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Friday, December 10, 2010
Seeing as it's the end of 2010, I thought I'd do lists of all sorts of Top 10s. And without further adieu, let's begin with the Top 10 Albums of 2010 (In my humble opinion).
Top 10 Albums of 2010
1. Sleigh Bells - Treats
This album changed what live music meant to me. Their concert was mind blowing, a moment I don't think I can soon forget. They are one of the few bands that 'own' a particular sound. No one I've ever heard sounds like this, and anyone in the future who does will certainly have been influenced by this album. Give it a listen
Highlights - Everything except Rachel and Run the Heart is jaw dropping-ly great.
2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
The album that I keep on coming back to the most. Whenever people say that music nowadays is shit, I tell them that only the music they hear on the radio is shit, and I tell them to listen to this album. If it doesn't win album of the year (it's up against Eminem's Recovery and Katie Perry's album [who cares what its called]), than the Grammy's will have completed its final transformation into becoming the MTV Music Awards.
Highlights - The Suburbs, Modern Man, Empty Room, Wasted Hours, Deep Blue, Sprawl II, We Used To Wait, City With No Children
3. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
This album might have the two best songs of the year (Dance Yrself Clean and Home). If you haven't listened to LCD Soundsystem, than you haven't listened to one of the best bands of our generation. Too bad this is their last album. Thank God I got to see them live before they disband. For some reason James Murphy, the frontman and brains behind LCD, reminds me of David Byrne. LCD is the perfect mix between real band and electronic. I dare you to listen to Dance Yrself Clean and not like it.
Highlights - Dance Yrself Clean, All I Want, I Can Change, Pow Pow, Home
4. Broken Bells - Broken Bells
This band is a collaboration between Danger Mouse and the front man for the Shins, (Brian Burton and James Mercer respectively). I saw them at the 9 30 club earlier this year and it was an insane show. Danger Mouse would wander from instrument to instrument, playing the drums, piano, and guitar during different songs and jam out.
Highlights - The High Road, Vaporize, Citizen, Ocober, The Mall & Misery
5. J. Period & K'Naan - The Messengers
Earlier this year, J. Period and K'Naan released a mixtape dubbed "The Messengers". It features two discs, One a set of covers/remixes of Bob Marley songs, the other of Bob Dylan songs. When I first heard of the album, I thought that it couldn't possibly live up to the greatness of the songs they were copying, but I was blown away by how the material is dealt with. You can get this album for free at http://www.jperiod.com/knaan/, I'd get it now if I were you. The Dylan side is also stronger than the Marley side. Listen to that one first and DONT skip the intro's to songs, theyre great.
Highlights - My Country/Small Axe, Fatima/Stir It Up, Don't Think Twice, Relationships Lay, Hard Rain, It's Alright, Ma
6. Vampire Weekend - Contra
Highlights - White Sky, Giving Up The Gun, Diplomat's Son (one of the best songs of the year)
7. Beach House - Teen Dream
Highlights - Zebra, Norway, Walk In The Park, 10 Mile Stereo
8. The National - High Violet
Highlights - Terrible Love, Afraid of Everyone, Bloodbuzz Ohio, England, Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
9. Das Racist - Sit Down, Man
Highlights - All Tan Everything, Commercial, Luv It Mayne, Rapping 2 U, Return to Innocence
10. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
Highlights - Wide Eyes, Airplanes, Sun Hands, World News, Cards and Quarters
Big Boi - Sir Luscious Left Foot
Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon pt 2
Sufjan Stevens - Age of Adz
The Third Twin - Homemade
Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
Hot Chip - One Life Stand
Delorean - Subiza
Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
MGMT - Congratulations
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I got some money and I’m feeling fine
I ain’t in no hurry so just take your time
Some people wanna die young and gloriously
But Taxi Cab driver, well that ain’t me
I got a cute little baby down at 12th and Vine
And she opens for business just about closing time