FEATURE: Albums Of The Year – 2010

2010 was one of those odd years where I can’t say I listened to a whole heap of new albums. For example Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs only got a few spins, despite how good I think it is, just because I got distracted I guess. Anyway, without further ado – my top few releases of 2010, and some not from 2010 too.

Album of the Year: Los Campesinos! – Romance Is Boring

I think I knew months ago that this would be my favourite. RiB displays LC!’s true talent in crafting amazingly evocative, relatable, indie-pop/twee music, and the size of the band (they’re an 8-piece) adds another dimension to their music. From start to finish this album doesn’t let up, and I really see it as the culmination of their hard work on previous releases. A brilliant album, well worth trying.

Notable mentions:

The National – High Violet

Birds of Tokyo – Self-titled

Dead Letter Circus – This Is The Warning

Delphic – Acolyte

Los Campesinos! – Alls Well That Ends [EP]

Johnny Foreigner – You Thought You Saw a Shooting Star But Yr Eyes Were Blurred With Tears and That Lighthouse Can Be Pretty Deceiving With the Sky So Clear and the Sea So Calm – EP

There are other releases out there I listened to, but not enough to really appreciate or develop a real opinion of – so I’ll leave them out.

The rest of the year was spent appreciating Johnny Foreigner’s two albums, which are absolutely brilliant. They have cemented themselves as one of my favourite bands in the past three months, and hopefully will one day get the recognition they deserve. I also discovered the rapper P.O.S. who is amazing, with a great delivery and provocative lyrics.

For those interested, the past twelve months on Last.fm show my top artists as:

  1. Los Campesinos! – 2471 plays
  2. Karnivool – 1354 plays
  3. Johnny Foreigner – 1264 plays
  4. The National – 959 plays
  5. Radiohead – 853 plays
  6. Birds of Tokyo – 787 plays
  7. Dead Letter Circus – 664 plays
  8. Bloc Party – 523 plays
  9. We Are Scientists – 325 plays
  10. Death Cab For Cutie – 258 plays
  11. Thom Yorke – 253 plays
  12. Queens of the Stone Age – 231 plays
  13. Josh Pyke – 223 plays
  14. Modest Mouse – 198 plays
  15. P.O.S. – 182 plays

Happy New Year everyone!

MIXTAPE: On The Tune Mixtape Vol. 4 – Christmas Edition

This is one of my favourite mixtapes I’ve put together for On The Tune.

Merry Christmas everyone – hope you enjoy it.

You should also go over here and check out Los Campesinos!’s post on the excellent “Too Many Flesh Suppers” which closes the mix. Over here.

I should be back early next year with some more regular content, I think.

Tracklist:

1. British India – 90 Ways To Leave Your Lover

2. Elgen and Johnny Utah – Matchbox ft. Phatchance & Steve Hollins

3. Philadelphia Grand Jury – Save Our Town

4. Kele – Everything You Wanted (RAC Remix)

5. The Boat People – Antidote

6. Sleepwalker – Trial By Fire

7. Phatchance – The Catchy Song feat. Smiles Again, 360 & Joyride

8. Montpelier – Last Boat

9. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home (RAC Remix)

10. Alex Walker – Gotta Lose (Feat. Len Xiang and Kobie Powell)

11. Israel Cannan – One Fine Day

12. Sons of Rico – This Madness

13. Bordeauxxx – Heartstrings

14. Johnny Foreigner – Santa Fucking Claus

15. Los Campesinos! – Too Many Flesh Suppers

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Thank you to all of the artists, managers, or PR reps that gave me permission to use these tracks!