We consume music like we consume wine, in that, we are hyper self-aware in the act of consumption. Depending on the vineyard, a year can be terrible for quality … so we check the vintage on the bottle, we judge its origins, and we rationally attempt to size it up. Some wine is plainly good, some of it is clearly bad, but most of the time we don’t know shit about it while we pretend just the opposite. We flagrantly criticize and make claims based on a relatively shallow understanding. The vast, culturally loaded topics of music and wine have a lot more in common then we expected. 2008 was a great year for music and we won’t attempt to stake a claim about wine, but hopefully the musical grapes of 2009 will be seen as a desirable vintage for many years. Here is a closer look at what’s coming.
Andrew Bird “Noble Beast”
Matt And Kim “Grand”
Loney, Dear “Dear John”
The Bird And The Bee “Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future”
Coconut Records “Davy”
Erin McCarley “Love, Save The Empty”
Animal Collective “Merriweather Post Pavilion”
Company Of Thieves “Ordinary Riches”
Two Tongues "Two Tongues"
Ben Kweller “Changing Horses”
Lily Allen “It’s Not Me, It’s Not You”
The Deep Dark Woods “Winter Hours”
Morrisey “Years Of Refusal”
Le Corps Mince De Francoise “Bitch Of The Bitches”
Broken Spindles “Kiss/Kick”
M. Ward “Hold Time”
Ben Lee "The Rebirth Of Venus"
Kelly Clarkson “All I Ever Wanted”
The Decembrists “Hazards Of Love”
Peter Bjorn And John “Living Thing”
Neko Case “Middle Cyclone”
Meg & Dia “Here, Here, And Here”
The Thermals “Now We Can See”
April & Beyond
She & Him “Volume Two”
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs “It’s Blitz”
2009 also serves as a packed year in mainstream music. With albums being released by industry heavy-hitters such as U2, Green Day, Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Black Eyed Peas, Lil Wayne, Taking Back Sunday, Christina Aguilera, Eminem, Michelle Branch, Dashboard Confessional, the Miley Cyrus fronted “Hannah Montana” movie soundtrack, and of course the long awaited comeback of No Doubt, this is a year sure to be filled with a plethora of iTunes downloads and Best Buy gift cards, despite the unfortunate state of the economy. Other albums to look out for are the still untitled records being released by Imogen Heap, Mika, Deer Tick, I Am The Avalanche, Fleet Foxes, Guster, Jenny Owen Youngs, Automatic Loveletter, Metric, Ingrid Michaelson, and Blikk Fang, the much-anticipated collaboration of Kevin Barnes (Of Montreal) and Andrew VanWyngarden (MGMT). On top of that, there are also rumors circulating around the underground scene of possible new albums appearing from The Postal Service, Regina Spektor, and Rilo Kiley - all under tight wraps but in the process of recording. What this year will bring and who the fresh discoveries will be is still to be determined, but one thing we know for sure is that 2009 will not go down in music history as a year to forget.