I bought so much music in 2009, I can’t keep track of it all. And I tend to buy as many old albums as new ones. So don’t take this as a definitive list. But of the albums I remember coming out in 2009, these are some favorites (in alphabetical order). The ones I really loved are in bold.

AC/DC – Black Ice (AC/DC proved they could still write some great songs/they’re still amazing in concert, too.)

Ace FrehleyAnomaly (The last solo album Ace made was Trouble Walkin’ in 1989 – 20 years ago! – but this one proves he’s still got it, and that he was the best musician Kiss ever had/Too bad they lost him.)

Dinosaur Jr. – Farm (Good stuff from a long-time Boston band)

Eagles of Death MetalHeart On (Another Josh Homme side project/another terrific band.)

Flipper Love (First studio album in like 20 years) and Fight (Live album, released the same day) – as raw and vibrant as they ever were – it almost sounds like they never left. These albums also feature Kris Novaselic (from Nirvana) on bass.

Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport (Electronic mayhem)

Hank Williams III – Damn Right, Rebel Proud (The most punk country singer ever, Hank the first would be proud.)

Jay ReatardWatch Me Fall (Terrific album that reminded me of old school punk like the Buzzcocks)**

Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You (Yeah, I know, but I dig this album for some reason.)

MastadonCrack in the Skye (The new kings of metal – amazing album)

Metallica – Death Magnetic (Not their best, but definitely back in the right direction.)

Dethklok – Dethalbum II (Another great record from the coolest cartoon death metal band ever.)

Mos Def – The Ecastatic (Excellent hip hop CD)

Motorhead Motorizer (New Motorhead/what else is there to say?)

Nashville Pussy – From Hell to Texas (Nashville Pussy at their best)

Neko Case – Middle Cyclone

Seventh Void – Heaven Is Gone (Type O Negative spinoff band/good stuff)

Sonic Youth – The Eternal (Sonic Youth continues to put out solid albums)

Them Crooked Vultures – (self-titled) (Another Josh Homme project, this time with Dave Grohl on drums and Led Zep’s John Paul Jones on bass – Best “supergroup” of the year)

Wilco – Wilco (the album)

**Note: Jay Reatard died on January 13, 2010, at the age of 29. He was just emerging from the underground and his new album was on several “Best of 2009” lists. Sad to see him go before his time.



One Response to “2009 ODDS AND ENDS – MUSIC”

  1. Jay Reatard was really good—so sad 😦

    No GOJIRU this year?

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