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  1.  (9251.61)
    Jesus Christ Warren THANK YOU. How had nobody mentioned The Monitor yet?

    Anyway so my list (besides Titus Andronicus - The Monitor, anyway):

    Girl Talk - All Day
    The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
    Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
    The Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Official Soundtrack
    Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring
    Kanye West - MDBTF
    What Pumpkin Studios - Homestuck Vol. 4/The Midnight Crew/Homestuck Vol.5/The Felt
    The Hold Steady - Heaven Is Whenever
    Das Racist - Sit Down, Man
    Fang Island - S/T
    Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

    Honorable Mentions:
    Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty
    Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer
    Guster - Easy Wonderful (as Tufts alums, it's only fair that they be included)
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2010 edited
    So I'll go.

    Pinnacles of Right-on-Ness - s/t (2009? Who knows it is just a free download on their site)
    Badu - new amerykah 2
    Roots - how I got over
    Wavves - king of the beach
    Caribou - swim
    Gorillaz - plastic beach
    Tyler Hornsby - road to remember

    Very little in rock. I wish indie would get out of its fetish with filling albums up of mid-length and half-prog songs. Plenty of great tracks this year but a great rock album wants a fuller commitment to guitar and drum excess. Caribou squeeze in. Everything else, 5 minute song after 5 minute song, Soooooo tiiiiiiring. Wavves made it in, for putting out one of those reductive noise pop albums that the critics put 9s on without even listening to that is actually very filling. Lots of almosts in that department like vw and no age that stumble up in the middle. Otherwise, hip hop has the year.
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    My two bits:

    Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - The Social Network OST (Someone said somewhere on here it comes off like Ghosts part II but I think it's actually more sophisticated and together than that.)

    Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles (II) (just awesome)

    65daysofstatic - We Were Exploding Anyway (Comes off like what would happen if M83 and Godspeed had sex in a fetish club that specialized in Glitch and Hard Rock, just excellent)

    Deftones - Diamond Eyes ("Return to form" to use the turn of phrase. This is the album that should've happened after White Pony)

    Anamanaguchi - Scott Pilgrim vs. The World the Game OST (Need I say more?)

    Daft Punk - Tron: Legacy OST (It's the soundtrack to the Tron film... ALMOST perfect. A few more hard-edged sawtooth waves wouldn't've gone amiss...)

    Other than that I've not really been impressed this year. Pretty much a big win for soundtracks though.
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2010
    anything by BIG KRIT...

    he's put out 4 albums worth of stuff.
    He's approaching underground legendry status.
    Not one bad song yet...

    Big KRIT -"somedayz"

    Big KRIT -"it can't be all"

    There's been a bit of a last minute splurge
    of good stuff out there.

    Heri mkocha
  3.  (9251.65)
    I think I should add that the What Pumpkin releases deserve special note for being the first (at least, the first that I've ever heard) official multi-volume soundtrack to a webcomic. The fact that every single track on every one of the (nine and counting) albums are fan-composed (with the one notable exception of a very loose cover of How Do I Live Without You?) is also something that deserves attention. MS Paint Adventures is paving a new path, of an innovation not seen since Kid Radd.

    I should also mention how disappointed I was by the new Of Montreal. One or two exceptional tracks aside, the album falls flat.
    • CommentAuthorInvincibleM
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2010 edited
    My Top Seven for 2010.
    Honourable/No need to be Said Albums: JANELLE MONAE - The Archandroid, ARCADE FIRE - The Suburbs, THE BLACK KEYS - Brothers, AMANDA PALMER - Radiohead Ukelele Cover album, 65DAYSOFSTATIC - We Were Exploding Anyway, GORILLAZ - Plastic Beach, WARPAINT - THE FOOL

    7. DARK DARK DARK - Wild Go

    6. TAME IMPALA - Innerspeaker

    5. WOLF PEOPLE - Tidings/Steeples (Two albums in one year. Both good. Couldn't pick which I like better.)

    4. LAURA MARLING - I Speak Because I Can

    3. FRIGHTENED RABBIT - The Winter of Mixed Drinks

    2. REDHOOKER - Vespers

    1. THE PACK AD - We Kill Computers (forgive the terrible video. They don't have many songs on Youtube. I would not have chosen this one.)

    EDIT: Ah, there we are. Videos don't appear in the preview posts. Thus my consternation. Thank you, Ellis.
  4.  (9251.67)
    I fixed one for you. It's really easy. Go to YouTube, get the short Share code, come back here, click the video/mp3 button, put the Share code (which looks like in.
    • CommentAuthorRobson
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2010
    My favourites:

    Johnny Cash - American VI: Ain't No Grave
    Autechre - Oversteps
    Flying Lotus - Cosmagramma
    The Fall - Your Future Our Clutter
    John Zorn - The Nobel Prize Winner OST (Filmworks XXIV)
    Laurie Anderson - Homeland
    • CommentAuthorNil
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2010
    I have already posted here once, hope it's ok if I drop one more album recommendation in here. Much more for the metalheads, this one, although I suspect the concepts behind the music may be of interest to a few others here. The album in question is THE MERCIAN SPHERE by WINTERFYLLETH. I've seen the band describe themselves as "Anglo-Saxon Heritage Black Metal", and I should probably note at this point that yes, this has been the source of a fair bit of trouble for the band, due to this being interpreted as some kind of racist statement. And no, it's not. I cannot find a copy of the interview now, but they defended the concept brilliantly in an interview in ZERO TOLERANCE a few months back. Essentially, the gist of it is that black metal has often looked to the past for inspiration, and as an English band they have a strong interest in exploring English history, much as Norwegian black metal bands often focus on Norwegian history. They don't think any less of other cultures, they've simply chosen to focus on English history because they feel they have more of a personal connection with it.

    As to the concept behind the album itself, a quote from a brief interview with the band (which can be found here):

    The concept of the album is mainly (with a few song exceptions) based around the Codex Exoniensis of Anglo Saxon poetry and features adaptations of a number of great stories from within it, such as "The Battle of Brunanburh," "The Ruin" and a three part song based on "The wanderer."

    Finally, my favourite song off the album, the wonderful THE FIELDS OF RECKONING (note: the sound quality here doesn't quite do it justice)

    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2010

    I'll jump on the TRON: Legacy – Daft Punk wagon.
    Bonobo's Black Sands was superb – I totally over played it before May had even reached us.
    Fourtet, as suggested by the Swami, I'd not heard any before.
    Baths Cerulean is just mental, but I love it.
    Massive Attack's Heligoland left me cold I'm afraid. I do love the Hope Sandoval track though.
    Gil Scott Heron was great, but the album is painfully slight and doesn't really reward repeated listens.

    And Clearsignal's Stars Lost Your Name (as suggested by Miss Zoetica) kept me going through some touch times. Thanks Ix!
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2010
    I was going to say... with all the Flylo and Caribou love going on around here, what happened to Four Tet? There Is Love In You is a KILLER record.
    • CommentAuthorJiveKitty
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2010
    @Infomancer: From a few pages back, on I'm New Here, initially I thought I'd leave it out but I discovered I'd listened to it more than I realised and it is something which while I haven't listened to it as regularly as others I think I'll keep coming back to.
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2010
    @Ninewhilenine83: RE:
    Deftones - Diamond Eyes ("Return to form" to use the turn of phrase. This is the album that should've happened after White Pony)

    I think Diamond Eyes is more a continuation of Around The Fur than White Pony. White Pony signals the embrace of more atmospheric and meandering songwriting, which was continued on in both Deftones and Saturday Night Wrist (More the latter than the former). In any case, I think it's the best album they've done in 10 years. I am curious as to what Eros sounds like though, the album they shelved when Chi got hurt. I'd wager it sounds more like Saturday Night Wrist than Diamond Eyes.
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2010
    @Nil - I enjoy the new Winterfylleth as well, not too interested in the whole English heritage aspect of it so much but whatever, as long as they make enjoyable Music it's all good.

    np: Heidevolk - Uit Oude Grond
      CommentAuthorRyan Burton
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2010 edited
    Yeasayer - Odd Blood

    Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
    Saw them at Madison Square Garden where Lou Reed came on set and sang his song.

    Vampire Weekend - Contra

    Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

    Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz

    Cary Ann Hearst - Are You Ready To Die
    If you Watch True Blood, you've probably heard "Hell's Bells" (vid below), but the best track on the album is "The Hardest Thing"

    (Looking forward to Kieron Gillen's year-end wrap-up.)
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2010
    I will second that Das Racist album, definitely.

    Also, CEREMONY-rohnert park
    It's funny that band is from my area but I haven't heard of them. I was surprised to see the name "Rohnert Park" on an album..for those that don't know, R.P. is a much maligned town just south of (Santa Rosa, CA, USA) me down the 101.
    Anyway, I will definitely check it out.
  5.  (9251.77)
    it sounds like desperation. such a good album that i totally didnt like that much at first. but once i understood it was not as fast as their other music and got into the overall feel it got a LOT of playtime. the DANGERS lp works a very similar theme, but through a modern and more metallic hardcore sound as opposed to the deliberate retro of the CEREMONY lp. DANGERS is definitely more angry lyrically, whereas CEREMONY is more vague/self loathing. i believe DANGERS are from somewhere near you as well?
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2010
    I just got the new Deathspell Omega album Paracletus. I'm pretty impressed. Good way to close their trilogy, and surprisingly listenable for avant-black metal, if you can get through the overly academic/purposely obfuscating sort of attitude they have. I'm sure I'll listen to this one a lot before the winter's over.
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2010
    kanye- i do like alot of the album, its really growing on me.

    but i love that song "runaway"....

    Kanye west -"runaway"

    That whole campaign for the album (and the parodies of it ), were awesome,
    the whole pans labyrinth/neil gaiman fairie/stardust other world theme
    was great to look at as well as hear...

    heri mkocha
  6.  (9251.80)
    Hrm. Two of the best albums I bought this year were from LAST year... Røyksopp's "Junior", Basement Jaxx's "Scars" and Mew's "No more stories were told". Soooo let's see.

    Gorillaz's (or would that be without the S? Gorillaz'?) "Plastic Beach" was good. I'ma be all nationalist and nominate a buncha Norwegian albums, though. Mainly because they're damn good.

    Susanne Sundfør's "The Brothel" is just amazing. I wasn't a fan of her previous stuff, but this one's just all over the place in a good way. There's not a single track on it that's not good.

    Weirdly, this sombre tune was the first single from the album.

    Shining's "Blackjazz", while not quite the masterpiece that their previous album was, is still pretty danged nice. It's... pretty much what it says on the tin. Blackmetal-jazz.

    "My Chemical Romance" win the "awesome song that made me buy their album which then turned out to be okay but not as awesome as the song" award with "Na Na Na". I mean, I like the songs and all, but that voice-warping thing they do with the vocals just gets tiring after a while, and they do it in NEARLY EVERY DAMN SONG. I'd like a "less vocal warping" version of the album, please. Maybe they'll do a live version.

    Røyksopp came out with a new album called "Senior", which was all right, but nothing all that special. Felt like a B-sides album.