Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thistle's best favourites of 2009

‘Sup my twine suckas? In light of some hefty essays and finals that I will be (and am) engulfed in for the next couple weeks, I think it is safe to say that I won’t be seeking out any new music in 2009 before it comes to a close. Fortunately, I have already listened to pretty much everything that has been released this year (except for most of it) so I think I am pretty well ready to get this over with. Also, no blurbs. Everything on here (with the exception of one album) has been reviewed on Forest Gospel this year, so if you’re curious just look them up. Plus, I’ve already done enough blurbing for my end-of-decade list (which is also on the horizon). So here they are, my best favourite albums of 2009:

50) Clark - Totems Flare
49) Cymbals Eat Guitars - Why There Are Mountains
48) Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
47) Why? - Eskimo Snow
46) James Blackshaw - The Glass Bead Game
45) Black Dice - Repo
44) Anduin - Abandoned in Sleep
43) Mark Templeton + aA. Munson - Acre Loss
42) Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
41) Mountains - Choral

40) Here We Go Magic - Here We Go Magic
39) Giuseppe Ielasi - Aix / (Another) Stunt Ep
38) Bear In Heaven - Beast Rest Forth Mouth
37) Blackout Beach - Skin of Evil
36) The Antlers - Hospice
35) Zs - Music For the Modern White
34) Smith Westerns - Smith Westerns
33) Julianna Barwick - Florine
32) Sparklehorse + Fennesz - In the Fishtank 15
31) Millipede - Death Mountain / Sand & Surf 7"

30) Braden J. McKenna - Gigantic Monster Cave
29) Mount Eerie - Wind's Poem
28) Califone - All My Friends Are Funeral Singers
27) Ekkehard Ehlers + Paul Wirkus - Ballads
26) Bad Hangin' Out - Bad Hangin' Out
25) Atlas Sound - Logos
24) Animal Hospital - Memory
23) Grizzly Bear - Veckematist
22) Burial + Four Tet - Moth/Wolf Cub 12"
21) Swan Lake - Enemy Mine

20) A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Ashes Grammar

19) Leyland Kirby - Sadly, the Future is No Longer What It Was

18) The Hunches - Exit Dreams

17) John Wiese - Circle Snare

16) Fever Ray - Fever Ray

15) Axolotl - Of Bonds In General

14) Prefuse 73 - Meditation Upon Meditations

13) Caboladies - Crowded Out Memory / Constellation Deformity cs

12) Ben Frost - By The Throat

11) Lightning Bolt - Earthly Delights

10) Sam Hamilton - Sooty Symposium

9) DM Stith - Heavy Ghost

8) OOIOO - Armonico Hewa

7) Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer

6) Animal Collective - Merriweather PostPavilion

5) A Faulty Chromosome - Craving To Be Coddled So We Can Feel Fake-Safe

4) Evangelista - Prince of Truth

3) Andrew Douglas Rothbard - Exodusarabesque

2) Dragging An Ox Through Water - The Tropics of Phenomenon

1) Grooms - Rejoicer


Nick Wall said...

Disappointed by the absence of UK music : many good indie releases from the likes of Florence and the Machine, Bat for Lashes, Camera Obscura, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Twilight Sad, Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand.

Anonymous said...

Good mind, good find........................................

Anonymous said...

great list, happy to find some truly original music on here!

Findependiente said...

Found your blog about a year ago and Ive been a constant reader since. Thanks for introducing me to a lot of great music I probably wouldnt have found out about otherwise.
Greetings from Costa Rica.

Carter said...

Yeah, Grooms! Forest Gospel = best music blog of '09.