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Old 12-14-2010, 12:15 AM   #121 (permalink)
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2010 - Rate Your Music
order means nothing and I'm still working
I love that list, so many wonderful albums on it, and stuff you reminded me I still need to hear (The Wild, Warpaint etc.)
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Old 12-14-2010, 12:26 AM   #122 (permalink)
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Looking at your list just proves that it's much too soon for me to make such a list. There are so many here that I've never heard or even heard of, that sound interesting! Now I'm even farther from solidifying a list.
My sentiments exactly... but I've decided I'm going to bite the bullet and post my list based on the 35 or so albums I've heard. I'm just doing some last minute listening now
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:33 AM   #123 (permalink)
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Ok, after giving half of these albums a relisten I've decided that it's time to stop agonising over all the albums I've yet to hear, so here's my list. I feel that there were a lot of good albums this year, but there was nothing which blew me away... I've certainly heard some zany albums though (*cough* Laurie Anderson).


Top Albums:

The Fall - Your Future, Our Clutter
This is probably my fav release this year... enquire within for a head-bopping good time!

Killing Joke - Absolute Dissent
Trust these guys to still be releasing awesome albums... this is a case of veterans blowing the young'uns out of the water. This is funky and it kicks my ass, therefore I like it

Crippled Black Phoenix - I, Vigilante
This one was a bit of a surprise actually, and a pleasant one at that. They're being marketed as a post-rock supergroup featuring members from Mogwai, Electric Wizard etc. but this album reminds me more of Riverside, mid-period Floyd and Porcupine Tree. And it's better than EW's new album

Negură Bunget - Vīrstele pămīntului
Looks like these Romanian guys are carrying the black metal banner for 2010... melancholic and atmospheric like Drudkh, but better (but not as good as their previous, OM).

Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
New Swans, yay! I won't lie when I say I was a bit disappointed because it's a little lesser than their usual stellar standards. But it's still nice and disturbing, the way Swans should be.

Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
Such a cool refreshing sound from steaming hot Western Australia. Who cares about Black Mountain when bands like this exist?

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
I love the vibe here! This is just a really good album. And Beverly Kills well... kills!

Autechre - Oversteps
I'm still undecided on this one but I think I like it a lot ... it's sometimes hard to tell with Autechre. Lemme give it another few listens and see where I stand

Grinderman - Grinderman 2
Not as good as other Nick Cave material but let's face it, anything he does trumps everything by everyone else (and I'm going to have to start backing up these bold claims soon enough). This has me amped for seeing them at the Big Day out next month!

Black Keys - Brothers
I was a bit skeptical when I saw this contained 15 tracks but those worries were unfounded... this is not only consistent but actually pretty ****ing great. Sounds a bit more soul-influenced than previous efforts too.

Menomena - Mines
This one took a few listens to sink in but I'm glad to have discovered this band. This is anthemic, arty and rocking at the same time... they sometimes sound like Kings of Leon, but with depth and subtlety.

The National - High Violet
It's my brooding nighttime listening album... need I say more?



Second Tier:

Current 93 - Baalstorm, Sing Omega
This is actually the first thing I've heard by these guys. I can't help but think that this is what Rik Mayall would produce if he went into music

Liars - Sisterworld
Really quite redolent of This Heat, as well as the Fall and Melt Banana to a lesser extent. But unlike 90% of the post-punk revival bands around, these guys actually have something to offer.

Uochi Toki - Cuore amore errore disintegrazione
Some interesting instrumental hip hop beats from an Italian guy with a Japanese name

Villagers - Becoming a Jackal
This appeals to the indie fag inside me It's a decent release from the Irish singer/songwriter Conor O'Brien and I'd recommend it to any Bright Eyes fans... hell, the guy's name is even similar.

Deathspell Omega - Paracletus
Good but not worth jizzing over

Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
A bit patchy, but also great in places.

Also, the second tier albums that I can't be bothered describing:
Erland & the Carnival - S/T, Alcest - Écailles de lune, Tera Melos - Patagonian Rats, Robyn Hitchcock & Venus 3 - Propellor Time, Deftones - Diamond Eyes, Junip - Fields


Bands whose 2010 albums I wanted to listen to, but never got around to hearing:
Flying Lotus, Gonjasufi, These New Puritans, Mulatu Astatke, Big Big Train, La Maschera..., Deerhunter, Four Tet, Dessa, Burzum, Enslaved, Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, Band of Horses, Brian Eno, Bonobo, Sharon Jones...
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Old 12-14-2010, 04:00 AM   #124 (permalink)
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Broken Bells- self titled
Band of Joy- Robert Plant
Together- The New Pornographers
I Learned the Hard Way- Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Contra- Vampire Weekend
Travellers in Space and Time- Apples in Stereo
Sigh No More- Mumford and Sons
Shout it Out- Hanson
Ain't No Grave- Johnny Cash
Shadows- Teenage Fanclub
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Old 12-18-2010, 03:09 PM   #125 (permalink)
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my favorite songs of the year. I'm still crossing my fingers for some comus and radiohead though.

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Caribou - Odessa
Liars - No Barrier Fun
Deerhunter - Revival
Beach House - Used to Be
Flying Lotus - ...And The World Laughs With You (Ft. Thom Yorke)
Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me
LCD Soundsystem - Home
MGMT - It's Working
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Old 12-18-2010, 03:23 PM   #126 (permalink)
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Mike Watt - Hyphenated-Man
Swans - My Father...
Sun City Girls - Funeral Mariachi
Bill Orcutt - Way Down South
Grinderman - Grinderman 2
Fursaxa - Mycorrhizae Realm
Autechre - Oversteps
The Fall - Your Future, Our Clutter
Bardo Pond - Bardo Pond

liked those a lot, they're in no real order and I probably forgot plenty. Mike Watt's new one is by FAR the best I've heard this year, though.
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:37 AM   #127 (permalink)
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Dark Time Sunshine - Vessels
Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
Tera Melos - Patagonian Rats
The Walkmen - Lisbon
Trash Talk - Eyes & Nines
The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt
Roky Erickson w/ Okkervil River - True Love Cast Out All Evil
Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti - Before Today
Male Bonding - Nothing Hurts
Four Tet - There is Love in You
Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo
Chicago Underground Duo - Boca Negra

Those are the standouts that immediately come to mind. There are many more I know I've enjoyed a lot from this year though.
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:51 AM   #128 (permalink)
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Top 10 -

10: Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love
9: Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
8: Beach House - Teen Dream
7: Snowing - I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted
6: The Black Keys - Brothers
5: Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
4: The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt
3: Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
2: Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
1: The National - High Violet
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:51 AM   #129 (permalink)
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Me favourite tune of the year:



Short, simple and a perfect soundtrack to a bruised melancholic summer. The early My Bloody Valentine style ringing guitar on the outro is bliss.

This comes close too . .



Contains my favourite lyrics of the year, especially:

"It works out so well
When you discover that it's all the same
We get lost sometimes
But the reality will keep us sane
I know I think too much
I know I waste my time
And I can't figure out
Which one is yours or mine"
Guess I've been miserable. It's a shame the Beach Fossils album doesn't live up to these two tracks.

Other runners up:

This never fails to cheer me up. Solid. Gold.

This killed it on the grime side of things:



The rap on this makes head my spin and as a bonus it's hilarious. Also love the Street Fighter mix:

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Old 12-21-2010, 03:31 PM   #130 (permalink)
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I found this site that has a great top 50 list, and more importantly they have a mix tape featuring a track from each album on their list for anyone wanting to discover more:

Tones Of The Year 2010: Best 50 Albums, Vol. 1 (50-34) | Pontone
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