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Neil Young - Harvest, George Harrison - All Things Must Pass, Grant Green - Iron City!, Dexter Gordon - Our Man in Paris

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Neil Young - Harvest, George Harrison - All Things Must Pass, Grant Green - Iron City!, Dexter Gordon - Our Man in Paris
All Things Must Pass is amazing.

Half the music in these threads is "scene" music that no one will care about once they have turned into aging hipsters.

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Ok, I'm dropping this in here, too, just like I did last year. It's also over on the Entertainment board:

It took me forever to do this, one reason was because my iPod crapped out in August and I never got it fixed, nor got a new one. For that, I added 5 extra ones as there was really an extra 2-3 weeks from the time I cut off what was under consideration.

Ultimately, anyone who is reading this knows what they're going to get. I don't do this just to demonstrate some sort of superior taste, or some snob who listens to an unholy amount of music, something I wasn't doing much of as recent as two years ago, and flaunt it on an internet message board. If you think everything sucks, and offer little to no insight...feel free to make your own list. We love to share, and we're loving what we're sharing. Just to dispell any myths about how it's only about bands and outfits no one else has ever heard of, because we all try to tell whoever will listen.

Previous List:
2009


55. Four Tet - There Is Love In You; January 25 (London, England)
Favorite Song: "Circling"

54. Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame; April 6 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Favorite Song: "Where'd All the Time Go"

53. The Apples in Stereo - Travellers in Space and Time; April 20 (Denver, Colorado)
Favorite Song: "Dance Floor"

52. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record; May 4 (Toronto, Ontario)
Favorite Song: "Forced to Love"

51. Shout Out Louds - Work; February 23 (Stockholm, Sweden)
Favorite Song: "1999"

50. The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt; April 13 (Leksand, Sweden)
Favorite Song: "You're Going Back"
I am less of a fan of Kristian Matsson than most, which is fine, but had "The Dreamer" been on the album and not the following EP, it would have jumped up much further.

49. The Acorn - No Ghost; June 1 (Ottawa, Ontario)
Favorite Track: "No Ghost"

48. The National - High Violet; May 10 (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Favorite Song: "Anyone's Ghost"
Again, same deal. Not as big of a fan of the National as some other people are, and never felt there was a standout track like "Mistaken for Strangers" was on The Boxer.

47. Josh Ritter - So Runs the World Away; May 4 (Moscow, Idaho)
Favorite Song: "Orbital"

46. Amusement Parks on Fire - Road Eyes; September 7 (Nottingham, England)
Favorite Song: "Flashlight Planetarium"

45. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Let It Sway; August 17 (Springfield, Missouri)
Favoirte Song: "Back in the Saddle"

44. The New Pornographers - Together; May 4 (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Favorite Song: "Crash Years"
Album itself wasn't quite as strong as I expected, but Neko Case is still money with her vocals.

43. Delorian - Subiza; March 30 (Barcelona, Spain)
Favorite Song: "Grow"

42. School of Seven Bells - Disconnect From Desire; July 13 (New York, New York)
Favorite Song: "Heart is Strange"
Song stands out above the rest on the album.

41. Janne Hanhisuanto - Icescapes; June 14 (Turku, Finland)
Favorite Track: "Movement 4" (Only one I could find)
None of you have ever heard of Janne Hanhisuanto, and that's because he is an ambient composer. He makes this list, because it's really nice to listen to when you're trying to fall asleep, and Finland always deserves a spot on the list. Album was a free download on earthmantra.com.

40. Caribou - Swim; April 19 (London, Ontario)
Favorite Song: "Sun"

39. The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards; May 11 (Nashville, Tennessee)
Favorite Song: "The Difference Between Us"
This is possible the best example I can make about 2010 being better as a whole than 2009. I like this album from Jack White's latest outfit about the same as 2009's [I]Horehound[I], which was #23 on last year's list, although I probably like it a little less now than I did then. The Dead Weather gets the distinction of being the first band to land two albums on my lists (since this is only the 2nd one). Congratulations, I'm sure they're thrilled.

38. M.I.A. - Maya; July 13 (London, England)
Favorite Song: "XXXO"
Because we always need someone to get political.

37. KT Tunstall - Tiger Suit; September 22 (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Favorite Song: "Uummannaq Song"

36. The Walkmen - Lisbon; September 14 (New York, New York)
Favorite Song: "Juveniles"
I use "favorite" lightly, other than hearing "Angela Surf City" on the radio, I don't think I listened to any song on its own without listening to the whole album.

35. Menomena - Mines; July 27 (Portland, Oregon)
Favorite Song: "Queen Black Acid"

34. Crystal Castles - II; April 23 (Toronto, Ontario)
Favorite Song: Pap Smear
Although, had "Not In Love" with Robert Smith been the original version of the song, not sure how far it would move it up. It's certainly gotten the band some deserved exposure. The only problem with the original version is that it's not the Robert Smith version.

33. The Morning Benders - Big Echo; March 9 (Berkeley, California)
Favorite Song: "Cold War"
"Cold War" is only 1:44, for me to pick the shortest song on the album, has to mean the rest of it is at least solid to make the list, and it is. You've heard of the Morning Benders in that Reese's commercial as well.

32. OK Go - Of the Blue Colour of the Sky; January 12 (Chicago, Illinois)
Favorite Song: "White Knuckles"
The album itself is volatile, but songs like "White Knuckles" and "End Love" are bona fide home run tracks (and videos). The album is colorfully mixed with added synthesizers forcing skeptics (like me) to take a different look, as the band legitimately reinvents themselves.

31. Wintersleep - New Inheritors; May 17 (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Favorite Song: "Experience the Jewel"

30. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest; September 28 (Atlanta, Georgia)
Favorite Song: "Sailing"

29. Jónsí - Go; March 23 (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Favorite Song: "Animal Arithmetic"
It will be intersting to see how seriously Jonsi Birgisson takes his solo career or other side projects for as long as Sigur Ros is on hiatus. This would certainly be the lighter and brighter side of the band, even if he has to do it himself. Still brings something else to the table.

28. MGMT - Congratulations; April 13 (Middletown, Connecticut)
Favorite Song: "It's Working"
I am a bigger fan than most, and still doesn't make the top half of the list. They tried something very risky and will hopefully tone it back for their next album. They were already in trouble when they apologized for releasing "Flash Delerium" as the first single.

27. Free Energy - Stuck On Nothing; March 9 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Favorite Song: "Free Energy"
Half of the band is actually from Minnesota, but half is from Philly, and are credited to our local scene. They were showing up on the radio with "Dream City" as early as the spring of 2009, and thus was a long wait for their album, and some probably got tired of waiting for it.

26. Hot Chip - One Life Stand; February 1 (London, England)
Favorite Song: "I Feel Better"

25. Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History; March 1 (Bangor, Northern Ireland)
Favorite Song: "Come Back Home"


24. Zola Jesus - Stridulum II; August 23 (Phoenix, Arizona)
Favorite Song: "Night"
Nika Danilova of Former Ghosts supported Sweden's Fever Ray on her most recent tour, outdoes the band with her solo effort (based on the fact I never got around to the band). Stridulum II is actually two EP's put together, but at the young age of 21, she's been credited with four albums and three EP's, although I'm not sure if it's all original material.


23. Wolf Parade - Expo 86; June 29 (Montreal, Quebec)
Favorite Song: "Pobody's Nerfect"
It's a shame Wolf Parade will be on indefinite hiatus (at least 5-6 years before another album if at all). Spencer Krug still has Sunset Rubdown to come back to.


22. Kate Nash - My Best Friend Is You; April 19 (London, England)
Favorite Song: "Kiss That Grrrl"
Adorableness works for Kate Nah in my opinion, and it's a little more adorable that she can be angry and viscous at times also. Of the British Triumvirate of pop-sounding ladies, Kate Nash stands a cut above the rest. Infinite cuts above Amy Winehouse.


21. Best Coast - Crazy for You; July 27 (Los Angeles, California)
Favorite Song: "Summer Mood"
Apparently there is like a Best Coast/Wavves lo-fi West Side Story-like disposition among the circles, and it's not on purpose or taking one side or the other, but I'm on the Best Coast side of it (I didn't really get into Wavves, never listened to the whole album, but it wasn't a concerted effort to not give them a chance). They're even collaborating on a 7''. This is quite the simple little quick 31-minute LP that is only the story of 'girl loves boy.'


20. Secret Cities - Pink Graffiti; July 20 (Fargo, North Dakota)
Favorite Song: "Pink Graffiti Pt. 1"
Secret Cities first "proper" full-length debut was still pretty obscure, as is anything from North Dakota. Beginning as two teenagers sending mixtapes in the mail (as in it's delivered by a mailman, with stamps and everything). The three-piece outfit eventually got themselves together, and released a solid proper full release. What it is is a fun, but not rambunctious LP that has a little ways to go before becoming a band like Cut Copy.


19. A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Autumn, Again; October 19 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Favorite Song: "How does somebody say when they like you?"
Somewhat of a letdown to people not from Philadelphia that the band is not from Scotland. Local Philly shoegazers release their third album in 4 years, this one being legally free, with option to donate.. As per the shoegazing genre, you know what you're going to get as you listen to the album. The date of release is apt as the album has an autumn feel, it's a cold-weather album - last track being titles "100/0 (Snowdays)."


18. Girl Talk - All Day; November 15 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Favorite Section: "Make Me Wanna"
Music's most dominant true full-time mash-up artist comes out of nowhere, completely unannounced. I agree it's Gregg Gillis' latest effort isn't on as much speed as in the past, but still hooks you in to a party - just don't be DJing it and walk away or Mindy Kaling will get mad at you.


17. Holly Miranda - The Magician's Private Library; February 23 (Detroit, Michigan)
Favorite Song: "No One Just Is"
An album recorded and financed in 2008, but not released until this year, Holly Miranda teamed up with Dave Sitek to produce a TV On the Radio-comparable effort a long time in the making. The album itself puts itself apart from the hustle-and-bustle of her life as was an opener on tours for Tegan & Sara, the xx, and Florence + the Machine - logging many miles in support of the album, juggling a girlfriend in California while living in New York. As a likely result, she has been short in interviews and Q&A's. The New York Times has compared her to Cat Power, all while drawing praise from A-listers Kanye West and Scarlett Johansson.


16. Belle & Sebastien - Belle & Sebastien Write About Love; October 12 (Glasgow, Scotland)
Favorite Song: "Write About Love"
Belle & Sebastien are pretty consistent. It can be hard to do with such a large band, but they are able to get it just right.


15. The Roots - How I Got Over; June 22 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Favorite Song: "How I Got Over"
Jim Fallon is still not funny, and his backing band sure as hell should be more popular than he is. The Roots themselves felt desire to get somewhat political (Questlove's twitter photo is him with Barack Obama), although it wouldn't be fair to brand the album as being on a political platform. It's meant to be their thoughts on the change in presidential administrations, but also the messages in songs such as the title track (plus video, and there is an uncensored YT of the song), and "Now or Never" of going from beginning to end.


14. Warpaint - The Fool; October 25 (Los Angeles, California)
Favorite Song: "Bees"
Had Warpaint been quicker on the trigger releasing their debut album, they likely could have gotten more traction for end-of-year coverage. Also being an opener for the xx, they certainly draw the most apt comparison to them. Suited for late-at-night listening, the all-girl band blurs the lines of their genre with haunting melodies.


13. !!! - Strange Weather, Isn't It?; August 24 (Sacramento, California)
Favorite Song: "Steady As the Sidewalk Cracks"
Music's most ambiguous band name pronunciation doesn't quite take you to a rave, but their house music is still high energy.


12. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz; October, 12 (Detroit, Michigan)
Favorite Song: "Impossible Soul"
2nd half (it's 25+ minutes long)
After hopeless anticipation, Sufjan Stevens decided to drop and EP right before a new album. Turns out he was sick most of the past two years and stopped making music, period (see Track 10: "I Want to be Well"..."I'm not ****ing around!" Some things are the same, some are always different in a mind of this caliber. One thing the Age of Adz is not, is a state. The final track/epic "Impossible Soul" embodies the wait we all had: Contention, patience, impatience, anticipation, elation, realization - only a few states of mind you could use. I think some may be put off by not getting what they expected, but we still want to see what is next.


11. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor; February 16 (Los Angeles, California)
Favorite Song: "Airplanes"
Closer to Fleet Foxes than Grizzly Bear I would assume.


10. of Montreal - False Priest; September 14 (Athens, Georgia)
Favorite Song: "Godly Intersex"
Alternate: "Coquet Coquette"
**** it, just listen to the whole damn thing.
I'm just going to say it: Kevin Barnes is the David Bowie of this day. of Montreal is rather fearless and audacious by venturing into an R&B phase. I wasn't sure what really to link, so one of them I just put the first single off the album. It's not brilliant, and there is no "Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse" on the album, no one song truly rises above any of the others, as seems to be the case with of Montreal usually. The flow is choppy, but that doesn't have to be a negative. Your mind will still be blown - if you let it. Saucy, suggestive, but not raunchy, not crude. Not gross, but no one's apologizing either. As mentioned before, not taking themselves too seriously. I linked a few songs, but also the whole album, because I don't know how I'm supposed to answer the "favorite song" question.


9. You Say Party! We Say Die! - XXXX; February 9 (Abbotsford, British Columbia)
Favorite Song: "There is XXXX (Within My Heart)
Alternate: "Laura Palmer's Prom"
Sadly, the band is simply now known as simply You Say Party, after their drummer died this year, which we kind of discussed. Regardless, the album before that was already a contender. Theme is obvious, only spoken not written. Along with the album name, various song titles have "XXXX" in them, but they're to be said "love," as in the pain and lack thereof. That's still thinking outside the box, even if it's more personal than what they've done, it's what I XXXX about the album.



8. Yeasayer - Odd Blood; February 9 (Brooklyn, New York)
Favorite Song: "O.N.E.
Alternate: "Mondegreen"
It's exactly how it looks. Yeasayer's first release All Hour Cymbals was somewhat pedestrian, but the band certainly brought it for Odd Blood, leaving nothing on the table. "O.N.E.," as a Flyers poster discussed with me, starts out good, but then sounds like Cut Copy comes in and takes it over. "Ambling Alp" was a lead single that was released before the album dropped, and was a perfect set up for what was to come. Major coup for getting Kristen Bell for their video "Madder Red," yet is still a gross video, I saw it once and can't even watch it again.


7. LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening; May 17 (New York, New York)
Favorite Song: "Pow Pow"
Alternate: "One Touch"
If this is it, can't complain with the way the outfit will go out, and leave in it's wake. Other than run DFA, not sure what James Murphy will do next, but hopefully it's something. Enough influence that it dethroned Lady Gaga from the top spot on Billboard's Top Dance/Electronic Albums, even if it was only for one week.


6. Band of Horses - Infinite Arms; May 18 (Seattle, Washington)
Favorite Song: "Compliments"
Alternate: "Northwest Apartment"
Is this not what a laid back rock album is supposed to be? I'd stop short of calling it 'alternative country,' but there should be cross-over appeal. Just a pleasure to listen to, especially when it's time to do nothing.


5. Robyn - Body Talk (Double Album + EP); Full Release November 22 (Stockholm, Sweden)
Favorite Song: "Indestructible" (might be PG-13 though)
Alternate: "Hang With Me"
Alternate: "Dancing On My Own" (on Letterman)
15 years ago, when we were all in grade school (I was in 5th-6th grade), and there was this girl on pop radio that you didn't hear before. But you know the songs: "Show Me Love," (eventually had an accompanying Swedish-language movie I loved - to say the least, was the real smash hit in 1995. "Do You Really Want Me?" was lesser known. Stuff I may only be bring back to your attention now. 12 years later, Robyn finally had another full international release, a year later (2008) in the US. She met the Knife in a record store (imagine you're out at a record store and just happen to bump into Karin Dreijer Andersson) and started the her own Konichiwa label after buying herself out of Jive. Completely reinventing herself, Robyn went all electro/synthpop. She was of course the voice behind Royksopp's "The Girl in the Robot" (credit to UseYourAllusion for re-exposing me to it). A glorious revival of her career culminated in the release of two albums, plus another EP, which makes up the Body Talk series. It originally dropped as the three parts separately, but then just re-released everything as one album. She made it back enough to be collaborating with Snoop Dogg. The two albums standing alone both were likely to be top 20, but then you can put them together. Robyn seemed oh so eager to get these out into the public's hands, when she could have spread it out which likely makes more financial sense. That defeats the purpose though.


4. She & Him - Volume Two; March 23 (Portland, Oregon)
Favorite Song: "Don't Look Back"
Alternate: "Lingering Still"
Alternate: "Me and You" (from their show at Penn's Landing in Philly on July 2, which I sure as **** made sure I was at)
Zooey Deschanel does not get a free pass to the top spot, just because she's Zooey Deschanel. Sorry to foil the plans and expectations of those who thought I would have. This is other side of the line between the albums I felt were truly elite compared to the first 50. The second effort from She & Him is far, far more polished than Volume One, which was an album that seemed like M. Ward brought Zooey into his studio, stuck her in front of a microphone, and started signing as he played. You can already tell as soon as lead-track "Theives" begins to play. This time, it sounds like an outfit that sounds like they were always supposed to be recording music. And as one of Zooey's very first fans, it's a shame these songs didn't get out years ago when most of this stuff was supposedly written. Juggling a full-time acting career makes the whole thing tricky to begin with - it's more about time than anything else.


3. Beach House - Teen Dream; January 26 (Baltimore, Maryland)
Favorite Song: "Zebra"
Alternate: "Take Care" (at SXSW)
Alternate: "Norway"
Beach House had the hype going into the year, "Norway" was released 2 months before the album dropped (November of 2009). Victoria Legrand's vocals are like few others if any. They're smooth and sound aloof, yet still bring an great intensity, filling a room like a plume of smoke. Abstract listening (which is what they did with the video for "Zebra").


2. Sleigh Bells - Treats; May 11 (Brooklyn, New York)
Favorite Song: "Infinity Guitars"
Alternate: "Tell 'Em"
Alternate: "Rachel"
What happens when a 4th Grade teacher meets a waiter. Right from the opening bar, Sleigh Bells are not messing around. The album starts off loud, and doesn't stop - there is no quiet time. Can't hear all the words? Who cares? I'm not one where I sit and study the lyrics anyways. Producer/guitarist Derek Miller does a lot of things you're not supposed to do, blatantly overwhelming listeners, while Alexis Krauss' vocals/voice-as-instrument keeps you on your toes and your mind in the game. A horse race with a hot pace, only sometimes can you get a breather while running on the front end - Only in "Rill Rill" can this happen. Maybe in the future they'll let you rest, but for now Sleigh Bells come out firing and don't allow you to stop and catch your breath.


1. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs; August 2 (Montreal, Quebec)
Favorite Song: "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
Alternate: "Half Light II (No Celebration)
Alternate: "We Used to Wait"
Alternate: "City With No Children"
Oh sorry, was I not supposed to do this? We all "admitted" that Kanye is good...

Not much to say that wasn't already said by many other people. It's fair for one to call them "mainstream," and anyone who hasn't heard of them now are either lying or ignorant. Most of those questions were put to rest when they sold out Madison Square Garden - twice. Arcade Fire was given a challenge by it's fans after Neon Bible, disappointed - at least in it's relation to the brilliance that was Funeral. They certainly answered that, and gave us something truly spectacular. 16 tracks is a lot (although it's really 15). You listen through the first few tracks, and you know what you have is brilliant. Then you get to "Sprawl II" - the only song Régine Chassagne takes the full lead - and it's like an full catharsis of letting out the pain and/or whatever Win Butler previously held within. With it, officially making themselves a true tour de force outfit, and with such universal high praise and acclaim, landing Grammy nominations, #1 on Billboard (for whatever they're worth now anyways), and even Bob McKenzie.

Conclusion
Overall, I liked 2010 more than 2009. So did a lot of other people, that's why so many people have so many of the same albums on their own lists, and other publications/websites. Admittedly, last year's list I was just filling out to 50, but this year I left some off that were tough calls, and by no means did I hate them. Vampire Weekend, Kanye, Frightened Rabbit, Ben Folds...each released albums I liked. I just didn't like them more than I liked a lot of others.

Numbers
Countries: 9 (-1)

United States: 33 (+2)
Canada: 8 (+1)
England: 5 (+1)
Sweden: 3 (+2)
Scotland: 2 (+1)
Finland: 1 (-)
Northern Ireland: 1 (+1)
Iceland: 1 (+1)
Spain: 1 (+1)

USA, CAN, ENG & SWE would be even if not for the addition of 5 spots on the list. Australia (-2), Denmark (-2), France (-1) all drop off.

States:
New York: 5 (-3)
California: 5 (+2)
Pennsylvania: 5 (+2) (woo! Up there with the big boys!)
Oregon: 2 (+1)
Georgia: 2 (+2)
Michigan: 2 (-)
Maryland: 1 (+1)
Washington: 1* (-1)
Illinois: 1 (-3)
North Dakota: 1 (+1)
Arizona: 1 (+1)
Connecticut: 1 (+1)
Tennessee: 1 (-1)
Missouri: 1 (+1)
Idaho: 1 (+1)
Ohio: 1 (+1)
Colorado: 1 (+1)
Texas: 0 (-) <-- Really? Again?

*Band of Horses is technically in South Carolina now though.

PA and CO are both +1 extra with the addition of 5 spots on the list. VA, OK, MA, AK all -1 drop off.


Provinces:
Ontario: 3 (+1)
Quebec: 2 (-)
British Columbia: 2 (-)
Nova Scotia: 1 (+1)

ON is +1 with the addition of 5 spots on the list. AB (-1) drops off. Never got to Women.)

By Month:

January: 3 (-2)
February: 6 (+3)
March: 6 (+2)
April: 7 (-)
May: 9 (+5)
June: 4 (-1)
July: 5 (+2)
August: 4 (-1)
September: 5 (-1)
October: 4 (-2)
November: 2 (-)
December: (-)

Not all release dates may be in universal agreement. JAN, FEB, and MAY, each +1; also APR is +2 with the addition of 5 spots on the list. Oddity: All October releases are within #12-19.

Number of outfits with at least 1 central female lead singer: 20 (-3)
Number of outfits using punctuation as part of their proper name: 7 (+4)
Number of actual punctuation marks used in named of outfits: 11

Awards

Song of the Year
Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Song of the Year Not Represented on the List
The Knife in collaboration with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock - The Colouring of Pigeons

Song of the Year Not Represented on the List AND on an Actual Album
Yes Giantess - The Ruins

Debut Album
Sleigh Bells - Treats

First One Out (if only there was a #56)
Frightened Rabbit - Winter of Mixed Drinks

You hate Vampire Weekend
Not really, they're not bad. In fact, Contra was the very first album I got in 2010. It just lacked staying power that January albums need, just like Transference by Spoon. For instance, Teen Dream was the second album I got in 2010.

What about Kanye then?
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is not bad, I see the appeal in others putting it on their lists, but it seems ultimately I just like some tracks by Kanye, like "Diamonds Are Forever" and "Homecoming" on previous albums. Typically, I like them on a song-by-song basis. "Runaway" is phenomenal. "All of the Lights" is too, even though I hate Rhianna. Had it not been a late-November album it would have had a better chance. What I list before you is ultimately my cup of tea, and actual publications can worry about separating genres.

You rap-hating, hipster, elitist snob
Explain the Roots.

The Roots?
On top of being unfunny Jim Fallon's backing band, as if that's how life intended, and their How I Got Over album, they also released a covers collaboration with John Legend titled Wake Up, with a similarly titled lead single.

**** You
Cee Lo Green was also good, but the song itself can get annoying. Very good cover of Band of Horses' "No One's Gonna Love You," though.

Music Scene of the Year
New York City and it's Burroughs

Philadelphia and Pittsburgh can work together
NYC had 5 albums, Philly admirably had 4, but throw in Pittsburgh's Girl Talk and state-for-state they tied. Way to go, home state.

Also
Denmark's the Kissaway Trail (which I didn't get to, but I saw live and were very good) had a song named "Philadelphia," while We Are Scientists (didn't make the list, but "Rules Don't Stop" is a good song) had a song called "Pittsburgh." The former was better anyways.

Texas
C'mon! Shutout *again.* Austin hosts freaken SXSW. Get your **** together!

North Dakota
Had one more album on the list than Texas. So did Idaho.

Endurance Test
Sufjan Stevens - Impossible Soul (25:35)

Ok, try something that doesn't take a leap year to listen to
The Knife in collaboration with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock - The Colouring of Pigeons

Best EP
How to Destroy Angels

Album Art
!!! - Strange Weather, Isn't It? (Sometimes simple is better.)

Hey, She's Pretty Cute
Belle & Sebastien - Belle & Sebastien Write About Love

Worst Album Art
M.I.A. - Maya

Actual Stylization of Maya
/\/\ /\ Y /\

That was stupid
Less so than the album art

Subtle Album Art
Sleigh Bells - Treats

That looks like Chocolate
Zola Jesus - Stridulum II

Hottest Swede
Robyn, by default. Please grow your hair long again.

Canada
Needs to pick up the pace. Stop with the teenie-poppy mall junk.

Drake
Aubrey Graham will always be Jimmy from Degrassi.

ceo
I think they have a full 2011 release of their album, so they're a candidate for my 2011 list.

Song Title of the Year That's not "Godly Intersex" by of Montreal
A Sunny Day in Glasgow - This assclown eats ambien OR Nobody likes you (No Art)

That might be two different titles of the same song, what else could work?
Crystal Castles - Pap Smear

Music Video of the Year
OK Go - White Knuckles. NOT This Too Shall Pass. They upped their game by using dogs.

Grossest Video of the Year
Yeasayer - Madder Red

Most Adorable Video of the Year
She & Him - In the Sun

Whoa, that video got kind of hot
Robyn - Indestructible

Kevin Barnes
You ain't livin' unless you see of Montreal live.

Zooey Deschanel Award because there needs to be one
Zooey Deschanel of She & Him

<3
Zooey Deschanel

Also Cute
Holly Miranda

It's only about the music though
Holly Miranda doesn't like boys

Architecture in Helsinki
Did they fall off the face of the earth or something? I thought we were getting an album like a year ago...

The Joy Formidable
Would have been on this list, as they had a proper album release this year, but they were on 2009's list.

Best Remix
Crystal Castles ft. Robert Smith - Not in Love

Don't Quite Get it Yet
Joanna Newsom. Again, another talented musician. Can't quite get into her.

Sweden
Could have a big 2011

2011 Music Preview

Lykke Li (Stockholm, Sweden)
Impressive and person debut in 2008 called Youth Novels. After releasing a 7'' a few weeks ago, her sophomore album titled Wounded Rhymes will drop on March 1 in the states. This is a song called "I Follow Rivers." I hope there is more like this.

Cut Copy (Melbourne, Australia)
I'm not sure I heard a single album from anyone from Australia in 2010, but that will change when Cut Copy's Zonoscope drops in February. Lead single "Where I'm Going" was released by the band in November.

How to Destroy Angels (Cleveland, Ohio)
Trent Reznor is going to have a busy 2011. He's doing another score for David Fincher. And somewhere in here Trent reveals 2011 should bring a debut album from How to Destroy Angels, to follow up the eponymous EP made in 2010.

East Hundred (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Yeah, they're um, I've never seen anyone else mention them, but they were my favorite local band in 2009, and nothing from 2010 has supplanted them from that. Passenger was #9 on my list last year. Someone made them a Wikipedia page, so I assume that means something is happening. I saw them at a show in March (the same day I was laid off...). This is a new song, whether it's an EP they've got coming, or new album remains to be seen.

Okkervil River (Austin, Texas)
New album will drop May 10 (gotta be that far off, eh?), called I Am Very Far. They were on Jim Fallon's show recently, and got help from A.C. Newman and Questlove. Not sure what to think until I hear a recorded version.

Jens Lekman (Gothenberg, Sweden)
I'm excited to listen to his stuff on the heels of him announcing that he plans to release an EP and LP for 2011. He's got new live songs available for listening.

The Sounds (Helsingborg, Sweden)
I love me some Maja Ivarsson, and her new-wave band drops a new album called Something to Die For on March 29, and released a track list. Sounds poppy, but I'll take it. It'll be their 4th album in 9 years.

of Montreal (Athens, Georgia)
When you're a Kevin Barnes outfit, you don't stop. New tour dates were announced, and a new EP will be released, probably of stuff they left off of False Priest.

The Decemberists (Portland, Oregon)
NPR has an exclusive first listen of their new album The King Is Dead which drops on Tuesday. You've probably already heard "Down By the Water" which includes vocals from Gillian Welch.

The Naked and Famous (New Zealand)
This outfit is probably the next Passion Pit. They had release in New Zealand in September, are just picking up steam elsewhere, mainly in the UK. They should be getting an international release sometime this year.This is a song called "Young Blood"

Passion Pit (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
They're getting a new album together for a spring release. I'll let Michael Angelakos do the talking.

Peter, Bjorn, and John (Stockholm, Sweden)
Track list was released for their next album Gimme Some which drops March 29.

Keep Shelly in Athens (Athens, Greece)
Yeah. Greece. Just listen. Remixes are all over the place.

Radiohead (Abingdon, England)
You all know what's going on. A blogger I read who has a radio show on ynotradio.net found a fan-made video of their Haiti benefit show. Just an added bonus.

I'll come back to this next year and see how some of this played out (or didn't).

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Nice post GKJ I like Sufjan a lot.

As of now, I am on a huge Matt Pond Pa kick.

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Bands/songs/things I've listened to this past year, not necessarily things that came out in 2010.

You guys know my tastes by this point.

Bomb the Music Industry! - ADULTS!!!SMART!!!****HAMMERED!!!AND EXCITED BY NOTHING!!!
This is what happens when you grow up, and all your heroes die. You make 8-bit, ska-ridden, depression-based lyrics about your ****** apartment building, remembering your teenage years, and how you first got to where you want to be.

Against Me! - White Crosses

This is what happens when you take a band infamous for its early recordings, water it, and watch it grow. There will never be another "Reinventing Axel Rose," but everybody who's ever felt left out and grew up will stomp their feet to "I Was a Teenage Anarchist."


Alkaline Trio - This Addiction

This is what happens when punk rockers hit thirty, settle down, and try to write like they did 12 years prior. It's still catchy, but simply does not stack up to anything before "Crimson."

The Emergency Room - E/P
Dan Adriano (of Alkaline Trio, Slapstick fame) and an acoustic guitar. Dan's writing has become increasingly mature, and his simple tunes about growing up, old, and out of former skins are beautiful. Check out youtube for "Me and Denver."

The Broadways - Broken Star and Broken Van
One of the first bands to come out of the break up of seminal ska-punk band Slapstick. One half of the band would later form the Lawrence Arms. Somewhere between melodic hardcore and midwestern punk. Dan Hanaway's nasally vocals, the ripping guitars, and political lyrics are still prudent.

The Huntingtons - Get Lost
1999's "Get Lost" was the Huntingtons' first album. Ramone pogo punk at its finest. We're still asking "What Would Joey Do," and I can listen to "No Pool Party Tonight" over and over.

The Unlovables - Crush Boyfriend Heartbreak
Straight up, girl-fronted pop punk from NYC. The Donnas wish they could have sounded this good. Currently on hiatus as the lead singer is performing off Broadway.

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I haven't listened to as much new music this year as I usually do, things have been hectic, and I broke my Zune. In no order:

1) The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards - Solid album, all around

2) Meat Loaf - Hang Cool Teddy Bear - I love Meat Loaf, and this was a pretty solid showing. I'd say there are about 4 really good songs, and the rest is average. Hugh Laurie plays on one song that Kara DiGuardia from that garbage show American Idol duets on...and duets really, really well. There are a few other big guest appearances like Brian May and maybe Steve Vai. Overall, I'd say it's above average..definitely not Bat Out of Hell.

3) Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA - Somehow, I'd never heard this album until this year. It lived up to the hype, just phenomenal all around.

4) Echo And The Bunnymen - Songs To Learn And Sing - An 80's album. It has that one song that they play at the beginning of Donny Darko. I give it 3 Beefs.

5) The new Kings of Leon album - A letdown. Nothing on it really jumped at me, like their last effort.

6) Electric Six - Zodiac - "Kill" wasn't nearly as good as "I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me From Being The Master" or "Flashy." Zodiac isn't as good as "Kill." This album is my biggest disappointment of the year, because when Electric Six is on point they are awesome.

7) Jazz and the 70's-90's - A collaboration of various artists, these three albums kick ass. Jazz covers of various hits from each decade.


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2010 was a great year for indie music

My Favorites:

1.Arcade Fire- The Suburbs
2. Sufjan Stevens- Age of Adz
3. Destroyer- Archer on the Beach EP
4. Deerhunter- Hacolygen Digest
5. Sufjan Stevens- All Delighted People EP


Destroyer- Kaputt is going to rock 2011 (already leaked)


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I haven't heard much of Destroyer, so I'm looking to get into that.


Wasn't even aware Meat Loaf was still active, well sort of, I know there have been collaborations.

I never got the full Zodiac album, but if I really wanted to and though it was good I would have, probably. Lead single is good (name escapes me), I think Kill was #26 last year.

And I've never been much of a Kings of Leon person.

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My favorite albums of the year (Best song):

1. Fear Factory - Mechanize (Christploitation)
2. 10 Years - Feeding the Wolves (Fade Into (The Ocean) )
3. Deftones - Diamond Eyes (Rocket Skates)
4. Stone Sour - Audio Secrecy (The Bitter End)
5. Daft Punk - Tron Legacy (Derezzed)

And yes I know, I may not be as wide spread as some, but I know what I like. Even the song "**** You" by Cee Lo Green really caught me off guard because I really though it was just cliche rap ****. It's really not, it sounds very 50s/60s and it's kinda cool.

Right now I'm listening to this:


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Tool Concert is tommorow night... I'm ****ing pumped.

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I haven't heard much of Destroyer, so I'm looking to get into that.


Wasn't even aware Meat Loaf was still active, well sort of, I know there have been collaborations.

I never got the full Zodiac album, but if I really wanted to and though it was good I would have, probably. Lead single is good (name escapes me), I think Kill was #26 last year.

And I've never been much of a Kings of Leon person.
Destroyer is one of the guys in New Pornographers, if you weren't aware. The one with the weird voice. On Together he sings Silver jenny Dollar, Daughters of sorrow and If you can't see my mirrors.

His new album is completely different from anything else he has done though, so I don't know if that makes it easier, or harder to get into. My usual advice is to start with Destroyer's Rubies (2006)

Go see him in Philly in April (Only 13$......):
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Cool, keep it in mind. I saw him in October 09, it was awesome. This tour he has a big ensemble touring, as the new album has lots of Sax, Flute, Strings etc

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Dilegua, o notte!
Tramontate, stelle!
Tramontate, stelle!
All'alba vincerò!
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Edit: oh, yeah Meatloaf is still active. He has a song about how big his unit is, and that's pretty damned disturbing.

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You suck so many balls. I want to go!

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Proof that Meatloaf does still exist. Hugh Laurie has piano duties here.

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Wow, impressive list GKJ, (although I've only known 5 bands out of the 55 you listed and never listened to any of them ).

2010 was a good year for old thrash metal bands still or again releasing material, nothing much else IMO (Well, at least for me)

My favourites, in no particular order:
Overkill - Ironbound
Heathen - The Evolution of Chaos
Exodus - Exibit B: The Human Condition
Sodom - War and Pieces
Atheist - Jupiter
At the Gates - Purgatory Unleashed - Live at Wacken

Not a very wide range, but I only got into extreme metal just about a year ago, so I was mostly listening to older stuff from the late 80s/early 90s.

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Wow, impressive list GKJ, (although I've only known 5 bands out of the 55 you listed and never listened to any of them ).

2010 was a good year for old thrash metal bands still or again releasing material, nothing much else IMO (Well, at least for me)

My favourites, in no particular order:
Overkill - Ironbound
Heathen - The Evolution of Chaos
Exodus - Exibit B: The Human Condition
Sodom - War and Pieces
Atheist - Jupiter
At the Gates - Purgatory Unleashed - Live at Wacken

Not a very wide range, but I only got into extreme metal just about a year ago, so I was mostly listening to older stuff from the late 80s/early 90s.
I didn't get to listen to that much metal released in 2010 since I also have a lot of time to make up for, but Ihsahn, Intronaut and The Ocean released some pretty good stuff that wound up on a lot of best of lists for the year.




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