Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Nearly 100 People Choose Their #1 Album of 2010

Against Me!: White Crosses
—Ed D'Oliviera

Arcade Fire: The Suburbs
—Kate Richardson

Arcade Fire: The Suburbs
—Margaret Wappler

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffitti: Before Today
—Randall Roberts

Arp: The Soft Wave
—Scott Tennent

Band of Horses: Infinite Arms
—Kevin Amorim

Baths: Cerulean
—Reed Fischer

Beach House: Teen Dream
—David Marchese

Big Boi: Sir Lucious Left Foot … The Son Of Chico Dusty
—Frannie Kelley

Big Boi: Sir Lucious Left Foot … The Son Of Chico Dusty
—Nate Patrin

Bob Seger: Never Mind the Bullets Here’s Early Bob Seger
—Chuck Eddy

Brian McBride: The Effective Disconnect (Music Composed for the Documentary “Vanishing of the Bees”)
—Miles Klee

The Budos Band: III
—Sasha Frere-Jones

The Bug: Infected EP
—Michaelangelo Matos

Butch Walker & The Black Widows: I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart
—Al Shipley

The Cheniers: Trouble! (7”)
—Matt Ealer

Ciara: Basic Instinct
—Alex Macpherson

Citay: Dream Get Together
—Mike Lupica

Curren$y: Pilot Talk
—Rafi Kam

Deerhunter: Halcyon Digest
—Marc Hogan

Deftones: Diamond Eyes
—Chris Steffen

Destroyer: Streethawk – A Seduction
—Ryan Catbird

Erykah Badu: New Amerykah Part 2
—Seth Colter Walls

Flaming Tusk: Old, Blackened Century
—Brad Nelson

Freddie Gibbs: Str8 Killa EP
—John Gotty

The Fresh & Onlys: Play It Strange
—Aaron Leitko

Frog Eyes: Paul's Tomb: A Triumph
—Matt LeMay

Grinderman: Grinderman 2
—Evie Nagy

Harvey Milk: A Small Turn of Human Kindness
—Christopher R. Weingarten

Hot Chip: One Night Stand
—David Raposa

Insane Clown Posse: Bang! Pow! Boom! (Nuclear Edition)
—Camille Dodero

Jack Rose: Luck in the Valley
—Bill Meyer

James Blake: (“My iTunes playlist of James Blake’s 2010 collected works”)
—Scott Plagenhoef

Jamey Johnson: The Guitar Song
—J. Freedom du Lac

Janelle Monáe: The ArchAndroid
—Jeanne Fury

Janelle Monáe: The ArchAndroid
—Todd Martens

Janelle Monáe: The ArchAndroid
—Ann Powers

Jim O’Rourke: All Kinds of People
—Brandon Soderberg

Joanna Newsom: Have One On Me
—Tyler Coates

Joanna Newsom: Have One On Me
—Douglas Wolk

John Grant: Queen of Denmark
—Dorian Lynskey

Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
—Charles Aaron

Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
—Zach Baron

Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
—John Brodeur

Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
—Dave Bry

Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
—Zoe Chace

Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
—Caryn Ganz

Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
—Dan Gibson

Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
—J. Edward Keyes

Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
—Amy Phillips

Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
—Chris Richards

Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
—Simon Vozick-Levinson

Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
—Jonah Weiner

Kate Nash: My Best Friend Is You
—Alexandra Corhan

Kelis: Flesh Tone
—Jessica Hopper

Kelis: Flesh Tone
—David Moore

Kylesa: Spiral Shadow
—Gillian Reagan

LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening
—David Malitz

The Library Is On Fire: Magic Windows, Magic Nights
—John Sellers

Lil B: 6 Kiss
—Andrew Noz

Lindstrøm & Christabelle: Real Life Is No Cool
—Kate Silver

Lower Dens: Twin Hand Movement
—Richard Baluyut

Lower Dens: Twin Hand Movement
—Wye Oak

Marnie Stern: Marnie Stern
—Maura Johnston

Mount Carmel: Mount Carmel
—Aaron Lefkove

Ólafur Arnalds: …And They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness
—Sean Carruthers

Owen Pallett: Heartland
—Otis Hart

Owen Pallett: Heartland
—Laura Leebove

The Radio Dept.: Clinging to a Scheme
—David Greenwald

Rangda: False Flag
—Marc Masters

Rasputina: Sister Kinderhook
—Rohin Guha

Robyn: Body Talk
—Erica Futterman

Robyn: Body Talk
—Jacob Ganz

Robyn: Body Talk
—Doree Shafrir

Robyn: Body Talk
—Edith Zimmerman

School of Seven Bells: Disconnect From Desire
—Ned Raggett

Screaming Females: Castle Talk
—Julia Factorial

Skream: Outside the Box
—Rich Juzwiak

Sleigh Bells: Treats
—Jess Harvell

Sleigh Bells: Treats
—Matthew Perpetua

Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz
—Jim Cantiello

Superchunk: Majesty Shredding
—Jon Solomon

These New Puritans: Hidden
—Colleen Nika

Titus Andronicus: The Monitor
—Amanda Petrusich

Titus Andronicus: The Monitor
—Patrick Rapa

Tracey Thorn: Love and its Opposite
—Chris Molanphy

Triptykon: Eparistera Daimones
—Kory Grow

Two Door Cinema Club: Tourist History
—Dustin “Fletcher” Matthews

Vampire Weekend: Contra
—Keith Harris

Vampire Weekend: Contra
—Pitchfork Reviews Reviews

Vampire Weekend: Contra
—Lindsey Thomas

Various Artists: Stroke: Songs For Chris Knox
—Todd Pruzan

Violens: Amoral
—Michaela Drapes

Warpaint: The Fool
—Rob Harvilla

234 Comments / Post A Comment

Why pick one?


Art Yucko (#1,321)

Never could. Ain't gonna start trying.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

I am torn between The Social Network and Mad Men?

Art Yucko (#1,321)

Movie/TV. Apple/Orange.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Apple TV.

Movie is to short story as TV is to novel; see a short story, watch a novel. (Gaze a navel.)

Also I did not see The Social Network or watch Mad Men. Kbai!

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

if we are all honest with ourselves we know the real winner here is the beatles

Slava (#216)

That's the old people Girl Talk, right??

Bittersweet (#765)

Hey, three people got the right answer, which is The ArchAndroid. Prizes for Jeanne, Todd and Ann!

(Sorry, Doree and Edith, I've tried to get into Robyn, really…)

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

The ArchAndroid is super fucking boring, peace.

iantenna (#5,160)

ditto on the super fucking boring. and, this might be the least pc thing i will ever say on the awl but dollars to donuts, if that record were made by a white person nobody would fucking care.

wallsdonotfall (#6,378)

I really like the singles I've heard from her, but I saw her live at the beginning of the year and her show was awful! Awful! So boring, good music but she had so little connection with the (white, hipster) audience that it would have been more enjoyable and less awkward if we had just all listened to a recording together. So I'm not surprised if the album as a whole was a bust.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

You can listen to my pick, for free, on the internet, by traveling to

Listen if you like some fucking metal.

Matt (#26)

Metal sucks.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

Maybe you should listen to your 7" from Arlington some more and think about how you're not leaving Washington, D.C.

Matt (#26)

Whatever Bard maybe you should write more about how John Coltrane relates to you riding the N train, NYC poseur.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

duttes. -sssssssssssssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.-

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

Whatever, Michel Foucault.

Matt (#26)

I know right? Like we're gonna take orders from an egg. Who doesn't even answer his VYoos.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

putting you in timeout.

Matt (#26)

Dude who listens to jazz anyway??

Art Yucko (#1,321)
iantenna (#5,160)

also, hopheads.

Matt (#26)

God. Duke Ellington totally sold out when he left Washington, DC.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

North Kanye has amassed quite an arsenal.

petejayhawk (#1,249)

North Kanye does not appreciate your belligerence.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Much love for Team Kansas.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Was it North Kanye or West Kanye that bought all those tanks for Southern Sudan? (My grandkids keep telling me I should keep up with teh music.)

iantenna (#5,160)

doug paisley – constant companion
- iantenna

also. i don't know what's on that early bob seger bootleg. but i'll give a big fuck yeah to pre-silver bullet band bob seger of all varieties, be it the system or the herd. i'll also give a big fuck yeah to silver bullet band seger but that's a much less hip thing to say.

A.R. Chrisman (#2,964)

I forgot about that Doug Paisley release. Good lookin' out.

Aatom (#74)

I'm going with Body Talk (all three parts) as well. Robyn was a pop revelation this year.

I really like the Kanye album and have been listening to it regularly, but it's a stretch for me to even make it my 3rd favorite of the year. And as much as I liked The Suburbs (sorry so many contrarians), also not most outstanding. Then again, I am of the mind that it is impossible most years to name a #1 album, because there are so many facets of music, so having so many different ones show up here is heartening.

deepomega (#1,720)

Menomena – Mines – deepomega


A.R. Chrisman (#2,964)

What happened to them? I really liked the album that "Rusting and Dying" or "Coming and Crying" or whatever was off of, but where did they goooooo?

Miles Klee (#3,657)

This is a really excellent album, yeah.

deepomega (#1,720)

They kinda disappeared for a few years – one of the dudes was in Ramona Falls, and I think there were other side projects? But Mines is great and worth the wait! (Rhymes!)

Miles Klee (#3,657)

Ramona Falls is also way good, ditto Lackthereof. Lotta talent in that band.

deepomega (#1,720)

And they are CRAZY GOOD live! I didn't appreciate them nearly as much till I saw them and realized how much they know what they are doing.

djfreshie (#875)

Heck yes they are good live. They make the sounds they make on the recordings, and these days, for some reason, there are too many people not doing that. Please, stop playing samples from your keyboard to loop while you actually play, everybody I see these days. That is cheatery.

joshc (#442)

Apparently they hate each other?

LondonLee (#922)

No love for The XX from anyone?

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

Yeah, I mean, what about TV on the Radio, guys?

Adriana Sandoval (#7,628)

I love The XX, but no one asked me. Also missing is a mention for The National.

Miles Klee (#3,657)

The xx: came out in 2009

The National: people hate to identify as mopey and white.

Adriana Sandoval (#7,628)

ouch!!! But I'm not white so it's all good.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

The National: people hate to admit they also still owe money to the money to the money they owe

Craig Brownson (#4,257)

I'm team The National, also team White and Mopey

Art Yucko (#1,321)

The XX Century was kinda meh but I've got good vibes about the XXIst.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Thank you 100+ people. (No endorsements from the masthead?)

Miles Klee (#3,657)


I keep thinking Miles chose Brian McKnight

Brad Nelson (#2,115)


he did

It's true! I couldn't decide.

That just means Bodies of Water and Faun Fables didn't have albums this year.



iantenna (#5,160)

faun fables! east bay represent!

laurel (#4,035)

Oh god, Faun Fables. I saw them/her right before they took "The Transit Rider" on tour and liked it for the first. three. hours. and then wanted to kill everyone, all of us, but especially my friends/hosts who would not admit that the evening had become a folky theatrical slog to the limits of twee.

So, Faun Fables. I have not been back. Should I?

What album was Bollywood on?

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

High Violet

Tyler Coates (#451)

Funstyle. Obviously my number two pick. WHAT A YEAR FOR WOMEN IN ROCK!

NinetyNine (#98)

Number Two? Chickenshit.

Tyler Coates (#451)

Ha ha, JKsers! It's not even in my top twenty.

WTF, I own exactly one on that list.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)


(I own two, and have asked for Kelis and Big Boi for xmas) (I am teh old)

roboloki (#1,724)

two here also. apparently we all suffer from pine ear.
power to the (old) people!!

Moff (#28)

Two too! And they're like the least obscure ones on the list!

Whatever, I'm having a kid.

I tend to buy stuff at least a year after it came out.

Have you heard of this awesome band, Grizzly Bear?!?!?!?

LondonLee (#922)

I have three.

Suck it, squares.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

And? one of the ones I have on the list I was alerted to first here. And THEN THEY BOUGHT AD SPACE (Merge) KOFF…

Bought the Laurie Anderson after the big SCW post, too. I regret nothing.

I acquired 4 of these in the last three weeks via Amazon's mp3 firesale. Investigate it, guys! Many of these albums are like $4! (This comment not paid for by amazon, unfortunately)

OK, now I own two.

Bittersweet (#765)

Me two.

Hey, no love for Cee-lo? Didn't see it in the above list, unless I missed it…

Art Yucko (#1,321)

I dunno guys…. I got nuffin.

Art Yucko (#1,321)


Art Yucko (#1,321)


I bet the 13 people that picked Kanye feel very original.
Galactic – Ya-Ka-May. Check it!

Art Yucko (#1,321)


dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

I bet the 13 people that picked Kanye are totally burned by your comment.

Matt (#26)

Less talk more [____] right now haaah.

Dave Bry (#422)

Yes. I was going to lie in an effort to be more original. But then I decided to tell the truth.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

"Public Apology"

Art Yucko (#1,321)

When you turn on the lights in here, it's hard for the truth to hide.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)


I didn't realize honesty and originality were mutually exclusive.

Also, this isn't a "new" album in the truest sense but the Hendrix anthology "West Coast Seattle Boy" is spectacular. Ya-Ka-May still stands as the "new" album of the year in my book, though.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

Real Talk: The Kanye record has this ability to keep hijacking the conversation and therefore the playlist. You feel us?

Wish I could feel ya but I haven't even heard Kanye's record yet.


#56 (#56)

Even mopey non-white people like it… so get on that!

Slava (#216)

Naaah… I'm pretty sure they feel a warm sense of camaraderie
They're probably high-fiving each other right now!!

A.R. Chrisman (#2,964)

El Guincho – Pop Negro.

This list is incomplete without that, in every sense of the word.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

Vampire Weekend Kryptonite, generally. (Wooden Stake in the form of a viral video.)

Moff (#28)

I really enjoyed the new Tokyo Police Club.

I think they're pretty solid.

joshc (#442)

I'm kind of embarrassed at how much I listened to that record. But not really, because it's SO FUN.

Moff (#28)

Right? There is about one song of theirs total that I'm kinda "eh" on — everything else is silver or gold. They're just really good at catchy alt-pop-rock. It helps that most of the tracks are so short.

Mine is Los Campesinos!: Romance is Boring. The amount of growth they've made in the past 3 years is amazing.

Maura with the sole Marnie Stern vote. Have not been able to get into this one as much as the last one but maybe I'll give it a second chance now.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

oh it is so good

it is like feeding your head with color

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Oh wow yes. Is her whole catalogue this good????

roboloki (#1,724)

the black keys: brothers

cherrispryte (#444)

Jukebox the Ghost – Everything Under the Sun

though also, yay for Rasputina!

cherrispryte (#444)


Gogol Bordello – Transcontinental Hustle.

Oh my god yes. How could I have forgetten that one!

Leon (#6,596)

Were you not allowed to pick your own album? Cuz I would have done that.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Why this list no is 1000 tweepy pwple for Girl Talk?????!??

djfreshie (#875)

Contra was a horribly disappointing followup, rife with autotune for vocals that simply do not require them, and rehashed ideas that were neat the first time around, but less so now. Those are three very sad selections.

And anyways, who cares? The best album ever is clearly the new Deerhunter. Kudos, M Hogan.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

Liking Deerhunter is fucking stupid.

roboloki (#1,724)

brad, would you like to tell us how you feel about the new deerhunter album?

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

What the fuck is Deerhunter?

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Angelina's dad's finest hour.

Art Yucko (#1,321)


djfreshie (#875)

Brad, you also like Deerhunter?

joshc (#442)

I'm just grateful to Kanye for allowing me to feel a little less unoriginal for having Vampire Weekend at the top of my favorites list.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

knit this man a zany hairsweater.

Rod T (#33)

Those are all Internet people. Shouldn't they be picking their favorite websites?

Also? This:

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

My favorite website is when I stopped reading Gawker.


NinetyNine (#98)

Fit, athletic LA dude sks over-educated women for laments about futility of creative accomplishment when 'Internet People' are sucking up all the air in the room, excessive drink and occasional fumbling sex. 323 preferred.

Slava (#216)

The Internet!!!!

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

Real winners of the day and essentially the whole year are Gillian Reagan and Christopher R. Weingarten for picking two other records that are completely fucking metal.


dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Not so fast! Two thumbs-up comments with THE SAME TIME STAMP??? YOU, BRAD NELSON, ARE THE BEST COMMENTER

I am suddenly a huge fan of Gillian Reagan. Despite seeing Kylesa when they came through town with Kylesa and High on Fire, I had no idea they had a new record out until yesterday. Now my problem is I can't decide which song off it I want to hear most.

The first track, "Tired Climb," is amazing. Also "Don't Look Back." But I don't dig the whole thing as much as I adored last year's *Static Tensions*. [Sez the guy who voted for Badu.]

pemulis (#903)

Ryan Catbird wins, per usual.

pemulis (#903)

(Though the Brian McBride pick is also very very solid.)

percolator (#1,721)

Good job, Kate Silver, for showing some love to that Lindstrom LP. Also, kind of surprised that LCD Soundsystem didn't garner more votes.

(TRUTH be told? I put myself down for LCD! Because I just saw them and loved them. And then I wussed out!)

Honestly I think my #1 album of the year is "Master of Puppets." But IDK.

Matt (#26)

Please, Choire. Everyone knows it's all about Master of Puppies at this point.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)


dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

"They love comment-bait posts, generally."

I know, Miles and Maura are huge whores.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

With hearts of gold.

Matt (#26)

Hmm. Someone hasn't been reading their Feminism For Dudes, obviously.

Note: This only applies to the Maura piece of the puzzle. Please to continue saying whatever you like about that Joose-denying bastard Not-Davis.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

Miles Davis woulda loved Joose.

NinetyNine (#98)

Does Baud/Mavis slashfic involve y'all licking Loko off each other?

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

In Which the 40-Year-Old Art Director Provides a Theme for the Upcoming Brad Nelson/Miles Klee Naked Calendar, a YEAH BUDDY MEDIA Production.

Matt (#26)

Dude we haven't secured all the rights yet.

JGP (#1,686)

Girl Talk is still pretty unstoppable. That Curren$y album is wicked good. And Big Boi is probably my favorite of the year. Hmm, needs more guitars? How about The Walkmen, whose album was very nice indeed.

a.t. (#1,744)

Sir Luscious Left Foot's on fire

jrb (#3,020)

So we can all agree that the new Belle & Sebastian was a huge disappointment?

joshc (#442)

Not a huge disappointment, but only because my expectations were low and I'm kind of thrilled that they're still touring.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

actually that album was really fucking good, I dont care what a motherfuckers says and yeah I was playlisting the shit out of it still just a few weeks ago and boy, do I have pop music amnesia. It's the fault of brainwashing by North Kanye agents.

melis (#1,854)

Man, this thread made everyone seem awful.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Aw man! Why you have to be like that.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

i am fucking precious


Art Yucko (#1,321)

you think this is bad? you should've been around for the tumblr outage.

Flashman (#418)

Streethawk: A Seduction?! Is that some kind of fucking joke? Streethawk came out in like, 1997. Digitally-remastered reissues don't count, so you just wasted your vote, Catbird.
But yeah, maybe your point is, 2010 hasn't been a great year for music. Agreed. I'm still loving the sweet sounds of 2009. Of the titles listed, I do like that Titus Andromicus. Not listed: Broken Social Scene's 'Forgiveness Rock Record' which I do quite love.

iantenna (#5,160)

if it weren't for reissues my year end lists would be really fucking sparse.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

Reissue of the year: Earth: A Bureaucratic Desire for Extra Capsular Extraction

iantenna (#5,160)

actually, it was bill withers' +'justments.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

i give everything up to iantenna

here are my shoes

have them

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

No New York?

Matt (#26)

Yeah. No it.

shapoopy (#8,817)

No love for Merry Christmas II You? It's MIMI, guys, c'mon

Tom Marr-Johnson (#4,415)

Did Beach House just come out too long ago for people to still be giving it props? Or am I just in a sad minority of 2?

mu (#8,201)

That makes sense – kind of a morose record.

katiechasm (#163)

Of Montreal – False Priest

(I haven't seen this on any year-end lists yet, :/). I also liked These New Puritans and James Blake this year.

NinetyNine (#98)

I dunno. Kevin Shields leaves me kind of cold.

Matt (#26)

Oh, Nic. You know damn well you fetishize the archetype with the best of them.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

Nic Musolino = Georgie Fruit

Matt (#26)

Hanz Moleman = Aladdin Sane

NinetyNine (#98)


katiechasm (#163)

Nobody's gay for Moleman.

A.R. Chrisman (#2,964)

Not yet.

shostakobitch (#1,692)

Maps & Atlases – Perch Patchwork

mu (#8,201)

Not one for The Walkmen!?

Fuck you all!

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

Talk to Matt Ealer.

mu (#8,201)

He probably has Great Big Balls (GBB)

Matt (#26)

I think that it has its merits, and I maintain that the Walkmen will forever be better than Johnathan Fire*Eater, but it just doesn't really move me as an entire album at this point.

Now, just the other day I found a CDr of You & Me lying around and it was funny because while I still felt the same way about it the first time I listened to it, I also realized God damn this is a good record. So maybe this is likewise a "sleeper" and I'll need to give it two years before I canonize it.

"All My Great Designs" and "Woe Is Me" are tops, though.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

i'm tryin


mu (#8,201)

You & Me is massive. My 'favorites' trade places all over that one.

I'd probably go "Angel Surf City" and "Blue As Your Blood" – but that's only because I'm predictable. Something approximating "punk" and "regal", which you don't get to see much.

More Importantly: they are 'live' as fuck.
These guys make looking hard look very, very easy.

seanbon (#8,965)

No Gorillaz means everyone is wrong. Wrong I tell you!

brendonb (#8,966)

I rather liked that Deerhunter album. That's probably my favorite.

Though I probably listened to Murmur and Fulfillingness' First Finale more than any 2010 record this year.

osmium (#7,705)

Oh wait, the new B&S. I keep telling people I don't listen to new music, but I dig the new B&S.

Miles Klee (#3,657)

"It's not as bad as everyone says, generally."

First track especially.

I'll give my kudos to Surf City's Kudos.

Miles Klee (#3,657)

Word. I jam this one regularly. Alternated with The Clean's Anthology for maximum kiwi-pop-overload.

I was glad, though, to see Prozan vote for Stroke on this list. Anthologies never make top album choices, even when they're that good. Kiwipop overload indeed.

Miles Klee (#3,657)

One other ridiculously good and not-mentioned album to shout out: Wild Nothing – Gemini

Matt (#26)

Magrudergrind Crusher EP

Sent from my Scion xB

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

I remember when your blog was about Magrudergrind and Kaoru Abe.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

See also "Room, get a"

Matt (#26)

Oh you have no idea.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

You have no idea how idea-free I am.

NinetyNine (#98)

Dudes get a Room of Their Own and Solve Everything: The history of rock since Sleater-Kinney disbanded"


mimithedog (#1,165)

Right, hate those racist tea party people, us hipsters do. Hey! Too bad latin music and jazz have died, right? Oh, you mean the 100 smartest people in pop don't know anything about those genres? Oh. Gosh. Hmm. Let me think this through again. Grumble. Whine.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

Dude I went back and forth between my actual pick and this:

I don't fuck around

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

KOFF (country)

Mimi–I filed my ballot tonight for the Village Voice's jazz poll. Some of the records at the top of this list will likely also make my "overall" 10-best-of-the-year list for the purposes of Pazz + Jop.

1. Mary Halvorson Quintet – Saturn Sings
2. Jason Moran – Ten
3. Benoit Delbecq Trio – The Sixth Jump
4. Maurice Brown – The Cycle of Love
5. Paul Motian – Lost In A Dream
6. Ingrid Laubrock – Anti-House
7. Steve Coleman and Five Elements – Harvesting Semblances and Affinities
8. Geri Allen – Flying Toward the Sound
9. Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up – Actionspeak
10. Rudresh Mahanthappa & Steve Lehman – Dual Identity

Streethawk: A Seduction, yes.

Rod T (#33)

Oh, and since no one asked, this album kicks all of your albums' asses:
Twin Shadow: Forget

barnhouse (#1,326)

Vampire Weekend: Contra is less than a year old?! Cripes.

kneetoe (#1,881)

What about the 35th anniversary re-release of Free To Be You and Me?!? You think your shit'll be around in 35 years!! And sound that good? YOU AND MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Screen Name (#2,416)

Anyone who releases an album over the next 22 days is going to be like, "Aw man, shit! We fucking missed it!" And then next year people will be, like, "My best album of 2011 is that one by… ah, wait, sorry but that actually came out in late 2010." And then those same people who released their album over the next 22 days will once again be like, "Aw man, shit! We fucking missed it… again!" Then someone in the band will say, "Guys, we gotta start getting these fucking albums out earlier in the year." And everyone will be like, "Yeah, you're right. We missed two lists with our last album. Two!" But then someone else, probably that one quiet dude, will suddenly say, "Fuck that shit, man! We can't compromise our music just to make some kind of Best of list!" And everyone will be, "Yeah! Fuck that!" And then they'll drink some beers, talk about something else and have a few laughs but they'll still be secretly pissed that they released the album too late to make anyone's list, even the one quiet dude who only said something because he hates confrontation and wanted to make everyone in the band feel better.

Matt (#26)

Dude have you been eavesdropping on the Summer of Megadeth backchannel?

this totally happened to fall out boy in 2008

Miles Klee (#3,657)

see? the system works

alorsenfants (#139)

Yes — Jason Moran's "Ten" and his record with Paul Motian: "Lost in a Dream"!

alorsenfants (#139)

But — although I replied above, and adored, two jazz piano outings…. best record for me, my limited exposure is truly Jonsi's "Go" –

egad (#1,355)

Hell yeah to Sufjan Stevens Age of Adz, Joanna Newsom Have on on me, Beach House Teen Dream.
But what about these albums?!
Harlem : Hippies
Antony and the Johnsons : Swanlights (seriously no-one chose this and 35 people chose Kanye?)
Best Coast : Crazy for You
The Besnard Lakes : Are the Roaring Night

Art Yucko (#1,321)

Devendra Banhart is so misunderstood.

egad (#1,355)

It's because he mumbles.

6h057 (#1,914)

Comment 200!

Art Yucko (#1,321)


6h057 (#1,914)

I don't know if I'm sad or happy !!!'s Strange Weather, Isn't It? isn't anywhere on this page.


superdave (#8,972)

Superchunk's Majesty Shredding kicks FUCKING ASS!

rj77 (#210)


Joey Camire (#6,325)

I'm really glad Beach House made the list, but I'm also surprised no one threw in Edward Sharpe or Mumford and Sons to be a little contrarian. Also, while I love Infinite Arms, I question whether it can make the list solely because it is at best Band of Horses second best if not third best album.

Joey Camire (#6,325)

Also with all the Cee-Lo love that was going on here, kinda surprised he didn't make the list, but Ke$ha and Ciara did.

iantenna (#5,160)

edward sharpe and mumford and sons are actually, objectively, and hands down, the two worst things to happen to music in recent history. also, edward sharpe came out in 2009. the absolute lowest form of musical bandwagon jumping and critic baiting. so, so, so, bad. i don't even have the words to explain just how awful those two albums are.

Matt (#26)

Amen brother.

kfon (#3,209)

The Suburbs was fucking boring. Why do people like it? Me no understand.

Jim Behrle (#3,292)

I hate music

NinetyNine (#98)

Tommy says so, so, so, so what.

shudder (#5,913)

can someone tell me why Destroyer’s (utterly classic) 2001 Streethawk – A Seduction, counts?

hman (#53)


ReginaldMaudling (#3,411)

Ugh. The Kanye monotony was mind-numbing. I realize these are subjective (durr). But still, there are glaring omissions. I guess that these respected listener types mostly went with the "total album sales equals good" aka the popularity contest picks.

Here's my list of 21 I really dug this year in no particular order:

1. Tomorrow, In a Year – The Knife/Mt. Sims/Planningtorock ('Colouring of Pigeons' is incredible)

2. The Magician's Private Library - Holly Miranda

3. Disconnect From Desire – School of Seven Bells

4. The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night - The Besnard Lakes

5. Forgiveness Rock Record – Broken Social Scene

6. Treats – Sleigh Bells

7. Omni – Minus the Bear

8. Further – The Chemical Brothers

9. Does it Look Like I’m Here? – Emeralds

10. Teen Dream – Beach House

11. There Is Love In You – Four Tet

12. Transference – Spoon

13. Swim – Caribou ('Odessa' is darkly beautiful)

14. Cerulean – Baths

15. Crazy For You – Best Coast (how did no one pick this???)

16. The Way Out – The Books (again, not mentioned. Monkey demands answers! /Mr. Show)

17. Crystal Castles II/CC 2010/whatever you want to call it – Crystal Castles

18. The Other Side of Zero – Elizabeth & The Catapult

19. Ring – Glasser

20. Heligoland – Massive Attack

21. Am I Real? – Nite Jewel

22. The Best of Nelly Furtado – Just kidding.

Tully Mills (#6,486)

227 comments and no SALEM? No Junip?

scottorrot (#7,358)

Awesome to see Mount Carmel and Lower Dens here. People should definitely check those out.

Bobby Womack (#4,074)

Orion by Ryan Adams! ELECTROSNAKE!

Sean Scheideler (#9,003)

Streethawk- a seduction is awesome; but it's not from 2010, or even the last 10 years…

Mount_Prion (#290)

I hate whitey.

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