BTR DJs Pick Their Top 10s of 2009

December 30, 2009

Circle the wagons, it’s time for the BTR DJs to drop lists. This is the music that left significant impressions upon us in 2009, and if you listen to BTR regularly, a lot of these picks should be obvious. Each DJ lists 10 albums and 10 songs that really struck their fancy, in order or not in order, depending upon their personal whims. Like  a favorite food, different things work for different people, you know?

Much love and thanks for listening to BTR all year long!

DJ Wynn

Albums (10 to 1):

Moondagger – Deastro
Welcome To Mali – Amadou & Mariam
Con Law – Generationals
Ambivalence Avenue – Bibio
Jewellery – Micachu
It’s Blitz! – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Ecstatic – Mos Def
Two Suns – Bat For Lashes
Veckatimest – Grizzly Bear
Merriweather Post Pavilion – Animal Collective


“Build Voice” – Dan Deacon
“Sleepyhead” – Passion Pit
“Ship” – Micachu
“When They Fight, They Fight” – Generationals
“Stillness Is The Move” – Dirty Projectors
“Causers Of This” – Toro Y Moi
“Two Weeks” – Grizzly Bear
“Jealous Of Roses” – Bibio
“Walkabout” – Atlas Sound feat. Panda Bear
“My Girls” – Animal Collective

DJ Madalyn


10. Darlings – Yeah I Know
9. Ducktails – s/t
8. Here We Go Magic – s/t
7. The Antlers – Hospice
6. Real Estate – s/t
5. Woods – Songs of Shame
4. Smith Westerns – s/t
3. Japandroids – Post Nothing
2. Wavves – Wavvves
1. Micachu and the Shapes – Jewellery


10. Dan Deacon – “Snookered”
9. Bishop Allen – “The Ancient Commonsense of Things”
8. Harlem Shakes – “Sunlight”
7. Generationals – “When They Fight, They Fight”
6. Blake Miller – “Tomorrow Sorrow”
5. Air Waves – “Shine On”
4. Best Coast – “When I’m With You”
3. Alela Diane – “White As Diamonds”
2. Wavves – “No Hope Kids”
1. Japandroids – “Young Hearts Spark Fire”

DJ RePete


Throw Me The Statue – Creaturesque
Almost Charlie – The Plural Of Yes
One Eskimo – One Eskimo
The Sounds – Crossing the Rubicon
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Higher Than The Stars
Speech Debelle – Speech Therapy
Bishop Allen – Grrr…
Violens – Violens EP
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Matt & Kim – Grand


Here We Go Magic – “Fangela”
Big D & The Kids Table – “Doped Up Dollies On A One Way Ticket To Blood”
One Eskimo – “Hometime”
Phoenix – “1901”
Throw Me The Statue – “Hi-Fi Goon”
Skidmore Fountain – “Cloudless Blue”
Matt & Kim -” Daylight”
Gates of Berlin – “The Curse Of The Kiss”
B. Fleischmann – “Not Given Lightly”
Bishop Allen – “Oklahoma”

DJ Drew


10 Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II
9 Phaseone – Thanks But No Thanks (Online Release)
8 Groundation – Here I Am
7 Andy Milonakis – Hot Soup (Online Release)
6 Weird Al – Internet Leaks
5 Dinosaur Jr. – Farm
4 The Points – The Points
3 NOFX – Coaster
2 The Black Seeds – Solid Ground
1 Pissed Jeans – King of Jeans


10 Converge – “Damages”
9 Sean Bones – “Sugar In My Spoon”
8 Boozoo Bajou – Same Sun (Tontelas Roots Version)”
7 77 Klash – “Code For The Streets”
6 Ninjasonik – “Somebody Gonna Get Pregnant”
5 John Brown’s Body – “The Gold (Dubmatix Runnin’ Remix)”
4 Fucked Up – “Year Of The Rat”
3 Pissed Jeans – “Human Upskirt”
2 Weird Al -” CNR”
1 NOFX – “Creeping Out Sara”

DJ Patrick


1. The Hunches – Exit Dreams LP
2. Nunparty – S/T CD-R
3. Times New Viking – Born Again Revisited LP
4. The Twerps S/T CS
5. Home Blitz – Out of Phase LP
6. The Yolks S/T LP
7. Fever B – The Sailor Sessions EP
8. Degraders – Psychedelic Friends LP
9. Nobunny – Raw Romance CS
10. RTFO Bandwagon – Dums Will Survive LP


1. Nunparty – “Frida’s Birthday Bash”
2. RTFO Bandwagon – “Like a Dan Shearer Over Troubled Water”
3. Psychedelic Horseshit – “Sun-Bleached Kool Aid”
4. Sea Lions – “Beautiful Day”
5. The Mantles – “Don’t Lie”
6. The Cave Weddings – “Bring Your Love”
7. Christmas – “Winter”
8. Meth Teeth – “Never Been to Church”
9. G Green – “Crap Culture”
10. White Wires – “Pretty Girl”

DJ Lottie


Heartless Bastards – The Mountain
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone – Vs. Children
Julie Doiron – I Can Wonder What You Did with Your Day
Grizzly Bear – Veckatemist
Benjy Feree – Come Back to the Five and Dime Bobby Dee Bobby Dee
Tim Fite – Change of Heart
Alec Ounsworth – Mo’ Beauty
Here We Go Magic – Here We Go Magic
Lou Barlow – Goodnight Unknown
Karl Blau – Zebra

DJ Audrey II


Dirty Projectors- Bitte Orca
Animal Collective- Merriweather Post Pavilion
Fever Ray – Fever Ray
Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
Tim Hecker- An Imaginary Country
Why?- Eskimo Snow
Ducktails – Landscapes
A Sunny Day In Glasglow – Ashes Grammar
Holiday Shores – Columbus’d The Whim
Robert A.A. Lowe – Fazo IV: La Kvalito de Speguloj


“I Knew” – Lightning Dust
“Sleepyhead” – Passion Pit
“When I Grow Up” – Fever Ray
“It Took The Night To Believe” – Sunn0))
“Bicycle” – Memory Tapes
“Seagull’s Flight” – Ducktails
“Phones Don’t Feud” – Holiday Shores
“James” – Camera Obscura
“Ecstacy” – jj
“100 Years Ago” – Tim Hecker

DJ Chris H

It’s been a great year for Australian and New Zealand music in 2009. As always, some top quality releases battled it out for my Top 10. I tried to whittle them down as best I could so here are my best AU/NZ albums in no particular order:

Call Signs – Black Cab
They Blind The Stars, And The Wild Team – Decoder Ring
Moon Sweet Moon – Via Tania
Songs For Tuesdays – Summer Cats
Mister Pop – The Clean
My Electric Family – Bachelorette
Champagne In Sea Shells – Liam Finn & Eliza Jane
Cosmic Egg – Wolfmother
Heavy Profession – St Helens
Zounds – Dappled Cities

And my honorable non-AU/NZ mentions:

The Warp20 Compilation
Islands – The Mary Onettes
A Certain Distance – Lusine
Ambivalence Avenue – Bibio
Goodnight Unknown – Lou Barlow
Zebra – Karl Blau
Columbus’d The Whim
– Holiday Shores
Veckatemist – Grizzly Bear
Con Law – Generationals
Bitte Orca – Dirty Projectors

DJ Latola


Tyondai Braxton – Central Market
Cass McCombs – Catacombs
Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
Micachu – Jewellery
Dan Deacon – Bromst
Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue
Morningbell – Sincerely, Severely
ASPE – The Dark


“Even Think” – Drink Up Buttercup
“The Duck And The Butcher” – Tyondai Braxton
“Causers Of This” – Toro Y Moi
“King Mango Strut” – Morningbell
“Golden Phone” – Micachu
“The More That I Do” – The Field
“The Believers” – Fol Chen
“Gilberta” – Jumbling Towers
“Snookered” – Dan Deacon
“Harmonia” – Cass McCombs

DJ Emily


10) “Golden Phone” – Micachu and The Shapes
9) “Jealous of Roses” – Bibio
8) “Stolen Houses (Die)”- Iron and Wine.
7) “This Tornado Loves You” – Neko Case
6) “Daylight” – Matt and Kim
5) “Stillness Is The Move” – Dirty Projectors
4) “Blood Bank” by Bon Iver
3) “Two Weeks” – Grizzly Bear
2) “Ships With Holes Will Sink” – We Were Promised Jetpacks
1) “1901” – Phoenix

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