it’s a new year! new plans. new resolutions. new opportunities? one thing is for sure, there will be plenty of new music. here a list of a few records i enjoyed this past year. check them out if you please.
against me- white crosses. green day meets springsteen. punk rock with some old school attitude. a major label record from a band known for mocking major labels.
aloe blacc- good things. the marvin gaye of today. “i need a dollar” is one of those songs that needed to be written.
band of horses- infinite arms. northwestern band makes the best modest mouse record that modest mouse never made.
crime in stereo- i was trying to describe you to someone. long island hardcore band i was just starting to get into releases a seemingly un-hardcore record, then they broke up.
drake- thank me later. toronto singer/rapper tries to live up to the mixtape hype on his major label debut, and what do you know? he absolutely kills it.
sleigh bells- treats. this is dance music for the zombie takeover. noisy, fun, and a bit manic, they killed it live and sold a picture disc of the record at their shows. they earned major punk points for that one.
eminem- recovery. this album revived eminem’s career. solid from start to finish. WTP (white trash party) is a bonafide classic track.
jesse malin and the st. marks social- love it to life. this old school punk turned ryan adams-ish alt-rocker continues to impress me with his work.
kanye west- my beautiful dark twisted fantasy. not nearly as bizzare as most of the reviews would have you believe. it’s a great hiphop record from the chaotic mind of arguably the games greatest producer of all time.
make do and mend- end measured mile. this band and record came out of nowhere and landed on permanent rotation. for fans of hot water music and the loved ones.
the national- high violet. the kings of mood rock returned with one of the most gloomy yet wonderful recordings of 2010.
kings of leon- come around sundown. move over bono, there’s a new band in line to take over the globe. thank god.
nicki minaj- pink friday. she’s no longer a gimmick. she’s no longer a money magnet for lil’ wayne. she’s her own entity with multiple personalities and a strong debut that made me a believer.
ra ra riot- the orchard. this band came into their own on their second record. they pull off the string-influenced indie rock without sounding obnoxious. one apple commercial away from hitting the big time.
the roots & john legend- wake up. one of the most soulful collaborations i’ve heard in years. it’s the voltron of urban music.
the soft pack- self titled. san diego boys do their garage thing and do it with a dirty, stoner style.
the gaslight anthem- american slang. working man rock that wouldn’t have sounded out of place in asbury park in the 70’s.
vampire weekend- contra. great record that’s equal parts punk and paul simon. the more you hear it, the more it makes sense.
i’m sure i left out a bunch. in all honesty, music was a lot of fun in 2010. i just thank the lord i got to the doctor and had my shots in order to avoid catching a nasty case of bieber fever.