Happy New Year everyone! 2010 sure came and went pretty fast, didn’t it?!? I
could of easily posted a top 10, or 20 albums here, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll
make it short and sweet. Here are my top 5 albums of 2010:
1) The National – High Violet. This album does not disappoint from the first track to the last. Matt Berninger’s baritone voice draws you in from the first lines of Terrible Love to the melancholy Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks .
It was really hard to pick this over Deerhunter because I have been absolutely obsessed with them in the last two years. Having said that, it goes to show you how good this album was/is. I think the strength of every song top to bottom is what earned them the top spot, and deservedly so.
Download this: Conversation 16
Download this: Desire Lines!!!
3) The Arcade Fire – The Suburbs. This band has not made a single misstep since they broke onto the scene with Funeral. Here with Suburbs, they put out another solid effort and will have you humming Rococo in no time!
Download this: Ready to Start
4) Mumford and Sons – Sigh no more. I usually like to pride myself on being able to find bands days, months, sometime years before than some of my more musically challenged friends; in this case James was the one who turned me on to them right after the album was released. Their sound is refreshingly original and it’s no wonder they are starting to take over the airwaves on this side of the pond.
Download this: The Cave
5) Ryan Bingham – Junky Star. This one is perhaps the most underrated album of the year, by far. Maybe because it’s a theme that strikes too close to home– songs like “Depression” and “Yesterday’s blues” speak of hard times in Americana –- which all of us an relate to on some level. I have been following him since Mescalito (do yourself a favor and get that one, too), and is one of
my favorite new artists. I can’t think of a more talented singer/songwriter that’s out right now.
Download this: The Poet
Don’t hate me, but I just realized that I saw all the aforementioned bands in the last year or two. Another reason why the dream of the 90’s is still alive in Portland – I can see just about any band that I want to see when I want to see ‘em. I’m sure I missed some really great ones, but hey, that’s what the comments are for!
Jesse or El Duderino, if you’re not into that whole brevity thing is the father of The Charge and has been a friend of mine for over twenty years. He wooed his wife with his lovely vocal stylings from the stages of some of the divier music venues of Santa Barbara, California. He has two kids and now lives with his wife in Portland where he is working on his dance quintet, I think he finally found the venue he was looking for.