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EOTY Lists This year has been a fantastic year for all sorts of reasons where music is concerned. I've discovered albums I normally wouldn't have heard due to both members of this site and becoming a "Member of Staff" (to both of which, I'm very thankful for), I've heard releases by artists that I have loved for a long time and they have blown me away and also heard new artists that have easily made their way straight into my Top 20. That being said, the list making process (at least this particular list) is always hard for me because I'm forced to slot albums into an order which causes me to have a mental fight with myself, but I can guess it might be similar for most people.
The other categories on this list are "optimistic collections", which is honestly very unusual and rare for me. God knows I'd love to sit here and list a bunch of things I hated and was disappointed by this year...but nobody is going to bother putting time and effort into checking something out that I loathe, plus I can assure you, it would take some time. So, I hope people read these and get something new from them. There's not a lot of outlandish artists on here that are really unknown by any means, but there are a whole bunch that don't get as much recognition as many other bands around here. So... enjoy and anybody that knows me, will know I cannot wait for the releases in 2011...
Top 20 Albums1. Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can2.
The National - High Violet
3. Bombay Bicycle Club - Flaws4.
Warpaint - The Fool5.
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs6.
Theophilus London - I Want You
7. Four Tet - There Is Love In You
8. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
9. Sleigh Bells - Treats10.
Crocodiles - Sleep Forever
11. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
12. Angus & Julia Stone - Down The Way
13. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
14. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
15. Villagers - Becoming A Jackal
16. Interpol - Interpol
17. Caribou - Swim
18. Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here
19. Blood Red Shoes - Fire Like This
20. Male Bonding - Nothing Hurts
Top Tracks of 20101. The Vaccines - "Wreckin' Bar (Ra ra ra)"
2. Laura Marling - "Blackberry Stone"
3. louellen - "Salao"
4. Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - "Not In Love"
5. Warpaint - "Bees"
6. Bombay Bicycle Club - "Leaving Blues"
7. Chapel Club - "All The Eastern Girls"
8. Sleigh Bells - "Infinity Guitars"
9. The National - "Conversation 16"
10. The Vaccines - "Blow It Up"
11. Katy B - "On A Mission"
12. Colours - "Head Germ"
13. Villagers - "Becoming A Jackal"
14. Arcade Fire - "We Used To Wait"
15. Interpol - "Lights"
Arcade Fire - "Ready To Start"
Beach House - "Zebra"
Blood Red Shoes - "Light It Up "
Bombay Bicycle Club - "How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep?"
Chapel Club - "The Shore"
Crystal Castles - "Celestica"
Kanye West - "Power"
Male Bonding - "Year's Not Long"
Laura Marling - "What He Wrote"
Laura Marling - "Made By Maid"
The National - "Bloodbuzz Ohio"
Mark Ronson feat. MNDR and Q-Tip - "Bang Bang Bang"
Summer Camp - "Ghost Train"
Surfer Blood - "Swim"
Tinie Tempah - "Pass Out"
Warpaint - "Composure"
Most Anticipated Releases For 2011 The Maccabees- TBA
Bombay Bicycle Club - TBA
Laura Marling - TBA
The Vaccines - TBA
louellen - Union EP
The Strokes - TBA
The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar
Feist - TBA
Yuck - Yuck
Chapel Club - Palace
Death Cab For Cutie - TBA
Destined For Big Things in 2011 The Maccabees:
After a great year full of headlining tours, main stage festival slots and many new fans through the release of their superb, game-changing second album, Wall Of Arms, I can only see things getting bigger and better for "the lads", much like the music itself. As an avid and devoted follower of The Maccabees since before their debut was released, I have loved seeing them go from strength-to-strength with each release and live performance. Colour It In was the soundtrack to my naive, fun and hectic days whilst living at a London University, Wall Of Arms blew me away with how much they had progressed as a band and became my favourite album of all time (and still is) and I get the feeling that their third album in 2011 will raise that bar even higher, especially if we go on live performances and videos of new tracks "Child" and "Forever, I've Known". I wouldn't think it would be possible for an album to better Wall Of Arms for me, personally, but I have every bit of faith that The Maccabees will astound me once again.
A band that have the media creating a lot of attention for them despite the fact that they have only released 3 songs to the public. The attention is very worthwhile, though. In a year when a lot of guitar pop music has become very intricately layered, thread together with synths and quirky vocals (all of which can be great and work...sometimes), The Vaccines punch a hole through them all as a very straight-forward "like it, or lump it" guitar band. The songs and melodies speak for themselves with a raw and direct yet, fresh delivery and with their debut album full of songs promising these qualities throughout plus a spot on next year's NME Awards Tour, it's easy to see this band really blowing up and grabbing a lot of people's attention. With no contrived efforts or concern for any buzz that the media are creating around them right now, the band are very level headed and ready to tour all year round. I can't wait for the album and their sold out show in London.
Obviously pretty well-known already and doing incredibly well for herself, Laura Marling's third album is one that I think will really make the majority sit up and listen. I Speak Because I Can received a lot of positive attention; it was Mercury Prize nominated, received many great reviews all across the internet and publications and even made the likes of Ryan Adams and Jack White take notice and as a consequence, fall in love. Now that Marling has got people's attention, I think she will have them wrapped around her little finger with her next release, one I cannot wait for, especially as her latest one took the Number 1 spot for me this year.
Favourite Live Shows of 2010:1. The Maccabees - London, Brixton Academy
2. Bombay Bicycle Club - Norwich, Arts Centre
3. Paul McCartney - Isle of Wight Festival
4. The Strokes - Isle of Wight Festival
5. Local Natives - Isle of Wight Festival
6. Blondie - Isle of Wight Festival
7. louellen - London, Camden Barfly
8. Bombay Bicycle Club - London, Brixton Academy
9. Lucy Rose - Norwich, Arts Centre
10. Devendra Banhart - Isle of Wight Festival
Top Movies of 2010: Fish Tank
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Inception(note: This list would be a whole lot different if I'd have kept up-to-date with releases this year, instead I was spending my time watching older movies and TV shows)
The Social Network
The Disappearance of Alice Creed
Toy Story 3
Exit Through The Gift Shop
TV Shows That Kept Me Entertained Through 2010 (irrespective of year) Arrested Development
Later...with Jools Holland
An Idiot Abroad
The Young Ones
Would I Lie To You?
Never Mind The Buzzcocks
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