Your Best, Worst, and Whatever of 2010 Posted by Mr. Moderator Dec 282010 Most horrifying image of 2010. I hate year-end “best of” lists (in part, I’m sure, because of the disappointment of never finding my own works on them) but I love you, so let this be your place for listing your best, worst, and whatever of 2010! 29 Responses to “Your Best, Worst, and Whatever of 2010” Mr. Moderator says: 12/27/2010 at 12:49 pm Best RTH Group Achievement: Completing the R ‘n R Timeline in Song Titles 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 12/27/2010 at 6:03 pm Best Reason to Conclude the Fat Lady Has Sung: Costello’s last album. 0 High Five latelydavidband says: 12/27/2010 at 6:23 pm What’s the deal with that Elton John and Leon Russell record? Anybody heard it? Know anything? I really like the newest Neil Young record. There. TB 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 12/27/2010 at 6:24 pm I bought that Elton-Leon record for my uncle. I’ll have to check it out next time I see him. I was curious about getting it for myself, too. 0 High Five Oats says: 12/27/2010 at 6:27 pm Best album: Emma Pollock’s The Law of Large Numbers Best single (and video): Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope” Best press announcement: Pulp’s reunion via pulppeople.com Best old band I discovered this year: Eleventh Dream Day Best album I didn’t want to like because of hype, but wound up enjoying: Best Coast’s Crazy for You Best music blog I discovered this year: doomandgloomfromthetomb.tumblr.com Best overall music blog: RTH! 0 High Five Oats says: 12/27/2010 at 6:28 pm Best live show: Teenage Fanclub at the Troc, early October 0 High Five mwall says: 12/27/2010 at 8:39 pm Best Proof That You No Longer Live In The Present: not being able to name ten albums released this year without looking them up, much less name the ten best you heard from this year. 0 High Five hrrundivbakshi says: 12/27/2010 at 10:01 pm Oats said: Best single (and video): Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope” I say: We REACH! 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 12/27/2010 at 11:01 pm Rock on! 0 High Five jungleland2 says: 12/28/2010 at 12:15 pm Best Concert of 2010 – Crowded House @ The Tabernacle. Atlanta, GA (and I got to meet Neil Finn) Best Reissue Box Set (tie) Darkness on The Edge of Town / Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out Best Music Program on TV – John Lennon on PBS Best Band I listened to for the 1st time in 2010 and then bought all of their records – The Black Keys Best new album by a classic rock artist – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ MOJO Best Music Video – The Black Keys – Tighten Up Best Music Book – Life by Keith Richards Best New(ish) band I like this year – The Gaslight Anthem (American Slang CD) 0 High Five jungleland2 says: 12/28/2010 at 12:17 pm I though it was good but dull. I think I can’t get into the T-Bone Burnett production…makes me sleepy 0 High Five funoka says: 12/28/2010 at 1:01 pm Best podcasts — tie — The Current’s “Song of the Day” and KEXP “Song of the Day.” Free new music single every day — keep what you like, delete the rest. Best pay music streaming site — MOG — after quite a few years, I dropped Rhapsody this year! Best free album streaming site — Spinner.com — new albums every week – including some by “classic rock” artists. Best song I liked that my wife also liked “California Zephyr” by Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard. Best rock album — Heaven is Wherever — The Hold Steady. Won’t find this on many best of 2010 lists, but I liked it Best sort of folkie album — Lissie — Catching a Tiger. A very promising new singer. Best alt-country song — The Mermaid Parade — Phosphorescent Best swan song box set — Time Flies – Oasis. I, for one, will miss them. 0 High Five funoka says: 12/28/2010 at 1:26 pm Just listened to Emma Pollock — she was featured in the Washington Post’s overlooked albums of 2010 feature today. 0 High Five underthefloat says: 12/28/2010 at 1:38 pm OK, I’m mostly talking movies with my entry. Best Rock Show I saw: Tie: Marah (sweaty, terrific show) at 400 Bar and Stew/TNP at the Dakota. Best Film: “Winter’s Bone” (I’ve not yet seen the recent releases such as Black Swan, True Grit, etc) Best Foreign film: “Mother”. Korean film with a touch of Hitchcock influence. Most overrated film: “Inception”. Really, I loved Memento but this one he is trying way to hard. Not a bad film but for all they hype…rather forgettable. Best “classic” film I watched on DVD: Le Trou (The Hole). Love this quiet, methodical, prison break film. Lame movie trailer of the year: “The Tourist”. Angelina Jolie…She’s so into her efforts to look lovely and regal she “acts” like a mannequin. Get over yourself already. 0 High Five ladymisskirroyale says: 12/28/2010 at 4:09 pm They were great here in SF, too. 0 High Five ladymisskirroyale says: 12/28/2010 at 4:10 pm We can work on this! 2011 could be the year of…the 2011 albums. 0 High Five misterioso says: 12/28/2010 at 4:34 pm It’s funny because it’s true… 0 High Five E. Pluribus Gergely says: 12/28/2010 at 4:52 pm Best release was actually a rerelease – The Clash’s “Cut the Crap”.When Strummer ditched Jonesy, he finally got the rock and roll band he’d been dreaming about. Call me ballzy, but “Crap” is right up there with all the pre Sire Replacements stuff. No holds barred and what not. Powerful shit indeed. E. Pluribus 0 High Five misterioso says: 12/28/2010 at 5:13 pm “Powerful shit indeed.” Well, that’s half right, anyway. 0 High Five Oats says: 12/28/2010 at 6:52 pm Nice! Found the review. Good to see her getting any press at all in the U.S., even if it is late. http://blog.washingtonpost.com/clicktrack/2010/12/lost_tracks_emma_pollock_the_l.html 0 High Five jeangray says: 12/28/2010 at 7:38 pm Oohhhhhhhh, snap! I will admit it. I do like one track on “Cut the Crap.” 0 High Five 2000 Man says: 12/28/2010 at 10:25 pm I didn’t make a list this year, and I usually do, but I just didn’t. Best reissue – Exile on Main St. Albums I really liked this year: Peter Case – Wig! The Posies – Blood/Candy Paul Collins – The King of Power Pop! Parting Gifts – Strychnine Dandelion New Pornographers – Together Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions Album I forgot how much I liked and played every day for a week – The James Gang – Live in Concert Artist I figured I’d outgrown but have bought albums by – Neil Young The “Holy Shit! A Slickee Boys Album for three bucks!” award – Uh Oh…..No Breaks! 0 High Five mrclean says: 12/28/2010 at 11:34 pm Oh E! How much did Mr. Mod pay you to show up and post that!? 0 High Five BigSteve says: 12/29/2010 at 12:51 am Thanks for the tip on that blog, Oats. One of the things linked there is a mono version of Safe As Milk: http://doomandgloomfromthetomb.tumblr.com/post/2352749099/safe-as-milk-captain-beefheart-and-his-magic Apparently someone got hold of a mono copy of the vinyl LP, and it sounds like whoever did the vinyl rip did a little remastering too, because it sounds really great. I’ve loved the stereo version for decades, but it does have unfortunate stereo imaging sometimes, like vocals or drums panned hard right or left, as was often done in those days. I heartily recommend this download for those who already know and love the album, as well as for people who want to check out Beefheart’s most accessible LP. 0 High Five hrrundivbakshi says: 12/29/2010 at 1:13 am Hey, Plurbie — you still want this Scuffy Shew 45? 0 High Five dbuskirk says: 12/30/2010 at 4:38 pm 2010: Mulatiu Astatke – MULATU STEPS AHEAD (Strut) Billy Bang – Prayer For Peace (Tum) Phil Cohran and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble – THE SPANISH SUITE (Katalyst) Lil B – RAIN IN ENGLAND (Weird Forest) William Parker Organ Quartet – UNCLE JOE’S SPIRIT HOUSE (Centering) Gil Scott-Heron – I’M NEW HERE (XL) Sleigh Bells – TREATS (Mom & Pop) Various – SHAGAAN ELECTRO (Honest Jon’s) Kanye West – MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY Richard Youngs and Simon Wickham Smith – 20 YEARS (VHF) REISSUES: Roy Brooks and the Artistic Truth – ETHNIC EXPRESSIONS (Jazzman) Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir – LIKE A SHIP WITHOUT A SAIL (Light in the Attic) Sound of Liberation – SOUNDS OF LIBERATION (Porter) P.E. Hewitt Jazz Ensemble – WINTER WINDS: THE COMPLETE WORKS 1968-70 Walter Gibbons – JUNGLE MUSIC (Strut) Kenny Graham and His Satellites – MOONDOG & SUNCAT SUITES (Trunk) Les Railles Denudes – HEAVIER THAN A DEATH IN THE FAMILY (Phoenix) Love Cry Want – LOVE CRY WANT (Weird Forest) The Psychedelic Aliens – PSYCHO AFRICAN BEAT (Academy) Strapping Fieldhands – DISCUS (Shangri-La) 0 High Five BigSteve says: 12/31/2010 at 7:57 am I waited till the last minute, but I finally finished my year-end list of my favorite albums. These are not in ranked order. It’s hard enough making the list without ranking them. I usually include compilations and reissues on my list, because that accounts for a lot of my listening, but this year that’s going to have to be a separate list, because I already had a hard time getting it down to twenty. Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse, Dark Night of the Soul Bryan Ferry, Olympia LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening Caribou, Swim Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest Flying Lotus, Cosmogramma The Fall, Your Future Our Clutter Tony Allen, Secret Agent Four Tet, There Is Love in You Shackleton, Fabric 55 Wire, Red Barked Tree Grinderman, Grinderman 2 Pantha du Prince, Black Noise Mulatu Astatke, Mulatu Steps Ahead Lil’ Band o’ Gold. The Promised Land Arcade Fire, The Suburbs Gorillaz, Plastic Beach Richard Thompson, Dream Attic Teenage Fanclub, Shadows Superchunk, Majesty Shredding 0 High Five BigSteve says: 12/31/2010 at 5:30 pm Just for completeness, and because I know y’all are waiting with bated breath, here’s my list of the best compilations and reissues of 2010. Unranked of course, this is just kind of a big grab bag of all the non-current stuff I was listening to this year. Afro Baby: The Evolution of the Afro-Sound in Nigeria 1970-79 Afro-Beat Airways Deutsche Elektronische Musik (Soul Jazz) R.E.M., Fables of the Reconstruction (Deluxe Edition) Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds reissues (The Good Son, Tender Prey, Henry’s Dream) Rolling Stones reissues (Beggars Banquet through Undercover, especially Exile on Main St.) Next Stop … Soweto: Township Sounds from The Golden Age Of Mbaqanga Queens of the Stone Age, Rated R (Deluxe Edition) Raw Power (Legacy Edition) Shangaan Electro New Wave Dance Music From South Africa Palenque Palenque: Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-1991 The World Ends: Afro Rock and Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria D.O. Misani/Shirati Jazz, The King Of History: Classic 1970s Benga Beats From Kenya The World Is Shaking: Cubanismo From The Congo, 1954-55 Scientists, Blood Red River 1982-84 Madness, deluxe reissues of all 6 of their albums Bruce Springsteen, The Promise/Darkness on the Edge of Town remaster Psychedelic Aliens, Psycho Afro Beat Angola Soundtrack: The Unique Sound Of Luanda 1968-1976 Tabu Ley Rochereau, The Voice of Lightness Vol.2 Orange Juice, Coals To Newcastle Bob Dylan, mono remasters series Egypt Noir: Nubian Soul Treasures PlastikMan, Sheet One (remastered) Future Bass (Soul Jazz) 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 12/31/2010 at 6:28 pm Thank you, BigSteve. The New Year may now proceed! I wish I had a “Best of 2010” list to share. I barely bought any new albums that I loved, and I can’t recall what new stuff I acquired that was actually from 2009 and didn’t sink in until this year. Then there’s old stuff I picked up used, which often turns out to be the best “new” stuff I’ve added to my collection. I did get a new piece of gear that deserves a mention: a tiny tube amp and really good, little speakers that my brother bought me as a gift either last Christmas or for my birthday. I keep it in our bedroom and run my iPod through it. It sounds amazing, with much warmth and definition, and it looks great. 0 High Five Leave a ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.