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 Daniel’s take on things:
Top 10 Albums of 2010
10. Lightspeed Champion – Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You
9. Wavves – King of the Beach
8. Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be
7. Sleigh Bells – Treats
6. The Drums – The Drums
5. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
4. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor
3. Beach House – Teen Dream
2. Vampire Weekend – Contra
1. Beach Fossils – Beach Fossils
Top 10 Songs of 2010
10. Lightspeed Champion – “Marlene”
9. Wavves – “Post Acid”
8. Beach House – “Walk In The Park”
7. Yeasayer – “Ambling Alp”
6. Wild Nothing – “Summer Holiday”
5. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – “Round and Round”
4. The Drums – “Forever and Ever Amen”
3. Cloud Nothings – “Even If It Worked Out”
2. Beach Fossils – “Daydream”
1. Japandroids – “Younger Us”
Best Set of 2010
Japandroids at Sasquatch! on May 31, 2010 put on one of the craziest and most energetic sets I have ever seen, despite being incredibly jetlagged from playing Primavera in Spain and having Delta lose all of their gear. All of these extracurriculars aside, Dave and Brian from Vancouver flat-out rocked. The only disappointment I have from this set is that the band didn’t unveil “Younger Us,” which was released a week and a half later.
Best Show of 2010
Less than two weeks after seeing Alan Palomo showcase Neon Indian in the Rumpus Room at Sasquatch, I went in for a second round of chillwave at Sonar on June 13, 2010 to see Neon Indian perform again with opener Wild Nothing. Going in, I hadn’t listened to anything Wild Nothing had released besides “Summer Holiday,” but I found myself dancing the whole time, which was absolutely perfect. The dancing continued during Neon Indian’s set which concluded with a few tracks from VEGA, which absolutely rocked as well.
Best ‘New’ Artist(s)
I’m sure these three seem like cop-outs since I’ve been listening to all of them since at least Fall 2009, but The Drums, Sleigh Bells, and Beach Fossils all made waves once 2010 hit. All three of these bands’ albums are in my top ten for halfway through the year, and it will be hard to knock them out as the year progresses. These bands are great summer bands and have some of the best singles of the year as well.
One thing I noticed while putting these lists together is that there are more great singles out there than albums. This is a bit of a commentary on the music industry as it’s become so easy to put out a great single or a great string of singles, but it seems like it’s a lot harder to put together a good final product. But with all the great music that’s been released this year, I can’t really complain. It’s only July so there’s still so much more music that can come out. And I’d say I’m pretty excited for it. These lists are bound to change and I’m stoked to see who all crashes it and who all falls out of it.