Excuse Me, Miss, I Think You Dropped Something:
The Greatest Albums Not Making Enough “Best Of 2009″ Lists

by Kevin Vegetables on December 21, 2009

It’s year-end best-ofs time, and there are hundreds of lists (themselves listed at Largehearted Boy) out there for the mining. This year’s themes seems to be:

  1. working hard to convince yourself there are better albums than Merriweather Post Pavilion,  just so you don’t appear to be following the crowd
  2. taking the Decemberists and Andrew Bird for granted
  3. either pretending you discovered The xx or saying you still love them despite their ubiquity and popularity (their debut album is two months old)

You can always catch my favorites as I update them here, but I think it’s silly to rank them. I thought a better use of our year-end space-time might be to shine a light on four albums that I think are amazing, yet aren’t populating enough best-ofs for my liking:

UNDESERVEDLY UNDER THE RADAR

Joe Gideon & The Shark: Harum ScarumJoe Gideon & The Shark – Harum Scarum

Somebody please tell me you saw this on somebody’s year-end list (preferably somebody incredibly influential). I refuse to let Joe Gideon and his sister Viva (The Shark) go by unnoticed. Storytelling, humor, atmosphere, and a sound both refreshingly new and comfortably familiar (in a 1980′s Mute Records way).

“D.O.L.”

“Kathy Ray”

The Taxpayers: A Rhythm In The CagesThe Taxpayers – A Rhythm In The Cages

If The Taxpayers had hired a PR firm, they’d be littering the year-end lists, with writers falling over themselves to praise their creativity and fire. But the Taxpayers are actual punk band — a collection of young, passionate humans who believe in doing things themselves — so instead they just ended up with a wonderful album and their integrity. Good deal. Buy it here, then tell your friends.

The Taxpayers play Retox in SF on 12/22 and 924 Gilman in Berkeley on 12/27.

“Dig Too Deep”

“White Walls”

GETTIN’ SOME LOVE, JUST NOT ENOUGH

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic ZerosEdward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below

This mess of lovable hippies put out their first album in July and by the end of the year they had sold out the Great American Music Hall. Up From Below is a love-soaked ramble, but the live show (more of a love-soaked shambles) is what’s endeared so many people to this band. They played pretty much every night for the last six months, so they’ve earned it.

“Home”

“40 Day Dream”

“Kisses Over Babylon”

The Fiery Furnaces: I'm Going AwayThe Fiery Furnaces – I’m Going Away

Fuck Buttons got hella love this year for taking a step towards accessibility, but when it comes to year-end lists in the indie arena, longevity seems to work against everyone but Radiohead. The Fiery Furnaces’ sixth studio album is a classic collection of American crackpot pop, made by intimidatingly smart and talented siblings.

“Charmaine Champagne”

“Even In The Rain”

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