Mid-Year Best Albums (’09)

Yes, it’s time.
I’ve been bouncing around a shitload of albums this year. Lots of good stuff, lots of different stuff, lots of older artists releasing fantastic, re-energized albums.

Without ado, the top 10 albums of 2009, so far.

New Model Army – Today is a Good Day
An amazing, surprising, refreshing album from a band I’ve been listening to for over 20 years. After all this time, they can still give me something new. Touring the US and Canada next month, catch them if you can, you won’t be the same after seeing them play.
New Model Army Official Site

Sonic Youth – The Eternal
Another surprising, energetic, hopeful and remarkable record. 25 years after I picked up Bad Moon Rising, I’m still astounded at how in the moment they sound.
Sonic Youth Official Site

Danger Mouse / Sparklehorse – Dark Night of the Soul
Google it, you’ll find it. Total record label fiasco makes it unavailable at retail. With a guest list to die for, and photos by David Lynch, it’s easily the definitive artistic statement of the year, stifled by inept money grubbers.
DNOTS site

Metric – Fantasies
Previous Metric albums were good, but failed to grab me the way this one does. When the last 2 songs are the best on the album, you know it’s good.
Metric Official Site

Japandroids – Post-Nothing
Loud, noisy, and awesome… this Vancouver duo bashes out great songs on guitar and drum like it’s all they know how to do.
Japandroids Official Site

John Zorn – O’o
Can’t really say I’m a John Zorn fan, but this album is great to listen to anytime, anywhere.
John Zorn MySpace

Stardeath and White Dwarf – The Birth
Great crazy music from the Flaming Lips former roadies. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but don’t think they’re Lips Jr… they are their own flavor of crazy.
Stardeath Official Site

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz
Dance music? me? Apparently so. I wasn’t sure the move to a more polished, synth heavy sound would suit the band, but I was happy to be proven wrong. A great album, beginning to end.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Official Site


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