2009: favorites


  1. Darius Jones Trio: Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (AUM Fidelity)
  2. Mos Def: The Ecstatic (Downtown)
  3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: It's Blitz (Interscope)
  4. The Fully Celebrated: Drunk On the Blood Of the Holy Ones(AUM Fidelity)
  5. Brad Paisley: American Saturady Night (Arista)
  6. Matthew Shipp: Harmonic Disorder (Thisrtsy Ear)
  7. Polvo: In Prism (Merge)
  8. David S. Ware: Shakti (AUM Fidelity)
  9. UGK: UGK4Life (Jive)
  10. Art Brut: Art Brut vs. Satan (Cooking Vinyl)
  11. The-Dream: Love vs. Money (Def Jam)
  12. Henry Threadgill Zooid: This Brings Us To, Vol.1 (Pi Recordings)
  13. Mike Reed's People Places & Things: About Us (482 Music)
  14. Lily Allen: It's Not Me, It's You (Regal/EMI)
  15. The XX: XX (Young Turks)
  16. Darren Johnston: The Edge of the Forrest (Clean Feed)
  17. Digital Primitives: Hum Crackle & Pop (Hopscotch)
  18. Wilco: Wilco (The Album) (Nonsuch)
  19. G-Side: Huntsville International (mixtape/download)
  20. J.D. Allen Trio: Shine! (Sunnyside)
  21. Lonard Cohen: Live In London (Sony)
  22. DJ Quik & Kurupt: BlaQkout (Mad Science)
  23. Vijay Iyer Trio: Historicity (ACT)
  24. Raekwon: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II (Ice H2O/EMI)
  25. Girls: Album (True Panther)
  26. Tyshawn Sorey: Koan (482 Music)
  27. Metric: Fantasies (Metirc International)
  28. Teegan & Sara: Sainthood (Sire)
  29. Jonatha Brooke: The Works (BDR)
  30. Brötzmann/Kondo/Pupillo/Nilssen-Love: Hairy Bones (Okka Disk)
  31. Abdullah Ibrahim: Senzo (Sunnyside)
  32. Sonic Youth: The Eternal (Matador)
  33. Miranda Lambert: Revolution (Sony Nashville)
  34. The Avett Brothers: I and Love and You (American Recordings)
  35. White Denim: Exposion (EM/Tunecore)
  36. The Very Best: Warm Heart of Africa (Green Owl)
  37. Allen Toussaint: The Bright Mississippi (Nonsuch)
  38. Japandroids: Post-Nothing (Unfamiliar/Tunecore)
  39. Steve Lehman Octet: Travail Transformation & Flow (Pi Recordings)
  40. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: S/T (Slumberland/Fortune Pop)
  41. John Olav Nilsen & Gjengen: For Sant Til å Være Godt (VME)
  42. Marcus Strickland: Idiosyncrasies (Strick Muzik)
  43. John Zorn: Alhambra Love Songs (Tzadik)
  44. Tune-Yards: Bird-Brains (4AD)
  45. Freddie Gibbs: midwesternboxframecadillacmuzic (self-released / mixtape)
  46. Tresspass Trio: Was There to Illuminate the Night Sky (Clean Feed)
  47. Lightning Bolt: Earthly Delights (Load)
  48. The Coathangers: Scamble (Suicide Squeeze)
  49. Jay Reatard: Watch Me Fall (Matador)
  50. Graham Collier: directing 14 Jackson Pollocks (Jazz Continuum)
  51. Wadada Leo Smith: Spiritual Dimensions (...)
  52. Staff Benda Bilili: Très Trés Fort (Crammed Disc)
  53. Quartet Offensive: Carnivore (Morpheus)
  54. Wussy: Wussy (Shake It)
  55. Kråkesølv: Trådnøsting (Diger)
  56. Mariachi El Bronx: El Bronx (Wichita)
  57. Dirty Projectors: Bitte Orca (Domino)
  58. Pissed Jeans: King of Jeans (Sub Pop)
  59. Profound Sound Trio: Opus de Life (Porter)
  60. IPA: Lorena (Bolage)
  61. Deer Tick: Born on Flag Day (Partisan Records)
  62. Gerald Cleaver, William Parker, Craig Taborn: Farmers by Nature (AUM Fidelity)

Note: I haven't been as good as previously with keeping lists of fave songs and singles, even though you'd think iTunes plays should make things easier. New of this year: I'm adding singles from albums released the previous year, in this case Taylor Swift (whose album ended up close the top on my 2008-list). At least for now. Also, although jazz-tunes are frequently notable in their own right, and not just as album tracks, they have not been considered for this list.
  1. Taylor Swift: "You Belong With Me" (Big Machine)
  2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: "Heads Will Roll" (Interscope)
  3. Lily Allen: "Not Fair" (Regal)
  4. DJ Quik & Kurupt: "Hey Playa" (Mad Science)
  5. Brad Paisley: "Then" (Arista Nashville)
  6. Mos Def: "Quiet Dog Bite Hard" (Downtown)
  7. Alicia Keys: "Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart" (J Records/Sony)
  8. Polvo: "Lucia" (Merge)
  9. Dinosaur Jr.: "Over It" (JagJaguwar)
  10. Sonic Youth: "Antenna" (Matador)
  11. White Denim: "I Start to Run" (Full Time Hobby)
  12. Bill Callahan: "Eid Ma Clack Shaw" (Drag City)
  13. Freddie Gibbs: "Boxframe Cadillac" (mixtape)
  14. DJ Quik & Kurupt: "9xs Outta 10" (Mad Science)
  15. Bat For Lashes: "Daniel"(Parlophone)
  16. Girls: "Morning Light" (Fantasytrashcan)
  17. UGK "Still On The Grind Ft. Raheem DeVaughn" (Jive)
  18. Pearl Jam: "The Fixer" (Monkeywrench/Universal)
  19. Beyoncé: "Halo" (Columbia)
  20. Pissed Jeans: "False Jesi pt.2" (Sub Pop)
  21. Make the Girl Dance: "Baby, Baby, Baby"
  22. Amerie: "Why R U" (Def Jam)
  23. Maxwell: "Pretty Wings" (Sony)
  24. Fred da Godson: "Kobe & LeBron"
  25. The-Dream: "Sweat It Out" (Def Jam)
  26. Gallows: "Black Eyes" (Warner Bros.)
  27. Major Lazer: "Keep It Going Louder" (Downtown)
  28. Dirty Projectors: "Cannibal Resource" (Domino)
  29. Sandwitches: "Back to the Sea"
  30. K'naan: "Dreamer" (A&M/Octone)
  31. Dum Dum Girls: "Catholicked" (download)
Note: this list is reserved for reissues of records that have been out of print for a significant amount of time, as well as vault music and compilations. Deluxe Editions and similar releases of records that are still or have recently been in print are not considered. I'm not exceptionally good at keeping track of reissues, so some important ones may slip under my radar every now and then.
  1. Horace Tapscott: The Dark Tree (HatOlogy, originally rel. HatArt, 1989/1991)
  2. The Feelies: Crazy Rhythm (Domino/Bar None, originally rel. Stiff, 1980)
  3. Richard Hell & the Voidoids: Destiny Street Repaired(Insound.com)
  4. Air: Air Song (Why Not/Candid, originally rel. India Navigation, 1975)
  5. Wildflowers: Loft Jazz New York 1976 (Douglas Music, originally rel. 1977, reissued several times)
  6. Freedom, Rhythm & Sound (Soul Jazz Records)
  7. Mulatu Astake: Information Inspiration (Strut)
  8. Walt Dickerson w/Andrew Cyrille & Wilbur Ware: Tell Us Only Beautifull Things (Why Not/Candid, originally rel. 1975)
  9. Vømmøl Spellemannslag: Vømmøl'n - Deluxe Edition (Mai/Universal, originally rel. 1974)
  10. Revolutionary Ensemble: Vietnam (ESP, originally rel. 1972)
  11. Death: ...For the World to See (Drag City)
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