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    Saturday, December 19, 2009

    The Swell Season @ Vicar St. Dec 15

    Super gig from Glen, Marketa et al. Really loving their second album, Strict Joy, think it's one of the best things they've done including the Frames albums.

    Lisa Hannigan @ Vicar Street, December 3

    A fine gig from Lisa Hannigan with excellent covers of Dylan, John Martyn and most incongrously Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus. And the new songs she played bode well for the second album.

    Tuesday, December 1, 2009

    Matured 2009 Albums of the Year List

    The final, final albums of the year list with late entries from Bradford Cox's very trippy Atlas Sound album, Dave Rawlings' heartwarming 'Friend of a Friend', to tide us Gillian Welch nuts over till she comes out of her extended hibernation. Also added Fanfarlo, recommended on Nialler 9's blog - very Arcade Fire meets Beirut meets Ra Ra Riot. Another late entry coming from the Swell Season's 'Strict Joy', plenty of sturdy songwriting on there. And i've also added Devendra Banhart's enjoyable if not essential new album.

    Plus there's been a bit of rejigging in the order mainly to reflect how deeply Local Natives and Alela Diane have burrowed under my skin.

    As for the top ten, it's been a great year for America again, hasn't it?

    1.Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest

    Daniel Rossen

    2.Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca

    3.Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavillion
    4. Local Natives, Gorilla Manor

    5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It's Blitz!
    6.Anthony and the Johnsons, The Crying Light
    7. The Swell Season, Strict Joy
    8.Passion Pitt, Manners
    9.Alela Diane, To Be Still
    10.Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    11.Florence and the Machine, Lungs
    12.Bruce Springsteen, Working on a Dream
    13.Doves, Kingdom of Rust
    14.Wilco, Wilco the Album
    15.Atlas Sound, Logos
    16.Julie Feeney, Pages
    Julie Feeney
    17.Bat for Lashes, Two Suns
    18.Andrew Bird, Noble Beast
    19.Patrick Watson, Wooden Arms
    20. Fanfarlo, Reservoir
    21.Dave Rawlings Machine, A Friend of a Friend
    22.David Kitt, the Nightsaver
    23. Dangermouse and Sparklehorse, Dark Night of the Soul
    24.Devendra Banhart, What Will We Be
    25. Vetiver, Tight Knit
    26. Friendly Fires, Friendly Fires
    27. K'Naan, Troubador
    28. The Dodos, Time to Die
    29. Mos Def, The Ecstatic
    30. Arctic Monkeys, Humbug
    31. St Vincent, Actor