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Old 11-29-2010, 05:19 PM   #51 (permalink)
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1. Caribou - Swim




Caribou peaks with this latest release, a splendid album that puts all the genius' talents to good use. Fresh sonic perfection, from beginning to end. Even the 'weaker' tracks on the album, that sound repetitive on first listen, become more booming and rhytmic on repeated listening.
This almost made it into my list. It's a very addictive album. It drags in a couple spots, though, so that's why it didn't quite make my top 5.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:23 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Serena Maneesh - No.2 Abyss in B Minor
I had to throw some shoegaze up here. At first I didn't like this album at all, but it really grew on me. It's shoegaze with a bit of a darker edge.
this one took me a few listens....i really loved their self titled album....and after a bit this one nestled just under it
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:38 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:47 PM   #54 (permalink)
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So disappointed by Swim, especially after Andorra.
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:09 AM   #55 (permalink)
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May I direct you over to the hipster thread? Or perhaps the Pitchfork one?
Harsh.

If I really wanted to categorize myself as a hipster, I'd have put Sufjan Stevens or some Animal Collective release on my list ... I can't stand either and, truthfully, a lot of what Pitchfork gushes over.
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:02 AM   #56 (permalink)
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I'll do my top 10

1. The National- High Violet


The best release from one of my favorite bands, the lyrics are amazing and Berninger's vocals are so deep and haunting on some of the best songs. It's a really emotional and powerful record.

2. The Hold Steady- Heaven Is Whenever


Ok I admit I have a huge Hold Steady bias, I mean Finn's lyrics are the influence of my username! But that doesn't detract from the fact that this is still a great album, a little more classic rock influenced then some of the older ones, but the songs lyrics are great as ever.

3. Laura Stevenson and the Cans- A Record +3


I went through periods where I was absolutely addicted to this album. Laura Stevenson's voice is just so stunning and her style of music goes from soft and beautiful to punky and upbeat. Brilliant record.

4. Paul Baribeau- Unbearable


So raw, so real, so emotional, I really relate to this man's music, and while his vocals may not appeal to everyone, they work for me. His lyrics are wonderful and his style is wonderfully earnest and pure.

5. Madeline Ava- For All The Shy Punk Kids


It's simple ukulele pop from a teenage girl just entering college. But it's so sincere, so delicate and her voice always makes me happy.

6. Math and Physics Club- I Shouldn't Look As Good As I Do


It's fun, it's light, it's upbeat, it's a perfect little twee album and it does a great job in keeping this sadly dying genre alive. Clever lyrics as well.

7. The Tallest Man On Earth- The Wild Hunt


It reminds me of old style folk like Woody Guthrie, so natural and with such wonderful lyrics and instrumentation.

8. Sufjan Stevens- The Age Of Adz


I can't make a list without Sufjan, while it's not as good as his earlier work there are still some amazing standouts on this record, and great use of choir and complex instrumentation.

9. The Walkmen- Lisbon


Hearing the songs from this album live got me really excited for it, and I wasn't disappointed. A really great rock sound on this record, still innovative and still with some great lyrics and vocals.

10. Crywank- James Is Going To Die Soon


I know I've been plugging this guy's music a lot lately but it's really amazing. He is so honest, so passionate and he puts so much emotion behind his voice. Plus he's my age and sings about experiences that I can most certainly relate to.
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:41 AM   #57 (permalink)
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I don't actively listen to enough recent music to make one of these lists, but these are my favorites from 2010 (pretty much everything I have actually heard):

Superchunk - Majesty Shredding



A decent enough return from one of my all-time favorite indie bands.

Tweak Bird - Tweak Bird



A catchy follow-up to their stellar EP, Reservations.

Free Energy - Stuck on Nothing



Classic rock meets indie rock in a catchy but repetitive album.

Sleigh Bells - Treats



Great noise pop. Electro beats plus a guitar.

OK Go - Of the Blue Colour of the Sky



OK Go changes directions again and this time is playing Prince's synth-rock-pop. The album has a handful of extremely catchy tracks and plenty of throwaway material.

The Black Keys - Brothers



This is a really good album if it trims some of its fat. I actually like The Black Keys new sound.

The Thermals - Personal Life



What can I say? I love The Thermals and this album knows how to hit the spot for some good ol' pop punk.

Surfer Blood - Astro Coast



Yeah, it's got the same qualities as a lot of this surf pop crap that keeps coming out, but when you really get down to it Surfer Blood is just smart pop punk.


2009 was a much better year, IMO. My list makes me kinda look like a hipster... :/
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My list makes me kinda look like a hipster... :/
I was thinking exactly this reading through your list, though you never seemed like a hipster when we'd spoken before.

The stuff you listed seems interesting, and even though my tastes are much more on the heavy side, I might have to check some of these out.
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I was thinking exactly this reading through your list, though you never seemed like a hipster when we'd spoken before.

The stuff you listed seems interesting, and even though my tastes are much more on the heavy side, I might have to check some of these out.
I'd say recent releases only makes up maybe 10%-20% of what I add to my collection in a given year, and it tends to come from my hipster friends. So my contemporary tastes are much more hipster-friendly. Plus, they just don't make funk rock like they used to...
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2009 was a horrble year. 2010 is the best year ever in music imo. Shall post my list later, will be a long one.
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