Here we are: the last Music Monday of 2009. It's been a nice year, at least sonically. 2009 also brought a slue of digital music start-ups, and I'm excited to see which survive and which can survive profitably.
As we look forward to 2010, here are ten albums I will keep listening to. If Santa brought you an iTunes or Amazon gift card for Christmas, might I recommend buying one or two or all of them?
If you don't share my taste in music, check out the Metacritic: Best Albums of 2009 list, which aggregates all published reviews into one mega meta list.
Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Favorite tracks: "Listzomania," "Rome"
Favorite tracks: "Finish Line," "Harold T. Wilkins"
(Also check out the very creative Fanfarlo advent calendar while it's still posted)
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Up from Below
Favorite tracks: "Home," "Janglin"
The xx, xx
Favorite tracks: "Islands," "VCR"
The Dirty Projectors, Bitte Ocra
Favorite tracks: "Stillness is the Move," "Two Doves"
Camera Obscura, My Maudlin Career
Favorite tracks: "The Sweetest Thing," "French Navy"
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, self-titled
Favorite tracks: "Young Adult Friction," "A Teenager in Love"
Dark Was the Night, Various Artists
Favorite tracks: "Knotty Pine" (Dirty Projectors feat David Byrne), "Brackett, WI" (Bon Iver)
(Benefits charity! Buy it, don't stream it!)
Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion
Favorite tracks: "My Girls," "Daily Routine"
Lady Gaga, The Fame
Favorite tracks: "Just Dance," "Paparazzi"