26. Dez. 2010, 20:58

So basically I'm doing same rules as last year, except I'm doing a top 60 rather than 100, because, well, I noticed that I hardly listen to any of the songs near the end of last year's list these days. One song per artist, only songs released on albums this year, so this doesn't include singles released on albums coming out next year or songs from 2009 that I hadn't heard until this year. Okay.

60. "Pushing and Shoving" by Man/Miracle
59. "Parts Unknown" by ArpLine
58. "Full Growing Man" by J Roddy Walston And The Business
57. "My Eyes To See" by Alcoholic Faith Mission
56. "Another Day" by Marching Band
55. "City Kids" by Boy Without God
54. "Twenty Two" by Wakey! Wakey!
53. "Travelin' Girl" by The Bitters
52. "Helicopter" by Deerhunter
51. "Black Roads" by Cartridge
50. "Wanderingfoot" by The Fling
49. "I Got Tamed" by One For The Team
48. "Maybe Someday" by City Light
47. "Bullfighter Jacket" by Miniature Tigers
46. "Night & Day" by Chief
45. "Ohio" by Josiah Wolf
44. "Stand Fast" by Sunglasses
43. "Latin America" by Holy Fuck
42. "Turn Off This Song and Go Outside" by The Lonely Forest
41. "A Pot in Which to Piss" by Titus Andronicus
40. "All My People" by Portugal. The Man
39. "To Whom it May Concern" by The Burning Hotels
38. "Black Sheep" by Suckers
37. "Scissor" by Liars
36. "First 48" by Love Collector
35. "Darkness on the Edge of Gastown" by Japandroids
34. "Tighten Up" by The Black Keys
33. "Wilderness" by Active Child
32. "Heaven's on Fire" by The Radio Dept.
31. "Windstorm" by School of Seven Bells
30. "Momentarily Lost" by Petter & The Pix
29. "I Was Denied" by Thee Oh Sees
28. "Get Home" by Hooray for Earth
27. "Clear Spirits" by Les Savy Fav
26. "Rio" by Hey Marseilles
25. "TAOS" by Menomena
24. "Cloud Shadow On the Mountain" by Wolf Parade
23. "Breakneck Speed" by Tokyo Police Club
22. "Golden State" by Delta Spirit
21. "Friendly Ghost" by Harlem
20. "Post Acid" by Wavves
19. "Young Throats" by Parenthetical Girls
18. "Rose Garden" by Shad
17. "Birds" by Margo & the Nuclear So and So's
16. "Angela Surf City" by The Walkmen
15. "The Best of Times" by Sage Francis
14. "He Was Worse Than the Needle He Gave You" by The Delta Mirror
13. "Older Than You" by The Golden Boys
12. "Rainbow in the Dark" by Das Racist
11. "Colouring of Pigeons" by The Knife
10. "Lion Face Boy" by Seabear
9. "Crown on the Ground" by Sleigh Bells
8. "Careful Crossers" by Fang Island
7. "Change of Time" by Josh Ritter
6. "Walk in the Park" by Beach House
5. "The Sea is a Good Place to Think of the Future" by Los Campesinos!
4. "All Day Day Light" by The Morning Benders
3. "What a Drag" by Bear Hands
2. "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" by Arcade Fire
1. "Conversation 16" by The National

10. Big Echo by The Morning Benders - Definitely one of the biggest surprises of the year, but I still think they would've made it a bit higher on the list had they held onto the Tin Can sound a bit more. However, I suppose "Stitches" begs to differ.

9. Momo by Hooray for Earth - One of the great mysteries of the universe is why so few people know about Hooray For Earth. I guess Momo at least put them on the map, but hopefully their next full-length will get them some attention.

8. Sit Down, Man by Das Racist - I mean, come on.

7. High Violet by The National - Not as solid as their last attempt, but songs like "Conversation 16" and "Afraid of Everyone" will never get old. Also, after a huge year for Justin Vernon in '09, it was nice to hear from him again.

6. Teen Dream by Beach House - Much like the Morning Benders, I was surprised at how much attention Beach House got for Teen Dream. Not much has changed for them musically since their last release, except that Katy Perry made millions of dollars off their idea for the concept album.

5. History From Below by Delta Spirit - The perfect balance of folk and straight up rock n roll, HFB marks the transition from a dance-friendly past to an apparent Deer Tick-esque future.

4. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire - The Arcade Fire never lets me down, especially since I always end up with low expectations after the near-perfect albums they've released in the past. Who cares that some of the songs on here sound a little bit like Bruce Springsteen?

3. Expo 86 by Wolf Parade - After having my expectations lowered by
Mount Zoomer I couldn't help but get excited about the new Wolf Parade. Sure, they may never release anything like "I'll Believe in Anything" again, but I'm still excited about the new direction.

2. Buzzard by Margo & the Nuclear So and So's - Had this album not slowed down near the middle, it easily could have been number one. The first five racks at least are perfect, but there were a few speed bumps that we could have done without.

1. Mines by Menomena - Mines is the closest thing to a perfect album I heard all year. Although very good, it pails in comparison to last year's Antlers release, and Why?'s the year before that. At least they get bonus points for attempting to recreate TV on the Radio's Return to Cookie Mountain.

1. More Hearts Than Brains by Bike For Three!
2. Family by Le Loup
3. oO0OoO0Oo by Oberhofer
4. Dissolver by Iran
5. s/t by Bad Veins

The Bitters - Possibly the best of Ben Cook's projects (including Fucked Up), The Bitters also take the prize for most unsettling album cover.

Josiah Wolf - Best known for being brother to Yoni Wolf. Also for being Why?'s percussionist.

Wavves - As much as I hate the little pot smoking shit, he sure can write a good punk anthem.

1. "Sugar Cube" by Princeton - Originally by Yo La Tengo, these pretend Vampire Weekenders added a little more messiness to the classic tune in their January Daytotter sesh.
2. "Float On" by Blackbird Blackbird - An interesting take on everyone's favorite Modest Mouse song. On a side note, Blackbird Blackbird sucks.
3."Come Talk To Me" by Bon Iver - I'm still a bit confused about the whole Peter Gabriel back scratching thing, but I think I'm definitely okay with this song.
Also good: "No One's Gonna Love You" by Cee-Lo Green - Not a big Cee-Lo fan, nor am I a fan of anything Band of Horses made after their first album, but this is pretty great.

Work by Shout Out Louds - This is the most boring thing I have ever listened to. I guess the cover should have given that away.

1."Let's Go Surfing (The Raveonettes Remix)" by The Drums - As if the song couldn't get any peppier, The Raveonettes drench the surf rock track in all sorts of unnecessary fuzz that would probably sound great in any song.
2. "Die Happy, Die Smiling (A Place to Bury Strangers Remix)" by Maps - Much like The Raveonettes, APTBS really make this track their own, basically just by making it really loud.
3. "Home (ArpLine Remix)" by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Okay, I guess I just like noise.

Casual Victim Pile - Nowhere near as impressive as Dark Was the Night, but Austin apparently has a pretty good garage rock scene.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti - Okay, so I see how people would like Flying Lotus and Surfer Blood and all those bands, but what is there to like about Ariel Pink? Really.

Vampire Weekend - What is this, their third year winning? Congratulations, fellas.

Le Loup @ Grounds for Change - Here's a word of advise for you, if you stumble across a free concert within driving distance of your house of a band that there's a chance you may like a little bit, go. They may become one of your new favorites.

Chalk Dinosaur @ Grounds for Change - Okay, so CD may not be one of my new favorites, but it was still a good time.

Wavves/Christmas Island @ Lincoln Hall - Two bands that I'm a little embarrassed to like, but hey, still a good excuse to break out the ol' Mickey Mouse shirt, Ray Bans, and colorful skinny jeans, right?

Margo & the Nuclear So and So's/The Lonely Forest @ Lincoln Hall - This is when I fell in love.

The Walkmen/Japandroids/Miniature Tigers @ the Metro- Never been a huge Japandroids fan, but it was definitely worth it to see the other two. And I must say, JPNDRDS put on quite a show.

The Morning Benders/Oberhofer @ Lincoln Hall - It's always a good idea to go to a concert the night before Halloween. Not only did the Morning Benders dress up, but they even threw candy to us. Oh, and Oberhofer may have been worth the $15 himself.

Fang Island/Delicate Steve @ Lincoln Hall - Everyone did, in fact, high five everyone. And Delicate Steve wasn't so delicate.

Delta Spirit/The Fling @ the Metro - Apparently Delta Spirit isn't as folk-oriented as I'd thought.

1. Tao of the Dead by ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
2. Until the Day I Die by Bottle Up & Go
3. TBA - Handsome Furs


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