BUTR’s Top 30 Albums of 2009

1. The Avett Brothers – I And Love And You
2. Needtobreathe – The Outsiders
3. Florence + the Machine – Lungs
4. La Roux – La Roux
5. Muse – The Resistance
6. White Lies – To Lose My Life
7. Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures
8. Dave Matthews Band – Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King
9. Charlie Mars – Like A Bird, Like A Plane
10. Norah Jones – The Fall
11. The xx – XX
12. Dawes – North Hills
13. David Gray – Draw The Line
14. Gossip – Music For Men
15. Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything To Nothing
16. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
17. Silversun Pickups – Swoon
18. Peter Bjorn and John – Living Thing
19. MuteMath – Armistice
20. Laura Marling – Alas I Cannot Swim
21. Vijay Kishore – 13 Rounds
22. Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson – Breakup
23. Monsters Of Folk – Monsters Of Folk
24. Deer Tick – Born On Flag Day
25. Band of Skulls – Baby Doll Face Darling Honey
26. Metric – Fantasies
27. Foreign Born – Person to Person
28. Starsailor – All The Plans
29. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below
30. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone

More Albums I like (list will continue to grow):
31. Leopold and His Fiction – Ain’t No Surprise
32. Speck Mountain – Some Sweet Relief
33. J. Tillman – Vacilando Territory Blues
34. Alice In Chains – Black Gives Way To Blue
35. White Rabbits – It’s Frightening
36. Hockey – Mind Chaos
37. Chris Isaak – Mr. Lucky
38. Robert Francis – Before Nightfall
39. The Swell Season – Strict Joy

Honorable Mention (albums not available in U.S. yet)
*Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
*Powderfinger – Golden Rule

Guilty Pleasures
*Adam Lambert – For Your Entertainment
*Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster

Disclaimer: Obviously some of these bands are not “under the radar”.  BUTR’s year end lists are picks of the best albums and best songs of 2009 regardless of how well-known the artist is.


P.S. Send me your suggestions for albums I missed.


BUTR’s Top 30 Songs of 2009




I’m all over the place with this mix so I doubt you will like all the songs. I’ve got lots of indie rock like always but threw some country, pop, and dance in there as well.  Hope you discover some new tunes in this year end playlist that you like!

I created an iMix on iTunes so it’s easy for you to buy the songs you like.  All song are available in iTunes (except “Mother Lover”)BUTR’s iMix – Top 30 Songs of 2009

Disclaimer: Obviously some of these bands are not “under the radar”.  BUTR’s year end lists are picks of the best albums and best songs of 2009 regardless of how well-known the artist is.






Tom Petty – Saving Grace
The Heys – Pressure
Tilly and the Wall – Bad Education / Love Song
Muse – Glorious
Guster – The Captain / Rise and Shine
Chris Isaak – Waiting (acoustic)
At the Lake – I Made My Excuses and Left
Federation – I Wear My Stunna Shades (clean)
Kasey Chambers – Pony / Follow You Home
Tally Hall – Greener
Kristin Diable – Accidents
Silver Sunshine – Nightmares / 144,000
Ane Brun – Song No. 6 (feat. Ron Sexsmith)
Better Than Ezra – Juicy
Reeve Carney – Easier Said Than Done
Grace Potter – Nothing But the Water




Muse – Knights of Cydonia / Supermassive Black Hole
Blackbud – Heartbeat / Steal Away / Barefoot Dancing
Cansei De Ser Sexy – Music Is My Hot Hot Sex
The Hours – Ali In The Jungle
Carina Round – Stolen Car (remix)
Cisco Kid – Long Hard Day / Run
Rock Kills Kid – Midnight (acoustic) / Paralyzed (acoustic)
The Kooks – She Moves In Her Own Way / Ooh La / Seaside
Cold War Kids – Hospital Beds / Hang Me Up To Dry
The Colour – Devil’s Got A Holda Me / Until We’re High
Hockey – Reading To An Elephant / It’s All Your Fault
Xavier Rudd – Food In The Belly / Messages


Muse – Black Holes & Revelations

One of my favorite bands on the planet is releasing their follow up to Absolution on 7/11 in the U.S.! I will be playing 2 songs off this album in my next podcast which will post anyday so keep checking back. All I have to say is if you are a fan of Absolution you won’t be disappointed when you hear Black Holes & Revelations! Below is the official album art and track listing.

1. Take A Bow
2. Starlight
3. Supermassive Black Hole
4. Map of the Problematique
5. Soldier’s Poem
6. Invincible
7. Assassin
8. Exo-Politics
9. City of Delusion
10. Hoodoo