Tuesday December 29th 2009, 1:56 pm
Top 20 Albums of 2009
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I would like to present When You Awake’s Top 20 Albums of 2009. This was a fantastic year for music with so many new bands emerging from the scene. I’m especially thankful to those behind the Pickathon Music Festival in Portland, Oregon and the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival in Bristol, Tennessee for introducing me to some of my new favorite acts. The albums aren’t in any particular order (after the first 5 albums that is).  Also, I know that I am forgetting some strong contenders so keep in mind that this a slightly incomplete list. Please use the comments section to tell me your top records of the year and anything that I might have missed. When You Awake’s Top 20 Songs of 2009, featuring many of the acts below, will be coming tomorrow. Stay tuned!!

When You Awake’s Top 20 Albums of 2009:

1. AA Bondy- When The Devil’s Loose
2. Deer Tick- Born on Flag Day
3. Justin Townes Earle- Midnight at the Movies
4. Leslie and the Badgers- Roomful of Smoke
5. Avett Brothers- I And Love And You
6. The Mumlers- Don’t Throw Me Away
7. Phosphorescent- To Willie
8. The Smart Brothers- My Baby
9. Those Darlins- Those Darlins
10. Langhorne Slim- Be Set Free
11. Akron/Family – Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free
12. Strand of Oaks- End Ruin
13. The Limes- The Limes
14. Felice Brothers- Yonder is the Clock
15. Megafaun- Gather, Form and Fly
16. Bonnie Prince Billy & The Picket Line – Funtown Comedown
17. Hagga and the Thieves From the North- Introducing The Thieves From the North
18. Lissie- Why You Runnin’
19. The Growlers- Are You In Or Out
20. Sin Fang Bous- Clangour

Honorable Mentions:
A Hawk And A Hacksaw – Deliverance
Beirut- March of The Zapotec and Realpeople Holland
Bombadil – Tarpits And Canyonlands
Cass McCombs- Catacombs
Dan Auerbach – Keep It Hid
Dave Rawlings Machine – A Friend of a Friend
Dawes – North Hills
Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
Heartless Bastards – The Mountain
Levon Helm- Electric Dirt
Paleface- The Show Is On The Road
Samantha Crain – Songs In The Night
The Deep Dark Woods – Winter Hours
Vetiver – Tight Knit

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No Wilco?

Comment by Kevin O Shea 12.29.09 @ 4:00 pm

Hello! Bill Callahan

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1. I really did like the Wilco record but I found that I only listened to it all the way through about two times before putting it aside for new tunes. Really good…but it wasn’t one of the records that shaped 2009 for me. I will forever be a fan though. Wilco 4 life.

Bill Callahan—haven’t actually heard the record. Will defintitely check it out though!

Comment by jody 01.08.10 @ 8:29 pm

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