Monday, December 13, 2010

Prepping For My Top Ten of 2010 List

According to iTunes, from the albums i selected that were released in 2010, i have 1.1 days worth of music to listen to before properly analyzing the best music of the year. Some of this stuff i have heard lots, some i haven't heard at all. This is the long way of me saying that you shouldn't expect my best of 2010 until the last week of the year if not the first week of 2011. Also of note: i'm sure that only my friends (and only a small swath of them at that) read this blog/listen to my podcast, but be aware that i obviously live on a church worker's salary and obtain most of my music through eMusic, iTunes gift cards and thrift stores/used record stores. So, a lot of the buzzed about albums i simply haven't heard (like Kanye West's), or didn't pique my interest enough to invest some of my modest resources into procuring (like Deerhunter's) or some just haven't been bought yet (like Superchunk's). So, this is not the end all/be all best of 2010, this will simply be my favorite ten records that were released, and that i purchased, this year. And i'm sure it will change the second i post it.

The long list:

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
The Bad Plus - Never Stop
The Baseball Project - Broadside Ballads
Best Coast - Crazy for You
Black Francis - The Golem
Black Francis - NonStopErotik
The Books - The Way Out
Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
Dessa - A Badly Broken Code
Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame
Dum Dum Girls - I Will Be
Firstful of Mercy - As I Call You Down
The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger - Acoustic Sessions
Girl Talk - All Day
Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
Grinderman - Grinderman 2
Harlem - Hippies
The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever
How to Destroy Angels - How to Destroy Angels
Jack Grace Band - Drinking Songs for Lovers
Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid
LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
The Magnetic Fields - Realism
Marah - Life is a Problem
Mavis Staples - You Are Not Alone
The New Pornographers - Together
Plants and Animals - La La Land
The Roots - How I Got Over
Sleigh Bells - Treats
Spoon - Transference
Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
Ted Leo/Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks
Tim Fite - Under the Table Tennis
Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
Vampire Weekend - Contra
Yeasayer - ODD BLOOD

Interesting side note - with the exception of the Black Francis records, i don't have physical copies of any of these. This is partly due to the lack of a good stereo in my house, but mostly due to my passing indifference with physical records. This vexes me greatly, since i love liner notes and album art. However, given the ease/cost of digital music, it is a sacrifice i am willing to make. Plus, the internet is one giant liner notes.

CONTEST TIME: If anyone can predict my Top 10 in the correct order, i'll owe you a Coke. Post 'em in the comments.

1 comment:

  1. My guess:

    10. The Roots - How I Got Over
    9. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
    8. The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
    7. Vampire Weekend - Contra
    6. Black Francis - The Golem
    5. The Magnetic Fields - Realism
    4. Tim Fite - Under the Table Tennis
    3. How to Destroy Angels - How to Destroy Angels
    2. Ted Leo/Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks
    1. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs