Every year, there are usually a half dozen or so albums that are hands down definites for my Top Ten list, and the number one spot is undeniably and easily filled, but 2010? Man. Is Mark Ronson better than B. Dolan better than Cut Chemist? Is Aloe Blacc better than Sharon Jones better than The Bamboos? Sleigh Bells better than Flying Lotus better than Eskmo? It’s too hard this year. I don’t want to play this game anymore.
This is what I get for staying on top of current releases I guess. Dammit.
Over 250 LPs tried out for the team this year. Just sayin’.
1. Future Islands – In Evening Air You’re either going to love the lead singer or you’re going to hate him. I love him.
2. The Limousines – Get Sharp This is the album MGMT should have made this year, instead of the one they did make this year. The Limousines are Bay Area locals, and that makes me like them even more.
3. Aloe Blacc – Good Things “I need a dolla, dolla… a dolla is what I need (hey hey).” This dude is seriously channeling Bill Withers.
4. Sleigh Bells – Treats No, you didn’t blow out your speakers. It’s supposed to sound like that.
5. Warpaint – The Fool Experimental rock band outta LA. I’m expecting big things from these guys.
6. Eskmo – Eskmo San Francisco based electronic artist signed to Ninja Tune. Amon Tobin hearts him.
7. Cut Chemist – Sound of the Police Do you like Ozomatli? Cut Chemist is Ozomatli. Do you like Jurassic 5? Cut Chemist is Jurassic 5. Do you like DJ Shadow? Cut Chemist is DJ Shadow. (Okay, that last one is totally not true.)
8. Husky Rescue – Ship of Light Leanne just got a new dog, and it’s a husky, and a rescue. That’s the only reason this album made it to the top ten. I’m kidding.
9. Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History Irresistible ear candy made by fresh faced little boys. Oooooh… little boys.
10. Ana Tijoux – 1977 She raps. In Spanish. How hot is that?
The Varsity Team: These would be starters, if I could have more than 10 starters.
B. Dolan – Fallen House, Sunken City
Bassnectar – Timestretch
Clutchy Hopkins – Storyteller
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramm
Junip – Fields
LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
Mark Ronson & The Business International – Record Collection
Matt & Kim – Sidewalks
Miami Horror – Illumination
Natalie Merchant – Leave Your Sleep
oOoOO – oOoOO (would have made it to the top ten if it was a full length)
Reflection Eternal – Revolutions Per Minute
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – I Learned The Hard Way
Tame Impala – InnerSpeaker
Teenage Fanclub- Shadows
The Practice Squad: If a song from one of these albums comes up on shuffle, I probably won’t hit fast forward.
Amy MacDonald – A Curious Thing
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (only because if you guys don’t see this album somewhere I’ll get no end of hate mail)
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
Avi Buffalo – Avi Buffalo
The Bamboos – 4
The Black Keys – Brothers
Blitzen Trapper – Destroyer of the Void
Bonobo – Black Sands
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
Bruce Springsteen – The Promise
The Budos Band – The Budos Band III (These guys have many of the same musicians as Sharon Jones’ Dap-Kings)
Caribou – Swim
CEO – White Magic
Chromeo – Business Casual
The Coral – Butterfly House
The Corin Tucker Band – 1,000 Years
Deadmau5 – at play (Volume 3)
Dessa – A Badly Broken Code
Diamond Rings – Special Affections
Donna Regina – The Decline of Female Happiness
The Drums – The Drums
Foals – Total Life Forever
Four Tet – There Is Love In You
Girl Talk – All Day (I’m kinda over Girl Talk. Is that bad?)
Girls – Broken Dreams Club
Goldfrapp – Head First
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
Groove Armada – Black Light
How To Dress Well – Love Remains
The Hundred In The Hands – The Hundred In The Hands
Jenny and Johnny – I’m Having Fun Now
John Mellencamp – No Better Than This
Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon II
Kylie Auldist – Made of Stone
Menomena – Mines
Mimosa – Psychedelic Stereo
Mount Kimbie – Crooks & Lovers
The National – High Violet
The New Pornographers – Together
OK GO – Of The Blue Colour of the Sky
Pantha Du Prince – Black Noise
Plan B- The Defamation Of Strickland Banks
The Roots – How I Got Over
Scissor Sisters – Night work
She and Him – Volume Two
Shit Robot – From the Cradle to the Rave
Sia – We Are Born
The Sword – Warp Riders
The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt
These New Puritans – Hidden
Titus Andronicus – The Monitor
Tokyo Police Club – Champ
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Mojo
UNKLE – Where Did the Night Fall
Vampire Weekend – Contra
Villagers – Becoming a Jackal
Wild Nothing – Gemini
Yeasayer – Odd Blood