LISTMAS

HA! We totalllly faked you guys out! We said don’t expect any lists, but check it ^^ it’s time for 12 DAYS OF LISTMAS! We’re bored of most blogs doing their lame year-end lists where they talk about how Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear and Radiohead and some guy who plays a gameboy are the best things that have ever happened to music, so we figured we would get 12 of our friends [some Nashvillian, some not] to make lists of their own [some short, some long] about whatever they want. We’ll post a new list everyday until Christmas. Get stoked! This first list comes from Metro Councilman Ronnie Steine. Check it….. Ronnie’s got some pretty impeccable taste.

MY LIST OF THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2009

Councilman Ronnie Steine

In no particular order:

Monsters of Folk – Monsters of Folk

This “super group” of folk-rockers has provided a melding of talents that may have produced the year’s best effort.

Mayer Hawthorne – A Strange Arrangement

A debut album that channels the Motown and 60s/70s music of my youth.

Dawes – North Hills

Another debut album. Described as “new school country folk,” Dawes is also a throwback to another time.

Black Eyed Peas – The E.N.D.

This album is pure fluff and pure fun. The Peas provide silly lyrics and rhythms that you can’t get out of your mind. And then there’s Fergie!

Eric Clapton/Steve Winwood – Live From Madison Square Garden

These two old guys can still really play and their music is timeless.

Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

The French rockers have created one of the year’s most unique albums.

Bruce Springsteen – Working on the Dream

The Boss simply does it as no one else can. This album is a terrific combination of his rich lyrics with the wonder of the E Street Band’s magic.

U2 – No Line on the Horizon

The 11th studio album from U2 reasserts their place as one of the great bands of all time.

Rosanne Cash – The List

Johnny’s daughter sings some of her dad’s list of most important country songs. The song choices are as interesting as her solo and duet renditions.

Pink – Funhouse

Pink is my guilty pleasure. This album is her break-up music and not as fun as usual, but nevertheless is full of personality.

Norah Jones— The Fall

Norah reinvents herself with a guitar and produces her liveliest album to date.

On the real though, this is the only “Best Records of 2009” list you guys will probably get from us. You already know what our favorite was.

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