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Best of 2009: Music January 13, 2010

Posted by David Card in Digital Home & Personal Tech, Media.

It may not be in time for Christmas, but here’s my “best of” list. You’ve been warned.

I didn’t make as many new discoveries this year as last, but for some reason, I bought a lot more. Probably had something to do with getting a new Mac with more disk space, and even more to do with Amazon’s $5 album sales.

I bought about 65 albums (and only a few singles), for prices ranging between $1.99 and $11 or $12. My mix was about 40% new versus back catalog – same as last year – and only 15% physical versus digital. My total spending and digital changeover rates are way above that of the normal American. Count me among the 15% or so of US adults that Jupiter calls “aficionados” – heavy spenders ($300) and active in digital music activities. And now, in no particular order:

Best Albums of 2009

  • Girls “Album” – Eclectic alternative hit-machine
  • The Decemberists “Hazards of Love” – Prog-rock concept album
  • Wilco “Wilco” – A little mellow but very catchy
  • Phoenix “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” – French hipster pop
  • Tegan and Sara “Sainthood” – Canadian post-feminist pop
  • Ben Harper “White Lies for Dark Times” – (Mostly) rockin’ blues
  • U2 “No Line on the Horizon” – Not a bad comeback for the nth time
  • Dead Weather “Horehound” – Indie super-group
  • Muse “The Resistance” – Picking up the mantle of…Queen?
  • Japandroids “Post-Nothing” – Fierce

I almost squeezed in We Were Promised Jetpacks’ “These Four Walls” – how could you not love that name? – but they’re a little too much like Frightened Rabbit wannabes OD-ing on U2. Chuck Prophet’s “Let Freedom Ring” is also a great rootsy effort. And dear god, I am turning indie, aren’t I?


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