Best of 2009 Artist List

Dan Lebowitz - ALO

Albums (in no particular order)

Dan Lebowitz
1. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
One day I was really craving some new music so asked one of my friends for an artist to type into Pandora. He said Phoenix. I loved the track that came up. Instead of listening to the Pandora station, I bought their new album and have been listening to it since. Fresh music found.

2. Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream
As Barack Obama said... "I may be the President, but this guy's the Boss." Sometimes the production can be thick, but these songs are genuine. The last song on the album entitled "The Wrestler" is one of my favorite songs of his whole career.

3. Brandi Carlile - Give Up the Ghost
One of my favorite new artists and in my opinion, one of the best female singers around today. Great songs, great tones, and a great band.

4. The Mother Hips - Pacific Dust
I'm thankful for every album these guys have released and this new album is no exception. These guys never cease to amaze me.

5. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
I caught the last couple of songs of their set at the Outside Lands Festival in SF. The next day I got their CD and it's great. I like to listen to it when I'm building things.

Shows (in no particular order)

1. Brandi Carlile - 10/21/09 - Fillmore, San Francisco
Brandi is a gifted artist and in a live setting you really notice it. They started the show with an a capella song and they sounded like angels. I was hooked from the first notes.

2. These United States - 7/5/09 - High Sierra Music Festival
I was on my way to meet a friend, and as I was walking by the Vaudeville tent I was drawn in by some great music. I loved it and ended up staying until the end of the set. I love surprises like this. Great energy.

3 ALO - 2/15/09 - The Mystic Theater, Petaluma, CA
To me, this show represents ALO at its finest. We were well warmed up and everything just seemed to flow in an effortless way. A great blend of songs and improvisations. After the show I remember thinking to myself... "This is why I play music!"

Steve Adams – ALO, Big Light

1. Andrew Bird - Noble Beast

Steve Adams
2. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
3. The Mother Hips - Pacific Dust
4. Hiss Golden Messenger - Country Hai East Cotton
5. Chris Velan - Solidago

Shows Watched
1. Phish | 03.06.08 – 03.08.09 | Hampton Coliseum | Hampton, VA
2. Dr. Dog | 10.05.09 | Brookdale Lodge | Boulder Creek, CA
3. The Black Crowes | 12.06.09 | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA

Shows Played
1. ALO | 02.15.09 | Mystic Theater | Petaluma, CA
2. Big Light, Skinny Singers | 02.28.09 | Gramble On Big Sur | Big Sur, CA
3. Dun Four, Newfangled Wasteland, Nicki Bluhm | 10.30.09-11.01.09 | Las Tortugas IV | Groveland, CA

Fred Torphy - Big Light

Fred Torphy
1. The Mother Hips - Pacific Dust
2. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
3. The Beatles - Remasters
4. Dead Weather - Horehound
5. Nathan Moore - Folk Singer

1. The Mother Hips | 10.31.09 | Las Tortugas
2. The Mars Volta | 08.29.09 | Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
3. Phish Hampton Reunion Shows

Jeremy Korpas - Big Light

1. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
The best music in the country is still coming out of Brooklyn.

2. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
This album proves that if a song has a strong melody you can do whatever you want underneath it.

3. Portugal The Man - Censored Colors
One of the best engineered and mixed albums I've heard in years.

Jeremy Korpas
4. The Antlers - Hospice
It's a concept album about a man watching his lover die of cancer in the hospital. It's heart wrenching to say the least.

5. U2 - No Line On The Horizon
I would expect no less from the biggest bad in the world.

Shows Attended
1. All six of the Dr. Dog shows that I've seen this year. From The Fillmore to the side of the stage at High Sierra, all the way out in Santa Cruz mountains, every show turned me into a clapper, a singer, a dancer, a fist-pumper, and all those things I wouldn't normally do at a rock show.

2. The Mars Volta | Outside Lands Music Festival | San Francisco, CA
It was an all out musical assault. Cedric's stage moves alone were enough to make the list. They proved they have the biggest dicks in the business

3. The Mother Hips | Las Tortugas IV | Groveland, CA
They just killed it that night! Plus they let me sing "Del Mar Station" onstage with them. First time I had stage fright in 10 years.

Shows Played
1. Big Light's Late Night Camp Harry Set | High Sierra Music Festival
"I moved to California looking for something. I found it at Camp Harry." Swordfish

2. Green Tag Sale | Phanphest Music Festival
We played a late night indoors set that was just off the hook. 120 degrees and a packed house is exactly what the TRON calls for. But on Sunday we played the tiny solar tent at 4 p.m. and played our best show to date!

3. Paperback Radio | The Saint | Asbury Park, NJ
It felt great to play my favorite songs with my favorite band again!

Bradley Bifulco - Big Light

Bifulco by Smith
1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion
2. Mastodon - Crack The Skye
3. Dead Weather - Horehound
4. The Mother Hips - Pacific Dust
5. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

1. The Mars Volta | Outside Lands
2. The Mother Hips | Halloween | Las Tortugas IV
3. The Second Annual Golden Gate Gramble | San Francisco, CA

Brian Haas - Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

Brian Haas
1. Riceboy Sleeps - Jonsi and Alex
2. Baaba Maal - Television
3. Bela Fleck - Throw Down Your Heart
4. Vieux Farka Toure - Fondo
5. Sufjan Stevens - The BQE

1. Rashied Ali | Zinc Bar | New York, NY
2. Panda Resistance | Soundpony | Tulsa, OK
3. Of Montreal | Williamsburg Theater | Brooklyn, NY

Josh Raymer - Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

Josh Raymer
1. The Doldrums - Mirth & Songs
2. Dead Sea Choir - Thin One The Red One
3. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
4. Bullion - Pet Sounds in the Key of Dee
5. Panda Resistance - self-titled

1. NYC Winter Jazz Fest
2. Nola Jazz Fest/Skerik's saucefest!
3. Tractor Tavern with Bill Frisell

Chris Combs - Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

Chris Combs
1. Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue
2. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
3. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
4. The Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
5. MF Doom - Born Into This

1. Of Montreal | Williamsburg Music Hall | Brooklyn, NY
2. Private party in New Orleans during Jazz Fest where JFJO played with Kirk Joseph, Zigaboo Modeliste, John Speice and several other NOLA badasses.
3. Moodswing Orchestra and JFJO at Le Poisson Rouge, and then late night with Steven Bernstein sitting in with Bonerama at Sullivan Hall, New York, NY

Matt Hayes - Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

Matt Hayes
1. Sufjan Stevens - The BQE
2. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
3. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
4. Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
5. The Flaming Lips - Christmas On Mars soundtrack

1. Punch Brothers | Fayetteville Performing Arts Center | Fayetteville, AR
2. Of Montreal | Music Hall of Williamsburg | Brooklyn, NY
3. Wilco/Tortoise | UIC Pavilion | Chicago, IL

Russell Pollard - Everest

Pollard by Krolick
Albums (no particular order)
1. Built To Spill - There Is No Enemy
2. Kurt Vile - Constant Hitmaker
3. Wooden Shjips - Dos
4. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
5. Wu-Tang Clan - Chamber Music

Shows (no particular order)
1. Black Dub | 10.15.09 | Troubadour | Los Angeles, CA
2. Monsters Of Folk | 10.18.09 | Greek Theatre | Los Angeles, CA
3. Neil Young w/ Everest | 04.21.09 | Kelowna, BC (had to do it)

Cris Jacobs – The Bridge

The Bridge
1. Steve Earle - Townes
2. Bill Frisell - Disfarmer
3. Levon Helm - Electric Dirt
4. Smooth Kentucky - A Few More Miles
5. Danny Barnes - Pizza Box

1. Kelly Joe Phelps | Nightcat | Easton, MD
2. Anders Osborne | Rams Head Live | Baltimore, MD
3. The Dead | The Spectrum | Philadelphia, PA

Dave Simonett - Trampled By Turtles

Trampled By Turtles
1. Charlie Parr - Roustabout
2. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
3. The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank - Traveling Show
4. Now, Now Every Children - Cars
5. Pert Near Sandstone - On a Spree

1. Homegrown Music Festival | Duluth, MN
2. Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion | Bristol, TN
3. 10,000 Lakes Festival

Pete Shand - The New Mastersounds

Pete Shand by Martinez
1. Thievery Corporation - Radio Retaliation
2. Matisyahu - Light
3. Breakestra - Dusk til Dawn
4. Sly and Robbie - Movin On
5. Karl Denson - Brother's Keeper

1.Thievery Corp
2.Pretty Lights
3.Sly and Robbie
4.Pnuma Trio

Joe Tatton - The New Mastersounds

The New Mastersounds
1. Pharoah Sanders – You've Got To Have Freedom
2. Thievery Corporation - Radio Retaliation
3. A Beautiful Mind original soundtrack

Shows Played
1. All Good Festival
2. Osaka Monaurail with Marva Whitney
3. Bear Creek Music Festival

Paul Donoghue - Glasvegas

1. Florence and the Machine - Lungs
2. Kasabian - West Pauper Lunatic Asylum
3. Muse - The Resistance
4. U2 - No Line On The Horizon
5. The Flaming Lips – Embryonic

1. Supporting U2 at Croke Park, Dublin in July
2. Kasabian | The SECC | Glasgow, Scotland
3. Florence and the Machine | Brixton Academy | London


1. Telepathe - Dance Mother
2. Violens - 2009 Winter Mixtape
3. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
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. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
9. Fever Ray - Fever Ray
10. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix


Albums (no particular order)
1. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
2. Jay-Z - Blueprint 3
3. Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon
4. Muse - The Resistance
5. Kings of Leon - Only by the Night

Shows (no particular order)
1. U2
2. Muse (opening for U2)
3. Nas and Damian Marley | Camp Bisco

Zach Deputy

Zach Deputy
1. Michael Jackson – Off The Wall
2. Ryan Montbleau Band – Stages Vol. 2
3. Bela Fleck – Throw Down Your Heart
4. The Motet – Dig Deep
5. The Derek Trucks Band – Already Free

1. Wormtown | Greenfield, MA
2. Bear Creek Festival | Live Oak, FL
3. Bonnaroo | Manchester, TN

Matthew Whipple – Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars
1. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
2. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
3. Sonic Youth - The Eternal
4. Atlas Sound - Logos
5. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

1. Our show opening for the Flaming Lips in London (11.10.09)
Unforgettable! A crash course in showmanship and what it means to be a gentleman. The Lips and co./crew/family are inspiring, wonderful people.

2. Wilco | 11.07.09 | Rolling Stone Weekender | Lubeck, Germany
Joe, Matt, and myself had a chance to watch Wilco from backstage in Germany. It made me want to go practice my instrument.

3. The Wrens | 12.04.09 | 20th Anniversary Show | Maxwell's | Hoboken, NJ
I only recently got into the Wrens via Joe. They put on an excellent show. 20 years as a band is a long time!

Will Bradford - SeepeopleS, Freepeoples Frequency

1. Morphine – At Your Service
2. Flaming Lips – Embryonic
3. Doves – Kingdom of Rust
4. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
5. Black Eyed Peas – The E.N.D

1. Phish | 06.14.09 | Bonnaroo | Manchester, TN
2. The Flaming Lips | 08.26.09 | Chastain Park | Atlanta, GA
3. Pretty Lights | 09.12.09 | Trinumeral Festival | Deerfields, NC

Brooke Binion - Freepeoples Frequency

Freepeoples Frequency
1. The Flaming Lips – Embryonic
2. SeepeopleS – Apocalypse Cow Vol.2
3. Them Crooked Vultures – self-titled
4. Prodigy – Invaders Must Die
5. Shpongle – Ineffable Mysteries of Shpongleland
1. Phish | 03.07.09-03.09.09 | Hampton Coliseum
2. Ozric Tentacles | 09.05.09 | The Orange Peel | Asheville, NC
3. The Flaming Lips | 08.26.09 | Chastain Park | Atlanta, GA

Steve Choi - RX Bandits

RX Bandits
1. Mew - No more stories Are told today I'm sorry they washed away....
2. Converge - Axe To Fall
3. Fucked Up - The Chemistry Of Common Life
4. Sonic Youth - The Eternal
5. Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You

Top 3 shows for RX Bandits this last year

1. TLA | July 2009 | Philadelphia, PA
2. Criciuma | October 2009 | Brazil
3. Irving Plaza | July 2009 | New York, NY

Casey Laforet - Elliott BROOD

Top Ten Songs to get you through the worst hangover of your life...

Attention!!! The order must be followed exactly.

Elliott BROOD
1. "Cranes" (Parkdale)
When your eyes open, you're going to need something soothing to reassure you you're going to live through the day. The vocal harmonies and gorgeous melodies from this former Toronto duo rival those of Simon and that curly haired guy. Take some painkillers and try to pay attention to some of the most beautiful lyrics ever penned. Now find your apartment. That family wants its front lawn back.

2. "Go First" (Damien Jurado)
Now you're going to need something to get you moving...especially for those multiple trips you'll take to the bathroom. "Go First" is perfect, with slow simple drums and a hanging guitar line. This is a "sad, break-up, feel sorry for yourself" song, which is perfect for how you should be feeling. It also has that mysterious "I'm gonna be okay power," which will help with the next few hours. Suggestion: Play twice if necessary. Do not move to next song until ready.

3. "I Wonder" (Blind Melon)
From their outstanding debut, let "I Wonder" suck you in with its subtle acoustic intro. Then let it pull you out from beneath the blankets with an electric lead line for the ages. By far one of the greatest guitar combo bands in recent history, this song should have you on your feet, or at least sitting at the edge of your bed considering eating something. Remember to drink water.

4. "Furr" (Blitzen Trapper)
Now that you're up and walking and the dizziness is fading it's time for some introspection. Lyrically, "Furr" is one of the most beautiful songs ever written, with a simple Dylan-esque arrangement and outstanding vocal treatment, complete with loon calls. The song beautifully describes the insanity and wilderness of youth, which is probably what you were trying to relive last night when you followed that tequila with whiskey and decided that you're a smoker now. I once used up an entire iPod battery with this song on repeat. This one is worth soaking up a few times before moving on.

5. "Head Home" (Midlake)
Staying on the wilderness theme, "Head Home" is from The Trials of Van Occupanther, which is one of the greatest complete albums in recent memory. There are tones and synths in this song and throughout the record that you won't find anywhere else, or at least not used as tastefully. The soaring chorus at the end of the song should have through the regret phase of the hangover and in a sing-along mood.

6. "Wavin' Flag" (K'naan)
Now that you're halfway through the pain and self-loathing, it's time for something uplifting and inspirational. "Wavin' Flag" was recently chosen as the theme song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and with good reason. This song has a hook that will stick with you throughout the day.

7. "Arms Like Boulders" (War On Drugs)
I met these guys in France and it's impossible to describe their sound. This song clocks in at just over five minutes and will have you floating along the whole way. There's a lot of stuff hiding in this song, so use headphones if possible.

8. "When We Were Young" (The Killers)
I know this probably isn't popular amongst music snobs, but I can't help it. This song is perfect for starting over. Driving bass and laser guitars. You're headache is now a memory and you're feeling like getting in trouble again. If you can't find an MP3 and you don't own the album, just turn on the radio three years ago.

9. "When We Were Young" (The Wooden Sky)
Same song title, better band. If you're up to it, it's time for a road trip, or at least a trip to the liquor store to pick up the next round. This is a great driving song with the perfect amount of gravel vocals. Watch your speed as the drum line will have you pushing the gas excessively.

10. "I Gotta Get Drunk" (Phosphorescent covering Willie Nelson)
Well, you've come full circle. Crack that square bottle and get started all over again! You've already forgotten what you put yourself through today. Let the great lyrics of this track reassure you you're doing the right thing ruining your tomorrow!

Repeat track list daily as needed

Andre Cholmondeley - Project/Object

1. PJ Harvey and John Parrish - A Woman A Man Walked By
2. U2 - No Line On The Horizon
3. Death - For the Whole World To See
4. Mastodon - Crack The Skye
5. Living Colour - The Chair in the Doorway

1. Bill Frisell | Grey Eagle | Asheville, NC
2. Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction, Street Sweeper (NINJA Tour) | May 2009 | Atlanta GA
3. Eddie Jobson - UZ Project w/John Wetton, Tony Levin, Greg Howe, Marco Minnemann | November 2009 | Warsaw, Poland


1. The first night of All Good was all good
2. Wakarusa - everybody played great
3. Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussein, & Edgar Meyer at Trinumeral

Grayson Capps

1. Levon Helm - Electric Dirt
2. The Heartless Bastards - The Mountain
3. The Black Crowes - Before The Freeze

Grayson Capps
4. Bob Dylan - Christmas In The Heart
5. Grayson Capps - Live At The Paradiso

1. The Guthrie Family Tour | November 2009 | Burlington, VT
2. Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble | November 2009 | Woodstock, NY
3. Amanda Shires | September 2009 | The Basement | Nashville, TN

Trevor Hall

1. Matisyahu - Light

Trevor Hall
2. Michael Franti and Spearhead - All Rebel Rockers
3. The Bauls of Bengal - Folk Songs of India: Remastered
4. Easy Star All-Stars - Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band
5. Mahesha Ram - Kabir in Rajasthan

1. Dub Trio opening for Matisyahu | Austin, TX
2. Michael Franti and Spearhead | somewhere outside in the middle of nowhere in Montana
3. Mario Pagliarulo singing in Italian | anywhere and everywhere

Please use the Comments Section to tell the world your top albums and live shows from 2009.

Check out Part 2 of our Best of 2009 Artist List here.

[Published on: 12/24/09]

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Cola21 Thu 12/24/2009 11:14PM
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I've only read the introduction and I have to express myself: Lady Gaga is not revolutionary or creative. She may dress unorthodoxically, but the three or so singles she's released all sound the same AND "Bad Romance" has a strong tinge of some Miley Cyrus song I've heard. Not good company to be in in terms of musical authenticity and creativity (although Party in the USA slowly slowly slowly worked me down). So, just to clear the air. Lady Gaga ain't special. Don't feel compelled to think so.

mesaxi Fri 12/25/2009 12:32AM
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^^Thanks for saying it. Lady Gaga is another another talentless hack pressed out by the warped cookie cutter that is that mainstream american music industry. She represents the target that they have pinned to each and every one of us, and the downfall of musicians in the forefront. She does not write or play her own music, she is the avatar of ignorant music.

I loooove that Skerik and Mike Dillon picked The Wayne Shorter Quartet as their top show.

Snackman starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/25/2009 05:49AM
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Albums(no part. order)

1. eliot lipp- peace love weed 3d

2.big gigantic-wake up

3.animal collective- merriweather post pavillion

4.john frusciante- the empyrean

5. any sub soldiers, muti music, lowpro lounge, brainfeeder artists

Shows(no part. order)

1. RUSKO-Portland, OR 12/12/09

2. bluetech-earthdance late nite

3. glitch mob-portland, OR 7/27/09

4.ROTHBURY (SCI, Chromeo, Nas, EoTo)

kfk1000 Fri 12/25/2009 06:07AM
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^^^ agree with that completely lipp's latest cd, best of the year, from start to finish the man kills it.

hnkscrpio Fri 12/25/2009 06:53AM
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yeah sal, right with you on peace love weed 3d and merriweather post pavillion.

curtbraski Fri 12/25/2009 07:39AM
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the disco biscuits are soo lame why did they wrote paragraphs... what a bunch of DBags.... btw Happy Hollidaze

Dcknyc Fri 12/25/2009 08:33AM
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Best Albums of 2009

both self titled debuts

Flearoy - Flearoy

Chelsea Crowell - Chelsea Crowell

sunflowerra Fri 12/25/2009 09:13AM
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Murph is incredible.


Ad Explorata- STS9

Cozza Friendly- Bassnectar

Peace Love Weed 3D- Eliot Lipp

Flat5 Fri 12/25/2009 10:13AM
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this is the best "Best of" list.

RichardHaley Fri 12/25/2009 10:21AM
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I don't think the writer was saying that Lady Ga Ga or Lil' Wayne were amazing musicians or that he even liked them, seemed like he was just stating how they followed an unorthodox road to success. And i think you kinda have to agree, neither of them really fit into the mold of pop star cookie cutters. Personally, i could give a shit about either one, but as far as pop stars, they def cut their own path. Anyway, much more importantly, awesome job gathering so many lists for us to dig into. Happy Holidays everyone.

Cola21 starstarstarstar Fri 12/25/2009 11:12AM
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Yeah I probably jumped to an unfair conclusion based on that little reference. I think it was just my misplaced frustration with friends who praise her creativity too much.

I'm so excited to see Grizzly Bear on so many people's lists. They put out one phenomenal record. A bit of a change from Yellow House, but they just seem to purr out a wave of sound that totally captivates me. And Levon Helm's Electric Dirt. Holy crap. What an album. As cliche as it is to say, you should get the album just to hear his Tennessee Jed cover. It's disgustingly fun.

louie1827 Fri 12/25/2009 11:46AM
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reed mathis has quite the ego...

tman1628 starstar Fri 12/25/2009 12:30PM
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I can't believe Artist's were arrogant enough to put their own material in their top lists...well I can, but what dicks!

Andrew Bruss Fri 12/25/2009 12:35PM
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Andrew Bruss

1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

2. Mastodon - Crack The Skye

3. Raekwon - Only Built For Cuban Linx Pt II...

redhed starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/25/2009 12:37PM
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1. Dead Fish-Signal Fading

2. Manners-Passion Pit

3. A New Tide-Gomez

4. Glitter & Doom-Tom Waits (Fucking Legend)

5. Monsters of Folk

6. Around The Well-Iron & Wine

7. Blood of Man-Mason Jennings

8. Octahedron-The Mars Volta

9. Black Gives Way To Blue-Alice In Chains

10. The Pursuit-Jamie Cullum

redhed starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/25/2009 12:44PM
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I love to make a list. I put the link up for Signal Fading because they are not well known, but they should be IMHO. Check'em out my hippy friends.

Marcsmall Fri 12/25/2009 03:55PM
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brooklynite84 Fri 12/25/2009 04:19PM
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Flaming Lips - Embryonic and Dark Side of the Moon

Them Crooked Vultures


Sleepy Sun - Modified Arts PHX and Flagstaff

Flaming Lips - Mcdowell Mountain Music Festival

NIN - PHX and San Diego

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - Dana Point, Cali

The Horrors - Tempe AZ

Puscifer - PHX

brooklynite84 Fri 12/25/2009 04:40PM
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Just found out that James Gurley of Big Brother passed, RIP JAMES, your music and style was such an inspiration...Combination of the Two is one of my all time favorite songs...thanks for being one of the cultivating and innovative figures in the San Fran 60s scene from the very beginning:)

iAMuANDwhatIseeISme Sat 12/26/2009 09:02AM
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reed mathis is actualy a very humble and amicable in person. i think he's just very proud of the enormous amount of work they put into winterwood. i would be too. it is a very "beautiful" album.....ANYWAY...Leonard Cohen put on THE best tour of any performer this year. PERIOD. few performances have ever moved me to tears. unreal for a 70-something year old man.

BGA1 Sat 12/26/2009 09:12AM
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Yeah ALO the Mystic!! I will agree with dan & Steve on that one. Had not seen ALO since 1999 and was blown away that night at the mystic. I still listen to that recording at least once a week!

PhunkyAdam Sat 12/26/2009 09:41AM
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As much as I love Sound Tribe, I hate how (for the past few years at least that I have read this) Murph always lists one of STS9's albums. Last year he said Peaceblaster was one of the best of 08 rofl.

PhunkyAdam Sat 12/26/2009 09:42AM
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Meant to say two, not few btw.

ghilliesblunt starstarstarstarstar Sat 12/26/2009 12:25PM
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no offense, phunkyAdam but he listed the peaceblaster make it right remixes album, which was pretty damn good...but i agree yeah the og peaceblaster was not one of 08's best

peace love weed 3D was the best album of 09 imo, and the best cover art in a loooong time

DAMONCORY starstarstarstarstar Sat 12/26/2009 01:27PM
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This is a great feature. I dont buy alot of music anymore "except lots of shows & festivals" Two I did buy & Im surprised no one mentioned are Clutch's Strange Cousins From the West, & P.O.S.'s Never Better. Both are outstanding. The New Mastodon album is great too. Im also a little surprised no mentioned the ABB/WSP or De La Soul tours.

mahgeetah Sat 12/26/2009 04:21PM
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Seriously Murph needs to be listening to more music than his own. Would probably do wonders for the music he makes. Just sayin.

Fza Sun 12/27/2009 02:04PM
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Artists that put their own work on the "best of" list have also earned the "worst douchebag" award (e.g. STS9). Also, Disco Biscuits talk too much.

Other than that, Jambase you rule, thanks so much for doing this every year. Next year, more humble artists should be given a voice.


chidodger Sun 12/27/2009 03:38PM
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Best shows for me this year (in no particular order)...

-Bisco at the Congress Theater-Chicago

-Pretty Lights at Rothbury

-The Dead at Allstate arena on Cindo de mayo

-Phish at Alpine night 1 (liked both nights, but I thought 1 was better)

-Umphreys at Rothbury

-MSTRKRFT ar Rothbury

zeebo Sun 12/27/2009 04:01PM
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So glad that Kyle Hollingsworth mentioned Gregory Alan Isakov's "This Empty Northern Hemisphere" on his list of favorite albums of 09. I haven't looked very closely, but I haven't seen that album on anyone else's list. The entire album is great, and I would highly recommend checking it out if you have not heard of him. It definitely made my top 5, probably close to the top.......

I would also add albums by Phoenix, The Avett Brothers, Dawes, Bell X1, Andrew Bird, Wilco, Alberta Cross, Jason Isbell and probably more that I am forgetting.......

My favorite album of the year (besides Gregory Alan Isakov) would have to be Local Native's "Gorilla Manor". This album has not been released in the US yet, so maybe it will make a lot of people's lists in 2010......

lerner starstarstarstarstar Sun 12/27/2009 04:13PM
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I really enjoyed reading all of that... It is a very unique thing to hear what your favorite artists are listening to..

~Thanks JamBase... Keep up the good work..!

chux7487 Sun 12/27/2009 05:21PM
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so glad flight of the concords is getting love on here. too many dicks on the dancefloor

PhunkyAdam Sun 12/27/2009 07:51PM
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Oh dude ghilliesblunt, none taken. I will never cut anybody down for voicing their opinion. While I didn't listen to the entire album, I checked out quite a few of the remixes and liked what I heard, and honestly I like a few PeaceBlaster songs a lot. My comment wasn't meant to take a shot at STS9's new material(I mean, that's a subject about as beaten as "molly/flatbrim jokes" aimed at bisco kids), but the fact that it seems rather douchey, to list your own album as best of the year, MORE than one year in a row, no less. I have nothing for love but STS9, even after they started doing their one set, PA/Peaceblaster garbage. But Murph could have given another band credit, instead of calling his own the best, AGAIN.

GeorgieP Mon 12/28/2009 05:45AM
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It's true, the best music IS coming out of Brooklyn these days.

BooneRes starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/28/2009 08:23AM
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Good you kids are rediculously ignorant. PEACEBLASTER remixes were not done by STS9, they were remixed by some of the best dj's/producers in the country and hardly sound anything like the songs they are remxing on the cd. If you don't know what you are talking about then you should really shut the fuck up because it makes you look retarded.

George W. Bush II starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/28/2009 01:42PM
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George W. Bush II

you are right trance_delight, but they still sucked IMO.

PhunkyAdam Mon 12/28/2009 04:29PM
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trance, Maybe you should take your own advice. It's quite obvious what you said, which is probably why nobody bothered to point that out before you strolled along. It is still their album, with remixes of their songs. People like you are exactly why I don't post on these boards but once in a blue moon, and people like you are also what's wrong with our scene today, IMO. What happened to those good vibes people? It's easier to be nice and peaceful than it is to be an arrogant dickbag, so why not spread some positivity instead of hate? Didn't you ever see Star Wars dood?

wilsonsux11 Tue 12/29/2009 12:14PM
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My Favorite Albums (no order):

Phish - Joy; The Pass - Colors EP; Blakroc - Blackroc; Black Crowes - Before the Frost...Until the Freeze; Levon Helm - Electric Dirt; Assembly of Dust - Some Assembly Required; Nate Wilson Group - Unbound; New Mastersounds - Ten Years On

My Favorite Shows (in order):

5. (tie) Widespread Panic - Forecastle Festival, Louisville, KY - 7/11/2009

5. (tie) New Mastersounds - Forecastle Festival, Louisville, KY - 7/10/2009

4. Phish - MSG - 12/4/2009

3. The Machine - Gathering of the Vibes - 7/23/2009

2. Eric Clapton/Steve Winwood - IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ - 6/10/2009

1. Steely Dan - Constitution Hall, Washington DC - 11/22/2009

pgroover Wed 12/30/2009 08:00AM
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Band Of Horses- Cease To Begin was not a 2009 album. Neither was In Rainbows by Radiohead.

Best Albums of The Year

1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion

2. Grizzly Bear - Vecketamist

3. Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3

4. Phish - Joy

5. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

6. Iron & Wine - Around The Well

7. Flaming Lips - Embryonic

8. Monsters Of Folk - Monsters Of Folk

9. Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid

10. Akron/Family - Set Em Wild, Set Em Free

Best Shows I saw in 2009

1. String Cheese Incident - Rothbury (if you missed it, you missed it)

2. Phish - Bonnaroo (both shows)

3. Future Rock - Rothbury Late Nite

4. STS9 - Rothbury Late Nite (both shows)

5. Bob Dylan - Rothbury

DELYEAH starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/31/2009 09:07AM
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Favorite Albums of 2009:

1. Phish-Joy

2. Del McCoury Band-Family Circle

3. Raekwon-Only Built For Cuban Linx 2

4. Jay Z-The Blueprint 3

5. J.J. Cale-Roll On

6. Soulive-Up Here

7. Dan Auerbach-Keep It Hid

8. Karl Denson's Tiny Universe-Brother's Keeper

9. Willie Nelson & Asleep at The Wheel-Willie and The Wheel


Favorite Shows I Saw in 2009:

1. Phish-Hampton Coliseum-Hampton, VA-3/8

2. Phish-John Paul Jones Arena-Charlottesville, VA-12/5

3. Phish-Thompson-Boling Arena-Knoxville, TN-6/10

4. Widespread Panic/Allman Brothers-Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre-Charlotte, NC-10/3

5. Disco Biscuits-Tennessee Theatre-Knoxville, TN-9/26

6. Paul McCartney-Piedmont Park-Atlanta, GA-8/15

7. Del McCoury Band-Peace Center-Greenville, SC-10/13

8. Keller Williams-The Handlebar-Greenville, SC-1/21

9. North Mississippi Allstars-The Handlebar-Greenville, SC-4/1

10. Dickey Betts & Great Southern-The Handlebar-Greenville, SC-10/21

DELYEAH Thu 12/31/2009 10:59AM
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I forgot 2 albums to add to the list:

Gov't Mule-By A Thread (Definite top 5 for me, I can't believe I forgot)

Umphrey's McGee-Mantis

desertsky7 Thu 12/31/2009 02:25PM
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Censorship is an ugly weapon wielded by the humorless and weak of skin.

Corby Anderson

So much for good natured ribbing.

andrewdeluxe Fri 1/1/2010 12:47PM
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I liked that Gutwillig mentions Simon Posford, but he should have mentioned the amazing album he & raja ram released as Shpongle this year. Its fucking awesome

Here's mine:


Kettel - Myam James pt. 2

Shpongle - The Ineffable Mysteries of Shpongleland

Phish - Joy

Silkie - City Limits Volume 1


Zappa Play Zappa - Stubbs in Austin

Phish - Bonnaroo friday night

Les Claypool - wakarusa

Stenchman - Mad Classy @ Barcelona, austin

Umphrey's McGee - 9/11, austin

pjustus starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/2/2010 01:40AM
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Since when are musicians not allowed to like their own work?

thesloth29 starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/6/2010 08:52AM
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1. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

2. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)

3. The Black Crowes - Before the Frost...

4. U2 - No Line on the Horizon

5. Phish - Joy

jperkins9 Fri 1/8/2010 06:52PM
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Top 10 Albums of 2009

1. Doves - Kingdom of Rust

2. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

3. The Dodos - A Time to Die

4. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

5. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

6. It Hugs Back – Inside Your Guitar

7. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)

8. Arctic Monkeys – Humbug

9. Gomez - A New Tide

10. Franz Ferdinand – Tonight

Top 5 Shows of 2009

1. Doves @ The Fillmore - May 18, 2009

2. Gomez @ The Fillmore - July 30, 2009

3. The Dodos @ The Casbah - September 28, 2009

4. Grizzly Bear @ Belly Up Tavern

5. Greyboy Allstars @ Belly Up Tavern - December 23, 2009

sistasteph starstarstar Sat 1/9/2010 12:32PM
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Wow, what a disappointingly homogenous group that jambase sought opinions from.

Fnkmister starstarstarstar Tue 1/12/2010 01:55PM
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This is great! I love to see the opinions of musicians I respect. Its a great way to give nods to your contemporaries. Good to see the Bridge and New Mastersounds in the mix!

Too bad some of these guys shamelessly claim their own shows and albums as their picks. Especially when they're already incredibly famous...

primeg starstarstar Fri 1/15/2010 11:34AM
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No Phantogram? puzzling