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9 Great Albums of 2009

By on Tuesday, 22nd December 2009 at 4:00 pm

So, the curtain has near closed on 2009. It’s snowing, Rage Against the Machine are number one and Simon Cowell is left weeping in a corner – alas, all is generally well this December. Now time to look back over the past year and pick out some of our favourite albums of 2009.

Arctic MonkeysHumbug

Arctic Monkeys returned this 2009 with a whole new sound to their name. Produced by the demigod that is Josh Homme, Humbug showcased a darker, more sinister side to the previously happy-chappy Sheffield quartet. Still brimming with Turner’s brilliant lyricism, the music is a whole lot more creepy, a lot more obscure in nature, and alas a lot more challenging to listeners.

Graham Coxon (pictured top)The Spinning Top

Not content with merely reuniting with fellow Blur band mates this 2009, lo fi punk Graham Coxon also released his seventh solo album titled The Spinning Top this year. The 15-tracked record narrates the life and death of a man, all via a dreamy acoustic soundscape. Switching his typical power chords to finger picking folk pleased and amazed certain fans, but undoubtedly scared many others off.

La RouxLa Roux

The Jedward-haired electro pop starlet, complete without a smile, had a fantastic success of a year with her digital 80s beats tainted with heartbreak and pain. She put synths and oversized cameos back on the map, gaining hoards of fans with her gameboy hits such as ‘Bulletproof’ and ‘In for the Kill’. Undoubtedly one of the girls of the year.

The Boxer RebellionUnion

The Boxer Rebellion scored themselves a number one hit over the pond on America’s iTunes alternative chart with second album Union, beating the likes of Kings of Leon and Coldplay while they were at it. Not bad for a band whos drummer used to give me music lessons. The album is truly immense, exploding with beautifully crafted, hypnotically gracious indie tunes.

KasabianWest Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

An exotic dalliance with 60s inspired psychedelia rightfully earned Kasabian a Mercury Music Prize nomination this 2009. From the stomping hit of ‘Fire’ to the trance-esque ‘Where Did All the Love Go?’, Kasabian at last confirmed themselves to be one of Britain’s biggest guitar bands this year.

The HorrorsPrimary Colours

The Horrors lost the Elnett and gained immense critical acclaim in replace of it this 2009 with their brilliant second album Primary Colours. The Southend goth-punks drove their new record in a whole lot more serious of a direction, dropping the Dracula garage rock and instead reaching out for moody yet mature post-punk come new wave sound.

Mumford and SonsSigh No More

Mumford and Sons recently showed wannabe folk artists how it’s really done this October with their rich, homely bluegrass. Warming banjos, dobros and double basses have thrown this hearty thud of a folk album into best of lists across the board.

The Dead WeatherHorehound

The greatest super group to spawn from 2009 (prior to Them Crooked Vultures), The Dead Weather, as led by Jack White and Alison Mosshart, caused a stomping furore this year. Their debut album, Horehound, is a sticky 45 minutes of dirty fingernail rock and roll at it’s absolute attitude-filled best.

White LiesTo Lose My Life

White Lies are a thrilling little trio who take tips from the throbbing darkness of Echo and the Bunneymen and Talking Heads to name but a few. The epic debut from the London-based band featured immense, stadium-worthy hits ala ‘Death’ and ‘Farewell to the Fareground’ and was certainly one of my personal highlights of 2009.


The Dead Weather / October 2009 UK Tour

By on Monday, 10th August 2009 at 11:11 pm

The Dead Weather are gonna be pleasing a LOT of people with the announcement of their UK tour for later this year throughout October.

Tickets for all dates go on sale on Friday (14th August) at 9am. Catch Jack White’s chums at:

Monday 19th October 2009 – Manchester Academy
Wednesday 21st October 2009 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Thursday 22nd October 2009 – Edinburgh Picture House
Friday 23rd October 2009 – Leeds O2 Academy
Sunday 25th October 2009 – Bristol O2 Academy
Monday 26th October 2009 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Thursday 29th October 2009 – London O2 Academy Brixton


Bands to Watch #124: The Dead Weather

By on Thursday, 30th July 2009 at 12:00 pm

The Dead Weather - Horehound (cover)Jack White is well known for his countless musical escapades (y’know, Coca Cola adverts, James Bond theme tunes, etc etc), and his latest one comes in the form of an attitude-filled super-group, The Dead Weather. Intriguingly, Jack has decided to take to the kit for his latest project. Meanwhile, joining forces with Mr.White on vocal duties is the too cool for school Alison Mosshart – also of indie duo The Kills (yeh…that band Kate Moss’ boyfriend is in). While Josh Homme is busy producing Arctic Monkey albums, Queens of the Stone Ager, Dean Fertita, was hired on guitar, while Jack’s fellow Raconteur, Jack Lawrence, is on bass.

So. The result of this uber-cool concoction? Down-right, dirty-fingernail rock and roll. Frankly, Mosshart is a natural – fatally spitting out her harsh vocals to the backing of distorted, super scuzzy guitars and crazy crazy drums. Every now and then, Jack pipes in with his angered lyrics, adding further to the already overflowing attitude of the band. Amid the dark rock and roll sleaze, The Dead Weather also effortlessly showcase genius flashes of nostalgic blues and reggae, making use of organs and pianos to gain that varied, but forever punch-in-the-face sound.

Let’s hope Jack doesn’t get bored of this one too quickly.

If the above sounds like your kind of thing, why not check out the awesome video to ‘Treat Me Like Your Mother’ below:


Horehound, The Dead Weather’s debut album, is available to purchase over at Amazon now


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