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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Best of 2010

So, the point of this post is tell you guys about my "Best of 2010" mix and get your impressions. I make this "Best of" mix every year and hand it out to co-workers, family, friends, etc. That being the case, the songs I choose tend to be pretty accessible with a lot of familiar names in the list. As a result, some bands like The National and Beach House did not make the cut despite the fact that I think they produced some amazing tunes. This list adds up to a mix that will fit on an 80-minute blank CD. Feel free to suggest revisions in the comments or offer up your own "Best of"!

1. Sweet Part of the City -- The Hold Steady
2. I Should Have Known It -- Tom Petty
3. Thinking 'Bout Somethin' -- Hanson (yes, that Hanson)
7. Sweet Disposition -- Temper Trap
8. The Ghost Inside -- Broken Bells
9. Beg, Steal or Borrow -- Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs
10. Swim Until You Can't See Land -- Frightened Rabbits (Best song of the year? Best song of the year.)
11. Tennessee Me -- Secret Sisters (Second best song of the year? Second best song of the year.)
13. Diamond Made from Rain -- Eric Clapton (off of a woefully under-appreciated album, creatively entitled Clapton.)
14. Dark as a Dungeon -- Willie Nelson
15. Lunesa -- Karen Elson (ex-girlfriend of Jack White. You can definitely hear his influence throughout her entire album.)
16. Factory -- Band of Horses
17. I Think Ur a Contra -- Vampire Weekend
18. Redemption Day -- Johnny Cash (J.C. is like TuPac. He'll be releasing albums in the 22nd century.)
19. Ready to Start -- Arcade Fire


  1. I came for the Arcade Fire but I stayed for Frightened Rabbit and Ray LaMontagne. Great work, Teach. I look forward to buying you a drink some day and arguing with you about whether or not it's cool to force your taste in music down your friends' throats no matter how obscure / weird / inaccessible you think they will find it.

  2. I do the same thing! Here's mine:

    01 The Walkmen - Juveniles
    02 MIA - XXXO
    03 Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - In Motion
    04 Sufjan Stevens - I Want to be Well
    05 Yeasayer - O.N.E
    06 Kanye West - All of the Lights
    07 Joanna Newsom - Good Intentions Paving Co.
    08 Spoon - Got Nuffin
    09 Gorillaz - Stylo
    10 Big Boi - Shine Blockas
    11 Major Lazer - Good Enough
    12 Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - The Game Gets Old
    13 The Roots - How I Got Over
    14 Janelle Monae - Cold War
    15 of Montreal - Hydra Fancies
    16 Vampire Weekend - Giving Up The Gun
    17 Mavis Staples - You're Not Alone
    18 Arcade Fire - Sprawl II

  3. Thanks teacherman! This is great!

    I agree with you on many of these. Love me the new Tom Petty, and Raphael Saafiq. I also have an eternal crush for Johnny Cash, my all-time favorite of them all.

    I would like to add some others:

    - Gil Scott Heron 'I'm new here' album

    - Vieux Farka Touré (son of Ali Farka)

    - Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

    - Anais Mitchell 'Hadestown'

    - Belleruche

    - Joanna Newsom

    - Janelle Monae 'Tightrope' feat. Big Boi

    - Féloche 'Darwin avait raison'

    - Neil Young 'Love and War'

  4. Oh and Gotan Project, always.

  5. Dammit, fucking forgot about Neil Young. Le Noise was an awesome album.

    Thanks for the suggestions! Keep 'em comin!

  6. @Mouesh

    I'm not ashamed to admit that the track "I'm New Here" made me cry the first time I heard it.

    That was an emotional morning drive to work.