A collection of musically themed musings by Brendan Bush in Burlington, VT

My favorite music of 2010

Filed Under: Music for a Mood
Written by Brendan
Tuesday December 28, 2010

Way back in the day (2004), my good friend Aaron (who you may know from his guest posts on this blog) shared with me a copy of his 2005 Favorite Music CD, introducing me to a whole new world of music.  It was that 80 minutes of musical joy that inspired me to start broadening my musical tastes, leading to a complete obsession with live music, an album purchasing habit that has become almost obscene, and eventually, this here blog.  In 2005, I decided to follow his lead and began compiling my own year-end CD to share with my friends, in the hopes that they’d also fall in love with some of the music, and share the experience with me.

It may be a little old fashioned to still make a CD (though I for one still use the CD player in my car), but 80 minutes does seem to be a good way for me to really pare down my favorite songs to the cream of the crop, as well as share it in a way that’s not too overwhelming for friends who may not be as obsessed as I am.  Below, I offer you a list of my favorite music of 2010.  The order doesn’t signify any sort of hierarchy — that would be way too difficult.  Instead, the songs are ordered as to present an enjoyable and cohesive listening experience.

If you like any of this music, please support the artists making it by buying their albums and going to their shows.  They continue to make my world a better place, and the only way they’ll keep doing so is if they are supported by their fans.

Angus & Julia Stone – And The Boys
From Down The Way ($5 right now on Amazon)

Midlake – Winter Dies
From The Courage Of Others ($5 right now on Amazon)

Dan Mangan – Robots
From Nice, Nice, Very Nice

Dr. Dog – Jackie Wants a Black Eye
From Shame Shame ($5 right now on Amazon)

Yeasayer – Ambling Alp
From ODD BLOOD ($5 right now on Amazon)

Wolf Parade – Pobody’s Nerfect
From Expo 86 ($5 right now on Amazon)

Wooden Shjips – Start to Dreaming
From Vol. 2

Drink Up Buttercup – Young Ladies
From Born And Thrown On A Hook

Frightened Rabbit – Nothing Like You
From The Winter of Mixed Drinks

Delays – In Brilliant Sunshine
From Star Tiger Star Ariel

Beach House – Lover of Mine
From Teen Dream ($5 right now on Amazon)

Decibully – Weakest Kind of Heart
From World Travels Fast

Gold Motel – Stealing The Moonlight
From Summer House

Good Old War – That’s Some Dream
From Good Old War ($5 right now on Amazon)

Efterklang – Alike
From Magic Chairs

Shout Out Louds – Walls
From Work

April Smith and the Great Picture Show – Terrible Things
From Songs For A Sinking Ship ($5 right now on Amazon)

Local Natives – Sun Hands
From Gorilla Manor ($5 right now on Amazon)

Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
From The Suburbs

Broken Social Scene – Meet Me In The Basement
From Forgiveness Rock Record

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This (& last) week’s new music

Filed Under: New Releases
Written by Brendan
Thursday June 10, 2010

I’ve been wishing I had some more time to write here. It’s been incredibly fun so far, and really allowed me another outlet for my musical addiction. Alas, I do not make any money doing it. In fact, I definitely lose money — between tickets, t-shirts, albums and trips to Montreal, I’ve been spending what one might consider a ridiculous amount of money. So the job takes precedent when things get busy, and I’m stuck posting two weeks worth of music purchases instead of something more interesting to me. Soon enough…

Last week, I picked up Summer House from Gold Motel (a recommendation from Aaron, who was kind enough to post here last week), Treats from Sleigh Bells, and Doug Keith’s The Lucky Ones. I continue to distrust people with two first names, but if you’re into singer/songwriters (aka man-and-his-guitar), his album is worth a listen.

The Gold Motel album is a tasty pop treat – catchy and crisp and calling for a drive to the beach. Lead singer Greta Morgan has an impressive vocal range, and goes from sweet to syrupy with ease. As for Treats, the Sleigh Bells release, I’m actually quite speechless. It’s sincerely a natural amphetamine, and deserves a good week’s worth of heavy rotation before I can fully wrap my head around it. If you’re in the mood for something to share the room with and need a pick-me-up, get it. Might want to warn your neighbors before putting it on though, as it’s best experienced LOUD.

This week, I bought Champ from Tokyo Police Club and Before Today from Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. Champ is an an interesting take on Tokyo Police Club’s unique sound. It’s definitely a bit more refined, but I do find myself missing the edge of songs like Citizens of Tomorrow from their 2006 EP A Lesson in Crime. I suppose bands have the right to grow up too, though, and I plan on spending some more time with Champ summer.

Gold Motel - Summer House Sleigh Bells - Treats Doug Keith - The Lucky Ones Tokyo Police Club - Champ Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today

p.s. I’m skipping tonight’s Sharon Jones show on the waterfront in Burlington. Seems sacrilegious, but I’ve got a few excuses.

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