Trip Inside This House Top 50 Albums and Top Ten EPs of 2009

2009. Come and gone. For the psychedelia niche the past year proved to be another with highlights aplenty as we saw several veteran bands — Flaming Lips, Outrageous Cherry, Super Furry Animals, and perhaps the oldest running psych’ band, The Green Pajamas — all come out with strong albums. In my mind 2009 has to be noted for the sheer volume of great EPs which came out: Spectrum, Strangers Family Band, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Anton Barbeau, and my favorite of all the ’09 EPs: The Chemistry Set’s triumphant return to recording. Here’s a couple of lists of some of my favorites of the year that was.

It was a very good year. Tune in to Trip Inside This House, my show on 88.1 and streaming at every Tuesday 5 to 7 a.m. CT, for more great psych’ music in 2010.

Top 50 Albums of 2009

A Place To Bury Strangers – Exploding Head (Mute)
A’dam Sykles – Out Of The Circle Game (Teensound Italy)
Amazing Baby – Rewild (Hostess)*
Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)
Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound – When Sweet Sleep Returned (TeePee Rec.)*
Baby Woodrose – ST (Bad Afro)
Bavarian Druglords – 205 (Kill Art Movement)
Black Hollies – Softly Towards The Light (Ernest Jenning)
Black Ryder – Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride (The Anti-Machine Machine-EMI.)*
Capsula – Rising Mountains (BCore)*
Circulatory System – Signal Morning (Cloud)
Dead Mellotron – Ghost Light Consatellations (SVC Records)
Deleted Waveform Gatherings – Ghost, She Said (Rainbow Quartz)
Dolly Rocker Movement – Our Days Mind The Tyme (Off The Hip)*
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below (Vagrant)
Entrance Band – ST (Ecstatic Peace)
Flaming Lips – Embryonic (Warner)*
Floorian – More Fiend (Drigh)
Fresh and Onlys – Grey-Eyed Girls (Woodsist)
Ganglians – Monster Head Room (Woodsist)
Gliss – Devotion Implosion (Cordless Rec.)
Green Pajamas – Poison In The Russian Room (Hidden Agenda)
Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest (Warp Rec.)
Harlem Shakes – Technicolor Health (Gigantic)
Hopewell – Good Good Desperation (TeePee)

Read the rest of the list, plus my Top Ten EPs, after the jump.

Jacuzzi Boys – No Seasons (Florida’s Dying)
Jail – There’s No Sky (Oh My My) (Burger Rec.)
Julian Lynch – Orange You Glad (Olde English Spelling Bee)
Kasabian – The West Rider Pauper Lunatic Asylum (RCA)
Lovetones, The – Dimensions (Planting Seeds)
Mantles – ST (Siltbreeze)
Maribel – Aesthetics (Oslo Grammofon)*
Morning After Girls – Alone (Self-rel.)*
Nevermores, The – Nevereverafter (TIRC)
Oblisk – Weather Patterns (Candy Colored Dragon) *
Only Joe Kane – Some Soon Time After (Desperate Umbrella)
Outrageous Cherry – Universal Malcontents (Alive Rec.)
Psychic Ills – Mirror Eye (The Social Registry)
School of Seven Bells – Alpinisms (Ghostly)
Screen Vinyl Image – Interceptor (Safranin Sound)*
Sleepy Sun – Embrace (Atp Recordings)
Soundtrack of Our Lives – Communion (Yep Roc)
Sun Araw – Heavy Deeds (Not Not Fun)
Super Furry Animals – Dark Days-Light Years (Rough Trade)
Telepathic Butterflies – Wow and Flutter (Rainbow Quartz)
Thee Oh Sees – Help (In the Red)
Troubador Dali – ST (Euclid Records)
Vandelles – Del Black Aloha (Safranin)
Vera Violets – ST (Safranin Sound)
Wooden Shjips – Dos (Holy Mountain)*

[ * denotes a Top Ten contender ]

Top 10 EPs of 2009

Animal Collective – Fall Be Kind (Domino)
Anton Barbeau – Plastic (Gold Falling)
Brian Jonestown Massacre – Smoking Acid (A. Records)
Chemistry Set – Alchemy #101 (Skittlebrau)
Deerhunter – Rainwater Cassette Exchange (Kranky)
Helicon – Take The Ride (Self-rel.)
Inverness – Astral Slide (Bolinhas)
Isolation, The – The Isolation (All Heroes Are Dead)
Laughing Windows – EP1 (Battered Ornaments)
Strangers Family Band – Strangers Family Band (Self-rel.)


  • The Lawman

    Damn! You truly outdid yourself. That is an exhaustive list and I’m glad that it was posted in it’s entirety. Thanks for separating the wheat from the chaff for the rest of us civilians. Now my task is to try and catch up with you…