The OCMD: Best Albums of 2009


Alberta CrossBroken Side of Time
“Rise from the Shadows”

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Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
“Ready Able”

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“Scantron”


Ty SegallLemons
“It #1″


Atlas Sound Logos
“Quick Canal”


Flaming Lips – Embryonic
The Ego’s Last Stand”

Woods – Songs of Shame
Rain On”

Bear In HeavenBeast Rest Forth Mouth
You Do You

Amazing Baby Rewild
“The Narwhal”

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Band of Skulls – Baby Darlin Doll Face Honey
“Death by Diamonds and Pearls” 

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“And The Hazy Sea”

The XX – The XX
Crystalised

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“Gimme”

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“Lust for Life”

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Dan Auerbach – Keep It Hid
“The Prowl”

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Fever Ray – Fever Ray
“If I Had A Heart”

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Foreign Born – Person to Person
“Vacationing People

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J. Tillman – Vacilando Territory Blues
“First Born”

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Leopold and His Fiction – Ain’t No Surprise
“Broke”

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Papercuts – You Can Have What You Want
“Future Primitive”

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Speck Mountain – Some Sweet Relief
“I Feel Eternal

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Shadows on a River – Shadows on a River
“In Business

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The Veils – Sun Gangs
“The Letter”

The Big Pink – A Brief History of Love
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Jeff the Brotherhood – Heavy Days
“U Got The Look

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“Blew It Again”

Adam’s Picks: Best of 2009

The OCMD’s guest blogger Adam’s Best Albums for 2009.
  1. Jason Lytle “Yours Truly, The Commuter”
  2. Sonic Youth “The Eternal”
  3. Papercuts “You Can Have What You Want”
  4. Jeff The Brotherhood “Heavy Days”
  5. Animal Collective “Fall Be Kind” (EP)
  6. Built To Spill “There Is No Enemy”
  7. Mew “No More Stories…”
  8. Systems Officer “Underslept”
  9. Flaming Lips “Embryonic”
  10. Cass McCombs “Catacombs”
  11. Atlas Sound “Logos”
  12. Polvo “In Prism”
  13. Girls “Album”
  14. Grizzly Bear “Veckatimest”
  15. Circulatory System “Signal Morning “
  16. Mission Of Burma “The Sound The Speed The Light”
  17. The Clientele “Bonfires on the Heath”
  18. Them Crooked Vultures “Them Crooked Vultures”
  19. Woods “Songs Of Shame”
  20. Yo La Tengo “Popular Songs”

Things That I Would Like To See Disappear Forever in 2010: Any band listing Animal Collective as an influence.
Genre With The Least Staying Power: Chillwave, Glo-fi, et al.
What I Have High Hopes For in 2010: 1) Bands who remember that the guitar is indeed an instrument. 2) LIARS LIARS LIARS!!!

Best of 2009 by Ben Van Houten of The Bay Bridged

Who: Ben Van Houten, Co-founder
Blog: The Bay Bridged
Twitter: @thebaybridged

The OCMD Best of 2009 Questionnaire

  1. Best Album: Girls – Album / The Fresh & Onlys – Grey-Eyed Girls
  2. Most Overlooked Album: Sonny & The Sunsets – Tomorrow is Alright / Former Ghosts – Fleurs / Jeffrey Lewis & the Junkyard – ‘Em Are I
  3. Best Song: Girls – “Hellhole Ratrace” / Garrett Pierce – “Can I Stop Breathing?” / Odawas – “Harmless Lover’s Discourse”
  4. Best Live Show: The Mountain Goats at the Swedish American Hall for Noise Pop / Every time I see Thee Oh Sees
  5. Band/Artist I am most happy to have discovered: Grizzly Bear (I finally get it with Veckatimest)
  6. Band/Artist I kick myself for missing: Cass McCombs/Papercuts/Girls show at Great American Music Hall.  Catacombs is an unreal album that I just started getting into a month too late.
  7. Band/Artist everyone seems to love but I just can’t get behind: Girl Talk. He puts on an energetic live show, but I just can’t get into the albums.  I appreciate the technique and skill involved, but I can’t really sit down and listen to a Girl Talk record.
  8. Favorite SF Band: THEY’RE ALL MY FAVORITES.
  9. One to Watch in 2010: Adam Stephens

Best of 2009: Cian, See What You Hear

Who: Cian
Blog: See What You Hear
Location: UK
Twitter: @seewhatyouhear

The OCMD Best of 2009 Questionnaire

  1. Best Album: at the moment it’s a tie between Real Estate – S/T and Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
  2. Most Overlooked Album: Patrick Watson – Wooden Arms
  3. Best Song: Girls“Lust for Life”
  4. Best Live Show: Patrick Watson / Spiritualized
  5. Band/Artist I am most happy to have discovered: Kurt Vile
  6. Band/Artist I kick myself for missing: I missed a Nobunny show; I missed Primavera, and as I write this, I am about to miss a special intimate gig by Beach House. But I broke my personal best for shows this year, so I can’t complain!
  7. Band/Artist everyone seems to love but I just can’t get behind: Wilco
  8. Favorite SF Band: Thee Oh Sees
  9. One to Watch in 2010: Joseph Childress

Best Albums of 2009 – So Far

Whew, I’ve been wanting to get this post up for about 3 weeks now, but you know how it goes – life prevails and hobbies sometimes take a back seat. Well, here it is. My mid-year Best Albums of 2009…so far. Out of all the music I’ve sorted through thus far this year, these are the albums that bubbled to the top, the ones I happily came back to again and again.  They may not all be Pitchfork approved (or even rated for that matter), but they worked for me.

I’m not going to go through the diligence of ranking them, so I’ve listed them in alphabetical order. I’ll save the ranking exercise for the end of year round up.  Until then, I hope you find some new music to enjoy!

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Band of Skulls
Baby Darlin Doll Face Honey
“Death by Diamonds and Pearls”

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Cymbals Eat Guitars
Why There Are Mountains
“And The Hazy Sea”

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Dan Auerbach
Keep It Hid
“The Prowl”

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Fever Ray
Fever Ray
“If I Had A Heart”

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Foreign Born
Person to Person
“Vacationing People”

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Grizzly Bear
Veckatimest
“Ready Able”

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J. Tillman
Vacilando Territory Blues
“First Born”

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Leopold and His Fiction
Ain’t No Surprise
“Broke”

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Papercuts
You Can Have What You Want
“Future Primitive”

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Speck Mountain
Some Sweet Relief
“I Feel Eternal”

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Shadows on a River
Shadows on a River
“In Business”

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The Veils
Sun Gangs
“The Letter”

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White Rabbits
It’s Frightening
“The Salesman”

Treasure Island Music Festival Line Up Announced!

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Happy day!  The Treasure Island Music Festival has announced the line up for this fall’s event scheduled October 17-18, 2009 on Treasure Island in San Francisco. As usual, the line up is divided into the more electro pop/hip hop day on Saturday and the indie rock day on Sunday. Single day tickets are $65 and early bird two-day passes go on sale tomorrow at noon for $99 (limited availability).  Get your tickets and get ready!

Saturday, October 17 features: MGMT, MSTRKRFT, Girl Talk, Passion Pit, Brazilian Girls, The Streets, Dan Deacon, LTJ Bukem, DJ Krush and more.

Sunday, October 18 features: The Flaming Lips, The Decemberists, Beruit, Grizzly Bear, Yo La Tengo, Bob Mould, The Walkmen, Sleepy Sun, Vetiver and more.