…and NEVER LEAVES!!! That’s right. We are are still there. this week its doing reshoots or re-records, or overdubs. Tonight we are going to do a couple of lead vocals that had to wait until I finished the lyrics. We’ve been mixing away like bunnies. We are shaping the sound and inching closer to something we are happy with but we are not happy yet.
So every year I do a top ten list of music/CD’s that were my favourite and each year I get more and more goddamn lazy about the whole process. Here it end of January and I still haven’t got it together. So rather then wait and calculate here is some stuff I liked as best I recall.
Remember from past years, I don’t pay attention to release dates, only when I heard first but I think all these came out in 2009.
Let’s do this countdown style-like
Worthy of mention are a couple of metal records that just fell off the list:
Benefit – Engram
Kylesa – Static Tensions
some other honourable mentions:
Amesoeurs – Amesoeurs
Slayer – World Painted Blood
Between the Buried and Me – The Great Misdirect
Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
Metric – Fantasies
Decemberists – The Hazards of Love
The Dead Weather – Horehound
Now the good stuff:
Katatonia – Night is the New Day
They haven’t lived up the promise that Viva Empiness tempted us with, but they are still capable of putting out really good if somewhat predictable metal. Take them at face value and turn it up.
Doves – Kingdom of Rust
Another band that I think are a little south of their best work, but still excellent. They frustrate me with over-production but I love Jez Williams singing, and there are some killer bits on here.
Baroness – The Blue Album
I wasn’t expecting to like this despite grudgingly enjoying the red album, but this rocks. It’s catchy and fun and grooves like a record.
YOB – The Great Cessation
If I had some more time before I finalized this list this might have sneaked up a couple of spots. I thought YOB had broken up, so this record caught me unawares and I’m just catching up. As heavy as it gets and I love the slow burns as much as the violent eruptions. I just need to see these guys live.
Converge – Axe to Fall
I’ve always dug Converge, but this is the first record that made my neck hair stand up. A great recording and some fantastic songs.
Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
Another long time favourite, and another great record. One of my favourite lyricists, I encourage you to take the time and read the lyric sheet on this one.
Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
It sounds like the fun is back in this record that was maybe missing the past couple. I was a little late to the Wilco party, just tuning into them around the buzz of Yankee Foxtrot Hotel and this is the first record since then which has close to the same level of consistency.
The Mars Volta – Octahedron
Another record that I thought found the band getting back to what they are best at. This is there best since the first, everything seems more streamlined and songs benefit from the renewed focus.
Mastadon – Cracke the Skye
The first of two classic’s this year, Mastadon go from strength to strength each record to me. I think this is the best metal album in the past few years. They truly are creating their own stamp and in their own style. A common theme on my choices this year is that patience is a virtue in unravelling and getting at the heart of the greatness in these recordings. Cracke the Skye doesn’t give up it’s secrets easy but they are well worth finding.
Flaming Lips – Embroyonic
Who knew they had this in them? While I have enjoyed the band since Priest Driven Ambulance, they seemed to be heading further and further into light fluffy clouds of pleasent psychedelic prog rock, like King Crimson’s younger, more hip brother. This is a slab of brilliant nightmare. This is a work of no compromise(a double CD no less!) that bypasses your frontal lobe and latches right onto your subconscious.