I thought Bap had retired from music about a decade ago. Glad I was wrong.
Song : The Right Stuff
9 Neko Case : Middle Cyclone
Initially stunning, the spirit's shelf-life dissipates and it moves from classic to quite nice.
Song : People Got A Lotta Nerve
8 Bonnie "Prince" Billy : Beware
Once it settles, just another solid Oldham record.
Song : You Can't Hurt Me Now
7 The Handsome Family : Honey Moon
Biggest surprise of the year.
Song : Little Sparrows
6 Thao with the Get Down Stay Down : Know Better Learn Faster
Not as good as her debut, but a pretty striking break-up record.
Song : Goodbye Good Luck
5 The Gourds : Haymaker!
One of the most consistent bands of the past decade put out one of their finest collections in years.
Song : Thurman
4 Eels : Hombre Lobo
I love everything Everett touches: music, memoirs, documentaries. Even his dog rules.
Song : In My Dreams
3 Wilco : (The Album)
Certainly a mixed bag, but this one improves over time.
Song : I'll Fight
2 Chip Robinson : Mylow
What a return for the former frontman of Raleigh, NC's The Backsliders. Chip released it on his own, but the record will see an "official" release early in 2010.
Song : Started
1 Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard : One Fast Move or I'm Gone
Far and away the best record I heard this year. I enjoy the record more than the book. Though many words are culled from Kerouac, Jay Farrar has done a masterful job.
Song : One Fast Move or I'm Gone
Close: Tim Easton : Porcupine, Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey : Here and Now, Son Volt : American Central Dust, Camera Obscura : My Maudlin Career, Joe Henry : Blood From the Stars, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit : Seven-Mile Island, Brakes : Touchdown
I Should Hear These: Rosanne Cash : The List, Vic Chesnutt : At The Cut, 7 Worlds Collide : Sun Came Out
Haven't Listened To Enough: David Rawlings Machine : A Friend of a Friend, Reigning Sound : Love and Curses, Bob Dylan : Together Through Life, Yo La Tengo : Popular Songs, Matt & Kim : Grand, Andrew Bird : Noble Beast, Jason Lytle : Yours Truly, The Commuter, Matthew Ryan : Dear Lover