Wednesday, January 6, 2010

What was your favorite music of 2009?

What was the best music of 2009?
Here's some of my favorites. What did you guys shake your booty to all year?

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz! (Deluxe Edition)

Sunbears! - Dream Happy Dreams

Bruce Springsteen - Working On a Dream

The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You

Neko Case - Middle Cyclone (Bonus Track Version)

Bon Iver - Blood Bank - EP

David Vallier - Crash This Place

Bob Dylan - Together Through Life


  1. You actually top my list, because I didn't discover The Medicine until 2009. :) I encourage you to read what I said here:

    1. John Mark McMillan – The Medicine
    2. Thad Cockrell – To Be Loved
    3. Sojourn – Over the Grave
    4. U2 – No Line On the Horizon
    5. Jenny & Tyler – This Isn’t a Dream
    7. Bifrost Arts – Salvation Is Created
    8. David Bazan – Curse Your Branches
    9. Derek Webb – Stockholm Syndrome

  2. Not as hip or savvy perhaps, but the album of the year for me was Jars of Clay Long Fall Back to Earth. I'm not a huge fan of most of their work, but that album is just amazing.

  3. I would have to agree that all of those albums are some of the best of 2009. I would probably also add Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear, When the Devil's Loose by AA Bondy, and Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective.

  4. Sean Feucht's new album, Rebirth and Reclaimation!

  5. Mmmm Neko Case. Love her. LOVE her. I agree with Veckatimest. Grizzly Bear is very good!

  6. Here are mine... I posted this to my blog at with some more commentary...

    1) Armistice - Mute Math
    2) Curse Your Branches - David Bazan
    3) Ellipse - Imogen
    4) I And Love and You - The Avett Brothers
    5) Live - Shawn
    6) Live from Nowhere, Volume 4 - Over the Rhine
    7) Middle Cyclone - Neko Case
    8) Stockholm Syndrome - Derek Webb
    9) The Fray - The Fray
    10) The Long Play - Sam Phillips
    11) Written in Chalk - Buddy & Julie Miller

    Honorable Mentions:

    2020 - The Orange Peels
    Balm in Gilead - Rickie Lee Jones
    Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King - Dave Matthews Band
    Church Music - David Crowder*Band
    Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship - Chris Tomlin
    Hundreds of Lions - Erin McKeown
    Life Light Up - Christy Nockels
    No Line on the Horizon - U2
    Poseidon and the Bitter Bug - Indigo Girls
    Soul of My Soul - Michelle Shocked
    Troubadour - K'Naan
    Wilco (The Album) - Wilco

  7. 1) Mew - No More Stories
    2) The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
    3) St. Vincent - Actor
    4) Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
    5) Jeremy Enigk - OK Bear
    6) Sonic Youth - The Eternal
    7) Monsters of Folk - S/T
    8) Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
    9) Wilco - Wilco (the album)
    10) Air - Love 2
    11) Them Crooked Vultures - S/T

  8. Manners - Passion Pit
    Spring ep - Jon Foreman David
    Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
    'Once' Soundtrack - the Swell Season
    Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy - Mum
    Jeremy Larson - Jeremy Larson
    Life in Slow Motion - Gray
    Into the Blue Again - Album Leaf
    Elephants - Aaron Strumpel
    takk - Sigur Ros

    and of coarse the Medicine was amazing. lyrically, spiritually, musically and recorded ridiculously amazing...thats why we're all here. thanks so much for your thoughts john

  9. Muse - The Resistance
    David Gray - Draw the Line

  10. In no particular order:

    1.)The Outsiders - Needtobreathe
    2.)Heaven & Earth - Phil Wickham
    3.)Waking Up - OneRepublic
    4.)Self Titled - Miike Snow
    5.)A_CROSS//The_EARTH::Tear Down the Walls - Hillsong United
    6.)Consumed - Jesus Culture
    7.)Storyboards - Sleeping At Last
    8.)Travel Vol. 1 & 2 - Future of Forestry
    9.)Armistice - MuteMath
    10.)Beggars - Thrice
    11.)Be - Unhindered
    12.)The Medicine - John Mark McMillan (Not just b/c this is your blog. This album rocks!)

    Artist up & coming you should know!

    David Walker (
    Flagship (
    Jason Zerbin (

  11. Out of all the bands/albums I discovered this year, these 3 were actually released this year:

    The Appleseed Cast-Sagarmatha
    Mumford and Sons-Sigh No More
    The Swell Season-Strict Joy

  12. Mumford and Sons - Sigh No More

    Album of the year.

  13. i'm going with my favorite songs of the year. just because that's how i roll...

    1. Animal Collective : My Girls
    2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs : Skeletons
    3. Gliss : Morning Light
    4. Passion Pit : Moth's Wings
    5. Fleet Foxes : False Knight on the Road
    6. Fool's Gold : Surprise Hotel
    7. Vampire Weekend : Horchata
    8. Michael Drake Margolnik : Burn It Up
    9. Neko Case : Don't Forget Me
    10. Bon Iver : Blood Bank
    11. Phoenix : Lasso
    12. Bat For Lashes : Daniel
    13. Washed Out : Belong
    14. Foreign Born : Early Warnings
    15. U2 : No Line on the Horizon

  14. Always nice to look back on last year. This is my list.

    1. Moss - Never Be Scared / Don't be a Hero (awesome dutch group: )
    2. Passion Pit - Manners
    3. John Mark McMillan - The Medicine
    4. Empire of the Sun - Walking on a Dream
    5. The Derek Trucks Band - Already Free
    6. John Mayer - Battle Studies
    7. Bob Dylan - Together Through Life

  15. a lot have already been said. new springsteen, dylan, i know it's comi but i dig the viva la vida, new jason upton was great, i feel in love it john mark this year (sorry took a minute but it was me not you :)) i dug most of the u2, daniel lanois red floor sessions have been sweet. matthew perryman jones- swallow the sea, got my first experience of the embers very sweet, tenoutoftenn 09 tour, i should stop now

  16. Thrice - Beggars
    Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
    Bon Iver - Blood Bank
    Woe of Tyrants - Kingdom of Might
    Zao - Awake?
    William Elliot Whitmore - Animals in the Dark

  17. Not to repeat, I didn't see AFI's Crash Love in anyones list. Say what you will about the nihilistic undertones, but its good music.

    Also, The Script released a good album. It had a U2-esque universal appeal to it.

    I think Owl City-Ocean Eyes is also worth mentioning.

    Pete Yorn-Music for the morning after (I know, its been out awhile, but I finally got around to buying it in 2009... good stuff)

    As for booty shaking... I hate to admit how rediculously catchy some of Lady Ga-Ga's songs are... I have had some of the most bizzare phrases stuck in my head thanks to her radio hits.