These were some of my favourites of the year:
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01. Darwin Deez - Radar Detector
02. Twin Shadow - For Now
03. Jaill - Baby I
04. Dr. Dog - Unbearable Why
05. The Zolas - You're Too Cool
06. Diamond Rings - All Yr Songs
07. Local Natives - Sun Hands
08. Siskiyou - Never Ever Ever Ever Again
09. Twin Sister - Lady Daydream
10. The Arcade Fire - Modern Man*
11. The New Pornographers - Crash Years*
12. Vampire Weekend - Run*
13. Tegan & Sara - Alligator (Toro Y Moi Remix)**
14. Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill***
15. Onra - High Hopes ft. Reggie B
16. The-Dream - Yamaha
17. Mark Ronson - Somebody To Love Me
18. Robyn - Fembot****
19. LCD Soundsystem - Home
20. Broken Social Scene - All to All
* I realize that
itís kinda in vogue to hate on bands like Vampire
Weekend and The Arcade Fire,
but once you get over yourself and actually listen to these albums, youíll realize how consistent these guys are.
** This was my definitive 2010 summer jam.
might be my favourite album of 2010, but I donít think Iíve ever listened to it
cover to cover...
as itís completely exhausting (in a good way).
**** I think
that Robynís 3 EPs over the year was a brilliant way of staying engaged with
the Internet for the entire year.
With that said, I donít think this will work for many other bands. (see the In Rainbows pricing strategy from a couple of years ago).
The reason it worked for Robyn was because the content across all 3 EPs was consistently strong.
Thank yous: Leigh created this yearís cover art (possibly channelling TRON and classic Canadiana imagery). Sheís basically the best.
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