24 December 2009

2009: Year in Albums

Favorite albums of 2009:
  1. Yeasayer: All Hour Cymbals*
  2. John Vanderslice: Romanian Names
  3. Iron and Wine: Around the Well
  4. Neko Case: Middle Cyclone
  5. Lou Barlow: Goodnight Unknown
  6. Various: Dark Was the Night
  7. Bifrost Arts: Salvation is Created (A Christmas Record)
  8. The Mountain Goats: The Life of the World to Come
  9. Fanfarlo: Reservoir
*Yeasayer gets an asterisk, because All Hour Cymbals came out in 2007. However, the first I ever heard of them was their track on Dark Was the Night, and they're my favorite "new-to-me" band of this year.

A few late 2008 live/B-side collections that I listened to a lot this year were Belle & Sebastian's The BBC Sessions, Patty Griffin's Live from the Artist's Den, and Bob Dylan's wonderful Tell Tale Signs. In addition, there are a few older records that I finally discovered this year: Jeff Buckley's Grace (1994), Elliott Smith's posthumous From a Basement on the Hill (2004), and the Mountain Goats' Tallahassee (2002).

Not sure how this will work, but I made a sampler from these favorite albums using Rhapsody, which you can probably access here. Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

It was rather interesting for me to read that article. Thanx for it. I like such themes and anything that is connected to them. I would like to read a bit more soon.

John Potter said...

Oh, Anonymous, you so crazy!

Great list, Dave, and nice work with the Rhapsody playlist. I find it difficult to believe that you are just listening to "Grace" for the first time, but then, you've surprised me in the past.

Nice doing the stomp with you.

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