Started the year with catching up on some of the albums iv'e totally missed over the last years, with no respect. The unique psychedelic woodcuter americana of Midlake
- The Trials Of Van Occupanther
is probably one of the decade's strongest records, too bad what iv'e heard of their 2010 follow-up seems a bit dull in comparison. The other album iv'e totally ignored in 2008 is my fellow Swede: The Tallest Man on Earth
- Shallow Grave
An impressive Dylanish one-man-restortion singer/songwriter that in swedish comparison stands out by faar.
In a way I have reinvented myself this year in terms of, partly abandoning the mellow americana or catchy indie i adored during 2008. Though the V/A album Dark Was The Night
is the collar that gilds my last years suit. I've also rediscovered the Hardcore and alternative metal scene, with sound-surprising new discovers. It gets to me that in such a retrograde genre there are changes and I think that change has just started. Most obvious heard in Converge
, this generations Black Flag
? Hoping for a huge jump out of the new-metal plague into an avantagardish era for alternative rock/metal, maybe sprung out of the sludge factories of Baroness
The second thing that strikes me entering the new decade is the closure theme of some of the lyrical highlights of the year. Bill Callahan's (ex. (Smog)
) settlement with the ongoing clash of Emotion vs. rationality, Unity vs. Individuality, Horses vs. Eagles. David Bazan's (ex. Pedro the Lion
) final secession with religion and Vic Chesnutt
's sad closure with death on christmas day. Listen to his masterpiece Flirted With You All My Life
It is also a bit surprising that Nirvana
17 years after their hayday's finally have released and restored the legendary Live at Reading
performance, in one way it also fits as closure to a decade that did not really take a turn, comparing it to the 90's genre by genre MTV attention seekers. Hopefully the 2010's will not be retro 80's all over again. It is time for the early 90's to have its rough intervention with the neo kitch of the 2000's].
For some reason i do think that 2009 was a faar better year than 2008, but it is hard to pick any stand-out releases or sensational albums. Though it is easy to tell that the consolidation of an already promising progress does seem to continue into the new decade. The offspring of the torrent/spotify generation has finally grown from the soil....
Pick of albums from 2009.
1. The Avett Brothers
- I and Love and You
* Rick Rubin creating some magic with what used to be an average band.
2. Dinosaur Jr.
*Best album since Where You Been
, Mascis and Barlow friends again and reunited.
3. Future of the Left
- Travels With Myself and Another
* Odd Alternative Rock from Wales, Great! Play it Loud!
- Blue Record
5. A.A. Bondy
- When The Devil's Loose
6. Reigning Sound
- Love and Curses
7. Great Lake Swimmers
- Lost Channels
8. Dan Auerbach
- Keep It Hid
9. Bill Callahan
- Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
- Static Tensions
11. Gregory Alan Isakov
- This Empty Northern Hemisphere
- Wilco (The Album)
13. The Dead Weather
14. Mumford & Sons
- Sigh No More
15. David Bazan
- Curse Your Branches
- Axe to Fall
17. Vic Chesnutt
- At The Cut
18. Andrew Jackson Jihad
- Can't Maintain
19. M. Ward
- Hold Time
- Vacilando Territory Blues
Best Live Album.Nirvana
- Live at Reading
Best V/A.Dark Was The Night
- Dark Was The Night
For a more complete list of my prefered albums of 2009 please check out my rateyourmusic
page here: http://rateyourmusic.com/~Varjas
Some of the tracks that i think standout during 2009: J.Tillman - James Blueshttp://open.spotify.com/track/0H5OnXaHsKc6CeCGnsmAn6The Flaming Lips - Watching the Planets http://open.spotify.com/track/4qPDCVSTbvBFq1aM184E0XLou Barlow - Gravitatehttp://open.spotify.com/track/4T7P1Q9jHT9Ie3O7sUspqYThe Avett Brothers - Slight Figure of Speechhttp://listen.grooveshark.com/#/song/Slight+Figure+Of+Speech/23225469Magnolia Electric Co. - O! Gracehttp://open.spotify.com/track/47CqTcQjl9AbhIVg4W3DRvConor Oberst - Roosevelt Roomhttp://open.spotify.com/track/0F6STUTVOIObToSfuSzzSeVic Chesnutt - Flirted With You All My Lifehttp://listen.grooveshark.com/#/song/Flirted+With+You+All+My+Life/23201167Future of The Left - Chin Musichttp://open.spotify.com/track/7wHcIdR03cMh5DCdRfVtHqDavid Bazan - Hard To Behttp://open.spotify.com/track/3FA43HWo2iE7lsvocTckmiConverge - Dark Horsehttp://open.spotify.com/track/39wky0R2DwmwklqXH4LaETFrank Turner - Try This at Homehttp://open.spotify.com/track/6ZcYKCuY1vr0lA3qqcRTQqThe Felice Brothers - The Big Surprisehttp://open.spotify.com/track/2SrhI89St19aqqOZ1bF6cDJapandroids - Young Hearts Spark Firehttp://open.spotify.com/track/1yzTpiDikPPDa9gudLm0tAAlberta Cross - Broken Side of Timehttp://open.spotify.com/track/1X5lTaNxT5mZfgHBL79lEWAndrew Bird - Tenuousnesshttp://open.spotify.com/track/1tEtLHU8CIUm8qmGGeAYg0Wilco - One Winghttp://open.spotify.com/track/60FEjb4tqGRemyxKYF0o7iThe Mountain Goats - Psalms 40:2http://open.spotify.com/track/6qeHV3fTDyF1kb7ZpszJZHMumford & Sons - The Cavehttp://open.spotify.com/track/33e9HtOfO1ye1h8xQ7Foc9Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard - California Zephyrhttp://open.spotify.com/track/4eBvIlQ3EhaP2b8At53WooTom Russell - East of Woodstock, West of Vietnamhttp://open.spotify.com/track/6e97HRYkTOIfavazciyygINoah And The Whale - Strangerhttp://open.spotify.com/track/6e2QZ2mU0YOEPVMO1CJdyzElvis Perkins in Dearland - Shampoohttp://open.spotify.com/track/1ic4d2bSUtuPvHpHJPd2oH
Please visit my 2009 Mixtape for more songs:http://www.lastfm.se/user/Varjas/library/playlists/3sl8v_2009