My Top 15 list will be published on the Perfect Sound Forever website (http://www.furious.com/perfect/), but that list will be slightly different because a) I'm only offering only my Top 10 here and b) I submitted my list to Jason Gross a few weeks ago, and there have been some changes that reflect some of the gifts I just received for Christmas!
Without further ado, here is my Top 10 for 2010:
10. Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise
9. DJ Dus Soy Yo
http://djdus.bandcamp.com/), but it reminded me of just how inventive he is in terms of mating a modern turntablist sensibility to traditional Cumbia folk music. For me, this was the party album of the year.
8. Campfire OK Strange Like We Are\
7. Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
6. Boy Eats Drum Machine 20 Beats
5. Morrissey Bona Drag 20th Anniversary Edition
4. Ben Harper Pleasure and Pain
This remastered version of Ben Harper's first album is the first vinyl release from Cardas Audio, and the sound quality is breathtaking...easily the best-sounding new recording of the year. This one isn't available until early next year as well, but it will be released in limited quantities so scoop it up when it arrives.
3. Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street deluxe edition
2. Black Keys Brothers
1. Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid
Here are some honorable mentions from the last year:
John Mellencamp No Better Than This
Brian Eno Small Craft on a Milk Sea
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Tom Jones Praise and Blame
Deerhunter Halcyon Digest
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
Cee Lo Green The Ladykiller
Mavis Staples You Are Not Alone
LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening
R.E.M. Fables of the Reconstruction (25th Anniversary Edition)
What a great year for music 2010 was! Someone told me last week they thought it was an off year...and they hadn't heard of most of the music on my list. What this year taught me more than any other was that if you've been stuck listening to the same music genres for most of your life, it's time to shake things up. Listen to something new. Explore and enjoy!