Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Best of 2010

2010 was another great year for music, with some phenomenal albums released across a number of genre's as diverse as Indie, Hip-Hop, Folk, Electro, Metal, Alternative, Blues Rock and, um, Ethereal R&B. Here are my pick of the 30 best full-lengths of the year, as well as some other debut's of note and short format efforts:

Full-lengths

30. Big K.R.I.T. - K.R.I.T. Wuz Here
29. Chiodos - Illuminaudio
28. How To Dress Well - Love Remains
27. Bring Me The Horizon - There Is A Hell Believe Me I've Seen It, There Is A Heaven Let's Keep It A Secret (Listen)
26. The Black Keys - Brothers (Listen)
25. The Morning Benders - Big Echo (Listen
24. Tokyo Police Club - Champ (Listen)
23. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz 
22. The Damned Things - Ironiclast (Listen)
21. Four Year Strong - Enemy of the World (Listen)
20. Foals - Total Life Forever (Listen)
19. Straight Lines - Persistence in this Game (Listen)
18. Band of Horses - Infinite Arms (Listen)
17. Twin Shadow - Forget (Listen)
16. Warpaint - The Fool (Listen)
15. Deftones - Diamond Eyes (Listen)
14. Delorean - Subiza (Listen)
13. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record (Listen)
12. Wolf Parade -Expo 86
11. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

10. Broken Bells - Broken Bells (Listen)











9. Yeasayer - Odd Blood (Listen)











8. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor (Listen)











7. Menomena - Mines (Listen)
 










6. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles II (Listen)











5. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast (Listen)











4. The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt (Listen)











3. The National - High Violet (Listen)











2. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot; The Son of Chico Dusty (Listen)











1. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs











So not too many surprises at number 1....hardly the most outlandish call I've ever made. But a great album is a great album, and The Suburbs sees arguably the best band of our generation at the top of their game. The lack of too many other Hip-Hop albums in my top 30 should illustrate just how good Son of Chico Dusty.... is, High Violet is no Boxer but that speaks more about the latter than it does the former, and The Wild Hunt is particularly impressive when you consider that Kristian Matsson is the only guy behind the project. Astro Coast was my favorite debut album of the year, Crystal Castles II was a more consistent effort than CC's first and the diversity of tracks on show is commendable to say the least, Mines is an engaging listen with a few standout tracks in particular ousting it to number 7, Gorilla Manor and Odd Blood are the two finest examples of the common Tropical influence on Indie music this year, while Broken Bells shows two of the more talented dudes in music combining to great effect.    

Other noteable debut's

Delphic - Acolyte
Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History
Free Energy - Stuck On Nothing
Pulled Apart By Horses - Pulled Apart By Horses
Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid
The Hundred In The Hands - The Hundred In The Hands

EP's

10. Tangled Hair - First
9. Alexisonfire - Dog's Blood
8. Overthrow - A Ghost In The Machine
7. Cold War Kids - Behave Yourself
6. Blonde Summer - Eleganza
5. Millionyoung - Be So True
4. Fan Death - A Coin For The Well
3. Lord Huron - Mighty
2. Pretty Lights - Spilling Over Every Side & Making Up A Changing Mind
1. Bravestation - 2010

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Dirty Gold


Continuing wih the sunshine vibe which is for whatever reason permeating through my Tuesday listening and, subsequently, posting - allow me to introduce San Diego's Dirty Gold, and more specifically their track California Sunrise. Such an awesome, chill vibe incorporating elements of Surf, Indie, and Afropop, with an accompanying video that pans out just how you'd want it to. Apparently they've been snapped up by Aquarium Drunkard's Autumn Tones Records....exciting times ahead for these young lads.

Dirty Gold - California Sunrise



Jonquil


Dovecote Records are streaming Oxford Tropical Indie boys Jonquil's new mini album via the stream below. Highly recommended for fan of Foals (I seem to be saying that about every second band these days....) and Little Comets in particular. Or just really anyone who fancies a smile on this dreary winter day.