Monday, December 20, 2010


[NOTE - totally forgot to add the Poirier record which is easily my favorite dance record of the year. See below)

Okay, I'm going to try to keep this as short as possible. I've submitted my top 20 to UMFM, and thought that I should post it on here. To be honest, I'm not one to obsess over lists like these that terribly much (I much prefer reading other peoples). So, if you were to ask me in an hour what my top 20 records of the year are, with the exception of the top 5, it would most likely be pretty different. The top 5 here though are records the rest don't even really come close to. If you want a mix, please don't hesitate to ask.

Here goes nothin'

Records that just missed the cut:
Titus Andronicus, (The record is about 8 songs to long to crack the top 20). Salem, Books, Baths, Little Women, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, The National, Dave Holland Octet, Chicago Underground Duo, The Bad Plus, Vex'd, Badawi, The Bad Plus, Mount Kimbie, Frog Eyes

If they were not EP's they would definitely be here:
Kurt Vile - Square Shells, Destroyer - Archer on the Beach, all of the James Blake releases.

Top 20:

20.) Tomboyfriend - Don't Go to School

19.) Teengirl Fantasy - 7AM

18.) The Shining - Black Jazz

Norwegian free-jazz group goes prog-metal. What's not to love. (if you watch the video you have to at least wait until the 3:30 mark - is that a saxophone I see?)

17.) Owen Pallett - Heartland

16.) Warpaint - The Fool

15.) Future Islands - In Evening Air

14.) Freeway and Jake One - Stimulus Package

13.) Land of Talk - Cloak and Cipher

12.) Actress - Splazsh

11.) Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti - Before Today

10.) Forrest Swords - Dagger Paths

Probably had the best chance of the bottom 15 records to eventually crack the top 5, but it's still too young for me to have it any higher. A great cousin record to Gang Gang Dance's Saint Dymphna.

9.) Pantha Du Prince - Black Noise

Sweet melodic techno that builds well off of one of the genre's finest releases This Bliss.

8.) Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal

7.) Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

6.) Christian Scott - Yesterday You Said Tomorrow

Awesome post-Katrina New Orleans Jazz. Scott's concert here this past June was easily the best show I saw all year (all decade??).

5.) Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

This may be a little bit backlash related, but as much as I love this record (and I really do), the record is really not deserving of all the hype. I can't help but think that it's the collaborations that make this record work as (with the exception of the whole Sarcophagus - esophagus line) Kanye's performance on this record is not necessarily his best (and Jay-Z's appearance is borderline brutal). Nicki Minaj steals the show clearly (EVERY TIME she raps, not just on "Monster"), and Rick Ross, the Rza and that dude from Bon Ivery do a fine job as well. But outside of the guest spots, the record is really only good, not great. That said, from "Power" through to "Monster" is some of the best pop music you'll ever hear.

5. 1.) Poirier - Running High

Proving yet again that as much as I like to rock out, I like dancing even more.

4.) Women - Public Strain

I haven't loved a rock record this much in ages. "Eyesore" is particularly beautiful. I think I've said enough about this record elsewhere.

3.) Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me

Carl Wilson recently criticized this record for its lack of editing. Honestly I can't find a song on this record I would want to take out. If I were to rank this records in accordance to the number of times I've played them, Have One On Me would win by a country mile.

2.) Janelle Monae - The Arch Android

I can't help but see/hope Afro-futurism becoming the next big musical genre. Especially considering how awesome this record. I mean seriously, the record is 70 minutes long and, with the exception of the misguided Of Montreal collaboration "Make the Bus", the record really never loses my attention. Plus, how can you not help but love someone as ridiculously awesome as Janelle Monae?

1.) Darkstar - North

This is the record I've been waiting the Junior Boys to make since Last Exit. A perfect blend of dubstep, wonky, synth pop and crooner vocals. I could listen to this record a 100 times and it would surprise me every time. Here's their wonderful cover of The Human League's "Gold".


  1. We have only 1 album in common on our Top 20.

  2. Hmm. Does this mean our friendship is at stake?

  3. I'm glad to see Women's record near the top. Btw, I hope you didn't take my comment re:Yeezy on FB too seriously. I'd hate to feed the backlash flame. I got to it pretty late in the game (I was just going to ignore it, because that's how I normally treat hip-hop releases). Now that the euphoria has subsided, MBDTF = not "dark" or "twisted" enough; and, yeah, it needs more Minaj.

  4. I wouldn't rest our friendship on something so nebulous as "best albums of 2xxx."
    Now if you told me you suddenly hated baseball, we'd have some issues...

  5. Ha. Thanks for the heads up Jon. I was already preparing for a big time debate on the 1st.

    Re. Baseball - don't hate it.
    Re. Fantasy baseball - starting to seriously question its validity.
    Re. the Phillies - full of great pitchers who are boring to watch.