Shelby Lynne “Something to Be Said About Airstreams” from Tears Lies & Alibis (Everso 2010) —80. So begins Part 1 of the Feel Like Going Home Top 80 Countdown.Buy it!
Patrick Park “Blackbird Through the Dark” from Come What Will (Badman 2010) —79. A very promising young songwriter from LA.Buy it!
Los Lobos “On Main Street” from Tin Can Trust CD ALBUM (Shout! Factory 2010) —78. This record doesn't rank with the band's best work, but as it's Los Lobos, it's worth hearing.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Waiting For You” from Give 'Em What They Need (self-released 2010) L —77. From right here in St. Louis. A dense, textured sophomore release, their first record with the current lineup.Buy it!
Peter Case “Somebody Told The Truth” from Wig! CD ALBUM (Yep Roc 2010) —76. Back to basics rock and blues, not that Case ever left that nourishing ground. One of my favorite concert moments of the year was Peter Case playing a duo set at Off Broadway with an unrehearsed drummer, and killing it, while Kings of Leon were beingBuy it!
Elvis Costello “That's Not the Part of Him You're Leaving” from National Ransom (Hear Music 2010) —75. A country jazz rock & roll meditation on loss, economic and otherwise.Buy it!
The Scruffs “Conquer Me” from Conquest (Scruffsville 2010) —74. Stephen Burns, the legendary Memphis rocker, with Mike Baillie (guitar), Simon Cottrell (bass), and Mark Rodgers (drums)Buy it!
She & Him “Thieves” from Volume 2 MP3/FILE ALBUM (Merge) —73. Another concert highlight of 2010: Seeing M. Ward and Zooey at LouFest 2010.Buy it!
Frontier Ruckus “Nerves of the Night Mind” from Deadmalls and Nightfalls CD ALBUM (Ramseur 2010) —72. From Detroit. A terrific concept album about the immortality of memories, as registered in the stripmalls of the midwest.Buy it!
Delta Spirit “Bushwick Blues” from History From Below CD ALBUM (Rounder 2010) —71. An album that I didn't spend nearly enough time with, but an excellent sophomore release from the San Diego band. Maybe the hardest rocking album Rounder has ever put out.Buy it!
Tift Merritt “Live Till You Die” from See You On the Moon (Universal Music Group International 2010) —70. Another solid, soulful record from Tift.Buy it!
The Walkmen “Victory” from Lisbon (Fat Possum 2010) —69. The Walkmen played a brilliant and sold out show at Off Broadway this year.Buy it!
The Romany Rye “All The Boys” from Highway 1, Looking Back Carefully (The Romany Rye 2010) —68. Very nice country folk rock album from Luke MacMaster of Long Beach, Cal.Buy it!
The Head and the Heart “Lost In My Mind” from The Head and the Heart (Sub Pop 2011) —67. From Seattle, Josiah Johnson and Jon Russell with singer and violinist Charity Thielen. After this very nice debut album, the band signed to Sub Pop.Buy it!
Half Knots “Far Away” from New Perspective (Half Knots www.halfknots.com 2010) L —66. Danny Kathriner and friends return with another fine, post-Wagon album. I wouldn't exactly call them over-exposed.Buy it!
The Rockhouse Ramblers “If I Knew Now (What I Knew Then)” from Lies and Damn Lies CD ALBUM (self 2010) L —65. A great set of honky tonk and rockabilly from a truly legendary band.Buy it!
Eli Paperboy Reed “Just Like Me” from Come and Get It! (EMI 2010) —64. This might have placed higher but Mike Elizondo's production (or maybe Bob Ludwig's mastering) is a little too bright for this slice of Motown and Stax revivalism.Buy it!
Josh Ritter “Change of Time” from So Runs the World Away CD ALBUM (Pytheas Recordings 2010) —63. The first single and still my favorite song from this, Ritter's 5th album.Buy it!
Azure Ray “Don't Leave My Mind” from Drawing Down the Moon (Saddle Creek 2010) —62. Lovely dream pop from Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink of Athens Ga.Buy it!
Depedro “What Goes On” from Nubes de Papel (Nat Geo 2010) —61. Jairo Zavala backed up by members of Calexico covering the Velvet Underground.Buy it!
Old 97s “Champaign, Illinois” from The Grand Theatre Volume One (New West www.newwest.com 2010) —60. One of the most clever and catchy songs from a songwriter with a lot of those -- Rhett Miller. Apparently, Miller cleared his loving theft of "Desolation Row" with Dylan, who only asked for a 50/50 cut. Old 97's perform at the Pageant on February 18,Buy it!
Conrad Plymouth “Here to There” from Conrad Plymouth (Ten Atoms 2010) —59. A new band, to me at any rate, and a really nice collection of songs. Christopher Porterfield from Milwaukee.Buy it!
The Gaslight Anthem “The Diamond Church Street Choir” from American Slang CD ALBUM (Side One Dummy www.sideonedummy.com/ 2010) —58. It's always good to watch a band grow into its own highly tattooed skin.Buy it!
Tight Pants Syndrome “New Hit Record (Tammy)” from Fully Attractive CD ALBUM (Blip Blap! 2010) L —57. 17 songs from the prolific St. Louis power pop band. Just about every on is a keeper.Buy it!
Free Energy “Young Hearts” from Stuck on Nothing CD ALBUM (Caroline 2010) —56. A favorite of my fellow Wed. morning DJ Allen Dahm. A great rock & roll debut that channels Thin Lizzy as well as the Hold Steady.Buy it!
Megafaun “Carolina Days” from Heretofore (Hometapes 2010) —55. A nice, catchy acoustic rock record.Buy it!
Justin Townes Earle “Harlem River Blues” (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2010) —54. Wishing Justin well in 2011. 2010 pan out so well.Buy it!
Jackson Browne & David Lindley “These Days” from Love Is Strange (Inside 2010) —53. A beautiful collaboration from the two masters, and a reminder of how good they were at the Fox Theatre this year. This version features Luz Casal on the vocals.Buy it!
Teenage Fanclub “Live With The Seasons” from Shadows CD ALBUM (Merge 2010) —52. First album in some 5 years. Worth the wait.Buy it!
Freedy Johnston “The Other Side of Love” from Rain On The City (Bar/None Records 2010) —51. Somewhat controversial on the release date, but I'm going with January 2010, so this one counts.Buy it!
Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine “Money Talks” from Weathered Hands, Weary Eyes (self-released 2010) L —50. Believe it or not, a headphone album. You have to hear the hiss and hum.Buy it!
Jenny and Johnny “Scissor Runner” from I'm Having Fun Now (Warner Bros. www.warnerbrosrecords.com 2010) —49. Surprisingly excellent collaboration from Jenny Lewis and her BFF Jonathan Rice.Buy it!
The Black Keys “Tighten Up” from Brothers CD ALBUM (Nonesuch 2010) —48. Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney's most consistent album.Buy it!
The Extra Lens “Cruiserweights” from The Undercard (Merge 2010) —47. John Darnielle and Frankin Bruno resume where the Extra Glenns left off.Buy it!
Elizabeth Cook “Heroin Addict Sister” from Welder CD ALBUM (31 Tigers 2010) —46. The Nashville mainstay's strongest set of songs.Buy it!
Deadstring Brothers “Can't Make It Through the Night” from Sao Paulo (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2010) —45. Criminally underrated record -- perhaps even by yours truly.Buy it!
Gil Scott-Heron “I'm New Here” CD ALBUM (XL 2010) —44. Less than 1/2 hour long but a powerful 1/2 hour it is.Buy it!
Aaron Neville “I Am a Pilgrim” from I Know I've Been Changed (Tell It 2010) —43. Gorgeous singing, gorgeous production, gorgeous songs.Buy it!
Theodore “I Won't Be a Stranger” from Hold You Like A Lover (Moon Jaw Records 2009) L —42. One of the very best bands in St. Louis with their best release to date.Buy it!
The Tallest Man on Earth “Burden of Tomorrow” from The Wild Hunt CD ALBUM (Dead Oceans 2010) —41. Not another new Dylan; just a rivetting singer and songwriter by the name of Kristian Matsson of Dalarna, Sweden. Tune in for the rest of my favorite albums of 2010.Buy it!
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