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  • It needs to make its way to the New Suque Order (NSO). I haven't been listening to anything really all that new. Last two songs I added to my playlist for heading home.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF7sAjVcFJM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PI_wyDesto

    Help add to my take me home playlist since there's about 90% chance there's idiots driving 60 MPH in both lanes all the way home

    :helpmeKeegs

    This post was edited by vtalejo 4 years ago

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  • That's the kind of immediate response time I'm talking about.

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  • I’ve listened to almost 500 new albums this year. From those, I’ve picked the Best 50 songs I’ve heard to share with you.

    This is the first installment of my Top 50 songs list. I’m releasing these in 3 parts. This is the “Bronze” list, songs #26 to #50. Next will be “Silver” (#11-#25), and finally my very favorite“Gold” list (#1 - #10). Within each Bronze, Silver, and Gold list, they aren’t rated any more specifically. I just put them in a good-flowing order.

    I’ve included a Youtube link to each song wherever possible, and included a myspace or other link if I couldn’t find a Youtube link.

    The “Bronze” List (#26-#50)

    26 Marina and the Diamonds - I am Not a Robot

    from the “I am Not a Robot” EP – Released April 26, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_oMD6-6q5Y

    Marina Diamandis is a Welsh singer, who sounds like a cross between Kate Bush and PJ Harvey. I included her song “Girls, Girls, Girls” on my “Best of 2008” compilation, and the song “Obsessions” on my Best of 2009 compilation. Back in 2008, she was an unsigned artist. Since then, she has been signed by Atlantic Records in the UK and Warner Brothers in the USA.

    27 Guards - Resolution of One

    from the “Guards” EP – Released November 22, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0viTmFdJP5I

    Download the album for Free (and Legal!) http://guards.bandcamp.com/download_tralbum

    “Guards” is Richie James Follin from New York City. If I had to pick one theme to describe new music in 2010, it would be “fuzzy beach music”. This is one of my favorite examples, and the only one on my list with male vocals.

    28 The High Violets – Ciné

    from the “Cinéma LP” - Released September 1, 2010

    http://www.myspace.com/music/5133327/songs/73289030

    The High Violets are Clint Sargent and Kaitlyn ni Donovan from Portland OR. They are a dream-pop band. They are self-described as sounding like 4AD bands like The Cocteau Twins, but their mix of male and female vocals are quite unique.

    29 Sufjan Stevens - Futile Devices

    from the Age of Adz LP – Released October 12, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmbUEKFqxDk

    I’ve been waiting 7 years to like a Sufjan Stevens song. Sufjan (pronounced

    “Soof-ee-yawn”) is a singer-songwriter from Detroit, MI. Because vocally he sounds a lot like my musical hero Elliott Smith, I’ve listened much of his music, but I never really liked any of it. Finally, I’ve found a great song of his!

    30 E. Joseph & The Phantom Heart - Pen Pal

    Live Recording at the Mobtown Studios, Baltimore, MD on September 14, 2010.

    http://mobtownstudios.com/e-joseph-the-phantom-heart-microshow/

    E. Joseph is the moniker of Baltimore’s own Ed Neenan. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him perform twice in the past few months. He’s an extremely talented singer/songwriter. I particularly admire his guitar skills.

    31 Panda Riot - 16 Seconds

    from the “Far and Near” EP – Released May 10, 2010

    http://www.myspace.com/pandariot/music/songs/16-seconds-71066591

    Panda Riot are Justin Cheng, Brian Cook, Rebecca Scott, from Philadelphia, PA With their female lead vocals and swirling sounds, they reminds me a lot of early 90’s Lush (circa “Gala”)

    32 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Lost Saint

    from the “Say No to Love” Single – Released June 8, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr8uH562n1E

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are Kip Berman, Peggy Wang, Alex Naidus, and Kurt Feldman from New York City. Their song “Come Saturday” made my Top 10 list in 2009. Kip Berman’s vocals sound just like Bob Wratten of The Field Mice (which is a good thing!).

    33 Eureka Birds – Cactus Man

    From the Eureka! EP – Recorded and Mixed Fall 2010, but still trying to be published!

    http://www.myspace.com/eurekabirds/music/songs/Cactus-Man-76235478

    Eureka Birds is the recording name of Baltimore’s Justin Levy. He’s a very talented singer/songwriter/keyboardist. I saw him play a few months ago, an really enjoyed his creativity.

    Justin is trying to get his EP published. If you would like to help him accomplish this, please check out this link: http://rockethub.com/projects/571-help-show-eureka-ep-to-the-world Personally, I am proud to help fund this great EP!

    34 Greg Laswell - Lie to Me

    From the “Take a Bow” LP – Released on May 4, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2ALplepmDg

    Greg Laswell is a singer/songwriter from San Diego, CA. He’s another performer that reminds me of Elliott Smith, particularly in song composition. It was challenging to pick only one song to include on my list, because he’s very consistent, and I really like almost all of his songs.

    35 Holy Fuck - Red Lights

    From the “Latin’ LP – Released on May 11, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhaRkWfaq10

    Live Perfomance at SXSW 2010:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmrXkq6W3vU

    Not all of my picks are singer/songwriters! Holy Fuck is an electronica band from Toronto Canada. They don’t have any vocalists, just infectious beats. This is definitely one of the catchiest songs I heard all year. Plus, the studio video is a lot of fun, if you are a fan of cats.

    36 Damien Jurado - Kansas City

    From the “Saint Bartlett” LP – Released on May 25, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5--dpHI57M8

    OK, back to the singer/songwriters. Damien Jurado is from Seattle, WA. His song “Gillian was a Horse” was on my Top 10 Songs for 2008, and his song “Medication” would be on my all-time favorite songs list. Overall, I didn’t like this album as much as his last release (“Caught in the Trees” from 2008), because this album is a little too sparse, even for me.

    37 Beach House – Zebra

    From the “Zebra” EP – Released January 26, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90ipyWYO3LM

    Beach House is Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally from Baltimore. They are a “dream pop” band. Victoria handles the vocals, and sounds quite a lot like Nico.

    38 The Charlatans UK - Love is Ending

    From the album “Who We Touch” – Released September 14, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwO6H9rTfMg

    I was shocked to find out that these guys are still around! If you were unfortunate enough to be one of my roommates back in 1991, you heard me playing “The Only One I Know” in a continuous loop for hours a day. They are apparently still writing catchy British pop songs!

    39 Laura Marling - Devil's Spoke

    From the “I Speak Because I Can” LP – Released March 22, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs-xxv3ucBg

    Laura Marling is a young (20) British singer/songwriter. She reminds me a lot of KT Tunstall. This song in particular reminds me of “Black Horse and a Cherry Tree” without the “Woo Hoos!”

    40 Hoodoo Gurus - Crackin' Up

    From the “Purity of Essence” LP – Released May 11, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM6I2W1HP5w

    These guys are still around too? Maybe they can tour with Charlatans UK. I’ve loved this Australian band since high school, when a friend gave me a mix tape with such classics as “I Want You Back”, “Tojo”, and my favorite, “Dig It Up” (all from the 1984 cassette “Stoneage Romeos”. They still sound great!

    41 LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean

    From the “This is Happening” LP – Released May 18, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoA0cTC228M

    LCD Soundsystem is the performing name of James Murphy from New York City. Even though LCD Soundsystem is quite popular, this is the first song of theirs I’ve really liked. I originally had it on my “Silver” list, but it’s over 9 minutes, just too long!

    42 Zeebee – Jealous

    From the “Be My Sailor” LP – Released March 20, 2010

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcpopd_zeebee-jealous_music

    Zeebee is the stage name of German singer Eva Engel. She is an interesting mix of Jazz vocals with electronic music. Thanks so much Kyle for introducing me to her music!

    43 Summer Twins - The Good Things

    From the “The Good Things” EP – Released August 9, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sn9nuGJb_I

    Download the album for Free (and Legal!) http://summertwins.bandcamp.com/download_tralbum

    Summer Twins are sisters Justine and Chelsea Brown from Riverside, CA. I’m not sure if they are twins. Chelsea plays guitar, Justine plays drums, and they both sing. The video has a lot of home-made charm.

    44 No Joy - No Summer

    From the “No Joy” EP – Released January 1, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vyJu_oeDPQ

    No Joy is a female duo from Montreal, Canada. They are a really good mix of the “fuzzy beach music” that I’m hearing a lot this year, with more “traditional” shoegazing music from the late 80’s and early 90s.

    45 His Name is Alive - St. Michael

    From the album “The Eclipse” – Released October 19, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLDmPJ5R8lc

    Even though His Name is Alive has been releasing music consistently for over 20 years, I still consider this a triumphant return. From 1990 to 1996, they were one of my favorite bands, which such amazing albums as “Livonia”, “Home is in Your Heard”, and the “Universal Frequencies” EP. Then, then became a gospel band, which didn’t really work for my tastes. But now they are back to their classic selves.

    46 Air Formation - Stars and Knives

    From the album “Nothing To Wish For (Nothing to Lose)” – Released March 10, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW3r85io3To

    Air Formation are four piece band from Sussex England. They are Matt Bartram (vocals, guitar), Ben Pierce (bass), Richard Parks (keyboards), James Harrison (drums) & Ian Sheridan (Guitar). They are a shoegazer-space rock band, active since 1999.

    47 Scanners - Jesus Saves

    From the album “Submarine” – Released February 16, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ccKjuYMF9I

    Scanners are Matthew Mole (vocals, guitar, synthesizer), Sarah Daly (vocals, bass guitar, violin), Amina Bates and Tom Hutt (drums) from London England. They are a spacy pop band, since 2004.

    48 School of Seven Bells – Windstorm

    From the “Disconnect from Desire” LP – Released July 13, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF6PQFL8Hfo

    I wasn’t sure if the girls from “Summer Twins” are twins, but I am sure that School of Seven Bells has a set of identical twins. They are Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, along with Benjamin Curtis. They are a great dream-pop band, but don’t get too used to them. On October 12th, they announced that Claudia left the band due to personal reasons.

    49 Kissed Her Little Sister - Cocaine

    From the “HIGHandLOW” LP – Released in June 2010.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzdmsH9_4zM

    Download the album for Free (and Legal!)

    http://kissedherlittlesister.bandcamp.com/

    Kissed Her Little Sister is the one-man electrofolk artist Jeffrey Morisano from Los Angeles, CA. He’s an intoxicating mix acoustic instrumentation with electronic beats and loops. This particular song is a mix of the lyrics of Johnny’s Cash’s “Cocaine” and samples from Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall”.

    50 Brian Posehn - More Metal Than You

    From the Album “Fart & Wiener Jokes” – Released April 27, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y24MmylTeY4

    This is the only song on my list that comes from a comedy album. Brian Posehn is a stand up comedian and actor (one of the gay guys on the “Sarah Silverman Show”.) He’s also a die-hard heavy metal fan. So, on the end of his latest comedy album (which is outstanding as a comedy album), he sings lead vocals for a few heavy metal songs. This one really stuck in my head, is hysterical, and the video is an outstanding cartoon acting out all the action in the song.

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  • This track has been stuck in my head all day.

    http://play.converse.com/play/blog/?p=2744

  • Tanenterp....why post 26-50 and not the first 25? Odd.

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  • vtalejo said... (original post)

    Tanenterp....why post 26-50 and not the first 25? Odd.

    I'm building the suspense :-) Let me know what you think so far.

  • dance yrself clean is a top 5 song for me this year

    That drop at the 3:00 mark gets more and more epic every time I hear it

    I just embarrassed myself with this post

  • tanenterp said... (original post)

    I'm building the suspense :-) Let me know what you think so far.

    Suspense doesn't wait for my car ride. Agree with you on that Sufjan Stevens song (and him in general, though the Illinoize mix was pretty good). Really liked the Beach House pick, but maybe I'm biased to East Coast VA-MD music. Some of the individual songwriter stuff I wasn't too big on. Never fell in love with LCD Soundsystem.

    Those are quick thoughts.

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  • That old and that good (with a current sound). Bada bam.

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  • MisterSmiley

    tanenterp said... (original post)

    I'm building the suspense :-) Let me know what you think so far.

    I think its fine so long as Metric and Tiesto are somewhere in the top 25.

  • vtalejo said... (original post)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20S_kwNb4rg

    The Black Keys version is kick ass as well.

    Randomly saw these guys live, and loved them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh3IYfPEdZs

    "The drummer for Maryland's pep band just freaked out: 'They're trying to slow the game down,' he screamed. 'Get up on them, get up on them.

  • The Knocks:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5B1es2MYXM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L0HlDftHC4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6srZJIY1l4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMXJ4PRsKmw

  • I made a playlist with a song from each of my top 25 albums in 2010.

    http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/playlist/Best_Of_2010/40678418

  • Cool! 3 of your songs made my "Top 10" list! I'll have to figure out grooveshark, that looks like a great way to share music.

  • penguinterp417 said... (original post)

    I made a playlist with a song from each of my top 25 albums in 2010.

    http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/playlist/Best_Of_2010/40678418

    Just saw Delta Spirit in November (that's where I found out about Darker My Love) and they were so fucking great.

    Personally think "She's Long Gone" or "Everlasting Light" is the best off of Brothers, but "Next Girl" is kickass.

    "The drummer for Maryland's pep band just freaked out: 'They're trying to slow the game down,' he screamed. 'Get up on them, get up on them.

  • tanenterp said... (original post)

    Cool! 3 of your songs made my "Top 10" list! I'll have to figure out grooveshark, that looks like a great way to share music.

    Yeah we'll see how long they stick with the free streaming model, but for now it's the best thing out there for easily/freely/legally sharing music, IMO.

  • I can't stop listening to Phantogram. Need to see them asap.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehBPdS6Gmpc

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wio6DkWE6L0

  • tanenterp said... (original post)

    Cool! 3 of your songs made my "Top 10" list! I'll have to figure out grooveshark, that looks like a great way to share music.

    Tanen, good stuff so far, when can we expect the silver list?

  • The “Silver” List (#11-#25)

    11 Bad Books - You Wouldn't Have to Ask

    from the “Bad Books” LP – Released October 19, 2010

    http://www.vevo.com/watch/bad-books/you-wouldnt-have-to-ask/USRZR1031211

    Bad Books is the collaborative project between singer/songwriter Kevin Devine and Andy Hull from the group Manchester Orchestra. Brooklyn born Kevin Devine is one of my very favorite performers. His last album, “Brothers Blood”, was the best album of 2009, and the song “All of Everything Erased” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdV5h01zKEA was on my “Gold List” for 2009. He’s also a huge fan of my musical hero Elliott Smith. When I saw Kevin Devine in February, I told him how much I enjoy his covers of Elliott. He later played an Elliott song, and dedicated it to me! (Thanks Rebecca W. for recording this) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yswgClTr8Mk

    However, when I saw Bad Books last month, I have to admit I was a little disappointed. On about half of the songs, he’s not even the singer, he’s just playing guitar. I feel that his writing and singing talents were being a little squandered, trying to fit into a group format with another creative force. But, I do love this song. It’s a little more upbeat and cheerful than I would have liked, but it’s a great pop song.

    12 Eels - Baby Loves Me

    from the “Tomorrow Morning” LP – Released August 17, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvrdVn2KPYg

    Eels is the band moniker of Virginian/Californian Mark Oliver Everett. He’s been recording quirky pop songs since 1992. This song is typical of his sardonic, self-deprecating style, but is particularly catchy.

    13 CocoRosie – Lemonade

    from the “Grey Oceans” LP – Released May 11, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu3EcAHdHlE

    CocoRosie are sisters Bianca "Coco" and Sierra "Rosie" Casady. They are from the US, but moved to Paris when forming their band. One of the sisters sings in a scratchy, haunted style, and the other sings like a 1950’s pop starlet. They take turns singing, over a backdrop of alternating piano and electronic music. My daughter Heidi only made it through 30 seconds of this song, because it was too scary for her.

    14 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Say No to Love

    from the “Say No to Love” Single – Released June 8, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMyURfKRTEM

    The first repeat artist on the 2010 list. This is the “A” side of the “Say No to Love” Single. The “B” Side, “Lost Saint”, is #32 on my list. So, I guess that makes it my #1 Single of the year, since it’s the only one where both songs are on my list.

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are Kip Berman, Peggy Wang, Alex Naidus, and Kurt Feldman from New York City. Their song “Come Saturday” made my Top 10 list in 2009. Kip Berman’s vocals sound just like Bob Wratten of The Field Mice (which is a good thing!).

    15 Adam Green - Breaking Locks

    from the “Minor Love” LP – Released January 8, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcpvpKgXKVg

    Even though this LP was released on the 8th day of 2010, this was the high point for music this year. “Minor Love” is the best album released in 2010, and “Breaking Locks” is the 2nd best song on the album. You’ll be seeing Adam Green again on my “Gold List”.

    Adam started his musical career as one half (along with Kimya Dawson) of the duo “The Moldy Peaches”. Minor Love is his sixth solo album. Vocally, he sounds a lot like Lou Reed, and has similar NYC sensibilities.

    This video was directed and produced by Dima Dubson. Dima has also produced 3 other videos from this album. Dima is also making a documentary on Adam, called “How To Act Bad”. For more info on the documentary (and to become a financial contributor), check out http://www.dimadubson.com/

    16 Best Coast - Crazy for You

    from the “Crazy for You” LP – Released July 27, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AaAvVcPWhc

    Best Coast is a Los Angeles-based band fronted by Bethany Cosentino. I was already a fan of her previous band, the very appropriately named “Pocahaunted”. As I mentioned often in my “Bronze” list, a major theme of new music in 2010 is “fuzzy beach pop”. Best Coast is the best example of this sound, so you’ll be seeing them again on the Gold list.

    17 No Age – Glitter

    From the “Everything in Between” LP – Released September 28, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3_t3q1tjH4

    No Age is Randy Randall and Dean Allen Spunt from Los Angeles. They are pretty noisy for a duo! The guitars sound like a buzz-saw trying to cut through a car. The vocals are flat (not a criticism!) and understated, which fit with the mood of the song.

    18 Killing Joke - Absolute Dissent

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy87GI1sETY

    Killing Joke is (yet another) group that I was surprised to find out is still putting out music at all, much less great music! This London band has been recording since 1978.

    Killing Joke have written two of my all-time favorite songs, 1984’s “Eighties” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1U1Ue_5kq8 and 1991’s “Money is Not Our God” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtjwdGeQ7kY That song has my all-time favorite lyric “Success defined by acquisition STINKS!” Lead singer Jaz Coleman sings until every last drop of air (and anger) is out of his lungs, and then loads up again for more.

    19 Marina & the Diamonds – Seventeen

    From the “Family Jewels” LP – Released February 22, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYAqUmEVwBQ

    This is the 2nd appearance for Marina on my 2010 list. Her song “I Am Not A Robot” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_oMD6-6q5Y is # 26 on my “Bronze” list.

    Marina Diamandis is a Welsh singer, who sounds like a cross between Kate Bush and PJ Harvey. I included her song “Girls, Girls, Girls” on my “Best of 2008” compilation, and the song “Obsessions” on my Best of 2009 compilation. Back in 2008, she was an unsigned artist. Since then, she has been signed by Atlantic Records in the UK and Warner Brothers in the USA.

    20 Blitzen Trapper - Heaven and Earth

    From the “Destroyer of the Void” LP – Released June 8, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI6jrdnUIv8

    This is Blitzen Trapper’s 2nd appearance on a “Silver” list. Their song “Black River Killer” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7zyfArxibk made my 2009 list. Blitzen Trapper is a 6-piece band from Portland. The lead vocalist, Eric Early, sounds like Bob Dylan, if Dylan was a better singer.

    21 Revolting Cocks - Trojan Horse

    From the “Got Cock?” LP – Released April 13, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBpVoJvIAHg

    Back to the category “They are still making music?”, Revolting Cocks is a side project of Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen. This songs is hard industrial lock, with the catchiest bass line I’ve heard this year.

    22 William Fitzsimmons - I Kissed a Girl (Katy Perry Cover)

    From the “Derivates” EP – Released May 4, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYOCJn5xvTE

    William Fitzsimmons is a singer/songwriter from Pittsburgh. I think he has the best voice of any male singer I’ve heard this year.

    His beard is also incredible. When people ask him about his beard, he says that his father and uncle always had big beards, so he’s accustomed to them. What he doesn’t always mention is that both of his parents are blind, so his father a) would have trouble trimming his beard and b) wouldn’t be as annoyed for having to look at it all the time.

    23 J. Tillman - Three Sisters

    From the “Singing Ax” LP – Released September 14, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldMgBRYjne0

    J (oshua) Tillman is the lead singer of Seattle-based Fleet Foxes. However, he also released six solo albums. This is (by far) the simplest, most sparse song on my Top 50 list. Its quiet beauty is mesmerizing.

    24 Bassnectar - Seek and Destroy (Remix of Metallica)

    Self-Released May 5, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REUALPpHHYc

    Live Version at Coachella, April 18, 2010:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-4e_bCI_pQ

    Bassnectar is the recording name of Lorin Ashton, a dubstep musician from San Francisco. When I first heard this song, I couldn’t believe how great a song you can (re) make out of a 5 second Metallica clip. I think that I have listened to this song more than any other song this year (it’s not on my “Gold” list because it is a remix, and I only have original recording artists on my “Gold” list) I also included a link to a live version, because I think the crowd reaction is incredible.

    25 The Books - Group Autogenics I

    From the “The Way Out” LP – Released July 20, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNKKcoyQPis

    Live Version:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdSVSzKRnPA

    The Books are singer/guitarist Nick Zammuto and cellist Paul de Jong. This NYC-based duo create what they self-describe as “collage music”. This particular song features classical music played over a self-hypnosis tape. I also included a live recording, because they also incorporate background video in their performance.

    

  • Also, here is my Grooveshark Playlist for my Top 10 Songs for 2007 and 2008, Top 25 Songs for 2009, and #11-#50 for 2010:
    http://tinyurl.com/tanenterpPlaylist

  • The “Gold” List (#1-#10)

    01 Adam Green - Buddy Bradley
    from the “Minor Love” LP – Released January 8, 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGUcS5Auiac

    Even though this LP was released on the 8th day of 2010, this was the high point for music this year. “Minor Love” is the best album released in 2010, and “Buddy Bradley” is the 2nd best song on the album.

    Adam started his musical career as one half (along with Kimya Dawson) of the duo “The Moldy Peaches”. Minor Love is his sixth solo album. Vocally, he sounds a lot like Lou Reed, and has similar NYC sensibilities.

    This video was directed and produced by Dima Dubson. Dima has also produced 3 other videos from this album. Dima is also making a documentary on Adam, called “How To Act Bad”. For more info on the documentary (and to become a financial contributor), check out http://www.dimadubson.com/

    02 Best Coast – Boyfriend
    from the “Crazy for You” LP – Released July 27, 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y40TsOIpuEU

    Best Coast is a Los Angeles-based band fronted by Bethany Cosentino. I was already a fan of her previous band, the very appropriately named “Pocahaunted”. As I mentioned often in my “Bronze” and “Silver” lists, a major theme of new music in 2010 is “fuzzy beach pop”. Best Coast is the best example of this sound, and “Boyfriend” is the quintessential song for “fuzzy beach pop”. This song is also one of two on my “Top 10” list that you will probably find on many other “Top 10” lists for 2010.

    Best Coast is coming to Washington DC (9:30 Club) on February 1st, 2011. They will be joined by No Joy (#44 on my Top 40 list for 2010).

    03 Admiral Radley - I Heart California
    from the “I Heart California” LP – Released July 13, 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unUkjgOpzj8

    Admiral Radley is a “supergroup” (at least in my world), consisting of Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray from Earlimart, and Jason Lytle and Aaron Burtch of Grandaddy. Earlimart and Grandaddy were two of my favorite bands (particularly Earlimart), so of course, I was extremely excited to hear what these two groups would sound like combined into one group. Earlimart has appeared on my 2007 “Gold” list (“Fakey Fake” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xB8FrHlC7M ) and my 2008 “Gold” list (“Face Down in the Right Town” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPkEKf2mKLw )

    However, Admiral Radley is actually a little disappointing. Much like the problem I had with (#11 from my “Silver List”) Bad Books being a combination of Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchesta, with the result being neither as good as the individual parts, I feel the same about Admiral Radley. But, the title track “I Heart California” is still a very catchy song, and belongs in my Top 10 list.

    04 A Weather - Midday Moon
    From the “Everyday Balloons” LP – Released March 2, 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4xNPD2hv-E

    In 2008, “A Weather” released their debut album, Cove. It was one of the best 3 albums of the decade. Of course, one of their songs, “Pinky Toe” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3P5vjMoobY ) made it only my Gold list for 2008.
    “Pinky Toe” was also NPR’s “Song of the Day” on July 19, 2008: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91685086

    So, of course it was with great anticipation that I waited for their latest release, “Midday Moon”. In an unfortunate recurring theme, although I really liked this album, I didn’t love it as much as “Cove”. But, i do adore the song “Midday Moon”. It’s simple, understated, and lovely. It’s also my 9 year old daughter Heidi’s favorite song on my 2010 Top 50 list. I also had the pleasure of meeting the members of “A Weather”, Aaron Gerber, Sarah Winchester, and Lou Thomas, when they played in Baltimore on April 26, 2010: Here is a picture of me with them: http://tinyurl.com/Paul-AWeather

    05 Greydon Square - Stockholm Syndrome
    From the “The Kardashev Scale” LP – Released August 10, 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG-fxbEdOAU

    Greydon Square (real name is Eddie Collins) is my favorite atheist rapper. OK, he’s also the only atheist rapper I know, but I’m a big fan. His song “A Rational Response” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5R8kok_4d4 made my 2007 Gold List. His latest song, “Stockholm Syndrome” is just as scathing.

    06 Coolzey - Tour Song Too
    From the “The Honey” LP – Released February 2, 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYHLIqC3QrI

    Wow, first time I’ve ever had 2 rap songs in my top 10 list. Coolzey is Zach (not sure his last name), a 34 year old white rapper from Iowa. His latest album, “The Honey”, is the best rap album I’ve heard in years.

    What makes the “Tour Song Too” particularly special is the two guest vocalists. The first is William Elliott Whitmore (also from Iowa). His album “Animals in the Dark” was one of the 2 best albums I heard in 2009 (the other one was Kevin Devine’s Brother’s Blood). His song “Mutiny” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9axGUdvV2c made my Gold list in 2009, and his song “Old Devils” (great live version here): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGMuSyjjcRY made my Silver list in 2009. Also on “Tour Song Too” is “Sadat X”, a Bronx born rapper from the group “Brand Nubian”.

    07 Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill
    From the “Treats” LP – Released May 11, 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLRnmQ-4Yp0
    This is the other song on my Gold list that you will probably see on many other “Top 10” lists for 2010. Remember the first time you heard Nirvana? You might have thought “How can just 3 guys make so much noise?” Well, Sleigh Bells only has 2 members, Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss, both from Brooklyn. They don’t sound at all like Nirvana, but they sure are noisy!

    08 Hole - Skinny Little Bitch
    From the “Nobody’s Daughter” LP – Released April 26, 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbOmwSPoR-E
    I’m getting old. I’m starting to get nostalgic for 90’s grunge music. Courtney Love hadn’t released a Hole album since 1998’s “Celebrity Skin”. But, this album actually sounds more like their first album, 1991’s “Pretty on the Inside”. As my friend Kyle suspected, Hole really can’t sustain greatness for an entire album anymore, but they still were able to put out one great song.

    09 Magnetic Fields - You Must be Out of Your Mind
    From the “Realism” LP - Released January 26, 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77gy-2UUA-c

    Back to the “I’m old” theme, I’ve been rating music for a long time. I first met Stephin Merritt, lead singer of The Magnetic Fields, after their show at the (original) 9:30 Club in 1994. I introduced myself, and teased him a little bit. I told him that their show was the “2nd best show I saw that year”. When he asked the obvious question, I told him that the best show was Helium (who opened for Pavement on their “Crooked Rain Crooked Rain” Tour). He actually was pleased, because he was friends with Mary Timony, lead singer of Helium, because they both were from Boston.

    Heidi doesn’t like this song very much. When I played it for her, he asked me “Is something wrong with his voice?” I told her “No, he always sings like that”.

    10 Johnny Cash - Ain't No Grave
    From the “American VI: Ain't No Grave” LP – Released February 23, 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66QcIlblI1U

    I try to have the 10th song on my Top 10 list to be something special. Typically this slot is reserved for an unreleased Elliott Smith song that leaked out this year, but there weren’t any significant Elliott leaks in 2010.

    “Ain’t No Grave” is a cover of a Claude Ely song, which Ely recorded in 1953. Johnny Cash recorded this cover version sometime between May 2003 and September 2003, but it had never been released until this (posthumous) album. We are lucky that he finished recording this song; he passed away just after the album was recorded.

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    Erland & the Carnival - Love Is a Killing

    Off their debut album, , released in early 2010. One of the best new sounds not only in England, but also in the world f...

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  • New Panda Bear

    omg omg omg

    First Listen: Panda Bear, 'Tomboy' : NPR

    The Animal Collective frontman sounds moodier than usual on his fourth full-length album, but he's still the electro-pop genius fans love. Hear his new album in its entirety here until its release on April 12.

    http://www.npr.org/2011/04/04/134987319/first-listen-panda-bear-tomboy

    I just embarrassed myself with this post

  • You like a lot of shitty music, tanen.

    2 small points:

    1) Age of Adz is prolly the worst album I have ever heard. Seriously.

    2) You picked the worst song off of I Speak Because I Can (tho it's still wonderful). Defo a top 5 album of 2010 for me. Maybe #1.