Best of 2009
Telekinesis! (self-titled) Irresistible power pop, â€œCoast of Carolinaâ€Â an instant classic.
The Soundcarriers–Harmonium Soft and breezy with a little electronica thrown in, something like Stereolab/Broadcast but with a more direct nod to soft psych from the â€˜60s.
Jah Wobble-"Get Carter" (single) Anyone who knows me knows why Iâ€™m interested in this. But, Ted Lewis connections aside, this is an inspired interpretation of a timeless movie theme.
The Flaming Lips–Embryonic A mood-driven record where the overall feel is the point, rather than individual songs; itâ€™s the Lips doing Prog, and they do it in masterly form.
The Clientele–Bonfires on the Heath The same kind of majestic, lush psychedelia that had our jaws dropping when Suburban Light came out nine years ago.
The Raveonettes–In and Out of Control Ramones songs told as ghost stories. This record is both throwaway and brilliant; gets better with each listen.
Reissues and Compilations
New Dawn–Thereâ€™s a New Dawn Lost classic from 1970 out of the Pacific Northwest. Pothead lyrics and fuzzed-out guitar.
Emitt Rhodes–The Emitt Rhodes Recordings (1969-73) Rhodes is one of the great unheralded songwriters in pop music history; these four albums are gems showcasing sparkling power pop and gentle psychedelia.
The Apples in Stereo–#1 Hits Explosion 16 choices tracks from the Apples recorded output up to this point. Makes you want to do cartwheels while singing along.
Roy Loney & The Phantom Movers–A Hundred Miles an Hour 1978-1989 The one-time Flaminâ€™ Groovies frontman kept the Grooviesâ€™ greasy, rockinâ€™ spirit alive with the series of records he made after leaving them.
Spirit–Fresh From the Time Coast: The Best of 1968-77 One of the most innovative bands on the late â€˜60s SoCal scene, Randy California and friends continued to make compelling, jazz- and folk-tinged psych into the late â€˜70s.
Big Star–Keep an Eye on the Sky A four-CD treasure of recordings done by one of the most influential bands ever. All the stuff from the three main albums, yes, but also a stunning live show from â€™73, a handful of revelatory pre-Big Star sessions, and alternate versions that are actually worth hearing.
Nirvana–Live at Reading A great band playing live when at their very peak.
The Paupers–Magic People Psychedelic folk rock from Toronto, 1967. Part Beau Brummels, part Buffalo Springfield, part Lovinâ€™ Spoonful.
Funkadelic–Standing on the Verge (Best Of) Faultess, one-disc best of Funkadelic that covers their full output, 1969-79, early acid rock to later acid disco.
T. Rex–Spaceball (The American Radio Sessions) T. Rex doing spots on American radio, 1971-2.
Best New Album: The Raveonettes-In and Out of Control
Best Reissue: Emitt Rhodes-The Emitt Rhodes Recordings
Best Compilation: (Two-Way Tie) Big Star-Keep an Eye on the Sky; Spirit-Fresh From the Time Coast (Best of 1968-77)