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    @ Internaut

    I'm deadly curious about Eros - I just hope they eventually release it regardless (in a terrible, entirely consumerist not-giving-a-shit-about-artist-rights kinda way). I would put my money on it being more Saturday Night Wrist than Diamond Eyes but it was probably a stepping stone in this direction too.

    On reflection I'm inclined to agree with you, it is really a continuation of Around the Fur. Which isn't a good thing. It's an awesome thing. Around the Fur is probably more consistently my favourite.

    @ twentythoughts

    I'm in total agreement about "Na Na Na." The album is okayish, but that song is simply brilliant. I wanted an album of that. Looped. 16 times, in progressively louder, more obnoxious performances. Perhaps doing the pop thing and ending with a slow acoustic ballad version...
    • CommentAuthortachyon42
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2010
    Haven't listened to too many full albums from 2010.

    Probably Plastic Beach would have to be one of my favorites though.
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    I always think: Oh crap, did I listen to ten albums this year? I always feel like I'm missing something obvious. Still, this year was easier than most... I think. It's very pop.

    Nina Nastasia - Outlaster
    Kimonos - Kimonos
    Sleigh Bells - Treats
    Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
    Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
    Janelle Monae - The Archandroid
    Big Boi - Sir Luscious Leftfoot
    Tokyo Jihen - Sports
    Buffalo Daughter - Weapons of Math Destruction
    Mass of The Fermenting Dregs - Zero Comma, Iro toridori no Sekai

    There you go! A nice round ten too!

    There's a bunch of albums hanging around the edge of that list too. I've only just started listening to Deftones - Diamond Eyes, after a friend kept banging on about it. Never listened to them before, but it's growing on me with each listen. The MCR album is fun, but yeah, struggles to live up to Na Na Na. That album for me has a fantastic song at the start, a fantastic song in the middle and a fantastic song at the end, and they kind of buttress up the rest of the record, making it seem better than it probably is. I really liked the first three songs on Kele's solo album, but it drops away too much after that. Almost the same for EGO WRAPPIN's new album. Woven Hand - The Threshingfloor is great too, actually, that should maybe be in there. Nah, I preferred Ten Stones more. Browsing end of year lists there's a lot I really want to check out, and a bunch of albums like Flying Lotus and Gorillaz that I kept meaning to check out and kept forgetting to.

    Oh, and away from albums I really enjoyed Ash's A-Z series, I imagine it works better as they released it than as an album. Also the Japanese electro-pop group Perfume released three fantastic singles this year that haven't been collected on an album yet.
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2010 edited
    I had a really shitty year, but the stuff that probably kept me going:

    El-P - weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3
    LA Vampires & Zola Jesus
    Cosmogramma ( should go without saying )
    A-1 - After School Special
    Japanese Cartoon - In The Jaws Of The Lords Of Death
    Hybrid - Disappear Here
    Central Services - Forever Frozen In Television Time ( I think Submarine was my favorite song of the year )
    Depakote - The Gummo Album
    Tokimonsta - Cosmic Intoxication
    Best Coast - Crazy For You
    Blackbird Blackbird - Summer Heart

    Should really give Heligoland a proper listen when I get the time.
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2010
    1. La Dispute / Touche Amore - Searching For A Pulse/The Worth Of The World
    2. Volbeat - Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
    3. Authority Zero - Stories of Survival
    4. Motion City Soundtrack - My Dinosaur Life
    5. Serj Tankian - Imperfect Harmonies
    • CommentAuthorJiveKitty
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2010
    One I forgot:

    God is an Astronaut's Age of the Fifth Sun
    • CommentAuthorTC-Cork
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2010 edited
    Black Tusk - Taste The Sin
    The Damned Things - Ironiclast
    Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis
    Interpol - Interpol
    Jaguar Love - Hologram Jams
    John Zorn - Ipsissimus
    Kylesa - Spiral Shadows
    Madlib - Madlib Medicine Show #7: High Jazz
    Melvins - The Bride Screamed Murder
    Mike Patton - Mondo Cane
    Shining - Blackjazz
    Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
    Tokyo Police Club - Champ
  3.  (9251.88)
    my top 10 of 2010

    Andrew Chalk - Ghosts of Nakhodka - sumptuous ambient experimentalism
    Chemins - cdr #5 - 5 short cds in one year and any one could have been here
    Mendel Kaelen - Remembering What Was Forgotten - deep deep ambient
    Sujo - Dimona - post rock, post psyche, post industrial, post metal, post alservice
    Dead Shall Not Have Died In Vain / Dysthymia - split 7" - hard edged dronework
    Viosac - Dawning Luminosity - beautiful soaring psyche-drone
    Hearts of Palm - Earth Headed Heart - faustian bang and clang experimentalist
    Marsfield - The Towering Sky - more beautiful andrew chalk (and friends)
    Nurse With Wound - Paranoia in Hi-Fi (Earworms 1978-2008) - a majestically silly mashup
    Darren Tate - Nature In The City - more kosmiche space-drone

    full reviews here

    happy xmas
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    Bought Caribou's Swim the other week. Pretty awesome. Also finally managed to check out Four Tet's new album and I can tell immediately why there's so much hype about it in this thread.

    ETA: yeah this Four Tet album is fucking magical.
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    Okay, just five off the top of my head:

    Flying Lotus: Cosmogramm; Magical album that you can listen to over and over again and never be done.
    LCD Soundsystem: This is Happening; Probabaly the best this year, 9 magical tracks, especially recommend Dance Yrself Clean
    Local Natives: Gorilla Manor; For the love of God, check these guys out. No one payed attention to this amazing album, please give it some love!
    Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy; Most appropriate name for a cd ever. Nicki Manaji's guest vocals on Monster is one of the best musical moments in recent history.
    Hot Chip: One Life Stand; Caution: At least one of these songs will be stuck in your head every single day forever.

    Many many more I should mention:
    Arcade Fire: Suburbs
    Best Coast: Crazy for You
    Ariel Pink: Before Today
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2011 edited
    Yeasayer – Odd Blood
    Automelodi - Automelodi
    Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
    Autre Ne Veut - Autre Ne Veut
    Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
    Coyote Clean Up - Double Trouble Doo Doo Bubble (free download) / Downhill Exxxpress (free download)
    Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
    Future Islands - In The Fall EP / In Evening Air LP / Undressed EP
    LAKE R?DIO - Blair EP / The Weather EP / Planet Earth About To Be Recycled LP
    Lettercamp - Raccoon Panda (free download) / Raccoon Panda Redux (free download)
    Salem - King Night
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2011
    I like that Coyote Cleanup band. They're good for a hangover.
    • CommentAuthorBanishman
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2011
    Grand Bounce by Gordon Downie & the Country of Miracles...only record I can remember buying this year...
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2011
    Man, I forgot the Coffinworm debut When All Became None came out this year. I thought that was late '09. Anyhow, they've gotta go on my list. That album is a beast.
    • CommentAuthorTim
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2011
    (Cut and paste from my LJ I'm afraid. There was a meme. What can I say?).
    Disappointment of the year:
    MGMT – Congratulations
    What on earth were you thinking? This is bobbins. It’s like prog, but without the Wagnerian lunacy that is prog’s redeeming feature. From the interviews they’ve given, it seems as if they have decided pop music is beneath them. Wrong decision.
    The sound of a moderately talented indie band disappearing up its own arse.

    Honourable mentions:
    LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
    Don’t get me wrong, I love LCD, but they have now made the precise same album three times. It’s a very fine album, but a fourth time would be jumping the shark. James Murphy seems to agree.

    Holy Fuck – Latin
    Doesn’t make the cut because it’s not quite as good as “LP”.

    Darkstar – North
    Elegiac, piano led synthpop, not dubstep at all. Doesn’t make it because the best tune on it is a Human League cover, and because live, the singer is quite annoying.

    M.I.A. - /\/\ /\ Y /\
    Panned by the critics, unfairly, I feel. “Teqkilla” and the Sleigh Bells sampling “Meds and Feds” are as good as anything she’s ever done. Doesn’t make it because of the cod-reggae bollocks of “Story to be Told” and “It Takes a Muscle”, and because it was utterly eclipsed by the live show with added BASS.

    Coloureds – Cameleopardalis
    Local boys produce an excellent EP, which doesn’t make it because, being an EP, it only has three tracks (plus three remixes, but frankly two of them aren’t that great).

    So, anyway, to the utterly subjective best albums of the year, in reverse order.

    10) HEALTH - ::DISCO2
    Remixes of last year’s “Get Color” by the likes of Salem, CFCF and Tobacco plus new track “USA Boys”. HEALTH continue to work the Indie/Metal/Electro crossover genre. This album is approximately a million times better than that sentence makes it sound. Awesome live.

    9) New Young Pony Club – The Optimist
    A make or break album for NYPC after jumping record labels and losing the guy with the porn star tache. Tahita introduced the live show with “Hello, we’re New Young Pony Club….back from the brink”. Hopefully this album sold enough to keep them going because it’s lovely, ditching the sarcastic spoken word vocals and allowing her to actually sing, which she turns out to be quite good at. Maybe now they can stop endlessly rereleasing “Ice Cream”.

    8) Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
    “Demon Days” was critically lauded but for some reason didn’t quite grab me. No idea why. This, on the other hand, hit the spot. Best track – Glitter Freeze, a glam rock stomp featuring an incomprehensible rant from Mark E Smith.

    7) Chew Lips – Unicorn
    This won’t be in everyone’s top ten. Fairly standard Kitsune female fronted electro, doesn’t even contain the hit critically acclaimed singles “Solo” and “Salt Air”. In because I keep coming back and playing it again, because it’s gorgeous.

    6) Salem – King Night
    Call it Drag, call it Witch House, call it Night Bus – this is the genre that defined hipsterism in 2010. Equally, it is the genre that those same people will drop like a hot potato in 2011. The critics who loved this album will be saying “Salem? Never heard of them, and besides, they were always shit”.
    To be fair, the band haven’t helped themselves, with a string of irritating interviews and atrocious live performances, but this is a brilliant album that deserves better than the already-nascent backlash. Enjoy it while you can.

    5) Tobacco – Maniac Meat/Mystic Thickness
    Tobacco is the side project of some guy in Black Moth Super Rainbow, who I’d never heard of before. This album basically consists of huge basslines, crunchy synth chords, and noise. One of the tracks, “Creepy Phone Calls”, also crops up as a remix on the HEALTH album. They have three completely different tracks all called “Nuclear Waste Aerobics”.
    That is all you need to know about Tobacco.

    4) Tearist – Tearist
    Like an electro version of The Creatures (minimalist Siouxie Sioux side project) consisting of simple synth lines, krautrock style drum loops and incomprehensible vocals. Nothing about it should work, and yet there is something oddly compelling about it. Another record I keep coming back to and playing, and the only record ever to have prompted me to buy a booster pack from eMusic becasuse I just couldn’t wait for my monthly downloads to clock before grabbing it.
    The second witch house act to make this year’s top ten. There would probably be more if the acts concerned would release actual records I could buy instead of making me chase them through obscure internet forums (are you listening, White Ring?). I guess I must be a hipster then. This sounds nothing like the Salem record. It’s almost as if these bands aren’t that similar at all but have been pushed together into an artificial genre by lazy journalists but THAT COULD NEVER HAPPEN.

    3) Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (II)
    In an interview in the Guardian, the famously grumpy Ethan Kath took great offence when the interviewer suggested that he writes great pop songs. He is wrong.
    This record is ravier than a ravey thing. At a rave. Like the first album, it has a series of instantly memorable hooks which have been corroded almost, but not quite, into unlistenability. Works astonishingly well live.

    2) Sleigh Bells – Treats
    This record consists entirely of stomping beats, repetitive lyrics and enormous riffs. The production sounds like the whole thing has been fed through the automatic gain control on an old tape player. You remember, that button that cut out everything except the drums whenever there was a snare hit and rendered everything else unrecognisably distorted. It is insane. It is also a great pop record.
    Somewhere there is an alternate universe in which Sleigh Bells and Crystal Castles duke it out for the Christmas Number One spot. I wish I lived there.

    And finally….drum roll….

    1) These New Puritans – Hidden
    Yes, I know, it’s topped everyone’s list this year. That’s for good reason. This is a record of astonishing ambition that pretty much carries it off. Features a lead single – their best hope of an actual hit – seven minutes long, veering from taiko drum enhanced dancehall to Britten-inspired woodwind. The rest of the album is the same, only more so.
    Brought to life at the Barbican where there was much enthusiastic smashing of watermelons (duct taping cream crackers to a watermelon then hitting it with a hammer sounds like a skull exploding, see?) and a giant drum taller than I am.
    Taking to the NME Barnett floated the idea that the next record will be three minute pop songs. I have no idea what a three minute pop song is like in his world, but I can’t wait.
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2011
    my favorite sounds of 2010...

    sun city girls - funeral mariachi
    master musicians of bukkake - totem two
    master musicians of bukkake - elogia de la sombra (ep)
    master musicians of bukkake - themes from the motion picture... (7")
    rangda - false flag
    master musicians of jajouka led by bachir attar - the source
    sir richard bishop - head trauma
    bill horist - covalent lodge
    the lights - failed graves
    swans - my father will guide me up a rope to the sky
    killing joke - absolute dissent
    massive attack - heligoland
    four tet - there is love in you
    sunburned hand of the man - a
    muslimgauze - camel through a needles eye
    tzii - vuole morire
    hawkwind - blood of the earth

    arrington de dionyso - my 2 handmade lathe-cut records (BEAUTIFUL!!!)

    savage republic - procession - an aural history 1981-2010
    einstürzende neubauten - strategies against architecture IV - 2002-2010

    and of course my buddha machine 3 - chan fang ??
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    10. Gil Scott Heron - I'm New Here
    9. Noun - Holy Hell
    8. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
    7. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
    6. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
    5. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
    4. Frog Eyes - Paul's Tomb: A Triumph
    3. Beach House - Teen Dream
    2. Sharon Van Etten - Epic
    1. Future Islands - In The Fall EP / In Evening Air LP / Undressed EP
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2011
    Ufomammut - Eve
    The Blood of Heroes - Self titled album
  7.  (9251.99)
    Jumping onto this at a rather late moment...anyway, the albums that stood out for me this year:

    The National- High Violet (Discovered these guys rather recently, a fantastic dark ride)
    Massive Attack-Heligoland (This album has really divided the fans, which is why I loved it! On constant rotation at home!)
    Arcade Fire- The Suburbs (Not as epic, a lot more intimate...still a rather beautiful piece of work)
    Muse- The Resistance (Mad & rather self indulgent, but that's what makes it!)
    Autechre- Oversteps (Cold, deep & rather effective...a return to form?)
    Daft Punk- Tron:Legacy OST (Pretty damn nice work, wish it had a bit more electronic madness but still up there!)

    After reading everyone's lists it seems I missed out on quite a bit!!!! I have some catching up to do!
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    Kristoff Krane - "Hunting For Father" (strongly suggest supporting this dude and this album, unbelievable record start to finish)
    El-P - "Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxxx3"
    Glitch Mob - "Glitch Mob"
    Trampled By Turtles - "Palomino"
    Lazerbeak - "Legend Recognize Legend"
    Scott Lucas and the Married Men - "George Lassos the Moon"
    Flying Lotus - "Cosmogramma"
    Gorillaz - "Plastic Beach"
    The Hold Steady - "Heaven Is Whenever"
    The Roots - "How I Got Over"
    Four Tet - "There Is Love In You"
    Gil Scott-Heron - "I'm New Here"

    I'm sure I'm forgetting several of my fav's of 2010.