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Best Music of 2009 ... So Far (Various Lists)


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MTV - The Best Albums Of 2009 (So Far) Via James Montgomery

Honorable Mentions

Bat for Lashes, Two Suns

Dan Auerbach, Keep It Hid

The Decemberists, The Hazards of Love

The Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca

Ida Maria, Fortress Round My Heart, and the Dead Weather, Horehound

Green Day, 21st Century Breakdown

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Silversun Pickups, Swoon

UGK, UGK 4 Life

The Top 10

10. Mos Def, The Ecstatic

9. Lily Allen, It's Not Me, It's You

8. Amadou & Mariam, Welcome to Mali

7. Wilco, Wilco (The Album)

6. Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest

5. Kelly Clarkson, All I Ever Wanted

4. Dinosaur Jr, Farm

3. Dan Deacon, Bromst

2. Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

1. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion

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Chordstrike - 5 of the Best Indie and Alternative Rock Albums of 2009, So Far by Alan Wiley

1. Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs

2. The Horrors - Primary Colours

3. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

4. Point Juncture, WA - Heart To Elk

5. Sharon Van Etten - Because I Was In Love

Read the reviews/check out the videos @ Chordstrike

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Chordstrike - Best 2009 Albums You (Probably) Haven't Heard, but Should - by Jeff Reguilon

D.Folks - Jupiter

Matias Tellez - Clouds

Vosotros Presents: The Years

Miss Li - Dancing the Whole Way Home

One for the Team - Build a Garden

Read the reviews/check out the music at ChordStrike

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Amazon

Editor's Picks/Best Albums of 2009

1. It's Blitz! by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

2. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix

3. Merriweather Post Pav... by Animal Collective

4. Middle Cyclone by Neko Case

5. Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear

6. Troubadour by k'naan

7. Fantasies by Metric

8. Live In London by Leonard Cohen

9. Ray Guns Are Not Just... by The Bird And The Bee

10. Two Suns by Bat For Lashes

11. Preliminaires by Iggy Pop

12. Mt. St. Helens Vietna... by Mt. St. Helens Vietna...

13. Junior by Röyksopp

14. The Good Feeling Musi... by Dent May & His Magnif...

15. The Ecstatic by Mos Def

16. Dark Was The Night (R... by Various Artists

17. Welcome to Mali by Amadou & Mariam

18. Crack The Skye by Mastodon

19. God Help The Girl by God Help The Girl

20. Manners by Passion Pit

21. My Maudlin Career by Camera Obscura

22. Actor (Amazon Exclusive) by St. Vincent

23. Amesoeurs by Amesoeurs

24. Swoon by Silversun Pickups

25. Divided By Night by Crystal Method

26. Primary Colours by The Horrors

27. Changing Horses by Ben Kweller

28. Born Like This. [Expl... by Doom

29. Song Up In Her Head by Sarah Jarosz

30. The Eternal by Sonic Youth

31. Catacombs by Cass McCombs

32. Fever Ray by Fever Ray

33. A Pipe Dream And A Pr... by Finale

34. Fortress 'Round My Heart by Ida Maria

35. Hold Time by M. Ward

36. Hello Hello [Explicit] by Midival Punditz

37. Mercy by Rocco Deluca and The ...

38. Blood Bank by Bon Iver

39. Beware by Bonnie "Prince" Billy

40. Wavering Radiant by Isis

41. It's Not Me, It's You... by Lily Allen

42. Wilco [The Album] by Wilco

43. Still Night, Still Light by Au Revoir Simone

44. Midnight At The Movies by Justin Townes Earle

45. Easy Come, Easy Go by Marianne Faithfull

46. For All I Care by The Bad Plus

47. The Pains Of Being Pu... by The Pains of Being Pu...

48. Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em... by Akron/Family

49. Never Better by P.O.S.

50. Heart To Elk by Point Juncture Wa

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Amazon/Best Selling Albums of 2009

1. No Line On The ... by U2

2. 21st Century Br... by Green Day

3. It's Not Me, It... by Lily Allen

4. Chickenfoot by Chickenfoot

5. The E.N.D. (The... by Black Eyed Peas

6. Incredibad [Exp... by The Lonely Island

7. Sounds Of The U... by Depeche Mode

8. Middle Cyclone by Neko Case

9. Defying Gravity by Keith Urban

10. Relapse [Explicit] by Eminem

11. Hannah Montana:... by Various

12. The Ecstatic by Mos Def

13. Feel That Fire by Dierks Bentley

14. Dark Was The Ni... by Various Artists

15. Unstoppable by Rascal Flatts

16. Swoon by Silversun Pickups

17. Noble Beast by Andrew Bird

18. Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear

19. A Fine Mess (Am... by Kate Voegele

20. Big Whiskey And... by Dave Matthews Band

21. Epiphany by Chrisette Michele

22. The Foundation by Zac Brown Band

23. We Sing. We Dan... by Jason Mraz

24. Years Of Refusal by Morrissey

25. Townes by Steve Earle

26. It's Blitz! (De... by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

27. White Lies for ... by Ben Harper And ...

28. Hazards Of Love by The Decemberists

29. Dark Horse by Nickelback

30. Scream (AmazonM... by Chris Cornell

31. For Emma, Forev... by Bon Iver

32. Merriweather Po... by Animal Collective

33. Wait For Me by Moby

34. Divided By Night by Crystal Method

35. The Fray by The Fray

36. Invaders Must Die by The Prodigy

37. Fantasies by Metric

38. Manners by Passion Pit

39. Street Sweeper ... by Street Sweeper ...

40. In A Perfect Wo... by Keri Hilson

41. All I Ever Want... by Kelly Clarkson

42. Ray Guns Are No... by The Bird And Th...

43. Troubadour (Ama... by k'naan

44. Wolfgang Amadeu... by Phoenix

45. Just Dance (Ama... by Various Artists

46. Testimony Vol. ... by india.arie

47. Working On A Dream by Bruce Springsteen

48. In The Hands Of... by Newsboys

49. Amanda Leigh by Mandy Moore

50. Leap Of Faith by Seth Walker

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Editor Picks/Best Songs of 2009

1. Lisztomania by Phoenix

2. People Got A Lotta Nerve by Neko Case

3. Zero by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

4. The Fear [Explicit] by Lily Allen

5. My Girls by Animal Collective

6. My Life Would Suck Wi... by Kelly Clarkson

7. Contender by The Pains of Being Pu...

8. Cheerleader by Grizzly Bear

9. Dreamer [Explicit] by k'naan

10. Help I'm Alive by Metric

11. The Reeling by Passion Pit

12. Make Her Say [Explicit] by Kid Cudi

13. Magnificent by U2

14. I'm On A Boat [Explicit] by The Lonely Island

15. Daniel by Bat For Lashes

16. Bulletproof by La Roux

17. Panic Switch by Silversun Pickups

18. Walkin' On The Moon [... by The-Dream

19. Knotty Pine by Dirty Projectors + Da...

20. Walking On A Dream by Empire Of The Sun

21. Hasta Quemarnos by Kinky

22. Hold The Line Feat. M... by Major Lazer

23. Har Ek Baat by Midival Punditz

24. Another One by Chrisette Michele

25. G Is For Girl (A-Z) (... by Ciara

26. Jetstream by Doves

27. The Crane Wife 3 by Marianne Faithfull

28. Love Etc. by Pet Shop Boys

29. Woods by Bon Iver

30. Jonesy Boy by Cass McCombs

31. Oh My God by Ida Maria

32. Game of Diamonds by Deerhunter

33. D.O.A. [Death Of Auto... by Jay-Z

34. Give It Time by Molly Jenson

35. Gifted (Feat. Kanye W... by N.A.S.A.

36. Bring It by Tonex

37. You're Too Gone by Jason Lytle

38. Welcome Home by Yusuf

39. Heaven by John Frusciante

40. The Climb by Miley Cyrus

41. Quiet Dog by Mos Def

42. Comfortably Numb by The Bad Plus with Wen...

43. Kinda Like A Big Deal... by The Clipse featuring ...

44. Drown In The Now (fea... by Crystal Method

45. Beyond Here Lies Nothin' by Bob Dylan

46. Meet Me In The Garden by Dent May & His Magnif...

47. Bounce (feat. N.O.R.E... by Mstrkrft

48. Vision One by Röyksopp

49. Sabali by Amadou & Mariam

50. Goodbye by P.O.S.

Best Selling Songs of 2009

1. Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas

2. Right Round by Flo Rida

3. My Life Would S... by Kelly Clarkson

4. The Climb by Miley Cyrus

5. You Found Me by The Fray

6. Day 'N' Nite by Kid Cudi

7. I Know You Want... by Pitbull

8. Careless Whispe... by Seether

9. Crack A Bottle ... by Eminem

10. Sugar [Feat. Wy... by Flo Rida

11. Knock You Down by Keri Hilson

12. New Divide by Linkin Park

13. Turnin Me On [E... by Keri Hilson

14. I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas

15. Fire Burning by Sean Kingston

16. Then (Single Edit) by Brad Paisley

17. Birthday Sex by Jeremih

18. Love Sex Magic by Ciara featuring...

19. Know Your Enemy by Green Day

20. I'm On A Boat [... by The Lonely Island

21. She's Country by Jason Aldean

22. I Love College ... by Asher Roth

23. I Told You So (... by Carrie Underwood

24. Sweet Thing by Keith Urban

25. Get On Your Boots by U2

26. Beggin' by Madcon

27. The Fear [Expli... by Lily Allen

28. Kiss A Girl by Keith Urban

29. Her Diamonds by Rob Thomas

30. Here Comes Goodbye by Rascal Flatts

31. All The Above [... by Maino

32. Pretty Wings (U... by Maxwell

33. Prom Queen by Lil Wayne

34. Out Last Night by Kenny Chesney

35. Panic Switch by Silversun Pickups

36. I Do Not Hook Up by Kelly Clarkson

37. Never Ever by Ciara featuring...

38. Shuttin' Detroi... by John Rich

39. On The Ocean by K'jon

40. Magnificent by U2

41. It's America by Rodney Atkins

42. Wrong by Depeche Mode

43. Wild At Heart by Gloriana

44. Feel That Fire by Dierks Bentley

45. Rockin' That Thang by The-Dream

46. Jizz In My Pant... by The Lonely Island

47. Never Say Never by The Fray

48. Revelation Song by Craig And Dean ...

49. Boyfriend #2 (E... by Pleasure P

50. Fallin' For You by Colbie Caillat

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Best Classical Albums of 2009 So Far

1. Song of Songs, Stile Antico

2. John Eccles: Judgement of Paris/3 Mad Songs, Curnyn/Early Opera Company

3. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11, Petrenko/RLPO

4. Prokofiev: Piano Concertos 2 and 3, Kissin/Phiharmonia Orchestra

5. Bax: Symphonic Variations, Wass/Bournemouth Symphony

6. Arvo Pärt/In Principio, Estonian Chamber Choir

7. Stokowski: Bach Transcriptions II, Serebrier/Bournemouth Symphony

8. Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes, Steven Osborne

9. Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion, Hillier/Theatre of Voices

10. Handel: Faramondo, Fasolis/I Barocchisti

11. Schnittke: Symphony No. 9, Philharmonie

12. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos, Richard Egarr

13. Handel: Furore, Joyce Didonato

14. The Hungarian Album, Guarneri Quartet

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FILTER's Top 5 Albums for the First Half of 2009

Alan Miller (Publisher & Founder)

1. Kasabian West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (Red Ink)

2. U2 No Line On The Horizon (Interscope)

3. Moby Wait for Me (Mute)

4. Depeche Mode Sounds of the Universe (Capitol)

5. Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino)

Alan Sartirana (Publisher & Founder)

1. Other Lives Other Lives (TBD)

2. Bat For Lashes Two Suns (Astralwerks)

3. Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)

4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz! (Interscope)

5. White Lies To Lose My Life… (Geffen)

6. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino Records)

7. Miike Snow Miike Snow (Downtown)

8. White Rabbits It’s Frightening (TBD)

9. Doves Kingdom of Rust (Heavenly Records)

10. Morrissey Years of Refusal (Lost Highway)

Connie Tsang (Marketing)

1. Placebo Battle For The Sun (Vagrant)

2. White Rabbits It’s Frightening (TBD)

3. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! (Lost Highway)

4. Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)

5. Anglos Anglos EP (Great Minds)

Eli Thomas (Events)

1. Grizzly Bear Veckatimest (Warp)

2. Black Lips 200 Million Thousand (Vice)

3. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino Records)

4. Miike Snow Miike Snow (Downtown Records)

5. Passion Pit Manners (Frenchkiss Records)

Ewan Anderson (Online Marketing)

1. Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Pains Of Being Pure At Heart (Slumberland)

2. Silversun Pickups Swoon (Dangerbird)

3. Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino)

4. Bat For Lashes Two Suns (Astralwerks)

5. Röyksopp Junior (Astralwerks)

Jose Vargas (Advertising)

1. Juan Son Mermaid Sashimi (Universal)

2. Silversun Pickups Swoon (Dangerbird)

3. Hello Seahorse Bestia (MUN / Magic Marker)

4. Doves Kingdom of Rust (Heavenly)

5. Los Amigos Invisibles Comercial (Nacional)

Max Hellmann (Marketing)

1. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino Records)

2. Cymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are Mountains (Self-Released)

3. Passion Pit Manners (Frenchkiss Records)

4. Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)

5. Junior Boys Begone Dull Care (Domino Records)

Megan Healy (Online Marketing)

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz! (Interscope)

2. Doves Kingdom of Rust (Heavenly Records)

3. Metric Fantasies (Last Gang)

4. Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)

5. Jason Lytle Yours Truly, The Commuter (Anti-)

Mike Bell (Marketing)

1. Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)

2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz! (Interscope)

3. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavillion (Domino Records)

4. Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! (Lost Highway)

5. Au Revoir Simone Still Night, Still Light (Our Secret Record Co.)

Patrick McGuire (Editorial)

1. Obits I Blame You (Sub Pop)

2. Elvis Perkins in Dearland Elvis Perkins in Dearland (XL)

3. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavillion (Domino Records)

4. Phosphorescent To Willie... (Dead Oceans)

5. Mos Def The Ecstatic (Downtown)

Patrick Strange (Editorial)

1. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino Records)

2. Elvis Perkins in Dearland Elvis Perkins in Dearland (XL)

3. Grizzly Bear Veckatimest (Warp)

4. Dan Auerbach Keep It Hid (Nonesuch)

5. Andrew Bird Noble Beast (Fat Possum)

Samantha Barnes (Online Marketing)

1. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino Records)

2. Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)

3. Grizzly Bear Veckatimest (Warp)

4. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Slumberland)

5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz! (Interscope)

Samantha Feld (FILTER US Recordings & Marketing)

1. Miike Snow Miike Snow (Downtown)

2. Bat For Lashes Two Suns (Astralwerks)

3. Empire of the Sun Walking On A Dream (Astralwerks)

4. The Juan Maclean The Future Will Come (DFA)

5. Doves Kingdom of Rust (Heavenly Records)

Tristen Gacoscos (Online Marketing)

1. Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glass Note)

2. Passion Pit Manners (Frenchkiss)

3. Nosaj Thing Drift (Alpha Pup Records)

4. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavillion (Domino)

5. Drake So Far Gone Mixtape (Self-Released)

Wes Martin (Marketing)

1. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavillion (Domino)

2. Dan Deacon Bromst (Carpark)

3. Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glass Note)

4. Akron/Family Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free (Dead Oceans)

5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz (Interscope)

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KCRW - Top 10 Albums of Summer 2009

Jason Bentley (host of Morning Becomes Eclectic and KCRW Music Director)

1) Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

2) The Horrors - Primary Colors

3) Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career

4) Grizzly Bear - Veckatimist

5) Jose James - The Dreamer

6) Hockey - Mind Chaos

7) Starsailor - All The Plans

8) Amadou & Mariam - Welcome To Mali

9) Yeah Yeah Yeah's - It's Blitz

10) Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

You can also check out the top 10 summer lists from the rest of the DJs right HERE - I gave up trying to copy them all for obvious reasons (Note to KCRW staff - if you want people to read your lists, make them easy to copy and paste)

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Paste Music - The Best of 2009 (so far)

RACHAEL MADDUX, ASSISTANT EDITOR

Albums

The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love

Alela Diane - To Be Still

Elvis Perkins in Dearland - Elvis Perkins in Dearland

Heartless Bastards - The Mountain

Harlem Shakes - Technicolor Health

Jeffrey Lewis - 'Em Are I

Madeline - White Flag

Micachu & the Shapes - Jewellery

Songs

"Doomsday" - Elvis Perkins

"The Mountain" - Heartless Bastards

"Target Heart" - Blue Giant

"Knotty Pine" - Dirty Projectors & David Byrne

"Blood Bank" - Bon Iver

"Strictly Game" - Harlem Shakes

"Ten Women" - Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band

"Golden Phone" - Micachu & the Shapes

"Two Weeks" - Grizzly Bear

"My Girls" - Animal Collective

JOSH JACKSON, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Best Albums of 2009 (so far)

Passion Pit - Manners

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion

The Low Anthem - Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

Wild Light - Adult Nights

The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love

Elvis Perkins in Dearland - Elvis Perkins in Dearland

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Roman Candle - Oh Tall Tree In The Ear

Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career

Best Songs of 2009 (so far)

"California On My Mind" - Wild Light

"Little Secrets" - Passion Pit

"My Girls" - Animal Collective

"Lua" - Conor Oberst with Gillian Welch (from Dark Was the Night)

"Charlie Darwin" - The Low Anthem

"Field Report" - Loch Lomond

"Bloodbank" - Bon Iver

"Two Weeks" - Grizzly Bear

"The Rake's Song" - The Decemberists

"No Wedding Cake" - Fol Chen

"Airstream Driver" - Gomez

Roman Candle - "Why Modern Radio Is A-OK"

"This Tornado Loves You" - Neko Case

"Make Light" - Passion Pit

"Brackett, WI" - Bon Iver (from Dark Was the Night)

"Doomsday" - Elvis Perkins

"So Far Around the Bend" - The National (from Dark Was the Night)

"Come Saturday" - Pains of Being Pure at Heart

"Belated Promise Ring" - Iron & Wine

"Echoes" - The Decemberists (live Pink Floyd cover, part of the "Save Paste" download vault)

NICK MARINO, MANAGING EDITOR

Albums

1. Major Lazer—Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do (Downtown)

2. Blue Roses—Blue Roses (XL): Gorgeous folk.

3. Passion Pit—Manners (Frenchkiss)

4. Allen Toussaint—The Bright Mississippi (Nonesuch)

5. Animal Collective—Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

6. God Help The Girl—God Help The Girl (Matador)

7. Lily Allen—It’s Not Me, It’s You (Capitol)

8. Wild Light—Adult Nights (Almost Gold)

9. Elvis Perkins In Dearland—Elvis Perkins In Dearland (XL)

10. Harlem Shakes—Technicolor Health(Gigantic)

Songs

1. Wild Light— “California On My Mind”

2. Animal Collective—“My Girls”

3. Keri Hilson feat. Ne-Yo and Kanye West—“Knock You Down”

4. Vistoso Bosses—“Delirious”

5. Bon Iver— “Woods”

6. Cut Off Your Hands— “Happy As Can Be”

7. Ricky Blaze—“Cut Dem Off”

8. M. Ward—“For Beginners”

9. Mr. Hudson feat. Kanye West—“Supernova”

10. Anya Marina—“Vertigo”

KATE KIEFER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Albums

1. Elvis Perkins In Dearland - Elvis Perkins In Dearland

2. The Low Anthem - Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

3. Joshua James - Build Me This

4. Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything To Nothing

5. The Decemberists - The Hazards Of Love

6. Magnolia Electric Co. - Josephine

7. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

8. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy - Beware

9. Keith Urban - Defying Gravity

10. Mirah - (a)spera

Songs

1. “Blood Bank” - Bon Iver

2. “The Trapeze Swinger” - Iron and Wine

3. “Lua” - Conor Oberst + Gillian Welch (from Dark Was The Night)

4. “Violent” - Loney Dear

5. “You Belong With Me” - Taylor Swift

6. “Best Days Of Your Life” - Kellie Pickler

7. “Why Modern Radio Is A-Ok” - Roman Candle

8. “Two Weeks” - Grizzly Bear

9. “When My Time Comes” - Dawes

10. “Train Song” - Feist + Ben Gibbard (from Dark Was The Night)

STEVE LABATE, ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Obnoxiously Buzzy Hipster Bullshit I Couldn't Care Less About

1. Passion Pit

2. Dirty Projectors

My Top 20 Albums So Far This Year

1. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)

2. Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career

3. New York Dolls - 'Cause I Sez So

4. Circulatory System - Signal Morning

5. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - Outer South

6. The Soft Pack - The Muslims

7. The Henry Clay People - For Cheap or for Free

8. Iron & Wine - Around the Well

9. Bloodkin - Baby, They Told Us We Would Rise Again

10. The Lemonheads - Varshons

11. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

12. Sonic Youth - The Eternal

13. Patterson Hood - Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs)

14. Those Darlins - Those Darlins

15. Viva Voce - Rose City

16. Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers - Songs in the Night

17. Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything to Nothing

18. The Felice Brothers - Yonder is the Clock

19. King Tuff - Was Dead

20. Ben Kweller - Changing Horses

My Top 30 Songs of the Year So Far

1. Jay-Z - "D.O.A. (Death of Autotune)"

2. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - "Air Mattress"

3. Camera Obscura - "French Navy"

4. New York Dolls - "Lonely So Long"

5. The Soft Pack - "Bright Side"

6. Black Lips - "Starting Over"

7. Lady Sovereign - "So Human" (samples The Cure's "Close to Me")

8. Dinosaur Jr. - "Over it"

9. M. Ward - "Fisher of Men"

10. Wilco - "Wilco (The Song)"

11. Maria Taylor - "Cartoons and Forever Plans" (feat. Michael Stipe)

12. Todd Snider - "Greencastle Blues"

13. Sonic Youth - "Sacred Trickster"

14. Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers - "Songs in the Night"

15. Mastodon - "Divinations"

16. Neko Case - "People Got a Lotta Nerve"

17. Lemonheads - "I Just Can't Take It Anymore" (Gram Parsons cover)

18. Viva Voce - "Red Letter Day"

19. The Henry Clay People - "Something in the Water"

20. Patterson Hood - "Grandaddy"

21. Eleni Mandell - "Don't Let It Happen"

22. Bruce Springsteen - "Working on a Dream"

23. Ben Kweller - "Things I Like to Do"

24. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Zero"

25. Iron & Wine - "Peng! 33" (Stereolab cover)

26. Justin Townes Earle - "Walk Out"

27. Bloodkin - "Easter Eggs"

28. Those Darlins - "Red Light Love"

29. Mos Def - "Revelations"

30. King Tuff - "Kind of Guy"

AUSTIN L. RAY, WEB EDITOR

Albums

1. Mika Miko - We Be Xuxa

2. Junior Boys - Begone Dull Care

3. Zero Boys - Vicious Circle

4. Phosphorescent - To Willie

5. Jay Reatard - Watch Me Fall

6. Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele - The Good Feeling Music of...

7. The Strange Boys - And Girls Club

8. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

9. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Beware

10. Condo Fucks - Fuckbook

Songs

1. Animal Collective - "My Girls"

2. Soulja Boy - "Turn My Swag On"

3. Mika Miko - "Sex Jazz"

4. Stolen Hearts - "Heart Collector"

5. Phoenix - "Lisztomania"

6. Black Lips - "Drugs"

7. Cam'ron - "Never Ever"

8. GG King - "Adult Rock"

9. Dirty Projectors - "Stillness is the Move"

10. Black Mountain - "Lucy Brown"

Andy Whitman, Senior Contributing Editor

1) Joe Henry -- Blood from Stars

2) The Antlers -- Hospice

3) Aaron Strumpel -- Elephants

4) Two Cow Garage -- Speaking in Cursive

5) The Decemberists -- The Hazards of Love

6) The Receiver -- Length of Arms

7) Dave Perkins -- Pistol City Holiness

8) Darcy James Argue -- Infernal Machines

9) Antony and the Johnsons -- The Crying Light

10) Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears -- Tell 'Em What Your Name Is

Honorable Mention

Akron/Family -- Set "Em Wild, Set 'Em Free

Alasdair Roberts -- Spoils

Allen Toussaint -- The Bright Mississippi

Alligators -- Piggy and Cups

Animal Collective -- Merriwether Post Pavillion

Bonnie "Prince" Billy -- Beware

Brandi Shearer -- Love Don't Make You Juliet

Bruce Cockburn -- Slice O Life

Buddy and Julie Miller -- Written in Chalk

Burnt Sugar -- Making Love to the Dark Ages

Castanets -- Texas Rose, the Thaw and the Beasts

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women -- Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women

Devon Sproule -- I Don't Hurry for Heaven

Diana Jones -- Better Times Will Come

Dirty Projectors -- Bitte Orca

Gasoline Heart -- Cucumber Riot

The Gourds -- Haymaker!

Gregory Alan Isakov -- This Empty Northern Hemisphere

Gretel -- The Dregs

Grizzly Bear -- Veckatimest

Hermas Zopoula -- Espoir

I Was A King -- I Was A King

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey -- One Day in Brooklyn

Japandroids -- Post-Nothing

Joe Lovano -- Folk Art

John Doe and the Sadies -- Country Club

Kevin Devine -- Brother's Blood

Laura Gibson -- Beasts of Seasons

Leonard Cohen -- Live in London

The Lonely Forest -- We Sing the Body Electric

M. Ward -- Hold Time

Madeleine Peyroux -- Bare Bones

Marco Benevento -- Me Not Me

Marianne Faithfull -- Easy Come Easy Go

Marissa Nadler -- Little Hells

Mono -- Hymn to the Immortal Wind

Neko Case -- Middle Cyclone

No Through Road -- Winner.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart -- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Passion Pit -- Manners

Patrick Watson -- Wooden Arms

Pine Leaf Boys -- Homage au Passe

Son Volt -- American Central Dust

The Soul of John Black -- Black John

Southeast Engine -- From the Forest to the Sea

St. Vincent -- Actor

Strand of Oaks -- Leave Ruin

U2 -- No Line on the Horizon

The Von Ehrics -- Loaded

Wild Light -- Adult Nights

Will Gray -- Introducing Will Gray

William Elliott Whitmore -- Animals in the Dark

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GIMME TINNITUS/Best Downloadables Of 2009, Vol. 1

When Your Mask Is Your Revealing Feature (mp3) by The Oranges Band

The Mountain (fat possum mp3) by Hearltess Bastards

Housewolf (mp3) by Eula

In the Dark (mp3) by Gun Outfit

Lake House (mp3) by Vivian Girls

Pine On (sub pop mp3) by Obits

New Guitar (mp3) by Mi Ami

First Daze (jajaguwar mp3) by Pterodactyl

Gumball Machine Weekend (mp3) by Yppah

Grinding Halt (mp3) by The Muslims

Fangela (mp3) by Here We Go Magic

So Fine (mp3) by Telepathe

Digital Haircut (mp3) by dd/mm/yyyy

Don’t Lie (mp3) by Abe Vigoda

So Bored (mp3) by Wavves

I Got A Lot (New New New) (mp3) by Mika Miko

Lips (beggars mp3) by Micachu & The Shapes

Bell (mp3) by Screaming Females

For the Saints (1928 mp3) by Browns

Preparation’s Kids Choir (mp3) by Prefuse 73

Cassette Tape (mp3) by Day Of The Woman

The Lie/The Truth (mp3) by Double Dagger

Born On A Day The Sun Didn’t Rise (graveface mp3) by Black Moth Super Rainbow

Pink Sabbath (mp3) by Dananananaykroyd

Tin Birds (mp3) by Blank Dog

GIMME TINNITUS/Best Downloadables Of 2009, Vol. 2

Buried In The Nude (mp3) by Screaming Females

Arming Eritrea (mp3) by Future Of The Left

Los Angeles Guitar Dream (mp3) by Spanish Prisoners

Ruby Go Home (mp3) by Thee Oh Sees

To Clean (mp3) by Woods

Twin Of Myself (mp3) by Black Moth Super Rainbow

Sooner Or Later (mp3) by ZAZA

How To Defeat A More Powerful Enemy (mp3) by Apostle Of Hustle

What’s This Magical (mp3) by Celebration

Blues Not Speed (mp3) by Mika Miko

Billy Ocean (mp3) by Super Tennis

Tambourine (mp3) by Little Girls

Two Weeks (mp3) by Grizzly Bear

Apply (mp3) by Glasser

You Lose (mp3) by Cause Co-Motion!

Psychic City (mp3) by YACHT

Roses In The Park (mp3) by Liechtenstein

Where Was My Brain? (mp3) by Ted Leo + Pharmacists

Forever (mp3) by Love Of Diagrams

Dreamers (mp3) by Browns

Useful Chamber (mp3) by Dirty Projectors

Bio Hassle (mp3) by Boogie Boarder

Got Nuffin (mp3) by Spoon

You can sample the tunes at GimmeTinnitus

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Viva La Mainstream Presents The Essentials of 2009 (So Far)

Animal Collective – My Girls

Jaydiohead – Dirt off Your Android

My Chemical Romance – Desolation Row

Kelly Clarkson – I Do Not Hook Up

Chris Cornell – Ground Zero

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero [iTunes] (YSI)

Royksopp – The Girl and the Robot

Metric – Gimme Sympathy

Silversun Pickups – Panic Switch

Tinted Windows – Kind of a Girl

Eminem – Old Time’s Sake (feat. Dr. Dre)

Green Day – The Static Age

Passion Pit – The Reeling

Incubus – Black Heart Inertia [iTunes] (YSI)

Wilco – You and I

You can check out TJs full review and sample the wares HERE

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MetraCritic's - Best Ratings of 2009 (So far)

2009 High Scores

1 Leonard Cohen

Live In London 90

2 Animal Collective

Merriweather Post Pavilion 89

3 Sunn O)))

Monoliths & Dimensions 87

4 Amadou & Mariam

Welcome To Mali 86

5 Grizzly Bear

Veckatimest 86

6 Manic Street Preachers

Journal For Plague Lovers 85

7 Todd Snider

The Excitement Plan 85

8 DJ Quik & Kurupt

Blaqkout 85

9 Dirty Projectors

Bitte Orca 85

10 Tanya Morgan

Brooklynati 85

Recent Releases

93 Neil Young

89 Blur

87 Sunn O)))

86 Grizzly Bear

85 Manic Street Preachers

85 Todd Snider

85 The Vaselines

85 DJ Quik & Kurupt

85 Dirty Projectors

85 Tanya Morgan

84 Levon Helm

84 Maxwell

84 Future Of The Left

84 Japandroids

84 Brad Paisley

84 Joe Lovano Us Five

83 The Alchemist

83 Holly Williams

82 The Church

82 Phoenix

82 Steve Earle

82 Bike For Three!

82 Sunset Rubdown

82 The Horrors

81 The Fiery Furnaces

81 St. Vincent

80 J Dilla aka Jay Dee

80 Deerhunter

80 Thee Oh Sees

80 Wildbirds & Peacedrums

80 The Low Anthem

79 Isis

79 Mos Def

79 White Denim

79 The Field

79 Patterson Hood

79 Method Man & Redman

79 Taking Back Sunday

79 Otis Taylor

78 Freeland

78 Sonic Youth

78 Moderat

78 Cass McCombs

78 Akron/Family

77 Major Lazer

77 Oneida

77 Gallows

77 Alasdair Roberts

77 Wye Oak

77 Bowerbirds

77 White Rabbits

76 Iron & Wine

76 Magik Markers

76 Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard

76 Pink Mountaintops

76 Magnolia Electric Co.

76 Lindstrom & Prins Thomas

76 Bibio

76 Passion Pit

76 Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses

76 Bob Dylan

76 Dinosaur Jr.

75 Viva Voce

75 Savath & Savalas

75 The Intelligence

75 Miike Snow

75 Jon Hopkins

75 The Maccabees

75 Blue Roses

75 The Dead Weather

75 Rhett Miller

75 Wilco

74 Tiga

74 Nadja

74 Black Moth Super Rainbow

74 Regina Spektor

74 Jarvis Cocker

74 Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse

74 Busdriver

74 Peaches

74 Anti-Flag

74 The Rural Alberta Advantage

73 Cage

73 Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women

73 Rob Thomas

73 The Phenomenal Handclap Band

73 Tortoise

73 God Help The Girl

73 Fabolous

72 Rancid

72 Madness

72 New York Dolls

72 John Vanderslice

72 Clues

72 The Soundcarriers

72 Yusuf

71 The Most Serene Republic

71 We Were Promised Jetpacks

71 Eugene Mcguinness

71 Green Day

71 Chali 2na

71 Golden Silvers

71 Melody Gardot

71 Au Revoir Simone

71 De La Soul

71 Blank Dogs

70 Sleepy Sun

70 Eels

70 Deer Tick

70 Foreign Born

70 Meat Puppets

70 The Crocodiles

70 Mandy Moore

70 Jonsi & Alex

70 Bachelorette

70 Elvis Costello

69 Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey

69 Jeff Buckley

69 Dream Theater

69 Chrisette Michele

69 Demi Lovato

69 Ben Harper And Relentless7

69 Kleerup

68 Big Business

68 Amazing Baby

68 Lionel Richie

68 Kasabian

68 Cam'ron

68 Dredg

68 Nathan Fake

67 British Sea Power

67 Dave Matthews Band

67 Howling Bells

67 The Lemonheads

67 Mika Miko

67 Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band

67 NOFX

67 Jason Lytle

67 Jeremy Enigk

67 Pete Yorn

66 Hanne Hukkelberg

66 Our Lady Peace

66 Moby

66 Graham Coxon

66 The Wooden Birds

66 Tiny Vipers

66 Iggy Pop

66 Spinnerette

65 The Mars Volta

65 Immaculate Machine

65 Zee Avi

65 The Shortwave Set

65 Fink

64 Paolo Nutini

64 Patrick Watson

64 A Camp

63 Discovery

63 Heaven & Hell

63 Dan Black

63 Placebo

63 Broken Records

63 Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs

63 Jordin Sparks

63 Tiny Masters Of Today

62 Tori Amos

62 Son Volt

62 El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez

61 Franz Ferdinand

61 Joan Of Arc

61 Maximo Park

61 Ciara

61 Little Boots

61 Polly Scattergood

61 Spinal Tap

61 Jonas Brothers

60 Fischerspooner

60 The Sounds

60 Shout Out Out Out Out

60 Ginuwine

59 Busta Rhymes

59 Daughtry

59 Great Northern

58 Eminem

58 Marilyn Manson

58 Street Sweeper Social Club

57 Black Eyed Peas

56 The Crystal Method

56 Chickenfoot

55 The Enemy

54 The Blackout

53 Mike Jones

50 Ear Pwr

43 Ben Lee

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I Guess I'm Floating Survey/Best Album Of The Year (so far)

Grizzly Bear

160 (20%)

Animal Collective

215 (26%)

Dirty Projectors

68 (8%)

St. Vincent

21 (2%)

Phoenix

113 (14%)

Passion Pit

61 (7%)

The Antlers

26 (3%)

Ummm.... other?

134 (16%)

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The Best Kids' Music of 2009... ...So Far!

Halfway through 2009, the kids' music field is already full of top-notch albums for children and their families....

Apple Brains - 'Get Fruity!!'

Courtesy Dog On Fleas

Courtesy Mighty Toad Music

Ziggy Marley - 'Family Time'

Recess Monkey - 'Field Trip'

Courtesy Monkey Mama

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The Onion's A.V. Club 'Best music of 2009 so far'

Chris Martins

Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion

Heavy Ghost, by Asthmatic Kitty

Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest.

The Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca.

WHY? - Eskimo Snow

Leonard Pierce

Grizzly Bear’s Vecatimest)

Isis’ Wavering Radiant)

Meth & Red’s Blackout!

Regina Spektor’s Far)

P.O.S. - Never Better

Vadim Rizov

Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

White Rabbits’ It’s Frightening

If they release an album:

The Wrens

Clipse

The Strokes

Wilco

Genevieve Koski

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Ida Maria’s Fortress Round My Heart

Fortress

Gossip’s Music For Men

Looking forward to:

Chicago MC Kid Sister’s debut

Josh Modell

Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Future Of The Left’s Travels With Myself And Another

Noel Murray

Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Antony And The Johnsons’ The Crying Light

Neko Case

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Akron/Family

The Decemberists

Andrew Bird

The Horse’s Ha

A.C. Newman

Vetiver.

Looking forward to:

Dinosaur Jr.

Wye Oak

We Were Promised Jetpacks

Kyle Ryan

Neko Case’s Middle Cyclone

Metric

Silversun Pickups

Sean O’Neal

Grizzly Bear

Dirty Projectors

St. Vincent,

Animal Collective

Future Of The Left

White Rabbits

Phoenix

Antony and The Johnsons

Looking forward to:

The Horrors?

Clipse

Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3, n

Wilco

Double Dagger

Steven Hyden

Animal Collective

Grizzly Bear

Felice Brothers

Todd Snider

Patterson Hood,

The Heartless Bastards’ The Mountain

Thee Oh Sees’ Help

Looking forward to:

Jay Reatard record comes out.

Andy Battaglia (electronic music)

Martyn - Great Lengths

The Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Vertical Ascent.

Nathan Rabin

Doom- Born Like This

Tanya Morgan’s Brooklynatti

Method Man - Blackout!

Dilla’s lJay Stay Paid

Willie Nelson and Asleep At The Wheel’s - Willie And The Wheel

Stuart Murdoch’s God Help The Girl

Marc Hawthorne

Starfucker - Jupiter

Bound Stems’ The Family Afloat (2008)

Deastro - Moondagger

Discovery (from Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot’s Wes Miles)

Mew’s No More Stories

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NPR: The Best Music Of 2009 (So Far)

The Best Songs of 2009 (so far) (with samples)

1. "My Girls" Animal Collective

2. "Two Weeks" Grizzly Bear

3. "Blood Bank" Bon Iver

4. "The Rake's Song" The Decemberists

5. "Lisztomania" Phoenix

6. "Zero" Yeah Yeah Yeahs

7. "This Tornado Loves You" Neko Case

8. "Sleepyhead" Passion Pit

9. "Laughing With" Regina Spektor

10. "The Wanting Comes In Waves/Repaid" The Decemberists

11. "Train Song" Feist and Ben Gibbard

12. "Knotty Pine" David Byrne & Dirty Projectors

13. "Daniel" Bat For Lashes

14. "Summertime Clothes" Animal Collective

15. "One Wing" Wilco

16. "The Fear" Lily Allen

17. "Heads Will Roll" Yeah Yeah Yeahs

18. "Wilco (The Song)" Wilco

19. "Stillness Is The Move" Dirty Projectors

20. "Help, I'm Alive" Metric

21. "Anonanimal" Andrew Bird

22. "On No" Andrew Bird

23. "No You Girls" Franz Ferdinand

24. "I And Love And You" The Avett Brothers

25. "French Navy" Camera Obscura

26. "Magpie To The Morning" Neko Case

27. "Woods" Bon Iver

28. "Black Hearted Love" PJ Harvey and John Parish

29. "While You Wait For The Others" Grizzly Bear

30. "Panic Switch" Silversun Pickups

Best Albums of 2009 (so far)

1. Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective

2. The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists

3. Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear

4. Middle Cyclone by Neko Case

5. Wilco (The Album) by Wilco

6. Noble Beast by Andrew Bird

7. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix

8. It's Blitz! by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

9. Dark Was The Night by Various Artists

10. Bitte Orca by Dirty Projectors

11. Far by Regina Spektor

12. Actor by St. Vincent

13. Manners by Passion Pit

14. Hold Time by M. Ward

15. Reservoir by Fanfarlo

16. Fever Ray by Fever Ray

17. Fantasies by Metric

18. Two Suns by Bat for Lashes

19. My Maudlin Career by Camera Obscura

20. Dark Night of the Soul by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse

21. The Crying Light by Antony & The Johnsons

22. The Eternal by Sonic Youth

23. The Ecstatic by Mos Def

24. Outer South by Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

25. Swoon by Silversun Pickups

26. Together Through Life by Bob Dylan

27. No Line on the Horizon by U2

28. March of the Zapotec by Beirut

29. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

30. The Mountain by Heartless Bastards

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SPIN'S 20 GREATEST ALBUMS OF 2009 ... SO FAR

Ida Maria - Fortress Round My Heart

Peter Bjorn And John - Living Thing

Blk Jks - Mystery

Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Mastodon - Crack The Skye

Amadou & Mariam - Welcome To Mali

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Regina Spektor - Far

Mos Def - The Ecstatic

Glasvegas - Glasvegas

Jarvis Cocker - Further Complications

Bat For Lashes - Two Sun

Mavado - Mr. Brooks... A Better Tomorrow

Wilco - Wilco (The Album)

Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Sa-Ra Creative Partners - The Age Of Love

Antony And The Johnsons - The Crying Light

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AOL Radio's Top 10 Songs of 2009 (So Far)

10) T.I.: 'Dead and Gon

9) Linkin Park: 'New Divide'

8) Daughtry: 'No Surprise'

7) Black Eyed Peas: 'Boom Boom Pow'

6) Kelly Clarkson: 'My Life Would Suck Without You'

5) Akon: 'Beautiful'

4) Flo Rida: 'Right Round'

3) Lady Gaga: 'LoveGame'

2) Beyoncé: 'Halo'

1) Taylor Swift: 'You Belong With Me'

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Yahoo Answer's "What are the Best songs of 2009 So Far....?"

Best Answer - Chosen by Voters :sad:

Lady gaga ft Flo Rida - Starstruck

Timberland - Talk That ****

Chris Brown ft Flo Rida - Sweat

Mariha Carey - Migrate

Flo Rida - Action

Khrys Lawson ft T Pain - I'm Missing You

Sean Kingston ft Lil Wayne - I'm At War

Ciara - Never Ever

Pussycat Dolls - Top Of The World

Lily Alen - The Fear

Tinchy Stryder - Take Me Back

Flo Rida - Touch Me

Rihanna - Sexuality

Pussycat Dolls - Watcha Think About That

Lady Sovereign - I Got You Dancing

The Game ft Ne Yo - Camera Phone

Eminem - Crack A bottle

Jay Sean - Tonight

Keri Hilson ft Lil Wayne - Turning Me On

Akon - Beautiful

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The Lawrentian's Best music of 2009 (so far)

1. "Veckatimest," Grizzly Bear

2. "Bitte Orca," Dirty Projectors

3. "Noble Beast/Useless Creatures," Andrew Bird

4. "Merriweather Post Pavilion," Animal Collective

5. "Manners," Passion Pit

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Hate Something Beautiful 'The Best Albums Released So Far In 2009'

Bat for Lashes - Two Suns

Fever Ray - Fever Ray

Telepathe - Dance Mother

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Marissa Nadler - Little Hells

Röyksopp - Junior

Salem - Water EP

Other

Handsome Furs - Face Control

Micachu and the Shapes - Jewellery

The Bird and the Bee - Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future

Telefon Tel Aviv - Immolate Yourself

Junior Boys - Begone Dull Care

Read the full review at Hate Something Beautiful

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Farce Music's 'Best of 2009 So Far'

1. Son Volt - American Central Dust*

2. Ben Nichols - The Last Pale Light in the West

3. Charlie Robison - Beautiful Day

4. Justin Townes Earle - Midnight at the Movies

5. Slaid Cleaves - Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away

6. The Devil Makes Three - Do Wrong Right

7. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - Tell 'em What Your Name Is

8. Deer Tick - Born on Flag Day

9. Steve Earle - Townes

10. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)*

11. Phosphorescent - To Willie

12. Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels

13. Roman Candle - Oh Tall Tree in the Ear

14. John Moreland & The Black Gold Band - Endless Oklahoma Sky

15. Ryan Bingham - Roadhouse Sun

16. The Deep Dark Woods - Winter Hours

17. Todd Snider - The Excitement Plan

18. Holly Williams - Here With Me

19. The Gourds - Haymaker!

20. Mastodon - Crack the Skye

21. Wayne Hancock - Viper of Melody

22. Eric Church - Carolina

23. The Fox Hunt - America's Working So We Don't Have To

24. Strand of Oaks - Leave Ruin

25. Doug Paisley - s/t

26. The Extraordinaires - Electric and Benevolent

27. Scott Miller - For Crying Out Loud

28. Dale Watson - The Truckin' Sessions (v.2)

29. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit - s/t

30. Terry Anderson & The Olympic Ass Kickin' Team - National Champions

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Audio Absinthe's '(Song) Favorites from 2009 (so far)

Phoenix

MP3: “1901”

MP3: “Lisztomania”

Dan Auerbach

MP3: “When The Night Comes”

Grizzly Bear

MP3: “Two Weeks”

Wilco

MP3: “Solitaire”

MP3: “One Wing”

MP3: “I’ll Fight”

Quantic and His Combo Barbaro

Amazon: “The Dreaming Mind”

Andrew Bird

MP3: “Oh No”

Franz Ferdinand

MP3: “No You Girls”

Doves

MP3: “Jetstream”

MP3: “Kingdom of Rust”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

MP3: “Hysteric”

Black Crowes

MP3: “I Ain’t Hiding”

White Rabbits

MP3: “Percussion Gun”

K’naan

MP3: “Take A Minute”

Manchester Orchestra

MP3: “I’ve Got Friends”

Mocky

MP3: “Birds Of A Feather”

Kutiman

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Black Moth Super Rainbow

MP3: “Born On A Day The Sun Didn’t Rise”

MP3: “Twin Of Myself”

MP3: “Fields Are Breathing”

Animal Collective

MP3: “My Girls”

Matt and Kim

MP3: “Daylight”

Silversun Pickups

MP3: “Panic Switch”

Curumin

MP3: “Compacto”

MP3: “Salto No Vacuo Con Joelhada”

Emiliani Torrini

MP3: “Me and Armini”

Zion I

MP3: “Coastin”

Junior Boys

MP3: “Parallel Lines”

General Elektriks

MP3: “You Don’t Listen”

St Vincent

MP3: “Strangers”

Coconut Records

MP3: “Any Fun”

Matisyahu

“One Day”

Method Man and Redman

MP3: “A Yo”

Tosca

MP3 Link: “Joe Si Ha”

MP3: “Fondue”

The BPA

MP3: “Toe Jam”

MP3: “He’s Frank”

Bishop Allen

MP3: “The Ancient Commonsense of Things”

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Newer acts:

Band of Skulls

MP3 Link: “Death By Diamonds and Pearls”

MP3: “I Know What I Am”

Empire of the Sun

MP3: “Walking On A Dream”

One eskimO

Link to listen: “Given Up”

MP3: “Givin Up (Don Diablo remix)”

Nickel Eye

MP3: “Brandy of the Damned featuring Wale (Mark Ronson remix)”

MySpace link to listen: “Bonnie and Clyde”

Mayer Hawthorne

MP3: “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out”

Zee Avi

MP3: “Bitter Heart”

MP3: “The Story”

Passion Pit

MP3: “Moth’s Wings”

MP3 link: “The Reeling”

MP3: “Little Secrets”

Fight From Above

MP3: “Between The Curves”

Vosotros Presents: The Years

MP3 link: “Lose My Number”

MP3 link: “Heartbreaker”

Daniel Merriweather

MP3: “Change” featuring Wale

The Big Pink

MP3: “Velvet”

The Temper Trap

MP3: Sweet Disposition

Thenewno2

MP3 link: “Yomp”

MP3 link: “Give You Love”

MP3: “Crazy Tuesday”

Asa

MP3: “Jailer”

MP3: “Subway”

The Very Best

MP3: “Warm Heart of Africa”

St Motel

MP3: “Dear Dictator”

Danny Chaimson

MySpace link to listen: “This Is Life”

Hey Champ

MP3: “Cold Dust Girl”

Jaydiohead by Minty Fresh Productions

MP3: “Wrong Prayer”

Asher Roth feat. Busta Rhymes and New Kingdom

MP3: “Lion’s Roar” produced by Oren Yoel

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Mixtapes:

Wale & 9th Wonder - Back To The Feature

TiRon – Ketchup

Miguel featuring TiRon – “Go”

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Sander's Says 'Best modern music of 2009: So far'

1. Kasabian -- West Pauper Lunatic Asylum

2. Camera Obscura -- My Maudlin Career

3. Silversun Pickups -- Swoon

Best singles of the year, so far (good for iTunes):

Obits: Widow Of My Dreams (think Strokes meets Iggy Pop)

Metronomy: A Thing For Me (fun electro-clash story)

Peter, Bjorn and John: Nothing To Worry About (best track on the record)

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Viva La Mainstream Presents The Essentials of 2009 (So Far) The Songs:

Animal Collective – My Girls

Jaydiohead – Dirt off Your Android

My Chemical Romance – Desolation Row

Kelly Clarkson – I Do Not Hook Up

Chris Cornell – Ground Zero

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero

Royksopp – The Girl and the Robot

Metric – Gimme Sympathy

Silversun Pickups – Panic Switch

Tinted Windows – Kind of a Girl

Eminem – Old Time’s Sake (feat. Dr. Dre)

Green Day – The Static Age

Passion Pit – The Reeling

Incubus – Black Heart Inertia

Wilco – You and I

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Jailbird's Best Songs of 2009 (so far ovz)

jj - Things Will Never Be The Same Again

jj - My Love

jj - My Life, My Swag

Animal Collective - In The Flowers

Animal Collective - Brother Sport

Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career

Camera Obscura - French Navy

Camera Obscura - Honey In The Sun

Bibio - Haikuesque

A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Ashes Grammar and Ashes Maths

Deastro - Biophellia

Dino Jr - Plans

Dirty Projectors - Stillness is the move (lol, u hapy now <3<<3<3_Cherelle_<3?)

Delorean - Seasun

Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks

Royksopp - This Must Be It

St Vincent - Actor Out Of Work

Superchunk - Crossed Wires

Superchunk - Learned to surf

Superchunk - Misfits and Mistakes

The Twilight Sad - I became a prostitute

The Horrors - Sea Within A Sea

Oh No Ono - Swim

Venice Is Sinking - Iron Range

Wooden Shjips - Contact (fuck yea \m/)

Atlas Sound feat Panda Bear - Walkabout

Cymbals Eat Guitars - And The Hazy Sea

Cymbals Eat Guitars - Share

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About.com's 'Best Folk Music Albums of 2009...So Far'

1. Neko Case - 'Middle Cyclone'

2. Steve Earle - 'Townes'

3. Todd Snider - 'The Excitement Plan'

4. Sara Watkins - Self-Titled

5. Eilen Jewell - 'Sea of Tears'

6. Sometymes Why - 'Your Heart Is a Glorious Machine'

7. Gregory Alan Isakov - 'This Empty Northern Hemisphere'

8. Danny Schmidt - 'Instead the Forest Rose to Sing'

9. Gurf Morlix - 'Last Exit to Happyland'

10. Justin Townes Earle - 'Midnight at the Movies'

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Ryan's Smashing Life/Best of Album List (A-Z) from the First Half 2009

Andrew Bird - Noble Beast

Bitter Tears - Jam Tarts in the Jakehouse

Black Gold - Rush

Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career

Chairlift - Does You Inspire You?

Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid

Decemberists - Hazards of Love

Doves - Kingdom of Rust

Great Northern - Show Me Where the Light Is

Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown

Heartless Bastards - The Mountain

Hands and Knees - Et Tu, Fluffy?

Ian Adams - Stay Up Late

Ida Maria - Fortress Round My Heart

Jarvis Cocker - Further Complications

Logan 5 and the Runners - Featurette

Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything to Nothing

Matt & Kim - Grand

Maximo Park - Quicken the Heart

MEandJOANCOLLINS - Love. Trust. Faith. Lust.

Metric - Fantasies

Neal Casal - Roots + Wings

Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

Passion Pit - Manners

Peter, Bjorn and John - Living Thing

Sam Roberts - Love At The End of The World

Speck Mountain - Some Sweet Relief

Super Furry Animals - Dark Days / Light Years

The Tragically Hip - We Are The Same

Travels - The Hot Summer

Travels - Favorite People

Various Artists - Dark Was the Night Compilation ("This is easily, hands down the best album of the year)

Wild Light - Adult Nights

Wooden Birds - Magnolia

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz

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