This is the last thing I will say about the end of 2009, with all the 'best of' lists of the year and decade - by song, by album, by artist, etc. That is because I found the coolest one, a perfect combination of art and music.
Check out what Hype Machine put together:
What is Hype Machine you ask?
"To put it simply, the Hype Machine keeps track of what music bloggers write about. We handpick a set of kickass music blogs and then present what they discuss for easy analysis, consumption and discovery. This way, your odds of stumbling into awesome music or awesome blogs are high. Click here to read more about how we select blogs."
Hype Machine does a great job of consolidating music blogs and making sense of the hype and what the world of music lovers are saying, yours included. So for their 2009 'best of list' they ranked the top 50 artists according to how often they were blogged about and then asked 50 visual artists to create something 'inspired by and including the band name'. The results are very cool and original as you can see. For the top albums of 2009 they also did something cool, they selected a quote from a blog that explained the album, how they experienced the album, made comparisons, etc. As a result the list feels much more personal while still being informative.
Click on the names of the artists below and all 50 on the site, you can view their portfolios, some of them are really fucking cool.
Daft Punk artwork by Lawrence Kwok
Fanfarlo artwork by Calvin Muse
“This is not rocking out music. This is listening music. This is art. This is stop you in your headspace and make you be quiet rock.” — Complicated Game