Review of 2009 - Strictly Personal!


3. Feb. 2010, 16:34

"Hidden Treasures" Category - Less than 1.000.000 plays on
1. The War on Drugs - Wagonwheel Blues (Adam Granduciel & Kurt Vile playing their guitars)
2. William Elliott Whitmore - Animals In The Dark (If you want to know anything about death, just ask mr.Whitmore!)
3. Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard - One Fast Move or I'm Gone-Music from Kerouac's Big Sur (Words: Jack Kerouac Music: Jay Farrar & Ben Gibbard - it's hard to beat that combination!)
4. A.A.Bondy - When The Devil's Loose (On American Hearts Bob Dylan is poppin' up from time to time, and this one recalls Ryan Adams from Heartbreaker phase! The influences could not be better! )
5. Dave Rawlings Machine - A Friend Of A Friend {A friend (Dave Rawlings) of a friend (Gillian Welch) is my friend too!}
6. Kurt Vile - God Is Saying This To You? (experimental + sense for melody)
7. Antje Duvekot - The Near Demise Of The High Wire Dancer (reminds me of Nanci Griffith) (EU)
8. The Felice Brothers - Yonder Is The Clock (They entered the basement, picked up instruments that Bob Dylan & The Band left, and they started the New Basement Tapes! History repeats itself! )
9. Gregory Alan Isakov - This Empty Northern Hemisphere (Melancholic!)
10. Justin Townes Earle - Midnight At The Movies
11. Hope Sandoval & Warm Inventions - Through The Devil Softly (The best of 2009 in Cowboy Junkies/Opal/Mazzy Star subgenre)
12. Slow Club - Yeah So (EU) (Twee artist of the year!)
13. The Low Anthem - Oh My God, Charlie Darwin (Hip!)
14. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit - Seven Mile Island
15. Seasick Steve - Man From Another Time (Blues still exists!)
16. The Cave Singers - Welcome Joy (New American Folk)
17. Slaid Cleaves - Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away
18. Langhorne Slim - Be Set Free
19. Derek Clegg - KJC The Album (Some nice singing and songwriting - promising!)
20. Kimberly Freeman - Sleep (Don't judge of the book by it's cover!)

The Best Live Albums
1. Tift Merritt - Buckingham Solo (Live)
2. Leonard Cohen - Live in London

"Between Nothingness and Eternity" Category - More than 1 million and less than 10.000.000 plays on
1. Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle (It's all about moods and feelings!)
2. The Avett Brothers - I And Love And You (Thanks, Randy!)
3. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
4. Alela Diane - To Be Still
5. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
6. Emmy the Great- First Love
7. Noah and the Whale - First Days of Spring
8. Julian Casablancas - Phrazes For The Young
9. Fanfarlo - Reservoir

The Best Eps
1. Joe Pug - In The Meantime EP
2. Laura Marling - The London Town EP

The Best Demos
1. Marybeth D'Amico - I'm on fire (Bruce Springsteen cover) (Not because of friendship!)
2. Marybeth D'Amico - Down within the Darkness (Live Ammersse Nov 2009)

The Best Cover Albums
1. John Doe & The Sadies - Country Club
2. Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs - Under the Covers Vol.2
3. Rosanne Cash - The List

"With God On Our Side" Category - More than 10.000.000 plays on
1. Pearl Jam - Backspacer
2. The Mountain Goats - The Life Of The World To Come (John Darnielle jumped into the Bible and get out alive, only for that it deserves place on my list)
3. Sonic Youth - The Eternal
4. Florence and The Machine - Lungs
5. Bruce Springsteen - Walking On A Dream
6. Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
7. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
8. Regina Spektor - Far
9. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
10. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic


  • RandyB1961

    Lot of good albums on that list, but what about The Avett Brothers?

    4. Feb. 2010, 15:48
  • strajnic

    Sorry, my mistake!

    4. Feb. 2010, 23:45
  • Varjas

    Lot of good stuff here! What about Great Lake Swimmers, Vic Chesnutt, J. Tillman? :)

    17. Feb. 2010, 12:22
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