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  • December 27, 2009 3:14 pm

    My Favorite Albums Of the Year

    It’s always hard to select your favorite records of the year. My list will include loyal companions no matter which year they were released and are in no particular order:

    The Decemberists - The Hazards Of Love: fantastic rock opera. It takes time but then, it gets you. Listen: The Hazards of Love 2 (Wager All)

    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Full Moon Fever: at one point this year, I listened to this record for two weeks straight. Listen: Free Fallin

    Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More: revelation of the year. Like Bijan said: this album is pure fun, discovered them on SoundCloud.

    The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - s/t: I first heard them in February and knew they’d end up on my list. Listen: Young Adult Friction.

    Get Well Soon - Rest Now, Weary Head: both the album and EP were released in 08 but I completely missed them. This is Germany’s best band and they’re releasing a new record in January. From the album: If This Head Is Missing, I’ve Gone Hunting and from the EP: It’s Just Friendly Fire.

    Phantogram - Eyelid Movies: Both Bat For Lashes and The Xx got all the hype but Phantogram is making my list. Listen: When I’m Small.

    Blacklist - Midnight Of The Century: putting some dark into this list. My long-time friend from Brooklyn, Glenn, plays the drums in Blacklist and there’s so much The Cult, Joy Division and early U2 in this record. My album of the summer. Listen: Flight Of The Demoiselles.

    Jay Farrar & Ben Gibbard - Music from Kerouac’s Big Sur: introduced to me by Bijan, I wish I’d have had that album with me when I took the Highway 1 from LA to San Francisco passing Big Sur in April of this year. Great memories. Listen: California Zephyr.

    Neil McSweeney - Shoreline: another SoundCloud discovery, Neil recorded, produced and released this record all by himself. Listen: Side To The Sun.

    The Builders And The Butchers - Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well: Folk on steroids. Just like the Mumfords, this album makes me want to pull an all-nighter with my friends. Listen: Black Dresses.

    Honorable Mentions:

    Alberta Cross - Broken Side Of Time: ATX is one of my most-played tracks of the year according to my Last.fm stats. Hat tip to Dave for that one.

    Great Late Swimmers - Lost Channels: very late addition courtesy by GCN's list.

    Reverend And The Makers - A French Kiss In The Chaos: Silence Is Talking is such a monster of an opening track. John McClure is Alex Turner’s (Arctic Monkeys) mentor.

    Conor Oberst - Outer South: great record but it didn’t quite make the main list. Listening now, I wonder why I haven’t spent much more time with it. Listen: Spoiled.

    The Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead: another one I missed in 2008 and only discovered this year. Listen: Can’t Say No.

    I’ve put together a playlist with each of the above songs and for some albums, a couple more. Click here to check it out.

    Last but not least, The National, Sigur Ros and Johnny Cash’s American series always are great records to turn back to.

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