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Mid-Year Top 10's (June 2009)

Written by: Blake Solomon (06/23/09)
Tomorrow will be a glorious day. We'll turn the radio on, fire up a new Myspace page, or pick our best friend's brain about their new favorite band. Ah yes, the promise of tomorrow. In 2009, tomorrow means constant chances to hear the next best of every genre. But stop! Maybe we're moving too fast. Maybe the next buzz band is taking tomorrow off. Maybe, well, maybe they suck. Stop wetting yourself with fear; it's unbecoming. AP.net's Staff is here to throw up the signal flares for 2009's best albums thus far. It's never too soon for nostalgia.

But we'd also love to hear who has put a smile on your face, and beyond that, what's going to be giving you morningwood for the rest of the year? Let's talk, discuss or fight. But most of all, let's love that which was the first half of 2009!

- Nostradamus



Jeremy Aaron

1. Fake Problems - It's Great to Be Alive
2. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
3. Little Brazil - Son
4. So Many Dynamos - The Loud Wars
5. Audrye Sessions - Audrye Sessions
6. Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career
7. Ha Ha Tonka - Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South
8. The Thermals - Now We Can See
9. My Heart to Joy - Seasons in Verse
10. mewithoutYou - It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream! It's Alright!

Lueda Alia

(in no order)

Little Boots - Hands
Maria Taylor - Ladyluck
Metric - Fantasies
Telefon Tel Aviv - Immolate Yourself
If These Trees Could Talk - Above the Earth, Below the Sky
J. Tillman - Vacilando Territory Blues
Great Northern - Remind Me Where The Light Is
Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels
Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You
Schuyler Fisk - The Good Stuff
Andrew Bird - Noble Beast/Useless Creature

Drew Beringer

1. P.O.S. - Never Better
2. Morrissey - Years of Refusal
3. Kevin Devine - Brother's Blood
4. Mos Def - The Ecstatic
5. Mastodon - Crack The Skye
6. Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything To Nothing
7. Thursday - Common Existence
8. As Cities Burn - Hell or High Water
9. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
10. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!

Julia Conny

1. All The Day Holiday - The Things We've Grown To Love
2. Winston Audio - The Red Rhythm
3. Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything To Nothing
4. Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
5. The Dangerous Summer - Reach For The Sun
6. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
7. So Many Dynamos - The Loud Wars
8. Set Your Goals - This Will Be The Death Of Us
9. Kevin Devine - Brother's Blood
10. Passion Pit – Manners

Joe DeAndrea

1. New Found Glory - Not Without a Fight
2. All Time Low - Nothing Personal
3. Fightstar - Be Human
4. Billy Talent - Billy Talent III
5. A Day to Remember - Homesick
6. The Friday Night Boys - Off the Deep End
7. Eleventyseven - Adventures in Eville
8. Fact - Fact
9. The Dear Hunter - Act III: Life and Death
10. Emery - ...In Shallow Seas We Sail

Anton Djamoos

1. The Dear Hunter - Act III: Life and Death
2. Fightstar - Be Human
3. FACT - FACT
4. Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything to Nothing
5. The Dangerous Summer - Reach for the Sun
6. Thursday - Common Existence
7. Jim Gaffigan - King Baby
8. Mae - (m)orning
9. All the Day Holiday - The Things We've Grown to Love
10. Closure in Moscow - First Temple

Chris Fallon

1. Propagandhi - Supporting Caste
2. The Dangerous Summer - Reach For the Sun
3. Fake Problems - It's Great To Be Alive
4. Dredg - The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
5. U2 - No Line On the Horizon
6. Morrissey - Years of Refusal
7. Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything to Nothing
8. Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown
9. Anti-Flag - The People or the Gun
10. Shook Ones - The Unquotable A.M.H.

Steve Henderson

1. Anchor & Braille - Felt
2. The Dear Hunter – Act III: Life and Death
3. Dredg – The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
4. Closure in Moscow – First Temple
5. The Damnwells – One Last Century
6. Therefore I Am – The Sound of Human Lives
7. Barcelona – Absolutes
8. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
9. Maria Taylor - LadyLuck
10. Chase Pagan – Bells & Whistles


Travis Parno


1. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
2. The Dear Hunter - Act III: Life and Death
3. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
4. Nightmare of You - Infomaniac
5. Maria Taylor - LadyLuck
6. Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything to Nothing
7. Lars Katz - Lars Katz
8. The Appleseed Cast - Sagarmatha
9. mewithoutyou - It's All Crazy...
10. All the Day Holiday - The Things We've Grown to Love

Jamie Pham

1. Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything to Nothing
2. The Dangerous Summer - Reach For The Sun
3. Audrye Sessions - Audrye Sessions
4. mewithoutYou - It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream! It's Alright!
5. Nightmare of You - Infomaniac
6. Silversun Pickups - Swoon
7. Closure In Moscow - First Temple
8. Paper Route - Absence
9. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
10. Maria Taylor – LadyLuck

Garett Press

1. Dredg - The Pariah...
2. The Dear Hunter - Act III: Life and Death
3. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
4. Closure In Moscow - First Temple
5. The Mars Volta - Octahedron
6. As Cities Burn - Hell or High Water
7. Chase Pagan - Bells & Whistles
8. Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything To Nothing
9. Falling Up - Fangs
10. Daniel Merriweather - Love & War

Gregory Robson

1. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
2. The Veils - Sun Gangs
3. Kevin Devine - Brother's Blood
4. Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You
5. U2 - No Line on the Horizon
6. Maria Taylor - LadyLuck
7. Animal Collective - Merriwether Post Pavilion
8. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
9. Mandy Moore - Amanda Leigh
10. Dave Matthews Band - Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King

Blake Solomon

1. The Dangerous Summer - Reach For The Sun
2. Alexander The Great - Faces Change
3. We Were Promised Jetpacks - These Four Walls
4. Mansions - New Best Friends
5. Years - Years
6. So Many Dynamos - The Loud Wars
7. Fake Problems - It's Great To Be Alive
8. husband&wife - Dark Dark Woods
9. Transit - Stay Home
10. Suckers - Suckers EP

Paul Tao

1. Fever Ray - Fever Ray
2. Telepathe - Dance Mother
3. Micachu & The Shapes - Jewellery
4. DJ Hell - Teufelswerk
5. Little Boots - Hands
6. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
7. Bat for Lashes - Two Suns
8. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
9. The Horrors - Primary Colours
10. Black Moth Super Rainbow - Eating Us

Jason Tate

1. Morrissey - Years of Refusal
2. P.O.S. - Never Better
3. Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything to Nothing
4. fun. - Aim and Ignite
5. Mute Math - Armistice
6. Thursday - Common Existence
7. Set Your Goals - This Will Be The Death of Us
8. New Found Glory - Not Without A Fight
9. The Dangerous Summer - Reach for the Sun
10. Dredg - The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion

Adrian Villagomez

1. Kevin Devine – Brother’s Blood
2. P.O.S. – Never Better
3. Nightmare of You – Infomniac
4. Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything to Nothing
5. The Dangerous Summer – Reach for the Sun
 
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03:58 PM on 06/23/09
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thanks to the staff for putting this together. thanks to nostradamus for coming back from the dead and writing the intro.

Every artist's name is clickable to either an AP.net band account or to a myspace page.

Now let's talk about your favorite records and your most anticipated!
04:40 PM on 06/23/09
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Incredible first half of 2009 musically. Can't wait to see what the second half brings. 3eb, Brand New, Lostprophets, As Tall As Lions, Circa Survive (maybe?)...

And the best part about the first half is that almost all of my top 10 were surprises.
06:37 PM on 06/23/09
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Thank you for putting this together Blake, and thanks for every staffer who contributed. I'll definitely be picking up some albums based on these lists.
06:54 PM on 06/23/09
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Looks great, Blake.

This year has been so good thus far, and it's only looking better.

Think it's gotta be Weatherbox I'm most excited about for the second half of '09. Maybe The Graduate too, depending...
07:21 PM on 06/23/09
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Like Steve's, my top 10 is full of surprises, but it seems that's how it is every year. Last year bands like The Republic Tigers, The Helio Sequence, These New Puritans, Neva Dinova and others came from out of nowhere to rule my playlists and it's no different this year.

In the second half of '09, I'm looking forward to hearing new music from As Tall as Lions, Band of Horses, Brand New, Circa Survive, Editors, Eye Alaska, Fang Island, House of Fools, Midlake, Minus the Bear, Muse, Mute Math, Nightmare of You, OK Go, Rival Schools, Saosin, Say Anything, Steel Train, Weatherbox, and more. However, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if my favorite record of the next six months will be from a band not listed there -- perhaps one I haven't even heard of yet.
09:24 PM on 06/23/09
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Excellent lists from everyone, can't wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for us.
09:27 PM on 06/23/09
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TFNB on Joe's list..?
09:28 PM on 06/23/09
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Great lists everyone! Looking forward to the second half of 09!
09:30 PM on 06/23/09
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A lot of good bands on these lists!

My list...

http://www.absolutepunk.net/journal....entry&e=192791

Although, i'd like to throw Portugal. The Man's new album in there as i've just heard it and i'm in love already.
09:31 PM on 06/23/09
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Looks like The Dangerous Summer is a big winner, and rightfully so, I can't stop listening to that record. My favorites so far Dangerous Summer, Ace Enders, Grizzly Bear, Therefore I Am, Manchester Orchestra, Mansions, Catherine, and Kevin Devine.

Anticipating Brand New, Mute Math (favorite music video of '09) Say Anything, 3eb, and Dead Man's Bones.
09:31 PM on 06/23/09
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1. sunset rubdown - dragonslayer
09:33 PM on 06/23/09
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saw lots of Manchester Orchestra and Thursday which is awesome... definitely two of my favorite releases thus far.
09:34 PM on 06/23/09
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I'm not suprised to see TDS on top of Blake's list. Solid lists guys/girls, I'll need to check out some of those. But also, is it really fair to list albums that haven't been released yet though, lol.
09:36 PM on 06/23/09
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Trophy Scars - Bad Luck
Gavin Castleton - Home
Kevin Devine - Brother's Blood
The Decemberists - Hazards Of Love
We Were Promised Jetpacks - These Four Walls
Jenny Owen Youngs - Transmitter Failure
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion
Bishop Allen - Grrr...
The Number 12 Looks Like You - Worse Than Alone
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

I haven't listened to #12 in a while though, so I might be moving that out...and I didn't include the Tigers Jaw EP or Theophilus London's This Charming Mixtape because they're not really full albums.

Also, I only really listened to 3 of those artists before this year. So lots of surprises here as well.
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