Examiner: Best Shows and Albums of 2009

It seems everybody and their uncle like to put out a "BEST OF" list at the end of the year. So I figured, why not do it too.

Instead of putting my list out during the last week or two of 2009, I gave the year it's full 365 days to make an impression on my list.

So here are my choices for BEST SHOWS, BEST ALBUMS and BEST SONGS of 2009. I will list my favorite 15 of each, any more seems too much and any less seems not enough.

BEST SHOWS OF 2009
(not in any particular order)

1. Yo La Tengo at the Variety Playhouse - 9/19
2. Still Flyin at the EARL - 9/30
3. Todd Snider at Eddie's Attic - 7/16 & 17
4. Drivin N Cryin at the Tabernacle - 12/26
5. Widespread Panic at Philips Arena - 12/30 & 31
6. The Whigs at Variety Playhouse - 12/4
7. Cracker at the EARL - 7/22 & 23
8. U2 at Philips Arena - 10/6
9. Paul McCartney at Piedmont Park - 8/15
10. Gentleman Jesse and His Men at the EARL - 6/30
11. Dr. Dog at the Loft - 9/29
12. Chickenfoot at the Tabernacle - 8/30
13. B.B. King at the Mable House - 9/12
14. Heavy Trash at the EARL - 11/19
15. Dan Auerbach at the Variety Playhouse - 11/17

BEST ALBUMS OF 2009
(not in any particular order)

1. Drivin N Cryin - What Ever Happened To The Great American Bubble Factory
2. Patterson Hood - Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs)
3. Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs
4. Still Flyin - Never Gonna Touch The Ground
5. Blakroc - Blakroc
6. Levon Helm - Electric Dirt
7. U2 - No Line On The Horizon
8. Black Crowes - Before The Frost...Until The Freeze
9. Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid
10. Mos Def - The Ecstatic
11. Cracker - Sunrise In The Land Of Milk And Honey
12. Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
13. Madison Square Gardeners - Don't Name That Pig
14. Todd Snider - The Excitement Plan
15. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

BEST SONGS OF 2009
(not in any particular order)

1. My Ex-Girlfriend - Madison Square Gardeners
2. Pre-Approved, Pre-Denied - Drivin N Cryin
3. Aerosmith, Take Me To The Other Side - Still Flyin
4. Here To Fall - Yo La Tengo
5. Ben A Long Time (Waiting On Love) - Black Crowes
6. I Understand Now - Patterson Hood
7. Life In Marvelous Time - Mos Def
8. 1901 - Phoenix
9. George Jones Talkin' Cell Phone Blues - Drive-By Truckers
10. I See Georgia - Drivin N Cryin
11. On The Vista - Blakroc
12. America's Favorite Pastime - Todd Snider
13. Stuff You Gotta Watch - Levon Helm
14. I Want Some More - Dan Auerbach
15. Plans - Dinosaur Jr.

Well there you have it my best of lists, check out the tunes and enjoy. Have a great 2010 and I cannot wait to see what lies ahead in the world of music.

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