Obscure Sound: Best of October 2009



The month of October always seems to root out the Album of the Year contenders, making this and November one of the most active months in new music releases. Similar to the several months preceding the Academy Awards for film, many marketing agencies and labels are thrusting out the last of their ’09 products before focusing on the new year. This includes everyone from veterans (The Flaming Lips) to newbies (Surfer Blood), each providing their fanbase with an early gift for the holidays. This month provided everything from infectious electro-pop (UltraChorus, Midnight Juggernauts) and ambitions psych-rock (The Flaming Lips, Her Vanished Grace) to indication of several stylistic revivals in the vein of surf-rock (Surfer Blood) and psychedelic electronica (Washed Out). Even unclassifiable artists like The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble  and Lymbyc Systym provided focused and memorable efforts this month, making October 2009 unsurprisingly a month where artists of all different genres find a meeting point in their qualitative nature.

01. Surfer Blood – Take It Easy (post)
02. Washed Out – Belong (post)
03. Total Babe – Bearbones (post)
04. Midnight Juggernauts – This New Technology (post)
05. The Flaming Lips – Convinced of the Hex (post)
06. Tim Williams – Ozone Street (post)
07. A Brief Smile – Bigger Lies (post)
08. UltraChorus – Bestin the Farther (post)
09. Her Vanished Grace – Blue (post)
10. The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – Embers (post)
11. The Library – Tomorrow Is Better (post)
12. Aficionado – The Myth About Real Life (post)
13. Lymbyc Systym – Ghost Clock (post)


Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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  2. thanks for the heads up ariel, though that program specifically is just a user-generated eBook that is available for less than $2… it covers things like adsense placement and keywords, basic webmaster stuff that could come in handy if you’re into that sort of thing. the scam is a separate program, one that would never be approved by my site or my affiliate network.

    but yeah, I will never accept a sponsor that practices anything illegal or manipulative. you will not be coerced into supplying your credit card for any of these advertisements, whether it’s the IQ test or eBook. these are just people paying for product exposure since this site apparently caters to their desired demographic. participating in any of these ads (basically just filling out your name or answering questions so you can find out more info) results in a small commission that i put to use in hosting files like this since I have to pay for two separate servers monthly: one for my actual blog content and the other for the MP3s. as a college student I unfortunately have to resort to methods like this in order to keep the site running… a small price to pay for free content.

    enjoy the compilation though… I definitely am not exaggerating when I say it’s one of the best months this site has seen in awhile. 🙂

  3. This website has been really helpful and awesome for me! i live in Shanghai, China and have felt out of the loop as far as good music goes. Thanks for catching me up and providing me with TONS of new great music!


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