i just made my top five list for pitchfork's reader's poll and figured i'd do it RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW for you guys!
passion pit, manners
phoenix, wolfgang amadeus phoenix
various, dark was the night
it's frightening, white rabbits
#5 FOOL'S GOLD, FOOL'S GOLD
#4 DIRTY PROJECTORS, BITTE ORCA
REMADE HORIZON (LIVE FOR WXPN)
#3 LATE OF THE PIER, FANTASY BLACK CHANNEL
SPACE AND THE WOODS
#2 DISCOVERY, LP
#1 GRIZZLY BEAR, VECKATIMEST
this top 5 is not very diverse in terms of place --- three bands from brooklyn, one from LA, one from britain. i think it is very diverse in terms of sound (and even moreso when we consider the runners-up!) starting off with fool's gold, a very world-beat album, to dave longstreth's deconstructed talking headsy/pop opus, to synthed out british eighties revivalist new wave, to an electronic pop album by two guys who helm orchestral indie bands, to VECK, FUCKING VECK, far and away the greatest thing i heard this year, total pure gorgeous quasi-pastoral dizzy orchestrations. beautiful.
but seriously, all these albums are so different and so great and real standouts in their respective fields. each one is worth your time!
this was a great year and i'm looking forward to 2010 more than anything.
i'm going to do favorite songs, concerts, and things i'm looking forward to next year. i'm in the middle of writing little blurbs and stories about every song, i'm excited for you to read them!