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    • CommentAuthorMaC
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2010
    Just want to thank infomancer for making aware that there was a new Dax Riggs CD I need to go buy.
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2010
    More Dax Riggs fans, excellent. :) I'm sad he's not touring closer to me this time out.
    • CommentAuthorMaC
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2010

    I definitely need to keep myself more aware of the music scene cause I really would love to hear him play live next time he swings through NYC. And its always nice to meet another Dax fan, I've been following since my friend turned me on to Acid Bath in 04, they were of course already done so I looked to Agents of Oblivion, also already broken up. But I kept following and I am glad he is still putting stuff out.
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2010
    Yeah, if you get the chance, don't miss him live. I've seen both Deadboy and the Elephantmen and his solo show, and he's just plain magic live.

    Back on topic (sort of), I'm seeing other sites posting their year-end best-of lists, and they are largely atrocious. Was good music that hard to find this year?
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2010
    @infomancer/MaC, I saw him earlier this year (September?) in New York and he was PHENOMENAL.

    New Julie Christmas is spinning on repeat in my apartment. And on my headphones. It's making me listen to tons and tons of Made Out of Babies as well. I can't wait until THEY play live again. Hands down one of the best live shows I've ever seen.

    On a totally different note, I've also been listening to Robyn's new album. It's pretty solid.

    And yeah, Stereogum's year end list made me cry. Was music REALLY that hard to find?
    • CommentAuthorNil
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2010
    Going to stick in a mention for SKRILLEX - SCARY MONSTERS AND NICE SPRITES here. I've seen a lot of people panning it for being dubstep of the filth / midrange wobble kind. Frankly, I couldn't care less - it's energetic, filthy as all hell and the drops inevitably make me want to bang my head like a fool / punch something. Plus, the bass on "Scatta (feat. Foreign Beggars & Bare Noize)" sounds like a Decepticon having a stroke. It's not big, it's not clever, but it is a hell of a lot of fun. Check out his remixes as well - LA ROUX - IN FOR THE KILL and LADY GAGA - ALEJANDRO are personal favourites.
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    @Dorkmuffin. You know, this year music was really hard to find for me, in so far as not much new stuff I heard, anywhere, remotely excited me. Don't know why, it just seemed like a lacklustre year personally, but I'm pleased it was a good or even great year for some.

    The only albums I heard from 2010 that I played more than about 5 times were "Teen Dream" by Beach House. "Big Echo" by Morning Benders and "Plastic Beach" by Gorillaz.
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    Of what I've heard (and can remember off the top):

    Tobacco - "Maniac Meat" (trip-hop)
    Caribou - "Swim" (electronica with real instrumentation)
    Phantogram - "Eyelid Movies" (if you like Portishead then here is a slightly happier version)
    Matthew Dear- "Black City" (he leveled up big time)
    Crystal Castles - (exponentially better than the first, saw them live, ejaculated)
    Danny Brown - "The Hybrid" (the only hip-hop even making it for me this year...sad)
    Fang Island - (happy, epic, & HAPPY, instrumental rock anthems)
    Lazer Sword - (truly, the new school of electro)
      CommentAuthorTim Bishop
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2010 edited
    I've gotten more music that I've loved this year than I have in the few years prior, but still haven't had time to dig very deep:

    Superchunk-Majesty Shredding
    Drive-by Truckers-The Big To-Do
    Hold Steady-Heaven is Whenever
    Gaslight Anthem-American Slang
    Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks

    And that's about it [EXCEPT THAT TED LEO RECORD THAT I HAD TO GO BACK AND EDIT IN]. Everything else in heavy rotation came out last year or even further back.

    Thanks to everybody who's posted, though--I now have more than a couple 2010 releases to check out.
    • CommentAuthorMaC
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2010

    So jealous. He was here in September and I didn't know?! I am soooo out of the music loop, it would be embarrassing to mention the "newest" music I have listened to. Or actually impossible, cause I couldn't tell ya.
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    Wait, didn't Bonobo have a new album out this year?

    Oh yeah.

    Bonobo - Black Sands
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2010
    Disapointed by most of the stuff coming from the mainstream / alt.rock camps this year. Grinderman 2 has some alright songs, but left me cold for the most part. Seemed like a year for small EPs, individual tracks and remixes to me. There were a few notable exceptions.

    Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
    Mr Boss - The Landing
    szdl - break before make
    Shit-Hop Ninja Terminatorz - Ded Kandi Shit Hed
    Mr Loop - Music From The Tanhauser Gate
    Roots Manuva Meets Wrongtom - Duppy Writer
    Comma - Comma
    Stanley Odd - Oddio
    Das Racist - Sit Down, Man
    Loki & Scattabrainz - Summer Knows... A Darker Shade of Grey
    Asthmatic Astronaut - Super Intelligent Common Sense
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    Tame Impala - Innerspeaker

    Fucking AWESOME.
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2010
    @keyofsilence, I will say my favorite thing about year end lists is discovering things like Tame Impala that COMPLETELY escaped my notice before.
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    Best Album By a Fake Band
    PLASTIC BEACH - The Gorillaz

    Best Album Inspired by a Webcomic
    THE FELT - Various Artists

    Best Album About Conjoined Twins
    EVELYN EVELYN - Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley

    Best Album to Walk Though a Rainy Evening in the City While Wearing a Dapper Hat and a Long Coat On Your Way to a Great Party
    LP4 - Ratatat

    Best Classical Album
    INTO THE TREES - Zoe Keating

    Best Album From a Band Who Always Makes Great Albums

    Best Album By a Band That Hipsters Love and People Who Hate Hipsters Love to Hate and Can't We All Just Get Along?
    CONTRA - Vampire Weekend

    Album That Best Captures The Zeitgeist
    THE SUBURBS - Arcade Fire

    Best Album By a Canadian Supergroup
    TOGETHER - The New Pornographers

    Album of the Year
    FLYING LOTUS - Cosmogramma

    Bonus round!

    Best Song on an Otherwise Forgettable Album
    "Ambling Alp" - Yeasayer - ODD BLOOD

    Best Music Video
    "Bombay" - El Guincho
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    Ha, how'd the Bombay video get on YouTube, it's got nudities
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    Album That Best Captures The Zeitgeist
    THE SUBURBS - Arcade Fire

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    and fucking also

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    Augh the eels the eels, they're in me!

    I suppose a slightly more truthful "zeitgeist" nomination might be Kanye West?
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2010
    The recently released (and first in nine years) Diamond Eyed Princess is a grim, vicious aural-assault.