Friday, December 31, 2010

3 More To Explore: Riff Family Action, Eatliz, Nightlife

Back to the grind after the holidays.  What better way to close out the year than by going international.

So maybe these three artists will make it easier on you:

Riff Family Action
For those who like: Atari Teenage Riot, The Black Crowes

Yes, that's a weird set of comparisons, but these Russians combine southern rock influences with some wailing metal for a very unique sound.

Riff Family Action's Myspace

For those who like: Garbage

This Tel Aviv band is known for using animation during their live show.  Think of them as the Israeli Gorillaz, only they sound nothing like them.

Eatliz's Myspace

For those who like: The Darkness

Now it's off to the land that brought us Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, and Mats Sundin: Sweden!  The classic rock influence is obvious from the first notes of Nightlife's music.  Sit back and enjoy the riffage.

Nightlife's Myspace

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Casey Spooner: "Adult Contemporary" (album review)

As a member of chic NYC group Fischerspooner, Casey Spooner has become known for making slick, arty electronic music.  On his first solo album, Adult Contemporary (out January 25th), he takes a completely different path.

What Spooner gives us on his new album is a surprisingly pretension-free dose of pop rock.  The results are not groundbreaking in the least, but they are pleasant and enjoyable.

The record opens with "Exquisite Corpse", a track that features a dark '80s pop aura that is not indicative of what's to follow.  Horns come in and out, with the occasional synth, but it's traditional rock arrangements that are at the heart of these songs.

You wouldn't necessarily know it from Fischerspooner's canon, but Spooner has a fairly well-developed pop sensibility.  Tracks like "RSVP" and "Tuxedo" boast enough hooks to reel in the listener and keep them snagged.

The whimsical "Cliche" and the ominous album closer "Complicit" help to ensure that there's enough variety to keep things interesting.

Again, there's nothing new here.  Boundaries aren't being pushed.  Genres aren't being bent.  Listeners aren't being challenged.  That's all fine because sometimes you just want a record that's fun from start to finish.  Adult Contemporary fits that bill pretty well.

Best tracks: "Spanish Teenager", "Cliche"

Track listing for Adult Contemporary:
  • Exquisite Corpse
  • Cinnamon Toast
  • Cliche
  • Faye Dunaway
  • RSVP
  • Spanish Teenager
  • Two Calls
  • Tuxedo
  • Perfecto
  • Spirit Cooking
  • Complicit

Casey Spooner's Facebook

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Triumph Of Lethary, Skinned Alive To Death: "Some Of Us Are In This Together" (album review)

Once you crawl beyond the awkward band name, there's a lot of indie rock experience behind Triumph Of Lethargy, Skinned Alive To Death.  The group, built around Murder City Devils' Spencer Moody and Pretty Girls Make Graves' Andrea Zollo, give us their new album, Some Of Us Are In This Together, on January 18th.

There's a palpably dark, nearly evil mood that hangs over the record.  The album opens with "Don't Lust After Other Women", a morose, creepy eulogy of a track.  That funeral technique repeats throughout the album as songs like "No Hope Here" combine death monologues with cacophonous arrangements.

The music, while hauntingly evil on "If You Believe In Blood", engulfs the listener with a forceful emotional wrench.  "Salt" has a grand soaring scope, while managing to remain focussed.  A driving grind powers "Let's Leave the Elephant In the Room".  It all comes together with "Hey Asshole", a number that hits you with an absolutely relentless incendiary barrage of sound.

Unfortunately, these songs tend to be characterized by their lack of anything remotely pop.  The bang and clatter leave little room for nuance or subtlety in the songs.  While the emotion is undeniably there, without a single hook or even a memorable riff, it's simply not enough to make it a go-to album.

Some Of Us Are In This Together is a remarkable listen...the first couple of times through.  As you go on it's impact becomes less and less.  It doesn't take long to ask yourself: 'will I ever listen to this album again?'

Best tracks: "Hey Asshole", "Let's Leave The Elephant In The Room"

Track listing for Some Of Us Are In This Together:
  • Don't Lust After Other Women
  • If You Believe In Blood
  • Salt
  • Hey Asshole
  • Greedy Man
  • Let's Leave the Elephant In The Room
  • Issabella Rossalini's Shoe
  • No Hope Here
  • The Dirty Street
  • Friends Do Not Fear
Triumph Of Lethargy, Skinned Alive To Death's Myspace

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2011 New Release schedule

Of course nothing new musically is coming out this week.  So I thought I'd take the column space usually dedicated to that and give you a quick look at the highlights of releases we can look forward to early in 2011.

Jan 11
  • Tapes N' Tapes
  • Cage The Elephant
  • The Decemberists
  • Wire
  • The Bridges
Jan 18
  • The Decemberists
  • Social Distortion
  • Smith Westerns
  • White Lies
  • Robert Pollard
Jan 25
Nicole Atkins
  • Iron & Wine
  • Cloud Nothings
  • Gang of Four
  • Nicole Atkins
  • Amos Lee
  • Destroyer
  • Cold War Kids
  • The Get Up Kids
  • Casey Spooner
  • Joan As Police Woman
Feb 1
  • The Go! Team
  • Hercules & the Love Affair
  • Todd Snider
  • MEN
  • David Lowery
Feb 8
  • ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
  • Cut Copy
  • Akron/Family
  • Young Galaxy
  • R.E.M.
  • Tennis
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield
Drive-By Truckers
Feb 15
  • The Twilight Singers
  • Drive-By Truckers
  • PJ Harvey
  • Bright Eyes
  • The Dears
  • Mogwai
  • DeVotchKa
  • Buffalo Tom
Feb 22
  • Adele
  • Loch Lomond
  • Cave Singers
  • Toro Y Moi
  • G. Love
  • The Low Anthem
  • Imaginary Cities
Lykke Li
Mar 1
  • Lykke Li
  • Ron Sexsmith
  • Lucinda Williams
  • Dum Dum Girls
  • Beady Eye
  • The Rural Alberta Advantage
Mar 8

  • Wye Oak

Mar 15
  • J Mascis
  • New York Dolls
  • The Joy Formidable
Mar 22
  • Keren Ann
  • Edwyn Collins
Mar 28
  • Peter Bjorn and John
  • The Mountain Goats

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Monday, December 27, 2010

U.S. Royalty: "Mirrors" (album review)

With themes pulled from American literature and a sound that often pays homage to wild west cinema, there may be no album in 2011 that is as quintessentially American as Mirrors, the debut from U.S. Royalty.  The record from the Washington, DC group comes out on January 25th.

Bookending the album are "The Mirror", which could easily be the score from an old oater, and "The Desert Won't Save You", a gritty meandering epic.  "Hollywood" Hollows" boasts a groove the size of a wagon wheel rut that gets you riveted.  A strong harmonica part (always a good call for an Americana record) powers the country-tinged jive of "Give Up the Ghost".

Smattered in between the horse-riding songs are a handful of hook-laden tracks like "Fool To Love (Like I Do)" and "Equestrian", that possess a Band Of Horses haunting vibe to them.

Sometimes the melodies get a little too slick.  The stripped down "Old Flames" and "Voice Memo", for example, have a terrifying James Taylor quality to it.  In the context of the rest of the record, that's not a good thing.

When the two elements of country grit and pop hook come together, like on the trotting melody of "Monte Carlo", the results are pretty darn good.

Best tracks: "Hollywood Hollows", "Fool To Love (Like I Do)"

Track listing for Mirrors:
  • The Mirror
  • Hollywood Hollows
  • Monte Carlo
  • Equestrian
  • Vacation Vacation
  • Old Flames
  • Fool To Love (Like I Do)
  • Give Up the Ghost
  • The Desert Won't Save You
  • Voice Memo
U.S. Royalty's website
U.S. Royalty's Myspace

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This week's entertainment picks: The Sadies, Elliott Brood

The Sadies
It's a pretty quiet week for concerts in the city.

There are a pair of New Year's Eve shows that are worth checking out if you can get in: Elliott Brood play Lee's Palace while down at the Horseshoe fellow Polaris nominees The Sadies take the stage for their now-traditional show.

The Box Tiger and In The Audience also play a free holiday show at the Supermarket on December 30th.  They'll be handing out samplers gratis as well.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Toronto concerts announced this week: Motorhead, Gord Downie

Here's a run down of the concerts announced for Toronto over the past week:
  • The John Holmes Book Club, Silver Dollar, Jan 6
  • Kardinall Offishal, Massey Hall, Jan 17
  • Chilliwack, Sound Academy, Jan 21
  • Lauryn Hill, Sound Academy, Jan 22
  • Dipset, Sound Academy, Jan 28
  • Paul van Dyk, The Guvernment, Jan 29
  • Skratch Bastid, Revival, Jan 29
  • The Moondoggies, Horseshoe Tavern, Feb 2
  • Keys N' Krates, The Carlu, Feb 4
  • Sally Folk, The Drake, Feb 5
  • Diemonds, Sneaky Dee's, Feb 11
  • Matthew Barber, The Drake, Feb 13
  • Rasputina, Lee's Palace, Feb 19
  • Skrillex, The Phoenix, Feb 19
  • Yann Tiersen, Mod Club, Feb 22
  • Motorhead, Kool Haus, Feb 26
  • Gord Downie, Mod Club, Mar 1
  • Small Sins, Horseshoe Tavern, Mar 4
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Quick Hits: Beth Bombara

Merry Christmas everyone!  Why the heck are you reading this?  You should be spending this quality time with your family.

Well, since you're here, this is my weekly look at what I didn't have time to get to:

Beth Bombara, Wish I Were You
The St. Louis native first grabbed my attention with a pair of solid EPs.  Now she's returned with a full length, Wish I Were You.  She's got the right amount of warble and twang to make her indie folk rock soulful and inviting.

Beth Bombara's website

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Best of 2010: Songs

There has been some great music this year.  But let us not forget that the basis of a great album is a great song.

With that in mind I present you with my favorite songs of 2010:

Tift Merritt
100. The Apples In Stereo- Dance Floor
99. Joe Pug- Speak Plainly, Diana
98. The Russian Futurists- Hoeing Weeds Sowing Seeds
97. The New Pornographers- Crash Years
96. Tift Merritt- Engine To Turn
95. Wavves- King of the Beach
94. Wil- In This Together
93. Best Coast- Boyfriend
92. April Smith & The Great Picture Show- Drop Dead Gorgeous
91. Clubfeet D.I.E. Yuppie Scum

Hannah Georgas
90. Diamond Rings- Something Else
89. Emm Gryner f. Joe Elliott- Almighty Love
88. Gogol Bordello- Pala Tute
87. Guilty About Girls- Candy Candy
86. Hannah Georgas- Bang Bang You're Dead
85. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan- You Won't Let Me Down Again
84. Juliana Hatfield- I Picked You Up
83. Kandi Coded- Drive On
82. Kate Nash- Do Wah Doo
81. Leroy Powell And The Messengers- It's Our Turn Now

80. No Joy- Mediumship
79. Ra Ra Riot- Boy
Right By Midnight
78. Right by Midnight- Along the Way
77. Ruth Cassie- Becoming Jane
76. Sally Seltmann- Dark Blue Angel
75. Brian Jonestown Massacre- Lets Go Fucking Mental
74. The Coast- Heartbreak City
73. Corin Tucker Band- Doubt
72. The Wind Up Radio Sessions- Registration
71. Wolf Parade- What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had To Go This Way)

Elf Power
70. The Joy Formidable- Austere
69. Belle and Sebastian- Write About Love
68. Black 47- Celtic Rocker
67. Ceschi F. Shoshin, Mic King & David Ramos- Hangman
66. Conil- Devil Leaving
65. Drive-By Truckers- This Fucking Job
64. Elf Power- Stranger in the Window
63. Falklands- Earthquake
62. Johnny Cash- Ain't No Grave
61. Land of Talk- Quarry Hymns

Library Voices
60. Library Voices- Haunt This House
59. Portugal The Man- 60 Years
58. Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs- Beg Steal Or Borrow
57. Shawn Clarke- Hurt Before
56. The Like- He's Not A Boy
55. The Futureheads- Struck Dumb
54. The National- Bloodbuzz Ohio
53. The Thermals- Canada
52. Villagers- Home
51. Violens- Acid Reign

Sharon Van Etten
50. The Secret History- God Save The Runaways
49. Stars- I Died So I Could Haunt You
48. Sharon Van Etten- One Day
47. Shane MacGowan f. Johnny Depp, Nick Cave, Bobby Gillespie, Glen Matlock, Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones, Paloma Faith & Eliza Doolittle- I Put a Spell On You
46. Rah Rah- Hurt You Bad
45. Maximum Balloon & Tunde Adebimpe- Absence of Light
44. Liz Phair- Smoke
43. Josh Ketchen & The 1,000's- Riverside
42. Jason Collett- Love Is A Dirty Word
41. HEALTH- USA Boys

40. Grinderman- Heathen Child
39. Common Grackle- Safe Word Play
38. Broken Social Scene- World Sick
37. Backyard Tire Fire- Good to Be
36. Courtney Jaye f. Ben Bridwell- Sometimes Always
35. Fjord Rowboat- When I Speak of Violence
34. Grand Mal- Drink 'Em Up
33. Hot Chip- Take It In
32. Jenny and Johnny- Scissor Runner
31. Josh Ritter- Change of Time

30. Kate Miller-Heidke- God's Gift To Women
29. Kyle Andrews- You Always Make Me Smile
28. Right by Midnight- Best Way Home
27. Stars- We Don't Want Your Body
26. Superchunk- Digging for Something
25. The Black Keys- Next Girl
24. The Strange- Utah Living
23. Villagers- Becoming A Jackal
22. Wolf Parade- Ghost Pressure
21. The National- Terrible Love

20. Thunderball- I C Colors
Kathryn Calder
19. Shawn Clarke- Sick Song
18. Murder By Death- As Long As There Is Whiskey In the World
17. Kathryn Calder- If You Only Knew
16. Library Voices- Drinking Games
15. Justin Levinson- Bandaid On A Bulletwound
14. KaiserCartel Ready to Go
13. Domestic Crisis Group- Acid Wash
12. Chromeo- Night By Night
11. Belle and Sebastian- I Didn't See It Coming

10. Broken Social Scene- Texico Bitches
9. Bella Ruse- Complicated Rhythm
8. Justin Townes Earle- Harlem River Blues
7. PKEW PKEW PKEW (gunshots)- Asshole Pandemic
Bella Ruse
6. The Vaselines- I Hate The 80's
5. Sleigh Bells- Rill Rill
4. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals- Hot Summer Night
3. Sharon Van Etten- Don't Do It
2. Butch Walker- She Likes Hair Bands
1. Cee Lo Green- Fuck You

I know that the list topper isn't a big surprise, but what would you have added or taken away from the list?

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Ricardo Christoff Apparatus (Buck 65 & D-Sisive): "The Night Before Christmas" (MP3)

The Ricardo Christoff Apparatus is the duo of Canadian hip hop stalwarts Buck 65 and D-Sisive.  They've decided that they shouldn't be left out of the Christmas song fun and have thusly released a free track to add to the merriment.

Grab the free download of "The Night Before Christmas" now.

Move over "Christmas In Hollis".

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The Elves of Heaven: "Hard Times On 34th Street" (video)

I've got some more Christmas music for you.  This dark offering comes from The Elves of Heaven.

Check out the video for "Hard Times On 34th Street":

Elves of Heaven's website

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Edwyn Collins: "Do It Again: (video)

Most people know Edwyn Collins from the quasi-annoying hit "A Girl Like You" or his times with the under-appreciated brit pop set Orange Juice.

Collins' is set to return with a new album Losing Sleep, which comes out on March 22nd.

Check out the clip for the single "Do It Again":

Edwyn Collins' website

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Best of 2010: Best Albums #100-1

I began my best albums of 2010 countdown yesterday.  Now it's time to bring you the conclusion with my top 100 favorite records of the year:

Sharon Van Etten
100. Dr Dog- Shame, Shame
99. The Apples In Stereo- Travellers In Space and Time
98. Spoon- Transference
97. Jonsi- Go
96. Sharon Van Etten- Epic
95. Junip- Fields
94. Los Lobos- Tin Can Trust
93. Wil- In This Together
92. The Secret History- The World That Never Was
91. Jason Boesel- Hustler's Son

Common Grackle
90. Common Grackle- The Great Depression
89. Philip Selway- Familial
88. Ray LaMontagne- God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise
87. Foals- Total Life Forever
86. Jaguar Love- Hologram Jams
85. F&M- Sincerely, F&M
84. Belle & Sebastian- Write About Love
83. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan- HAWK
82. The Like- Release Me
81. Sally Seltmann- Heart That's Pounding

Melissa Auf der Maur
80. Portugal. The Man- American Ghetto
79. Shoot The Cameraman- The Wreckage
78. Villagers- Becoming A Jackal
77. Gorillaz- Plastic Beach
76. Jenny & Johnny- I'm Having Fun Now
75. Arcade Fire- The Suburbs
74. Melissa Auf der Maur- Out of Our Minds
73. Laura Veirs- July Flame
72. Superchunk- Majesty Shredding
71. Kathryn Calder- Are You My Mother?

Sleigh Bells
70. The Gaslight Anthem- American Slang
69. Sleigh Bells- Treats
68. Kaki King- Junior
67. The Little Death- The Little Death
66. Yeasayer- Odd Blood
65. Clubfeet- Gold On Gold
64. Liz Phair- Funstyle
63. Xavier Rudd- Koonyum Sun
62. Diamond Rings- Special Affections
61. She & Him- Volume Two

Suzy Callahan
60. Black Dub- Black Dub
59. Retribution Gospel Choir- 2
58. Charlotte Gainsbourg- IRM
57. Laura Marling- I Speak Because I Can
56. No Joy- Ghost Blonde
55. Luke Doucet- Steel City Trawler
54. Chromeo- Business Casual
53. Suzy Callahan- Big, Helpless Sleep
52. Ra Ra Riot- The Orchard
51. The Weepies- Be My Thrill

The Strange
50. Against Me!- White Crosses
49. The Black Keys- Brothers
48. Wintersleep- New Inheritors
47. Bryan Ferry- Olympia
46. Elf Power- Elf Power
45. The Strange- A Strange Noise
44. Alejandro Escovedo- Street Songs of Love
43. Zeus- Say Us
42. Shearwater- The Golden Archipelago
41. Jason Collett- Rat a Tat Tat

40. Josh Ketchen & the 1000's- We Don't Belong Here
39. Adrienne Pierce- Oh Deer
38. School of Seven Bells- Disconnect from Desire
37. The National- High Violet
36. Drive-By Truckers- The Big To-Do
35. The Wind Up Radio Sessions- Red Brick House
34. Library Voices- Denim On Denim
33. Grinderman- Grinderman 2
32. Sweet Thing- Sweet Thing
31. Ceschi- The One Man Band Broke Up

Fjord Rowboat
30. Fjord Rowboat- Under Cover of Brightness
29. Xiu Xiu- Dear God, I Hate Myself
28. Minus The Bear- Omni
27. Cee Lo Green- The Ladykiller
26. Thunderball- 12 Mile High
25. Ruth Cassie- Ivan Blackbird's Story
24. PS I Love You- Meet Me At the Muster Station
23. JP, Chrissie & the Fairground Boys- Fidelity!
22. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti- Before Today
21. Justin Townes Earle- Harlem River Blues

Basia Bulat
20. Roky Erickson & Okkervil River- True Love Cast Out All Evil
19. Basia Bulat- Heart of My Own
18. Leroy Powell & The Messengers- Atlantis
17. The Russian Futurists- The Weight's on the Wheels
16. Freelance Whales- Weathervanes
15. The Vaselines- Sex With An X
14. Kate Miller-Heidke- Curiouser
13. The Besnard Lakes- The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
12. Angus & Julia Stone- Down the Way
11. Shawn Clarke- Like Birds Too Tired To Fly

Grand Mal
10. Stars- The Five Ghosts
9. Broken Social Scene- Forgiveness Rock Record
8. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals- Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
7. Josh Ritter- So Runs The World Away
6. Butch Walker- I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart
5. Violens- Amoral
4. Grand Mal- Clandestine Songs
3. Murder By Death- Good Morning, Magpie
2. Phantogram- Eyelid Movies
1. Bella Ruse- Kuzoo

If your favorite didn't make the list it means I a) didn't hear it, or b) didn't like it that much.  So go ahead and complain.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Shawn Clarke: "What Child Is This?" (MP3)

With a couple of days remaining before Christmas it's time to get those last minute songs posted.  The latest comes from Toronto singer/songwriter Shawn Clarke.

I couldn't stop raving about Clarke's debut full length Like Birds Too Tired To Fly, now he's providing a pair of free downloads with "Silver & Gold" and "What Child Is This?".

You can grab both of them here.

Shawn Clarke's website

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PJ Harvey: "The Last Living Rose" (video)

Things have really slowed to a crawl in the world of music news.  Thankfully Polly Jean Harvey has given us something to talk about with the first video from her forthcoming album Let England Shake (out February 15th).

"The Last Living Rose" gives me lots of hope for the new record.  Watch the video here:

PJ Harvey's website

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Best of 2010: Best Albums #200-101

I've had a lot of albums come across my desk this year.  I've kept track all year long so I can bring you an accurate assessment of my favorites.  For the sake of your sanity and mine, I'll present it in two parts.

So here is my favorite albums of 2010 #200-101:

Juliana Hatfield
200. Archeology- Memorial
199. Mavis Staples- You Are Not Alone
198. Best Coast- Crazy for You
197. Juliana Hatfield- Peace and Love
196. Gord Downie & the Country Of Miracles- The Grand Bounce
195. Black Mountain- Wilderness Heart
194. Kate Nash- My Best Friend Is You
193. The Sadies- Darker Circles
192. Sarah Harmer- Oh Little Fire
191. Holly Golightly & the Broke-Offs- Medicine County
190. Magnetic Fields- Realism

Kandi Coded
189. Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants- Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants
188. Olney Clark- Olney Clark
187. Scott Lanaway- Mergers & Acquisitions
186. MGMT- Congratulations
185. Massive Attack- Heligoland
184. The Gary- Logan
183. Bettie Serveert- Pharmacy of Love
182. Badly Drawn Boy- It's What I'm Thinking
181. Kandi Coded- Fell for the Gift
180. Surfer Blood- Astrocoast

179. Cars and Trains- The Roots, The Leaves
Frazey Ford
178. Holly Miranda- The Magician's Private Library
177. Friendly Rich & the Lollipop People- The Sacred Prune of Remembrance
176. Hillstomp- Darker the Night
175. Maps & Atlases- Perch Patchwork
174. Ron Contour & Factor- Saffron
173. Cate Le Bon- Me Oh My
172. Frazey Ford- Obadiah
171. Alkaline Trio- This Addiction
170. Frightened Rabbit- The Winter of Mixed Drinks

169. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists- The Brutalist Bricks
168. Birds of Wales- Belgravia Hotel
167. Casey Neill & the Norway Rats- Goodbye To The Rank & File
166. Eels- Tomorrow Morning
165. Dead Confederate- Sugar
164. Microbunny- 49 Swans
163. Dum Dum Girls- I Will Be
162. Jesca Hoop- Hunting My Dress
161. Autolux- Transit Transit
160. Brent Amaker & the Rodeo- Please Stand By

The Coast
159. Little Beirut- Fear Of Heaven
158. The Coast- Queen Cities
157. Devo- Something for Everybody
156. Tokyo Police Club- Champ
155. AfterpartY- The Army You Got
154. LCD Soundsystem- This Is Happening
153. Holy Fuck- Latin
152. Goldfrapp- Head First
151. Antony & the Johnsons- Swanlights
150. Wildlife- Strike Hard, Young Diamond
149. The Watson Twins- Talking To You, Talking To Me
148. Broken Bells- Broken Bells
147. Of Montreal- False Priest
146. Franz Nicolay- Luck & Courage
145. Falklands- Think About It
144. Admiral Radley- I Heart California
143. The Love Language- Libraries
142. Tin Star Orphans- The Days of Blinding Fear
141. Boats- Cannoballs, Cannonballs!
140. Patty Griffin- Downtown Church

139. Joe Pug- Messenger
138. Carrie Rodriguez- Love and Circumstance
137. The New Pornographers- Together
136. Johnny Cash- American VI: Ain't No Grave
135. Los campesinos!- Romance Is Boring
134. Dawn Landes- Sweet Heart Rodeo
133. Yukon Blonde- Yukon Blonde
132. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club- Beat the Devil's Tattoo
131. Caribou- Swim
130. The Dig- Electric Toys

Band Of Horses
129. Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse- Dark Night of the Soul
128. Christopher Dignan- Let the Sparks Fly
127. Michael Franti & Spearhead- The Sound of Sunshine
126. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin- Let It Sway
125. Land Of Talk- Cloak and Cipher
124. The Futureheads- The Chaos
123. Hannah Georgas- This Is Good
122. Little Boots- Hands
121. Black 47- Bankers and Gangsters
120. Band Of Horses- Infinite Arms

119. The City Streets- The Jazz Age
118. Cowlick- Wires
117. Wolf Parade- Expo 86
116. Quasi- American Gong
115. Pernice Brothers- Goodbye, Killer
114. Factor- Lawson Graham
113. Rah Rah- Breaking Hearts
112. The Hold Steady- Heaven Is Whenever
111. Paul Weller- Wake Up the Nation
110. We Are Hex- Hail the Goer

109. April Smith & the Great Picture Show- Songs for a Sinking Ship
Jessica Stuart Few
108. Owen Pallett- Heartland
107. Eels- End Times
106. Hey Marseilles- To Travels and Trunks
105. Dryer- Out Like a Light
104. Nana Grizol- Ruth
103. The Soft Pack- The Soft Pack
102. Everybody Was In the French Resistance…Now!- Fixin' the Charts
101. Jessica Stuart Few- Kid Dream

Tune in tomorrow for my top 100 albums of 2010.  In the meantime, if you think I put one of your favorites too low on the list or included something you think is just garbage, leave your thoughts.

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