My favorites of 2010 – Albums/EPs/Songs/Gigs!

2010 was a banner year for me. I started this damn blog, listened to more music than I probably ever have in my entire life, saw some amazing gigs, went through some fucking insanity, and moved to the big bad New York City area. Needless to say, I’m a bit tired.

That said, 2010 was a fantastic year musically. I discovered some artists that are easily near the top of my favorites lists and had a grand ole time in the 2nd half. I’m thrilled to end 2010 with this list and get myself amped for 2011.


1. The Love Language – Libraries: I remember the day I first heard this record. June 5th, to be exact. It was the day that Merge Records made it available to stream and it just so happened to be the day I saw them live for the first time when they opened for an all-time favorite, the lush and beautiful, Camera Obscura. The album hit me in the chest like a wrecking ball taking out old Giants Stadium. Stuart McLamb and company’s vocals, lyrics, and musicianship rings with me to this day since first hearing it (I’m listening to it as I type this). It was almost fate that it achieved this spot. A truly personal album from McLamb and an album I related with immediately. Thank you guys. I am eager to hear what’s next and to see you again.

2. Rose Elinor Dougall – Without Why: An album of pop confection that only a beautifully talented English girl could produce. Fantastic lyricism, a voice that sticks with you, and the SONGS, such excellently crafted songs that you can listen to over and over. Rose sounds like Morrissey’s long-lost daughter. Tracks like “Come Away With Me” and “Carry On” have a personal tinge to them that anyone over the age of 15 can relate to. Formerly, Rosay Pipette, Rose Elinor Dougall steps out into the forefront in a major way. Tantalizingly, she’s already teased some of her upcoming material and it’s only getting better.

3. The National – High Violet: One of my favorite bands both on record and live produce arguably their most accessible record to date, but also an album of depth and poetic nuance that is in my humble opinion, the best and most complete record they’ve ever created. Matt Berninger possesses a baritone vocal that is both awesome and enviable. Songs like “Little Faith” blur the line between religion and love. This is a record that the band will be judged against going forward. It’s a testament to their already strong catalog and a fine addition to anyone’s collection. A record to be proud of.

Since my list is long, I’ve kept the write-ups minimal. Here’s the rest of my favorite albums, EPs, songs, and gigs that I attended list.

4. Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can

5. The Black Keys – Brothers

6. The Walkmen – Lisbon

7. Philip Glass- The American Four Seasons

8. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

9. The Black Angels – Phosphene Dream

10. The Coral – Butterfly House


11. Agent Ribbons – Chateau Crone

12. Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky

13. School of Seven Bells – Disconnect From Desire

14. The Radio Dept. – Clinging To A Scheme

15. Moon Duo – Escape

16. Foals – Total Life Forever

17. Best Coast – Crazy For You

18. Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

19. Holy Fuck – Latin

20. The Blue Angel Lounge – Narcotica


21. The Dig – Electric Toys

22. Avi Buffalo – Avi Buffalo

23. Bombay Bicycle Club – Flaws

24. Grinderman – Grinderman 2

25. Clinic – Bubblegum

26. Women – Public Strain

27. Christian Bland & The Revelators – The Lost Album

28. Versus – On The Ones And Threes

29. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)

30. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening


31. The Morning Benders – Big Echo

32. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Beat The Devil’s Tattoo

33. Beach House – Teen Dream

34. Sharon Van Etten – Epic

35. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor

36. I Am Kloot – Sky At Night

37. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

38. Janelle Monae – The Archandroid

39. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today

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


41. Marnie Stern – Marnie Stern

42. Wavves – King of The Beach

43. DJ Shadow – The DJ Shadow Remix Project

44. Jonsi – Go

45. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – I Learned The Hard Way

46. The Roots – How I Got Over

47. Exit Calm – Exit Calm

48. Mark Ronson & The Businesss Int’l – Record Collection

49. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – III/IV

50. Jenny & Johnny – I’m Having Fun Now



1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Horse Power

2. Richard Hawley – False Lights From The Land

3. Justin Jones – The Little Fox EP

4. Tennis – Baltimore

5. hilly eye – Fireworks



1. Best Coast – Our Deal

2. Rose Elinor Dougall – Come Away With Me

3. The Love Language – This Blood Is Our Own

4. The Radio Dept. – Never Follow Suit

5. Asobi Seksu – Trails

6. The National – Little Faith

7. The Black Keys – Too Afraid To Love You

8. Mark Ronson & The Business Int’l feat. Rose Elinor Dougall – The Night Last Night

9. Kanye West – Monster

10. Foals – Blue Blood



1. Kanye West – Bowery Ballroom 11/23

2. The National – The National (Theater), Richmond, VA 4/22

3. Explosions In the Sky – ATP, Monticello, NY 9/2010

4. The Love Language – The National, Richmond, VA 6/5

5. DJ Shadow – Irving Plaza, NYC 11/15

6. The Walkmen – Terminal 5, NYC 12/2

7. The National – Brooklyn Academy of Music,  Brooklyn, NY 5/15

8. Camera Obscura – The National, Richmond, VA 6/5

9. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – ATP Festival, Monticello, NY 9/2010

10. Grinderman – Best Buy Theatre, NYC 11/14


Goodbye, 2010. Thank fuck you’re (just about) over.

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