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30 Jan 2010, 17:47 by Antares_27Top 25 Favourite Albums of 2009
Well, here it is. I can’t count the number of hours that I slaved over this, reviewing albums and artists and trying to get things in some sort of order. I think that this is about as accurate and pleasing as this list is going to be from my point-of-view, perhaps you’ll disagree. I tried to soak in as much of 2009 as I could, and by doing so opened myself up to a bevy of new musical adventures and genres. Of course, this is merely the beginning, and 2010 will certainly be a lot more open and focused on this project, whereas for 2009 I started just this past October. The list is ranked from #25-#1, with #1 being my favourite album of 2009.
As for the year itself, I thought it was rather strong. I think the only other years in this decade that are equal to both the quality and quantity of 2009 were 2005 and 2007, with perhaps 2001/2003 trailing close behind. Something about odd numbered years, huh? Hopefully 2010 clears the way as a groundbreaking year to start off this new decade. …
3 Jan 2010, 11:55 by aen_ka
2 Jan 2010, 23:00 by lizvelreneNote: because apparently I am much too long-winded for this site, I have been forced to split this into two posts. Part 2 is here.
You must understand. Since I joined Last.fm in 2006 one of my number-one tags has been "synthpop". Or "New Wave" or "darkwave" or any of a dozen other labels for what adds up to be glorious beauteous 1980's-era synthesizer-laden pop music. I liked it enough the first time around, but ever since I picked up The Human League's "Dare" in a dollar bin early on in the 2000's and went on to obsessively collect New Wave vinyl records I have been rapturously in love with the sound. Not, I must hasten to explain, the drippy wallpaper synths that come up as background for cheesy soft rockers like Phil Collins and people who ought to know better like Fiona Apple. I mean front-and-center synths, Thompson Twins synths, Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark synths, DAN-CING WITH TEEEARS IN MY EEEEEYES synths.
(As usual for me, There's a Playlist For That: kiss them for me.)
31 Dec 2009, 13:48 by AllRoadsLeadIt's the turn of the year again, already, thus it's time to select, retain and discard..This year, I've not spent as much time on the latter and as a result, have wound up with a top 100, as opposed to last year's 50, however, it has once again been a hard process, with records in the lower echelons being as pleasing as some of those in the higher ranks..Well, here goes, as usual, the top group consists of personal favourites, the second completes the top 50, the following, third grouping consists of the second 50 thus completing the 100..Each grouping is in no particular order bar that of an alphabetical nature..Enjoy!!
Amiina - Re Minore
Arroyo - Individuum & Massen
Bell Orchestre – As Seen Through Windows
Ben Frost - By The Throat
Blueneck - The Fallen Host
Celeste - Misanthrope(s)
Dolcim - Guillotine Ride
dredg - The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
eaststrikewest - w o l v v e s
From Monument To Masses - On Little Known Frequencies
Health - Get Color
Irepress - Sol Eye Sea I
30 Dec 2009, 11:44 by BashinhoMy personal list of the albums of 2009. Impossible for me to rank, but I can probably split them into three groups: those I have been coming back to again and again, others which stand out almost as equals but are just shaded out, and then those which have caught my attention over the year but have dropped off my radar (or just need a bit more attention from me)...
Pick Of The Bunch
Balmorhea, All Is Wild, All Is Silent
Bill Callahan, Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
DJ Sprinkles, Midtown 120 Blues
Fuck Buttons, Tarot Sport
Speck Mountain, Some Sweet Relief
The Antlers, Hospice
The Decemberists, The Hazards of Love
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The xx, xx
We Were Promised Jetpacks, These Four Walls
Aidan Moffat & The Best-Ofs, How to Get to Heaven from Scotland
And So I Watch You From Afar, And So I Watch You From Afar
Blueneck, The Fallen Host
27 Dec 2009, 11:12 by earlofsuaveAs I’ve had the craziest year of going to gigs and festivals in my life so far so I thought I write down who I’ve seen over the last 12 months….I can safely say I have enjoyed 95% of this list very much indeed….now I’m tired and need to sleep !! Get ready for 2010 !!!
I've put links to as many as I can ....check em out !!!
Some are local bands but I think are worth a mention
In order (ish)
Ruarri Joseph ( Several Times )
Ice Cold Idiots
Joe Francis & The Ammunition
3 Daft Monkeys
My Elvis Blackout
Reel Big Fish
Zane Lowe ( x 2 )
Hedluv & Passman ( x2 )
Auction for the Promise Club ( Several times )
Gregor & The Martians ( x2)
Ben Howard ( Several Times )
Backbeatsoundsystem ( Several times )
The Hold Steady
Newton Faulkner ( x 4 )
Two Spot Gobi
24 Dec 2009, 13:57 by ZonnewijzerFirst song I heard in 2009:
Chumbawamba – Mouthful Of Shit (Yeah! Thx to last.fm ;))
Fever Ray – Fever Ray
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion
Best live performances:
Wilco @ Paradiso, Amsterdam
65daysofstatic @ Tivoli De Helling, Utrecht
Wilco playing Spiders (kidsmoke)
Surprisingly good live performance:
Errors @ Klub Radar 3, Tivoli De Helling, Utrecht.
Worst live performance:
M. Ward @ Tivoli Oudegracht, Utrecht
Performances that should've been good, but weren't (imho):
Animal Collective @ Paradiso, Amsterdam.
Finally seen live:
Disappointing performance moments:
Blitzen Trapper playing an acoustic version of Black River Killer @ Ekko, Utrecht. I really preferred the ‘normal’ version which I heard them play at the Haldern Festival when I was sitting outside the tent.
Best festival moment:
Everybody dancing at the !!! performance @ ATP festival.
Second best festival moment:
Primavera Sound Festival @ Barcelona.