You actually top my list, because I didn't discover The Medicine until 2009. :) I encourage you to read what I said here: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?¬e_id=2362720615581. John Mark McMillan – The Medicine2. Thad Cockrell – To Be Loved3. Sojourn – Over the Grave4. U2 – No Line On the Horizon5. Jenny & Tyler – This Isn’t a Dream6. http://briterevolution.com7. Bifrost Arts – Salvation Is Created8. David Bazan – Curse Your Branches9. Derek Webb – Stockholm Syndrome
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.
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.
Sean Feucht's new album, Rebirth and Reclaimation!
Mmmm Neko Case. Love her. LOVE her. I agree with Veckatimest. Grizzly Bear is very good!
Here are mine... I posted this to my blog at http://mattnightingale.blogspot.com/2009/12/favorite-music-of-2009.html with some more commentary...1) Armistice - Mute Math 2) Curse Your Branches - David Bazan3) Ellipse - Imogen4) I And Love and You - The Avett Brothers5) Live - Shawn6) Live from Nowhere, Volume 4 - Over the Rhine7) Middle Cyclone - Neko Case8) Stockholm Syndrome - Derek Webb9) The Fray - The Fray10) The Long Play - Sam Phillips11) Written in Chalk - Buddy & Julie Miller Honorable Mentions:2020 - The Orange PeelsBalm in Gilead - Rickie Lee JonesBig Whiskey and the GrooGrux King - Dave Matthews BandChurch Music - David Crowder*BandGlory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship - Chris TomlinHundreds of Lions - Erin McKeownLife Light Up - Christy NockelsNo Line on the Horizon - U2Poseidon and the Bitter Bug - Indigo GirlsSoul of My Soul - Michelle ShockedTroubadour - K'NaanWilco (The Album) - Wilco
1) Mew - No More Stories2) The Flaming Lips - Embryonic3) St. Vincent - Actor 4) Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix5) Jeremy Enigk - OK Bear6) Sonic Youth - The Eternal7) Monsters of Folk - S/T8) Arctic Monkeys - Humbug9) Wilco - Wilco (the album)10) Air - Love 211) Them Crooked Vultures - S/T
Manners - Passion PitSpring ep - Jon Foreman DavidFleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes'Once' Soundtrack - the Swell SeasonGo Go Smear the Poison Ivy - MumJeremy Larson - Jeremy LarsonLife in Slow Motion - GrayInto the Blue Again - Album LeafElephants - Aaron Strumpeltakk - Sigur Rosand 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
Muse - The ResistanceDavid Gray - Draw the Line
In no particular order:1.)The Outsiders - Needtobreathe2.)Heaven & Earth - Phil Wickham3.)Waking Up - OneRepublic4.)Self Titled - Miike Snow5.)A_CROSS//The_EARTH::Tear Down the Walls - Hillsong United6.)Consumed - Jesus Culture7.)Storyboards - Sleeping At Last 8.)Travel Vol. 1 & 2 - Future of Forestry9.)Armistice - MuteMath10.)Beggars - Thrice11.)Be - Unhindered12.)The Medicine - John Mark McMillan (Not just b/c this is your blog. This album rocks!)Artist up & coming you should know!David Walker (myspace.com/davidwalker)Flagship (myspace.com/flagshipbrigade)Jason Zerbin (myspace.com/jasonzerbin)
Out of all the bands/albums I discovered this year, these 3 were actually released this year:The Appleseed Cast-SagarmathaMumford and Sons-Sigh No MoreThe Swell Season-Strict Joy
Mumford and Sons - Sigh No MoreAlbum of the year.
i'm going with my favorite songs of the year. just because that's how i roll...1. Animal Collective : My Girls2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs : Skeletons3. Gliss : Morning Light4. Passion Pit : Moth's Wings5. Fleet Foxes : False Knight on the Road6. Fool's Gold : Surprise Hotel7. Vampire Weekend : Horchata8. Michael Drake Margolnik : Burn It Up9. Neko Case : Don't Forget Me10. Bon Iver : Blood Bank11. Phoenix : Lasso12. Bat For Lashes : Daniel13. Washed Out : Belong14. Foreign Born : Early Warnings15. U2 : No Line on the Horizon
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: http://itunes.apple.com/nl/album/never-be-scared-dont-be-a-hero/id332038008 )2. Passion Pit - Manners3. John Mark McMillan - The Medicine4. Empire of the Sun - Walking on a Dream5. The Derek Trucks Band - Already Free6. John Mayer - Battle Studies7. Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
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
Thrice - BeggarsDinosaur Jr. - FarmBon Iver - Blood BankWoe of Tyrants - Kingdom of MightZao - Awake?William Elliot Whitmore - Animals in the Dark
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.