Best of 2009 JamBase Staff List

Kayceman
Aaron Kayce (Kayceman) - Editor-in-Chief

Albums
1. Alberta Cross - Broken Side of Time
2. Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul
3. Built to Spill - There Is No Enemy
4. Mastodon - Crack The Skye
5. Elliott Brood - Mountain Meadows

Shows
1. Them Crooked Vultures | 11/19/09 | Fox Theater Oakland, CA
2. Widespread Panic | 11/13/09 | Fox Theater Oakland, CA (review)
3. The Mars Volta | 08/29/09 | Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco, CA (review)

Dennis Cook
Dennis Cook - Associate Editor

Albums (no particular order)
1. Mastodon - Crack The Skye
2. Akron/Family - Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free
3. Todd Snider - The Excitement Plan
4. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
5. The Black Crowes - Before The Frost...After The Freeze

Shows
1. The Black Crowes | 12.01-12.02 & 12.04-12.06.09 | The Fillmore | SF, CA (review)
2. AC/DC | 09.02.09 | HP Pavilion | San Jose, CA (review)
3. Dr. Dog | 04.16.09 | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA (review)

Close runners-up: Bruce Springsteen at HP Pavilion (04.01), Mastodon at San Jose Events Center (11.21), Flowmotion at Summer Meltdown (08.15), Tom Jones at Outside Lands (08.28), and Bon Iver/Megafaun at Fillmore (09.22).

Andy Gadiel
Andy Gadiel – JamBase Founder & President

Albums (no particular order)
1. Fun - Aim & Ignite
2. The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
3. Jerry Garcia Band - Let It Rock - Keystone '75
4. Nathan Moore - Folk Singer
5. Corinne West - The Promise

Shows
1. Phish | 03.08.09 | Hampton Coliseum
2. Big Light and Nathan Moore at JamBase offices | 06.04.09
3. CounterClarkWise | 02.20.09 | Connecticut Yankee | San Francisco, CA

David Rosenheim
David Rosenheim - CEO

Albums
1. Polvo - In Prism
2. The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
3. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
4. The Mother Hips - Pacific Dust
5. Bat for Lashes - Two Suns

Shows
1. Sonic Youth | 08.03.09 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA
2. Jenny Lewis | Wanderlust Festival | Lake Tahoe, CA
3. Ben Harper and the Relentless 7 | 02.17.09 | Highline Ballroom | New York, NY

Tanner Wyer
Tanner Wyer - Sales Associate

Albums
1. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
2. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
3. Miike Snow - self-titled
4. Mother Hips - Pacific Dust
5. Portugal. The Man - Satanic Satanist

Shows
1. Phish | 07.31.09 | Red Rocks | Morrison, CO
2. Dr. Dog | 10.05.09 | Haunted Brookdale Lodge | Brookdale, CA
3. Hall and Oates | 09.04.09 | Mountain Winery | Saratoga, CA

Mason Blake
Mason Blake - Lead Engineer

Albums
1. The Mother Hips - Pacific Dust
2. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
3. Alberta Cross - Broken Side of Time
4. Passion Pit - Manners
5. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion

Shows
1. Go Home (featuring Ben Goldberg, Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter, Ron Miles) | 02.07.09 | Freight & Salvage | Berkeley, CA
2. Akron/Family | 03.07.09 | Hemlock Tavern | San Francisco, CA
3. All of SXSW, specifically Delta Spirit, Bobby Bare Jr., Mother Hips, Jason Isbell, Dr. Dog, Gary Louris & Mark Olson, Efterklang, M. Ward, Heartless Bastards | March 2009 | Austin, TX

Patty Kaufman
Patty Kaufman - Information Coordinator

Albums
1. Alberta Cross - Broken Side of Time
2. The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
3. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
4. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
5. Iron and Wine - Around the Well

Shows
1. Phish | 07.31.09 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO
2. Bon Iver | 09.22.09 | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA
3. Monsters of Folk | 10.17.09 | Fox Theatre | Oakland, CA

SuperDee
Deanne Herman - Web Producer & Designer
Albums
1. The Avett Brothers - I And Love And You
2. Phish - Joy
3. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
4. The Lonely Island - Incredibad
5. Nathan Moore – Folk Singer

Runners-up: Umphrey's McGee's Mantis and Lily Allen's It's Not Me, It's You

Shows
1. Phish | 11.24.09 | Wachovia Center | Philadelphia, PA
2. Erykah Badu | Bonnaroo
3. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals | 02.22.09 | Wellmont Theatre | Montclair, NJ

Geoff Harrison
Geoff Harrison - Sales Director and Biz Dev

Albums
1. Erin McKeown - Hundreds of Lions
2. Marco Benevento - Me Not Me
3. Cracker - Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey
4. Band of Skulls - Baby Darling Doll Face Honey
5. Brendan Benson - My Old, Familiar Friend

Shows
1. Jeff Beck | 04.09.09 | Irving Plaza | New York, NY
2. The Hold Steady | SXSW | Mohawk | Austin, TX
3. The Roots with Angelo and Living Colour | 08.10.09 | Highline Ballroom | New York, NY

Leah Elton
Leah Elton - Accounting Manager
Albums
1. IAMX - Kingdom of Welcome Addiction
2. Manic Street Preachers - Journal for Plague Lovers
3. John Vanderslice - Romanian Names
4. The Horrors - Primary Colours
5. Bat for Lashes - Two Suns

Shows
1. Dean & Britta (13 Most Beautiful Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests) | 02.03.09 | Palace of Fine Arts | San Francisco, CA.
2. Living Things | 06.08.09 | Slim's | San Francisco, CA
3. Manic Street Preachers | 09.24.09 | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA

Matt Tice
Matt Tice - Sales

Albums
1. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
2. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
3. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
4. Elbow & The BBC Concert Orchestra - The Seldom Seen Kid
5. Fever Ray - self-titled

Shows
1. David Byrne | 06.26.09 | Greek Theatre | Berkeley, CA
2. Elbow | 07.22.09 | The Wiltern | Los Angeles, CA
3. Green Day | 04.08.09 | DNA Lounge | San Francisco, CA

Jennifer Zeghibe
Jennifer Zeghibe – Sales

Albums
1. Levon Helm - Electric Dirt
2. Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid
3. J.J. Cale - Roll On

Shows
1. Old Crow Medicine Show | 08.07.09 | Electric Factory | Philadelphia, PA
2. Earl Scruggs | 10.04.09 | Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival | San Francisco, CA
3. Garaj Mahal | 01.07.09 | Yoshi's | San Francisco, CA

Honorable Mention: Greensky Bluegrass | 11.05.09 | Mission Rock | San Francisco, CA

Jamie Piazza – JamBase Web Producer & Designer

Albums
1. Passion Pit - Manners
2. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
3. The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
4. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion
5. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Crystal Carlson - JamBase Information Coordinator

Albums (no particular order)
1. Monsters of Folk – self-titled
2. The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
3. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
4. Umphrey's McGee - Mantis
5. The XX – self-titled

Shows
1. Phish | 03.06.09 | Hampton Coliseum
2. Bon Iver | 09.22.09 | The Fillmore
3. Ween | 08.30.09 | Outside Lands

Continue reading for Best of 2009 lists from JamBase Writers, Friends and Associates...

Brian Bavosa – JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. Brock Butler - Lately Here Though
2. Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3
3. Phish - Joy
4. Monsters of Folk - self-titled
5. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic

Shows
1. Phish | 10.31.09 | Festival 8 | Indio, CA
2. Phish | 7.31.09-08.01.09 | Red Rocks | Morrison, CO
3. Phish | 12.02.09-12.04.09 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY

Basically, Phish is back!!!

Sarah Hagerman – JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. Danny Barnes - Pizza Box
2. Elliott BROOD - Mountain Meadows
3. Sometymes Why - Your Heart is a Glorious Machine
4. Akron/Family - Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free
5. The Felice Brothers - Yonder is the Clock

Shows
1. Yonder Mountain String Band | 07.18.09 | Horning's Hideout | Northwest String Summit | North Plains, OR
2. Bad Livers | 07.17.09 | Horning's Hideout | Northwest String Summit | North Plains, OR
3. Butthole Surfers w/ Peaches | 10.31.09 | Stubb's BBQ | Austin, Texas

Jake Krolick – JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid
2. The Heavy - The House That Dirt Built
3. The Mother Hips - Pacific Dust
4. Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below
5. Floating Action - Floating Action

Shows
1. Surprise Me Mr. Davis | 07.03.09 | High Sierra Music Festival | Quincy, CA
2. The Roots | 06.06.09 | The Roots Picnic | Philadelphia, PA
3. Widespread Panic/The Allman Brothers Band | 08.21.09 | Sesquehanna Bank Center | Camden, NJ

Susan J. Weiand – Photographer, JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. Phish - Joy
2. Umphrey's McGee - Mantis
3. The Derek Trucks Band - Already Free
4. Chick Corea & John McLaughlin Five Peace Band - Five Peace Band, Live
5. Jimmy Herring Band – Lifeboat

Shows
1. Will Bernard/Andy Hess/John Medeski/Stanton Moore | 03.20.09 | Great American Music Hall | San Francisco, CA
2. Derek Trucks Band with Carlos Santana | 04.15.09 | The Grand | San Francisco, CA
3. Jimmy Herring Band | 06.18.09 | The Grand | San Francisco, CA

Josh Miller – Photographer, JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. The Mother Hips – Pacific Dust
2. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
3. The Black Crowes - Before The Frost…
4. The Dead Weather – Horehound
5. The Flaming Lips – Embryonic

Shows
1. Phish | 03.06.09 | Hampton Coliseum | Hampton, VA
2. Widespread Panic | 11.14.09 | The Fox Theater | Oakland, CA
3. The Black Crowes | 12.06.09 | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA

Ron Hart – JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Part II
2. Elvis Costello - Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
3. Iggy Pop - Preliminaires
4. Flaming Lips - Embryonic
5. Dam-Funk - Toeachizown

Shows
1. Bruce Springsteen| 10.08.09 | Giants Stadium | East Rutherford, NJ (second Born To Run show)
2. Paul McCartney | 07.17.09 | Citi Field | Flushing Meadows, NY
3. Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes | 06.10.09 | Beacon Theatre | New York, NY

Steven Walter – Photographer, JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
2. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus
3. The Felice Brothers - Yonder is the Clock
4. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
5. J. Tillman - Year in the Kingdom

Shows
1. Radiohead | 08.21.09 | Frequency Festival | St. Polten, Austria
2. White Lies | 08.12.09 | Sziget Festival | Budapest, Hungary
3. Fleet Foxes | 04.24.09 | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA

Andrew Bruss - JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
2. Mastodon - Crack The Skye
3. Raekwon - Only Built For Cuban Linx Pt. II

Shows
1. My Morning Jacket At Madison Square Garden on NYE 2008.
Technically the second set was this year and it was the best musical performance I saw this year.
2. Phish at Fenway Park
3. Animal Collective at the House Of Blues in Boston, MA 5/14

Wesley Hodges – JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. Passion Pit - Manners
2. Alberta Cross - Broken Side of Time
3. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
4. Atlas Sound - Logos
5. Dinosaur Jr. - Farm

Shows
1. Nine Inch Nails | 06.13.09 | Bonnaroo | Manchester, TN
2. Phoenix | 09.30.09 | Tipitina's Uptown | New Orleans, LA
3. Futurebirds & The Interns (post-fireworks house party ft. Glynn County Police) | 07.04.09 | St. Simons Island, GA

B Getz – JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. Jerry Garcia Band - Let It Rock - Keystone '75
2. Mos Def - The Ecstatic
3. Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3
4. (tie) Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Pt. II/Wu-Tang Clan - Chamber Music
5. (tie) Lil Wayne No Ceilings (official mixtape)/Clipse - Til the Casket Drops

Shows
1. The Royal Family (Eric Krasno & Chapter 2, Break Science, Lettuce, Dr. Claw, and Soulive) | Bear Creek Music Festival
2. Steely Dan | 06.18.09 | St. Augstine, FL
3. Phish | 06.06.09 | Camden, NJ

Cal Roach – JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
2. Minsk - With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone
3. BLK JKS - After Robots
4. Themselves - CrownsDown
5. Krallice - Dimensional Bleedthrough

Shows
1. Phish | 11.20.09 | U.S. Bank Arena | Cincinnati, OH
2. U2 | 09.13.09 | Soldier Field | Chicago, IL
3. Secret Chiefs 3 | 05.23.09 | Summer Camp | Chillicothe, IL

Casey Flanigan – Photographer, JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. Phish - Joy
2. Bassnectar - Cozza Frenzy
3. Jay-Z - Blueprint 3
4. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
5. Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown

Shows
1. Phish | 06.12.09 | Bonnaroo Music Festival | Manchester, TN
2. U2 | 10.25.09 | Rose Bowl | Pasadena, CA
3. Furthur | 09.19.09 | Fox Theater | Oakland, CA

Court Scott – JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. Pearl Jam – Backspacer
2. The Black Crowes – Before the Frost…Until the Freeze
3. N.A.S.A. – Spirit of Apollo
4. Them Crooked Vultures – self-titled
Shows: 1. Nine Inch Nails | 5.24.09 | The Gorge | George, WA
2. Phish | 08.14.09 | Hartford, CT
3. Garage A Trois | 12.08.09 | Seattle, WA

Eric Podolsky – JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. Monsters of Folk – self-titled
2. Return to Forever - Returns
3. Steve Martin - The Crow: New Songs For The 5-String Banjo
4. The Black Crowes - Before the Frost... After the Freeze
5. Vetiver - Tight Knit

Shows
1. (tie) Phish | 08.07.09 | The Gorge and Phish | 10.31.09 | Festival 8
2. The Derek Trucks Band with Carlos Santana | 04.15.09 | Grand Ballroom | San Francisco, CA
3. Allen Toussaint | 10.04.09 | Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival | San Francisco, CA

JC Mcilwaine – JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. Pretty Lights - Passing By Behind Your Eyes
2. Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer
3. White Rabbits - It's Frightening
4. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
5. Soulsavers - Broken

Shows
1. Phish | 10.31.09 | Festival 8 | Indio CA 2. Black Star | 05.30.09 | Nokia Theater | New York, NY
3. Sufjan Stevens | 10.05.09 | Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY

Kevin Schwartzbach – JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
2. Super Furry Animals -Dark Days/Light Years
3. Jim O'Rourke - The Visitor
4. Wilco - Wilco (the Album)
5. Rodrigo y Gabriela - 11:11

Shows
1. Phish | tie between Burgettstown and Darien Lake 2. Hiromi's Sonicbloom | 11.14.09 | Hangar 11| Tel Aviv, Israel
3. Five Peace Band | 04.28.09 | Place des Arts | Montreal, QC

Zack Sampsel – Photographer, JamBase Contributor

Albums
Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3
Dâm-Funk – Toeachizown
Pantyraid – The Sauce
Drake – So Far Gone
Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms

Shows
1. Q-Tip | 08.28.09 | Outside Lands Music Festival | San Francisco, CA
2. Phish | 08.07.09 | The Gorge Amphitheatre | George, WA
3. Major Lazer | 06.27.09 | Electric Daisy Carnival | Los Angeles, CA

Ryan Dembinsky - JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. Fanfarlo - Reservoir
2. The Avett Bros - I and Love and You
3. Devendra Banhart - What We Will Be
4. Alec Ounsworth - Mo Beauty
5. Bela Fleck - Throwdown Your Heart

Shows
1. Phish | 03.06.09 | Hampton Coliseum | Hampton, VA
2. The Avett Brothers | 09.29.09 | Private Album Release Party | New York, NY
3. Trey Anastasio with NY Philharmonic | 09.12.09 | Carnegie Hall | New York, NY

Norman Sands – Photographer, JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Anthology
2. AC/DC - Backtracks
3. Mark Karan - Walk through fire
4. Tea Leaf Green - Coffee Bean Brown Comes Alive
5. Cornmeal - Live

Shows
1. Eric Clapton/Steve Winwood | 06.13.09 | United Center
2. Billy Joel/Elton John | 07.16.09 | Wrigley Field
3. Cornmeal | Electric Christmas 2009

Andy Tennille – BLURT & JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. Dan Auerbach – Keep It Hid
2. Dave Rawlings Machine – Friend Of A Friend
3. Heartless Bastards – The Mountain
4. Monsters of Folk – self-titled
5. Alberta Cross – The Broken Side of Time

Shows
1. Dave Rawlings Machine | November 2009 | Cat's Cradle | Carrboro, NC
2. The Big Surprise Tour | August 2009 | Cary, NC
3. Bruce Springsteen | Bonnaroo 2009

Fred Mills – BLURT Managing Editor & JamBase Contributor

Albums
1. Flaming Lips – Embryonic
2. Reigning Sound – Love & Curses
3. Doveman - The Conformist
4. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – self-titled
5. The Avett Brothers – I And Love And You

Shows
1. Leonard Cohen | 11.01.09 | Thomas Wolfe Auditorium | Asheville, NC
2. King Khan & the Shrines | 03.12.09 | Orange Peel | Asheville, NC
3. Beastie Boys | 06.10.09 | Orange Peel | Asheville, NC
4. Sonics | 03.20.09 | Emo's | Austin TX
5. Rodriguez | 01.10.09 | The Grey Eagle | Asheville, NC

Justin Gillett - JamBase contributor

Albums
1. Pretty Lights – Passing Before Your Eyes
2. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
3. Big Gigantic – Fire it Up
4. Eliot Lipp – Peace Love Weed 3D
5. Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms

Shows
1. STS9/Pretty Lights/Pnuma Trio/Daedelus | Day Out of Time | 07.25.09 | Red Rocks | Morrison, CO
2. Phish | Festival 8 | 10.31.09 | Indio, CA
3. The Dead Weather | 08.30.09 | Outside Lands | San Francisco, CA

Lindsay Colip – JamBase contributor

1. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
2. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
3. Vetiver - Tight Knit
4. White Lies - To Lose My Life
5. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Shows
1. Phoenix | 07.18.09 | Melt Festival | Ferropolis, Germany
2. Bon Iver | Sasquatch Festival | The Gorge | George, Washington
3. Fleet Foxes/Blitzen Trapper | 04.14.09 | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA

Alex Borsody – JamBase contributor

Albums
1. Gov't Mule - By a Thread
2. Garage a Trois - Power Patriot
3. Math Head - Stab City
4. Mastodon - Crack The Skye
5. Greensky Bluegrass - Five Interstates

Shows
1. Lettuce and Derek Trucks | 11.14.09 | Bear Creek Music Festival | Live Oak, FL
2. The Roots | 07.08.09 | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY - 07.08.09
3. Krasno/Russo/Hess/Deutsch | 02.28.09 | Sullivan Hall | New York, NY

Mike Bookey – JamBase contributor

Albums
1. Monsters of Folk - self-titled
2. Pearl Jam - Backspacer
3. The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
4. Dusty Rhodes and the River Band - Palace and Stage
5. The Decemberists - Hazards of Love

Jeff Terich - JamBase Contributor, Editor at www.treblezine.com

Albums
1. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
2. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
3. The Antlers - Hospice
4. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
5. Baroness - Blue Record

Shows
1. Grizzly Bear | 10.21.09 | Belly Up Tavern | Solana Beach, CA
2. Baroness | 12.04.09 | Casbah | San Diego, CA
3. St. Vincent | 05.30.09 | Casbah | San Diego, CA

Tim Dwenger – JamBase contributor

Albums
1. Smoove, Turrell - Antique Soul
2. M Ward - Hold Time
3. Everest - Ghost Notes
4. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
5. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Shows
1. Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble | 08.08.09 | The Barn | Woodstock, NY
2. M Ward (Solo) | 08.16.09 | The Folks Festival | Lyons, CO
Yo La Tengo | 10.10.09 | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO

J Gibson – reapandsow

Albums
1. Flaming Lips - Embryonic
2. Alberta Cross - Broken Side of Time
3. Mastodon - Crack the Skye
4. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
5. Big Rock Candy Mountain - self titled

Shows
1. Them Crooked Vultures | The Fox Theater (Best Venue on the West Coast ) | Oakland, CA
2. The Mars Volta | Outside Lands | San Francisco, CA
3. Yo La Tengo | Treasure Island Festival | San Francisco, CA

Top Tracks
1. "Here to Fall" by Yo La Tengo
2. "These are my twisted words" by Radiohead
3. "Broken Side of Time" by Alberta Cross

Best Music Industry Article
"Smashing the CD... to Bits" by Paul Resnikoff (Digital Music News)

Jonathan Zwickel – Music Writer At Large

Albums
1. The Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
2. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
3. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
4. The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
5. The Heliocentrics with Mulatu Astatke - Information Inspiration Vol. II

Shows
1. Gossip | 08.23.09 | Showbox | Seattle, WA
2. Ponytail | 03.22.09 | Club de Ville | Austin, TX
3. The Maldives/The Moondoggies | 06.28.09 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle WA

Melissa Adair – Elevation Group

Albums
1. The Mother Hips – Pacific Dust
2. Monsters of Folk - self-titled
3. The Dead Weather – Horehound
4. The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
5. Nicki Bluhm – Toby’s Song

Shows
1. Phish | Hampton Coliseum | Hampton, VA
2. Wolfmother | The Fox | Oakland, CA
3. Green Day | The Independent | San Francisco, CA
4. The New Mastersounds | House of Blues | New Orleans, LA (4-hourr set!)
5. ALO | SoHO | Santa Barbara, CA

Jonathan Fordin - Camp Bisco Promoter, MCP Management

Albums (in no 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 Night (Technically 2008 but tour was 2009)

Shows
1. U2
2. Muse (Opening for U2)
3. Camp Bisco - Nas and Damian Marley

Mike Greenhaus – Relix

Albums
1. Levon Helm - Electric Dirt
2. Passion Pit - Manners
3. Phish - Joy/Party Time
4. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - self-titled
5. The Black Crowes - Before the Frost…
6. The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You

Shows
1. Dark Was The Night | 05.03.09 | Radio City Music Hall | New York, NY
2. Phish | 11.24.09 & 11.28.09 | Wachovia Center/Times Union Center | Philadelphia/Albany
3. Allman Brothers Band w/ John Hammond, Bonnie Bramlett & Susan Tedeschi | 03.16.09 | Beacon Theater | New York, NY

Ted Kartzman – IODA, reapandsow

Albums
1. Dawes – North Hills
2. The Mother Hips – Pacific Dust
3. Built To Spill – There Is No Enemy
4. Alberta Cross – Broken Side of Time
5. The XX – self-titled

Shows
1. TV on the Radio | 05.22.09 | Fox Theater | Oakland, CA
2. Dr. Dog | 10.05.09 | Haunted Brookdale Lodge | Brookdale, CA
3. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | 04.01.09 | HP Pavilion | San Jose, CA
4. Hall and Oates | 09.04.09 | Mountain Winery | Saratoga, CA
5. Metallica | 12.12.09 | HP Pavilion | San Jose, CA

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    Biscizzle star Fri 12/25/2009 12:32AM
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    struby420 starstarstar Fri 12/25/2009 07:47AM
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    yrnotdedd Fri 12/25/2009 09:28AM
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    yrnotdedd

    July 4th "Use to be fly 4th of July Christmas Party in the sand" in St. Simon's takes rager of the year by a landslide. Picture 200 people packed in, out, and around a 1 story, 3 bedroom house in the heart of one of the greatest places on earth . Between 5 cop visits and 2 bands the energy of the thriving, unbridled southeast came as close to tearing down a house as physically possible. Many thanks to the hosts and the great people that make events this rare happen... Repeater????? It might not be possible.

    echo tribe Fri 12/25/2009 11:48AM
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    Benjamin Human Fri 12/25/2009 03:51PM
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    Benjamin Human

    no dum dum it means the best shows they saw

    also jambase: send me to shows to review them references and portfolio available

    NickSoda Fri 12/25/2009 04:58PM
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    NickSoda

    70% cali shows because at least 70% of the jambase staff resides in cali. love reading these though. i always look forward to the end of each year so I can see what I've missed and catch up on albums i might otherwise never had given the chance...

    thanks jambase.

    johnnyblaze36 Fri 12/25/2009 05:55PM
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    Too bad nobody saw moe. late night at Bonnaroo. It was definitely one of the best shows of the year. I'm also surprised to see how little love that Pearl Jam's "Backspacer" gets from both Jambase contributors and musicians (from the other year end lists article). It's their best work since "Yield" imo. All around great album.

    PantsForPaco Fri 12/25/2009 06:29PM
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    Yep- Moe. at Bonnaroo was out of control, they raged till like 6:30 AM. Bassnectar got no love on the shows-probably cause he's a DJ, but his AllGood set was the best thing my eyes (and chest cavity) have feasted on in a lonng time.

    jimgavin Fri 12/25/2009 06:31PM
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    Thank you for doing this every year. I have a tradition each Christmas that I ask for (and usually get) a bunch of iTunes cards, then consult this list to see what music must-purchase music I've missed (I'm not as tuned in as y'all through the year). Some of my now favorite bands that I essentially discovered through the year-end Jambase lists are The Slip, Fleet Foxes and MGMT. At first glance it looks like this year's purchases will be Grizzly Bear and The Avett Bro's. Keep these lists coming Jambase!

    youknowit Fri 12/25/2009 06:46PM
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    youknowit

    what do you mean "wow, that is the ceo"? because you have never heard of all of those bands other than Ben Harper? jeez man.

    okiehippie Fri 12/25/2009 09:52PM
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    Best shows I saw this year:

    Widespread Panic 11-12,13,14-09 Fox Theatre Oakland, CA (Best new venue in the country)

    Allman Brothers Red Rocks 9-5-09 40th Anniversary Tour. One of America's greatest "musical families"!

    Phish 6-16-09 Fox Theater St. Louis, Red Rocks 7-30,31-09. Total redemption after Coventry

    Dark Star Orchestra Fillmore Auditorium Denver,CO 10-16-09 I Can't believe I'm saying this! I have seen DSO many times over the years with mixed feelings and reactions. It seemed a little corny to me , but they really won me over that night. Cant wait to see John Kadlecik with Furthur!

    SkiBumK27 Sat 12/26/2009 02:32AM
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    SkiBumK27

    I saw both the moe. late night Bonnaroo set as well as the Bassnectar All good set. While both good shows, they def don't make my top 3. Plus Bassnectar's set from last years all good was waaaay better.

    futhepharmer star Sat 12/26/2009 07:09AM
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    ghilliesblunt starstarstarstarstar Sat 12/26/2009 12:36PM
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    ghilliesblunt

    futhepharmer: dude are u fucking joking me? go to PT if u wanna be surrounded by kids who love gargling treys balls...this site was created for music lovers of all genres, i would hope

    there is a damn good reason Joy wasnt in many top 5's, cause there were far many more albums this year that were superior

    "Jambase, you need to climb out of the musical toilet somebody flushed you down."-futhepharmer

    musical toilet? wow Shakespearean level metaphor right there

    ghilliesblunt Sat 12/26/2009 12:39PM
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    ghilliesblunt

    futhepharmer: after u reply to my comment be sure to make sure that your cats are fed

    Jack Straw Berry Sat 12/26/2009 06:05PM
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    Jack Straw Berry

    Best show of the year...Dead Meadow and Sleepy Sun at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur...

    spinyn starstarstarstar Sat 12/26/2009 07:27PM
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    No mention of the amazing album by Tinariwen "Companions".

    Show of the year - Derek Trucks Band House Of Blues, NOLA Sunday before Mardi Gras

    struby420 Sat 12/26/2009 07:44PM
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    struby420

    ghilliesblunt, just for your information, phish was the top searched for band on this site. in fact, the only non "jam" band on the list seems to be radiohead. so while the people who put the site together may like other types of music more, the people who spend time on jambase spend the majority of their time reading about bands who all have the same fans.

    not to say you don't have a point, because you do. joy isn't worthy of any top lists, not even top 10. check out the best of artists list though, david murphy from sts9 listens his OWN cd in the list haha...shows where all the fandom goes (to his head)

    Booze star Sat 12/26/2009 09:58PM
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    bmo starstar Sun 12/27/2009 10:26AM
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    It's been said a few times already and people seem not to like it, but let's be honest - this is jambase not indiebase. Just take a look at the most searched artists list. I went over to paste, pitchfork, and a thousand other hip music blogs and found the same lists. I admit there is definitely plenty of good music outside of the jam scene, but i come to this website for jambands.

    Maybe to make this more meaningful, forget the best albums...we all know that jambands aren't judged on the quality of their albums. Lists I would like to see would be best live recordings, best shows available on the archive, best new acts in different genres.

    Props to Reed Mathis for his thoughtful list.

    The best shows are the ones you see with your best friends at your favorite local venue.

    DAMONCORY starstarstarstarstar Sun 12/27/2009 11:59AM
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    DAMONCORY

    "Jambands?" I love em too, but Mastodon, De La Soul, Union Station, Clutch & Playing For Change were some of the best shows I saw this year. Do the Roots, or MMW Count as "Jambands"? Keep it up Jambase.

    BooneRes starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/28/2009 08:14AM
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    cUB_nAsTY Mon 12/28/2009 10:48PM
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    cUB_nAsTY

    NOT A GODDAMN one of you mentioned WOLFMOTHER

    I guess you havent heard it yet

    cUB_nAsTY Mon 12/28/2009 10:48PM
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    cUB_nAsTY

    wolf mother's cosmic egg

    steve spliffton Wed 12/30/2009 02:13AM
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    steve spliffton

    ouch guys i know Im just the intern and im low man on the totem, but heres my picks whether u want em or not.....

    Albums

    1. MSTrKrFT - The Looks

    2. Yonder Mountain String Band - all mountain tracks except maybe 4

    3. Farmhouse 5/16/00

    Live

    Phish - Deer Creek - 09

    Keller Williams INCIDENT - vegoose 06

    Phil and Phriends 08 (Treys first electic show back)

    Easy Star All stars - Dubside of the Moon and OK Computer dub covers all good 06

    Particle - Henry Fonda Theatre, Hollywood, 06

    Widespread Panic beacon theatre - 03

    your faithful intern Alex

    aquariumdrunk starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/30/2009 08:24AM
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    aquariumdrunk

    For the record, I beat Kayceman to using "Last Year" as the opener for my year end mix!!!

    desertsky7 starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/31/2009 01:26PM
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    Dennis, Aaron, allow me to thank you for the chance to contribute to Jambase this year. The example that each of you set is an admirable one. This is a place for heads and ramblers of all sorts, not just those who yearn for the oscillating kiss of hula on their bare chests.

    Now, down to business. I am, in a shallow way, offended by your obvious slight in not including me in your contributer list. This despite the two single best festival reviews written on this sight, or anywhere, in the Devil's year of two-thousand and niner. How soon you forget the strange, fantasmagorial scenes that emanated from both Big Sur (Gramble on Big Sur - Feb. 09) and Cane Creek, Utah (Hazed and Deluged: Desert Rocks, May, 2009). Great Lord of Backbeat I do hope that your banning me from this hallowed list is due to the quantity of posts, and not the quality.

    Weak men have been known to shoulder tackle Redwoods after reading the Gramble piece, and the US Navy has been studying the effects of prolonged exposure to torrential downpour after being tipped of to my Desert Rocks report by a wayfaring sailor.

    But I will not let this mean slight get me down. No, it was too good a year to end on a brown note. Despite the February canning from my job herding piggies at the Fat Farm in Pebble Beach, notwithstanding the sudden loss of every conceivable way for a creative to soak in a bit of green juice, and excluding the bank-fuckered loss of house and home, I will remember 2009 as a poignant time. A time of great adventure, real music made in dire times, and friends gained in strange climes. And I will someday think back on this hateful shining as a mere speck of gnat intestine on the windshield of my life...

    And if you thought that I was going to post my top five anything here anyways, then think again freako. You'll have to ponder the unknowable in perpitude, dude.

    Corby Andeson

    Jambase Contributer of the Year, 2009 (self-appointed)

    corbyanderson.wordpress.com

    PS - I am glad to see so many votes for the Mother Hips. They have settled into a position in the music world that can only be described as "stately". If you have not, check out Pacific Dust, their new record. (FOR SHAME Dennis Cook! I know that you have to consider all records, and you see billions in a single days work, but how could you, mate? Pacific Dust is easily the record of the year, if not the decade.)

    RedHeaven Thu 12/31/2009 02:44PM
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    RedHeaven

    My albums of 2009 (whenever they were released, these are just the ones I listened to most or discovered)

    Neko Case: Middle Cyclone

    New Pornographers: Twin Cinema

    Zero 7: Yeah Ghost

    Yonder Mountain String Band: The Show (give this one another chance wussies! It grows on you! :)

    STS9: Peaceblaster New Orleans remixes

    Random Rab: Arose

    Fave shows of 09:

    Railroad Earth: 12/27/09 San Francisco Fillmore

    Blue Turtle Seduction: Valentines Day Ball, Nevada City CA

    Cornmeal, Travelin McCourys, Lee Boys: High Sierra Late Nite

    Umphreys McGee: Halloween Mash up set, Las Tortugas Fest

    Random Rab: Morning Set, Bobolink Fest in the Sierras, CA May

    Best new bluegrass band: Montana Slim

    Favorite guitar player of the Year: Sean Lehe of Izabella

    Favorite Festivals: High Sierra and Las Tortugas and Burning Man if you count that as a fest ;)

    Band I used to hate but now love: Mother Hips

    Band I used to love but now, meh: Dumpstaphunk

    fishbone1 Mon 1/4/2010 04:42AM
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    fishbone1

    twin cinema is old.

    jwaxman Mon 1/4/2010 07:59AM
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    2009 was a great year for live music. With Phish's triumphant return added to the already plethora of great jam music. My top 5 shows on '09 in no particular order...

    1. Phish NYE run, Miami

    2. Phish Bonnaroo

    3. Moe. Bonnaroo

    4. Umphrey's Mcgee (tie between their late February shows in Atl and Allgood Festival in July)

    5. Widespread Panic/Allman Bro's Charlotte NC (2 night run)

    Mutilated Trips Thu 1/7/2010 01:12AM
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    Mutilated Trips

    were any of you staying at the holiday in in ATL for NYE JB folks? any of you? probably not this is just a shot in the dark....

    rbubriski Fri 1/8/2010 05:57AM
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    rbubriski

    very little jam love among the staff