Soundcheck: The Best Albums of 2009 … So Far | WNYC Culture

Today, Soundcheck looks at the best music released in 2009 –- so far. (Listen to the show here.)

Nate Chinen’s Pop, Rock and Hip-Hop Picks

We asked Nate Chinen, contributor to the New York Times and JazzTimes, to compile a broad list of 10 albums from pop, rock and hip-hop. And country, it seems. Here’s his list:

  • Neko Case, Middle Cyclone (Anti)
  • Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca (Domino)
  • Drake, So Far Gone (October’s Very Own)
  • Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest (Warp)
  • Mastodon, Crack the Skye (Reprise)
  • Maxwell, Blacksummer’s Night (Columbia)
  • Oumou Sangare, Seya (Nonesuch)
  • Brad Paisley, American Saturday Night (Arista Nashville)
  • Rick Ross, Deeper than Rap (Def Jam)
  • St. Vincent, Actor (4AD)