DP actually turned me onto this. He described it best: Postal Service Lite. Still fun, though.

Nickodemus – Sun Children – An awesomely catchy summer jam, complete with a great horn section.

Thunderheist – Sweet 16 – Here’s your dirty club cut of the summer.

Paper Moon – What Are You Going to Do with Me? – This Canadian band has not got enough props for their solid head-bobbing pop.

Brighton Port Authority feat. David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal – Toe Jam – Probably my favorite song of the year. The <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hi99JdeBeY”>video</a&gt; is a must-see. Censorship was never so much fun. </span>


2 responses to “Take Five (Or Ten?): Top 10 Albums and Songs of 2009 (So Far)

  1. I just heard Owl City for the first time yesterday and my immediate reaction was “Owl City = Postal Service.”

    Yea Yeah Yeah Yeahs!

    “Toe Jam” came out last year. 😉

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