Best of 2009 JamBase Staff List

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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