With Fresh Heirs starting halfway through the year, recapping everything that has happened so far in 2010 would be a little unreasonable and a little tedious. So instead, we’re bringing you recaps from the staff that show what caught each writer’s eye so far in 2010, providing a little snapshot as we move into the future. Here’s Anna’s take:
Top 5 Albums of 2010
5. Beach Fossils – Beach Fossils
4. Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be/Blissed Out
3. Woods – At Echo Lake
2. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
1. Sleigh Bells – Treats
Top 10 Songs of 2010
10. No Age – Depletion
9. LCD Soundsystem – Dance Yrself Clean
8. Wavves – Take on the World
7. Woods – Blood Dries Darker
6. Best Coast – Boyfriend
5. Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be
4. Beach House – Walk in the Park
3. Wild Nothing – Summer Holiday
2. Sleigh Bells – Kids
1. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round and Round
Best Set of 2010
Beach Fossils played in my basement in April. It’s a long story but definitely made for the most surreal set of the year.
Best Show of 2010
Real Estate & Woods (Rock n Roll Hotel, Washington, D.C., March 27) I saw both of them open for Wavves last July at his first show after taking some time off, but despite the Woodsist bonanza billing, they were a bit overshadowed by the “Comeback Show” hype and Wavves’ broken wrist, so getting to see them after I had some time to get familiar with their material was amazing. Plus they collaborated on a totally nostalgic and cathartic superjam of Blind Melon’s “No Rain” and Real Estate’s drummer kicked Marc in the face while crowd surfing. Totally worth the road trip all the way from upstate New York.
Best New Artists
The “Nothing” bands (Wild Nothing & Cloud Nothings) are set to take over. They’ve got solid debut albums out, continue to produce lots of extra material, and have killer live shows to back it up. (I accidentally saw Wild Nothing three times in a week and also witnessed Cloud Nothings’ first-ever encore, as requested by the audience, when they opened for Wavves). Trust me, they won’t be opening bands for much longer. Others include Total Slacker, who sing my favorite ode to enjoying tacos and who are so not slacking with their debut album on the way, and Electric Tickle Machine, who have just rereleased their insanely catchy debut Blew it Again and will blow you away with their absolutely electric (pun intended) live show.
I had my doubts for 2010 after the absolutely stellar 2009, but so far it’s totally ruling and besides all of the amazing new artists releasing new material left and right, everyone I was introduced to in ’09 is still going strong.
As far as my Top 5 albums…Sleigh Bells have been responsible for all of the spontaneous dance parties in my life and Treats is always a nice jolt of pure energy…Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti’s Before Today exceeded all of my expectations as a long-awaited follow up to his murky AM radio tunes I used to listen to years ago…Woods have their strongest showing yet with the gorgeous At Echo Lake, an album you can listen to straight through (due to the absence of one of those “September With Pete”-type songs that is great live but sometimes your ADD won’t let you make it all the way through) due to the perfect balance of folky pop, experimentation, and a dollop of darkness…In the tidal wave of the resurgent girl-group style, Dum Dum Girls have outshone the rest for the time being (at least until I hear Best Coast’s new one) with I Will Be, full of loud pop songs with attitude, and Blissed Out, the reissue of earlier Dum Dum cassette recordings, is a great companion to the proper LP…Beach Fossils, (I know, another “beach” band) have finally put out an album of gems after only having a handful of tunes floating around the blogosphere for so long.
There is so much more to look out for in the next 6 months. So many questions remain unanswered. Will “nothing” become the new “beach”? What movement will finally usurp chillwave? How many more album covers can Snacks the cat be on? Stay tuned for more awesomeness.