2009 offered a most happening selection of musical treats in both recorded (mainly cds) and live venues.
It seems fitting, that the same year in which I turned 40, many of my favorite live shows were delivered by long time rockers who refuse to limp away quietly and still have the chops to thrill an audience. Chicago hardcore heroes Naked Raygun played an incredible set this past summer and provided me with a chance to see them for the first time since 1989. The Butthole Surfers reconvened their classic touring lineup as did one time fellow Touch n Go label mates The Jesus Lizard. The JL show at the Paradise in Boston is easily my favorite of 2009. Also got a chance to see the Brazilian Os Mutantes not only touring, but releasing new, vital music. Never thought I'd get an opportunity to see them live, much less have them play right down the street from me in support of an album of entirely new material.
Os Mutantes - Hai or Amortecedor is the first of my favorite 2009 musical releases listed below, but there really isn't any order to the ten...
The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
Slayer - World Painted Blood
Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
Mastodon - Crack the Skye
Dinosaur Jr- Farm
Air - Love 2
Bebel Gilberto - All In One
Sonic Youth - The Eternal
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion