Thanks to dropbox, I didn't lack for albums to listen to this year. However, short of a few albums I heard on vinyl and/or a proper stereo before landing in Costa Rica, the music of 2010 has been heard via earbuds and/or laptop speakers, and that is no way to really listen to music. Right after family and friends, I'm most looking forward to reconnecting with my vinyl collection and stereo. I miss the smell of a brand new lp and familiar pop of the needle dropping. I miss other things of course, but mostly I miss those other things while listening to music. It will be nice to cook my own recipes, in our own kitchen, but it will be great to cook in a home filled with the sweet sounds of jazz/indie rock/folk/hip-hop...
Without further ado, the list:
10. Broken Bells -Broken Bells
This album is so predictably good, it almost feels like a guilty pleasure.
9. Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
Step aside Maya.
8. Sleigh Bells - Treats
I can't decide whether this is the most abrasive pop album ever, or the poppiest noize record ever.
7. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
It's no Funeral... the same way that In Utero is no Nevermind.
6. Yeasayer - Odd Blood
Replace the opener with the cut from Dark Was the Night and this album jumps 5 spots.
5. Fang Island - Fang Island
Math can be fun! (SUPER FUN!!!)
4. No Age - Everything In Between
This year's grower (give it another listen Jeremy)
3. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
The perfect mash up of Weezer (The Blue Album) and Pinkerton
2. Damien Jurardo - Saint Bartlett
2010's Bill Callahan
1. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
If I could only listen to one album from 2010, this would be it. This collective is greater because of its parts.