Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums Of 2009

Earlier this week we took a magnifying glass to Pitchfork’s Top 100 Songs Of 2009. Most of those songs appeared on albums, which leads us to the site’s Top 50 Albums Of 2009. For starters, metal creeps in via Baroness and Sunn O))), but not Mastodon or Isis’ Best New Music-awarded Wavering Radiant. On that front, it’s interesting to go back through the BNM archives and see which bands didn’t make the cut. At a quick glance I spotted Wavves, Dark Was The Night, Camera Obscura, Sunset Rubdown, YACHT, Volcano Choir, and Delorean. Bon Iver shows up elsewhere via Blood Bank, so the lack of Volcano Choir makes sense. And you don’t want too many comps on a best of list (DWTN got an “Honorable Mention”). I do feel bad for Spencer Krug, who stays strong on a review-by-review basis, but plummets off these lists, for whatever reason. Etc., etc. The most glaring omission, for various reasons, is Wavves. Poor Nathan Williams: You build me up just to beat me down and leave me off your fucking list. As far as other new voices: Real Estate place higher than I thought they would (no complaints). tUnE-yArDs continues her post-Dirty Projector coming-out coronation. Neon Indian trumps Memory Tapes. Japandroids should start paying Lync royalty checks. Really, there are quite a few newbies and relative newcomers in the top 25, but once you get closer to the final countdown, some “old-timers” (a couple of which work well without the quotes) make their presence known. If you’re surprised by the no. 1, you didn’t pick up a blog this year.

50 Woods – Songs of Shame
49 Cass McCombs – Catacombs
48 DOOM – Born Like This
47 Zomby – Where Were U in ’92?
46 Dan Deacon – Bromst
45 The Mountain Goats – The Life of the World to Come
44 tUnE-yArDs – BiRd-BrAiNs
43 Cymbals Eat Guitars – Why There Are Mountains
42 A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Ashes Grammar
41 Baroness – Blue Record
40 Mos Def – The Ecstatic
39 Jim O’Rourke – The Visitor
38 Major Lazer – Guns Don’t Kill People– Lazers Do
37 The Antlers – Hospice
36 Dinosaur Jr. – Farm
35 jj – jj n° 2
34 Passion Pit – Manners
33 Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue
32 Bear In Heaven – Beast Rest Forth Mouth
31 Sunn O))) – Monoliths & Dimensions
30 Röyksopp – Junior
29 Yo La Tengo – Popular Songs
28 Micachu and the Shapes – Jewellery
27 Various Artists – 5: Five Years of Hyperdub
26 Bon Iver – Blood Bank EP
25 DJ Quik & Kurupt – BlaQKout
24 Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
23 Memory Tapes – Seek Magic
22 Wild Beasts – Two Dancers
21 Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
20 Real Estate – Real Estate
19 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
18 Atlas Sound – Logos
17 The Very Best – Warm Heart of Africa
16 Antony and the Johnsons – The Crying Light
15 Japandroids – Post-Nothing
14 Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms
13 St. Vincent – Actor
12 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
11 Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport
10 Girls – Album
09 Fever Ray – Fever Ray
08 Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
07 Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
06 Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
05 Raekwon – Only Built for Cuban Linx… Pt. II
04 The Flaming Lips – Embryonic
03 The xx – The xx
02 Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
01 Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

You can get the explanations at P4K.