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The Inevitable Top 10 List

December 22nd, 2010 · 11 Comments

I (somewhat hastily) rattled out my 10 favorite albums of 2010 for a GQ musical poll of political “hacks” (hey!), which reveals that there’s at least substantial bipartisan convergence on the FM side of the radio dial. Or would be if people listened to music on the radio anymore. ANYway, for the three of you who care:

Honorable Mention: Broken Bells, “Broken Bells

Incidentally, the album links (except for the Girl Talk, which is free) go to Amazon’s MP3 downloads, which I now notice (too late!) are in most cases substantially cheaper than the iTunes price. Scanning the lists that seemed close to mine, I apparently need to pick up Allo Darlin’s debut & the new Superchunk.

Tags: Art & Culture



11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Vaneeesa Blaylock // Dec 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Happy Holidays Julian!

    I’ll have to check out your music soon. I only discovered your voice in 2010. You have a compelling and important vision. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    — Vaneeesa

  • 2 Jesup // Dec 25, 2010 at 3:36 am

    Good looking list! There are some there I must check out.

    But what about Deerhunter’s “Halcyon Digest”?
    Excellent album IMO.

    Regards and happy xmas.

  • 3 Freddie // Dec 27, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Music is the most explicitly referential artform, I think, and I never get complaints about one artist ripping off another. That said, it’s kind of crazy how much Monae’s album owes to Maxinquaye.

  • 4 Julian Sanchez // Dec 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I’m a big Deerhunter fan, but truth be told, I haven’t found myself listening to the new one that much… probably just because I got distracted by other releases and haven’t given it time to sink in properly yet. Given how much I love the previous two albums, I expect it would’ve made the top ten if I’d given it a few more playthroughs; their albums often take a little while to grow on me.

  • 5 dhex // Dec 28, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    the new swans album is excellent.

    the new live swans lineup, though, was astounding. one of the best live shows i’ve ever seen.

    the other huge surprise of the year was oneohtrix point never’s returnal (on mego) – that guy is something else. all told i like rifts more, but a) it’s a comp and b) it came out last year.

  • 6 Julian Sanchez // Dec 29, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Yeah saw them when they came thru DC, was duly impressed.

  • 7 RKS // Jan 6, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    ok, from one of the 3 who care to the even lss than 3 who care about replies…

    accepting the severe, to my way of thinking, apparent imposition that we are limited to ‘pop’, I’d go along with only Sufjan Stephens, Swans, and Warpaint from your top 10. Sufjan especially, is a bright light.

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