A wife is not a lame reason :)
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I like your resolution, whatever your 'w' reason is. To more directly answer your question, in no particular order, here are my favorite releases from 2009 that I continue to enjoy beyond just a flash in the pan:
Antony & The Johnsons, "The Crying Light"
Melody Gardot, "My One and Only Thrill"
Anouar Brahem, "The Astounding Eyes of Rita"
Madeleine Peyroux, "Bare Bones"
Rickie Lee Jones, Balm In Gilead
Regina Spektor, "Far"
Tom Waits, "Glitter and Doom" (not great SQ)
Arvo Part, "In Principio"
Alexi Murdoch, "Towards the Sun" (limited release)
The Swell Season, "Strict Joy"
Kmulkey - That wasn't one of them! And yes, one was work, also wallet.
Drubin - Thats a bit older than 2009, but they do affect the wallet ;)
Jax2 - thanks! I'll check into a few of those. I've been realy enjoying the Gardot, and heard a couple by Alexi Murdoch that sound interesting.
I've been spinning "Get Lucky" - Mark Knopfler quite a bit
These probably do not fall under the audiophile recording category but The Allman Brothers sell recordings of some of their concerts on their Hittin' The Note website.
The band celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009 and dedicated their run at the Beacon Theatre to the memory of Duane. A number of well known artists sat in with them but I would recommend the shows from March 19th and 20th when Eric Clapton sat in for 6 or 7 songs and they played some tunes from Layla. Great stuff!
Dinosaur Jr.- Farm
David Gilmore- Live in Gdansk
Alejandro Escovedo- Real Animal
The Gourds- Haymaker!
Mitch Kashmar- Live at Labatt's
Ronnie Earl- Living in the Light
Neil Young- Harvest Moon Live
Great Caesar's Ghost- Better Off Dead
Tom Petty- Live Anthology
I agree with the previously mentioned post regarding the Allman Bros. show with Eric Clapton. These can be purchased at Hittinthenote.com
Most of these can be purchased used at reasonable prices on Amazon or CDbaby.