Entries tagged with: Best of 2010
"Yes, he sleeps on fur pillows, searches for marble conference tables on eBay, and has opinions about credenzas (whatever those are), but let no one say that in 2010, Kanye West's proletarian dreams weren't equally peculiar and rich. In a year of economic suffering and disastrous unemployment rates, West interrupted his own wealthy anomie to pen "All of the Lights," an incongruously star-stuffed song about a disoriented parolee trying to beat a restraining order and see his daughter, working out a brief reunion with her estranged mother: "Public visitation, we met at Borders." Shortly thereafter, the bookstore declared a real-life liquidity crisis and delayed payments to vendors, who in turn stopped sending the store books; bankruptcy proceedings may even now be pending." [Village Voice]Cee Lo Green won best single. Full results of this year's critics poll at the Village Voice.
DOWNLOAD: a North Carolina mix by Stuart McLamb of Love Language (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Telekinesis - Car Crash (MP3)
The Love Language @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Jessica Amaya)
BJ Burton of The Love Language's Favorite Albums of 2010Merge label-mates The Love Language and Telekinesis are hitting the road in February for a North American tour that will last until middle March (though SXSW dates remain conspicuously open). That tour includes two NYC shows, as the pair will hit Mercury Lounge on 3/9 (tickets) and The Rock Shop on 3/10 (tickets).
Birds of Avalon - "Birds of Avalon"
Not sure if this has been released yet, but this record slays in just about every angle.
War on Drugs - "Future Weather EP"
Probably played this guy a dozen times on the drive from Austin to LA this year. Can not wait for their next one.
Wye Oak - "My Neighbor/My Creator"
So glad to meet these guys this year and be introduced to their brilliance. A couple of shredders for sure. This record gives me chills at times.
Gayngs - "Relayted"
A super group of good friends who party harder than you do, and made one smooth ass record.
Tallest Man on Earth - "The Wild Hunt"
If you can get on board with Kristian's beast of an incredible voice, he'll take you to some pretty sweet places with his music.
Sharon Van Etten - "Epic"
Dark, beautiful and intimate. I'm a sucker for harmonium as well.
Here We Go Magic - "Pigeons"
Jen Turner is one hell of an engineer, and I love these songs.
Local Natives - "Gorilla Manor"
Justin and Jordan played Sun Hands waaayy too many times in the van this year. But I'm not complaining
Telekinesis have a new LP on the way. 12 Desperate Straight Lines is due on 2/15 via Merge Records (preorder it). Download "Car Crash" from that album above. The heart of Telekinesis is singer/songwriter Michael Benjamin Lerner and his band now consists of a pair of fresh faces: Jason Narducy (of the Robert Pollard band and Verbow) on bass and Cody Votolato (from Jaguar Love and The Blood Brothers) on guitar.
The Love Language are still supporting their 2010 release, and speaking of 2010 releases, you can see which ones BJ Burton enjoyed from his list above. Also above: a mixtape by BJ's band-mate Stuart of all fellow North Carolina bands. The tracklist for that is below along with all tour dates and KEXP video sessions by both bands, and more...
MIA at Brooklyn Bowl (more by Chris Gersbeck)
M.I.A. released ("leaked") a new mixtape at 7pm EST on New Year's Eve. It features b-sides and rarities and is called Vicki Leekx. The nineteen song mix (which is actually a single track) features production from M.I.A., Danja, Munchi, Diplo, Blaqstarr, Switch, Rusko, Sugu Arulpragasam and So Japan.. Download it for the price of an email address.
Vicki Leekx (rhymes with Wiki Leaks) is the follow-up to 2010's / \ / \ / \ Y / \, which was recently awarded 5th "Most Underrated Album" of 2010 in the Pitchfork Readers Poll. MGMT were #1 on that list. MGMT were also #14 on the list of "Most Overrated" artists, and they have a new release this week too. Daytrotter released a live session by them today.
You can probably guess who got #1 on the "Most Overrated" list. Both Pitchfork lists in full and the VICKYLEEKX track list, below...
Bloody Panda at Union Pool (more by Greg Cristman)
This post was so big we split it into two. Part one is HERE. Part two continues below...
Salute! (more by Markus Shaffer)
Records are like assholes, everybody's got one... but not everyone released an LP that will make you want to hit repeat over and over again. I already discussed my favorite records/shows of 2010, but I enlisted some of my favorite artists to talk about theirs, as well as some of their favorite moments of 2010. We've already posted and discussed lists from a member of Kylesa, Megasus, (((unartig))), and members of Trap Them & Black Anvil, but the results of the rest of those submissions, which include members of From Ashes Rise, Monarch, Locrian, Unearthly Trance, Isis, Dark Castle, Castevet, and so many more, are posted here in two parts. Part Two is HERE. Part One is below!
Trap Them at Knitting Factory (more by Samantha Marble)
Trap Them was forced to cancel their NYC appearance at Santos Party House last week due to illness, but the band intends to make up for it! Though the band already has a headlining show scheduled for 1/15 at Cake Shop with All Pigs Must Die, Psychic Limb, and Black Anvil (tickets), BV/1000Knives will also present Trap Them on 1/14 at Union Pool in Brooklyn (one night earlier). Tickets are on sale for the new Brooklyn show that will be also be opened by All Pigs Must Die and Black Anvil.
The Union Pool show is one of two BrooklynVegan-presented events set for 1/14. The second is Castevet, Seidr, Lake of Blood and Falls of Rauros at Acheron.
And like Kylesa's Pillip Cope, Steve LaCour of Trap Them and Paul Delaney of Black Anvil made us lists of some of their favorite things that happened in 2010. Check out those lists, with the NYC show flyers and some videos, below...
Ty Segall at BV Day Party during SXSW (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Ty Segall's Favorite Albums of 2010 (via)Ty Segall's Melted may have been robbed of spots on big end-of-year lists like Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and Spin, but that won't stop the West Coast-ers from hitting the road in the new year for a burgeoning North American victory lap. Starting in California and hitting the Bruise Cruise along the way, Ty will be back in NYC to play Mercury Lounge on 3/8. Tickets go on sale Thursday at noon. From there Ty heads to Austin for SXSW and then keeps going. Full tour dates are below.
1 White Fence - S/T
2 Moonhearts - S/T
3 Royal Baths - Litanies
4 Thee Oh Sees - Warm Slime
5 The Whines - Hell To Play
Phil of Kylesa at Public Assembly (more by Markus Shaffer)
Kylesa are having a great end-of-year thanks to many accolades for their 2010 effort Spiral Shadow. I'm sure they'll see many new fans in the audience while touring at the end of Dececmber and through most of January. Tickets are still on sale for their headlining show at Santos Party House.
We asked Phillip Cope of Kylesa what he listened to in 2010. His list makes me think that maybe Beach House is the answer to world peace, or at least that Beach House is something that Broken Social Scene, Kate Nash, S Carey and Kylesa can all agree on (and an album that SPIN and Rolling Stone BOTH put at exactly #17 on their lists). His full list of favorite songs, most of them with video streams, below...
Monarch @ Death By Audio (more by BBG)
If you don't know (((unartig))), you probably have at least watched one of his great live show videos. We definitely post them all the time, and so we thought we'd ask him what his favorite live shows of 2010 were. Check out his list with videos that he recorded below...
Beach House @ Prospect Park (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kevin Drew's Favorite Albums of 2010 (via)
The National, High Violet (4AD)Beach House also made Pitchfork's Top 10.
Here We Go Magic, Pigeons (SECRETLY CANADIAN)
Beach House, Teen Dream (SUB POP)
Big Boi, Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (PURPLE RIBBON/DEF JAM)
Owen Pallett, Heartland (DOMINO)
Brian McBride, The Effective Disconnect (KRANKY)
Bishop Morocco, Bishop Morocco (HAND DRAWN DRACULA)
Four Tet, There Is Love in You (DOMINO)
Matthew Dear, Black City (GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL)
Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir, Like a Ship… (Without a Sail) [reissue] (LIGHT IN THE ATTIC)
Kevin Drew's band Broken Social Scene is touring soon and playing Terminal 5. Big Boi has a show coming up at Terminal 5 too. Beach House have two shows coming up at Webster Hall as part of a short tour, and they played Conan last night (12/20). Video below...
And the winner is... (obviously) Kanye West. Pitchfork posted their annual much-talked-about list of the best albums of 2010. Much like Rolling Stone, SPIN and others, Kanye's new album topped the list. Pitchfork's recipient for best song of the year, Ariel Pink, landed the 9th best album. Wavves, who they dissed pretty hard in 2009, was given the #50 spot this year (Best Coast got #39). Metal was represented by Kylesa at #44 (BBG's #21). You can scan the whole list below...
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "By Endurance We Conquer" (MP3)
Sleep at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more)
Lists are very subjective. A "best of" list is always an amalgam of personal experiences - that fateful moment when you press "Play" for the first time, in addition to a grade of excellent songwriting. The records I've listed below had a profound impact on me this year, as did many of the shows that I attended and put on in the past twelve months. I'd like to thank all the artists who made this list as well as the ones who didn't, in addition to people like 1000 Knives, Osiris, Bill Dozer, Ian Dickson and venues like Union Pool, The Studio at Webster Hall, Acheron, Santos Party House and a slew of others for keeping heavy music alive in NYC. But mostly, thank YOU, the reader and the listener!
Alright, enough with the sappy bulshit, let's RAGE...
by Bill Pearis
The BBC recently published its Sound of 2011 list, its annual picks of artists they think will be hot next year. A few of these you might have read about already: The Vaccines (playing here in January), Anna Calvi (playing here in March), Australia's The Naked and the Famous (maybe you saw them at Brooklyn Bowl in November), Esben and the Witch (been here a couple times), and Warpaint (already kinda big over here). There's also dubstep wizkid James Blake, hotshot producers Nero and more.
The list was determined via "160 influential UK tastemakers," and the artists selected must not have had a UK top 20 single or album by 14 November 2010, and must not already be famous (aka contender for TV talent competition, etc). You can see the whole list at the bottom of this post and the top five from the initial list of 15 will be revealed first week of the new year. Last year's list was topped by Ellie Goulding and also included The Drums, Marina & the Diamonds and, uh, Owl City.
Another of the band on the Beeb's list is Yuck who have scheduled and then cancelled U.S. shows twice this year already, but are now really coming -- they pinkie swear -- for two shows next month: January 25 at Mercury Lounge (on-sale 12/17 at noon) and Jan. 26 at Glasslands (tickets are on sale). Immediately after their NYC shows, Yuck heads out for a North American tour with their Fat Possum labelmates Smith Westerns. Yuck's debut album, loaded with warm and fuzzy indie rock a la early Teenage Fanclub or Yo La Tengo, will be out February 15. You can check out "Rubber" from the album above (and watch its NSFW video further down), as well as previously-released, super-catchy "Georgia."
Also on the Sound of 2011 list and also here in January are Nashville-via-Ohio band Mona, who play The Rock Shop on January 12, Mercury Lounge on January 13 and Union Pool on January 15. The BBC describes thusly:
The myth of the last gang in town is an enduring one in rock music. A small town, some big ideas and four kids who've grown up and grown so close that they finish each others sentences. Mona are those tender souls, hoping to outgrow the story that's been written for them. Says frontman/guitarist Nick Brown of their debut single Trouble On The Way. Nick: "It's pretty self-explanatory - there's a sound on the horizon and the volume's gonna grow."You can check out a couple Mona videos below. The band have already played Later with Jules Holland, which seems to make them one of these American bands that England likes first. (Other examples: The Killers.) Apart from their three NYC shows next month, most of their 2011 plans seem to be focused in the UK.
The majority of this Nashville-based four-piece were raised in the church and learned their craft playing to the congregation: Nick and drummer Vince Gard as Pentecostalists and bass player Zach Lindsey in by Southern Baptist. Guitarist Jordan Young is the token heathen. For those within the faith, secular music was banned. Vince's mother would play him Creedence Clearwater Revival records and make him promise not to let on to his father - rock and roll as illicit, secret thrill.
Videos for Yuck and Mona, plus the entire BBC Sound of 2011, after the jump.
Both Rolling Stone and Spin Magazines have released their top LPs of the year. Guess who tops them both? Full lists below....
by Bill Pearis
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.
DOWNLOAD: Agalloch - "The Watcher's Monolith" (MP3)
Decibel has released their top 40 metal albums of the year, abd Agalloch's Marrow of The Spirit landed at #1. That's the art above. Order a copy now (it is great) and check out a song from that LP above. We followed Agalloch through Eastern Europe earlier this year and interviewed both John Haughm and Aesop Dekker (who also plays drums in another Top 40 band, Ludicra). - BBG
Dig on the full Decibel list below...
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."