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FILTER’S TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2009

By Staff on December 9, 2009

 

FILTER’S TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2009

2009: Another year, another opportunity to flex our total domination and supremacy over other puny year-end lists. Yeah, we said it.

Here, then, are the FILTER staff’s Top 10 Albums of 2009, followed closely by FILTER Magazine’s Top Reviewed Albums of 2009. Lastly, we have the individual lists of all the brilliant people who work here. Look closely and look long—there are just as many surprises as there are dark horses (which make a stable, right?).

OK then, let the games begin:

 

FILTER STAFF TOP 10 OF 2009

1. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

2. Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)

3. Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest (Warp)

4. Miike Snow, Miike Snow (Downtown)

5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It's Blitz! (Interscope)

6. Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Elvis Perkins in Dearland (XL)

7. Cass McCombs, Catacombs (Domino)

8. Passion Pit, Manners (Frenchkiss)

9. The Antlers, Hospice (Frenchkiss)

10. White Rabbits, It's Frightening (TBD)

 

Listen to FILTER's 2009 Top Ten on Lala right HERE!

 

Honorable Mention:

Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca (Domino)

Little Dragon, Machine Dreams (Peacefrog)

The xx, xx (XL)

 


 

TOP FILTER MAGAZINE REVIEWS OF 2009

93% Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

93% Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest (Warp)

92% Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Beware (Drag City)

90% Black Lips, 200 Million Thousand (Vice)

90% Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Elvis Perkins in Dearland (XL)

90% Moby, Wait for Me (Mute)

90% Doves, Kingdom of Rust (Astralwerks)

90% Obits, I Blame You (Sub Pop)

90% The Veils, Sun Gangs (Rough Trade)

89% Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It’s Blitz! (Interscope)

89% Maps, Turning the Mind (Mute)

89% Cass McCombs, Catacombs (Domino)

89% Depeche Mode, Sounds of the Universe (Mute/Capitol/Virgin)

89% Cotton Jones, Paranoid Cocoon (Suicide Squeeze)

89% Phosphorescent, To Willie (Dead Oceans)

89% The Prodigy, Invaders Must Die (Cooking Vinyl)

89% Bat for Lashes, Two Suns (Astralwerks)

89% Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! (Lost Highway)

89% Port O’Brien, Threadbare (TBD)

 
 

FILTER STAFF TOP 10 OF 2009 LISTS

Alan Sartirana

1. Other Lives, Other Lives (TBD)

2. Them Crooked Vultures, Them Crooked Vultures (DGC)

3. Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)

4. Miike Snow, Miike Snow (Downtown)

5. White Rabbits, It’s Frightening (TBD)

6. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

7. Bat For Lashes, Two Suns (Astralwerks)

8. The Antlers, Hospice (Frenchkiss)

9. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It’s Blitz! (Interscope)

10. White Lies, To Lose My Life…(Geffen)

 

Alan Miller

1. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, White Lunar (Mute)

2. U2, No Line on the Horizon (Interscope)

3. Greg Laswell, Covers EP (Vanguard)

4. Moby, Wait for Me (Mute)

5. Muse, The Resistance (Warner Bros.)

6. Franz Ferdinand, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino)

7. Maps, Turning the Mind (Mute)

8. Depeche Mode, Sounds of the Universe (Mute/Capitol/Virgin)

9. Ólafur Arnalds, Found Songs (Erased Tapes)

10. Kasabian, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (Red Ink)

 

Pat McGuire

1.  Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Elvis Perkins in Dearland (XL)

2.  Obits, I Blame You (Sub Pop)

3.  Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

4.  Cotton Jones, Paranoid Cocoon (Suicide Squeeze)

5.  Mos Def, The Ecstatic (Downtown)

6.  Black Lips, 200 Million Thousand (Vice)

7.  Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest (Warp)

8.  Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, White Lunar (Mute)

9.  Levon Helm, Electric Dirt (Vanguard)

10. Bill Callahan, Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle (Drag City)

 

Patrick Strange

1. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

2. Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest (Warp)

3. The Antlers, Hospice (Frenchkiss)

4. Dan Auerbach, Keep it Hid (Nonesuch)

5. Andrew Bird, Noble Beast (Fat Possum)

6. Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Elvis Perkins in Dearland (XL)

7. Cotton Jones, Paranoid Cocoon (Suicide Squeeze)

8. Lee Fields & The Expressions, My World (Truth & Soul)

9. Cass McCombs, Catacombs (Domino)

10. Kings of Convenience, Declaration of Dependence (Astralwerks)

 

Kyle Rogers

1. Cass McCombs, Catacombs (Domino)

2. Ray Lamontagne, Gossip In The Grain (RCA)

3. Wild Beasts, Two Dancers (Domino)

4. Raekwon, Only Built For Cuban Linx Pt. II (Ice H2O/EMI)

5. Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca (Domino)

6. Karen O. and the Kids, Where The Wild Things Are Soundtrack: Motion Picture Soundtrack (Interscope)

7. Wilco, Wilco (The Album)(Nonesuch)

8. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It's Blitz! (Interscope)

9. Handsome Furs, Face Control (Sub Pop)

10. Kid Cudi, Man On The Moon: The End of Day (G.O.O.D. Music/Dream On/Universal Motown)

 

Megan Healy

1. Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)

2. Miike Snow, Miike Snow (Downtown)

3. El Perro Del Mar, Love Is Not Pop (The Control Group)

4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It's Blitz! (Interscope)

5. Built to Spill, There Is No Enemy (Warner Bros.)

6. La Roux, La Roux (Cherrytree)

7. Gossip, Music for Men (Columbia)

8. Neon Indian, Psychic Chasms (Lefse Records)

9. The xx, xx (XL)

10. Little Dragon, Machine Dreams (Peacefrog)

 

Beth Carmellini

1. Beirut, March of The Zapotec and Realpeople Holland (Pompeii)

2. Fever Ray, Fever Ray (Mute)

3. M.Ward, Hold Time (Merge)

4. The Veils, Sun Gangs (Rough Trade)

5. Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest (Warp)

6. Grant-Lee Phillips, Little Moon (Yep Roc)

7. Choir of Young Believers, This Is for the White in Your Eyes (Ghostly International)

8. AM, Future Sons and Daughters (Filter US)

9. Noah & The Whale, First Days of Spring (Cherrytree)

10. Foreign Born, Person to Person (Secretly Canadian)

 

Mike Bell

1. Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)

2. Air, Love 2 (Astralwerks)

3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It's Blitz! (Interscope)

4. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

5. Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca (Domino)

6. Au Revoir Simone, Still Night, Still Light (Our Secret Records)

7. Florence + The Machine, Lungs (Universal Republic)

8. Passion Pit, Manners (Columbia)

9. Miike Snow, Miike Snow (Downtown)

10. A Place to Bury Strangers, Exploding Head (Mute)

 

Samantha Feld

1. Miike Snow, Miike Snow (Downtown)

2. Little Dragon, Machine Dreams (Peacefrog)

3. Still Going, Spaghetti Circus/Untitled Love (DFA)

4. House Of House, Rushing To Paradise/The Rough Half (Whatever We Want)

5. Bat For Lashes, Two Suns (Astralwerks)

6. The Raveonettes, In And Out Of Control (Vice)

7. The Wooden Birds, Magnolia (Barsuk)

8. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It's Blitz! (Interscope)

9. Curses!, The Deep End EP (Institubes)

10. The Juan Maclean, The Future Will Come (DFA)

 

Connie Tsang

1. Placebo, Battle For The Sun (Vagrant)

2. White Rabbits It’s Frightening (TBD)

3. Julian Plenti, Julian Plenti is Skyscraper (Matador)

4. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! (Lost Highway)

5. Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)

6. Manic Street Preachers, Journal for Plague Lovers (Columbia)

7. Kings of Convenience, Declaration of Dependence (Astralwerks)

8. Tahiti 80, Activity Center (Human Sounds)

9. An American Affair Soundtrack (Filter US)

10. Anglos, Anglos EP (Great Minds)


Ewan Anderson

1. Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Pains Of Being Pure At Heart (Slumberland)

2. Manic Street Preachers, Journal For Plague Lovers (Columbia)

3. The xx, xx (XL Recordings)

4. God Help The Girl, God Help The Girl (Matador)

5. Silversun Pickups, Swoon (Dangerbird)

6. The Twilight Sad, Forget the Night Ahead (Fat Cat)

7. Passion Pit, Manners (Columbia)

8. We Were Promised Jetpacks, These Four Walls (Fat Cat)

9. Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest (Warp)

10. Dinosaur Jr., Farm (Jagjaguwar)

 

Eli Thomas

1. Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest (Warp)

2. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

3. Cass McCombs, Catacombs (Domino)

4. Throw Me A Statue, Creaturesque (Secretly Candadian)

5. Miike Snow, Miike Snow (Downtown)

6. The Antlers, Hospice (Frenchkiss)

7. Julian Casablancas, Phrazes for the Young (RCA)

8. Great Lake Swimmers, Lost Channels (Nettwerk)

9. The Temper Trap, Conditions (Glass Note)

10. Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Elvis Perkins in Dearland (XL)

 

Wes Martin

1. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

2. Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)

3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It's Blitz! (Interscope)

4. Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest (Warp)

5. Passion Pit, Manners (Columbia)

6. Dinosaur Jr., Farm (Jagjaguwar)

7. Girls, Album (True Panther)

8. Fever Ray, Fever Ray (Mute)

9. The Antlers, Hospice (Frenchkiss)

10. Surf City, Surf City EP (Morr Music)

 

Tristen Gacoscos

1. Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)

2. Nosaj Thing, Drift (Alpha Pup)

3. Miike Snow, Miike Snow (Downtown)

4. Passion Pit, Manners (Columbia)

5. Mayer Hawthorne, A Strange Arrangement (Stones Throw)

6. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

7. Drake - So Far Gone Mixtape (Self-Released)

8. Little Dragon, Machine Dreams (Peacefrog)

9. Mos Def, The Ecstatic (Downtown)

10. Neon Indian, Psychic Chasms (Lefse Records)

 

Samantha Barnes

1. Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)

2. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

3. Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest (Warp)

4. Sunset Rubdown, Dragonslayer (Jagjaguwar)

5. Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca (Domino)

6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It's Blitz! (Interscope)

7. Various Artists, The Twilight Saga: New Moon Soundtrack (Chop Shop/Atlantic)

8. We Were Promised Jetpacks, These Four Walls (Fat Cat Records)

9. Volcano Choir, Unmap (Jagjaguwar)

10. Passion Pit, Manners (Columbia)

 

Mikela Floyd

1. Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)

2. The Avett Brothers, I And Love And You (Sony)

3. Various Artists, Dark Was the Night (4AD)

4. M.Ward, Hold Time (Merge)

5. The xx, xx (XL)

6. Neko Case, Middle Cyclone (Anti)

7. Sondre Lerche, Heartbeat Radio (Rounder)

8. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It's Blitz! (Interscope)

9. Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest (Warp)

10. Florence + The Machine, Lungs (Universal Republic)

 

Jose Vargas

1. Ely Guerra, Hombre Invisible (EMI)

2. Juan Son, Mermaid Sashimi (Universal)

3. Hello Seahorse!, Bestia (Mun Records/EMI/Nacional)

4. Los Amigos Invisibles, Comercial (EMI/Gozadera)

5. Love of Lesbian, 1999 (Music Bus/Warner)

6. Corazon Attack, Sonámbula (Noiselab)

7. Natalia Lafourcade, Hu Hu Hu (Sony/BMG)

8. No Lo Soporto, Avión (BMG)

9. Zoe, Reptilectric (Sony)

10. Los Fancy Free, Nevergreens Vol. 2 (Silicone Carne)

 

Max Hellman

1.  Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

2.  Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest (Warp)

3.  Built to Spill, There is No Enermy (Warner Bros.)

4.  Miike Snow, Miike Snow (Downtown)

5.  Atlas Sound, Logos (Kranky)

6.  Flaming Lips, Embryonic (WEA/Reprise)

7.  Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)

8.  Them Crooked Vultures, Them Crooked Vultures (Interscope)

9.  Mew, No More Stories Are Told Today Sorry (Columbia)

10. White Rabbits, It’s Frightening (TBD)

 

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