Friday, January 15, 2010

Pitchfork's Picks for 2009

Pitchfork Media just released their Top 50 albums of 2009 and Top 100 tracks of 2009 with Animal Collective claiming number one on both lists with their eighth studio album Merriweather Post Pavilion and key track off of Merriweather, "My Girls".

I like Animal Collective and respect them as musicians but I honestly don't see what the fuss is about. "My Girls" is great and definitely deserves to be on the list (don't know about number one though,) but the album as a whole was just "eh" for me. It could also be because I attended a school where Animal Collective was what everyone was listening to and believed that music as we know it would change because of them so when it didn't exactly live up to the hype I expected, it turned me off maybe even more than it usually would. But it's no surprise Pitchfork gave them the number one spot for both, they've been raving about Merriweather Post Pavilion since it released in January 2009 giving the album overall a 9.6 in their review.

On a side note, Pitchfork is a great website to look for new music. They cover a lot of bands that aren't usually covered and you could even listen to them on the website thanks to their LALA player on the top right.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I'm back with the Top 10 Albums of 2009!

Sorry, whoever reads this. I was busy moving to Albany! I'm almost settled in finally. All I need now is a job...too bad this gig doesn't pay.

Anyway, who said Christmas was over? Here are my top 10 albums of 2009!


10. The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You

Seth and Scott Avett are known to mix different genre's of music to create their unique folk-rock sound with stand-up bass player Bob Crawford. With their major label debut, I and Love and You, the brothers show what they're really made of. With heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones, (according to The San Francisco Chronicle,) key tracks include "Kick Drum Heart," "Head Full of Doubt, Road Full of Promise" and "I and Love and You."

09. Cobra Starship - Hot Mess

Okay so there's a disclaimer with this one. Cobra Starship may or may not be on this list for the mere fact that I absolutely love them. Not really sure if I'm being partial to them because of this. Hot Mess, while not as good and will never even come close to Viva La Cobra!, has some great tracks to put on when you just want to dance and have fun. Cobra Starship have always been reliable for that, at least. Key tracks include "Pete Wentz is the Only Reason We're Famous" (not true,) "Good Girls Go Bad," "Hot Mess" and "The World Will Never Do."

08. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Wow. This album really blew me away when I heard it. I immediately thought of Of Montreal when I heard it but eventually Phoenix became separate for me. Thomas Mars' voice alone kills me. Phoenix was one of the bands I was telling everyone to listen to in 2009. Their intense energy, fast-paced melodies and intricate production is what makes Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix one of the best indie albums to come out in a while. You can pretty much listen to this album all the way through and not be disappointed. Key tracks include but are not limited to "Lisztomania," "1901," "Lasso" and "Rome."

07. Chester French - Love The Future

This band has the same appeal Cobra Starship has to me. But this in no way means I'm partial to this band. Love The Future most definitely deserves to be on my list. A very strong debut from Harvard duo D.A. Wallace and Maxwell Drummey. Not only did they come out with an awesome debut, they also ended up touring with Blink 182, Weezer and Taking Back Sunday (When Blink 182 decided to show up...did I just type that? Maybe I'm just a fellow SPAC attendee who is still bitter.) Key tracks include "She Loves Everybody," "Sleep," "People" and "BeBe Buell."

06. Regina Spektor - Far

Oh, Regina. Thank you for coming out with an album already! I missed you! Like typical Regina Spektor, which isn't a bad thing, Spektor released another flawless album with quirky vocals and killer piano arrangements. I pretty much had "Dance Anthem of the 80's" on my "Top 25 most Played" playlist on itunes all year. Key tracks include "Laughing With," "Dance Anthem of the 80's" and "The Calculation."

05. Passion Pit - Manners

I think Passion Pit is this time period's Jefferson Airplane. Very psychedelic and ridiculously awesome vocals by Michael Angelakos. I can see this Cambridge, MA powerhouse going quite far. They're extremely talented and have a very unique sound to them. No one right now sounds like this. There's a reason why their three shows at Terminal 5 January 8, 9 and 10 sold out immediately. Key tracks include "The Reeling," "Eyes As Candles" and "Sleepyhead."

04. Lily Allen - It’s Not Me, It’s You

I'm always a sucker for Lily Allen. Her tongue and cheek lyrics, her euro-pop sound and her wispy, sweet voice. It's Not Me, It's You was a big step towards furthering Lily Allen's career not just as that girl who sang "Smile" and was on myspace a couple years back, but as a female artist in the music industry with something different and fresh. Key tracks include "Not Fair," "The Fear," "Who'd Have Known" and "He Wasn't There."

03. Yeah Yeah Yeah’s - It’s Blitz!

After the IsIs EP, I was getting worried. I didn't want to believe that the Yeah Yeah Yeah's only good album was Fever to Tell and that it was the end of them. Fear not, they came back better than ever with It's Blitz!, an album so good that you'll listen to the whole 10 tracks tracks, either wanting more or settling for the same songs and just playing it on repeat. Key tracks include "Zero," "Dull Life," "Runaway" and "Heads will Roll."

02. Tegan and Sara - Sainthood

Sometimes, waiting pays off. Tegan and Sara's highly anticipated Sainthood lived up to every expectation I had about their next album and then some. I always thought The Con would be their timeless record but I think they might have two. Key tracks include "On Directing," "Arrow," "The Cure" and "Alligator."

01. Say Anything - Say Anything

This album kind of came out of nowhere for me and was totally unexpected to be amazing. I didn't even know Say Anything was working on a new album until it released. I listened to it, expecting another long and played out In Defense of the Genre (which was OKAY, I'm not knocking it,) but instead got pure indie-pop-rock genius. Marriage suits Max Bemis well (he married Eisley's Sherri DuPree in April 2009.) Every song on this album could be a single which could not be said for their previous albums, once again, not knocking it but this is certainly their best album yet as a cohesive unit. Key track include "Mara and Me," "Crush'd," "Cemetery" and "Do Better"