gogol bordello - start wearing purple. gogol bordello in general played a big role for me in ‘09. i’ve been a lame motherfucker this year but on the handful of occasions i had a wild hair up my ass and decided to make some bad decisions involving booze and fire, gogol could be heard.
tyr - hold the heathen hammer high. this band grew on me over time and speaks directly to the pagan in me. i woulnd’t have even heard of them if elise from reign in blonde hand’t told me about them. since the first time i heard them they’ve been a fixture at the hangar. (my friends and i party in an airplane hangar a lot.)
mf doom - deep fried frenz. doom is one of the best around and beats the shit out of that slack jawed fuck up kanye west. this is what hip-hop should be.
tom waits - rains on me. i’ve listened to tom waits everyday for the past 5 years. that sounds impossible until you realize he’s recorded somwhere in the neighborhood of 4 billion albums.
the rohan theatre band - perfect world. you probably havn’t heard of the rohan theatre band and odds are this is the only mention of it you will ever see. the sound is what would happen if edgar allen poe and tom waits started a band based on hate, very dark but also very tongue in cheek.
old crow medicine show - humdinger. if you don’t dig OCMS then you can lick my butt.
vivaldi - guitar concerto in D. i spent 4 months practicing this music with an orchestra for a recital that never happened on account of the funding falling through.
the avett brothers - will you return. i defy you to not like this song.
pogo - alice/scrumdiddlyumptious/alohomora. pogo is on par with bassnectar and shpongle in my mind and is twice as addictive as either.
hank williams - lovesick blues. favorite song of all time.