Tuesday, January 5, 2010

My favorite records of 2009

Now, I must admit that I did not stay as up to date with new releases as I have in past years. But these are some of my favorites of 2009:

St. Vincent-Actor
Grizzly Bear-Veckatimest
The Decemberists-Hazards of Love
M.Ward-Hold Time
Laura Veirs-July Flame (This is technically a 2010 release but she sent them out late December and I love it.)
Dark Was the Night-Various Artists (How could someone not like this album?)
Wilco (The Album)-Wilco
The Fruit Bats-The Ruminant Band

So, I know the list is lacking but I have a long list of albums I want to buy soon. This year I fell in love with many artists and dug into their history which is why this list is short.

Let's Play Catch Up

So, I know it has been a very long time. School, college applications, and other activities have kept me from updating. But, here is my amazing year in music:

I saw Death Cab for Cutie in early May for a birthday present. Ra Ra Riot and Matt Costa opened and it was my first time seeing Death Cab. It was a very good show.

I saw the Fruit Bats play at Grimey's in September for Labor Day. The Ruminant Band was one of my favorite albums of the year and it was great seeing those songs performed live.

I also saw Ben Kweller play at Grimey's in March. He only played four songs but they were requests so it was a random assortment.

I got to see my absolute favorite band, the Decemberists, play my favorite venue, the Ryman, in September. It was one of best shows I have ever been to and seeing Hazards of Love in its entirety was so excellent. Shara Worden was mind blowing. My friends and I were so blown away by her. During the encore of "Sons and Daughters," Colin invited people up on stage and everyone sang along. I got to meet Colin after the show which was amazing.

I saw St. Vincent and Andrew Bird play the Ryman in October. Both were wonderful, even though Andrew had a cold. Annie Clark's voice is so beautiful and Andrew is so talented.