Froz-T-Freez Favorite Albums of 2009

So, this was going to be the year when I finally got my act together and published a nice bunch of reviews of my favorite albums of the year by the end of the year. Turns out it’s not going to happen, as I got dumped on this December with snow, work, family stuff, and, most recently, preparing to move.  So, no plethora of album reviews for you, but I will try to do better next year. I figured the least I could do is put together some lists of favorites, even if I can’t provide much of any context, description, or justification for my choices.  Here are my favorite albums of 2009, arranged in an arbitrary manner most convenient to my purposes.


Fifteen Favorites:

  1. Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion
  2. Grizzly Bear: Veckatimest
  3. Holiday Shores: Columbus’d the Whim
  4. M. Ward: Hold Time
  5. Andrew Bird: Noble Beast
  6. Woods: Songs of Shame
  7. Dirty Projectors: Bitte Orca
  8. The Flaming Lips: Embryonic
  9. Passion Pit: Manners
  10. Caetano Veloso: Zii e Zie
  11. Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  12. Kurt Vile: Childish Prodigy
  13. Girls: Album
  14. Atlas Sound: Logos
  15. Ganglians: Monster Head Room


Five EPs:

  1. Neon Indian: Psychic Chasms
  2. Abe Vigoda: Reviver
  3. Deerhunter: Rainwater Cassette Exchange
  4. Animal Collective: Fall Be Kind
  5. Bon Iver: Blood Bank


A Trio of Great Rock Albums:

  1. The Dead Weather: Horehound
  2. Dinosaur Jr.: Farm
  3. Sonic Youth: The Eternal


Two Magic Albums:

  1. Here We Go Magic: Here We Go Magic
  2. Memory Tapes: Seek Magic


A few other albums I feel are worth mentioning:
(alphabetical by artist)

  • Crystal Antlers: Tentacles
  • Dan Deacon: Bromst
  • Bob Dylan: Together Through Life
  • Harlem Shakes: Technicolor Health
  • Heartless Bastards: The Mountain
  • Little Dragon: Machine Dreams
  • Mos Def: The Ecstatic
  • Small Black: Small Black
  • Wavves: Wavves
  • Wilco: Wilco (the album)



Disclaimer: Of course, these lists are only a frozen instance of my musical taste at this moment in time.  I reserve the right to add to or take away from them at any moment in the future, as I discover new music that came out in the past year, or discover upon repeated listens that an album is much better than I thought it was, or much inferior to what it initially sounded to me.

Tip: A great place to listen to virtually any album for free (completely legal, too) is  They will let you stream a song or an entire album all the way through one time to try it.  I’m not bothering to link all these up there, and there are of course many other ways to check out new music, but I just suggest it as a great way to test out music.  You can buy perpetual streaming rights there for super cheap, as well ($ 0.10 a song, or $ 0.80-1.00 an album).  I don’t receive any compensation from, I just think it’s a great web site.  I hope that Apple/iTunes doesn’t ruin the things I like about them.

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  1. Hey Josh. Great list! I’ve added the stuff here I haven’t heard to my music todo list and have enjoyed what I’ve heard so far. Thanks for sharing. I’ve posted mine on my “best of 2009” on my blog too. You should check it out. I’d leave the link but I’d be worried it would be seen as spam 🙂

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