Click & Dagger – Best of 2009: Music, Shows, and Photos

Top 12 Albums

Of course you should always take these Top 10 lists with a grain of salt since this is all just matter of someone’s opinion, but here’s what excited me this year. I tend to like the foreign stuff and music that just sounds different and takes chances. What sounds good to me may be crap in your world, but as long as you’re checking out new music then I’ve done my job and you rock for being open-minded. I hear a lot of people say they “don’t get” a band like Animal Collective, but that’s kinda the point. Put on a good pair of headphones and form your own opinion.

1. The Horrors – Primary Colours

2. Japandroids – Post Nothing

3. The XX – The XX

4. Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms

5. Atlas Sound – Logos

6. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

7. Passion Pit – Manners

8. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

9. The Twilight Sad – Forget the Night Ahead

10. The Big Pink – A Brief History of Love

11. Metric – Fantasies

12. Black Hat Brigade – Fathers

Honorable Mentions: David Bazan – Curse Your Branches, Wild Beasts – Two Dancers, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart(self-titled), Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Fever Ray – (self-titled)

Now I know we had some great LOCAL artists this year but the Seattle Hip-Hop community has really impressed me this year and really deserves it’s own article. Bands like Fresh Espresso, Champagne Champagne, They Live!, Macklemore, and Shabazz Palaces have taken over the scene and I can’t imagine it will be too long before the city is a new epicenter for creative Hip-Hop. Maybe we’re already there – cool local peeps like Matson on Music and SeattleShowGal can tell you all about it.

Some great shows I can remember in 2009

1. My Bloody Valentine @ WAMU Theater

2. We Were Promised Jetpacks/Twilight Sad/Frightened Rabbit @ Neumos

3. Raphael Saadiq @ Showbox at the Market

3. Anything inside the Bumbershoot/KEXP Secret Music Lounge.

Worst show we got thrown out of this year

1. The Killers | Wild Light – read the whole drama HERE.

Deadly Viper Photo Squad – Best Show Photos

Band: Cut Off Your Hands @ Neumos | Photog: Puja Parakh (aka Black Mamba)

This photo is significant to me in a lot of ways. Not only is it a fantastic photo, but it was the 1st time Puja and I had met and started working together. It was also the 1st time I really started putting great shows together with killer photography. Since then, we’ve had some of the best photogs in the country working with us getting some amazing shots and really capturing the experience. This shot was the beginning.


Band: Frightened Rabbit @ Neumo’s | Photog: Alex Crick (aka Snake Charmer)

This was a show Alex and I had circled on the calendar for a while and he captured it perfectly. This was one of our top shows of the year. A night in Glasgow, in Seattle.


Band: Champagne Champagne @ Bumbershoot |EMP | Photog: Puja Parakh (aka Black Mamba)

This was probably the best photo I can remember from the entire Bumbershoot weekend. We had a lot of luck shooting Hip-Hop bands that day. This was an epic shot.

hoto by Alex Smith

Band: The Killers @ WAMU Theater | Photog: Alex Crick (aka Snake Charmer)

I just laugh every time I see this photo. Alex and I won’t soon forget this photo and what it took to get it. Sometimes the things you don’t plan turn out to be pretty cool. Read the full story above!

Band: Noisettes @ Capitol Hill Block Party | Photog: Brittney Bollay (aka Cottonmouth)

I thought Brittney captured the energy of this explosive live show just perfectly. One of the most talked about sets of the Block Party. Our first Festival working together.

Band: Octopus Project @ Chop Suey | Photog: Brittney Bollay (aka Cottonmouth)

This was actually a project we did for KEXP that turned out really well. Sound-Check, Interview, Show, and photos; it couldn’t have turned out more perfectly. They were a fun band to watch and even nicer to meet, we had a lot of fun with this.

Dynasty Electric

Band: Dynasty Electric @ Schuba’s | Photog: Emily Ann Garcia (Click & Dagger Chicago)

This was the first time we used Emily for a show and she got some great shots of this surprising and energetic band from New York. We are now all good friends.


~ by clickdagger on January 1, 2010.

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