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Top 20 Albums of 2016

# Artist Album Label
1. Andrew Bird Are You Serious Concord Loma Vista |Listen|Buy|
2. Car Seat Headrest Teens Of Denial Matador Records |Listen|Buy|
3. PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project Vagrant Records |Listen|Buy|
4. Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop Love Letter for Fire Sub Pop Records |Listen|Buy|
5. The Radio Dept. Running Out Of Love Labrador |Listen|Buy|
6. Lucius Good Grief Mom & Pop Music |Listen|Buy|
7. Dinosaur Jr. Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not Jagjaguwar |Listen|Buy|
8. Yeasayer Amen & Goodbye Mute Records |Listen|Buy|
9. Fruit Bats Absolute Loser Easy Sound |Listen|Buy|
10. Frightened Rabbit Painting Of A Panic Attack Atlantic Records |Listen|Buy|
11. A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service Epic Records |Listen|Buy|
12. Bettie Serveert Damaged Good Palomine Records |Listen|Buy|
13. Porches Pool Domino Recording Co. |Listen|Buy|
14. Margo Price Midwest Farmer’s Daughter Third Man Records |Listen|Buy|
15. Eleanor Friedberger New View Frenchkiss Records |Listen|Buy|
16. Danny Brown Atrocity Exhibition Warp Records |Listen|Buy|
17. Pinegrove Cardinal Run For Cover Records |Listen|Buy|
18. Frankie Cosmos Next Thing Bayonet Records |Listen|Buy|
19. School of Seven Bells SVIIB Vagrant Records |Listen|Buy|
20. Weyes Blood Front Row Seat to Earth Mexican Summer |Listen|Buy|

If you don’t see either of the embedded versions of the playlist, you can listen to them directly from the source at Youtube or Spotify.

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Top 20 Albums of 2012

This year I am featuring combined post of my Top albums of 2012 list and the companion “selections from” playlist at the bottom.

# Artist Album Label
1. Tennis Young & Old Fat Possum |Listen|Buy|
2. Twin Shadow Confess 4AD |Listen|Buy|
3. Chairlift Something Kanine/Columbia |Listen|Buy|
4. David Byrne & St. Vincent Love This Giant 4AD |Listen|Buy|
5. Purity Ring Shrines 4AD |Listen|Buy|
6. A.C. Newman Shut Down The Streets Matador |Listen|Buy|
7. Grimes Visions 4AD |Listen|Buy|
8. Bat For Lashes The Haunted Man Capitol |Listen|Buy|
9. Andrew Bird Hands of Glory Mom & Pop Music |Listen|Buy|
10. Beach House Bloom Sub Pop |Listen|Buy|
11. Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan Domino |Listen|Buy|
12. Wild Nothing Nocturne Captured Tracks |Listen|Buy|
13. Grizzly Bear Shields Warp |Listen|Buy|
14. Passion Pit Gossamer Columbia |Listen|Buy|
15. Fanfarlo Rooms Filled With Light Canvasback/ATL |Listen|Buy|
16. Evens The Odds Dischord |Listen|Buy|
17. Tame Impala Lonerism Modular Fontana |Listen|Buy|
18. Divine Fits A Thing Called Divine Fits Merge |Listen|Buy|
19. Shins Port of Morrow Aural Apothecary/Columbia |Listen|Buy|
20. Cloud Nothings Attack On Memory Carpark |Listen|Buy|

Honorable Mention:

Best Coast – The Only Place – Mexican Summer
Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself – Mom & Pop Music
Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky – Jagjaguwar
Light Ships – Electric Cables – Domino
Diiv – Oshin – Captured Tracks
Bob Mould – Silver Age – Merge
…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – Lost Songs – Superball
School Of Seven Bells – Ghostory – Vagrant

From now on, I have decided to embed playlists from Youtube, as they are easily viewable/listenable by anyone and do not require any sign-up or download of any kind to enjoy the music as you would from the alternatives like Spotify and Rdio. Grooveshark.com is no longer an option as they will eventually be shut down completely.

Just the tracks from the top 20 list are included and they have been re-sequenced for maximum listening pleasure, please enjoy.

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Playlist: Best Songs of 2009

Running a little late on this one…  As a companion to my list of the top 20 best albums of 2009, I present a playlist featuring one of the best cuts off of each of those albums, re-sequenced for maximum enjoyment.

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Top 20 Albums of 2009

# Artist Album Label
1. Metric Fantasies Metric/Last Gang |Listen|Buy|
2. Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca Domino |Listen|Buy|
3. Handsome Furs Face Control Sub Pop |Listen|Buy|
4. Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career 4AD |Listen|Buy|
5. Joe Henry Blood From Stars Anti |Listen|Buy|
6. Why? Eskimo Snow Anticon |Listen|Buy|
7. Jason Lytle Yours Truly, The Commuter Anti |Listen|Buy|
8. Dinosaur Jr. Farm Jagjaguwar |Listen|Buy|
9. Andrew Bird Noble Beast Fat Possum |Listen|Buy|
10. Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle Drag City |Listen|Buy|
11. Doves Kingdom Of Rust EMI |Listen|Buy|
12. Built To Spill There Is No Enemy Warner Bros. |Listen|Buy|
13. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion Domino |Listen|Buy|
14. Antlers Hospice Frenchkiss |Listen|Buy|
15. Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Slumberland |Listen|Buy|
16. jj jj n° 2 Sincerely Yours |Listen|Buy|
17. Lou Barlow Goodnight Unknown Merge |Listen|Buy|
18. Sonic Youth The Eternal Matador |Listen|Buy|
19. Mountain Goats Life of The World To Come 4AD |Listen|Buy|
20. Yeah Yeah Yeahs It’s Blitz Interscope |Listen|Buy|

Honorable Mention:

The Gossip – Music For Men
Girls – Album
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse – Dark Night Of The Soul
Mos Def – The Ecstatic
Mountain Goats & John Vanderslice – Moon Colony Bloodbath
Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
tUnE-yArDs – BiRd-BrAiNs
Boat – Setting The Paces
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Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad

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Our Band Could Be Your Life:  Scenes From the American Indie Underground 1981 -1991 by Michael Azerrad

Published in 2001, Michael Azerrad’s 3rd Rock book chronicles the early histories of 13 original American Indie rock/Hardcore bands.  Including the following:

Black Flag
The Minutemen
Mission of Burma
Minor Threat
Husker Du
The Replacements
Sonic Youth
Butthole Surfers
Big Black
Dinosaur Jr.
Fugazi
Mudhoney & Sub Pop Records
Beat Happening
 

Azerrad deftly puts together each of the bands histories, explaining their background, how they laid the ground work for today’s network of independent labels and venues, and explained how they influenced the world around them.   He makes careful note to qualify his decisions to cover only certain bands and out of those band to focus on their independent releases.  For example, he limits his coverage of The Replacements (one of my favorite bands) up to just after the release of Pleased To Meet Me.  One obvious omission from the book is R.E.M., having come into existence around the time the book is covering and being on independent label IRS.  Azerrad explains that he purposely did not include R.E.M. since they were one of the first Indie groups to sign to a major label and become hugely popular.  The title of the book is taken from a song by the Minutemen.

Check out some of my favorite tracks from the bands below.

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