In no particular order, these were my favorite albums released this year. When I say favorite albums, it’s because I enjoy listening to the full play list, not just one or two songs off it.

Dark Was the Night
This album introduced me to a ton of new great artists — Bon Iver, Dirty Projectors, Yeasayer, & Sufjan Stevens to name a few.

Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion
I have too many favorites off this album to name just one.

Grizzy Bear, Veckatimest
I bought this after hearing their track on Dark Was the Night.

Wilco, The Album
Another solid recording by Wilco.

Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
They’re like a French version of The Killers, but with more pop hooks, if you can actually believe that’s possible.

If you’re remotely into Radiohead and/or Jay-Z, then you’ll definitely like this album.

Neko Case, Middle Cyclone
Such a beautiful voice and lyrics.

M. Ward, Hold Time

And of course Jay Z, The Blueprint 3
The Yankees theme song of the summer and fall, plus there are a few other good tracks

Other artists high on my playlist in 2009 included Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Blitzen Trapper, The Decemberists, Jenny Lewis, Kings of Leon, MGMT, My morning Jacket, The National, & Vampire Weekend.