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Candidates for Best Albums of 2010

This is the time of year when KDHX DJs are asked to submit a list of the 10 best albums of 2010. I just sat down and compiled a list of candidates, which made me realize just how much great music I've had the pleasure of listening to this year. Is there anything that I'm missing? What are some of your favorite albums of the year?
  1. The Walkmen - Lisbon
  2. Wintersleep - New Inheritors
  3. The National - High Violet
  4. Tired Pony - The Places We Ran From
  5. Meridene - Something Like Blood
  6. Menomena - Mines
  7. Spoon - Transference
  8. Idlewild - Post Electric Blues
  9. Beth Bombara - Wish I Were You
  10. Delta Spirit - History From Below
  11. Nada Surf - If I Had A Hi-fi
  12. Ra Ra Riot - The Orchard
  13. Land of Talk - Cloak and Cipher
  14. The Acorn - No Ghost
  15. Belle and Sebastian - Write About Love
  16. Tight Pants Syndrome - Fully Attractive
  17. Like Pioneers - Piecemeal
  18. The Love Language - Libraries
  19. Happy Birthday - Happy Birthday
  20. Jukebox the Ghost - Everything Under The Sun
  21. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
  22. Cotton Jones - Tall Hours In The Glowstream
  23. Azure Ray - Drawing Down The Moon
  24. Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame
  25. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks
  26. Efterklang - Magic Chairs
  27. Strand of Oaks - Pope Killdragon
  28. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
  29. Theodore - Hold You Like A Lover
  30. Horse Feathers - Thistled Spring
  31. Black Dub - Black Dub
  32. Free Energy - Stuck On Nothing
  33. The New Pornographers - Together
  34. Peter Wolf Crier - Inter-Be
Discussion started by Chris Bay , on 1372 days ago
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rl brown
Hey Chris, Fair enough on the M&S style...might call it a Neo-"TBone Burnett"ish. Wasn't familiar with CCL but like you I might be overstuffed there. I'll definitely check out Written in Chalk.
You're taste is exceptional, so I'm really looking forward to what you finally whittle it down to.

I've recently relocated to StLouis & while the move has been pretty smooth, KDHX has been one of the most satisfying parts of the move. I moved from Virginia and thought this kind of radio was impossible. Great stuff & telling everyone I can about it. Happy Holidays!
1356 days ago
 
Chris Bay
RL - Thanks for tuning in. Glad you like the show.

I've heard the M&S album, but I think I've just been a bit burned out on that style of music for the last year or so, after listening to quite a bit of it for a long while (Avett Bros, Chatham County Line, etc). That said, I do think that it's quite good.

I enjoyed Band of Joy a lot. It definitely would've made a "long list" of favorites for the year. In particular, I think the Low (Silver Rider, Monkey) and Townes Van Zandt (Harm's Swift Way) covers are very well done. If you like the latter, I'd highly recommend the album put out by Buddy and Julie Miller last year called Written in Chalk (Buddy co-produced Band of Joy with Plant, and Julie also appears on the album). And, regarding cover albums, Nada Surf's If I Had A Hi-f is an album of covers as well, so I obviously don't think there's a problem with that.

Whittling this list down will be tough. In fact, it may be growing as I discover great albums that I've forgotten about over the course of the year!
1357 days ago
 
rl brown
Familiar with only a few of your listing. I like "Together" very much. Mumford & sons - Sigh No More is one album that has been in my playlist pretty regularly this year. Also, while it gets a lot of media attention, Vampire Weekend Contra was technically released Jan 11, 2010 & really got my attention...only started weeding it out of my playlist a couple of months ago. & for what its worth Band of Joy is quite good. while its a bunch of covers so may not qualify, but it was a surprising submission.

Really enjoy your show.
1358 days ago
 
Chris Bay
About the Meridene album, I neglected to mention where to find it. It's easy to find online (iTunes, amazon.com) and is also on the New Release shelf at the station.
1372 days ago
 
Chris Bay
Allen,

Here are some notes on those three albums. Suggested tracks are listed in suggested (but not required, of course) order of listening.

Like Pioneers - Piecemeal

Formed out of the ashes of Chicago indie rock stalwarts Bound Stems, Like Pioneers write songs that just feel good. Like a pair of shoes that doesn't need to be broken in, these songs are instantly comfortable: upbeat lyrics, beautiful vocal harmonies, and lilting guitar riffs. Listen to the full album at http://likepioneers.bandcamp.com/album/piecemeal.

Listen to: "Gift From a Holiday", "English Garden", "Ike".

Meridene - Something Like Blood

If The New Pornographers were alcoholics, they might sound a lot like Meridene. Sometimes buoyant but often brooding, Meridene's brand of power pop is sullen, melancholy, and very addictive.

Listen to: "Gone, Baby Gone", "Everybody's Waiting", "Written Like Mad Sonnets".

Strand Of Oaks - Pope Killdragon

Strand of Oaks is the stage name of Tim Showalter. In the spirit of Bon Iver, these are arresting and atmospheric folk songs. The lyrics are as desparate and haunting as they are beautiful. In contrast to Justin Vernon's, these songs feel a bit more spacious at times: the vocals aren't multi-tracked and there are fewer layers in most of the tunes. The lyrics are also much more narrative. The album is only available at eMusic, but there are some very nicely done videos at The Weekender.

http://www.emusic.com/album/-Pope-Killdragon-MP3-Download/12032165.html
http://www.theweekender.com/blogs/sessions/Strand_Of_Oaks_.html

Listen to: "Bonfire", "Kill Dragon", "Sterling".
1372 days ago
 
Allen Dahm
I'll be doing the same thing in the coming weeks, Chris. I'm sure I'll have a couple you missed. Great list though. Love that Wintersleep album (I like the one before even more though). What can you tell me about 5, 17 and 27? Don't know any of those.
1372 days ago
 

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