Best of 2009 continued.....
Best New Artist: TIE between Obits, the Strange Boys and the Smith Westerns
Most Prolific Artist: TIE between Ty Segall and Jon Dwyer of The Oh Sees
Best Solo Project from a Band I love: Kyp Malone with Rain Machine
Best Live Album: Greg Cartwright with Live from the Circle A
Best Local Band to Catch Live: the Yolks
Best band without an LP out yet: White Mystery
Best Hardcore Album: Double Dagger
Best Psych Rock LP: TIE: Cave and Oneida
Best Cover Album: Condo Fucks
Best EP of 2009: TIE between Deerhunter and GG King
Best 7 inch: Obits
Best split 7 inch: Sonic Youth/Jay Reatard
Best Noise Rock LP: Mi Ami
Best Electronic LP: Fuck Buttons (with Black Dice a close second)
Best Punk LP: the Yolks
Best Concept for an LP: Pink Mountaintops with their romance novel themed LP
Best Songwriter of 2009: Kurt Vile
Best Reunion Tour of 2009: Jesus Lizard
Best Record Label: hands down In the Red. King Khan and BBQ, the Intelligence, the Strange Boys, the Reigning Sound, The Oh Sees…and that doesn’t even mention that half dozen other awesome bands they put out this year….
Best Concert: TIE: Black Lips at p4k fest (it nearly killed me…got partially trampled and concussed) and Double Dagger at a loft show (sweaty fun hardcore dancing, made me feel 16 again)
Best In Store Performance: Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Bird (he was in both the Cramps and Gun Club, so when he played a furious set of his own songs mixed with those bands, it blew everyone away)
Best Record Store: Permanent Records (Chicago)
Favorite Record Store that closed this year: Antiquarium (Omaha)
Favorite Record Store that got hit by a tornado: Electric Fetus (Minneapolis)
Best Venue: Empty Bottle
Matador VS. SubPop: 2009 was definitely Matador’s year.
Most Overrated Band: still probably the same as last year, Times New Viking, but Yacht and Japandroids are a close second in this category
Band who I finally started liking until I heard their second LP: the Vivian Girls
Band who’s new album finally made me fall out of love with them: the Thermals
Band who ought to be the NEXT BIG THING: TIE: Black Math and Vampire Hands
City I would most likely move to based on LPs that came out in 2009: Atlanata.
LP I feel most Bi-polar about this Year: Matt & Kim’s Grand. At times I couldn’t stop playing it. Other times, I couldn’t stand its sloppy amateur sound. I loved it, after I saw them at P4k, but I haven’t listened to it since summer.
Lifetime Achievement Award: TIE between Sonic Youth and Mission of Burma, both put out barn burning LPs this year. and they’re all practically my parents age….and I ain’t young……
Fav older garage bands I just got into this year: the Seeds, the Mummies
Best mp3 find on the interweb this year: three extremely hard to come by Compulsive Gamblers LPs….
Best web zine / blog (0verall): Tiny Mix Tapes
Best web zine / blog (Reviews): Pitchfork
Best web zine / blog (Indie Rock News): Brooklyn Vegan
Festival this year that Best reflected my year: Gonerfest
this year’s list is in dedication to Sky Saxon of the Seeds and Bobby Ubangi who both passed away this year…
the music lives on……..