Best of 2009: Music

On second thought, perhaps Raekwon's Cuban Linx 2 wouldn't be best album this year.  Seeing as how Kylesa put out Static Tensions and all.  And then there is Psyched To Die's Year One compliation.  Shows?  Shit, I saw Murder City Devils reunion four times this year...in four different cities (A bit excessive, to say the least.)  The last of which, was in Mpls and ended with just enough time to make it across downtown to the aforementioned Kylesa.  Which was the second time-this year-I'd hear them live (counting a sound check--heard, standing in the rain, across the street from the Fine Line)...but the first time I'd actually see them.  Speaking of shows on the same night at different venues: Cage and No Age.  No Cage, naturally.  Did it.  Anyway, fuck rankings; lets just do this A to Z...

Records, CDs, downloads, etc.
Bastard Sons of Bukowski/ Bring That Shit-split
Cage-Depart From Me…
Cage-I Hardly Knew You ep
Cave Singers-Welcome Joy
Coke Wolf-One ep
Condominium-Barricade b/w Big Plans 7"
Crocodiles-Summer of Hate
Dear Landlord-Dream Homes
Digital Leather-Warm Brother
Felt-Felt 3: Tribute to Rosie Perez
Jay Reatard-Watch Me Fall
King Khan & BBQ Show-Invisible Girl
Kylesa-Static Tensions
Loose Crew-Content By Volume
Modest Mouse-No One's First, And You're Next
Party Time High Five!/Terrordactyls-split
P.O.S.-Never Better
Psyched To Die-Year One
Raekwon-Only Built For Cuban Linx…Pt. II
Totally Harsh-demo

Shows, concerts, fests, etc.
Amebix-Triple Rock Social Club
Cage-Triple Rock Social Club
Dillinger Four-D4th of July-Triple Rock Social Club
Distortion Days Crust Fest-The Bedlam Theater
Dwarves-Triple Rock Social Club
Fucked Up-Triple Rock Social Club
Kylesa-Triple Rock Social Club, soundcheck Fine Line Music Club
Municiple Waste/Phobia-Triple Rock Social Club
Murder City Devils-The Showbox, Seattle, WA-The Roseland, Porland, OR-w/The Dead Milkmen, Congress Theater, Chicago, IL-First Avenue, Mpls, MN
No Age-501 Club
Skitkids-Triple Rock Social Club

Davis...Not Elvis (link)
Gimmie Noise 7" Review (link)

Old stuff on heavy rotation during '09
Black Flag-'82 Demos
Brother Reade-Rap Music
Butthole Surfers-everything between '84 and '88
Chain of Strength-The One Thing That Still Holds True
Cloak/Dagger-We Are
Cult Ritual-entire discography
Dios Mio-Prey to God 7"
Jay Reatard-Matador Singles '08
N.N.-s/t 7"
Needles-s/t 7"
Skitkids-Besoket Vid Krubban
Sonic Youth-Goo
The Bug-London Zoo
The Jam-Compact Snap
Just Ice-Back to the Old-School
The Replacements-everything between '81-'87
Tragatelo-s/t lp
V/A-Cleanse The Bacteria comp
Wolfpack (Wolfbrigade)-All Day Hell

 '09 Late pass (aka I want.)
Pissed Jeans-King of Jeans
Cloak/Dagger-Lost Art
Needles-Desastre 7"
La Coka Nostra-A Brand You Can Trust


  1. this is some funny rap musicJanuary 13, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    Loose Crew is ill, yo. But those Cage albums were wack. Brother Ali's was a let down too.

  2. holy crap thats a long list. psyched to die kills!

  3. Digital Leather for album cover of the year.


  4. this list should be called hey look how cool i am

  5. This list is so midwestern. Ever heard of New York City? :)

  6. I find it strange that you would have Dear Landlord on here at thats they type of "punk" you're prone to disliking.

  7. Also it would be nice if you wrote a little bit about some of this rather than just listing them.

  8. I agree that both Cage and Brother Ali put albums this year that didn't hold up against previous releases. That being said, they were still better than a lot of other stuff in '09. And yes, Loose Crew is ill. 3 MCs with distinct vocal stylings and a DJ holding down the beat. Real Hip Hop. ps-your name rules.

    @Anon 10:13


    @Anon 10:47
    Are you saying I'm cool? Aw shucks, thanks.

    Raekwon, Cage and Aesop Rock (who produced the Felt record) are all from NYC. And even Psyched to Die is from New Jersey, which, come to think of it, is where all the people that claim they are from NYC actually live.

    @Anon 9:14 & 9:16
    Consider the Dear Landlord inclusion as my honorary annual D4 award. No srsly, in all actuality it's a really great record. Not to mention they are part Rivethead(rip) and I have a soft spot in my heart for Rivethead. They put out one of the best pop punk 7" ever--City Sound Number Five.