Top music for 2009
Although the way we listen to music has changed so dramatically over the last decade, I still feel the need to do best albums of the year. I have noticed that many of the critics are doing best songs of the year which makes sense. The music industry, who is still trying to hold on to the days of yore where they owned the artists and it was all about putting out the album, have been actually the reason behind the singular songs. As they tried to hold on to their golden handcuffs, they pushed artists to start putting out singles. Funny how things have ended up. Regardless, here is what was the top of my listening enjoyment this year….in no particular order.
1 – Harlem Shakes, Technicolor Health
2 – Avett Brothers, I And Love and You
3 – Girls, Album
4 – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Up From Below
5 – Monsters of Folk, Monsters of Folk
6 – Conor Oberst, Outer South
7 – Miike Snow, Miike Snow
8 - Blind Pilot, 3 Rounds and A Sound
9 - Andrew Bird, Noble Beast
10 - Listening to lots of French music which I am putting under one number. Jacques Dutronic, Carla Bruni, Quelqu'un M'a Dit Serge Gainsbourg, Histoire de Melody Nelson and Madeline Peyroux, Bare Bones
Lots of hip-hop music through out house this year too. Really enjoyed Kid Cudi, Man on the Moon: The End of the Day. But, the rest was mostly singles here and there from other hip-hop artists. I asked Josh for his top 10 list...lets see if he comes through. If he does, I will post it.
This year was truly the year of the single and a lot of covers. It was easier to come up with 10 this year vs years past. Regardless, this list was on my heavy rotation list in 2009.