Although I complained about the fact that there were not enough “best of…” lists to end this decade, I’m delighted to say that as the end of the year is drawing closer, more and more of them are popping up on the interwebs. I’m hoping to post some of my “best of’s” here as well but thought I would start with a different theme – the fact that I never seem to have enough time to fit in everything that I want to fit in!
I love finding new music or falling in love with a new song released by an old favourite. I have a number of songs and albums written down on sticky notes (sadly, my most common way of remembering things) that I wanted to spend some time with in 2009. Some I got to but I simply ran out of time for others.
So here is my list of the 10 albums I wish I had more time for in 2009:
Noah and the Whale – First Days of Spring
Released in August of this year, this is the band’s second full length album. I first heard their song “Five Years Time” in a car commercial. They have since had a number of their songs featured on tv soundtracks. Along with the album, they have made a film that runs the length of the album and is also titled First Days of Spring. Here is the trailer for that film featuring a song called “Blue Skies”.
Silversun Pickups – Swoon
Released in April, this album got nominated for a Grammy this year and according to many critics, deservedly so. I managed to catch them on an episode of MTV Unplugged and was really impressed. I’ve recently heard that they will be opening for Muse on much of their North American tour.
Fun. – Aim and Ignite
Released in August of this year, Aim and Ignite is the first album for this New York based band. I’ve only heard two songs so far but they are definately interesting and ironically, fun.
Matt & Kim – Grand
This is their second album, released in January of 2009. Based in New York, this duo has a big local following. I liked the back story and really like their song “Daylight” which I first heard on Jimmy Kimmel.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
I was really excited when this album was released in March as I would have to rate this bands second album, “Show Your Bones” as one of my all-time favourites. Unfortunately, as the title of this post suggests, I just didn’t find enough time to get their newest creation onto my regular playlist.
Passion Pit – Manners
I would have to say that I am traditionally not drawn to dance music however, I seem to be drawn to Passion Pit’s music and it is certainly classed as “dance”. The songs I’ve heard so far are fun and get my feet moving. Oh, and this is the only video I could find of “Make Light” where the sound was reasonable.
Frank Turner – Poetry of the Deed
I had heard of Frank Turner before this album which is in fact his third solo album. He’s a folk/punk singer-songwriter that I first heard when I was over in the UK. I really like what I’ve heard so far but again, he hasn’t yet made it on to my 2009 playlist but I expect he will feature prominently in 2010!
R.E.M. – Live At The Olympia
One of my favourite bands, I can’t believe I didn’t get a chance to spend any significant time listening to this album this year. It is the result of five nights the band played at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre in 2007.
New York Dolls – ‘Cause I Sez So
I was a fan in the ’70’s and so many bands list the Dolls as big influences in their musical career, it’s hard not to get excited when they release new material. I’d love to see them live now that they are playing together again thanks to Morrissey who organized a reunion of the three surviving members for a festival in 2004.
Girls – Album
I haven’t had a chance to give this album much of a listen, but what I have heard sounds like fun – how can you not like a band that was described as a mix between Elvis Costello and the Beach Boys?
So those are the albums I wish I had more time to listen to in 2009 – hopefully I will make up for the oversight in 2010.