Every year I (painstakingly) design a playlist of my favorite songs. In past years I have allowed myself 2 discs worth of material, but wanted to be more concise and more selective this year. So despite being tempted to have 2 songs called “Runaway” (both Kanye West & The National had tracks with that title) on my playlist I opted for just one.
Now go on over to your favorite music purveyor and purchase these songs or leave a comment to let me know why I am wrong. (Editor’s note: I discluded remasters, reissues & old rarities that saw the light of day in 2010) Happy Holidays!
1. Superchunk – Digging for Something
2. LCD Soundsystem – All I Want
3. Jónsi – Boy Lilikoi
4. Kanye West – Devil In A New Dress
5. The National – Runaway
6. The Vaselines – I Hate the ’80s
7. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round And Round
8. Teenage Fanclub – Baby Lee
9. Caribou – Odessa
10. Dean & Britta – International Velvet Redux
11. Deerhunter – Memory Boy
12. Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill
13. Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone
14. Real Estate – Out Of Tune
15. Sharon Van Etten – One Day
16. The Tallest Man On Earth – The Dreamer
17. The Walkmen – Woe Is Me
18. Grinderman – Palaces of Montezuma
So I’ve been thinking it over & my apologies to those bands I left off, most notably:
Belle & Sebastian, Beach House, Arcade Fire, The Soft Pack, Yeasayer, Field Music, Frightened Rabbit, Badly Drawn Boy, Dr. Dog, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, Jamie Lidell, Local Natives, Best Coast, Wavves, Menomena, Broken Social Scene, No Age, Owen Pallett, Spoon, She & Him, S. Carey, Sonny & The Sunsets, Sufjan Stevens, Sun Kil Moon, Phil Selway, Vampire Weekend, Warpaint, Woods…
Lest you think 2010 wasn’t a strong year in music, all of the artists listed above put out very strong albums as well. Geez, I could’ve easily filled 3 CDs with one quality track by any of these artists. Perhaps next year is the year to install a mid year “mixtape” and a December mixtape.