THE ARTISTS HAVE SPOKEN: Top Tens of 2009

Vivian Girls, Devendra Banhart, Marshall Crenshaw, Black
Moth Super Rainbow, Langhorne Slim, Allison Moorer and more weigh in on their
faves.

 

BY
THE EDITORS OF BLURT

 

We
asked; they answered. Let’s face it: 2009 was a schizophrenic year for music,
and our artists’ Top Ten lists reflect exactly that, with about as much
consensus reached among the respondents as at the recent climate change conference in Copenhagen. Unlike matters related to the
long-term health of our planet, however, this is actually a good thing, because the contemporary
explosion of music-making on all fronts, irrespective of genre, sub-genre or
micro-genre, speaks to the fact that now is the best time to be an artist. Admittedly, the nearly 20,000 CDs, downloads
and streams we’ve received at BLURT central since the start of January would
suggest the odds of actually getting noticed turn slimmer each year, but
that notion is offset by the fact that there are also more avenues than ever before
to get your music into the hands (ears) of your fanbase. And if one of your
high-profile peers, below, happened to become one of your fans, well… further
reason to be cheerful here during the holiday season.

 

Coming tomorrow at BLURT: our
annual Top 50 list
, plus the writers’ and staffers’ picks.

 

***

 

Marshall Crenshaw

1. Yo La Tengo, Popular Songs

2. Bob Mould, Life and Times-

3. Toulouse
Engelhardt, Perpendicular Worlds-

4. Melody Gardot, “Baby I’m a Fool”-

5. Jorma Kaukonen, River
of Time-

6. New York
Dolls, ‘Cause I Sez So-

7. Dave Rawlings Machine,  A
Friend of a Friend-

8. The Flatlanders, Hills and Valley-

9. Dan Auerbach, Keep It Hid-

10. Danny
Zella and his Zell Rocks,  Zell Rockin’
Vol. 1- (reissue)

 

Devendra Banhart

1. Hecuba-Paradise
2. The Entrance Band, The Entrance Band
3. Vetiver, Tight Knit
4. R Kelly, Untitled
5. Washed Out, Life of Leisure
6. The Growlers, Are you in or Out?
7. Happy Birthday
8. Adanowski, El Romantico
9. Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
10. Yonlu, A Society in which no tear is shed is inconceivably mediocre..

 

Frank Turner

1.Converge, Axe to Fall

2. Future of the Left, Travels with Myself and Another

3. Crazy Arm, Born to Ruin

4. Chuck Ragan, Gold Country

5. School
of Seven Bells, Alpinisms

6. Propagandhi, Supporting Caste

7. Jamie T, Kings and Queens

8. Drag the River, Bad at Breaking Up

9. Beans On Toast, Standing on a chair

10. The Hold
Steady, A Positive Rage

 

Langhorne Slim (in no particular
order)

1. The Decemberists, The Hazards of Love

2. The Avett Brothers, I and Love and You

3. Dawes, North Hills”

4. The Woes, Heaven Knows”

5. The Heartless Bastards, The Mountain

6. Dan Deacon, Bromst

7. Andrew Bird, Noble Beast

8. Monsters of Folk,  Monsters of
Folk

9. Russian Circles,  Geneva

10. The
Antlers,  Hospice

 

Chairlift – Caroline
Polachek

1. Telepathe, Dance Mother

2. Violens, 2009 Winter Mixtape

3. Grizzly Bear, 
Veckstimest

4. Dirty French, Dirty French Psychedelics
(Compilation)

5. Amazing Baby, Rewild

6. Black Moth Super Rainbow, Eating Us

7. Depreciation Guild, Dream About Me

8. Flaming Lips, Embryonic

9. Fever Ray, Fever Ray

10. Phoenix,
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

 

The Phenomenal Handclap Band (In no particular
order)

1. Glass Ghost, Idol Omen

2. Passion Pit,  Manners

3. Fever Ray,  S/T

4. Animal Collective,  Merriweather Post
Pavillion

5. Dam Funk,  Toeachizown

6. Super Value Edits, Super Manifesto

7. 9dw,  s/t

8. V/A  Daptone Gold

9. Neon Indian, Psychic Chasms

10.
Music Go, Music  Expressions

 

Girls In Trouble

1. Sharon Van Etten,  Because I Was in Love
2. Swan Lake,  Enemy Mine
3. Dirty Projectors,  Bitte Orca
4. Sufjan Stevens,  BQE
5. Fiery Furnaces,  I’m Going Away
6. Micachu and the Shapes, Jewellery
7. Tune-Yards, Bird-Brains
8. The Bloodsugars, I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On
9. Bon Iver, Blood Bank
10.  David Bazan, Curse Your Branches

 

Tom Gabel (Against Me)
1. Future Of The Left, Travels With Myself And Another  
 2. The Handsome Furs, Face Control  
3. Dead To Me, African Elephants  
4. Matt & Kim, Grand
5. The Raveonettes, In And Out Of Control  
6. Moneybrother, Real Control 
7. Metric, Fantasies  
8. The Horrors, 
Primary Colours  
9. Fever Ray, S/T  
10. The Mountain Goats, The Life Of The World To Come

 

Semi Precious Weapons

1. Jay Z, The Blueprint 3

2. Neil Young, Fork In The Road

3. Peaches,  Cream

4. Miranda Lambert, Revolution

5. Them Crooked Vultures

6. Emeralds, Solar Bridge

7. Omar Souleyman, Dabke 2020

8. Lady GaGa, The Fame Monster

9. Venetian Snares, Filth

10. Nile, Those Whom The Gods Detest

 

Tim Nordwind of OK Go

1. Phoenix,
Wolfgang Amedeus Phoenix

2. Discovery, S/T

3. Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Up From Below

4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It’s Blitz

5. The Horrors, Primary Colours

6. Neon Indian, Psychic Chasms

7. Mew, No More Stories Are Told Today

8. Atlas Sound, Logos

9. La Roux, La Roux

10. Florence and The Machine,
Lungs

 

Tegan Quinn (Tegan & Sara)

1. We Are the
City, There Are Very Tiny Beasts in the Ground 

2. Say Hi, November Was White, December Was Grey 
3. Dragonette, Liar
4. Paramore, Turn it Off
5. Jets Overhead, Heading for Nowhere
6. AFI, Beautiful Thieves 
7. The XX, Islands 
8. The Gossip, Heavy Cross
9. Antonia June, Lightning Dust

 

Allison Moorer (No particular order, except for
number 1)

 1.  Steve Earle, Townes

2.  Wilco, Wilco (the album)

3.  St. Vincent , Actor

4.  Sondre Lerche, Heartbeat Radio

5.  Grizzly Bear, Vechatimest

6.  Spiritualized, Songs in A & E

7.  Buddy & Julie Miller, Written in Chalk

8.  Norah Jones, The Fall

9.  Justin Townes Earle, 
Midnight at the Movies

10.  Monsters of Folk, Monsters of Folk

 

The Grates

1.Those Darlins, Those Darlins

2. Japandroid, Post-Nothing

3. Handsome Furs, Face Control

4. Black Lips, 200 Million Thousand 

5. Chairlift, Evident Utensil

6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz 

7. Thermals, Now We Can See

8. Metric, Fantasies

9. Sarah Blasko, As Day Follows Night (Australia)

10. Dappled Cities, Zounds (Australia)

 

Damon of Damon & Naomi

1. Tim Buckley, Live at the Folklore
Center

2. Joyce, Visions of Dawn

3. Leonard Cohen, Live in London 2008)

4. Leonard Cohen, Live at the Isle of Wight
1970

5. Rail Band, Dioba

6. Africa Boogaloo: The Latinization of West
Africa

7. Smokey Hormel, Smokey’s Secret Family

8. A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Délivrance

9. Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh, Overloaded Ark

10. Sharon van
Etten, Because I Was in Love

 

Vivian Girls

1. Mika Miko: We Be Xuxa

2. Nodzzz, Nodzzz

3. Girls, Album

4. Grass Widow 12″ EP

5. The Beets,  Spit in the Face
of People Who Don’t Want to be Cool

6. Woods,  Songs of Shame

7. Real Estate, Real Estate

8. Wavves, Wavvves

9. German Measles, Wild 12″ EP 

10. Brilliant Colors, Introducing 

 

 

Black Moth Super Rainbow’s Tobacco:

1. Antipop Consortium, Fluorescent black

2. Duchess Says, Anthologie des 3 perchoirs

3. eels, Hombre Lobo

4. Eyedea and Abilities, By the Throat

5. Felt, Felt 3

6. Height, Baltimore
Highlands

7. James Ferraro, K2 Chameleon Ballet

8. Longmont Potion Castle, lpc 7

9. Robert Pollard, The Crawling Distance

10. Rusted
Shut, Dead

 

Justin Townes Earle

1. Joe Pug, Nation Of Heat

2. T Bird And The Breaks, Learn About It

3.  Ben Sollee, Learning To Bend

4.  Steel Drivers, Live At The Station Inn

5.  Time Jumpers, At The Station Inn

6.  Felice Brothers, Tonight At The Arizona

7.  Woody Guthrie, My Dusty Road Box

8.  Jason Isbell And The 400 unit – s/t

9.  Otis Gibbs, One Day Our Whispers

 10. Los
Lobos, El Cancionero: Mas y Mas (BOX SET)

 

 

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