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2009 Best Of…Music

December 31, 2009
Filed under: music — bcd @ 8:28 pm

Best Ressurection:

Alice In Chains – Black Gives Way To Blue
I knew Layne Staley died in 2002 and yet as i listened to “Black Gives Way To Blue” it was like he never left. It might sound trite that a band with a new singer sounds just like their old shiet, but in the case of Alice In Chains, this is a pure compliment. Alice In Chains ruled the 90s, and like Nirvana, burned out with their loss. Give credit to Jerry Cantrell’s writing and musicianship because their 2009 comeback is as good as anything in their catalog.

Best ‘Snatching the pebble from the hand’:

Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Master Kan: Quickly as you can, snatch the pebble from my hand.
[Young Caine tries to do so and fails]
Master Kan: When you can take the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave.

For years Phoenix played second fiddle to Air’s lead as French synch kings. 2009′s “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” changes all that. Air’s 2009 release “Love 2″ was oblique at best; Phoenix one-upped their 2004 “Alphabetical”, which i loved, charting all the way to 37 on Billboard.

Best New B.R.M.C./The Raveonettes Album:

The Big Pink – A Brief History Of Love
RIYL; What more can i say?

Best Flashback:

Jane’s Addiction – A Cabinet Of Curiosities [Disc 3]
The whole box set is fantastic, but this particular disc takes me back to Lollapalooza 1991 in Dallas. Disc 3 is Live at the Palladium 12/19/90 and it might have been Jane’s at their pinnacle.

Best Welcome Back:

Jason Lytle – Yours Truly, The Commuter
“last thing i heard i was left for dead / i could give two shits about what they said / i maybe limpin’ / but i’m coming home”
Watch Jason Lytle at SXSW in 2009

Best New Artist:

Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon: The End Of Day
Part hip-hop, part new wave, 100% amazing. Not even Hova could touch this album, so instead he just featured Cudi on “The Blueprint 3″. One generation begets the next.

Best Concept Album:

Mastodon – Crack the Skye
What’s a concept album? Read it here. Track #4 is almost eleven minutes of awesome.

Best Cover Album:

Rosanne Cash – The List
NPR did an interview with Rosanne Cash, where she explains “The List” and its origin; don’t argue with The Man In Black.

Best Super Group:

Them Crooked Vultures – [self-titled]
Led Zepplin? check.
Nirvana / Foo Fighters? check.
Kyuss / Queens of the Stone Age? check.
All systems go!

Best Band of the Decade:

Wilco – Wilco [the album]
Here’s Wilco’s offerings for the first decade of the 21st century:
*Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
*A Ghost Is Born (2004)
*Kicking Television: Live in Chicago (2005)
*Sky Blue Sky (2007)
*Wilco (The Album) (2009)
Any questions as to why i called them “Band of the Decade”? No group produced as many great albums during this decade; they capped it off with “Wilco The Album” which i enjoyed all Summer, then the Fall, and here we are in December and i am still playing it. Do yourself a favor – if you don’t have all of these albums (including the live “Kicking Television”) use some of your Xmas money and get them now.

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