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1.) Fever Ray- Fever Ray

2.) Double Dagger- More

3.) Frisco- Back 2 Da Lab Vol. 3

4.) Kompakt- Total 10

5.) House of House- Rushin to Paradise 12"

6.) DJ Koze- Mrs. Bojangles 12"

7.) Salem- Water EP

8.) Au Revoir Simone- Still Night Still Light

9.) Telefon Tel Aviv- Immolate Yourself

10.) P Money- Money Over Everyone

I included 12"s and the Kompakt compilation to pad list since I wasn't feeling too many 2009 LPs, but otherwise Wavves would definitely get a mention.

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I really hate making lists so I'll just name the albums I thoroughly enjoyed this year.

girls-album

raekwon-built for cuban linx part II

touche amore-...to the beat of a dead horse

blakroc-blakroc

cymbals eat guitars-why there are mountains

mastodon-crack the skye

DOOM-born like this

...and i can't think of anything else that I would say should be on a "best of" list. this year wasn't as great as last year in terms of new music.

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merriweather post pavilion - animal collective

wolfgang amadeus phoenix - phoenix

dirty projectors - bitte orca

grizzly bear - veckatimest

st. vincent - actor

the xx - xx

fever ray - fever ray

cymbals eat guitars - why there are mountains

bat for lashes - two suns

girls - album

honorable mention: japandroids - post-nothing, yeah yeah yeahs - it's blitz

in no particular order.

edit: got stuck in one genre. raekown, mos def, wiz khalifa also make the list.

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no order

yeah yeah yeahs - it's blitz

discovery - lp

phoenix - amadeus...

animal collective - mpp

yo la tango - popular songs

bill callahan - sometimes i wish i were an eagle

built to spill - there is no enemy

passion pit - manners

neko case - middle cyclone

dinosaur jr. - farm

surfer blood - astrocoast (technically a 2010, but it leaked in 2009 and I needed one more)

jesus, i kind of hipstered it out this year...heh

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pj harvey & john parish - a woman a man walked by

soap & skin - lovetune for vacuum

william fitzsimmons - the sparrow and the crow

bill callahan - sometimes i wish i were an eagle

kreidler - mosaik 2014

keith jarret - paris london testament

regina spektor - far

eels - hombre lobo

the xx - self-titled

beach house - teen dream

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in no order

Girls-album

The xx- xx

Animal Collective- Fall be Kind EP

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart-The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Japandroids- Post-Nothing

Neon Indian- Psychic Chasm

jj- jj n° 2

Michael Jackson -Thriller (obviously this didnt come out in 2009, but I had never really listened to it before)

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Decided to do short write ups for my top 3. Just to keep it in line with last year's list.

A Place to Bury Strangers – Exploding Head

My favorite album this year. While it really isn't the most original album released this year, or even on my list (I don't think anyone can seriously say that APtBS are doing anything new at all), I think it's the most accomplished. The way they use sounds and dynamics in their songs is above pretty much everything I've heard this year and their songwriting has just vastly improved since their first album. Just listen to that intro in Everything Always Goes Wrong. Fucking brilliant. It also helps that it's one of the more badass releases this year. I also really like how incredibly cheesy it gets sometimes, has to be tongue-in-cheek. If not, it's still really endearing haha.

Intelligence – Fake Surfers

This was really close to being number one. It actually was for a while but I kept on switching it on and off with the Strangers album and eventually decided to keep it like this. Still really amazing. I'm a bit biased towards anything on the noisy/garage-y/pop-y end of the spectrum, and out of all the myriad noise pop/psych garage/lo-fi pop bands that are coming up all over the place these days, The Intelligence have to be the best of them. Brilliant pop hooks and genre-spanning like hell. Can't get bored of Fake Surfers.

Dan Deacon – Bromst

This was actually pretty low on my list even though I really liked it a lot earlier this year. Was probably in the 20s or 30s when I started rearranging everything again earlier this month, but after listening to it again, I had to put it much, much higher. What a great album. Like, it's definitely not as "raw" maybe as his earlier work, but like the Strangers album, the composition is amazing. More than that, it's fun as hell live. Probably one of the most uplifting albums for me this year.

The rest of the top 15, which will definitely switch around a lot:

Antlers – Hospice

Former Ghosts – Fleurs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!

Wavves – Wavvves

Double Dagger – More

The Horrors – Primary Colours

Zola Jesus – The Spoils

Real Estate – S/T

Woods – Songs of Shame

Screaming Females – Power Move

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – S/T

TV Ghost – Cold Fish

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1. the pains of being pure at heart - s/t

1. dinosaur jr - farm

1. bob mould - life and times

4. the xx - xx

5. the antlers - hospice

6. sunn o))) - monoliths & dimensions

7. a place to bury strangers - exploding head

8. girls - album

9. fuck buttons - tarot sport

10. the raveonettes - in and out of control

...but most of the time i listened to mark kozelek and my bloody valentine. :)

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the xx - xx

memory tapes - seek magic

toro y moi - my touch (can i include causers of this even though it's a 2k10 release?!)

cymbals eat guitars - why there are mountains

phoenix - wolfgang amadeus phoenix

gucci mane - the state vs. radric davis

health - get color

various dudes - adultswim's atl remix

some other shit

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Coping out with the no particular order thang ...

Fever Ray- S/T

Fuck Buttons- Tarot Sport

Manic Street Preachers- Journal For Plague Lovers

Raekwon- Only Built 4 Cuban Linx PT II

Bats For Lashes- Two Suns

DOOM- Born Like This

Grizzly Bear- Veckatimest

Julian Casablanca- Phrazes For The Young (title aside)

The Juan MacLean- The Future Will Come

Bibio- Ambivalence Avenue

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the pains of being pure at heart - s/t

dinosaur jr - farm

bon iver - blood bank

the xx - xx

the antlers - hospice

a place to bury strangers - exploding head

Little Boots - Illuminations

Fuck buttons - tarot sport

dan deacon - bromst

passion pit - manners

jj - jj n° 2

Isis - Wavering Radiant

sunn o))) - monoliths & dimensions

bear in heaven -

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my heaviest rotations in no particular order

alva noto - xerrox vol 2

animal collective - merriweather post pavilion

jim o'rourke - the visitor

2562 - unbalance

demdike stare - symbiosis

king midas sound - waiting for you

hypnotic brass ensemble - hypnotic brass ensemble

shackleton - 3 eps

on - your naked ghost comes back at night

the caretaker - persistent repetition of phrases

harmonia & eno - tracks and traces

probably some more but they escape me for now

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Pains of Being Pure At Heart

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Lost Valentinos - Cities of Gold

The Horrors - Primary Colours

Those four are enough for meeee.

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the pains of being pure at heart - s/t

dinosaur jr - farm

bon iver - blood bank

the xx - xx

the antlers - hospice

a place to bury strangers - exploding head

Little Boots - Illuminations

Fuck buttons - tarot sport

dan deacon - bromst

passion pit - manners

jj - jj n° 2

Isis - Wavering Radiant

sunn o))) - monoliths & dimensions

bear in heaven -

we should hang out.

the albums I have on rotation

antlers -hospice

dan deacon - bromst(did blow with him it was so cash)

fuck buttons - tarot sport

isis - wavering radiant

motherfucking isis. Holy shit.

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1. hospice by the antlers

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-country mile-

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2. mpp by animal collective

3. vecktamist by grizzly bear

other good albums include:

animal collective- fall be kind EP,

bat for lashes- two suns,

royksopp- junior,

decemberists- hazards of love,

florence and the machine- lungs

phoenix- wolfgang amadeus phoenix

islands- vapours

jamie t- kings and queens

nightmare of you- infomaniac

noah and the whale- first days of spring

seekae- sound of trees falling on people (billion times better live)

the xx- xx

edit;

and best compilation albums are the new moon OST (lololol) and dark was the night

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Justin Townes Earle – Midnight at the Movies

Girls - Album

Royal Bangs – Let It Beep

Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Former Ghosts – Fleurs

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i forgot about former ghosts! so good. freddy is my friend on facebook, lol

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In no specific order...

Caspian - Tertia

Rameses III - I Could Not Love You More

Converge - Axe to Fall

Ólafur Arnalds - Found Songs

Mono - Hymn to the Immortal Wind

Danny Norbury - Light in August

Julianna Barwick - Florine

Jóhann Jóhannsson - And in the Endless Pause There Came the Sound of Bees

Dakota Suite - The End of Trying

Peter Broderick + Machinefabriek - Blank Grey Canvas Sky

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OBCL2- Raekwon

The Ecstatic- Mos Def

XX- The XX

It's Blitz- Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Blakroc- Blakroc

Some Are Lakes- Land of Talk

YES- K-os

Them Crooked Vultures- Them Crooked Vultures

in no order of course.

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no order, i know i'm forgetting alot:

ooioo - armonico hewa.

japandroids - post-nothing.

the xx - xx.

john wiese - circle snare.

morrissey - years of refusal.

cold cave - love comes close

blkout - total depravity.

vivian girls - everything goes wrong.

mono - hymn to the immortal wind.

om - god is good.

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I listened to a lotta older tunes, sets, and mixes that I won't be able to list here but I did like the following releases ...

Cormega - Born & Raised

Raekwon - OB4CL2

Big H - Street Crime UK

Styles P - Phantom Empire

2562 - Unbalance

Hudson Mo - Butter

Nosaj Thing - Drift

Baroness - The Blue Record

The xx - xx

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - ST

There's a few albums that I didn't get a chance to check yet, might have to update this list later. Anyone have Dam Funk's Toeachizown? Can't seem to track it down ...

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been listening to alot of wale lately. uhh went through paul wall peoples champ disc two more than a couple times. Rakim the 18th letter. The Roots the tipping point. Pill the prescription and the refill. Any bullshit that gucci was on haha. Some minimal techno early on but we off that.

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i dont have 10 favorites of 2009 but i liked most of the albums already mentioned as well as:

pixel - the drive

emeralds - emeralds

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