Posted in music | tour dates on November 30, 2010

by Bill Pearis

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Like every other UK music mag, MOJO published their Top Albums of 2010 list today. Your first reaction to their Album of the Year might be "Who is John Grant?" After hearing him you're likely to say "How have I not heard this before?"

Former frontman of The Czars, John Grant's solo debut, Queen of Denmark, came out back in April and features Midlake as his backing band. No surprise given the musicians involved, Queen of Denmark has a lush '70s sound somewhere between The Carpenters and Harry Nilsson (who he uncannily sounds like at times) with some pretty heavy lyrical themes. A little more info courtesy The Guardian:

Queen of Denmark is all about the 41-year-old Grant finally coming to terms with who he is. It's also the word-of-mouth hit of 2010, the ecstatic reviews that greeted its gentle soft rock melodies and grimly sardonic lyrics followed by a nomination for best breakthrough act at the Mojo awards earlier this month. Made with the assistance of acclaimed Texan folk rockers Midlake, who lent him their studio and nursed him through his emotional wobbles, it's offering Grant a first real chance of success: his previous band, the Czars, split in 2004 after struggling to muster even cult appeal. Text-book catharsis, Queen of Denmark manages to be frank, funny and sweet - much like Grant himself - while considering the origins of its author's crippled self-esteem. Growing up gay in a religious family in the midwest didn't help, nor did alcohol and drug abuse, nor difficulties in maintaining relationships. In fact, it was the demise of his most recent romantic entanglement that nudged him over the edge last autumn.
You can stream the whole of Queen of Denmark at the bottom of this post via a widget and I highly suggest you do. And you can go see him live. Grant (minus Midlake) starts his first headlining tour next week, with two stops in NYC: an early show at Mercury Lounge on December 8 and The Rock Shop on December 11.

All John Grant tour dates, the streaming player and video for "I Wanna Go to Mars," plus MOJO's entire Top 50 Albums of 2010 list are after the jump.

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Mojo

John Grant - I Wanna Go to Marz

John Grant: Portrait of the Artist


John Grant - Queen of Denmark

John Grant - 2010 Tour Dates
12/4 Chicago, IL Schuba's Tavern
12/6 Toronto, ON Music Gallery
12/8 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
12/10 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live Upstairs
12/11 Brooklyn, NY The Rock Shop
12/15 San Francisco, CA Swedish American Hall
12/16 Los Angeles, CA Gene Autry Museum, Heritage Court
12/17 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
12/18 Seattle, WA High Dive
12/19 Vancouver, BC The Media Club

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MOJO - Top 50 Albums of 2010
1 John Grant - Queen of Denmark
2 Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
3 MGMT - Congratulations
4 Edwyn Collins - Losing Sleep
5 The Black Keys - Brothers
6 Paul Weller - Wakes Up The Nation
7 Midlake - The Courage of Others
8 Phosphorescent - Here's To Taking It Easy
9 The Coral - Butterfly House
10 Doug Paisley - Constant Companion
11 Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
12 Mavis Staples - You Are Not Alone
13 Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me
14 Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From A Young Man
15 Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo
16 Aerial Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
17 Roots Manuva meets Wrongtom - Duppy Writer
18 Caribou - Swim
19 Rumer - Seasons of My Soul
20 Grinderman - Grinderman 2
21 Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Hawk
22 Sam Amidon - I See The Sign
23 Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings - I Learned The Hard Way
24 The Jim Jones Revue - Burning Your House Down
25 Foals - Total Life Forever
26 Gorrilaz - Plastic Beach
27 Field Music - Field Music (Measure)
28 DangerMouse and Sparklehorse - Dark Night of The Soul
29 Gill Scott-Heron - I'm New Here
30 Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid
31 Neil Young - Le Noise
32 Robert Plant - Band of Joy
33 The Roots - How I Got Over You
34 Villagers - Becoming A Jackal
35 M.I.A. - // / Y /
36 LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
37 Teenage Fanclub - Shadows
38 Gonjasufi - A Sufi And A Killer
39 Wyatt, Atzmon, Stephens - For The Ghosts Within
40 Eli Paperboy Reed - Come and Get It
41 Tom Jones - Praise and Blame
42 Kelley Soltz - To Dreamers
43 The Besnard Lakes - Are The Roaring Night
44 Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
45 Roky Erickson with Okkervil River - True Love Cast Out All Evil
46 Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back
47 Jane Weaver & Septieme Souer - The Fallen By Watch Bird
48 John Legend & The Roots- Wake Up!
49 Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate - Ali & Toumani
50 Matthew Dear - Black City

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Comments (68)

whhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaat????

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 2:30 PM

LIST OVERLOAD.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 2:33 PM

about time! an incredible record

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 2:34 PM

terrible year for music

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 2:34 PM

An american artist criminally ignored in his own country recognised at last!!! thank you Mojo> cant wait to see him on these american dates!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 2:42 PM

2:34 you need to listen to different artist then..good stuff out there just search for it!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 2:43 PM

needs Menomena and Superchunk

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 2:43 PM

So did none of these magazines hear "The Monitor", or what?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 2:45 PM

35 M.I.A. - // / Y /
36 LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening


^what.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 3:05 PM

Peter Gabriel in his MTV heyday would of absolutely went to town with "Down There"...

Posted by EnoForReal | November 30, 2010 3:06 PM

OOOHHHHWWWWOOOOHHHHOOOOO BABY!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 3:25 PM

This is closer to my list than most others, but I still can't see how anyone thinks there are 50 better albums this year than the Monitor.

Posted by Seitz | November 30, 2010 3:28 PM

Pitchfork hates this list.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 3:54 PM

I love you Mojo, I really do. But, what the fook is this sheeeeyaaate!?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 4:00 PM

why you no pick Black Angels?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 4:21 PM

no offense to Mr. John Grant, but Kanye West has made the finest album in all the history of all of the world.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 5:32 PM

the brits really do heart this CSNY/fleet foxes/christopher cross vibe. I smell a doom metal backlash!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 5:48 PM

SUCH an overrated album. Some of it is seriously BAD.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 6:23 PM

Seitz: There are 50,000 better albums than the Monitor.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 6:24 PM

How I Got Over You

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 7:55 PM

finally he gets some recognition

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 9:27 PM

i can't think of five albums this year that I like better than The Monitor.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 9:49 PM

Absurd list, but I'm liking this album so far.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 11:18 PM

MGMT IS THAT A JOKE

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010 11:43 PM

Silly Britz

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 12:54 AM

mojo kicks ass

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 3:05 AM

Sorry, but how are High Violet and the Monitor not on any list claiming to be the top 10 of 2010?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 7:24 AM

Full disclosure: Mojo's list made me want to check out this John Grant fella. THAT SAID, I'm tiring of the whole "let's find someone really obscure for our year-end best of list" schtick. If John Grant's album really IS better than Arcade Fire, Nick Cave, Neil Young and everyone else this year, then why didn't they slap him on their cover months ago? Better to hide him in their pocket all year and namedrop him in their year-end list for the sake of a bit of precious hipster cred, I 'spose. Whatever. Tra la la. But I'm gonna listen to his album this morning, so mission accomplished, I guess.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 8:01 AM

All most of these lists prove is that rock music in 2010 is on life support.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 9:00 AM

"Full disclosure" from an anonymous poster.

Too fucking funny.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 9:14 AM

High Violet is a piece of shit just like much of the rest of this list, so it might as well have been included.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 9:15 AM

This Grant thingy has all the cliches going:

tortured artist: check

growing up gay in redneck country: check

drug addict: check

alcoholic: check

retro-70s MOR hipster cred: check

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 9:18 AM

John Grant was not pictured on the cover, but it was a cover story a few months back, when they gave his album an "excellent" review
In the end, it is a matter of taste whether we agree or not with this list. It is what THEY think is the best of the year.
I think Queen of Denmark is a very solid work, not necessarily the best of 2010

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 9:49 AM

You know the music biz is in trouble when 70s soft-rock is the newest ironically recycled craze. What's next: the Bread revival?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 9:58 AM

Julian Plenti was ahead of his time with that America cover.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 9:59 AM

I haven't even heard this Grant album and it already makes me wanna puke.

Ron Asheton died for our sins and this is how we repay him!

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 10:38 AM

THIS GRANT RECORD IS A STEAMING PILE OF SHIT.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 11:06 AM

THE QUEEN OF DENMARK VS THE ARCADE DIRE: WHICH WILL MAKE YOU PUKE FIRST?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 11:12 AM

9:58 AM You jest...but John Grant actually does cite Bread as a major influence...so take that as you will.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 12:32 PM

Rising: Bread

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 12:37 PM

Holy shit, really re Bread?

This stuff is getting too predictable.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 12:54 PM

MOJO cover retrospective on the astounding career of BREAD, the newest hippest band in history, coming soon.

BREAD >>>>> the Velvet Underground

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 1:01 PM

Who needs the VU when you've got BREAD???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARwKPf47ALM

Tasty!

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 1:25 PM

Bread were the original gangstas: as their name implies, they were all about da benjamins!

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 1:33 PM

Grant sounds like Elton John with more cynical lyrics.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 1:39 PM

John Grant rode through the desert on a horse with no name carrying a loaf of Bread.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 1:40 PM

Bread never did give nuthin' to the Grant man / that he didn't, didn't already have.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 1:43 PM

I understand you've been runnin' from the man who goes by the name of the Grantman

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 1:48 PM

And if you're wondering / what this song is leading to / Grant wants to make it with you

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 2:04 PM

John Grant is Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 2:29 PM

@8:01,

MOJO sells issues by putting The Beatles and the Stones and Dylan on the cover. Or maybe The Clash or Paul Weller or The Smiths. Occasionally we get a new-ish artist like Kings of Leon, but not that ofter. Where some magazines make Best of the Year the focal point, it'll be 10 pages in a 200 page issue.

Posted by bill p | December 1, 2010 2:29 PM

BillP--the reason MOJO and many other rock mags do that is because that demographic is the only one that still buys magazines.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 2:43 PM

anon 1:43 and 1:48 - Nice, but you're paying tribute to America, not Bread. Both fine bands....

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 4:46 PM

But that doesn't mean Bread ain't been on my mind

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 4:57 PM

Yes, America was mentioned earlier in the thread in connection with ironist Julian Plenti.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 9:08 PM

OMG, BREAD ARE THE GREATEST BAND I'VE EVER HEARD!

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 9:10 PM

Bread: The tru gangstas...

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 10:00 PM

BREAD: FAR MORE THAN HALF A LOAF!

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 10:58 PM

Oz never did give nuthin to the Bread man / that he didn't, didn't already have.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 11:02 PM

They left out some of my favorites albums but they nailed #1. I LOVE the John Grant album, there is something incredibly special about it and most people I know hate when I play it but it is a masterpiece. It took me a few listens to really get it, i hated it at first time but this album is so pure, true and from the heart that it is worth giving a few listens to. These days there are not a lot of albums like that, midlake is incredible and John is so sincere that you cant deny this is a true album from a real artist. Thanks Mojo for acknowledging a true artist.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2010 1:52 AM

THIS ALBUM IS MORE SOFT-ROCK MOR MID-1970S SHIT!

SID VICIOUS DIED FOR NOTHING, IT SEEMS!

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2010 1:05 PM

No Titus Andronicus? Boo to you, Mojo.

Posted by Jessie | December 7, 2010 1:56 AM

You know, I don't think you MOJO haters are presenting a very good self-image here.Are you all IN Titus Andronicus or what?

Posted by Tony | December 7, 2010 10:18 AM

john who?

one of the worst things i've heard in years...

Posted by afonso macedo | December 8, 2010 1:08 PM

I love this album.

And it deserves this award, no doubt.

I haven't heard a more deserving record this year and I have most of the shortlist: Kudos MOJO!

Posted by jaki_treehorn | December 11, 2010 12:39 AM

How can a band with the word FUCK in their name be allowed to play in a library. Really am I missing something? If I started a band named CUNT could we play a library? Or even get ANY press? Its so strange to me that overall, the word fuck has been relaxed in only a few years...

Looks like Tipper Gore failed.

Posted by يوتيوب | December 12, 2010 9:15 AM

@Dec12,9:15AM - There is a band with "cunt" in its name that has gotten a lot of press. Never heard of Anal Cunt?

Posted by nat | December 19, 2010 3:02 AM

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