Friday, December 18, 2009

It is about time I step back into to the present and the year presently coming to a close. I don't know how history will perceive the music of 2009, but I certainly found a bunch of good records this year.

2009 top-forty

1. Magik Markers: Balf Quarry (Drag City CD)
2. Kurt Vile: Childish Prodigy (Matador CD)
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Its Blitz! (Interscope LP)
4. The Ravonettes: In & Out of Control (Vice LP)
5. Blues Control: Local Flavor (Siltbreeze LP)
6. A Place to Bury Strangers: Exploding Head (Mute CD)
7. The Warlocks: The Mirror Explodes (Tee Pee LP)
8. Grizzly Bear: Vecatimest (Warp 2-LP)
9. Fuck Buttons: Tarot Sport (Apt CD)
10. The O Voids: The O Voids (Troubleman Unlimited LP)
11. King Khan & the Shrines: What Is? (Vice CD)
12. Sunn O))): Monoliths & Dimensions (Southern Lord 2-LP)
13. Steve Earle: Townes (New West CD)
14. Ramblin' Jack Eliott: A Stranger Here (Anti CD)
15. Finally Punk: Casual Goths (Army of Bad Luck LP)
16. Nothing People: Late Night (SS LP)
17. Dead Weather: Horehound (Third Man 2-LP)
18. The Horrors: Primary Colours (XL 2-LP)
19. Untied States: Instant Everything Constant Nothing (Untied States LP)
20. The Clean: Mister Pop (Merge CD)
21. Yo La Tengo: Popular Songs (Matador 2-LP)
22. Fever Ray: Fever Ray (Mute CD)
23. Children's Hospital: Alone Together (Sacred Bones LP)
24. Broadcast and the Focus Group: Investigate Witchcults and the Radio Age (Warp LP)
25. Alan Licht: YMCA (Family Vineyard LP)
26. Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions: Through the Devil Softly (Nettwerk CD)
27. These Are Powers: All Aboard Future (Dead Oceans LP)
28. Loren Connors: The Curse of Midnight Mary (Family Vineyards LP)
29. Pens: Hey Friend What You Doing (De Stijl LP)
30. Sic Alps/Magik Marker: Magik Marker/Sic Alps (Yik Yak Split 12" 45-rpm EP)
31. Black Dice: Repo (Paw CD)
32. Low Red Center: Low Red Center (SS 10" EP)
33. King Khan & BBQ Show: Invisible Girl (In the Red LP)
34. Greg Connors: Full Moon Flashlight (Scared CD)
35. Various Artist: Skulls Without Borders (Siltbreeze 10" EP)
36. Black Lips: 200 Million Thousand (Vice)
37. Tijuana Hercules: The Almanack of Bad Luck (Black Pisces LP)
38. Bobby Ubangi: Inside the Mind of Bobby Ubangi (Rob's House LP)
39. Brian Jonestown Massacre: Smoking Acid (2-12" EP)
40. Bardo Pond: Peri (Three Lobed LP)

2009 Top-20 Reissues

1. The Beatles: Mono (CD box-set)
2. The Rolling Stones: Get Yer Ya Yas Out (CD box-set)
3. Nirvana: Bleach (Sub Pop 2-LP)
4. The Rondos: Destroy the Entertainment (Red Wig 2-LP)
5. Mirrors: Something That Would Never Do (Violet Times/Hovercraft LP)
6. De Kift: Yverzucht (Mississippi LP)
7. Swell Maps: International Rescue (Alive LP)
8. Young Marble Giants: Live At the Hurrah (Get Back LP)
9. Lizzy Mercier Desloux: Press Color (Ze Records LP)
10. Tlahoun Gessesse: Tlahoun Gessesse -- 1940 - 2009 -- Ethiopian Urban Modern Music Volume 4 (Ethiopiques Collection LP)
11. Death: For the Whole World to See (Drag City LP)
12. Dock Boggs: False Hearted Lover's Blues (Monk LP)
13. MC5: Shakin' Street (Lilith 2-LP/CD)
14. 39 Clocks: Zoned -- recordings 1987 - 1980... rewind (De STijl CD)
15. Black Randy and the Metrosquad: Pass the Dust, I think I'm Bowie (Vinyl Countdown 2-LP)
16. Various: Dub Echoes (Soul Jazz 3-LP)
17. Henry Flynt: Raga Electric-Experimental Music, 1963-1971 (Locust LP)
18. The Cultural Decay: Eight Ways to Start a Day (Sacred Bones LP)
19. 13 Chimes: The Singles 1981-1983 (Sacred Bones LP)
20. The Units: History of the Units; the Early Years, 1977-1983 (Community Library CD)


Blogger Bev said...

I need to get on some of those reissues. That's why I like end of the year lists. They help me out with whatever got past me the first time around. Though it was never technically released before, I was pretty excited over Betty Davis, Is it Love or Desire? from Light in the Attic.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Glen said...

My reissues are technically not reissues, as well. None of them were ever issued in exactly their current form. I use the term to describe collections of music from earlier eras or reissues with bonus material such as the Nirvana Bleach which includes a live disc. I don't include any of the excellent true reissues of 2009 -- Kraftwerk, Jesus Lizard, etc. -- because those belong in "best of" lists of their own time. In fact, the idea of my posting my lists from 1965 through 1975 and beyond arose from an earlier post where I explained this choice. Anyhow, my point is the Betty Davis, which I have not heard, sounds as if it would fit right in.

11:55 PM  

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