Sunday, December 26, 2010

Another Look at 2010

The greatest thing about music is not only how it is the universal language, it is also how subjective it is. I posted the annual Top 10, Honorable Mentions & League of Their Own lists, yet as much as I loved those albums and believe they are what best defines the year, my staff of great writers have to disagree. Most came up with their own Top 10 and in some cases, Honorable Mentions. Take a look at some of my writers views on the best music of 2010!

To start things off we go to premiere NYC DJ and great friend, Rich D Smoov. Richie has gone to photograph Atoms for Peace, Atari Teenage Riot, Siren Fest and Lollapalooza. Take a look at his eclectic list:

1.Lloyd Miller and the Heliocentrics: OST
2.Arcade Fire:The Suburbs
3 MGMT : Congratulations
4. Flying Lotus : Cosmogramma
5. Girl Talk : All Day
6.Crystal Castles
7. Strong Arm Steady : In Search of Stoney Jackson
8. Dillinger Escape Plan : Opinion Paralysis
9. Gonjasufi : A Sufi and a Killer
10: Eminem : Recovery

honorable mentions:
1. Salem
2.Madlib - medicine show series
3.Wu Massacre
4.The Roots - How I got Over
5.Mulato Astake
7.Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot : The Legend of Chico Dusty
8.Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
9.Areil Pink- Haunted Graffiti
10. Ghostface Killah
11. Metal Swim comp
12.Codeine Velvet Club

The next list comes from contributing writer and editor of sports website, Take Over The Game, Jared Ziedman. As much of a sports buff Jared is, he is just as big of a music fan.

10. Beach House: Teen Dream
9. Gil Scott Heron: I’m new here
8. The Roots: How I Got Over
7. Menomena: Mines
6. Big Boi: Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
5. A Million Years: Mischief Maker
4. The Dig: Electric Toys
3. Jon Legend and The Roots: Wake Up!
2. Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
1. Janelle Monae: Metropolis Suites II and III- The Archandroid

The next list comes from fellow blogger, manager of The Royal Chains and coordinator for Merrifield Records, Leah Marchesano. Leah has one of my favorite tastes in music and her list shows why.

1. Plastic Beach-Gorillaz
2. Surfing The Void-Klaxons
3. Teen Dream- Beach House
4. Brothers- The Black Keys
5. Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys- My Chemical Romance
6. Astro Coast- Surfer Blood
7. Take A Vacation!- The Young Veins
8. Congratulations- MGMT
9. Big Echo- The Morning Benders
10. The Age Of ADZ- Sufjan Stevens

This list comes from out main contributor and satirist Bill Reese. Bill has been with us since the beginning and his articles include the famed "101 Most Indisputable Rock Facts" and "From the Muddy Banks of the Gowanas: How Brooklyn in the new Seattle."

10. Vampire Weekend "Contra"
9. Spoon "Transference"
8. Kanye West "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy"
7. The Tallest Man on Earth "The Wild Hunt"
6. Sufjan Stevens "The Age of Adz"
5. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
4. Dr. Dog "Shame Shame"
3. Broken Social Scene "Forgiveness Rock Record"
2. The National "High Violet"
1. The Minus 5 "Killingsworth"

This next list comes from all the way across the pond and directly from London, England. It is brought to us by Simon Mason, writer and editor for UK's Touching from a Distance Blog in The Spectator. Simon has a master ear and this shows why.

Gil Scott – Heron I’m Still Here
The Flaming Lips w/ The White Dwarves, Peaches & Henry Rollins – Dark Side of the Moon
Zola Jesus - Stridulum 11
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
Fools Gold
These New Puritans – Hidden
Caitlin Rose – Own Side Now
Dark Star – North
Matthew Dear – Black City
Holy Fuck – Latin
Afro-Beat Airways: West African Shock Waves 1972 – 1979
David Rodigan FABRLICLIVE 54
Roots Manuva meets Wrongtom – Duppy Writer

This next list is from a comedic gem and new contributor, Jessica Rionero. Jessica is a member of the Pink Axe comedy troop in NYC. Take a look at her list:

1. LCD Soundsystem - This is happening
2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
3. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
4. Best Coast- Crazy For You
5. Crystal Castles- Crystal Castles
6. Sleigh Bells- Treats
7. Nicki Minja- Pink Friday
8. Kid Cudi- The Man On The Moon II: Legend of Mr. Rager
9. Interpol- Interpol
10. Vampire Weekend- Contra

The final list comes from our unofficial hip-hop writer, Ramone Pesante. Take a look at his list below:

1- Drake- Thank Me Later
2- The Roots- How I Got Over
3- Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
4- Gorillaz-Plastic Beach
5- Big Boi- Sir Lucious Left
6- The Black Keys - Brothers
7- Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer
8- Eminem- Recovery
9- Trey Songz- Passion, Pain, & Pleasure
10- Usher- Raymond V Raymond