fave albums of 2009

December 20, 2009 under Annual Fave Albums, Music

It seems fitting that I end the year with a post about the only thing that it seemed that I could write about in the last 365 days – music. Honestly, to those who are able to work a hectic job, spend time with a significant other and do whatever else life requires of them and still find time to regularly blog about a variety of topics of interest to them…kudos! 2009 simply didn’t now allow me that luxury, and there’s no telling if 2010 will relent. The benefit to developing software in a fast-paced environment is that when I’m not in meetings or manically scrawling ideas on a whiteboard, it’s “nose to the grindstone” coding and I require a soundtrack for that.

Like bygone years, I have assembled a list of albums released this year that I found to be to my liking. As per usual, here it is in alphabetical order and includes my selection for “album of the year”.

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail of DeadThe Century of Self
Bear In HeavenBeast Rest Forth Mouth
Built To SpillThere Is No Enemy
Cymbals Eat GuitarsWhy There Are Mountains
Dan DeaconBromst
Dinosaur Jr.Farm
CanadianDo Make Say ThinkThe Other Truths
Echo & the BunnymenThe Fountain
The Flaming LipsEmbryonic
Fuck ButtonsTarot Sport
Future of the LeftTravels With Myself And Another
Album Of The YearThe HorrorsPrimary Colours
IdlewildPost Electric Blues
Manic Street PreachersJournal For Plague Lovers
CanadianMatthew GoodVancouver
CanadianThe Most Serene Republic…And The Ever Expanding Universe
The Pains of Being Pure of HeartThe Pains of Being Pure of Heart
PhoenixWolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
A Place To Bury StrangersExploding Head
Silversun PickupsSwoon
Sonic YouthThe Eternal
Sunn O)))Monoliths and Dimensions
CanadianThink About LifeFamily
The Twilight SadForget The Night Ahead
Yeah Yeah YeahsIt’s Blitz
Yo La TengoPopular Songs

Some honourable mentions:
The Big PinkA Brief History Of Love
Lou BarlowGoodnight Unknown
MuseThe Resistance
Pearl JamBackspacer
CanadianThe Tragically HipWe Are The Same
CanadianUbiquitous Synergy SeekerQuestamation
We Were Promised JetpacksThese Four Walls
WilcoWilco (The Album)

I had hoped for the best of Spiral StairsThe Real Feel but I simply would rather see the reunited Pavement come to Toronto. And I was really anticipating Mew‘s follow-up to their excellent And the Glass Handed Kite album, No More Stories, but I found it quite “meh”.

Finally, I’m not Pitchfork nor am I some hipster with black-rimmed glasses, skinny jeans, ironic t-shirts and an iPhone in my hand. That being said, I always try to like an Animal Collective album when it’s released but I’m ultimately disappointed at how unlistenable (to me) their music is. Merriweather Post Pavilion is no exception. It’ll appear at the top of all of the “cool” year end lists, and maybe even some uncool lists too. However, it won’t be on mine. Yuck.

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