The True Endeavors Crew Names The Best Of 2009

Happy 2010!  We hope you all had a phenomenal time sending 2009 to the history books and welcoming the new year in style.  Like most music geeks and list junkies, we like to spend this time of year reflecting on all the music that moved us over the last 12 months.  Check out our picks for the best albums and live shows of 2009 below, and tell us how they compare to yours.


MJ’s Favorite Live Shows:

Ani Difranco, Indigo Girls, Dar Williams, Melissa Ferrick, et al at the Orpheum Theatre: Concert Photos & Videos

This blow out event was a fundraiser for The Progressive magazine’s centennial anniversary. Unlike any concert I’ve ever attended or worked the musicians enthusiastically (and sometimes emotionally) dedicated most of the night to collaborating on folk and personal classics both onstage and backstage.

Michael Franti and Spearhead at the Union Theatre: His 1st Radio Hit

This high energy show had the Union walls bumpin’ and the bodies sweatin’. Younger audience members danced on stage while college students partied on the floor. Perfection.

Joan Baez at the Barrymore Theatre: Concert Photos

Joan’s graceful demeanor, her massive musical talent, and a rare ability to connect that which is happening in the world to a musical note are just a few of the reasons she has found her place among musical legends. Her live performance proved to be nothing less. Added bonus: She hired one of our interns as her personal tour assistant.

Erin Mckeown and Jill Sobule at High Noon Saloon: Links & Downloads

I Probably maxed out on laughs per minute at this concert. There’s nothing like a good Neil Diamond cover to wrap up the night.

Jenny Lewis at the Barrymore: Concert Photos

With the unusually seamless transition from Rilo Kiley fame to fronting her self-named group, Jenny’s infectious but unassuming charisma (and band) was hard not to fall for.

The Ditty Bops at the Barrymore Theatre: Concert Photos

This show was especially cool because Bike Fed offered valet parking for two-wheeling guests and then Wonder Woman showed up.


Joe’s Favorite Albums:

Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career

mewithoutyou – It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright

David Bazan – Curse Your Branches

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below

J. Tillman – Year In The Kingdom

Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

Dark Was The Night – Red Hot Compilation

Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

Elvis Perkins – In Dearland

Discovery – LP

Joe’s Favorite Live Shows:

The Decemberists & The Heartless Bastards @The Overture Center Concert Photos

St Vincent & Sonmi @ The High Noon Saloon

Monotonix (in February) @ The High Noon Saloon Concert Photos and Reviews

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Local Natives, and Fools Gold @ The High Noon Saloon Concert Videos

Rodriguez @ The High Noon Saloon


Shelley’s Favorite Albums:

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Live

Manic Street Preachers – Journal For Plague Lovers Review

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below

The XX – xx

Mirah – (a)spera

The Horrors – Primary Colours

Atlas Sound – Logo

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – The Live Anthology

brakesbrakesbrakes – Touchdown

The Thermals – Now We Can See Interview

Shelley’s Favorite Live Shows:

Manic Street Preachers @ The Metro

The Brian Jonestown Massacre @ Turner Hall

The Dandy Warhols @ The Majestic

Jenny Lewis @ The Barrymore

Daniel Johnston @ The Annex Concert Review


Justin’s Favorite Albums:

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!

William Elliott Whitmore – Animals in the Dark

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns

The xx – xx

Cymbals Eat Guitars – Why There Are Mountains

Florence & The Machine – Lungs

brakesbrakesbrakes – Touchdown

The Antlers – Hospice

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Concert Videos

Justin’s Favorite Live Shows:

Murder By Death – 2/10&11/2009 – Schubas/Beat Kitchen

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – 11/28/09 – High Noon Saloon

Daytrotter Barnstormer #1 (Catfish Haven, Local Natives, Snowblink, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin) – 7/27/09 – some attic on Henry St.

Amanda Palmer – 11/14/2009 – Music Hall of Williamsburg

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – 5/31/2009 – The Rave

Sufjan Stevens – 9/28/09 – Majestic Theatre

Los Campesinos! + Titus Andronicus – 2/6/09 – Rathskeller


Robin’s Favorite Albums:

The Fresh & Onlys – Grey-Eyed Girls

The Dutchess & The Duke – Sunset/Sunrise

Box Elders – Alice & Friends

Zola Jesus – The Spoils Interview

Ty Segall – Lemons

Eat Skull – Wild & Inside

The Beets – Spit in the Face of People Who Don’t Want to be Cool

Girls – Album

The Mantles – The Mantles

Tyvek – Tyvek


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