Thursday, August 05, 2010

Best Indie Albums of 2010 (As of August fifth)

Best Indie Albums of 2010

So far, now that my list of new albums I’ve listened to has gotten a little large, I’ve gone from ranking them individually to putting them into three alphabetical categories.

The Albums I Have On My Continual Revolving Playlist:

Beach House – Teen Dream
The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
Broken Bells – Broken Bells
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
Clem Snide – The Meat of Life
Cowboy Junkies – Renmin Park
Damien Jurado – Saint Bartlett
Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame
Eels – End Times
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
Laura Veirs – July Flame
LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
The National – High Violet
Phosphorescent – Here’s to Taking it Easy
Wolf Parade – Expo 86

The Albums that Have Something Going for Them but Which Don’t Knock My Socks Off

Angus & Julia Stone – Down the Way
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
The Bird and the Bee – Interpreting the Maters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall & John Oates
The Flaming Lips – The Dark Side of the Moon
Jay Bennett – Kicking at the Perfumed Air
Josh Ritter – So Runs the World Away
Mates of State – Crushes (The Covers Mixtape)
Mimicking Birds – Mimicking Birds
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band – Where the Messengers Meet
The New Pornographers – Together
Portugal. The Man. – American Ghetto
The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt
Titus Andronicus – The Monitor

Also Ran:

Adam Green – Minor Love
Avi Buffalo – Avi Buffalo
Autolux – Transit Transit
Beach Fossils – Beach Fossils
Best Coast – Crazy for You
Bill Callahan – Rough Travel for a Rare Thing
Blitzen Trapper – Destroyer of the Void
The Books – This Way Out
Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions
Everest – On Approach
Foals – Total Life Forever
The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
Goldfrapp – Head First
Jesca Hoop – Hunting My Dress
Joanna Newsom – Have One on Me
The Living Sisters – Love to Live
Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
Menomena – Mines
MGMT – Congratulations
Miniature Tigers – FORTRESS
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
Of Montreal – False Priest
Owen Pallett – Heartland
Plants and Animals – La La Land
The Radio Dept. – Clinging to a Scheme
Rogue Wave – Permalight
Sarah Jaffe – Suburban Nature
She & Him – Volume Two
Shout Out Louds – Work
Sleigh Bells – Treat
Spoon – Transference
Suzanne Vega – Close-Up Vol 1, Love Songs
Wavves – King of the Beach


At 8/06/2010 5:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Add to Group A:

Autolux - Transit Transit

Add to Group B (or maybe Group C):

Blue Giant - Blue Giant

At 2/15/2011 12:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like you missed out on a lot of good records by No Age, Glasser, Warpaint, Crystal Castles, Deerhunter, School of Seven Bells, Emeralds, Twin Sister, Flying Lotus, Girls, James Blake, Mark McGuire, Wild Nothing, Twin Shadow, The Morning Benders, Mound Kimbie, No Joy, Oh Land, Perfume Genius, Women

At 2/15/2011 3:50 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Yeah, I missed a lot. But by the end of the year I'd found The Morning Benders and Deerhunter. They turned out to be two of my favorites.

But that was 2010 . . . now there's a whole new bunch of albums I'm trying not to miss in 2011. There are a lot of albums out there.


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