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2010 Music Picks: 30 Things to Ease the Holiday Blow

Posted by Smiles Davis, December 20, 2010 12:46pm | Post a Comment

For all you savvy observers, the description “best” was omitted from this year-end post. Why, you ask? Well, for several reasons: a) who the hell am I to say so and so's album was better than so and so; and b) I'm not a jukebox; I simply don't listen to enough albums a year to know whom to accurately give that title to. Furthermore, the ever-expanding field of opinions and critics makes me gag, so I'll pass. Since the bulk of my day is spent discovering, sorting, and devouring music in general, I do have a few things to share at this year's end. Here is a tight list of albums/ mixtapes/ LP’s/ videos and such I couldn’t stop playing this year. In no particular order, here are my favorite musical things of 2010:
 
1) Matthew Dear – Black City (Ghostly)
2) Aloe BlaccGood Things (Stones Throw)
3) Quantic – Dog With a Rope (Tru Thoughts)

4) Toro Y Moi - Causers of This (Carpark Records)
5) Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here (XL Recordings)
6) Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)  (Universal Motown)
7) Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy  (Roc-A-Fella Records)
8) First Aid Kit - The Big Black & The Blue (Wichita   Recordings/Jagadamba Records)
9) Tame Impala - Innerspeaker - (Modular Recordings)
10) Yeasayer - Odd Blood (Secretly Canadian & Mute Records)
11) Dale Ernhardt Jr - Horse Power EP (Quite Scientific Records)
12) Ninja Tune XX Box  - Ninja Tune Comp


13) Selah Sue - Raggamuffin EP
14) Bruce Haack – Farad: The Electric Voice (Stones Throw)
15) Onra – Long Distance (All City / Favorite)
16) Light Sounds Dark - Return Of The Sherm LP (Phonica Records)
17) Janelle Monae - Archandroid (Wondaland Arts Society)
18) Earl Sweatshirt, Earl (Odd Future)  





Mixtapes

19) Jay Electonica - "Act II: Patents Of Nobility (The Turn)"
20) A Chicago Footwork Compilation - "Bangs and Works Vol.1" 
21) Mansions on the Moon - "Paradise"
22) Theophilus London – "I Want You" 
23) DJ Jazzy Jeff + Mick Boogie: "Summertime: The Mixtape”


(the following video is NSFW)

12" /7"
24) Aeroplane - "We Can't Fly" 12" (Eskimo Recordings)
24) Cults – "Go Outside" 7" (Forest Family Records)
26) DJ Harvey – Doc Severson "You Put the Shine On Me/ Be With You" 12"
27) Morgan Geist aka “Storm Queen” – “Look Right Through” feat Damon C Scott (Environ Records) 12"
28) Dennis Ferrer – "Hey Hey" 12" (Objektivity)
29) Tennis  - "Marathon" 7" (Fat Possum)
30) James Blake - "Limit to Your Love"/ "CMYK" 10" (Hemlock)

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