Best Music of 2009 (So Far): Steve LaBate, Associate Editor

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Best Music of 2009 (So Far): Steve LaBate, Associate Editor

So much love to give already this year, and it’s not even July. And there’s even more to come later this year with new albums from The Avett Brothers, Pearl Jam, the Beastie Boys, Tom Russell and Calexico, Jay-Z, Os Mutantes, Yo La Tengo, The Black Crowes, Gordon Gano, Erykah Badu, Lil Wayne and The Dead Weather. 

My Top 20 Albums So Far This Year 1. Jay-Z – “D.O.A. (Death of Autotune)”
2. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band – “Air Mattress”
3. Camera Obscura – “French Navy”
4. New York Dolls – “Lonely So Long”
5. The Soft Pack – “Bright Side”
6. Black Lips – “Starting Over”
7. Lady Sovereign – “So Human” (samples The Cure’s “Close to Me”)
8. Dinosaur Jr. – “Over it”
9. M. Ward – “Fisher of Men”
10. Wilco – “Wilco (The Song)”
11. Maria Taylor – “Cartoons and Forever Plans” (feat. Michael Stipe)
12. Todd Snider – “Greencastle Blues”
13. Sonic Youth – “Sacred Trickster”
14. Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers – “Songs in the Night”
15. Mastodon – “Divinations”
16. Neko Case – “People Got a Lotta Nerve”
17. Lemonheads – “I Just Can’t Take It Anymore” (Gram Parsons cover)
18. Viva Voce – “Red Letter Day”
19. The Henry Clay People – “Something in the Water”
20. Patterson Hood – “Grandaddy”
21. Eleni Mandell – “Don’t Let It Happen”
22. Bruce Springsteen – “Working on a Dream”
23. Ben Kweller – “Things I Like to Do”
24. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Zero”
25. Iron & Wine – “Peng! 33” (Stereolab cover)
26. Justin Townes Earle – “Walk Out”
27. Bloodkin – “Easter Eggs”
28. Those Darlins – “Red Light Love”
29. Mos Def – “Revelations”
30. King Tuff – “Kind of Guy”

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