Top 10 Albums of 2009

I was going to provide rankings past a top 10, but decided to keep it simple so here it is:

1. Dropkick-Abelay Hotel
2. Fanfarlo-Reservoir
3. Camera Obscura-My Maudlin Career
4. We Were Promised Jetpacks-These Four Walls
5. Micah Schnabel-When the Stage Lights Go Dim
6. The Tailors-Come Dig Me Up
7. Michael Carpenter-Redemption #39/The Stripped Redemption #39
8. Hello=Fire-Hello=Fire
9. I Was A King-I Was A King
10. Vulture Whale-Vulture Whale (II)

here’s the rest, tied for #11 in alpha order: (there was a lot I didn’t get to buy in 2009)
A Camp-Colonia
Bap Kennedy-Howl On
Brendan Benson-My Old Familiar Friend
Broken Family Band-Please and Thank You
Broken Records-Until the Earth Begins to Part
The Clean-Mister Pop
Graham Coxon-The Spinning Top
God Help the Girl-God Help the Girl
Heartless Bastards-The Mountain
Tommy Keene-In the Late Bright
Joey Kneiser-All-Night Bedroom Revival
The Knobs-Breakup & Die (officially released in 2009)
Le Reno Amps-Tear It Open
Liechtenstein-Survival Strategies in Modern World
The Love Language-The Love Language
McGowan-American Regular
Memphis 59-Ragged But Right
Rhett Miller-Rhett Miller
Pains of Being Pure at Heart-Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Pastels/Tenniscoast-Two Sunsets
Joe Pernice-It Feels so Good When I Stop
Reigning Sound-Love & Curses
Ike Reilly-Hard Luck Stories
Spare Snare-I Love You, I Hate You
Swell Season-Strict Joy
The Swimmers-People are Soft
Trash Can Sinatras-In the Music
Frank Turner-Poetry of the Deed
Twilight Sad-Forget the Night Ahead
Two Hours Traffic-Territory
Lewis Wilson-Lift You Up
Yo La Tengo-Popular Songs
Zooey Van Gooey-The Cage was Unlocked All Along

Top 10 songs (although, I have a new favorite song every day):
1. Moving Clocks Run Slow-We Were Promised Jetpacks
2. American Static-Micah Schnabel
3. The Road-Frank Turner
4. Honey in the Sun-Camera Obscura
5. Too Much Too Say-Dropkick
6. Pictures of Her-The Tailors
7. Harold T. Wilkins. or How I Learned to Wait for a Very Long Time-Fanfarlo
8. Lalita-The Love Language
9. Nothing to Hide-Yo La Tengo
10. Can’t Go Back-Michael Carpenter

I saw a decent amount of shows, not many as I’d like to have attended, but I had to choose quality over quantity. I definitely saw more than
three, but the ones that most stood out:

1. Dropkick, The Primary 5 & Attic Lights-Darvel Music Festival, Scotland
seeing three bands I love a lot for the very first time on the same stage. despite being freaked out meeting so many people for the first time at once, it was entirely too much fun in one night!

2. Teenage Fanclub-Belfast
If I had any sense, I would have made it known on the TFC message board I was going to be present for the show as I ended up going on my
own. Not that it stopped me from enjoying every single second of it. hard to believe I’ve been a fan for 18 years now!

3. Frightened Rabbit, Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks-Orlando

Three Scottish bands in the US. Amazing night, incredible sets from all three, and I got to combine it with a visit with my Great Aunt.

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