NPR’s All Songs Considered just did a Best of ’09 (So Far). Totally digging it except for two important omissions: Florence & the Machine (the incredible Lungs – Drumming is especially fantastic, as is her cover of Postcards From Italy) and Sunset Rubdown (Dragonslayer = brilliant; see Idiot Heart & You Go On Ahead / Trumpet Trumpet II).
Here’s their list, with the picks i especially agree with in bold. What do you think? (lots of mp3 reposts / tracks ive sent in my mp3 blasts, but a few new ones, too)
The Best Songs of 2009 (so far)
1. “My Girls” Animal Collective
2. “Two Weeks” Grizzly Bear
3. “Blood Bank” Bon Iver <– justin vernon! oh, to have been emma, forever ago!
4. “The Rake’s Song” The Decemberists
5. “Lisztomania” Phoenix <– so much fun
6. “Zero” Yeah Yeah Yeahs <– my fave track on It’s Blitz. love running up Alamo Sq to this.
7. “This Tornado Loves You” Neko Case <– amazing.
8. “Sleepyhead” Passion Pit <– no secret im in love with this song.
9. “Laughing With” Regina Spektor <– disappointing, i thought. especially this track.
10. “The Wanting Comes In Waves/Repaid” The Decemberists <– love Shara Woodren on this!
11. “Train Song” Feist and Ben Gibbard <– from my fave collaboration of the year
12. “Knotty Pine” David Byrne & Dirty Projectors <– same album. love love love it.
13. “Daniel” Bat For Lashes <– lush. posted a killer remix a few months back, i think.
14. “Summertime Clothes” Animal Collective
15. “One Wing” Wilco <– sorry, ive never been a big jeff tweedy fan, except when he collab. w/ Billy Bragg
16. “The Fear” Lily Allen <– great track. but still obsessed with her cover of “Straight to Hell“
17. “Heads Will Roll” Yeah Yeah Yeahs
18. “Wilco (The Song)” Wilco
19. “Stillness Is The Move” Dirty Projectors <– great track but im not obsessed w/ Bitte Orca.
20. “Help, I’m Alive” Metric <– im not a huge Emily Haines fan, but there’s something about this track.
21. “Anonanimal” Andrew Bird
22. “On No” Andrew Bird <– fantastic song. i wish i listened to him more.
23. “No You Girls” Franz Ferdinand
24. “I And Love And You” The Avett Brothers
25. “French Navy” Camera Obscura <– fantastically fun
26. “Magpie To The Morning” Neko Case <– gorgeous.
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 <– love, love, love the build up in this.
Best Albums of 2009 (so far)
1. Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective <– brothersport!!! brothersport!!! brothersport!!
2. The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists <– good, but it’s no Crane Wife.
3. Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear <– gotta give this another chance, i know…
4. Middle Cyclone by Neko Case <– the title track: Middle Cyclone fts. one of my fave lyrics of all time
5. Wilco (The Album) by Wilco <– eh. should i be listening to this??
6. Noble Beast by Andrew Bird <– AB sort of reminds me of a more consistent Sufjan
7. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix <– how could this not make you want to dance?
8. It’s Blitz! by Yeah Yeah Yeahs <– not the LP it was hyped to be, but still some great tracks (see above)
9. Dark Was The Night by Various Artists <– wish id been at the concert in nyc w/ Sharon Jones!!
10. Bitte Orca by Dirty Projectors <– not sold on this yet. but loved their sessions with Bjork.
11. Far by Regina Spektor <– far more excited about Imogen Heap’s new one, Ellipse.
12. Actor by St. Vincent <– i found this boring. nowhere near as enjoyable as Marry Me.
13. Manners by Passion Pit <– freaking loved this. Moth’s Wings is prob my fave.
14. Hold Time by M. Ward <– enjoyable. he does the duet well: Never Had Nobody Like You (w/ Zooey)
15. Reservoir by Fanfarlo <– LOVED this album. Band of Horses meets Beirut: I’m a Pilot
16. Fever Ray by Fever Ray <– god, karen dreijer is totall weird. love it: When I Grow Up
17. Fantasies by Metric <– again, dont usu like EHaines, but i think i need to give this a try.
18. Two Suns by Bat for Lashes <– still ❤ Fur and Gold, but this is a great soph LP: Daniel (DMDS remix!!)
19. My Maudlin Career by Camera Obscura <– great stuff, esp. the title track
20. Dark Night of the Soul by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse <– incredible: Jaykub ft Jason Lytle
21. The Crying Light by Antony & The Johnsons <– oh, Antony!! gorgeous, as always: One Dove
22. The Eternal by Sonic Youth <– ive never been a huge fan, sorry.
23. The Ecstatic by Mos Def <– what about Wale?!?!
24. Outer South by Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band <– ill always be a fan: Bloodline
25. Swoon by Silversun Pickups <– love the total chick vox. my fave track: There’s No Secrets This Year
26. Together Through Life by Bob Dylan <– gotta give this a listen the whole way through
27. No Line on the Horizon by U2 <– eh, not awful.
28. March of the Zapotec by Beirut <– not quite the Flying Club Cup, but stellar: My Night With the Prostitute from Marseille
29. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart <– this love is fucking right. oh, to be young!!!
30. The Mountain by Heartless Bastards <– so fantastic: the mountain
yes, i know i left off a bunch of great stuff. Like Marina and the Diamonds. Like Chiddy Bang and Wale. Like VV Brown and Little Boots and La Roux. And Empire of the Sun. And Local Natives. Anyway, it’s not my list, it’s NPR’s.