Category Archives: 2009

[revisited] 2009

I spend a fair amount of time digging for new music, but I always go back to my favorites. One year in particular is always on repeat and seeing as how we’re now ten years removed, it’s about time I gave praise where praise is due.

To put it bluntly, 2009 was an epic year of music. It’s the year I’ve revisited most frequently since I started compiling my year end lists – (31) Days of Good. I honestly can’t think of another year that includes so many of my favorite records. Records I still listen  to on a regular basis. Records I don’t think i’ll ever stop enjoying. Hell, records I don’t think I could live without. Records like Mew’s No More Stories Are Told Today…, The Antler’s Hospice, Karen O and The Kids’ Where The Wild Things Are soundtrack, Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, Japandroids’ Post-Nothing, Future Islands’ Feathers & Hallways, St. Vincent’s Actor, Passion Pit’s Manners, Telekinesis’ Telekinesis!, Mos Def’s The Ecstatic, Discovery’s LP, and The xx’s xx.

This is such a small sample of incredible releases and I can go on-and-on listing my favorites. But records aren’t meant to be read, they are meant to be heard. So if you’re unfamiliar with one of greatest years of modern music, I’ve got your covered. Take a spin down memory lane with my (31) Days of Good//2009 playlist below and check back throughout the year as I revisit more favorites.

[mix] (31) Days of Good: 2009


As I prep #31days2016, I find myself exploring the tunes from past (31) Days of Good. It seems counter productive when i’m writing about the best new music of the year, but listening to old favorites seems to motivate me more. A few weeks ago, Brendan and I revisited the early blogspot days of Concrete Opinions and 35mmBeats on Revolutions Per Minute and had a blast. So, as we approach the “best of season”, i thought it would be nice to share my old (31) Days of Good playlists. 


15 is my favorite #, so i'm choosing 15

there was so much good music this past year, it was much harder than i expected to choose only fifteen. in order to make the necessary cuts, i based my decisions on replay value and the entirety of the album. for example, the most recent stellastarr* album, “civilized” was an excellent album and i could listen to the track “freak out” all the time, but it wasn’t anywhere close to their debut album (self titled) that has been in my car stereo since 2003.

i wouldn’t be surprised if more than one of these albums makes it on your list, but please remember, these are my favorite albums and i don’t expect our tastes to be exactly the same. email me and let me know what your favorite albums of ’09 were and if i forgot any that you think should be this list.
so without further ado…

15) Wale – Attention Deficit
14) We Were Promised Jetpacks – These Four Walls
13) White Lies – To Lose my Life
12) Telekinesis – Telekinesis!
11) The xx – xx
10) Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below
09) Passion Pit – Manners
08) Matt & Kim – Grand
07) The Temper Trap – Conditions
06) Royksopp – Junior
05) Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
04) Islands – Vapours
03) Karen O and the Kids – Where the Wild Things Are
02) Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
01) Mew – No More Stories are Told Today I’m Sorry They Washed Away No More Stories
(On the cusp: Dinosaur Jr. – Farm, Mos Def – Ecstatic, The Antlers – Hospice, Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest, Stellastarr* – Civilized, Julian Casablancas – Phrazes for the Young, Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca)
Check out some other good “Albums of ’09” lists:

The Music Slut Presents: Matt’s Top 20 LPS of 2009