Posted by: Nick | February 9, 2009

Top Album Releases: January 2009

Top Album Releases: January 2009

Nick’s Top:

  1. Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion
  2. Late of the Pier: Fantasy Black Channel
  3. Andrew Bird: Noble Beast / Useless Creatures
  4. A.C. Newman: Get Guilty
  5. Antony and the Johnsons: The Crying Light
  6. Bon Iver: Blood Bank EP
  7. Matt & Kim: Grand
  8. Beausoleil: Alligator Purse
  9. The Guggenheim Grotto: Happy the Man

Cory’s Top:

  1. Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion
  2. Matt & Kim: Grand

Hank’s Top:

  1. Andrew Bird: Noble Beast / Useless Creatures
  2. Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion
  3. J. Tillman: Vacilando Territory Blues
  4. Antony and the Johnsons: The Crying Light
  5. Bon Iver: Blood Bank EP

For a complete list of January 2009 releases see below (via Largehearted Boy):

January 6, 2009

Alkaline Trio/Hot Water Music: Alkaline Trio/Hot Water Music EP (vinyl reissue)
Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion (vinyl)
Brighton Port Authority: I Think We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
Burial: DJ-Kicks
Charles Mingus: Live in Berlin 1972
Chatham County Line: Chatham County Line (reissue)
Denison Witmer: Carry the Weight (vinyl)
Dire Straits: Sultans of Swing (Live in Germany) (2-CD set)
The Ecclesia: Birdsong Over the Interior Castle (vinyl reissue)
Erin McCarley: Love, Save the Empty
Fireman: Electric Arguments (vinyl)
Glasvegas: Glasvegas
The Gourds: Haymaker!
Hacienda: Loud Is the Night (vinyl)
High on Fire: Live at the Contamination Fest
Joy Division: In the Studio with Martin Hannett (import vinyl)
King Khan & BBQ Show: Animal Party 7″ (vinyl)
Lafee: Ring Frei (import)
Pole: Alles Gute (vinyl)
Starflyer 59: Dial M (vinyl)
Thee American Revolution: Buddha Electrostorm
Various Artists: John Peel’s Dandelion Records (dvd)
Various Artists: Undone: A Musicfest Tribute to Robert Earl Keen
Wroom: North of Forty-Five (vinyl)

January 13, 2009

Adam & The Ants: Friend or Foe (reissue)
Arthur Lee: Arthur Lee (remastered)
Bang Camaro: Bang Camaro II
Bee Gees: Odessa (3 CD Deluxe Edition)
City and Colour: Sometimes
Cream: Wheels of Fire (vinyl reissue)
Dead Can Dance: Spleen and Ideal (vinyl reissue)
Derek Trucks Band: Already Free (vinyl)
Eliane Elias: Bossa Nova Stories
Franz Nicolay: Major General
Frost: Experiments In Mass Appeal (with DVD)
Indigo Girls: Playlist: The Very Best of Indigo Girls
The Jam: All Mod Cons (vinyl reissue)
Jimmy Cliff: The Harder They Come (vinyl reissue)
King Crimson: EleKtriK (reissue)
King Crimson: Level Five EP (reissue)
King of Spain: Entropy
Lalo Schifrin: The Dead Pool (soundtrack)
Late of the Pier: Fantasy Black Channel (vinyl)
Laura Barrett: Earth Sciences
Lemonheads: It’s a Shame About Ray (vinyl reissue)
Los Campesinos!: We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed (vinyl)
Love: Love Live: Whisky a Go-Go 1978 (reissue)
M83: Before the Dawn Heals Us (2-LP and CD reissue)
M83: Digital Shades, Vol. 1 (2-LP and CD reissue)
M83: Saturdays=Youth (vinyl)
Murray Gold: Doctor Who: Series 4 (soundtrack)
Pink Floyd: Delicate Sound of Thunder (reissue)
Ravi Coltrane: Blending Times
Rokia Traore: Tchamantche
Van Morrison: Playlist: The Very Best of Van Morrison
Various Artists: Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records
Various Artists: Notorious Soundtrack (vinyl)
Various Artists: Now That’s What I Call Motown
Various Artists: The Reader (soundtrack)
White Lies: To Lose My Life (import single)
Winterpills: Central Chambers (vinyl)

January 20, 2009

The 1900s: Medium High EP
A.C. Newman: Get Guilty (vinyl)
Adam Payne: Organ EP
Andrew Bird: Noble Beast
Andrew Bird: Noble Beast / Useless Creatures (deluxe edition with bonus tracks)
Angelo Spencer: My Music Is My Sweat (feat. L’Orchidee D’Hawaii) (vinyl)
Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion
Antony and the Johnsons: The Crying Light
Anya Marina: Slow & Steady Seduction, Phase II
Atmosphere: God Loves Ugly (with DVD)
Bat for Lashes: Fur and Gold (vinyl)
Beausoleil: Alligator Purse
Ben Nichols: The Last Pale Light In The West
Black Moth Super Rainbow: Don’t You Want to Be in a Cult (vinyl)
Blackout Beach: Skin of Evil
Bon Iver: Blood Bank EP (vinyl)
The Breeders: Last Splash (vinyl reissue)
The Breeders: Pod (vinyl reissue)
Calexico: Live from Austin, TX (dvd)
Captain Beefheart: Safe as Milk (import reissue)
Cattle Decapitation: The Harvest Floor
Clue to Kalo: Lily Perdida
Combichrist: Today We Are All Demons
Cut Off Your Hands: You & I (vinyl)
Dakota Suite: The End of Trying
Devendra Banhart: Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon (vinyl)
Dirty Little Rabbits: Simon
Donna Ulisse: Walk This Mountain Down
Elegi: Varde
Emerson Lake & Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery (vinyl reissue)
Fiction Family: Fiction Family
Foals: Olympic Airways: Supermayer and Ewan Pearson Mixes (vinyl import)
Franz Ferdinand: Ulysses (import single)
Gin Wigmore: Extended Play EP
Graham Lindsey: We Are All Alone In This Together
Group Bombino: Music from Niger: Guitars from Agadez, Vol. 2
Husker Du: Candy Apple Grey (vinyl reissue)
Jane Monheit: The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me
Jackie-O Motherfu**ker: The Blood of Life (vinyl)
Jeremy Jay: Love Everlasting (vinyl single)
John Coltrane: The Impulse! Albums, Vol. 3 (5-CD remastered box set)
John Frusciante: The Empyrean (vinyl)
The Little Ones: Morning Tide (vinyl)
Mariah Carey: The Ballads
Markus Schulz: Progression Progressed: The Remixes
Matt & Kim: Grand (vinyl)
Michael Cavanaugh: In Color
Miles Davis: Kind of Blue (Legacy Edition) (2-CD reissue with bonus tracks)
Modern Skirts: All of Us in Our Night
Music Go Music: Warm In The Shadows (vinyl)
MV & EE: Drone Trailer (vinyl)
New Model Army: F**k Texas Sing for Us
North Mississippi Allstars: Do It Like We Used To Do
Odds: Cheerleader
Or the Whale: Light Poles and Pines
Otis Gibbs: Grandpa Walked a Picketline
Pattern Is Movement: All Together (vinyl)
Psychic Ills: Mirror Eye (vinyl)
Public Image Limited: Public Image (vinyl reissue)
Razorlight: Slipway Fires (Deluxe Edition)
Reel Big Fish: Fame, Fortune, Fornication
The Republic Tigers: Keep Color (vinyl)
Robert Pollard: The Crawling Distance (vinyl)
Royal Trux: Royal Trux (vinyl reissue)
Royal Trux: Twin Infinitives (vinyl reissue)
Sigur Ros: Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust (vinyl)
Six Organs of Admittance: RTZ (vinyl)
Stephen O’Malley: Keep An Eye Out (vinyl)
Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band: The Mountain (vinyl)
Swervedriver: Mezcal Head (remastered)
Swervedriver: Raise (remastered)
The Telescopes: # Untitled Second
Titus Andronicus: Airing of Grievances (reissue) (vinyl)
Thom Yorke: The Eraser Remixes
Tito Puente: Vol. 3 – Complete 78’s
Umphrey’s McGee: Mantis (vinyl)
Various Artists: Factory Records: Communications 1978-1992 (4-CD import box set)
Various Artists: Menage A Trois – The L Word Seasons One, Two & Three (soundtrack)
Various Artists: Mindrocker: Anthology of 60 US Punk Garage Psych (import 13-CD box set)
Various Artists: Transporter 3 – Original Soundtrack
Welcome Wagon: Welcome To The Welcome Wagon (vinyl)
White Lies: White Lies
Will Sheff / Charles Bissell: Will Sheff Covers Charles Bissell / Charles Bissell Covers Will Sheff (vinyl)

January 27, 2009

American Football: American Football EP (vinyl reissue)
Anahita: Matricaria
Beastie Boys: Paul’s Boutique (20th Anniversary Edition) (remastered vinyl)
The Bird and the Bee: Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future
Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears: Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears (vinyl)
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys: The Tiffany Transcriptions (10-disc box set)
Brian Wilson: That Lucky Old Sun (dvd)
Bruce Springsteen: Working on a Dream (deluxe edition w/DVD) (vinyl)
Buddy Holly: Down the Line: The Rarities
Charlie Louvin: Less and Less & I Don’t Love You Anymore (reissue)
Chris Duarte: 396
Combichrist: Today We Are All Demons (vinyl)
Copeland: You Are My Sunshine (vinyl)
Cotton Jones: Paranoid Cocoon (vinyl)
Dalek: Gutter Tactics
Dan Deacon/Adventure: Dan Deacon / Adventure Split 12″ (vinyl)
De/Vision: Noob
Dirty Three: She Has No Strings Apollo (vinyl reissue)
Doug Paisley: Doug Paisley
Duncan Sheik: Whisper House
Enon: High Society (vinyl reissue)
Ethan Rose: Oaks
Fever Ray: If I Had A Heart (vinyl single)
Fleetwood Mac: Live in London ’68 (vinyl reissue)
Franz Ferdinand: Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (vinyl)
Freezepop: Form Activity Motion EP
Full Blast: Black Hole
Goblin Cock: Come With Me If You Want to Live (vinyl)
Golden Boots: The Winter of Our Discotheque
Gringo Star: All Y’All
The Guggenheim Grotto: Happy the Man
Headlights: Keep Your Friends and Loves Close, Keep The City You Call Home Closer EP
Hoobastank: FOR(N)EVER
Iggy Pop: Where the Faces Shine, Vol. 2: The Official Live Experience (7-CD remastered box set)
J. Tillman: Vacilando Territory Blues
James Brown: Live at the Boston Garden: 1968 (dvd)
James Brown: Singles, Vol. 6: 1969-1970 (2-CDs)
John Frusciante: The Empyrean
Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash Remixed
Julie Ruin: Julie Ruin (vinyl)
Kylie Minogue: Boombox
Leonard Cohen: The Classic Interview
Lemonheads: It’s a Shame About Ray (vinyl reissue)
Lily Allen: Fear (import single)
Lithops: Ye Viols! (vinyl)
Loney Dear: Dear John
Loren Connors & Jim O’Rourke: Two Nice Catholic Boys
LSD March: Under Milk Wood
Man Or Astro-Man?: Eeviac: Operational Index and Reference Guide (vinyl reissue)
Mark Feldman: Secrets
Mark Olson: Ready For The Flood (vinyl)
Merzbow: 13 Japanese Birds, Vol. 1
Mi Ami: Echononecho (vinyl single)
Michael Zapruder: Dragon Chinese Cocktail Horoscope
Mothlite: The Flax of Reverie
My Cat Is an Alien: Cosmic Debris, Vol. 4
Nickel Eye: The Time of the Assassins (vinyl)
Of Montreal: Jon Brion Remix EP (vinyl)
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez: Old Money
The One Up Downstairs: The One Up Downstairs (vinyl)
Pat Green: What I’m For
Paul McCartney: Amoeba’s Secret (live)
Paul McCartney – In Performance (dvd)
Peasant: On the Ground
Pegasuses-XL: Electro Agitators
Plastic Crimewave Sound: Painted Shadows
Polvo: Cor-Crane Secret (vinyl reissue)
Rachel Shearer: Fakerie (dvd)
The Rifles: Great Escape
Roses Kings Castles: Roses Kings Castles
Rudy Ray Moore: Dolemite For President (reissue)
School of Seven Bells: Alpinisms
Secret Machines: Secret Machines (vinyl)
Shiny Toy Guns: Stripped/Nothing Compares 2 U (vinyl)
Slim Twig: Derelict Dialect
Slim Twig: Derelict Dialect/Vernacular Violence (vinyl)
Slim Twig: Vernacular Violence
The Smithereens: B-Sides: The Beatles
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin: Puzzle (vinyl single)
Steve Martin: The Crow New Songs for the 5-String Banjo
Strings of Consciousness and Angel: Strings of Consciousness and Angel
Tina Dico: A Beginning A Detour An Open Ending (3-CD box set)
Van Halen: Van Halen (vinyl reissue)
Various Artists: 2009 Grammy Nominees
Various Artists: Afro Samurai Resurrection (soundtrack) (vinyl)
Various Artists: Bold Beginnings: An Incomplete Collection of Louisville Punk 1978 – 1983
Various Artists: Hushabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Willie Nelson
Various Artists: Just Like Heaven: A Tribute to the Cure
Various Artists: Let Freedom Sing! Music of the Civil Rights Movement
Various Artists: Putumayo Presents: African Reggae
Various Artists: Rockabye Baby! More Lullaby Renditions of the Beatles
Volcano Suns: All-Night Lotus Party (remastered with bonus tracks)
Volcano Suns: The Bright Orange Years (remastered with bonus tracks)
Warren Zevon: Warren Zevon (vinyl reissue)
Woolfy vs. Projections: The Astral Projections of Starlight (vinyl)
Yelle: Ce Jeu EP



  1. First off, Hank you’re crazy for thinking Andrew Bird’s album is better than AC. Second, where is the love for the new Franz, it’s a great album. Third, Hank how could you like Bird’s album better than MPP?

  2. My favorites
    1. Andrew Bird: Noble Beast
    2. Bruce Springsteen: Working on a Dream
    3. White Lies: White Lies
    4. Glasvegas: Glasvegas
    5. Franz Ferdinand: Tonight

    I don’t get Merriweather Post Pavilion. It’s not unlistenable, it’s just kind of boring. Say the same thing over and over, while there’s some electronic noodling going on the the background. Why are people so enraptured by this album?

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