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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Best Albums of 2009 June + July Edition

Best Albums of 2009

Rather than compiling a huge list at the end of the year, not having enough time to do a good job, and simply throwing something together really fast, I'm going to start compiling my thoughts on albums over the whole year - month by month. Some of these may have actually been released earlier in the year, but are in this months set because this is when I got my hands on them.

For some weird reason, my June/July post got deleted by blogger. I am too lazy to redo it completely, but here are the albums that were on it.

Mos Def:
The Ecstatic

A huge improvement from his other solo efforts. Not quite Black Star, but very good.

Before Braille:
Spring Cleaning

Dave finished cleaning out his old Before Braille unreleased (or hard to find) catalog. Much is rerecorded and sound diff. than some of the original tracks. A great conclusion to the band's catalog. Here's a sample - Elected to Die [download mp3]

Jonsi and Alex:
Riceboy Sleeps

Project of Sigur Ros frontman. Ethereal. Less cohesive than Sigur Ros' recent (and old) material. Worth listening to though.

Running LP List

  1. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (May)
  2. J. Tillman - Vacilando Territory Blues (January)
  3. Shark Speed - Sea Sick Music (April)
  4. Say Hi - Oohs & Aahs (February)
  5. Andrew Bird - Noble Beast (January)
  6. Iron & Wine - Around the Well (May)
  7. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love (March)
  8. Before Braille - Spring Cleaning (June + July)
  9. Art for Starters - Drugs Made / Drugs Ruined (April)
  10. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - Outer South (May)
  11. Mos Def - The Ecstatic (June + July)
  12. Jeremy Enigk - OK Bear (May)
  13. The Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels (March)
  14. Dent May and his Magnificent Ukuele - The Good Feeling Music of Dent May (March)
  15. Coconut Records - Davy (January)
  16. Jimmy Eat World - Clarity Live (April)
  17. Iain Archer - To the Pine Roots (April)
  18. The Appleseed Cast - Sagarmatha (February)
  19. John Vanderslice - Romanian Names (May)
  20. Peter, Bjorn and John - Living Thing (March)
  21. Jonsi and Alex - Rice Boy Sleeps (June + July)
  22. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest (May)
  23. Lateef the Truth Speaker - Truth is Love Mixtape (April)
  24. Vetiver - Tight Knit (March)
  25. General Elektriks - Good City for Dreamers (February)
  26. Dark was the Night compilation (April)
  27. Ben Kweller - Changing Horses (January)

Running EP List

  1. Common Market - The Winter's End (March)
  2. Death Cab for Cutie - Open Door (March)
  3. Joshua James - Sing Songs (May)
  4. The Mountain Goats and John Vanderslice - Moon Colony Blood Bath (April)

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