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Title: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: modage on July 01, 2010, 09:21:19 AM
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Beach House - Teen Dream
Silver Soul, Walk In The Park, Take Care

Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me
'81, Good Intentions Paving Company, Baby Birch, On A Good Day, In California, Soft As Chalk

The National - High Violet
Afraid Of Anyone, Bloodbuzz Ohio, Conversation 16

Spoon - Transference
Before Destruction, The Mystery Zone, I Saw The Light

Surfer Blood - Astrocoast
Floating Vibes, Slow Jabroni, Catholic Pagans

Wolf Parade - Expo 86
Little Golden Age, Ghost Pressure, Pobody's Nerfect

The New Pornographers - Together
Moves, Crash Years, We End Up Together

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
Dance Yrself Clean, All I Want, I Can Change

MGMT - Congratulations
It's Working, Song For Dan Treacy, Flash Delirium

The Hold Steady - Heaven Is Whenever
The Sweet Part Of The City, Soft In The Center, The Weekenders

The Black Keys - Brothers
Tighten Up, Howlin' For You, The Only One

The Morning Benders - Big Echo
Cold War, Hand Me Downs, Stitches

Sleigh Bells - Treats
Infinity Guitars, Crown On The Ground, A/B Machines

Broken Bells - Broken Bells
The High Road, The Ghost Inside, October

The Apples In Stereo - Travellers In Space And Time
Dream About The Future, Dance Floor, Nobody But You
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: tpfkabi on July 01, 2010, 09:57:02 AM
I hadn't owned a Black Keys or National album before those two (even though I've heard of them over the years) and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by both. I thought MGMT also grew exponentially from their debut.

The Spoon album seemed to drop from view almost instantaneously unlike Ga, but I saw the other day they are recording an ACL show soon.
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: OrHowILearnedTo on July 01, 2010, 02:24:56 PM
1. LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening
2. Sleigh Bells - Treats
3. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
4. The National - High Violet
5. MGMT - Congratulations
6. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
7. She & Him - Volume Two
8. Free Energy - Stuck on Nothing
9. Surfer Blood - Astrocoast
10. Vampire Weekend - Contra
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on July 01, 2010, 02:29:08 PM
This new Black Keys album was a definite disappointment to me.  I don't know if they're growing stale to me or if it's too overpolished or what, but it just seemed pretty weak.

In fact, this year has kind of sucked insofar in terms of new music.  For me anyway, you guys seem to have your lists thoroughly planned and that makes me jealous.

EDIT:

Ok, maybe a top 3 could work for now.  Then I'll see Pitchfork and have a deeper opinion on Surfer Blood, Sleigh Bells and Beach House.

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Teeth Gnashers - Don't Ask, Don't Tell

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Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

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Crowcat - Freestreet
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: ono on July 01, 2010, 03:15:13 PM
Yay, I heard it:
1) Wolf Parade - Expo 86
2) Spoon - Transference
3) New Pornographers - Together

I heard it but so what?
1) Vampire Weekend - Contra

This list is sparse, yeah, but nothing else matters.  Expo 86 is so good it makes up for everything else.
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: modage on July 01, 2010, 04:11:42 PM
Then I'll see Pitchfork and have a deeper opinion on Surfer Blood, Sleigh Bells and Beach House.

What does this mean?
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: polkablues on July 01, 2010, 04:21:17 PM
I'm terrible about keeping up with new music, but lately I've been listening to a lot of Ellie Goulding, a lot of Mumford & Sons, and a lot of Josiah Leming. So I guess that's my list. I also loved Broken Bells, but I hardly listen to it at all for whatever reason.
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: children with angels on July 01, 2010, 04:35:25 PM
The big ones for me so far have been:

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Owen Pallett - Heartland

and

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Xiu Xiu - Dear God, I Hate Myself

However, whatever Everything Everything eventually come out will be the best album of the year
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Gamblour. on July 01, 2010, 11:36:06 PM
I've been mostly disappointed with my most anticipated records this year. Lists:

LOVE:

1. Beach House
2. The Radio Dept.
3. Spoon
4. Surfer Blood

In like with:

1. LCD Soundsystem
2. The National
3. The New Pornographers
4. Pantha du Prince
5. The Tallest Man on Earth
6. Yeasayer

Misses the mark:

1. MGMT
2. Janelle Monae
3. Titus Andronicus
4. Broken Social Scene (except "The Sweetest Kill", one of the best tracks this year)

So bored already:

1. Vampire Weekend

Best tracks:

1. The National "Lemonworld"
2. BSB "The Sweetest Kill"
3. LCD Soundsystem "Dance Yrself Clean"
4. Beach House "Norway"
5. New Pornographers "Silver Jenny Dollar"
6. Tallest Man on Earth "King of Spain"
7. The Radio Dept. "The Video Dept."
8. Yeasayer "I Remember"
9. Spoon "Written in Reverse"

Looking forward to: Arcade Fire, Of Montreal, Wolf Parade, Sleigh Bells
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Pubrick on July 02, 2010, 04:35:34 AM
hey modage why do you hate putting a title under album covers that clearly have no text written on them at all?

to everyone else: thank you to everyone who does title their pics, it's really great that you don't assume ppl just magically know what a bunch of faint lines on a beige background refers to. it's great that you don't think that if people are not cool enough to instantly recognise the random picture you posted that they're probably don't deserve to be told. it's great that you are trying to SHARE your information instead of just preaching to the choir. it's great that you have some consideration for some members who might actually be interested in hearing about music they may have missed because they generally don't have the time to scour the internet for the hot shit, and use xixax to get a heads up for music like they do with the other parts of the site. it's just great that you're not assholes.
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: jtm on July 02, 2010, 05:22:15 AM
^ thank you!
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: modage on July 02, 2010, 09:08:38 AM
Haha, but the mystery box (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpjVgF5JDq8) is what makes it exciting, no?

Also: I just asssumed people would remember from when it was posted in Now Playing (http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=1631.msg283798#msg283798).  I'll title them soon. See above.
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Stefen on July 02, 2010, 01:55:40 PM
Post however you want. It's not that difficult to find out what they are if you're not a complete lazyass or just looking to complain about something.

I think my favorite album of the year is probably Yeasayer's Odd Blood. It has the worst cover ever so I'm not going to post it. EVER. I pretty much like every single song on that album. I also like James Murphy's new album. I Can Change might be my favorite song of the year. I think the new Black Keys is the best thing they've done since Rubber Factory. I wasn't digging their new overproduced sound they've had the last few albums but they finally nail it here. I love Unknown Brother. It's a great song. Have one one me by Joanna Newsom is really great too! Oh, that Suckers album is really good! Ariel Pink gets a thumbs up but doubt it will make my eventual list unless this year is really weak. 

I was really let down by more albums than I have liked this year (so far). Surprisingly, I've found a lot of the releases I was looking most forward to very boring. Spoon, Beach House, The National, Liars (HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?). Just wasn't feeling them even though their previous albums were some of my favorites.

Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on July 02, 2010, 10:43:01 PM
Then I'll see Pitchfork and have a deeper opinion on Surfer Blood, Sleigh Bells and Beach House.

What does this mean?

Pitchfork Music Festival, that is.  I've heard their albums very little but seeing them live may change my tune! Pun definitely intended.


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Xiu Xiu - Dear God, I Hate Myself

I've yet to hear this, but I imagine it'll make my list as well.
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: tpfkabi on July 08, 2010, 04:57:16 PM
no love for Caribou - Swim?
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on December 15, 2010, 01:27:08 PM
All right, year's basically over, so here goes:

10. Sleigh Bells - Treats
9. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
8. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty
7. Black Milk - Album of the Year
6. TOKiMONSTA - Midnight Menu
5. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
4. Curren$y - Pilot Talk
3. Xiu Xiu - Dear God, I Hate Myself
2. Girl Talk - All Day
1. Electric Wizard - Black Masses

Runner(s)-up
Four Tet - There Is Love In You
The National - High Violet
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: squints on December 15, 2010, 04:05:32 PM
you forgot the Walkmen...


and i was like "Hmm electric wizard? never heard of them..lets see here...oh.." tags: "doom. stoner metal" 

...of course!
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: tpfkabi on December 17, 2010, 03:33:08 PM
no love for Caribou - Swim?

or Avey Tare of Animal Collective?

Pitchfork didn't even give him Honorable Mention, so that means he didn't make Top 70! wow.
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on December 18, 2010, 11:36:56 PM
you forgot the Walkmen...


and i was like "Hmm electric wizard? never heard of them..lets see here...oh.." tags: "doom. stoner metal" 

...of course!

Actually, I missed the Walkmen release this year, I do love them.  I'll check it out and fix my list accordingly.

But seriously, check out Electric Wizard.  Stoner metal is a negative connotation.  It's really more heavy, psychedelic blues.
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Gloria on December 19, 2010, 09:41:08 PM
Patty Griffin - Downtown Church
Robyn - Body Talk Part 1
B.o.B - Adventures of Bobby Ray
Bruno Mars - Doowaps and Hooligans
Laura Marling - I speak because I can
Eminem - Recovery
Marina and the Diamonds - Family Jewels
Brandon Flowers - Flamingo
Sara Bareilles - Kaleidoscope Heart
Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: mogwai on December 20, 2010, 12:00:28 AM
Not really a LP but a EP:

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Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Alexandro on December 20, 2010, 01:11:07 PM
Gonjasufi - A Sufi and a Killer
Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid
Sleigh Bells - Treats
Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma


So bored already:

1. Vampire Weekend

indeed...
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Stefen on December 20, 2010, 01:16:12 PM
That Sleigh Bells album has to be the worst produced album I have ever heard.
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Pozer on December 20, 2010, 01:31:06 PM
That Sleigh Bells album has to be the worst produced album I have ever heard.

Kings Of Leon's latest has to hold the title for worst produced album of the year.
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: cronopio 2 on December 20, 2010, 02:48:16 PM
crystal castles
beach house
lcd soundsystem
sufjan stevens
mike patton
hot chip
gorillaz
mike patton
arcade fire
and the one i'm forgetting.

good music year. crystal castles is definitely  my favorite. that's amazing music.
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: polkablues on December 22, 2010, 05:01:00 PM
It was a good year for the ladies.

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Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Stefen on December 22, 2010, 10:37:55 PM
Your pussy was probably in a good mood all year.
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: john on December 23, 2010, 01:14:01 AM
I agree wit ha handful of album people have already mentioned (The Hold Steady, Titus Andronicus)... here are some I haven't seen listed here yet:

No Age - Everything In Between

What an accomplished progression from Nouns, their previous album. It betrays none of their experimentalism or love of noise, while adding a joyously catchy pop sensibility. It's a short album, no filler and you never feel cheated. Dreamy and loud.

Of Montreal - False Priest

I like Of Montreal best when their in Prince freakout mode. Aggressively sexy walls of sound that don't stay in one place for too long. Add the production flourishes of Jon Brion and you have an album that never fails to make me want to shake my ass. Kevin Barnes alternates between sincerity and being full of shit, keeping me on my toes from start to finish.

Earlier this year, I saw Barnes sing a really emotive version of John Lennon's "Mother" with Bron accompanying him on piano. It was beautiful and vulnerable. Later in the year, I saw Barnes with full band, garish and sexual, covering a medley of Michael Jackson songs, complete with his own hype man engaging the crowd between songs. Barnes seemed equally comfortable with each persona, fragility and bravado, and it's exciting to see what personality he'll inhabit next.

Jonathan Richman - O Moon, Queen of the Night on Earth

Another beautiful album from a constantly underrated pinnacle of the American music pantheon. Jonathan Richman has quietly made a career delivering emotive, dependable albums of joy and pain, sometimes with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and some drums. He's an amazing lyricist, stripping everything of pretension or abstraction - this album is no exception.

Boston Spaceships - Our Cubehouse Still Rocks

Like vintage Guided By Voices. An album instantly familiar and excitingly fresh. The perfect compliment to the recent GBV reunion tour and another example of Robert Pollard's ability to toss off rock songs catchier and more vital than dudes half his age. COmplimentary listening to Superchunk's Majesty Shredding. Another album that's nostalgic to a sound more prevelant two decades ago without sounding a bit repetitious.

Drive-By Truckers - The Big Do-To

Consummate storytellers. Like Flannery O'Connor with guitars. They craft a word that is richly cinematic and astutely realistic with every song. And they rock, too.

And, while I can't share the enthuiasm many of you have for LCD Soundsystem's This is Happening, I have no reservation in saying it has the best opening and closing tracks of any album I've heard all year. "Dance Yrself Clean" and "Home" are both pretty and ambitious in all the right ways. I'm surprised I can love two songs so much while dismissing everything that comes between them.
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Stefen on December 23, 2010, 01:18:25 AM
You guys are sleeping on Yeasayers Odd Blood. It came out in January, but it's so good. It's dancy, but artsy and precise. The songwriting can be silly, but it sounds so good, who cares?
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Neil on December 23, 2010, 02:09:31 AM
LCD soundsystem - This is happening
Black Keys- Brother (F U walrus the production is dynamite and it's the dirtiest rock that anyone is putting out - Hi-fi is the new lo-fi).
Vampire weekend - Contra (Diplomat's son and I think ur a contra are two of the best tracks of the year, i'm not bored, just wish it was a longer album).
National - High Violet
The Tallest man on earth -  The Wild Hunt  & Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird (EP) ( This guy is a fucking phenom, i would kill to be able to write songs as good as him).
She and him - Vol 2
Kid Cudi - 9     Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager     
Kanye West  - my dark twisted beautiful fantasy.  No one is making beats like this guy, his shit is raw and gritty as all get out.


Honorable mention :

Robert Plants new album
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
B.o.B - B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray
Eminem Recovery - now i think the beats on this album is bullshit and most of the hooks are lame as fuck.  Look out he inverted his hair color and now he's motivational.  His flow is undoubtedly one of the best out, this album is kinda bullshit to me. I can respect a guy growing up, but he should have included more dre beats.
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Reelist on December 23, 2010, 10:09:58 AM
that Kid Cudi album was garbage man, he's too coked up to make anything good anymore
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Neil on December 23, 2010, 12:39:24 PM
that Kid Cudi album was garbage man, he's too coked up to make anything good anymore

I guess I liked it.  Supposedly he's off the coke though, but who knows.  Glad you have an opinion too!
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on December 23, 2010, 01:53:29 PM
Black Keys- Brother (F U walrus the production is dynamite and it's the dirtiest rock that anyone is putting out - Hi-fi is the new lo-fi).

THAT'S ME!!! THAT'S MY NAME!  I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER WHEN I SAID I DIDN'T LIKE THAT SONG, BUT I DON'T, HE'S SO RIGHT!
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Reelist on December 23, 2010, 02:13:24 PM
You said this about the whole album.

This new Black Keys album was a definite disappointment to me.  I don't know if they're growing stale to me or if it's too overpolished or what, but it just seemed pretty weak.

I don't see where you're coming from about it being overpolished, but I could accept that you think they're growing stale. This is the first album of theirs that I found diggable and expanded on their sound. I'm assuming you've heard most of their stuff though so I can respect your opinion.



and Kid Cudi's just repeating everything about himself from the first album except it's not as deep or entertaining. He's gonna need to hit bottom so he can make a comeback before he'll be culturally relevant again
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Neil on December 23, 2010, 02:43:21 PM
The caps lock is what made your last post super funny walrus.   I am ROTFL.  Maybe it was the ignorance though, i must have missed the song called "brothers" on the album.  I heard the song "unknown brothers," maybe that's what you were talking about :)

To me, 'brothers' is the black keys.  Sure the production of this album is better than the others, and i know that really gets to lo-fi lovers like you wally but this album does expand them as a band.  The song writing is just as good if not better and the additions of other intstruments really makes it complete.  When i saw them back in June, it was way better than the previous shows i had gone to.  So it seems like their talent is getting better and so is their songwriting skills.  Brothers shows this.  The first 8 songs are fucking dynamite off the charts, then the album mellows you out.  one of the best of the year IMO.


As far as Cudi goes, he's the only one doing that kind of hip hop, so i enjoy the lack of dynamic in some of the sections.  It's very well produced but not typical in its song writing,  That's why i dig it.
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Stefen on December 23, 2010, 02:45:31 PM
I think Brothers is the best Black Keys album since Rubber Factory. I was a big fan of theirs early on and part of what I loved about them was their gritty production. When they started getting more polished, I didn't think it worked very well, but this is the first time where I think they put it all together and created something great.
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on December 23, 2010, 03:15:13 PM
I wasn't saying I didn't ever say that about the album, my observation was aimed more at why he remembered to offhandedly mention it.  Even after relistens, I still don't like it.  I'm not opposed to hi-fi stuff, but their new stuff just feels really glossy to me.  But I'm willing to accept that I'm just getting tired of their formula.

Anyway, let's not overlook john's list here, where he mentions a couple of my favorites that missed my list because I put mine together fairly hastily (it was more top loaded with stuff that I've either gotten around to listening to now or immediately sprang to mind because they blew me away.)

Still though, I gotta hand it to...


Of Montreal - False Priest

I like Of Montreal best when their in Prince freakout mode. Aggressively sexy walls of sound that don't stay in one place for too long. Add the production flourishes of Jon Brion and you have an album that never fails to make me want to shake my ass. Kevin Barnes alternates between sincerity and being full of shit, keeping me on my toes from start to finish.

Earlier this year, I saw Barnes sing a really emotive version of John Lennon's "Mother" with Bron accompanying him on piano. It was beautiful and vulnerable. Later in the year, I saw Barnes with full band, garish and sexual, covering a medley of Michael Jackson songs, complete with his own hype man engaging the crowd between songs. Barnes seemed equally comfortable with each persona, fragility and bravado, and it's exciting to see what personality he'll inhabit next.

...

Drive-By Truckers - The Big Do-To

Consummate storytellers. Like Flannery O'Connor with guitars. They craft a word that is richly cinematic and astutely realistic with every song. And they rock, too.


Haven't heard much of the others, but I'll check them out!
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: diggler on December 27, 2010, 01:07:00 AM
Of Montreal's album is probably the one I turned around on the most this past year. I haven't really liked anything of theirs since Sunlandic Twins and on first listen I hated False Priest but the more I listen to it the more it grows on me. The one two punch of Sex Karma>Girl Named Hello is a lot of fun.

my top ten for the year:

Twin Shadow - Forget
this got great reviews and was produced by one of the guys from Grizzly Bear but I didn't give it a chance until recently. Great songwriting all around and embraces that late'70s-early 80's nitch that I love but is rarely done well.

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Never listened to them before because I thought they were just another overrated hipster band, but this album has the goods. Sprawl II is the song every teenager wishes they could write.

Royksopp - Senior
Pretty much hated everything they've done since Melody AM, but this is a very patient, mature album. Norway kicks ass.

The Russian Futurists - The Weight's On The Wheels
This album got bashed around here but I think it features some of the most well written lyrics in years. Golden Years is the song every 35 year old wishes they could write

Four Tet - There is Love in You
This album does the impossible, making trip hop sound relevant and original again.

Caribou - Swim
I was turned off by this album at first because I loved the poppy psychedelic sound of Andorra so much and I felt like he was trying to sound too electronic and trendy on this one. After seeing him live over the summer I revisited the album and it hit me in a much different way. Kaili features one of those gorgeous melodic phrases that you never want to end.

Yeasayer - Odd Blood
Much more consistent than All Hour Cymbals and it features my favorite song of the year, I Remember

Sufjan Stevens - Age of Adz
All Delighted People came out and I hated it. This album came out and it blew my mind. Then, I listened to All Delighted People again and loved it to death. I don't know if that was his intention, but releasing All Delighted People and having it so coolly received helped soften the expectations of the "Big Illinois Followup" and allowed me to listen to the two pieces for what they were.

Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot
Because I enjoy the hippity hop too and this one was just so much more fun and effortless than the Kanye album.

!!! - Strange Weather, Isn't It?
I was really surprised to see this band bounce back so confidently after Jerry Fuchs' death. In my opinion, Fuchs WAS the band and his loss was a devastating one to dance music. Sporting tattoos on each arm saying "midi in" and "midi out", the man was an incomparable drummer, and there's a pretty good chance you've rocked out to his beats without even knowing it. I was going to put the LCD Soundsystem album here but fuck that shit, you already know that album's good. Give this one another shot.


edit: can't believe I forgot about Deerhunter and Everything Everything. I've listened to those two albums so much they feel older than they are. I especially love that this exists: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XopZEKLoBFc
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: modage on December 28, 2010, 06:49:21 PM
If someone had told me a year ago that my favorite album of 2010 would be Beach House, I wouldnít have believed them. Until this year they were a band I could only listen to for a few songs at a time before getting bored and switching to something else. That all changed on the bandís third album, Teen Dream, which leaked around this time last year and went into heavy rotation soon after. During the last 12 months it held itís own against albums by many of my favorite bands, some of which didnít even get a spot on this list.  So with much competition, here are my favorite albums of 2010.

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1. Beach House - Teen Dream
Favorite Tracks: Silver Soul, Walk In The Park, Take Care

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2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Favorite Tracks: City With No Children, We Used To Wait, Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

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3. Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me
Favorite Tracks: Ď81, Good Intentions Paving Company, Baby Birch, On A Good Day, In California, Soft As Chalk

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4. The National - High Violet
Favorite Tracks: Afraid Of Anyone, Bloodbuzz Ohio, Conversation 16

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5. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Favorite Tracks: Monster, Hell Of A Life, Lost In The World

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6. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Favorite Tracks: Revival, Desire Lines, Coronado

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7. Surfer Blood - Astrocoast
Favorite Tracks: Floating Vibes, Slow Jabroni, Catholic Pagans

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8. Spoon - Transference
Favorite Tracks: The Mystery Zone, I Saw The Light, Nobody Gets Me But You

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9. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
Favorite Tracks: Dance Yrself Clean, All I Want, I Can Change

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10. MGMT - Congratulations
Favorite Tracks: Itís Working, Song For Dan Treacy, Flash Delirium

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11. Wolf Parade - Expo 86
Favorite Tracks: Little Golden Age, Ghost Pressure, Pobodyís Nerfect

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12. The Morning Benders - Big Echo
Favorite Tracks: Cold War, Hand Me Downs, Stitches

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13. The New Pornographers - Together
Favorite Tracks: Moves, Crash Years, We End Up Together

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14. Jenny and Johnny - Iím Having Fun Now
Favorite Tracks: My Pet Snakes, Animal, Straight Edge Of The Blade

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15. Best Coast - Crazy For You
Favorite Tracks: Crazy For You, Our Deal, I Want To

Notable: Girl Talk, The Hold Steady, Wavves, Grinderman, The Black Keys, Interpol, Les Savy Fav, The Walkmen, Belle & Sebastian, Sufjan Stevens, Sleigh Bells, Vampire Weekend, Magnetic Fields.
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: tpfkabi on December 28, 2010, 11:32:00 PM
You guys are sleeping on Yeasayers Odd Blood. It came out in January, but it's so good.
i can't get into the voice. i can only describe it as whiny emo 80's english all combined.

of montreal has also tested me. i can only come up with that it's when he's trying to sing in high falsetto a la prince and the fact that he does it so much on this album. coquette has the vocals he's known for and it was instantly good to me. then there is a big piano ballad towards the end that seems to end right before it could get epic.

really surprised how much mia's stock fell. her last two records were huge in a critical sense and pineapple really blew her up. she performed pregnant on the grammys, status high as ever, hinted no more music. maya comes out and virtually disappears soon after. i like it more than kala and it has some catchy potential radio singles. maybe she blew it with the non-tv friendly born free video?
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on January 02, 2011, 12:06:54 PM
You guys are sleeping on Yeasayers Odd Blood. It came out in January, but it's so good. It's dancy, but artsy and precise. The songwriting can be silly, but it sounds so good, who cares?

Amen. I love that album to death, and it's held up throughout the year. I haven't seen that on nearly enough 2010 lists (in fact, barely any).

On that note... We need more lists here! I'm having trouble finishing mine. Just need to discover a couple more great albums. For some reason I've had a hard time getting into most of the general favorites this year. I'm getting easily bored.
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Alexandro on January 02, 2011, 12:54:56 PM
You guys are sleeping on Yeasayers Odd Blood. It came out in January, but it's so good.
i can't get into the voice. i can only describe it as whiny emo 80's english all combined.

of montreal has also tested me. i can only come up with that it's when he's trying to sing in high falsetto a la prince and the fact that he does it so much on this album. coquette has the vocals he's known for and it was instantly good to me. then there is a big piano ballad towards the end that seems to end right before it could get epic.

really surprised how much mia's stock fell. her last two records were huge in a critical sense and pineapple really blew her up. she performed pregnant on the grammys, status high as ever, hinted no more music. maya comes out and virtually disappears soon after. i like it more than kala and it has some catchy potential radio singles. maybe she blew it with the non-tv friendly born free video?

I haven't even listened to the album...
anybody has a link?
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Gamblour. on January 02, 2011, 03:39:50 PM
10. Spoon - Transference
9. Everything Everything - Man Alive
8. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
7. Sleigh Bells - Treats
6. Fang Island - s/t
5. The Drums - s/t
4. LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening
3. The Radio Dept. - Clinging to a Scheme
2. Beach House - Teen Dream
1. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: tpfkabi on January 03, 2011, 04:23:22 PM
here's a list i made to try and get to a top 10 list. whether or not i ever will is yet to be seen. i liked most of these

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Avey Tare - Down There
Beach House - Teen Dream
Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love
The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
Big Boi - Sir Lucious Leftfoot...The Son of Chico Dusty
The Black Keys - Brothers
Broken Bells
Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
Caribou - Swim
Johnny Cash - American VI: Ain't No Grave
Clinic - Bubblegum
Cotton Jones - Tall Hours in the Glowstream
Dark Night of the Soul (on some 2009 lists/official release 2010)
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Dr Dog - Shame, Shame
Eels - End Times
Eels - Tomorrow Morning
Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM (US release 2010/Europe 2009)
Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
Greenberg OST - James Murphy & others
Fran Healy - Wreckorder
The Instruments of Science & Technology - Music for Paradise Armor
Interpol
Jenny & Johnny - I'm Having Fun Now
lalagray - Devil's Nest
LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening
Liars - Sisterworld
Jason Lytle - Music to Accompany the Art of Ron Cameron (self release)
The Magnetic Fields - Realism
MGMT - Congratulations
MIA - Maya
Midlake - The Courage of Others
The National - High Violet
The New P nographers - Together
of Montreal - False Priest
Phil Selway - Familial
She & Him - Volume 2
Spoon - Transference
Starflyer 59 - The Changing of the Guard
Stone Temple Pilots
Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
Teenage Fanclub - Shadows
Vampire Weekend - Contra
The Walkmen - Lisbon
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Wolf Parade - Expo 86
Yeasayer - Odd Blood

Don't Have/Interested In:
Stereolab - Not Music/lead singer's solo project
Admiral Radley - collaboration of Grandaddy/Earlimart members
Girls EP
Sufjan Stevens EP
Ryan Adams - 3/4

records i keep hearing about, but nothing i heard/haven't heard has made me buy their record yet/or there is just too much music out there for me to hear allllll of  it.
best coast
surfer blood
sleigh bells
titus andronicus
wavves
weezer
local natives
dum dum girls
girl talk
daft punk/tron
ariel pink
high places
smashing pumpkins
no age
kid cudi
janelle monae
blonde redhead
owen pallett
brian eno

older music/reissues new in 2010:
paul mccartney & wings - band on the run deluxe edition
bob dylan - witmark demos

miscellaneous:
3" cd subscription club, Laminar Excursion Monthly
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on January 03, 2011, 07:34:25 PM
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1. Everything Everything ó Man Alive
Favorite tracks: My Keys, Your Boyfriend; NASA Is On Your Side



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2. Yeasayer ó Odd Blood
Favorite tracks: Ambling Alp, I Remember



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3. Buke and Gass ó Riposte
Favorite tracks: Sleep Gets Your Ghost, Medulla Oblongata



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4. Minus the Bear ó Omni
Favorite tracks: Excuses, Animal Backwards



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5. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger ó Acoustic Sessions
Favorite tracks: Robot Boy, Lavender Road



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6. Ratatat ó LP4
Favorite tracks: Neckbrace, Party With Children



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7. Jaga Jazzist ó One-Armed Bandit
Favorite tracks: Banafleur Overalt, One-Armed Bandit



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8. Rogue Wave ó Permalight
Favorite tracks: We Will Make A Song Destroy, You Have Boarded



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9. Jeremy Messersmith ó The Reluctant Graveyard
Favorite tracks: Dillinger Eyes, Organ Donor



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10. The Chemical Brothers ó Further
Favorite tracks: Another World, Snow
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on January 03, 2011, 07:34:45 PM
BEST OF THE REST
(songs from albums not in my top ten)
Preview at iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewIMix?id=412921340&s=143441)

1. "Voicething" by Goldfrapp
2. "Jardin Du Luxembourg" by The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger
3. "Mirrorage" by Glasser
4. "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" by Arcade Fire
5. "Quick Escapes" by Versant
6. "Heard It On the Radio" by The Bird and the Bee
7. "Nightcall" by Kavinsky
8. "Colouring of Pigeons" by The Knife
9. "Under the Sheets" by Ellie Goulding
10. "Induco" by Midnight Juggernauts
11. "Beautiful People" by The Books
12. "And This Is What We Call Progress" by The Besnard Lakes
13. "Wishing He Was Dead" by The Like
14. "On Melancholy Hill" by Gorillaz
15. "I Saw The Dead" by Villagers
16. "Shallow Grave" by The Birthday Massacre
17. "Star Scat" by Caravan Palace
18. "Head First" by Goldfrapp
19. "Bodies" by Cee Lo Green
20. "Don't Do It" by Sharon Van Etten
21. "Get Out" by Circa Survive
22. "Saturday Come Slow" by Massive Attack
23. "Night" by Zola Jesus
24. "Boy Lilikoi" by Jůnsi
25. "Down By the Water" by The Decemberists
26. "Dancing On My Own" by Robyn
27. "Bike" by Hotrats
28. "Summer Mood" by Best Coast
29. "Hunt" by Goldfrapp
30. "Tightrope" by Janelle MonŠe
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Pozer on January 03, 2011, 10:54:21 PM
cant believe all you so-called music freaks are leaving out Brooklyn Philharmonic - It's Just Not Done.

:oops:: whoopsies came out in '09 (http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=10080.msg281768#msg281768 date=1254319925)
Title: Re: So Far This Year 2010 (LP Version)
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on January 09, 2011, 01:32:33 PM
Arone of Buke and Gass describing their sound:

It's the exuberant heartbeat of a newly retired schoolhouse janitor (no offense) riding the back of a strong and determined racehorse as it gracefully hurdles through scenes, such as a serene rose-petaled puddle, or a group of surprised topless sun-beat-beach-goers, or a pitchfork and flame-bearing mob blood-hungry for the rabbit who stole all their carrots and cabbage the day before some big holiday. Musically.

I agree.