Featured Album Fridays / Top 10 of 2009

With 2009 wrapping up, I figured now would be a good time to highlight and feature some of my favourite albums that I had featured on Featured Album Fridays. (Man, I use the word “feature” a lot.)

Anyhow, here is a quick and dirty list of my top 10 favourite Featured Album Fridays albums of 2009:

10. John Vanderslice – Romanian Names

Published: March 27, 2009
Favourite Songs: D.I.A.L.O., Too Much Time, Oblivion

John Vanderslice - Romanian Names

9. Great Northern – Remind Me Where The Light Is

Published: April 24, 2009
Favourite Songs: Snakes, Mountain, Numbers

Great Northern - Remind Me Where The Light Is

8. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns

Published: October 9, 2009
Favourite Songs: The Ballad of the RAA, Frank AB, The Air

The Rural Alberta Advantage - Hometowns

7. Everything All The Time – Everything All The Time

Published: July 3, 2009
Favourite Songs: The Only One You Love Is You, Lazy Days, Take Stock, Slowly Drowning

Everything All The Time - Everything All The Time

6. Grammatics – Grammatics

Published: June 5, 2009
Favourite Songs: Relentless Fours, Polar Swelling, Inkjet Lakes, Rosa Flood

Grammatics - Grammatics

5. Sarah Blasko – As Day Follows Night

Published: December 18, 2009
Favourite Songs: Down on Love, Hold On My Heart, Sleeper Awake, Over & Over, I Never Knew

Sarah Blasko - As Day Follows Night

4. Other Lives – Other Lives

Published: May 22, 2009
Favourite Songs: Speed Tape, Don’t Let Them, End of the Year, How Could This Be?, Epic

Other Lives - Other Lives

3. The Coast – Expatriate

Published: August 7, 2009
Favourite Songs: Nueva York, No Secret Why, Floodlights, Killing of Our Friends, Ceremony Guns, Pay Me The Apostle

00 Expatriate

2. The Most Serene Republic – …And The Ever Expanding Universe

Published: June 19, 2009
Favourite Songs: Bubble Reputation, Heavens to Purgatory, Phi, The Old Forever New Things, Patternicity, Four Humours, No One Likes a Nihilist

The Most Serene Republic - ...And the Ever Expanding Universe

1. As Tall As Lions – You Can’t Take It With You

Published: August 21, 2009
Favourite Songs: Circles, Sixes & Sevens, You Can’t Take It With You, In Case of Rapture, We’s Been Waiting, Is This Tomorrow?, The Narrows, That’s What You Get


And that just about wraps it up for Featured Album Fridays for 2009, I hope you’ve enjoyed some of these albums that I’ve featured throughout the year.

If you have any suggestions on how I can improve what I do, or any bands you may have a lead on, definitely shoot me an e-mail or message me on Twitter! I’m always on the lookout for new, up-and-coming bands, especially Canadian ones, so give me a shout.


Featured Album Fridays / Maps – Turning The Mind (2009)

This week on Featured Album Fridays, I am highlighting the 2009 album from Maps – Turning The Mind.

Maps - Turning The Mind

Here is the description of Maps from his Last.FM:

MAPS is from Northampton, UK. This page is the official page for this artist.

The music is made by James Chapman, with August joining in for live stuff. Their debut album ‘We Can Create’ was released in April 2007 on Mute Records and their growing fanbase includes the likes of the Chemical Brothers. They were shortlisted for the well respected 2007 Mercury Music Prize album of the year, which saw their profile rise dramatically. The download-only single from Maps’ second album – ‘Let Go Of The Fear’ was released in May 2009, new album ‘Turning The Mind’ was released late summer.

Great electro-pop sounding album, definitely the style that I am going for right now. I definitely hope you end up liking it as much as I have! The stream is below, enjoy!

Featured Album Fridays / Miike Snow – Miike Snow (2009)

This week on Featured Album Friday, I am showcasing the 2009 self-titled album from Miike Snow – Miike Snow!

(Yes, I’m actually back this time!)

Miike Snow - Miike Snow

Here is the description of Miike Snow from their Last.FM:

Miike Snow are Andrew Wyatt, Christian Karlsson, and Pontus Winnberg. Named after an acquaintance with an “i” added for extra flair, Miike Snow recently signed with Downtown records. Their self-titled debut was released May 12, 2009.

While you may not have recognized Karlsson and Winberg by their full names, you have surely heard their work as production duo Bloodshy & Avant. The duo has written and produced for Kylie Minogue, Madonna and Britney Spears and claimed a Grammy for their work on Britney Spears’ Toxic. Wyatt is fresh off co-production duties with Mark Ronson on Daniel Merriweather’s April release, Love And War.

I’ve had a taste for indie bands with an electro-pop feel as of late, and that is probably what you will be seeing for the next while. Either that, or slow love-ballad-y type bands that pull my heartstrings. Regardless, this is a great album and the stream is below. Enjoy!