Posted in music on November 16, 2010

Rough Trade

I guess it's getting to be that time of year... Rough Trade Shop's Best of 2010 list is below (though note that Rough Trade Records is owned by Beggars now, and there may still be some connection to Rough Trade Shops too, so though the list is pretty kick ass, it is potentially biased... for instance Gil Scott-Heron's record which is #2 on the list came out on XL Recordings which is also part of Beggars... not that i doubt they mean it... and it would be impossible to have a list without Beggars releases on it... anyway, check it out)....UPDATE:

"Just for the sake of clarity- rough trade shop is totally separate from the label, which is, as you pointed out, is owned by beggars banquet. the shops were sold to staff when that happened." [says anon | November 16, 2010 5:00 PM]
UPDATE 2: A non-anonymous Beggars source also says they are "separate", and points out this line from Wikipedia as well: "In 1982 the two separated and the shop remains an independent entity from the label, although links between the two are strong."

...list below...

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ALBUMS OF THE YEAR (by Rough Trade)
1. Caribou - Swim
2. Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here
3. These New Puritans - Hidden
4. Caitlin Rose - Own Side Now
5. Phosphorescent - Here's To Taking It Easy
6. Darkstar - North
7. Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM
8. Gold Panda - Lucky Shiner
9. Wild Nothing - Gemini
10. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
11. Broken Bells - Broken Bells
12. Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo
13. The National - High Violet
14. Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here?
15. Beach House - Teen Dream
16. Voice Of The Seven Thunders - Voice Of The Seven Thunders
17. Perfume Genius - Learning
18. Crocodiles - Sleep Forever
19. The Black Keys - Brothers
20. The Morning Benders - Big Echo
21. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
22. Salem - King Night
23. Brian Eno - Small Craft On A Milk Sea
24. Dylan Leblanc - Paupers Field
25. Joanna Newson - Have One On Me
26. Matthew Dear - Black City
27. Warpaint - The Fool
28. Liars - Sisterworld
29. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
30. John Grant - Queen Of Denmark
31. Konono No 1 - Assume Crash Position
32. Smoke Fairies - Through Low Light And Trees
33. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
34. Villagers - Becoming A Jackal
35. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
36. Mount Kimbie - Crooks And Lovers
37. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
38. Best Coast - Crazy For You
39. PVT - Church With No Magic
40. Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can
41. Vampire Weekend - Contra
42. Edwyn Collins - Losing Sleep
43. Yeasayer - Odd Blood
44. Midlake - The Courage Of Others
45. The Soft Pack - The Soft Pack
46. Sleigh Bells - Treats
47. O Children - O Children
48. Glasser - Ring
49. Zola Jesus - Stridulum 2
50. Holly Miranda - The Magician's Private Library
51. Sea Of Bees - Songs For The Ravens
52. JJ - No3
53. Pantha Du Prince - Black Noise
54. Twin Shadow - Forget
55. Gonjasufi - A Sufi And A Killer
56. Bear In Heaven - Beast Rest Forth Mouth
57. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
58. Cours Lapin - Cours Lapin
59. Darwin Deez - Darwin Deez
60. School Of Seven Bells - Disconnect From Desire
61. Beach Fossils - Beach Fossils
62. Shit Robot - From The Cradle To The Rave
63. Jonsi - Go
64. Dum Dum Girls - I Will Be
65. Belle And Sebastian - Belle And Sebastian Write About Love
66. Chilly Gonzales - Ivory Tower
67. Connan Mokasin - Please Turn Me Into The Snat
68. Holy Fuck - Latin
69. The School - Loveless Unbeliever
70. Tobacco - Maniac Meat
71. Dios - We Are Dios
72. Allo Darlin' - Allo Darlin'
73. Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
74. Male Bonding - Nothing Hurts
75. El Guincho - Pop Negro
76. Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal
77. Kort (Kurt Wagner And Cortney Tidwell) - Invariable Heartache
78. Solar Bears - She Was Coloured In
79. Free Energy - Stuck On Nothing
80. Sufjan Stevens - The Age Of Adz
81. Kings Go Forth - The Outsiders Are Back
82. Grinderman - Grinderman 2
83. Dan Michaelson And The Coastguards - Shakes
84. Stornoway - Beachcomber's Windowsill
85. Tamaryn - The Waves
86. The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt
87. Four Tet - There Is Love In You
88. Magic Kids - Memphis
89. Marina And The Diamonds - Family Jewels
90. Mystery Jets - Serotonin
91. Black Angels - Phosphene Dream
92. Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse - Dark Night Of The Soul
93. Fool's Gold - Fool's Gold
94. Frankie Rose And The Outs - Frankie Rose And The Outs
95. Aloe Blacc - Good Things
96. Drums Of Death - Generation Hexed
97. Am - Future Sons And Daughters
98. Field Music - Field Music (Measure)
99. Hot Chip - One Life Stand
100. Time And Spacemachine - Set Phazer To Stun

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Comments (73)

LOL

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 4:33 PM

That list is allergic to black people

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 4:38 PM

BLACK ANGELS

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 4:38 PM

List isnt worth posting. A joke from #1 to #98

Hot chip at #99 seems about right

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 4:40 PM

You should do your homework... Rough Trade Records isn't linked with Rough Trade(Shop) for ages.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 4:40 PM

mayben i'm just not seeing it, but kind of surprised of no deerhunter

Posted by chris g | November 16, 2010 4:41 PM

"You should do your homework... Rough Trade Records isn't linked with Rough Trade(Shop) for ages."

Nothing in the post says definitely that they are connected, but you'd have to be a fool to think there's still not some connection there.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 4:42 PM

"List isnt worth posting. A joke from #1 to #98"

Let's see your list smarty pants? probably looks like this:

#1) Justin Bieber
#2) Lady Gaga

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 4:43 PM

no lower dens????????

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 4:46 PM

did BV make this?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 4:47 PM

hahahah 4:43 hahahahahaha

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 4:48 PM

It's a good list if you are under the illusion that "indie" is the center of the universe.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 4:49 PM

I know everyone loves to compile their year-end lists, but we've still got a month and a half!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 4:49 PM

Lady Gaga should prob be on every best of list

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 4:50 PM

So......The Dead Weather didn't blow half of these artist out the water?????

Where is Dungen?

Madlib????

Posted by Jon2morrow | November 16, 2010 4:50 PM

Chris G, that's because the Deerhunter album sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 4:52 PM

here we go again... another bullshit meaningless end-of-year list.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 4:53 PM

oh, my mistake. carry on

Posted by chris g | November 16, 2010 4:54 PM

Last i checked 4:38 Gil Scott-Heron was still black

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 4:56 PM

4:56 -- if he was black to start, he still is. You don't need to "check" again and again. Ignorant.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 4:58 PM

4:58 have you heard of sammy sosa & the king of pop. We have to keep checking

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 5:00 PM

just for the sake of clarity- rough trade shop is totally separate from the label, which is, as you pointed out, is owned by beggars banquet. the shops were sold to staff when that happened.

Posted by anon | November 16, 2010 5:00 PM

Joanna Newson [sic] below Arcade Fire...Morning Benders...and Perfume Genius?!?

Also, why publish the list so soon? It's been such a phenomenal year for music, who knows how many best albums of 2010 have yet to be released?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 5:00 PM

Where is waaaavvvvvvveeeeessssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 5:02 PM

What the fuck does 4:58 have her panties in a bunch for?

IZZ SOMEBODY BEIN RACISS?!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 5:04 PM

"Just for the sake of clarity- rough trade shop is totally separate from the label, which is, as you pointed out, is owned by beggars banquet. the shops were sold to staff when that happened."

post slightly updated with this quote.

Posted by brooklynvegan | November 16, 2010 5:10 PM

Any list without the Walkmen's Lisbon is not a list of the best albums of 2010.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 5:10 PM

This list is a joke and is clear confirmation that the Rough Trade Shop is still very much a part of the Beggars/XL/Rough Trade label somehow otherwise so many of their shitty artists wouldn't have made the list...

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 5:18 PM

"the shop was sold to staff" hahahahahahahah maybe in a Nick Hornby book yeah but in real life???

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 5:19 PM

aren't there a couple months left in 2010?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 5:22 PM

You guys are idiots. Rough Trade Records and the Rough Trade Shops have been separate legal and business entities since the early 1980s. Furthermore, when Rough Trade Records went under in 1991, the shop stayed open. While there may be a conflict of interest, there is no concrete business relationship.

Morons...

Posted by Colonel K | November 16, 2010 5:41 PM

5:41- does your 'concrete business relationship' comment also relate to the artists on this list and best albums of 2010? hardy har har

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 5:44 PM

this entire list is a travesty, except for GSH @ #2 and Phosphorescent @ #5. Seriously? Broken Bells #11? No Women either? Public Strain should be #1. Dum Dum Girls?? That shit is fucking boring.

Posted by Anonie-mouse | November 16, 2010 5:57 PM

Any list with Grinderman below Sufjan Stevens is a pile of shit.

Posted by Hank | November 16, 2010 5:58 PM

@5:57 Agreed, I think the Women oversight is particularly egregious. That album is so solid.

Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2010 6:05 PM

63 and 62 should be switched, and 34, 35, and 37 should be switched so they are 37, 34, 35. Otherwise, honestly not bad.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 6:09 PM

where is "Content"? New Gang Of Four album ??????

Posted by walter carvalho | November 16, 2010 6:13 PM

Lower dens, deerhunter, future islands all should be here, wasn't bih 2009?

Posted by GUI | November 16, 2010 6:18 PM

wow....all crap huh? take away swans and you got pretty much...nothing...

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 6:37 PM

i wonder if wavves is upset that best coast made the cut and he didn't

....since this list is so legitimate

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 6:38 PM

no titus?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 6:38 PM

agreed twin-hand movement and halcyon digest definitely should've been on here

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 6:39 PM

Where is the Pavement reunion??!?!?!?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 6:40 PM

Great list! Local Natives? Band of skulls?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 6:44 PM

lol no titus this list blows

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 6:44 PM

100 meh-st albums of 2010?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 6:47 PM

Don't necessarily agree with the order of things (with the exception of Caribou, which probably deserves to be #1 of any list this year), but I doubt this will be any worse than any other Top Albums of the Year list. There's actually a lot of good stuff up there. Just wait until the print magazines drop their irrelevant turds of lists...

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 6:48 PM

This is more like the 100 meh-est albums of 2010.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 7:18 PM

this list is wack and was made by people in an office.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 7:21 PM

it was mehd by people in an office

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 7:27 PM

new soft circle!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 7:28 PM

Wild Nothing in Top 10. What a joke

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 8:01 PM

on an unrelated note - anyone know anything about the early 80s NYC band China Shop? they were loosely tied to the No Wave scene. Just heard their amazing song Kowtow on youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0SS1bUrZNA

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 9:06 PM

I picked up a China Shop CdR at OM back in 04. I really liked it but have no clue where that disc is today though.

Posted by Pete | November 16, 2010 10:19 PM

no fang island?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 10:39 PM

Any list without the 2010 Pavement reunion might as well not be a list of 2010.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 11:03 PM

The new Besnard Lakes record really needs to be on that list

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 12:08 AM

Hahahahah 99 shitty albums and swans

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 1:08 AM

Charlotte Gainsbourg,The National and Arcade Fire new albums are truly great. Besides that ones most of the others I wasn't impressed at all. And others I haven't listened. Any suggestions?

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 1:47 AM

How come the Hummus Mehs and the Hummus Queens aren't in here?

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 2:27 AM

" ASTEROID II " GREAT STONER-HARD-ROCK ALBUM OF 2010 !!!

Posted by marcos tulio de souza | November 17, 2010 7:45 AM

I'm not suprised the Foals album was omitted, but that's definatley one my favorite albums of the past few years

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 8:01 AM

and WHERE is the BATMAN?

...he's at home... WASHING HIS TIGHTS!

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 8:07 AM

Didn't anyone else love,

Steve Mason - Boys Outside

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 9:36 AM

Is anyone really surprised that there would be a list like this here?

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 9:49 AM

This list has plenty of hummus based bands on it.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 3:30 PM

I'm happy to see Tame Impala. Awesome album.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 4:01 PM

i love me some caribou but swim is NOT the best album of 2010. sorry.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 8:48 PM

Am I totally average for liking the fat part of this bell curve?

Sleigh Bells is really fun. Sorry if this isn't deep, but it's great to work out to. (I'm SO on the wrong website, huh.)

Holly Miranda is pretty slow at first listen, and there's no one *great song,* but the album overall is greater than the sum of its parts. The songs all work together to create a world. I'd recommend if you like poetry.

And, dammit, I liked Contra.

xo from Chicago

Posted by Sarah | November 17, 2010 9:22 PM

Yo good to see Solar Bears up there.

Posted by Davey | November 18, 2010 2:14 PM

Future Sons & Daughters is an album I just got on vinyl and love. run don't walk

Posted by kelsea | November 18, 2010 3:59 PM

A Best of 2010 list without Janelle Monae is garbage.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2010 12:35 PM

dum dum girls / best coast / wild nothing and no grass widow / frankie rose???

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2010 8:12 PM

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