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Monday, July 06, 2009


Our favorite albums of the first half of '09:

01. grizzly bear | veckatimest
01. white denim | fits
03. smith westerns | smith westerns
    mp3: be my girl
04. phoenix | wolfgang amadeus phoenix
05. animal collective | merriweather post pavilion
06. fever ray | fever ray
07. night control | death control
08. jj | n° 2
09. pisces | a lovely sight
    mp3: dear one
10. st. vincent | actor
11. cass mccombs | catacombs
12. various | underwater peoples records showcase

A selection of our favorite 7"/12", EPs, and otherwise unrepresented songs of the first half of 2009 after the jump...



01. dum dum girls | yours alone EP
02. the bitters | wooden glove EP
03. the mayfair set | already warm/desert fun 7"
04. VEGA | well known pleasures EP
05. girls | hellhole ratrace 10"
06. SALEM | ohK/sweat 7"
07. burial & four tet | moth/wolf cub 12"
08. memory cassette | call & response 7"
09. bullion | young heartache EP

Other songs we love that are not represented by the above releases, in no particular order:

basement jaxx :: raindrops
here we go magic :: tunnelvision
trailer trash tracys :: candy girl
major lazer :: keep it goin louder
neon indian :: deadbeat summer
dirty projectors :: useful chamber
pearl harbour :: lost @ sea
DOOM :: that's that
dum dum girls :: jail la la
ancient crux :: in teen dreams
fergus & geronimo :: harder than it's ever been
the golden filter :: solid gold
woods :: rain on
j dilla :: coming back
grouper :: rising height
best coast :: sun was high (so was i)
pariah :: detroit falls
mos def :: supermagic
highlife :: f kenya rip
kurt vile :: beach on the moon (recycled lyrics)
wavves :: friends were gone
raekwon :: wu ooh
the big pink :: velvet (gang gang dance remix)
sharon van etten :: for you



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Anonymous Nectarines and Peaches said...

Man, that's some shit. Great list. I think I need to check out Fits and that JJ joint.

Where's Neon Indian? That needs to be on there, dickhead.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

This is a GREAT list! I love the new White Denim too. Surprised Animal Collective isn't higher but that's chill.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

I also agree with nectarines and peaches, where is Neon Indian, besides the one track?

1:11 PM  
Blogger Jefferton said...

Bon Iver's Blood Bank EP should be on here (despite the awful "Woods").

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dope list. MPP should be higher, though.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous sarahspy said...

nice nice nice

btw, 'fits' & i have finally formed what i believe will be a longstanding bond, one that will likely edge it onto my top 10 as well :)

1:23 PM  
Anonymous J said...

did you give up on woods/wavves?

1:23 PM  
Blogger LiquidHeaven said...

Though I have a handful of various VEGA tracks I did not know the EP was actually out. So I looked around and actually can't find a place to buy it or even find a tracklist. Failjob on VEGA's myspace and the 'label site' (which also is a myspace page).

How long have you actually had JJ's album though? Seems too new to be here but maybe you loooooved it on first listen. I'm still going with it. I played Ecstacy on my show on Saturday. It fit well with YACHT's I'm In Love With a Ripper in the way they both jack hiphop tracks.

Good list man. Still the best blog going.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

agree with comments above, MPP should be higher in my opinion...Veckatimest just didn't get the same repeatability as MPP or Yellow House for that matter for me

1:29 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

thanks for the comments guys.

Nectarines: neon indian isn't officially out until Oct., it'd be on here otherwise.

liquidheaven: thanks man, yeah i was under the impression that VEGA ep is out, but not sure where you can get it. and i've been listening to that jj a TON lately, really enjoying it. not sure if it'll hold up, but as it stands, it's up there. def. need to check out that YACHT album still.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Sebastian said...

I have a hard time disputing any of these. The order, maybe, but these are all solid as hell.

Where' are Japandroids and/or that Discovery? Hopefully in the garbage, that's where.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Bruce said...

Love that Neon Indian tune, but its a total rip of Todd Rundgren's "Izzat Love."

1:54 PM  
Blogger Carles said...

'You don't know shit about music, bro.'

2:10 PM  
Anonymous J said...

i'm gonna check out a couple of these that were off my radar, but..um...dirty projectors?

3:00 PM  
Blogger Brendan Losch said...

sweet list. feel free to check out mine, here: http://countmeoutblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/favorite-albums-of-2009-so-far.html

3:20 PM  
Blogger stillmank said...

I find MPP to be in it's right place. It's a good record, but I think it's mostly hype. I am also finding a hard time getting my hands on VEGA's release. Most importantly though I feel that there are a few bands which you should consider (thought I'm sure you know all about them already)

Mouthful of Bees
(These guys are totally down your alley, on afternoon records. Their new s/t album is mind blowing)

(Their new album After Robots is one of my most anticipated albums of the year)

Au Revoir Simone
(you guys seem to love that female synth pop stuff, so I had to drop it. The new record is called Still Night, Still Light)

Like I said, I'm sure you guys have all heard these already, but give them a shot.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Stark said...

Nice list man - surprised to see Phoenix on there - really loving the JJ. Gotta agree about the Dirty Projectors omission - that's right up there for me.

3:29 PM  
Anonymous betsy said...

Dirty Projectors are grossly overrated and I'm impressed that Chris refrained from including them. That record is terrible.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nix MPP and put Bitte Orca on there instead. Veckatimest is in the right place. Awesome to see White Denim so highly ranked (although I'm not surprised)

I'm still trying to get into that St. Vincent record though, might need to give it another spin.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Stark said...

Really Betsy? Of course, music is completely subjective - but I happen to truly love the album, devoid of any hype. It's far from a terrible record - perhaps just not your taste. Save the dramatic statements for the Brooklyn Vegan comments section.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


4:30 PM  
Blogger LiquidHeaven said...

Oh stark you sound like a bit of a twat. Everyone makes sweeping statements based on their own music tastes. Everyone except you I guess.

Some other worthy albums: Deacon's Bromst, Japandroids, Tiny Vipers, PB&John, Realpeople Holland EP, Passion Pit, The Pains of Being...,

I haven't heard Night Control or Pisces. Must fix that problem.
The only I'd exclude is Phoenix. I really don't think it's that good. Actually, compare Phoenix to Passion Pit... PP are more dance-y but the album is just so much more solid. Everytime I go through the whole thing I'm surprised at another couple of cool elements. I try going back and back to Phoenix but it just doesn't unravel that way. Love Like a Sunset is the best song on it and one of my faves of the year for that style but the rest is sorta meh for me.


4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MPP should be #3,408!

5:26 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Nice of Carles to pop in. I've only listened to a couple of CDs this year. Nothing I'm too crazy about.

5:40 PM  
Anonymous bn said...

always enjoy the recs, even if they don't always wind up on my turntable. i'd add handsome furs, marissa nadler, foreign born, animal hospital and julianna barwick's ep.

6:33 PM  
Blogger phizzled said...

i am sad not to see p.o.s. on there. drumroll or let it rattle are pretty definitely worthy of the single track list.

otherwise, good list.

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

passion pit suck balls

Phoenix owns them

8:31 PM  
Anonymous WW85 said...

Fever Ray will end up like Fargo.

Fargo should of won best picture but The English Patient was supposed to win so it did. Big mistake.

Though Veckatimest is no English Patient. More of a Gandhi...

10:35 PM  
Blogger StarkNY said...

haha - oh come on Liquid. I agree with you RE: Passion Pit v Phoenix - not so much on Japandroids or PB&J. Truce ok? Jeez.

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your favorite album list is pure hipster garbage. Any album is as good as the next. All you hipsters aren't trendy anymore

11:28 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

it's always interesting reading half-way year lists, seeing what ends up on the final list and what doesn't. since your blog is so focused on new music you can really see what stuff was a shortlived love affair and what stood up after six more months of listening.

but uh, good list dude. i'm surprised as well that the dirty projectors album isn't on your list, to me the album is the most engaging and undeniable thing released this year. i know you've loved the band for a while, so it's not like you find it too inaccessible or weird. were you (ghasp) dissapointed with it?

also i cannot understand why dum dum girls is above the bitters. to me wooden glove is the best lo fi/garage-pop release of the year by a mile, and dum dum girls is just okay.

11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is fucking pitiful.

2:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad everyone here is too cool to acknowledge Isis or Mastodon. But otherwise, Bitte Orca is better than MPP and Veckatimest.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, i'm afraid the 'bitte orca' snub is damning... interesting otherwise

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Marie said...

Bitte Orca? You kids are funny. That album is middling at best. There's a really tragic herd mentality around that one and for no truly valid reason. It's presence on any list is damning, IMO.

2:01 PM  
Anonymous MAD MAX said...

blacktime/ty segall split?
sonic youth?
nerve city?

just a few i think are pretty great albums too..

neon indian isnt my favorite..im suprised its had such a great reception...it sounds super dated and slow...and not the good kind.haha. i dunno..maybe im out of the hipster loop.
suprised the st. vincent album is on the list too..i want to know what qualifies as a "best album".

3:32 PM  
Anonymous AEP said...

there's a lot of stuff on here that i didn't expect and a lot i need to get,
I really love Veckatimest, however i don't think it's consistant enough to stand as #1. i feel that it's fitting for MPP to be at the prime spot of the year, it's weathered all of the hype and really proven to be hopefullly the best of the year.
my favs are: Bromst, bitte orca, MPP, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix among others.
i've also loved all of Real estate's stuff and surprised u omitted Toro Y Moi i am addicted to that stuff.
loving the vibe of Ganglians too!

4:17 PM  
Blogger elafini said...

Nice taste

5:13 PM  
Anonymous chris said...

could anyone provide an accurate tracklisting to VEGA's "Well Known Pleasures" EP?

thank you!

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Mike Gabriel said...

1. NO WAY Veckatimist is better than MPP.
2.Chris has a hardon for White Denim, which I condone, but not above MPP
3. I can't get down to a group that hasn't hit puberty yet
4. phoenix Shmeanix, the remixes have been the band's lifeblood
5. Move HIGHER!
6. Fever ray is a solid mid list selection
7. Don't know/care about the other bands
8. You simply can't leave Bitte Orca off any list
9. Elvis Perkins in Dearland?
10. Deer Tick? Micachu? Dark was the Night? Andrew Bird? Where is they?

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I seriously hate Animal Collective fans. Get over it, he likes grizzly bear more. So do I. DEAL

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Yim said...

New Sunset Rubdown?

1:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More like 'shitty orca' amirite?

7:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:04 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Glad the new animal collective is no higher but SERIOUSLY if you think grizzly bear is the best album of the year you must have just been listening to "For Emma" all year.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

I love the scuzziness of Black Lips' 300 Million Thousand. Great album.

I've also been digging on Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears from Austin. James Brown reincarnated! "Bitch, I love you!"

2:55 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

AEP: only reason toro y moi was omitted is that his stuff isn't officially out yet. the "blessa"/"109" 7" will be on my year-end list for sure.

6:45 PM  
Anonymous mike said...

i know you've loved Marissa Nadler in the past, so how do you feel about Little Hells?

it might be the early '09 i find myself revisiting most these days -- "merriweather" included.

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my god, indie is in the total shitter since the mid century....plz die already thanks

11:42 PM  
Blogger Bang Potential said...

thank you for existing, lm cmmt I know

12:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Floodlight Collective

1:08 PM  
Blogger eVL said...

Surprised there's no The Great Nostalgic on there. Otherwise, pretty spot on list for the first 6 months!

6:41 PM  
Anonymous HeyThatsMyShoe said...

No Marissa Nadler? Seriously?

12:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SEBASTIAN SCHULLER????????????????????

Grand duchy???

Pink Mountaintops????

otherwise decent list

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Boutique said...

Nice call on the Memory Cassette track...check 'em out guys, the names memory tapes now though...

Oh it might be a little contrversial but I think Pheniox is well placed, its a damn fine record

7:44 AM  
Blogger Eduardo Osorio said...

Where's Kurt Vile?

2:06 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Great list, looking forward to checking out some of the ones that have slipped by me. Huge fan of Smith Westerns but didn't make it to the UK in time for my half year list

5:37 AM  

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