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It's December. I think it's time. From a long-list of many, here's my top 15 in no particular order:

Janelle Monae - The Archandroid

Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

The Corin Tucker Band - 1,000 Years

Best Coast - Crazy for You

Marnie Stern- Marnie Stern

Kanye West - My Twisted Dark Fantasy

Sparrow and the Workshop - Crystals Fall

The Phantom Band - The Wants

Meursault - All Creatures Will Make Merry

Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can

Joie de Vivre - The North End

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - Love is a Stream

The National - High Violet

Titus Andronicus - The Monitor

There are a whole bunch of albums from this year I haven't heard yet, and won't hear before the year is out and the Forest Sword album 'Dagger Path' might well be a very late entry, but I think this is the list.


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According to my iPod, everything I've bought this year from this year:

The Baseballs - Strike (It's my girlfriends, it's shite)

Bullet For My Valentine - Fever

Colin McDonald - Colin McDonald

Downfall - Unburnable

Eminem - Recovery

Escape To Victory - The Front Page

Fozzy - Chasing The Grail

Hole - Nobody's Daughter

JJ Bull - Ou Sont Les Elephants

Katie Melua - The House

Right Hand Left - Lipstick

Slash - Slash

Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders - Red Light Fever

Weezer - Hurley

Which Way Now - Fly EP

and some Fudge Fundraising CDs.

Favourites probably: Weezer - Hurley. Their best album in years. JJ Bull - Ou Sont Les Elephants - Great great album. Katie Melua's one is great as well, total guilty pleasure of mine but I love her, and it was produced by William Orbit so it's all dancey and stuff, instead of being mum-rock.

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The ones I can think of at the moment:

Field Music - Field Music (Measure)

Julian Lynch - Mare

Dark Dark Dark - Bright Bright Bright

Sharon van Etten - Epic

Forest Swords - Dagger Paths

Soundcarriers - Celeste

Laura Veirs - July Flame

Voice of the Seven Thunders - Voice of the Seven Thunders

Caitlin Rose - Own Side Now

Loads of other good stuff this year too.

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I only have a top 2 for albums this year seeing as new Divine Comedy was mediocre and Ben Folds/Nick Hornby was pure pish.

Field Music - (Measure)

Everything Everything - Everythin Everything

Both albums are brilliant, and seeing Field Music at Sneaky Petes, and the fact they were unbelievable, made it even better.

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Great year for music. My top 15 in some sort of order.

1.The National-High Violet

2.First Aid Kit-The Big Black and the Blue

3.Arcade Fire-The Suburbs

4.Charlotte Gainsbourg-IRM

5.Beach House-Teen Dream

6.Fight Like Apes-The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner


8.She & Him-Volume Two

9.Jenny and Johnny-I'm Having Fun Now

10.School of Seven Bells-Disconnect From Desire

11.The Tallest Man on Earth-The Wild Hunt

12.Citay-Dream Get Together

13.Avi Buffalo-Avi Buffalo

14.Warpaint-The Fool

15.Laura Veirs-July Flame

Also, Summer Camp's Young EP was brilliant.

As was Grinderman 2.

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At the moment I've only got

Joanna Newsom -Have One on Me (good but patchy)

Triptykon- Eparistera Daimones (ace)

This year has been all about Freak/Kraut Rock discovery, haven't yet got the things I've fancied from this year, such as El-P, Big Boi or Phantom Band, ach, there's nae rush.

I just got the triptykon album, fucking yas!:up:

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I'll have a go at this seeing as Ive actually bought music this year. No order.

Julian Lynch-Mare

Errors- come down With Me


Abe Vigoda- Crush

Gold Panda-Lucky Shiner

Remember Remember -RR Scorpii


Quack Quack- Slow as an eyeball

Los Campesinos- Romance is boring

Late arrival from Islet for "Whimmy" could be my favourite this year.

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Probably very predictable, but hey:

Zach Hill - Face Tat

Xiu Xiu - Dear God, I Hate Myself

Wild Nothing - Gemini

Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises

Sisters - Ghost Fits

The National - High Violet

Marnie Stern - Marnie Stern

Male Bonding - Nothing Hurts

The Books - The Way Out

Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record

Four Tet - There Is Love In You

Les Savy Fav - Root For Ruin

Phosphorescent - Pride

Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here

No Age - Everything In Between

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A pretty great year for music. Even though many albums I was really looking forward to, turned out to be disappointments. (Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, jj, El Guincho). Thankfully there were more than enough pleasant surprises to make up for this.

I didn't include EPs but Animal Collective's "Fall Be Kind" and "Sometimes this blues is just a passing bird" by The Tallest Man on Earth were both really great, so deserve a mention.

At the lower end the order is pretty arbitrary but the top 15 is fairly solid.

Anyway, my top 30 albums of 2010

30. Spoon - Transference

29. Deerhunter - Halycon Digest

28. Tokyo Police Club - Champ

27. Sleigh Bells - Treats

26. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles

25. Curren$y - Pilot Talk (1)

24. LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening

23. M.I.A - MAYA

22. Jamie Lidell - Compass

21. Beach House - Teen Dream

20. Darkstar - North

19. Avery Tare - Down There

17. Rose Elinor Dougal - Without Why

16. Delorean - Subiza

15. Black Milk - Album of the Year

14. Gorrilaz - Plastic Beach

13. Actress - Splazsh

12. Caribou - Swim

11. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker

10 The National - High Violet

9. The Roots - How I Got Over

8. Big K.R.I.T - Krit wuz ere

7. Janelle Monae - Archandroid

6. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

5. Big Boi - Sir Luscious Left Foot, The Son of Chico Dusty

4. Pantha Du Prince - Black Noise

3. The Black Keys - Brothers

2. The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt

1. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

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Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Beach Fossils - s/t

Best Coast - Crazy For You

Big Boi - Sir Luscious Left Foot, The Son of Chico Dusty

Big K.R.I.T. - K.R.I.T. Wuz Here

Calories - Basic Nature

Caribou - Swim

Earl Sweatshirt - EARL

Errors - Come Down With Me

Freddie Gibbs - Str8 Killa No Filla

Harlem - Hippies

Les Savy Fav - Root For Ruin

Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring

M.I.A. - /\/\ /\ Y /\

Magic Man - Real Life Color

Mr Peppermint - Loose Lips

Perfume Genius - Learning

Pulled Apart By Horses - s/t

Rolo Tomassi - Cosmology

Sky Larkin - Kaleide

The Soft Pack - s/t

Titus Andronicus - The Monitor

The Vaselines - Sex With An X

Wale - More About Nothing

Wavves - King of the Beach

Yeasayer - Odd Blood

Zola Jesus - Stridulum II

Wow, good year for records. That's not even bothering with EPs etc...

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I think these are my favourite 17 of this year, not too much thought has gone into it, though. In no order. Going to narrow it down to ten for the end of the year, don't really like lists that are any longer as they end up just being 'albums that I've heard this year'.

Sufjan Stevens 'The Age of Adz'

No Age 'Everything in Between'

Burzum 'Belus'

Julian Lynch 'Mare'

Salome 'Terminal'

Errors 'Come Down With Me'

Titus Andronicus 'The Monitor'

Autre Ne Veut S/T

Los Campesinos! 'Romance is Boring'

Brian McBride 'The Effective Disconnect'

Moon Unit 'Hell Horse and Heady Stratus'

Swans 'My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky'

Sky Larkin 'Kaliede'

Kanye West 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'

Infinite Body 'Carve Out the Face of My God'

Gold Panda 'Lucky Shiner'

Perfume Genius 'Learning'

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There is still a ton of albums I want to hear from this year but so far it would maybe be something like this:

1. Tunng - And Then We Saw Land

2. 'Allo Darlin' - S/T

3. Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation

4. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

5. Sleepy Sun - Fever

6. The Imagined Village - Empire of Love

7. Midlake - The Courage of Others

8. The Fall - Your Future, Our Clutter

9. Caribou - Swim

10. Gil Scott Heron - I'm New Here

think I've missed something but can't think...

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10 albums I've liked a lot this year:

Oceansize - Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up

High On Fire - Snakes of the Devine

Futureheads - The Chaos

Rolo Tomassi - Cosmology

Deftones - Diamond Eyes

Dinosaur Pile-Up - Growing Pains

And So I Watch You From Afar - The Letters EP

Red Sparowes - The Fear Is Excruciating But Therein Lies The Answer

65daysofstatic - We Were Exploding Anyway

Coheed & Cambria - Year of the Black Rainbow

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