Best-of-Year Lists Blog

It’s hard to pick just ten best CDs of 2010.  Ask me on a different day and 3 or 4 of my picks might have been different.  But there was no doubt as to the #1 pick for me:

1. J. Roddy Walston And The Business (self titled).  One great rockin’ song after another.  These guys have been drinking from the Led Zep song book.  Let’s hope their livers last a while.

2. The Black Keys: Brothers.  This duo has really grown over the past few years and this is their strongest CD yet.

3. Vampire Weekend: Contra.  With catchy songs like Cousins, Horchata and the now over played Holiday (thanks, Honda), everybody’s favorite preppy band continues to entertain.

4. Eels: Tomorrow Morning. The album is the final part of a concept trilogy, including Hombre Lobo (2009) and End Times (2010).  Tomorrow Morning is the best CD of the 3.

5. The Whigs: In The Dark.  There must be something in the water down in Athens Georgia.  These guys just explode all over the place.

6. Janelle Monae: The Archandroid.  She’s been called a “a different kind of diva” by Vogue Magazine and I’ll agree.  Her voice can send shivers down your spine.  A science-fiction concept CD you can dance to; now THAT’S a concept.

7. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Before Today.  Los Angeles native Ariel Rosenberg is a reclusive pop surrealist whose odd productions have led to a cult following.  This is the most (dare I say it?) commercial thing He’s done yet.
 8. KT Tunstle: Tiger Suit.  A strong 3rd CD from the master of live guitar looping.  The girl has chops both as a musican and as a song writter.  Personally I don’t think the cover art does her justice though.

9. Diplomats Of Solid Sound: What Goes Around Comes Around.  Maybe not as strong as their last CD titled “Featuring the Diplomettes” but still a ton of fun.  Need to get people dancing at your next party?  Throw on B-o-o-g-a-l-o-o.  Problem solved.

10. Arcade Fire: Suburbs.  This one took a while to grow on me… but it won me over with tunes like Ready To Start.