The TSURURADIO Community Presents… Our 20 Voted Most Awesomest Communitastic Albums Of 2009 With Accompanying Mixtape & then some!!!

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You ready for this? Hell, I don’t even know if I am… This is the biggest post we have ever done. This is huge. Here we go. OH! Before we begin… Don’t forget!


Details and prizes (and a vinyl rip) after the link!!! HURRY!

Okay. Here we go for reals.

For the past month-ish, we had a thread up in the Society, a simple thread really, a chance for each member to list their top 10 albums (or more, or less) for the year. The ranking of the top ten would be assigned points. No. 1 was 10 points, No. 2 was 9, and so on, until No. 10 which got one point (it’s an old system I learned back in the olden days when I hung out at a weezer board (yeah, a weezer board) before it got all creepy & weird and I left).

When the thread was finally locked this past Saturday morning, I pulled out my handy dandy Excel spreadsheet and started the tallying. Now, for posterity, some members posted longer list, but any albums No. 11 or higher were not included in the spread sheet at all, but it was certainly nice to have them, reminded me of a few I probably would’ve forgotten otherwise.

Check this…. When all was said and given a cell on the spread sheet, we had a total of 192 albums!!!

One hundred and ninety-two albums!!!


Like I said, that’s 192 albums that made the top 10 lists! That doesn’t include any others and, not too mention, some members didn’t even participate! All I can say is wow. Wow, wow, wow. Anyone out there in internetland who poop-pooped this year, I got to tell you man, you just aren’t trying hard enough!

So, with 192 albums and their rankings — 1,832 points to award and divvy!!! — tallied up, it was time to get to work on the mixtape, I was excited! New music for me, new mixtape for you, all very fun… After we got it all mixed up, tagged up, zipped up, and uploaded, looks like we had room for 20 songs, SOOOOO, you know that means, right???? RIGHT?

The TSURURADIO Community Presents…
Our 20 Voted Most Awesomest Communitastic Albums Of 2009 with Accompanying Mixtape!!!

where’s that applause I love?

ah, much better, thank you…

Like I said, in total, there were 1,832 points awarded, and with 192 albums, that meant a lot to spread around. But, even so, there is no doubt about the final list. Yeah, there are ties (bound to happen with that many albums), there are some surprises, but in the end, there is a clear winner that not even I could deny.

Shall we start?

Cool. Let’s do it.

Here we go. Coming in tied for Nos. 19 & 20, with 16 points each…

Tie Nos. 19 & 20 (16 Points)
The Antlers – Hospice
Florence & The Machine – Lungs

This is great. Neither of these stuck for me, but when seeing them make 19 & 20, I know what I’ll be listening to in the next week or so! I’d write a blip, but honestly, I need to get reacquainted better again before that can happen. Just reason #1,229,417 to love our community.

Squeaking out with an additional point was another tag-team combo…

Tie Nos. 17 & 18 (17 Points)
Andrew Bird – Noble Beast
Franz Ferdinand – Tonight

Quite the opposite of each other, Franz Ferdinand’s indie-rock vs. Bird hyper-literate-near-classical pop, and though I leaned more toward the Bird we have our rockers in the community. While Franz sang about dirty words written on calculators, Bird built songs around a word like anonanimal — that is a word, right?

We make a leap by 6 points to number 23 for this nasty little menage-a-trois! Tied at 14, 15, & 16, we got…

Tie Nos. 14, 15, & 16 (23 Points)
St. Vincent – Actor
Noah & The Whale – First Days Of Spring
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

Okay, damn fine selection here. Noah made my list and we’ve featured all 3 on TSURURADIO in the past. This is a collection of no brainers to me, from St. Vincent’s quirk, Noah’s gloom, and Mumford’s downhome-iness, these are all right up our alley. When I saw they made it, I gave the community a wink, a smile, and one of those knowing glances, but considering they can’t actually see me, everyone at work just thought I was being creepy.

Our first solo-go-er at 25 points is up next!

No. 13 (25 Points) Passion Pit – Manners

Yeah yeah, not my cup of tea, remind me too much of MGMT or something, and dance music, though enjoyable, tends to dissolve like Equal in my coffee. Mmm.. Coffee. But yeah, apparently our community is prone to a bit of ass-shakin’ and if you are gonna shake what yo momma gave ya, better Manners by Passion Pit than some crappy ass remix of by DJ puffin’ stuff blah blah blah, eh?

You like pop? Me too! And squeaking ahead of Passion Pit with 26 points at No. 12 is…

No. 12. (26 Points) Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

I was smitten after seeing the “Lisztomania” brat pack video mash-up, just fun & intelligent pop that wormed it’s away into the hearts of many all over this great big intertube of cyber-super-love. Written about plenty and sure to pop on a bunch of list, so let’s move on to our last tie!

And it’s a doozy. 28 points, another dirty 3-way….

Tie Nos. 9, 10, & 11 (28 Points)
Elvis Perkins In Dearland – s/t
Arctic Monkeys – Humbug
Mew – No More Stories Are Told

Wow, eh? Elvis, as you know, floored my ass. Mew’s icy near-prog like beauty and the resurgence of Arctic Monkeys floored many others! Wish I can say I got into the Monkeys, but I always seemed on the outside of that one (I may have to give that another go). No matter, a wonderfully diverse 3-way, as all 3-ways should be, eh?


Getting one extra little vote, one little notch, was our No. 8 winner…

No. 8 (29 Points) Japandroids – Post-Nothing

See, told you we had some rockers, because Japanandroids kick it up and kick you down, never slowing down until the needle lifts up at the very end (metaphorically and to some of our vinyl addicts, literally). Kinda punkish, and did I waft a note of stoner-rock? No clue, who cares, the community loved it, nuff said.

No. 7…. 40 Points! BLAMO!

No. 7 (40 Points) fun. – Aim & Ignite

fun.! FUN! Hmm… how do you exclaim fun.? Meh, who cares, you know I loved this album, we all loved this album. It is fun and it is fun. Fun, eh?

A late short list by Baby bumped up our next album No. 6. You know who it is, right?

No. 6 (46 Points) Neko Case – Middle Cyclone

NEKO! She loves this album, her No. 1 of the year. It accompanied us on many a car ride and house chill. It’s Neko. I think she’ll always have a special place in our hearts, and certainly in the hearts of many.

Top 5?!?! Already?

Hell yeah! And at 51 points we got…

No. 5 (51 Points) The Decemberists – Hazards Of Love

My number one album was also loved my the society! HOORAY! Sometimes it feels good to not be alone. I’ve talked about this album here and there and everywhere more times than I should. For that, I apologize, but it was a wonderful, bold, and beautiful project/undertaking that, we feel, succeeded.

*happy sigh*

But it didn’t beat out this next beaut at 56 points…

No. 4 (56 Points) Sunset Rubdown – Dragonslayer

Well you can take me to the draaagonslayerrrrrrrrrrrr!!!! Fuck yeah! KRUG! Just fuck yeah.

Oh shit. It’s getting serious!

No. 3, here we go with 66 honking points!

No. 3 (66 Points) Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

Their masterpiece? We seem to think so! At the very least, anyone who’s heard “Two Weeks” has to at least admit that it’s one of the songs of the year, right? Really, just a gorgeous album, layered and textured and harmony and yummy and our No. 3 of the year! WOOOOT!

But at 75 points, our No. 2 would not play dead to some scruffy bears, eh?

Fuck no.

No. 2 (75 Points) Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca

BLAMO! Actually our No. 1 for a good portion of the tallying, but some later lists that favoured our actual No. 1 grabbed the Dirty Projectors by the coat tails, yanking back to Silver. Beautiful & complex album, often too smart for me, but fortunately for Dirty Projectors, our community certainly kicks my ass in the IQ ranking system! Ha!

But in the end.

There could only be one number one.

And at 81 points.

There was really no question who it is.

The TSURURADIO Community’s Number One album of 2009….

It’s Most Awesomest….

Most Communitastic….

i.e. It’s absolute favourite….

At 81 massive points, is…..

No. 1 (81 Points) Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion

Yep. Mother fucking Animal Collective. Damn! I’ll admit, it’s the only Animal Collective album I like, so for me, that’s worth quite a bit, but I’ll be damned if the more evolved music lovers in the community didn’t think this album was just the shit. Who’d a thunk it, eh? Good for them!

Well, congratulations Animal Collective! Your figurative trophies are in the metaphorical mail, usually takes 6 to 8 weeks for delivery. And thank you so much to everyone who participated in the vote! Next up, we’ll play that +2 / -2 point game we played last year to see who is king of the mountain, as well as do a little reminiscing over the decade that was… Should be good fun!

Wasn’t that a hoot! But, son, we ain’t done! Oh, hell no! Because, what’s a “best of” list without a mixtape to go with it? A shitty list, that’s what. So, here’s what I did, something a little different, I took a song off of each album, put the songs in order by the album’s ranking, mixed it up, cut it up, tagged it, zipped it, and uploaded it. Kinda fun to force the tracklist order that way, and ultimately I think it works! But you be the judge.

Going from our No. 1 album by Animal Collective to our No. 19/20 with Antlers, and every album in between….

The TSURURADIO Community Presents…
Our 20 Voted Most Awesomest Communitastic Albums Of 2009 Mixtape!!!

(Full Zip)


01 Animal Collective – My Girls
02 Dirty Projectors – Stillness Is The Move
03 Grizzly Bear – Southern Point
04 Sunset Rubdown – Apollo And The Buffalo And Anna Anna Anna Oh
05 The Decemberists – The Wanting Comes In Waves / Repaid
06 Neko Case – The Pharoahs
07 fun. – At Least I’m Not As Sad (As I Used To Be)
08 Japandroids – Heart Sweats
09 Elvis Perkins In Dearland – Shampoo
10 Arctic Monkeys – Cornerstone
11 Mew – Repeaterbeater
12 Phoenix – 1901
13 Passion Pit – Little Secrets
14 St Vincent – Actor Out Of Work
15 Noah And The Whale – I Have Nothing
16 Mumford And Sons – I Gave You All
17 Frans Ferdinand – Ulysses
18 Andrew Bird – Anonanimal
19 Florence And The Machine – Kiss With A Fist
20 The Antlers – Thirteen

Okay, before we go, I wanted to give a special “shout out” (as the kids say) to ALL the albums that made someone’s top 10. It really shows you how diverse we, as music lovers, truly are… one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, and there may be no truer words. So, the following is a list, in order-ISH (there are a LOT of ties as you make your way down the list) of the albums 21 through 192 along with a few truly random mp3s to give you a little flavour (literally & truly picked randomly).

Just keep in mind, we are pretty easy peasy in the Society, so “2009 album” can take on a few meanings. Maybe it was released in 2008 except in their country? Maybe they wanted to include EPs (I don’t), etc. So, if you see some “mistakes”, don’t let it get to you too much, just push play and enjoy.

Oh. And if I fucked up the linking and coding. Fuck it. I’m BEAT. This post is huge and I am but one man. So again, just push play and enjoy. ;)

Thank you sooooooo much to our wonderful community! Without them, really, this blog would be absolutely nothing & pointless. You guys make it fun and oh-so-worth it! Love you guys…

Enough mushy stuff, here we go!

The Honourable Mentions & Some Random MP3s: Nos. 21 through 192!!!

Regina Spektor – Far
Fever Ray – Fever Ray
Random mp3: I’m Not Done
Islands – Vapours
The XX – XX
Random mp3: Crystalized
The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
Harlem Shakes – Technicolor Health
Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
Random mp3: Daniel
Girls – Album
V/A – Dark Was The Night
Random mp3: Grizzly Bear And Feist – Service Bell
M. ward – Hold Time
Random mp3: Rave On (Feat Zooey Deschanel)
Memory Tapes – Seek Magic
Bell Orchestre – As seen through windows
Handsome Furs – Face Control
Random mp3: Radio Kaliningrad
The Mountain Goats- The Life of the World to Come
Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
Random mp3: French Navy
Fanfarlo – Resevoir
Wild Beasts – Two Dancers
Random mp3: The Empty Nest
Broken Records – Until The Earth Begins To Part
Strange Boys- ..and Girls Club
And So I Watch You From Afar – s/t
Vic Chesnutt – At The Cut
Random mp3: We Hovered With Short Wings
Patrick Wolf, The Bachelor
Pete Yorn – Back & Fourth
Nosaj Thing – Drift
We Were Promised Jetpacks – These Four Walls
Random mp3: Quiet Little Voices
Wooden sky – If I don’t come home you will know I’m gone
Ty Segall – Lemons
The Wooden Birds – Magnolia
Random mp3: The Other One
Monsters of Folk – Monsters of Folk
V/A – Mortika: Recordings From A Greek Underworld
Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport
Random mp3: Flight Of The Feathered Serpent
Gregory Alan Isakov – This Empty Northern Hemisphere
Port O’Brien – Threadbare
Fredo Viola – The Turn
Old Jerusalem – Two Birds Blessing
Sea Wolf – White Water, White Bloom
Random mp3: Wicked Blood
Mayer Hawthorne – A Strange Arrangement
Mos Def – The Ecstatic
Random mp3: Workers Comp
Chris Garneau – El Radio
Pomegranates – Everybody, Come Outside!
Glasvegas – Glasvegas
Random mp3: Geraldine
Dananananaykroyd – Hey Everyone!
Immaculate Machines – High On Jackson Hill
Grand Archives – Keep In Mind Frankenstein
Random mp3: Silver Amongst The Gold
The Little Hands of Asphalt – Leap Years
The Low Anthem – Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
Lady Of The Sunshine – Smoking Gun
Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
Random mp3: Eid Ma Clack Shaw
Woods- Songs of Shame
The Swell Season – Strict Joy
Louise Le May – Tell Me One Thing That Is New
Jackie-O Motherfucker – Ballads Of The Revolution
Radio Moscow – Brain Cycles
Tyondai Braxton – Central Market
Antony & The Johnsons – The Crying Light
Random mp3: Epilepsy Is Dancing
Coconut Records – Davy
Random mp3: Microphone
Taken by Trees – East of Eden
Beep Beep – Enchanted Islands
Magnolia Electric Co. – Josephine
Real Estate- s/t
The Whitest Boy Alive – Rules
Random mp3: High On The Heels
Johnny Flynn – Sweet William E.P.
Slaraffenland – We’re On Your Side
Random mp3: Meet and Greet
Gregory Pepper and All His Problems – With Trumpets Flaring
Titus Andronicus – the Airing of Grievances
Bon Iver – Blood Bank
Random mp3: Woods
Doveman – The Conformist
Jenn Grant- Echoes
Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard- Em Are I
Random mp3: Whistle Past The Graveyard
WHY?- Eskimo Snow
Sebastien Schuller – Evanfall
Echo And The Bunnymen – Fountain
Random mp3: Think I Need It Too
Local natives – gorilla manner
Julie Doiron – I Can Wonder What You Did
Random mp3: Borrowed Minivans
White Rabbits – It’s Frightening
Moderat – Moderat
Vuk – The Plains
Yo La Tengo – Popular Songs
Random mp3: If It’s True
Basement Jaxx – Scars
The Black Heart Procession – Six
Castanets – Texas Rose Thaw And The Beasts
Future of the Left – Travels with Myself and Another
Random mp3: You Need Satan More Than He Needs You
Richard Hawley – Truelove’s Gutter
The Very Best – Warm Heart of Africa
Random mp3: Julia
Jason Lytle, Yours Truly, The Commuter
Ola Podrida – Belly of the Lion
Mastodon – Crack The Skye
Jack Peñate – Everything Is New
Blues Control- Local Flavour
The Horrors – Primary Colours
Random mp3: Mirror’s Image
Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms
Weezer – Raditude
Fink – Revolution
Random mp3: See It All
I Am Your Autopilot – Robots In the Orchestra
Scott Matthew -There Is An Ocean That Divides..
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Why Are There Mountains
Random mp3: And the Hazy Sea
Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
Mount Eerie – Wind’s Poem
The Felice Brothers – Yonder is the Clock
Random mp3: Run Chicken Run
The Joy Formidable – A Balloon Called Moaning
Dan Deacon – Bromst
Kings Of Convenience – Declaration of Dependence
Random mp3: Boat Behind
Embryonic – the Flaming Lips
Vieux Farke Toure – Fondo
Glee – Volumes I & II
Robyn Hitchcock – Goodnight Oslo
Thao with the Get Down Stay Down – Know Better Learn Faster
Random mp3: Thao with the Get Down Stay Down
Spiro – Lightbox
Atlas Sound – Logos
Random mp3: Criminals
The Clean – Mister Pop
Fruit bats – Ruminant Band
Random mp3: My Unusual Friend
Sleeping At Last – Story Boards
Joel Plaskett- Three
Nickel Eye – Time Of The Assassins
Random mp3: Dying Star
Isis – Wavering Radiant
Wild Light – Adult Nights
Random mp3: California On My Mind
Laura Gibson – Beasts Of Seasons
Junior Boys- Begone Dull Care
Phantom Band – Checkmate Savage
Kurt Vile – Childish Prodigy
Random mp3: Freak Train
Frankmusik – Complete Me
Temper trap – Conditions
Rob Thomas – Cradlesong
Sonic Youth – Eternal
The Asteroid Galaxy Tour – Fruit
Random mp3: Lady Jesus
Dm Stith – Heavy Ghost
Tinariwen – Imidiwan
Micachu and the Shapes – Jewelry
Universal Studios Florida – Ocean Sunbirds
Zola Jesus- The Spoils
The Rushes – To The Surface
Kasabian – The West Rider Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Random mp3: Fire
Testbild! – Aquatint
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Beware
Random mp3: There Is Something I Have To Say
Joe Crepúsculo – Chill Out
Telepathe – Dance Mother
Levon Helm – Electric Dirt
Music Go Music – Expressions
Random mp3: Explorers of the Heart
Sun Araw – Heavy Deeds
Meg & Dia – Here, Here, and Here
Bob Schneider – Lovely Creatures
Franz Nicolay – Major General
Rain Machine – Rain Machine
Troels Abrahamsen – WHT
V/A – 5 Years Of Hyperdub
Stackridge – A Victory For Common Sense
Langhorne Slim – Be Set Free
Random mp3: Back To The Wild
Soulsavers – Broken
My Latest Novel – Deaths and Entrances
Random mp3: All In All In All Is All
Thomas Function – In The Valley Of Sickness
Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels
Sunn O)))) – Monoliths and Dimensions
The Thermals – Now We Can See
Random mp3: I Let It Go
Lucky Dragons – Open Power
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Random mp3: Come Saturday
Zoot Woman – Things Are What They Used to Be
Brakes – Touchdown
Random mp3: Two Shocks
Inara George – Accidental Experimental
Ohbijou – Beacons
Alberta Cross – Broken Side Of Town
The Lovely Feathers – Fantasy Of The Lot
HEALTH – Get Color
Random mp3: We Are Water
Peter Adams – I Awoke With Planets In My Face
Jon Hopkins – Insides
Röyksopp – Junior
Soap and Skin – Lovetune For Vacuum
Random mp3: Extinguish Me
The Postmarks – Memoirs at the End of the World
WhoMadeWho – The Plot
Viva Voce – Rose City
Random mp3: Devotion
Built To Spill – There Is No Enemy
Random mp3: Aisle 13
United Steel Workers Of Montreal – Three On The Tree
Morrisey – Years of Refusal

THAT’S IT! As far as I’m concerned, outside a few misses here and there, 2009 IS HEREBY DEEMED DONE!!!! DONE, DONE, DONE. It’s been a wonderful year but now here’s truly to an even more exciting 2010!

Cheers & thank you,
Tsuru and the whole TSURURADIO Community!!!

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2 comments for “The TSURURADIO Community Presents… Our 20 Voted Most Awesomest Communitastic Albums Of 2009 With Accompanying Mixtape & then some!!!

  1. Rotch
    December 17, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Great list! My favorite so far. I predict P4K's top three spots tomorrow will look just like these.

    And Merriweather… well, when an album tops every single list I've seen (Spin, Uncut, Stereogum, Mojo, probably P4K tomorrow and now Tsururadio Community), and that album is not by Radiohead, well that just makes me happy!

    Thanks for the work Tsuru!

  2. Jill Brown
    December 17, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Damn, that's quite a post, TsuruDude! Happy to see Florence and St Vincent in the top 20! I must admit, I just don't get the Dirty Projectors. Oh well, can't always "get" everything.

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