O U T S I D E L E F T   stay i n d e p e n d e n t

The Results are in: The Outsideleft 2009 Top 20

The top 20 most well-read stories from 2009. They are all winners although, sometimes it just seemed like Alex V. Cook was slaving away alone in a dark closet...

get the weekly Outsideleft newsletter
by LamontPaul, for outsideleft.com
originally published: January, 2010
Alex V. Cook says, Not all of the love songs of the year were about masturbating...
by LamontPaul, for outsideleft.com
originally published: January, 2010
Alex V. Cook says, Not all of the love songs of the year were about masturbating...

In keeping with global trends since we take our global trends seriously, our productivity this year slowed to something akin to a crawl, (calling all O/L writers - Now Is Your Time). Still. What our stalwarts did, they did brilliantly well, of course. No let up in quality. And readers read, and this is what our readers read the most...

  1. Five Great Love Songs of 2009 (so far) by Alex V. Cook
    We pause in the midst of this summer heat wave for the cares of some of the greater love songs of the year by Bill Callahan, Camera Obscura, the Moore Brothers, the Horse's Ha and Stuart Murdoch. And not all of them are about masturbating.
  2. Goddamn Lonely Love: M. Ward, Lucinda Williams, and Jason Isbell by Alex V. Cook
    Love and its wonderful, devastating effects romanticized, unencumbered by messy analysis, abound on new releases by M. Ward, Lucinda Williams, and Jason Isbell
  3. Happy Shopper #29: Brad Miller by LamontPaul
    RocknRoll photographer to the Stars! Brad Miller also happens to be Outsideleft's neighbor in Echo Park CA
  4. --
  5. Panther Burns and Howls by Joe Ambrose
    Joe Ambrose article on Pather Burns, revised but mainly reproduced from Headpress 28
  6. Stop Me If You've Heard This Dinosaur Joke Before: Morrissey and U2 by Alex V. Cook
    Once mighty forces that roamed the earth, the persistent embodiments of U2 and Morrissey may not pack the wallop the once did, but you still watch as the trudge by.
  7. You Gotta Stay Positive: The Music of 2008 by Alex V. Cook
    The soundtrack of this landmark year is filled with the personal, the diffident, and the hopeful.
  8. Preaching to the Choir: Phil Kline and Arvo P�rt by Alex V. Cook
    We take a brief break from pop culture matters to check on the state of the choral symphony with recent works by Phil Kline and Arvo P�rt
  9. Bow Wow Wow! - Mighty Doglude by Joe Ambrose
    Joe Ambrose gets wowed by The Mighty Underdogs
  10. --
  11. My Love Re-explodes: The Dukes of Stratosphear return by Alex V. Cook
    Right at the zenith of XTC's powers, they dropped their guard a bit as well as their calendar. The colors are still just as bright two decades later.
  12. Radio Mania: File Under Section 15 by Henderson Downing
    Kirk Lake Week provokes yet more barefaced nepotism here at Outside Left
  13. They're All Normal and Want Their Freedom by Alex V. Cook
    MV + EE, Megapuss, and Fire on Fire all examined through the kaleidoscope of Love's masterpiece of baroque psychedelia
  14. Songs That Lux Taught Us by Lake
    "If you can't dig me you can't dig nothin'" - in praise of the late Lux Interior
  15. Trading the Bellowed Anthems for the 60-cycle Hum by Alex V. Cook
    The breast-beating of 2008 has thankfully given way to a more cerebral 2009, at least as far as Jon Hassell, Animal Collective, and Madlib are concerned.
  16. Michael Jackson and plunderphonics by Alex V. Cook
    In 1989, radical composer John Oswald made a statement about copyright and the true nature of the artists, and in some ways, predicted the unfortunate future of Micheal Jackson
  17. Telepathe: The Sinister Side of The Real Bang Bang by Alex V. Cook
    On the surface, Telepathe seems like amiable enough new wave revisionist trifle; but something darker lurks within.
  18. --
  19. Kirk Kirk Kirk Does Rufus Rufus Rufus by LamontPaul
    An interview with the author of the new Rufus Wainwright biography.
  20. Creosote on my Soul by Shane O'Reilly
    King Creosote return with one of the brightest releases of the year so far
see more stories from outsideleft's Culture archive »»


publisher, lamontpaul is currently producing a collection of outsideleft's anti-travel stories for the SideCartel, with a downloadable mumbled word version accompanied by understated musical fabulists, the frozen plastic

best LPs of 2019 Bill Callahan... best LPs of 2019
  1. Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest - Bill Callahan
  2. Return to Me - Lilac Time
  3. 2020 - Richard Dawson
  4. Chalk Hill Blue - Will Burns & Hannah Peel
  5. All Mirrors - Angel Olsen
Sno Aalegra... best LPs of 2019
  1. Shlagenheim - black midi
  2. The Imperial - The Delines
  3. Old New - Tomeka Reid Quartet
  4. Ugh, Those Feels Again - Snoh Aalegra
  5. 5 - Sault
Esther Rose... best LPs of 2019
  1. You Made it this Far - Esther Rose
  2. Hiding Places - billy woods + Kenny Segal
  3. I Found a Place - Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
  4. Thanks for the Dance - Leonard Cohen
  5. Walk Through Fire - Yola
David Benjamin Blower... best LPs of 2019
  1. We Really Did This and We Really Existed - David Benjamin Blower
  2. The Reeling - Brighde Chaimbeul
  3. Eton Alive - Sleaford Mods
  4. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains
  5. Biiri - Nihiloxica

more stories you really could read...

thumb through the ancient archives:

search for something you might like...

sign up for the outsideleft weekly. a selection of new and archived stories every week. Or less.

View previous campaigns.

30 from 17: Saz'Iso... This sadness and anguish is universal
Jason says Saz'Iso Albanian songs are one of the joys of his year (of albums in review)
Residency: Elisa Vegliante, Mondo Expressionist
Behind the Counterculture #13: Derek Pringle
Shellac is a natural polymer and is chemically similar to synthetic polymers
The mighty Shellac return from the abyss with enough broken shards of integrity to slice down the veil of inadequacy around us all.
CD Rose: It's Over
The curtain comes down on CD Rose Week at Outsideleft with the launch of our new episodic list item... I'd Go To The Ends of the Earth To Never Hear These Songs Again
Beyonce Speaks Out
Beyonce. Dan Breen collects her thoughts
Some of our favorite things...