Albums, 2010

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This was a really fun, interesting year in music, which is good because it was also a year in which I was particularly interested in listening to some new albums.  I reached a breaking point with all of my old playlists and favorite artists and decided to dedicate myself to searching out a lot of new stuff this year, and I wasn’t disappointed.  To be fair, there were a few great new albums from my old favorite artists as well.

As always, this is not a list of the best albums of the year, but a list of my favorites.  Although, to be honest, I’ve listened to most of the stuff that is showing up on other best of 2010 lists, and I feel pretty good about this.

15) Sufjan StevensThe Age of Adz (October 12th)


It would be wrong to say that I’m disappointed in this album; I actually like it quite a bit when I sit down and listen to it.  The problem is that I rarely put it on.  It was a pretty crowded year of music for me, and for some reason I’m always in the mood to listen to something else.  For now it just barely makes the list, but I suspect that it when I get some more reps in it might climb.

14) Beach Fossils – Beach Fossils (May 25th)


Man, a lot of bands sounded like this band this year.  Or this band sounded like a lot of bands.  Whichever it is, this is definitely a good sampling of 2010 in sonic form.  Beach Fossils stand out from the pack a bit, though; they’re slightly catchier than similar-sounding groups, and the guitar lines here are great.  The guitar parts  sound a little like Johnny Marr from the Smiths, except slower and hazier.

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Tweet of the Year, 2010

Tweet of the Year 2010

So, I’m finishing up some year-end lists that I’ll be posting over the next few days of my favorite albums, books, movies, etc., but I thought it would be fun to kick things off with what I’ve decided is the Tweet of the year for 2010.  This is mostly tongue-in-cheek, of course, but I still think it is pretty evocative of my 2010, particularly the summer.

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This showed up in my feed having been retweeted by someone else, I don’t remember whom, and I don’t even know whom edsbs is.  But this little time capsule manages to combine Twitter, the World Cup, and Inception.  Well done, sir or madam.  Let’s have a strong finish to 2010 and a fun start to 2011, everybody