LISTOMANIA – First Half 2009: Music

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Top Ten 2009 (rough order):
Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion*
Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest*
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
St Vincent – Actor
Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
Dan Deacon – Bromst
Passion Pit – Manners
Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
Sunset Rubdown – Dragonslayer

*New Classics.  This has already been a great year for music, reminds me of 2007.

Other competitiors (Must Download):
Various Artists – Dark Was the Night
Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
Amadou & Mariam – Welcome to Mali
Bat for Lashes – Fur and Gold
Antony and the Johnsons – The Crying Light
Bowerbirds – Upper Air
Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue.

Also good:
Dangerhorse & Sparklehorse – Dark Night of the Soul.
Discovery – LP
Matt & Kim – Grand
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – S/T
Death Cab for Cutie – Open Door EP
The Decemberists – Hazards of Love
Conor Oberst – Outer South
P.O.S. – P.O.S.
Lonely Island – Incredibad
Beirut – Realpeople Holland/Zapotec
Mos Def – The Ecstatic

Best Album Title:
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Wilco – Wilco (The Album)

Check the evolution of this top ten list, and comments from others, here.
For my favorites from 2008, and comments from others, click here.
For my (more useful, more dependable) aggregation of the best reviewed LPs of 2008, click here.
For my take on the best discs of 2007, and one comment saying simply “holla”, click here.


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