Friday, December 18, 2009

The Best 32 Records of 2009

Hello, dear readers. Ok, once again I am putting my best of the year LPs out there for your ridicule. Seriously, there is something to recommend each and every one of these albums but don't take my word for it, go check a few of them out. If you don't want to buy them, I am sure the local library in your town has a few. Or, failing that, you lazy bastard, ask a friend if you can borrow their copy but remember, these are struggling, starving artists-not that Brittney Spears crap-so buying a copy directly from their website really is the best way to help them out. (Oh, btw the artist's name links to their website, if applicable.)

Additionally, on Wednesday, December 30th at 8 a.m. I will be doing a fill in on the Breakfast of Champions and I will be playing a track from as many as I can squeeze it. Don't miss it...

So, here now are the Best 32 Records of the Year (in no particular order, duh):

Alela Diane – To Be Still

El Goodo – Coyote

Justin Townes Earle – Midnight at the Movies

William Elliott Whitmore – Animals in the Dark

Death – …For the Whole World to See (Reissue)

Various Artists – Local Customs: Downriver Revival

The Devil Makes Three – Do Wrong Right

The Beautiful Confusion – S/T

Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish I Were An Eagle

Elliot Brood – Mountain Meadows

Tall Tall Trees – S/T

Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens – What Have You Done, My Brother?

Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada – Coconut Rock

Scott H. Biram – Something’s Wrong/Lost Forever

(The) Nervous Rex – (The) World of…

The Lonely H – Concrete Class

The Von Ehrics – Loaded

The Only Sons – Steel Hearts

Mos Def – The Ecstatic

Lucero – 1372 Overton Park

Wooden Wand – “Born Bad”

Lee Fields & the Expressions – My World

It’s Elephant’s – Gets Along

Mexican Institute of Sound – Soy Sauce

Langhorne Slim – Be Set Free

The Doomriders – Darkness Come Alive

Dawes – North Hills

Poncho Sanchez – Psychedelic Blues

Various Artists – Light: On the South Side (Vinyl only)

Various Artists – Fire In My Bones: Raw + Rare + Other Worldly African-American Gospel

Joey Kneiser – The All-Night Bedroom Revival

The Blood Moons – S/T