Anna’s Extensive 2010 Reflection

Now that 2010 has ended, I finally feel ready to throw a few lists on here of what I dug music-wise during those 365 days. None of these are in order, the number of each is completely arbitrary because I loved so much this is just what I managed to extract from a year full of musical madness. So here it all is – better late than never, right?

Top 25 Songs

Woods – Blood Dries Darker
Beach House – Walk in the Park
Tamaryn – Mild Confusion
Big Troubles – Georgia
Sleigh Bells – Kids
Wild Nothing – Summer Holiday
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round and Round
Beach Fossils – Daydream
Deerhunter – Desire Lines
Gauntlet Hair – I Was Thinking…
Pure Ecstasy – Alexandria
Harlem – Tila and I
Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be
Las Robertas – In Between Buses
Lands & Peoples – Restless Legs
Andrew Cedermark – Hard Livin’
His Clancyness – Summer Majestic
Slutever – So Prone
Future Islands – Tin Man
LCD Soundsystem – Dance Yrself Clean
Spectrals – I Ran With Love But Couldn’t Keep Up
Slow Animal – theFUNsun
No Age – Depletion
Nude Beach – Hot Girl
Twin Sister – The Other Side of Your Face

Top 7 7″‘s

Big Troubles – Drastic and Difficult
Total Slacker/Weird Dreams Split
Cloud Nothings – Leave You Forever
Beach Fossils – Daydream
Real Estate – Out of Tune
Japandroids – Younger Us
Wild Nothing – Summer Holiday

I never preorder deluxe editions so I must have really liked the Beach House album.

Top Albums

Beach House – Teen Dream
Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be
Future Islands – In Evening Air
Sleigh Bells – Treats
Golden Triangle – Double Jointer
LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
Big Troubles – Worry
Julian Lynch – Mare
Beach Fossils – Beach Fossils
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: Son of Chico Dusty
Tame Impala – Innerspeaker
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
Harlem – Hippies
Woods – At Echo Lake
Tamaryn – The Waves

Top Concert Memories

Real Estate and Woods covered “No Rain”. The supergroup all crowded on the little Rock n Roll Hotel stage and took off on an extreme nostalgia trip for the encore of their last show of the “No Rain” tour. G. Lucas Crane, Woods’ tape wizard, even whipped out his trumpet for the occasion. Some kind soul recorded the entire thing. Look closely, maybe you can see where Marc gets kicked in the face when Etienne from Real Estate crowdsurfs.

Seeing Wild Nothing three times in one week. This was a complete accident, but an accident of the best kind – they just happened to be opening for every band I was seeing that week. Here’s some footage of Wild Nothing doing “Live in Dreams” at  Monster Island Basement, the second time I saw them, completely worth braving the sweltering sauna that the venue can be in the summertime.

Cloud Nothings shredded title track “Turning On” opening for Wavves. This song rules already, but live, they took it to the next level. There were tons of converted Cloud Nothings fans that night in DC, who demanded an encore after their much too short set. Have you ever seen an opening band do an encore? Me neither. They also killed it on the sidewalk on record store day…

Julian Lynch and friends played “Droplet on a Hot Stone”. This was a super New Jersey night that I reviewed way back when and I actually posted this video before, but it’s still one of my favorites. Julian Lynch’s material takes on another life live, so awesome.

Sonic Youth played a ton of their old stuff at Prospect Park. Favorite band ever? For free? In their original incarnation? Playing songs from their first decade of existence? All of the above. Songs I never ever ever thought I would ever see them play live. The noisy stuff. Just perfect.

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks covered “Say It Ain’t So”. Even though I couldn’t stay long at the Underwater Peoples showcase, I finally got to see an Alex Bleeker and the Freaks performance, and they led all of Shea Stadium in a cathartic Weezer singalong, exorcising all of our teen angst demons. There’s no YouTube evidence, so just imagine it…kind of like an epic singalong with all your friends, paying homage to your formative musical years.

And finally, this may actually count as the first best concert memory from 2011…

Real Estate rung in the new year with “Auld Lang Syne”. Nothing better than seeing Real Estate yet again, in a set that spanned the last bit of 2010 and the first minutes of 2011. After a totally arbitrary new years countdown and a DIY balloon drop, they jammed the theme song of the new year. Couldn’t imagine a better way to transition into this year.

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