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Old 01-05-2011, 04:37 PM   #76
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His album this year was very good.
I am...sampling... it now
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1. The National - High Violet (13)
2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (11)
3. Shearwater - Golden Archipelago (10)
4. Midlake - The Courage Of Others (8)
5. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks (7)
6. Surfer Blood - Astrocoast (7)
7. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest (7)
8. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot The Son Of Chico Dusty (7)
9. The Walkmen - Lisbon (6)
10. The Black Keys - Brothers (5)
11.Twin Shadow - Forget (5)
12.Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer (5)
13.Hot Chip - One Life Stand (3)
14.Broken Bells - Broken Bells (3)
15.Beach House - Teen Dream (3)

A few others that almost made the cut:

16.New Pornographers - Together
17.The Morning Benders - Big Echo
18.Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From A Young Man
19.LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
20.Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
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18.Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From A Young Man
Crap, I completely forgot they had another one come out! I never even heard a song from it!

Nice list, man.
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Thanks, yeah these lists are hard to come up with. Looking at it there's already a couple albums I forgot to mention...Four Tet, Massive Attack, BRMC, No Age, etc, etc.

My biggest disappointments of 2010 were:

Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
Spoon - Transference

I couldn't decide where to put Sufjan, and ended up just leaving it off. I liked the LP and EP for the most part, but they just don't seem on par with his earlier stuff. Whatever...it still may grow on me.
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Honorable Mentions:
25. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
24. Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
23. Jonsi – Go
22. Pretty Lights – Glowing in the Darkest Night
21. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
20. The Roots – How I Got Over
19. Joanna Newsom – Have One on Me
18. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
17. The Morning Benders – Big Echo
16. Cee-Lo Green – The Lady Killer


Top Fifteen


15. Los Campesinos! – Romance Is Boring


For a while there I developed an involuntary distaste to Los Campesinos! solely because they canceled their gig at Penn State to play in New York instead. But when I returned to this album, it was still very strong. It’s definitely my favorite of theirs from front to back.


Best Tracks: The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future // There Is a Flag. There Is No Wind


14. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty


It looks like it should be too long but it’s surprisingly consistent. I’ve still not really explored Outkast, but I’m stunned that he’s the less famous of the two, because this is really solid.


Best Tracks: Shutterbugg // Shine Blockas


13. Sun Airway – Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier


I really only followed this recommendation from Impy because he said they were from Philly, but it was a good one. They take the same atmospheric approach Animal Collective took on Merriweather Post Pavilion but direct in a manner employed by dream pop acts. The combination is odd but the results are effective. If that makes sense, please tell me, because reading that back to myself makes me think I’m insane.


Best Tracks: American West // Shared Piano


12. Fang Island – Fang Island


Fast beats, guitars, and the most fun I had listening to a record all year.


Best Tracks: Sideswiper // Welcome Wagon


11. Twin Shadow – Forget


The bass and drum sounds remind me of Cut Copy, which is another thing that seems crazy to the outsider (in reference to my mind). The atmosphere in this album is fantastic and it still retains a catchiness.


Best Tracks: Yellow Balloon // Castles in the Snow


10. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor


It’s apparently supposed to be a concept album, but the only way you’d notice that is by listening to snippets of speeches in at the beginnings of some of the tracks. The album rocks. THE ENEMY IS EVERYWHERE.


Best Tracks: A More Perfect Union // The Battle of Hampton Roads


9. Warpaint – The Fool


Great harmonies, an all girl band, catchy songs … why is this not GAF’s number one album of the year?


Best Tracks: Warpaint // Shadows


8. Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid


Strikingly consist, this one is. I still can’t separate all the tracks, but that’s mostly due to the consistency of the album rather than a sameness.


Best Tracks: Locked Inside // Tightrope


7. The New Pornographers – Together


No “track of the year” candidates but about as consistent as any album this year. I’ve never heard a New Pornographers album before this but I think I need to look back at some of their older albums now. Because I’m feeling Byzantine, guys.


Best Tracks: Crash Years // Sweet Talk/Sweet Talk


6. Beach House – Teen Dream


My biggest music crush right now is Victoria Legrand.


Best Tracks: Zebra // Walk in the Park // 10 Mile Stereo


5. The Black Keys – Brothers


The White Stripes now have competition for my favorite bluesy rock band. What a set of songs this album is.


Best Tracks: Tighten Up // She’s Long Gone


4. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs


I’m not as big a fan of Win Butler’s lyrics as others, but it’s undeniable that this is still just a good album. If they cut a few tracks in the middle out, this might have been higher, that’s how good most of it is.


Best Tracks: The Suburbs // Ready to Start // Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)


3. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


This is the best hip-hop album I’ve ever heard. Admittedly, that’s not a ton, but it’s enough to say that that statement means this album is phenomenal.


Best Tracks: Power // All of the Lights // So Appalled


2. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening


The best LCD Soundsystem album from front to back. I’m convinced James Murphy can do no wrong.


Best Tracks: Dance Yrself Clean // I Can Change // Home


1. The National – High Violet


This isn’t even my favorite album by this band. They’re operating on a plane no other music act can compete on right now.


Point Distribution
1. The National - High Violet (14)
2. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening (13)
3. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (11)
4. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (10)
5. The Black Keys - Brothers (9)
6. Beach House - Teen Dream (9)
7. The New Pornographers - Together (6)
8. Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid (5)
9. Warpaint - The Fool (5)
10. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor (5)
11. Twin Shadow - Forget (4)
12. Fang Island - Fang Island (3)
13. Sun Airway - Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier (2)
14. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (2)
15. Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring (2)


Best Songs
  • The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
  • Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
  • LCD Soundsystem – Dance Yrself Clean
  • Beach House – Walk in the Park
  • The National – Terrible Love [Alternate Version]
  • Cee-Lo Green – Bright Lights Bigger City
  • Kanye West – All of the Lights
  • LCD Soundsystem – Home
  • Beach House – Zebra
  • Kanye West (feat. Dwele) – Power
  • Deerhunter – Desire Lines
  • Titus Andronicus – A More Perfect Union
  • Los Campesinos! – There Is a Flag. There Is No Wind
  • The Black Keys – Tighten Up
  • Big Boi (feat. Cutty) – Shutterbugg
  • Beach House – 10 Mile Stereo
  • The Morning Benders – All Day Day Light
  • Fang Island – Sideswiper
  • Titus Andronicus – The Battle of Hampton Roads
  • LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change
  • Beach House – Silver Soul
  • The National – Afraid of Everyone
  • Shearwater – Black Eyes
  • Arcade Fire – Ready to Start
  • The Roots (feat. John Legend) – The Fire
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Just on my #1 pick for best non-2010 album, Aquemini. It is very quickly becoming one of my favourite albums, like ever. Such an addictive, bewitching listen. Slump is incredible, hard to frown when that song is on. Lemel, if you have anything written up on it somewhere on the internet, I'd love to read it cos I'm not real good when it comes to writing about hip-hop.
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Old 01-06-2011, 12:25 PM   #82
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I’ve never heard a New Pornographers album before this but I think I need to look back at some of their older albums now.
Best pure pop band in indie right now, IMO.

YouTube - The New Pornographers - Sing Me Spanish Techno

YouTube - Electric Version by New Pornographers (Snow Party)

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Just on my #1 pick for best non-2010 album, Aquemini. It is very quickly becoming one of my favourite albums, like ever. Such an addictive, bewitching listen. Slump is incredible, hard to frown when that song is on. Lemel, if you have anything written up on it somewhere on the internet, I'd love to read it cos I'm not real good when it comes to writing about hip-hop.
I sadly do not, but I easily could. It IS my favorite hip-hop album of all time, and I'm glad to see you mention Slump. Criminally underrated track.
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:18 PM   #84
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Philly, you get also get a for the ArchAndroid selection. Oh, and for a solid overall list.

For some reason, blasphemous and jaded-hipster though it may be, now that The National are everywhere, I'm just not into them like I used to be. That said, I've always gone through periods with them of a lot of listening, and then none at all for an extended time, so no biggie. I really enjoyed Alligator, and then got really into them when Boxer came out, saw them 3 times. Since then they've taken everyone by storm with hyperbole in great supply and my National-attention span has lessened. But yeah, as solid as all their albums are (including High Violet, which has individual songs that probably best their entire back catalog), the substance is for me, but in music terms Boxer remains my favorite, those horns . OK I'm rambling and surely irritating their cult.

I'm getting closer to making my list, they'll be on it, somewhere in the middle, but man, now I'm hearing National tracks on network sitcoms, I'm glad they've found success and I'm not calling them sellouts or anything cliche like that, it's just that that seems kind of, you know out of place. They were esoteric for a decade, and their sound is low-key, not something you'd expect as montage-backing music on a happy-dappy sitcom. Ahhh, I rambled again.

Edit, on second thought, the reason for my periodic listening may be (beyond often swapping genres and artists) that I always think of their sound as autumnal, despite having first heard them in the summer, .
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I've mentioned before that I am BIG into The National in the summer, and then it tapers off in the fall until I barely listen to them at all in the winter. I have no idea why that happens. Can't think of any other band that happens for me with.
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I haven't stopped listening to The National at all since I first got recommended to them in summer 2009.

And I've never heard one of their songs on a TV show. Though I admittedly watch limited amounts of TV.
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I couldn't tell you what show it was, something on ABC I think, it was just the other day, I was walking through the kitchen and someone had left the TV on and I heard one of their songs, a Boxer track, and I was shocked.

Also bono_212, how weird is it you have a similar situation?
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My perception of The National is not that they're popular, though. Among legitimate music fans? Absolutely. They're quite prevalent amongst people who follow new music. But they're completely unknown amongst the "general public," if you will. I can't imagine any band overexposing themselves to me unless they get to that stage. None of my friends have ever heard of The National beyond me referencing them.
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Also bono_212, how weird is it you have a similar situation?
More than anything makes me think I must not be alone on this one lol.

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My perception of The National is not that they're popular, though. Among legitimate music fans? Absolutely. They're quite prevalent amongst people who follow new music. But they're completely unknown amongst the "general public," if you will. I can't imagine any band overexposing themselves to me unless they get to that stage. None of my friends have ever heard of The National beyond me referencing them.
The one and only time I ever had an opportunity to recommend them to someone, he'd already had a friend recommend them to him as well, and this is not a guy who, by any stretch of the imagination listens to what you'd consider "Legitimate" music.
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Yeah obviously they aren't everywhere in the way U2 is (though that never bothered me, it's been that way my whole life, and I have a much deeper emotional connection with U2's music than I do any other artist), but everywhere in the indie music world, and I guess combined with the fact that High Violet didn't topple Boxer, or many other records I heard this year, I did gain a bit of cognitive dissonance towards them this year.

Funny though, they've been huge in the Boston music scene for a number of years now, you hear them in bars all the time, on campuses, people get really excited for their shows, etc. And this is going back awhile now. I'm not really sure why they've been known around here, I could understand if they were locals, but they aren't.
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