2010: favorites


  1. Adam Lane's Full Throttle Orchestra: Ashcan Rantings (Clean Feed)
  2. The Mark Lomax Trio: The State of Black America (Inarhyme Records)
  3. No Age: Everything In Between (Sub Pop)
  4. Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Forty Fort (Hot Cup)
  5. Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-A-Fella)
  6. Elizabeth Cook: Welder (31 Tigers)
  7. Dual Identity (Rudresh Mahanthappa & Steve Lehman): Dual Identity (Clean Feed)
  8. The Roots: How I Got Over (Def Jam)
  9. Robyn: Body Talk (Konichiwa)
  10. Everybody Was In the French Resistance...Now!: Fixing the Charts, Volume 1 (Cooking Vinyl)
  11. Angles: Epileptical West - Live in Coimbra (Clean Feed)
  12. Pernice Brothers: Goodbye Killer (Ashmont Records) 
  13. Big Boi: Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam)
  14. M.I.A: Maya (Interscope)
  15. Mary Halvorson Trio & Quintet: Saturn Sings (Firehouse 12)
  16. Off!: The First Four EPs (Vice Records) 
  17. Arcade Fire: The Suburbs (Merge)
  18. Mike Reed's Loose Assembly: Empathetic Parts (482)
  19. Vampire Weekend: Contra (XL)
  20. David S. Ware: Onecept (Aum Fidelity)
  21. William Hooker: Earth's Orbit (2xLP, NoBusiness Records)
  22. LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening (DFA)
  23. Henry Threadgill's Zooid: This Brings Us To, vol. 2 (Pi Recordings)
  24. Tarbaby: The End Of Fear (Posi-Tone Records)
  25. The National: High Violet (4AD)
  26. Whitefield Brothers: Earthology (Stones Throw)
  27. Wadada Leo Smith & Ed Blackwell: The Blue Mountain (Kabell, rec. 1986)
  28. The Nels Cline Singers: Initiate (Cryptogramophone)
  29. Steve Reich: Double Sextet/2x5 (Nonesuch)
  30. Allo Darlin': Allo Darlin' (Fortuna Pop!)
  31. The Apples In Stereo: Travellers In Space and Time (Yep Rock)
  32. Pierre de Gaillande: Bad Reputation: Pierre de Gaillande Sings Georges Brassens(Barbes Records)
  33. Mike Reed's People, Places & Things: Stories and Negotiations (482)
  34. Girl Talk: All Day (Illegal Art download)
  35. Eskmo: Eskmo (Ninja Tune)
  36. Of Montreal: False Priest (Polyvinyl)
  37. Taylor Swift: Speak Now (Big Machine)
  38. Vandermark 5 Special Edition: The Horse Jumps & The Ship Is Gone (Not Two)
  39. Jon Irabagon: Foxy (Hot Cup!)
  40. Titus Andronicus: The Monitor (XL)
  41. Steve Swell Slammin' the Infinite: 5000 Poems (Not Two)
  42. Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma (Warp)
  43. Les Savy Fav: Root for Ruin (Frenchkiss)
  44. Spoon: Transference (Merge)
  45. Gold Panda: Lucky Shiner (Ghost International)
  46. Kris Davis / Ingrid Laubrock / Tyshawn Sorey: Paradoxical Frog (Clean Feed)
  47. Superchunk: Majesty Shredding (Merge)
  48. The So So Glos: Low Back Chain Lift EP (Green Owl Records)
  49. Henry Grimes & Rashied Ali: Spirits Aloft (Porter)
  50. The-Dream: Love King (Def Jam)
  51. Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green: Apex (Pi Recordings)
  52. Sleigh Bells: Treats (Mom + Pop Music)
  53. Johnny & Jenny: I'm Having Fun Now (Warner Bros.)
  54. Best Coast: Crazy for You (Mexican Summer)
  55. Yelawolf: Trunk Muzik (Mixtape)
  56. Field Music: Field Music (Meassure) (Memphies Industries)
  57. Mario Pavone Orange Double Tenor: Arc Suite T/Pi T/Po(Playscape)
  58. Tokyo Police Club: Champ (Mom + Pop Music)
  59. Juxtaposed: Tsar Bomba (Bolage)
  60. Dessa: A Badly Broken Code (Doomtree Records)
  61. The Corin Tucker Band: 1,000 Years (Kill Rock Stars)
  62. Old 97's: The Grand Theatre Volume One (New West)
  63. Gabriel Johnson: Fra_ctured (Elctronfone/Tune Core)
  64. Erykah Badu: New Amerykah Part Two (Return Of the Ankh)(Universal Motown)
  65. Soft Pack: Soft Pack (Heavenly)
  66. Lars Vaular: Helt Om Natten, Helt Om Dagen(Bonnier/Cosmos)
  67. Against Me!: White Crosses (Sire)
  1. Big Boi: "Shutterbug" (Def Jam)
  2. Against Me!: "Because Of the Shame" (Sire)
  3. Robyn: "Dancing On My Own" (Konichiwa)
  4. Titus Andronicus: "A More Perfect Union" (XL)
  5. Spoon: "Who Makes Your Money" (Merge)
  6. Katy B.: "Katy On a Mission" (Rinse, download)
  7. Sunny Sweeney: "From A Table Away" (Republic Nashville)
  8. Wiley & Chew Fu: "Take That" (Island)
  9. Superchunk: "Digging For Something" (Merge)
  10. The So So Glos: "Lindy Hop" (Green Owl)
  11. DJ Zinc feat. Ms. Dynamite: "Wile Out" (Zinc Music)
  12. Lars Vaular: "Klokken Fem Om Natten" (Bonnier)
  13. The Thermals: "I Don't Believe You" (Kill Rock Stars)
  14. Freedy Johnston: "Rain On the City" (Bar None Records)
  15. Joy Orbison: "The Shrew Would Have Softened the Blow" (Simple Records)
  16. Lindstrøm & Christabelle: "Lovesick" (Smaaltown Supersound)
  17. Lady Antebellum: "Need You Now" (Capitol Nashville)
  18. Sade: "Soldier of Love" (RCA, Epic)
  19. Gil Scott-Heron: "I'm New Here" (XL)
  20. Roisin Murphy: "Momma's Place" (AWAL)
Note: While some of the tracks here appear on albums I do like (see the album list), truly great records usually have so many strong tracks that singling out one and adding it to this list seems redundant, if not also difficult.

  1. Henry Threadgill: The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic)
  2. Amalgam: Prayer For Peace (No Bussiness)
  3. D. O. Misiani & Shirati Jazz: The King Of History - Classic 1970s Benga Beats From Kenya (Sterns)
  4. Arthur Rubinstein: Icon: The Chopin Recordings: Concertos - Nocturnes - Waltzes - Mazurkas - Polonaises (EMI)
  5. Air: Air Raid (Why Not/Candid)
  6. Raincoats: The Raincoats (We Three)
  7. Marion Brown: Why Not? (ESP Disk)
  8. Hunx & His Punx: Gay Singles (Matador)
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