Best music of 2010

[caption id=“attachment_2581” align=“aligncenter” width=“545” caption=“Sleigh Bells”]Sleigh Bells[/caption]

As always, this was a big music year for me, while attending less live shows I think I’ve bought and listened to more music to (sort of) make up for it. I’m also enjoying the home stereo even more now with my early 70s McIntosh MA-6100 pre-amp/amp, and now even some respectable headphones for work, the Grado SR60i. This year bands introduced via Twitter from other music freaks have greatly helped diversify my palate. I can highly recommend the following for this: @captainsdead, @truersound and @somevelvetblog. (if have other suggestions, leave them in the comments!) So here are the releases that I spent the most time with in 2010, each with a track from each release for you to hear/sample. Leave me feedback as to how my tastes compare to yours, as well as anything I may have missed. Finally, as always with music, see the bands when you can and buy locally, buy often.


[caption id=“attachment_2604” align=“aligncenter” width=“200” caption=“Arcade Fire “The Suburbs”“]Arcade Fire "The Suburbs" We Used to Wait[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_2586” align=“aligncenter” width=“200” caption=“Archie Bronson Outfit “Coconut”“]Archie Bronson Outfit "Coconut"Holla[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_2589” align=“aligncenter” width=“200” caption=“The Drums S/T”]The Drums S/TBest Friend[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_2613” align=“aligncenter” width=“200” caption=“Errors “Come Down With Me”“]Errors "Come Down With Me"A Rumor in Africa[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_2603” align=“aligncenter” width=“200” caption=“Four Tet “There Is Love in You”“]Four Tet "There Is Love in You"Sing[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_2601” align=“aligncenter” width=“200” caption=“The Futureheads “The Chaos”“]The Futureheads "The Chaos"Heartbeat Song[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_2591” align=“aligncenter” width=“200” caption=“Imogean Heap “Eclipse”“]Imogean Heap "Eclipse"First Train Home[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_2616” align=“aligncenter” width=“200” caption=“Japandroids “Art Czar” / “Younger Us” singles”]Japandroids "Art Czar" / "Younger Us" singlesYounger Us[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_2596” align=“aligncenter” width=“200” caption=“Sharon Jones & the Dap-King “I Learned the Hard Way”“]Sharon Jones & the Dap-King "I Learned the Hard Way"Better Things[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_2602” align=“aligncenter” width=“200” caption=“Kings Go Forth “The Outsiders are Back”“]Kings Go Forth "The Outsiders are Back"One Day[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_2597” align=“aligncenter” width=“200” caption=“Menomena “Mines”“]Menomena "Mines"TAOS[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_2595” align=“aligncenter” width=“200” caption=“John Legend & The Roots “Wake Up”“]John Legend & The Roots "Wake Up"Hard Times[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_2598” align=“aligncenter” width=“200” caption=“Sleigh Bells “Treats”“]Sleigh Bells "Treats"Infinity Guitars[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_2587” align=“aligncenter” width=“200” caption=“Surfer Blood “Astrocoast”“]Surfer Blood "Astrocoast"Swim[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_2592” align=“aligncenter” width=“200” caption=“Tame Impala “Innerspeaker”“]Tame Impala "Innerspeaker"Desire Be Desire Go[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_2606” align=“aligncenter” width=“200” caption=“Wavves “King of the Beach”“]Wavves "King of the Beach"King of the Beach[/caption]