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Favorite albums of 2009 & 1/2, part 1 by Barbecue Bros

Last year I did it too early (end of May, only 5/12 through the year) but not this year baby!


10. Miike Snow – s/t (Downtown) – Bloodshy and Avant, Swedish mega producers and members of the Miike Snow, are best known at this point for producing slick pop tracks for Madonna, Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue. However, while their self-titled debut is still very slickly produced, it is more a brand of downbeat, bedroom pop. “Animal,” “Silvia” and “A Horse is Not a Home” are all great.


9. Dinosaur Jr. – Farm (Jagjaguwar) – Their previous album (and first after reuniting) Beyond made a great initial impression on me but ultimately had no staying power. Farm still has the searing guitar solos, but they are evenly balanced by noise and melody. Check out the great video for “Over It.”


8. Wilco – Wilco (the album) (Nonesuch) – Ok, I’ll admit it: I was off the Wilco bandwagon after the disappointing Sky Blue Sky. Which is odd since Wilco was probably top 2 band for me in college. Wilco (the album) is a step in the right direction because it finds a nice balance between the MOR guitar-based rock (or “dad rock” if you are wont to call it that) and the noisy experimentation the band has been playing with since Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Seeing them live at Bonnaroo certainly didn’t hurt since they are always great live.


7. Future of the Left – Travels with Myself and Another (4AD) – Noise rock trio Future of the Left don’t stray too far from the Mclusky blueprint on their follow up to Curses, but that will never be a bad thing to my ears. This time around they add a more playful vibe as well as a song about *gasp* love.


6. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – s/t (Slumberland)The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are a indie pop band from Brooklyn that play pop songs with a shoegaze sensibility. Look for “Young Adult Friction” on my forthcoming summer mix Seersucker Porn sometime next week.

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