The Morning Benders and Owen Pallett are the clear winners here. My version of Is This It didn’t include New York City Cops because of 9/11 or something, so I feel just fine about lopping it off here, too. What a train wreck that was.
I stand by my original assessment of Iceage. If someone tells you to listen to them, just punch them in the face.
Seriously, though, I don’t get it. Tune-Yards gets left off the list completely, and Iceage is number 3? Oh, Stereogum.
Isn’t bashing the Foo Fighters kind of like bashing AC/DC at this point. If you don’t like one of their songs, you probably won’t like any of them.
I don’t want to be one of those guys who gets stuck in the past with a band, but I really haven’t enjoyed anything these guys have done since The Crane Wife. This is no exception. I really want to like it, but it’s just boring to me. I’ve already heard this music.
I had never heard of Ariel Pink until everyone went bananas over Before Today. I don’t necessarily like the album that much, but for some reason I can’t stop listening to it? I might need help. And I do agree with Pitchfork that Round and Round is a killer song. I don’t know if I’d put it at number one, but I definitely listened to it A LOT when it first came out.
I was glad to see Girls “Broken Dreams Club” EP on here. One of the best releases this year, despite it only being an EP. “Carolina” is a breathtaking song.
Beach House is my #1. The rest I don’t care to place in any kind of order, because ranking anything beyond your favorite seems kind of arbitrary.
Age of Adz didn’t get the critical love it deserved, IMO. Then again, I haven’t listened to it in a couple of weeks and it hasn’t been out that long, so what does that say?
I thought the name of the album was “Sufjan Stevens Invites You to Come On, Feel the Illinoise.” Is that way old school?
Oh, man! I can’t listen to this song anymore after reading your comment. And it was so close to being a perfect album for me.
That being said, album of the year anyone? Nothing else I’ve heard this year comes close.
LOL. I forgot that achtung means danger and not caution. Now who’s the asshole?
I noticed this, too. WTF? A glaring omission to be sure.
Also, Achtung Baby? You’re really going to stand there and tell me that Achtung Baby was a better album than the 124 albums you listed before it + Kid A? Let’s exercise some achtung and not get carried away here, boys.
After repeated listens, I’m starting to change my mind. It’s growing on me. I think the Fallon version of the song gave me a very specific expectation, and the album version threw me. Hell, maybe the official release will have something closer to the Fallon version. Either way, I’m in.
Moving away from Terrible Love for a moment, this record is hella good. I can’t stop listening to it. Conversation 16 is beautiful.
Boo. It seriously sounds like they recorded this in somebody’s basement and didn’t do any mixing to it at all. Definitely leaves a bad taste in your mouth right off the bat.
That being said, Bloodbuzz Ohio and Afraid of Everyone have me interested enough to keep going.
I don’t really understand this competition thing between Grizzly Bear and Animal Collective. Why does it matter if some critics or fans declare one or the other the album of the year? Do you guys really put that much stock into that sort of thing? You can’t just listen to and enjoy/not enjoy the music without turning it into some kind of pissing match?
I’ve only seen it on Amazon so far. I’m sure they’ll probably release it in the US at some point in the near future. If not, I’m willing to pay the extra cost to import it.
This really is her best record yet. I’ve had an advance copy of it for a few days, and it’s all I’ve been listening to. Looking forward to dropping coin on the LP when it comes out. One of the best albums of 2009, no doubt.
Just bought my tickets for the Austin show. I’ve never seen these guys live and I’m extremely pumped. Brother Sport is going to melt my face.
Bon Iver was on their top 50 list last year, because Vernon self-released it in 2007 before signing to Jagjaguwar.
It’s a decent list. Just surprised to see no Black Keys is all. “Attack and Release” will prove to be a turning point in an already great band’s career. Why no love?
My personal top 25 list included 2 Bon Iver tracks, but that’s my personal list. That album hit me between the eyes, but I can see why his songs wouldn’t make other people’s year-end lists. Plus, Pitchfork included Bon Iver’s album in last year’s top 50, because technically it came out last year.
I was surprised to see no Marnie Stern here, though. “Prime” slays me.
Haha, True Blood really was terrible, yet I still watched every single episode. So did all of my friends. We all agree it’s a mystery.
Once again, no love for The Walkmen. You & Me is an incredible album, and I have been disappointed to see them being passed over on these lists (not that I personally put much stock in them, but others do). I was, however, pleasantly surprised to see them at # 10 on the Gummies list. Way to go, Stereogum.