Saturday, January 1, 2011

Top 10 Albums of 2010

Ok ladies and gents here is the much debated over year end list. Now I'm not trying to appeal to indie hispters or anyone else for that matter by including Kanye West or anything just albums that really caught my attention over the last year. Year end lists are always a much contested affair but that's why we all have our own tastes and opinions. I encourage you to whip up a favourite's list of your own whether you choose to share it or not is up to you. The lists are always a great way for people to hear new music or rediscover something they may have let slip away. Here's my holiday treat for you and hope you enjoy:

1. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Beat The Devil's Tattoo

2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

3. Interpol - Interpol

4. Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History

5. The Sunshine Underground - Nobody's Coming To Save You

6. Surfer Blood - Astrocoast

7. The Drums - The Drums

8. Kings Of Leon - Come Around Sundown

9. The Besnard Lakes - ...Are The Roaring Night

10. The National - High Violet

The Coral - Butterfly House

Kula Shaker - Pilgrim's Progress

22-20s - Shake, Shiver & Moan

Detroit Social Club - Existence

Frightened Rabbit - The Winter Of Mixed Drinks

Tame Inpala - Innerspeaker

Mystery Jets - Seratonin

Klaxons - Surfing The Void

UNKLE - Where Did The Night Fall

New Young Pony Club - The Optimist

Vampire Weekend - Contra

Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

MGMT - Congratulations

Yeasayer - Odd Blood

Gayngs - Relayted

British Sea Power - Zeus EP

The Walkmen - Lisbon

The Strange Boys - Be Brave

Salem - King Night

Foals - Total Life Forever

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

Beach House - Teen Dream

Autolux - Transit Transit

These New Puritans - Hidden

Crocodiles - Sleep Forever

Kele - The Boxer

Clinic - Bubblegum

The Black Angels - Phospene Dream

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

Delphic - Acolyte

Ok Go - Of The Blue Color Of The Sky

Eels - End Times

Spoon - Transference

Hot Chip - One Life Stand

Midlake - The Courage Of Others

RPA & The United Nations Of Sound - RPA & The United Nations Of Sound

Massive Attack - Heligoland

The Courteeners - Falcon

Dead Meadow - Three Kings

Wild Nothing - Gemini

Broken Bells - Broken Bells

The Whigs - In The Dark

Jonsi - Go

The Futureheads - The Chaos

Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record

Deftones - Diamond Eyes

The Hold Steady - Heaven Is Whenever

The Dead Weather - Sea Of Cowards

Band Of Horses - Infinite Arms

The Black Keys - Brothers

Wintersleep - New Inheritors

We Are Scientists - Barbara

The Chemical Brothers - Further

Hurts - Happiness

Eels - Tomorrow Morning

Quest For Fire - Lights From Paradise

Sleepy Sun - Fever

Weezer - Hurley

Brandon Flowers - Flamingo

Belle and Sebastian - Belle and Sebastian Write About Love

Warpaint - The Fool

Fran Healy - Wreckorder

Stars - The Five Ghosts

Tricky - Mixed Race

Darker My Love - Alive As You Are

Bombay Bicycle Club - Flaws

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Dark Night Of The Soul

School Of Seven Bells - Disconnect From Desire

Teenage Fanclub - Shadows

Stone Temple Pilots - Stone Temple Pilots

Born Ruffians - Say It

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Mojo

The Nix Dicksons - Giraffe EP

The Explosive Archives: Calgary Live Music. Vol. I

The May Cause - The May Cause EP

Edwyn Collins - Losing Sleep

Wolf People - Steeple

Tamaryn - The Waves

Serena Maneesh - 2: Abyss In B Minor

Red Cedar - Enter The Sun Gods

Raised By Swans - No Ghostless Place

Monster Movie - Everyone Is A Ghost

Midnight Juggernauts - The Crystal Axis

Maximum Balloon - Maximum Balloon

Kent - En Plats I Solen

Johnny Cash - American VI: Ain't No Grave

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Hawk

The Hotrats - Turn Ons

Hollerado - Record In A Bag

Good Shoes - No Hope, No Future

Engineers - In Praise Of More

The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster

The Cinematics - Silent Scream EP

Cherry Ghost - Beneath This Burning Shoreline

The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Who Killed Sgt. Pepper

Blood Red Shoes - Fire Like This

Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart

The Bees - Every Step's A Yes

The Automatic - Tear The Signs Down 

Titus Andronicus - The Moniter

Admiral Radley - I Heart California

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - III/IV

The Orb Featuring David Gilmour - Metallic Spheres

Free Energy - Stuck On Nothing

Exit Calm - Exit Calm

Mogwai - Special Moves


  1. You beat me to it this year, sir! I think I should have mine on my blog this week or so. Just have to do some more calculations...

  2. Oh yeah, also:
    "WHAT?! No Neil Young?!"

  3. Congratulations on the hard work of making this blog. I really enjoyed reading it throughout the year, and I like your year end lists. Did you actually listen to every one of these albums more than once? Crazy.

    I'm posting only to mention some records you may haven't heard, that got me excited and I would like to share them with you:

    Women - Public Strain
    Caribou - Swim
    Wolf Parade - Expo 86
    Owen Pallett - Heartland
    Tunng - Tourist History
    Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards
    Blonde Redhead - Penny Sparkle

    Some honourable mentions should go to these freaks:

    The Kings of Convenience - "Declaration of Dependence" came out in October of 2009, but it's been probably the sexiest album of 2010 for me.

    Au Revoir Simone - "Still Night, Still Light" - came out in 2009 as well, but I did spend some time listening to it this year.

    And Radiohead did throw authorize the Live in Praha thing... just not in physical form. That was pretty cool.