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predictions for 2009 on turning 41

the way i see it: the 40 very best records of 2009 based on some arbitrary criteria
with the rise of the interwebs, and twitter, and facebook, and every magazine and blog under the sun (and in darkened dorm rooms), there certainly is no shortage of end-of-year music lists.  i actually believe there may be more end-of-year music lists than there were records released in 2009. 

regardless, i pulled together a list of the records that i thought were the best of 2009.  these are the records that i simply enjoyed the most, with some weight added (or subtracted) based on some vague factors like: execution, craft, expectation (or lack thereof), originality, and, of course, the use of auto-tune.

i feel obligated to disclose the fact that this was one year that i felt quite out-of-synch with a lot of the music-listening public.  so many of the records that people went ga-ga for this year did very little for me, and quite often just confused me.  for the most part, i took this as a sign that i'm growing old and am settling into an oncoming, lengthy appreciation of 'dad-rock,' and telling kids to turn that racket down.  so, if you find any glaring omissions here, you can probably assume that i did listen to it, and it simply didn't do it for me.  i listen to a shit-ton of music.  probably at least five hours a day.  often while working.  and i'm sure that my listening environment has a lot to do with my tastes.  if you only listened to music while at the dentist, then i'm sure your idea of tolerable would change somewhat. 

so, here goes.  a best-of-the-decade list is on its way soon.

Yo La Tengo Popular Songs
Dananananaykroyd Hey Everyone
Neko Case Middle Cyclone
AC Newman Get Guilty
7 Worlds Collide Sun Came Out
St. Vincent Actor
The Phantom Band Checkmate Savage
Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
10  Brendan Benson My Old, Familiar Friend
11  Wilco Wilco (The Album)
12  Allen Toussaint The Bright Mississippi
13  Meat Puppets Sewn Together
14  Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz
15  Califone All My Friends are Funeral Singers
16  Dinosaur, Jr. Farm
17  Andrew Bird Noble Beast
18  Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
19  Polvo In Prism
20  Asobi Seksu Hush
21  Japandroids Post-Nothing
22  …And You Will Know Us by The Trail of Dead The Century of Self
23  Beck Modern Guilt
24  Cinemasophia Fits & Cycles
25  Sondre Lerche Heartbeat Radio
26  The Clientele Bonfires of The Heath
27  The Dodos Time To Die
28  Lou Barlow Goodnight Unknown
29  Jason Falkner All Quiet on the Noise Floor
30  Antony and the Johnsons The Crying Light
31  Bob Dylan Together Through Life
32  The Very Best Warm Heart of Africa
33  Jay Reatard Watch Me Fall
34  Alela Diane To Be Still
35  Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish I Were An Eagle
36  Buddy and Julie Miller Written in Chalk 
37  Bonnie Prince Billy Beware
38  M. Ward Hold Time
39  Ida Maria Fortress Around My Heart
40  John Zorn O'o

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