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Best of 2010 (Part Four)

20)The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards. To many, The Dead Weather will always be a mere side project for Jack White of The White Stripes. That's too bad, because TDW is a great band in its own right, and the music on Sea of Cowards (the band's second album) deserves far more attention than just that from White Stripes completists. White plays drums in this band, and shares vocal duties with Alison Mosshart (of the criminally under-appreciated band The Kills). The songs are bluesy and strange, and clearly owe a debt to the late Captain Beefheart. At the rate he is going now, if Jack White keeps releasing great records with both The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs, fans may start to consider The White Stripes the side project.
19)Surfer Blood - Astro Coast. Talk about a band coming out of nowhere! I saw these Floridians last Spring as the opening act for Mission of Burma, and was shocked at how freakin' young they looked. No one looked older than 18. But the music they make - a…

Top 50 Albums of 2010 (25-1)

25) The Futureheads - The Chaos (Dovecote)
24) School Seven Bells - Disconnect From Desire (Vagrant)
23) The New Pornographers - Together (Matador)
22) Neil Young - Le Noise (Reprise)
21) The Bird and the Bee - Interpreting the Masters Vol 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates (Blue Note)
20) The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards (Third Man/Warner Bros)
19) Surfer Blood - Astro Coast (Kanine)
18) Harlem - Hippies (Matador)
17) The Thermals - Personal Life (Kill Rock Stars)
16) Les Savy Fav - Root For Ruin (Frenchkiss)
15) Band of Horses - Infinite Arms (Columbia)
14) Beach House - Teen Dream (Sub Pop)
13) Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul (Capitol)
12) Vampire Weekend - Contra (XL)
11) The Walkmen - Lisbon (Fat Possum)
10) The Black Keys - Brothers (Nonesuch)
09) It's True - It's True (self released)
08) Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (Merge)
07) The Hot Rats - Turn Ons (Fat Possum)
06) Spoon - Transference (Merge)
05) Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Beat The Devil's Tattoo (Vag…

Best of 2010 (Part Three)

30)Interpol - Interpol. Though there are many out there who have written off anything by Interpol after the debut album, Turn On the Bright Lights, for the rest of us, Interpol has continued to churn out some of the best post-punk indie rock of the 21 century. After a brief, one album experience with Capitol Records, Interpol has returned to its indie roots and released the new record on Matador Records. I highly doubt that had anything to do with the songs, but it may have something to do with the somewhat flat sound of the record. Flatness aside, with Interpol, the band has crafted another strong collection that rewards its listeners the more they play it. Don't believe the hype, Interpol is still a great band.
29)The Sword - Warp Riders. The Sword is an excellent metal band from Austin, TX. Fortunately, this band ignores pretty much every current trend in the metal world, and delivers a collection of what used to be called "doom" or "stoner" metal. Black Sabb…

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Best of 2010 (Part Two)

40)The National - High Violet. For their fifth album, The National is not exactly breaking any new ground. The songs are generally slow and somber, the vocals are emotional and deliberate, and the playing is tasteful and intricate. In other words, High Violet is just like every other album by The National. Still, if you like every other album by The National, there is no reason why you wouldn't like this one. It seems the record did not get as much attention as the average National record would, so the label re-released it last month in an expanded form. Check out that version if you don't already own the CD.
39)Azure Ray - Drawing Down the Moon. The lovely ladies of Azure Ray have returned for their first new album in seven years with Drawing Down the Moon. The record begins right where the last one left off, and all of the same people are involved in the making of this one as the last one (i.e. Eric Bachmann as producer). Azure Ray's mellow tales of loves lost require you…

Best of 2010 (Part One)

50)Paul Weller - Wake Up the Nation. The legendary former leader of two of the UK's biggest bands of the 70s and 80s (The Jam and The Style Council), Paul Weller, has changed things up a bit with his latest solo release. Wake Up the Nation is a loosely constructed concept record that displays Weller's views on the numerous changes that have taken place in England over the last few decades. It is not overtly political, it is more social and economic changes that he is singing about. This is not Weller's best solo work, but it is still quite good.
49)Local Natives - Gorilla Manor. It is far too simple to say that LA's Local Natives are like Vampire Weekend. They both share an affection for afropop, and both use it in their music. But Local Natives' songs are generally slower, and seem more musically complex than Vampire Weekend. To me, they are more like Grizzly Bear. Gorilla Manor is an impressive debut, and I look forward to hearing where this band takes its music.
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Top 50 Albums of 2010 (50-26)

50) Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation (Yep Roc)
49) Local Natives - Gorilla Manor (French Kiss)
48) Versus - On the Ones and Threes (Merge)
47) Dum Dum Girls - I Will Be (Sub Pop)
46) Girl In a Coma - Adventures in Coverland (Blackheart)
45) Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo (Sub Pop)
44) Devo - Something For Everybody (Warner Bros)
43) Robert Plant - Band of Joy
42) The Corin Tucker Band - 1,000 Years (Kill Rock Stars)
41) Matt & Kim - Sidewalks (Fader)
40) The National - High Violet (4AD)
39) Azure Ray - Drawing Down the Moon (Saddle Creek)
38) Murder By Death - Good Morning, Magpie (Jagjaguwar)
37) We Are Scientists - Barbara (Masterswan)
36) The Mynabirds - What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (Saddle Creek)
35) M.I.A. - MAYA (XL/Interscope)
34) No Age - Everything In Between (Sub Pop)
33) The Gay Blades - Savages (Triple Crown)
32) Kele - The Boxer (Glassnote)
31) Sleigh Bells - Treats (Mom + Pop)
30) Interpol - Interpol (Matador)
29) The Sword - Warp Riders (Kemado)
28) Various Artists - The Twil…

Playlist 12.05.2010

The Postmarks - "7-11" from By The Numbers; Unfiltered
Versus - "Invincible Hero" from On the Ones and Threes; Merge
The Morning Benders - "All Day Day Light" from Big Echo; Rough Trade
Surfer Blood - "Swim" from Astro Coast; Kanine
Interpol - "Barricade" from Interpol; Matador
LCD Soundsystem - "You Wanted a Hit" from This is Happening; DFA
The Black Keys - "Chop and Change" from Twilight Saga: Eclipse; Atlantic
The Mynabirds - "All I Want Is Truth (For Christmas)" from All I Want Is Truth (For Christmas); Saddle Creek
The Mynabirds - "What We Gained in the Fire" from What We Lose in the Fire...; Saddle Creek
Jenny and Johnny - "Big Wave" from I'm Having Fun Now; Warner Bros
Spoon - "Written In Reverse" from Transference; Merge
The New Pornographers - "Your Hands (Together)" from Together; Matador
The Thermals - "I Don't Believe You" from Personal Life; Kill R…