Clearing the Archives – Best Music of 2009

In my ongoing efforts to cram more music on my list every year, for 2009 I divided my favorites up in 3 groups.

1 Stuff other folks turned me on to
2 Stuff I liked
3 Stuff that everybody seemed to agree on

avett brothers
wooden shjips
elvis perkins
falty dl
department of eagles
atlas sound
crystal antlers

phantom band
fuck buttons
big pink
twilight sad
volcano choir
wild beasts
neon indian

passion pit
animal collective
pains of being pure at heart
grizzly bear
yo la tengo
bill callahan
camera obscura
cass mccombs
flaming lips

Clearing the Archives – Best Music of 2010

Top ten
Foals – Total Life Forever
Radio Dept – Clinging to a Scheme
Das Racist – Shut Up Dude
Tame Impala – Innerspeaker
Yeasayer – Odd Blood
Black Angels – Phosphene Dream
Liars – Sisterworld
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Titus Andronicus – The Monitor

Ten more well worth hearing
Stornoway – Beachcomber’s Windowsill
Toro y Moi – Causers of This
Sun Airway – Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandeliers
Scuba – Triangulation
The Chap – Well Done Europe
Allo Darlin’ – Allo Darlin’
Junip – Fields
Field Music – Measure
Owen Pallett – Heartland
Gonjasufi – A Sufi and a Killer

Three best reissues
Robert Wyatt – Box Set
The Fall – The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall
Orange Juice – Coals to Newcastle

Clearing the Archives – Best Music of 2011

John Maus – We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Tycho – Dive
Austra – Feel it Break
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Real Estate – Days
Balam Acab – Wander/Wonder
The Field – Looping State of Mind
Wild Flag – Wild Flag
Hospital Ships – Lonely Twin
War on Drugs – Slave Ambient
Cults – Cults
Cut Off Your Hands – Hollow
Brown Recluse – Evening Tapestry
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Gold-Bears – Are You Falling in Love?
The Men – Leave Home
Man Man – Life Fantastic
Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
Antlers – Burst Apart
Demdike Stare – Triptych