Dec 31 2009

Top 10 Albums of 2009

Published by at 8:30 pm under MP3's,Muse News,Roundup

So, here is IndieMuse’s “Top Albums of 2009″ list. I know what you’re thinking… there’s only a few hours left in 2009 and we must have rushed to get this up last minute. The truth is, we wanted to make sure that we listened to every single album released in 2009 before publishing an official list. What if Wilco or another band released an amazing, secret album on December 31st? We couldn’t leave it up to chance.

10. Fanfarlo – Reservoir atlantic


I first came across Fanfarlo a few years back before they played SXSW, and was really impressed by their song “Fire Escape.” Their debut album is fantastic. Reminds me a lot of Clap Your Hands, but I like their arrangements more.

(mp3) Farfarlo – Harold T. Wilkins Or How To Wait For A Very Long TIme

(mp3) Fanfarlo – Finish Line

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9. Le Loup – Family hardly art


Le Loup brings to mind Animal Collective and Born Ruffians. They have a really cool worldly sound.

(mp3) Le Loup – Forgive me

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8. Grand Hallway – Promenade
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Grand Hallway in an eight piece orchestral pop band from Seattle, Washington. I came across their music through one of the musicians in the band, Shenandoah Davis, whose solo music I really like. This album hasn’t received much exposure, but definitely deserves to be on more lists.

(mp3) Grand Hallway – Raindrops (Matsuri)

(mp3) Grand Hallway – Blessed Be, Honey Bee

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7. Passion Pit – Manners frenchkiss

I don’t usually listen to electronica, but I’ve always been a fan of Passion Pit. I wasn’t sure if the band would be able to live up to all the hype they were receiving from “Sleepyhead,” given they didn’t even have a debut out… but sure enough, they released a really solid album.
I know that some people think the band is over-hyped or even “untalented.” But you may be surprised to know that some members of the band, such as Ian Hultquist, have professional training from places like the Berklee College of Music. In other words, their success isn’t a fluke…

(mp3) Passion Pit – Sleepyhead

(mp3) Passion Pit – Little Secrets

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6. Fruit Bats – The Ruminant Band sub pop

The Fruit Bats have been one of my favorite bands for a long time, and I can’t believe that they’re still such a big secret. Let’s just say that they are so catchy that The Shins stole frontman Eric Johnson away for a few years to play in their band. We loyal Fruit Bat fans had to wait four years for this release!  I also highly recommend their 2003 album, Mouthfuls.

(mp3) Fruit Bats -The Ruminant Band

(mp3) Fruit Bats – Being on Our Own

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5. Bombadil – Tarpits and Canyonlands ramseur records

This album is great. Again, it’s an example of a band that just lacks exposure. They should be on more lists.

(mp3) Bombadil – Honeymoon

(mp3) Bombadil – So Many Ways To Die

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4. Various Artists – Dark Was The Night 4ad


This album is on my list for several reasons. First, the music is all great. Second, it’s one of the first compilations out there that doesn’t blow. Every now and then you’ll see a compilation or tribute album that has some big names on it, but after a quick listen, it feels more like a marketing stunt than passion project. That is not the case with Dark Was The Night. The National’s Dessner brothers put a ton of time into making this compilation and got musicians such as Andrew Bird, Bon Iver, Beirut, Sufjan Stevens, and pretty much every other established indie artist to produce exclusive, top quality content. And lastly, all the proceeds from the album go to the Red Hot Organization, an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS.

(mp3) Arcade Fire – Lenin

(mp3) Beirut – Mimizan

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3. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion domino


(mp3) Animal Collective – My Girls

(mp3) Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes

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2. The Avett Brothers – I And Love And You atlantic


Some fans of the Avett Brothers think this album was overproduced. I think it’s really good.

(mp3) The Avett Brothers –  I and Love And You

(mp3) The Avett Brothers –  Laundry Room

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1. Andrew Bird – Noble Beast fat possum


Noble Beast was pretty much all I wanted to listen to for the first few months after its release. Mysterious Production of Eggs is still my favorite album of Bird’s (what’s up with the blue album art in Google?), but Noble Beast doesn’t fall too far behind. This album would probably be higher up on a lot of “Best of the Year” lists had it been released later in the year. People tend to have stronger feelings for more recent things.

(mp3) Andrew Bird – Masterswarm

(mp3) Andrew Bird – Effigy
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7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Top 10 Albums of 2009”

  1. Hananon 01 Jan 2010 at 2:17 am

    LOL at the blue image art, kudos for putting Mr Bird at #1!!
    I also agree a lot with what you said about Dark Was The Night. great album!

  2. Brandonon 08 Jan 2010 at 8:20 am

    VERY happy to see that you enjoyed the Andrew Bird album as much as I did. It seemed oddly absent from so many of the other ‘top 10′ lists of 2009.

  3. Maneeshaon 09 Jan 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Good find with Grand Hallway, very into it

  4. Tobleron 25 Jan 2010 at 8:42 am

    Absolutely stellar list. So good to see love for Andrew Bird, Le Loup AND Dark Was The Night! I honestly can’t imagine Noble Beast being any more perfect than it is, and I think that Le Loup album is criminally underrated. I was just recently turned on to the Fruit Bats, and I think The Ruminant Band has just became my favorite album that I missed in 2009. I love when that happens.

    Anyway, great list. Keep on keeping us up.

  5. ruthon 09 May 2010 at 10:07 pm

    ah Absolutely stellar list. So good to see love for Andrew Bird, Le Loup AND Dark Was The Night! I honestly can’t imagine Noble

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