The Bay Area may not have a single unified scene, but its diverse musical communities produced a ton of acclaimed records in 2009. The following list collects thirty-two of the highlights that made this another banner year for Bay Area indie music. It's a collection that showcases the depth of Bay Area indie in 2009, and one suspects that few other regions have offered this volume of quality releases this year.

A couple of qualifiers: This isn't a comprehensive list of excellent local records from 2009 or intended as any sort of official Bay Bridged "Best of" set. Plenty of quality releases were left off for the sake of keeping this somewhat manageable. For the same reason, it only includes full lengths, so plenty of terrific EPs and singles are also omitted. With those hedges out of the way, here's a pretty good sampling of SF victories in '09.

Read Part 2 of this collection here.

Download all 32 songs featured in these two articles here (Part 1) and here (Part 2).

The Dodos - Time To Die
The Dodos - Time to Die[audio:]
The Dodos - "Fables"

Wallpaper. - Doodoo Face album cover
Wallpaper. - Doodoo Face
Wallpaper. - "I Got Soul, I'm So Wasted"

leopold and his fiction aint no surprise
Leopold and His Fiction - Ain't No Surprise
Leopold and his Fiction - "Come Back (Now That I'm Here)"

or the whale self-titled
Or, the Whale - Or, the Whale
Or, the Whale - "Rusty Gold"

thao - know better learn faster
Thao with The Get Down Stay Down - Know Better Learn Faster
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down - "Know Better Learn Faster"

garrett pierce - all masks cover
Garrett Pierce - All Masks
Garrett Pierce - "And The Ghosts Boarded Trains"

Girls - Album cover
Girls - Album
Girls - "Laura"

port o brien threadbare cover
Port O'Brien - Threadbare
Port O'Brien - "My Will Is Good"

sholi album cover
Sholi - Sholi
Sholi - "Tourniquet"

sleepy sun embrace cover
Sleepy Sun - Embrace
Sleepy Sun - "New Age"

thee oh sees help cover
Thee Oh Sees - Help
Thee Oh Sees - "Ruby Go Home"

From Monument to Masses cover
From Monument to Masses - On Little Known Frequencies
From Monument to Masses - "Beyond God & Elvis"

papercuts - you can have what you want
Papercuts - You Can Have What You Want
Papercuts - "You Can Have What You Want"

fresh and onlys grey-eyed girls cover
The Fresh & Onlys - Grey-Eyed Girls
The Fresh & Onlys - "Dude's Got A Tender Heart"

john vanderslice - romanian names
John Vanderslice - Romanian Names
John Vanderslice - "Fetal Horses"

tempo no tempo waking heat cover
Tempo No Tempo - Waking Heat
Tempo No Tempo - "Kilometer"

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