The Year End List, Part 1: The Albums I Heard This Year

Yes, I realize this blog has been neglected as of late – terribly sorry and all, but my other, earlier baby, The Moon is a Dead World, has been taking up much of my time, and the thing that I started working on for this blog took up the rest of my listening time. You’ll see in a second.

I’ve noticed that everyone has begun to compile their list of the best albums of 2009. Unfortunately, 2009 is NOT OVER YET! I feel sorry for those bands who are releasing things late in the year, because honestly, those are going to be overlooked in the rush. Sorry guys.

This year I took on a challenge for myself – to compile a gigantic list of albums that I listened to from 2009, and then, after careful deliberation, come up with a top ten list. It would be varied and chaotic, I knew, but it would be worth it. Turns out it was a huge, time-consuming task, and one that, no matter how hard I tried, could not include everything from 2009, even some of the most important albums.

I attempted to give everything more than one listen. Sometimes it happened, and sometimes it didn’t. Part of the reason I wanted to give a list was to allow the reader to see what I had and hadn’t listened to. There is sometimes a gap when one reads lists, such as Pitchfork’s, between what they’ve heard and what they haven’t. I feel like my list is much more varied than their’s; but what counts is what I could factor into my top ten list, because there will always be albums one could not hear.

For part one of the year end list, I am posting what I listened to for this year. Soon, I will post my top ten list, with some added extras.

1. March 12 – Trophy Scars – Bad Luck 5 listens
2. No date – …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – The Century of Self 4 listens
3. No date – Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion 5 listens
4. No date – Black Dice – Repo 4 listens BOUGHT
5. No date – Cannibal Corpse – Evisceration Plague 5 listens
6. No date – Cattle Decapitation – The Harvest Floor 7 listens
7. No date – Cursive – Mama, I’m Swollen 11 listens
8. No date — DOOM – BORN LIKE THIS EP/DEMO 3 listens
9. No date – Extreme Noise Terror – Law of Retaliation 10 listens
10. No date – Kylesa – Static Tensions 7 listens
11. Feb. 17 – Merzbow – Somei 2 listens
12. No date – Napalm Death – Time Waits for No Slave 17 listens
13. March 7 – The Number Twelve Looks Like You – Worse Than Alone 6 listens BOUGHT
14. No date – Thursday – Common Existence 8 listens
15. No date – Wolves in the Throne Room – Black Cascade 7 listens
16. No date – Zombi – Spirit Animal 4 listens
17. No date – Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest 4 listens
18. No date – The Appleseed Cast – Sagarmatha 9 listens
19. No date – Psyopus – Odd Senses 13 listens
20. March 14 – Handsome Furs – Face Control 4 listens
21. March 15 – Into the Moat – The Campaign 12 listens
22. March 15 – Pomegranates – Everybody, Come Outside! 4 listens
23. No date – Irepress – Sol Eye Sea I 5 listens
24. March 17 – Joan of Arc – Flowers 4 listens BOUGHT
25. March 17 – War From a Harlots Mouth – In Shoals 6 listens BOUGHT
26. March 18 – Isis – Wavering Radiant 4 listens
27. March 23 – Paria – The Barnacle Cordious 4 listens
28. March 25 – Merzbow – 13 Japanese Birds Vol. 3: Yurikamome 2 listens
29. March 28 – Mastodon – Crack the Skye 3 listens
30. March 31 – Impending Doom – The Serpent Servant 2 listens
31. March 31 – The Bled – Mouthbreather/When Exiting Your Vehicle Demos 1 listen
32. April 6 – Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Agorapocalypse 7 listens
33. No date – City in Fiction – Laughing in the Dark 6 listens
34. April 7 – Gigantic Brain – World 3 listens
35. April 8 – Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band – Outer South 3 listens
36. April 9 – HEALTH – Die Slow 7” 3 listens
37. No date – Khanate – Clean Hands Go Foul 4 listens
38. April 15 – mewithoutYou – It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright 4 listens
39. April 16 – Graf Orlock – Destination Time Today 2 listens
40. April 17 – Dolcim – Guillotine Ride 3.5 listens
41. April 17 – Kaospilot – Shadows 3 listens
42. April 18 – As Cities Burn – Hell or High Water 2 listens
43. April 25 – The Devil Wears Prada – With Roots Above and Branches Below 2 listens
44. April 26 – Oceano – Depths 2 listens
45. April 26 – The Serpent and the Siren – Posthuman EP 1 listen
46. No date – Caligine – Minimalia, Vol. 2 2 listens
47. May 3 – Zao – Awake? 4 listens BOUGHT
48. May 5 – Comadre – A Wolf Ticket 3 listens
49. May 5 – Kylesa – Unknown Awareness 7” 1 listen
50. May 6 – The Saddest Landscape – I Don’t Want to Miss You Anymore 7” 3 listens
51. No date – Esgharioth – Asylum of the Wretched 2 listens
52. May 9 – Mono – Hymn to the Immortal Wind 1 listen
53. May 11 – The Chariot – Wars and Rumors of Wars 7 listens BOUGHT
54. May 18 – Sunn O))) – Monoliths & Dimensions 4 listens BOUGHT
55. May 21 – Riceboy Sleeps – Riceboy Sleeps 1 listen
56. May 21 – Coalesce – Ox 3 listens
57. May 21 – Hewhocorrupts/Phoenix Bodies Split 2/3 listens
58. May 21 – Pelican – Ephemeral 2 listens
59. May 22 – Tortoise – Beacons of Ancestorship 2 listens
60. May 25 – Magrudergrind – Magrudergrind 3 listens
61. May 28 – Devourment – Unleash the Carnivore 5 listens
62. May 31 – It Dies Today – Lividity 2 listens
63. June 1 – Merzbow – 13 Japanese Birds Vol. 5: Uzura 1 listen
64. June 3 – Dinosaur Jr. – Farm 3 listens
65. June 4 – Bone Awl – Night’s Middle 3 listens
66. June 8 – Suffocation – Blood Oath 5 listens
67. June 13 – Alexisonfire – Old Crows / Young Cardinals 4 listens
68. June 14 – Vomitory – Carnage Euphoria 3 listens
69. June 16 – Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca 1 listen
70. June 17 – Gorod – Process of a New Decline 3 listens
71. June 17 – Arckanum – ÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞ 2 listens
72. June 18 – Ingested – Surpassing the Boundaries of Human Suffering 2 listens
73. June 18 – Molotov Solution – The Harbinger 3 listens
74. June 19 – Ash Pool – Saturn’s Slave 2 listens
75. June 21 – Suicide Silence – No Time to Bleed 4 listens
76. June 21 – Girl Named Vegas – The Perception of Humanity 1 listen
77. June 22 – Artillery – When Death Comes 3 listens
78. June 23 – Job for a Cowboy – Ruination 4 listens
79. June 23 – Owen – The Seaside EP 4 listens BOUGHT
80. June 26 – Poison the Well – The Tropic Rot 4 listens
81. June 29 – Nachtmystium – Doomsday Derelicts 1 listen
82. No date – The Golden Sores – A Peaceable Kingdom 3 listens REVIEW COPY
83. June 29 – Loma Prieta – Dark Mountain 5 listens
84. July 2 – I See Stars – 3D 1 listen
85. July 6 – Behemoth – Evangelion 3 listens
86. July 8 – Clutch – Strange Cousins from the West 1 listen
87. July 8 – John Zorn – Alhambra Love Songs 1 listen
88. July 8 – August Burns Red – Constellations 1 listen
89. July 9 – Arsonists Get All the Girls – Portals 2 listens
90. July 9 – Merzbow – Hiranya 1 listen
91. July 19 – Modest Mouse – No One’s First and You’re Next 1 listen
92. July 19 – Mew – No More Stories Are Told Today, I’m Sorry, They Washed Away, No More Stories, The World Is Grey, I’m Tired, Let’s Wash Away 3 listens
93. July 22 – Matt Henshaw – I Stay In, I Move Out 1 listen
94. July 23 – Merzbow – Don’t Steal My Goat 1 listen
95. July 30 – Noah and the Whale – The First Days of Spring 1 listen
96. August 7 – Jesu – Infinity 3 listens
97. August 8 – This is Hell – Warbirds 4 listens
98. August 8 – Trapped Under Ice – Secrets of the World 2 listens
99. August 8 – Agoraphobic Nosebleed/The Endless Blockade Split 7” 4/5 listens
100. August 9 – Winds of Plague – The Great Stone War 2 listens
101. August 10 – Werewolf Jerusalem – The House of the Yellow Carpet 4 listens BOUGHT
102. August 10 – Alpinist – Minus. Mensch 3 listens
103. August 11 – Trainwreck – Of Concrete Canyons and Inner Wastelands 4 listens
104. August 11 – Battle of Wolf 359 – The Death of Affect 2 listens
105. August 13 – Heal These Wounds – Ambitions 2 listens
106. August 14 – Deviator – Mighty Black Inner Flame 1 listen
107. August 15 – Novembers Doom – Into Night’s Requiem Infernal 2 listens
108. August 16 – Caliban – Say Hello to the Tragedy 3 listens
109. August 16 – Werewolf Jerusalem – Nang Nak 2 listens BOUGHT
110. August 17 – As Tall As Lions – You Can’t Take It With You 1 listen
111. No date – HEALTH – GET COLOR 3 listens
112. August 20 – Vader – Necropolis 2 listens
113. No date – Jungle Rot – What Horrors Await 3 listens
114. August 20 – We Were Promised Jetpacks – These Four Walls 1 listen
115. August 21 – Merzbow – 13 Japanese Birds Vol. 7: Kujakubato 1 listen
116. August 22 – Emmure – Felony 2 listens
117. August 22 – Ease of Disgust – The Shell 3 listens
118. August 24 – Culted – Beyond the Thunders of the Upper Deep 2 listens
119. August 24 – 3 Inches of Blood – Here Waits Thy Doom 3 listens
120. No date – Merzbow – Camouflage 1 listen
121. August 25 – rega – Million 3 listens
122. August 26 – Odio Vestri – Darkness of Sorrow 2 listens
123. August 26 – Oh, Sleeper – Son of the Morning 3 listens
124. August 26 – Skeletonbreath – Eagle’s Nest, Devil’s Cave 2 listens
125. August 28 – Merzbow – 13 Japanese Birds Vol. 8: Kokuchou 2 listens
126. August 30 – Lightning Bolt – Earthly Delights 4 listens
127. August 30 – Fen – The Malediction Fields 2 listens
128. August 31 – Salt the Wound – Ares 2 listens
129. September 1 – Putrid Pile – House of Dementia 2 listens
130. September 1 – Hellwitch – Omnipotent Convocation 2 listens
131. September 2 – The Black Dahlia Murder – Deflorate 4 listens
132. September 3 – Megadeth – Endgame 2 listens
133. September 4 – Baroness – Blue Record 4 listens
134. September 4 – OM – God is Good 4 listens
135. September 5 – Eagle Twin – The Unkindness of Crows 3 listens
136. September 5 – Phish – Joy 1 listen
137. September 6 – Every Time I Die – New Junk Aesthetic 3 listens
138. September 7 – Werewolf Jerusalem – Murder Made 2 listens BOUGHT
139. September 8 – Saosin – In Search of Solid Ground 2 listens
140. September 10 – Infested – 1000 Doors 2 listens
141. September 12 – Kids Like Us – The Game 2 listens
142. September 14 – The Used – Artwork 1 listen
143. September 14 – Dying Fetus – Descend Into Depravity 1 listen
144. September 14 – Protest the Hero – Gallop Meets the Earth 1 listen
145. September 15 – Random Orbits – Safety Meeting 3 listens
146. September 21 – Despised Icon – Day of Mourning 4 listens
147. September 22 – Ahab – The Divinity of the Oceans 3 listens
148. September 22 – Russian Circles – Geneva 4 listens
149. September 23 – Nile – Those Whom the Gods Detest 3 listens
150. September 23 – Black Pus – Down Down Da Drain/Bark of the Tree 7” 3 listens
151. No date – Owen – New Leaves 2 listens BOUGHT
152. September 26 – Suis La Lune/Osceola Split 3/3 listens
153. September 27 – Infernal Revulsion – Dead But Breathing 2 listens
154. September 27 – Kidcrash – Snacks 3 listens
155. September 28 – The Fall of Troy – In the Unlikely Event 2 listens
156. September 30 – Daïtro – Y 4 listens
157. October 1 – Arroyo – Individuum & Massen 2 listens
158. October 4 – Gigantic Brain – I Swallow 16 Red Planets 2 listens
159. October 4 – Pelican – What We All Come to Need 3 listens
160. October 4 – Converge – Axe to Fall 4 listens
161. October 4 – Portraits of Past – Cypress Dust Witch 2 listens
162. October 6 – Merzbow – Tempi / Matatabi 2/2 listens
163. October 6 – Funeral Goat –Mass Ov Perversion 3 listens
164. October 8 – Jesu – Opiate Sun 3 listens
165. No date – Werewolf Jerusalem – The Reincarnation of Isabel 4 listens BOUGHT
166. October 12 – Skeletonwitch – Breathing the Fire 3 listens
167. October 13 – Vaulting – Modus Humanis 2 listens
168. October 13 – Splatter Whore – City of the Sleazehounds 1 listen
169. October 15 – Eat A Helicopter – The Pessimist 2 listens
170. October 17 – Wizard – Thor 1 listen
171. October 18 – Portal – Swarth 1 listen
172. October 23 – Between the Buried and Me – The Great Misdirect 4 listens
173. October 25 – The Red Chord – Fed Through the Teeth Machine 3 listens
174. October 25 – Slayer – World Painted Blood 2 listens
175. October 25 – Merzbow – 13 Japanese Birds Vol. 9: Hiyodori 1 listen
176. October 29 – pg.lost – In Never Out 2 listens
177. October 30 – Brobdingnagian – Machines of Unrelenting Terror 5 listens BOUGHT
178. November 1 – Bone Ritual – Bone Ritual 2 listens
179. No date – Crash at Every Speed/An Innocent Young Throat-Cutter/One on Top of the Other/Savage Broadcast – Richard Ramirez 1/1/2/2 listens
180. November 2 – John Zorn – Femina 1 listen
181. November 2 – The Almost – Monster Monster 1 listen
182. November 4 – Coalesce – OXEP 1 listen
183. November 6 – Grunt – Petturien Rooli 1 listen
184. November 8 – Repulsive Dissection – Cut Open the Aberration 1 listen
185. November 8 – Stinking Lizaveta – Sacrifice and Bliss 1 listen
186. November 8 – Atreyu – Congregation of the Damned 1 listen
187. November 8 – Heads and Heads – Heads and Heads 2 listens
188. November 9 – Bane – Dublin 11:58 PM 1 listen
189. November 14 – Ghostlimb/Fischer Split 2/2 listens
190. November 15 – The Chinese Stars – Heaven on Speed Dial 2 listens
191. November 15 – The Contortionist – Apparition 2 listens
192. November 15 – In the Midst of Lions – Out of Darkness 2 listens
193. November 25 – Nadja – Belles Bêtes 1 listen
194. November 27 – The Saddest Landscape/Trophy Scars Split 1/1 listen
195. November 27 – Merzbow – E-Study (Remastered) 1 listen BOUGHT
196. November 29 – Native – Wrestling Moves 2 listens
197. November 29 – Pretend – Bones in the Soil, Rust in the Oil 2 listens
198. December 1 – Boris – Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol. 1 2 listens
199. December 1 – Septycal Gorge – Erase the Insignificant 1 listen
200. December 6 – Blacklisted – No One Deserves to Be Here More Than Me 3 listens
201. December 14 – Animal Collective – Fall Be Kind 1 listen
202. December 14 – Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult – Saldorian Spell 1 listen
203. December 15 – Frosty Eve – Polar Night 1 listen
204. December 15 – Merzbow – 13 Japanese Birds Vol. 10: Niwatori 1 listen
205. December 16 – Brand New – Daisy 1 listen
206. December 16 – Rooftops – A Forest of Polarity 1 listen
207. December 17 – Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport 1 listen

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