Weapon Of Beauty

Best of 2009 in musical terms

Some webzines and blogs seem to be making a round up of the past decennium. We’re gonna be very modest at Weapon Of Beauty and just make the usual annual round-up. As usual everything’s listed in alphabetical order.
2009 was an ok year. Three albums really blew the competition away (Fever Ray, The Hickey Underworld and Sophia), but it was in the live arena that things were really super this year. Selecting those 10 gigs really was  a matter of ‘kill your darlings’.

Best Albums:
Arctic Monkeys – Humbug
Daan – Manhay
Fever Ray – Fever Ray
Franz Ferdinand – Tonight
Future Of The Left – Travels With Myself And Another
Jarvis – Further Complications
Malcolm Middleton – Waxing Gibbous
Monsters Of Folk – Monsters Of Folk
Sophia – There Are No Goodbyes
The Hickey Underworld – The Hickey Underworld

Best Songs:
Clint Eastwood – Gran Torino
Eels – That Look You Gave That Guy
Nicole Atkins – The Tower (live)
Soulsavers – Death Bells (Mogwai remix)
The Flaming Lips – Borderline
The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
The XX – Crystalised
White Lies – Farewell To The Fairground
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero
Yeasayer – Ambling Alp

Best Gigs:
Das Pop @ OLT, Antwerp
Faith No More @ Pukkelpop, Hasselt
Fever Ray @ Polsslag, Hasselt
Jarvis @ AB, Brussels
Malcolm Middleton @ Botanique, Brussels
Monsters Of Folk @ Crossing Border, Antwerp
Morrissey @ Koningin Elisabethzaal, Antwerp
Poni Hoax @ Recyclart, Brussels
Sophia @ Radiokulturhaus, Vienna
The Hickey Underworld @ everywhere

Best Band Name:
We Seem To Have Misplaced Our Igloo

Best news:
Pavement reunion