Friday, January 1, 2010

Checking it twice

I didn't make a list last year; when I looked back at 2008, I had heard some great new music, but it felt like I had spent even more time digging for gems in the back catalog. This time around, the list from 2009 tells a pretty good story. So here goes, in alphabetical order, at no predetermined length: my favorite music of the year.

Lily Allen - The fear
Animal Collective - My girls
Annie - Bad times
Architecture In Helsinki - That beep
Bat For Lashes - Daniel
Beck - Sunday morning
Big Pink - Velvet
Blacklist - Flight of the demoiselles
Camera Obscura - French navy
Cold Cave - Life magazine
Decoration - Square mile (MG edit)
Deep Red/Jessica 6 - Fun girl
Depeche Mode - Fragile tension
Depreciation Guild - Dream about me
Ebony Bones! - Muzik
Editors - Bricks and mortar
Fever Ray - Now's the only time I know
FrankMusik - Better of as 2
Elizabeth Fraser - Moses
Gossip - Heavy cross
Imogen Heap - First train home
Horrors - Sea within a sea
Kiara Elles - Odio
Kleerup feat Tityo - Longing for lullabies
Mary Onettes - Puzzles
Memory Tapes - Bicycle
Metric - Satellite mind
Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Higher than the stars
Plastiscines - Bitch
Raveonettes - Last dance
Saint Etienne - Method of modern love
Silversun Pickups - Swoon
Siouxsie & The Banshees - The sweetest chill (Chris Kimsey 12" mix)*
Tegan & Sara - Alligator
We Fell To Earth - Careful what you wish for
Whip - Frustration
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Skeletons

* On a technicality; produced in 1986 but never released until this year...