Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Favourite Albums of 2010

Here's a list of my 20 favourite albums of 2010. Note my continued use of the word "favourite" as opposed to "best", as one of the greatest things about music is its ability to speak to different people in different ways. These are the albums that contained music and words that spoke to me most over the past year.

While I could go on about the reasons why I found each of these albums to be particularly appealing or interesting, I will instead encourage you to download the mixes I've posted on this blog throughout the year so that you can check out songs from each of them on your own.

And now, the list...

1. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

3. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

4. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

5. !!! - Strange Weather, Isn't It?

6. Beach House - Teen Dream

7. Delorean - Subiza

8. Foals - Total Life Forever

9. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker

10. The National - High Violet

11. Vampire Weekend - Contra

12. Hot Chip - One Life Stand

13. Black Keys - Brothers

14. The Drums - s/t

15. Broken Bells - s/t

16. Sufjan Stevens - The Age Of Adz

17. Jonsi - Go

18. Avi Buffalo - s/t

19. Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal

20. Moonface - Dreamland

I'm sure it's also no secret that I listen to a ton of music; probably too much at times. So there are inevitably always going to be a bunch of other albums that I really loved which narrowly missed inclusion on the list. You'll also find songs from each of these on the aforementioned mixes though, and here they are in no particular order...

Liars - Sisterworld

Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History

Spoon - Transference

Gigi - Maintenant

The English Premership - Affects

MGMT - Congratulations

The Walkmen - Lisbon

jj - No. 3

Surfer Blood - Astro Coast

Twin Shadow - s/t

Sleigh Bells - Treats

The Morning Benders - Big Echo

Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

Brian Eno - Small Craft On A Milk Sea

Stars - The Five Ghosts

Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises

Casiokids - Top Stemning Pa Lokal Bar

Apparatjik - We Are Here

Yeasayer - Odd Blood

Klaxons - Surfing The Void

Wolf Parade - Expo 86

Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago

ceo - White Magic

A couple of quick notes: Support the artists by purchasing the albums you love most, or by seeing them live in concert. And never stop discovering great new music!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Missed Best New Albums from 2010

Here's one last short mix to download for 2010...

It contains songs from albums that I didn't get into until some time after they had been released, as well as some stuff that I didn't think fit very well with the quarterly mixes (eg. "weird" electronic stuff). Upon listening to all 5 of the mixes I've posted this year, you should have a pretty good impression of the albums I thought were particularly good over the course of 2010. But I'll also post my "official" favourite albums list soon.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Best New Albums: October-December 2010

Here's a link to download my final BNA mix for 2010...

There are 19 great tracks on this one, including music from Sufjan Stevens, Kanye West, Hot Chip, Belle & Sebastian, Wolf Parade, The National, Ryan Adams, Cut Copy, and more.

I'll also soon be posting a list of my favourite albums of 2010. Songs from most of the albums that will be on it can be found on the quarterly mixes I've posted this year. Here are the links to those again for you...

Stay tuned for my next mix of great new tunes. It will be posted here in early April 2011.