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Exclusive: Manchester Orchestra - Albums Of 2009

Currently wrapping up a long and strenuous touring cycle for the year, our good friend Jeremiah Edmond of Manchester Orchestra/Favorite Gentlemen Recordings was more than kind to contribute his favorite albums of 2009.

Since the release of the band's new record, 'Mean Everything To Nothing', the five piece have been on the road constantly, which has included a US/UK headline tour, playing this years Reading and Leeds Festival and even supported Brand New at the 18,000 capacity Nassau Coliseum in New York.

Jeremiah Edmond's Ten Albums Of 2009 (in no particular order):

Wilco - 'Wilco (The Album)'

I am not sure if Wilco can make an album I won’t love. This is a perfect springtime album to me. I love listening to it while driving around or relaxing at the house with the windows open. Sunday afternoon music.

Jay-Z - 'The Blueprint 3'

Although I don't think Jay is at his finest here, the album is filled with production that carries any weak moments on his behalf. It is a great listen top to bottom and was exactly was he needed after the mixed feelings about his last two albums.

Animal Collective - 'Merriweather Post Pavillion'
This record snuck up on me. I had to wait until all the hype was dying down to really enjoy it. We play this on the bus pretty consistently, even if it is only 'My Girls'.

LushLife - 'Cassette City'

I bought this on a friend’s recommendation after she had heard one song on the local college station. The production is original and intelligent and he is a great MC. One of the best hip-hop albums I have found in a long time.

David Bazan - 'Curse Your Branches'

Although this album is a bit of a downer at times, it is Bazan at his finest. After being a HUGE Pedro The Lion fan since the beginning I hadn’t been a big fan of the last two efforts. This album made me a fan again.

Deerhunter - 'Microcastle'

This is a great album to listen to in the background as it’s going back and forth between songs that really hook you and make you sing along or bob your head and songs that are very ambient and cause you to kind of just get lost in their groove. I love listening to it on headphones or while just sitting around in the dressing room.

Dirty Projectors - 'Bitte Orca'

It took me a minute to warm up to the vocal acrobats on this album but I really enjoy it now. Very original melody lines that get stuck in your head more than you expect them to.

Karen O and the Kids - 'Where The Wild Things Are'

I was never a Yeah Yeah Yeahs fan so I wasn't expecting much from this album but I was blown away. She captured a youthfulness and innocence in these songs that is hard to explain. I think this album is exactly what it needed to be.

Biffy Clyro - 'Only Revolutions'

Biffy is just badass. Huge riff driven rock and huge anthem choruses without losing the technical and intelligent musicianship. I think this album is going to be HUGE.

Monsters Of Folk - 'S/T'

I was shocked at how good this album is. It flows between songwriters and singers so well and no single songwriter seems to have the upper hand or spotlight.

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