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2010 round-up December 30, 2010

Posted by gwyoung in Lists, Music.
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There was too much good music in 2010 that I was bound to overlook some of it, so here’s a brief list of five more albums and five more songs that didn’t make my year-end list either because I forgot about them or I never listened to them in the first place. If you haven’t heard these before, I highly suggest you hear them before the year is out:

Albums:

Andrew Cedermark – Moon Deluxe

Former Titus Andronicus member Andrew Cedermark, signed to the burgeoning alt-folk label Underwater Peoples along with the like-minded Real Estate, Ducktails and Julian Lynch, makes intimate folk music with a punk-rock edge and is often likened to Phil Elverum’s Microphones project due to a shared taste for those dynamics. His debut, Moon Deluxe, fully delivers on the promise of first single “Ad Infinitum”.

 

Four Tet – There Is Love In You

There Is Love In You is the perfect example of the problems posed by a January released date. Excellent music released at the beginning of a year is often forgotten or overplayed by the time for year-end lists, and unfortunately Four Tet’s There Is Love In You was forgotten in the mix of contention for my top 20 albums. Most of you have probably already heard it, as it was one of 2010’s “big albums”, but Four Tet’s  electronic masterpiece and startling return to form deserves a lot more recognition than I gave it in my coverage.

 

jj – kills

I’ve always preferred jj’s b-side reinterpretations of American hip-hop more than the balearic Swedish pop found on their studio albums, so you can imagine my delight when they released the kills mixtape as a free download on Christmas eve. kills serves as a brief survey of contemporary mainstream hip-hop filtered through blissed-out atmospheric electronics and found-sounds reminiscent of The Books’ sample material, moving from M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” to Jay-Z’s “Empire State Of Mind” to Kanye’s Twisted Fantasy in the course of about 35 orgasmic minutes.

 

Jónsi – Go Live

Go Live is a live recording featuring all of the tracks from his excellent solo debut, Go, plus five others written after its release. All of the Go tracks sound just as good if not better in their live versions (with tracks like “Tornado” and “Around Us” getting a complete overhaul to create a more satisfying extended build-up) and the addition of new songs like the aptly-titled “New Piano Song” and the breathtaking “Stars In Still Water” make this recording a whole lot better than the studio album, which I didn’t think was even possible.

 

Long Long Long – Shorts

Though this four-track, ten-minute EP from upstart art-poppers Long Long Long is anything but, Shorts contains some incredible spazz-guitar music reminiscent of Los Campesinos! and Deerhoof. These short but dangerously sweet tracks are well-written and well-structured, showing a lot of promise that will hopefully be filled with a full-length in the near future. Best of all, it’s free on their bandcamp page so you have no excuse to not listen.

 

And now tracks:

Broken Bells – “The High Road”

off of the Broken Bells LP

 

Four Tet – “She Just Likes To Fight”

off of the There Is Love In You LP

 

LCD Soundsystem – “Dance Yrself Clean”

off of the This Is Happening LP

 

Memoryhouse – “Lately (Deuxième)”

off of The Years EP

 

These New Puritans – “We Want War”

off of the Hidden LP

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1. DP - January 5, 2011

Not bad, not bad.

I’m about to release a massive post on two massive mixes in dubstep. Be ready.


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