Music of 2009 (update 6/09)
June 19, 2009

I'll try to do this once a month. Not that any of you care.

Faunts – Feel.Love.Thinking.Of. (9)
Wilco – Wilco (The Album) (9)
Junior Boys – Begone Dull Care (8)
The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love (8)
The Mars Volta – Octahedron (8)
Bat for Lashes – Two Suns (8)
Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything to Nothing (8)
Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion (8)
Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest (8)
Mono – Hymn to the Immortal Wind (8)

Doves – Kingdom of Rust (8)
Antony and the Johnsons – The Crying Light (8)
Sunset Rubdown – Dragonslayer (7)
Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career (7)
Handsome Furs – Face Control (7)
maudlin of the Well – Second the Part (7)
Other Animals – s/t (7)
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Why There Are Mountains (7)
311 – Uplifter (7)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz! (7)
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (7)
Dinosaur Jr. – Farm (7)
Bob Dylan – Together Through Life (7)
Morrissey – Years of Refusal (7)
Silversun Pickups – Swoon (6)
Patrick Wolf – The Bachelor (6)
Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca (6)
Mastodon – Crack the Skye (6)
Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You (6)
White Rabbits – It’s Frightening (6)
Neko Case – Middle Cyclone (6)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – s/t (5)
Moby – Wait for Me (5)
U2 – No Line on the Horizon (5)
Gui Boratto – Take My Breath Away (5)
Andrew Bird – Noble Beast (5)
Dredg – The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion (5)
Graham Coxon – The Spinning Top (5)
The Boy Least Likely to – The Law of the Playground (5)
Bruce Springsteen – Working on a Dream (5)
Asobi Seksu – Hush (5)
Depeche Mode – Sounds of the Universe (4)
The Veils – Sun Gangs (4)
Ocean – Pantheon of the Lesser (4)
Brakes – Touchdown (4)
Dan Deacon – Bromst (4)
Woods – Songs of Shame (3)
The Field – Yesterday and Today (3)
Sonic Youth – The Eternal (3)
Franz Ferdinand – Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (3)
Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown (3)
Chris Cornell – Scream (3)
Sunn O))) – Monoliths & Dimensions (2)
Wavves – Wavvves (2)
Papa Roach – Metamorphosis (2)
Wolves in the Throne Room – Black Cascade (1)

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- - - June 20, 2009 (07:58 AM)
Cool list. If it were my list, I'd take away a couple of marks from "It's Blitz!" (wasn't too keen on it) and add a couple to "Middle Cyclone" (one of my favourite releases this year so far). I've listened to nine on there. Going to check out the new Phoenix next.

Halon Halon - June 20, 2009 (11:47 AM)
I liked the Dredg album a lot more than you (and the 311 album, but that probably has to do with my personal bias towards the band), but you liked the Wilco album a lot more than me!
Suskie Suskie - June 20, 2009 (03:08 PM)
The new Dredg has some really catchy, standout tracks (I Don't Know is on my "most listened to" list of 2009) but the songwriting really struck me as bloated in spots (the opener really suffers from this) and the whole thing feels needlessly padded out with those Stamp of Origin interludes and such. It felt like the album could have been reduced to 10 or 12 tracks and would have made for a much smoother listen.

Speaking of which, I actually saw Dredg back in March. I was pretty unfamiliar with them at the time and it was a friend's idea to see them, and I agreed to it only because they happened to be playing only a few miles from where I was at the time (Chameleon Club in Lancaster). It was a decent show that actually had me looking forward to their new album, though obviously they only played the good songs.
bluberry bluberry - June 20, 2009 (08:19 PM)
Black Cascade is not THAT bad.
Calvin Calvin - June 22, 2009 (02:40 AM)
I hadn't heard about Chris Cornell's "Scream" until now. After seeing that score, I immediately became angry at the world. Then realized Rolling Stone gave it a 0... I don't know if I'll ever be able to take Soundgarden seriously again. If he is trying to ruin his reputation here, he's doing a fine job. :@ I've only listened to the title track and feel sickened. There must be a few good songs on here, right?!

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