Artists on ’10

A variety of musicians jump in to the year-end festivities with their favorite albums, EPS and songs. Check out what these artists were listening to in 2010. Look for expanded lists from other artists later this week!

Jake Orrall’s (JEFF the Brotherhood) Top 10:

JEFF the Brotherhood. Photo by Michael Kahan

Heavy Cream – Danny
Ty Segall – Melted
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday
Caitlin Rose – Own Side Now
Oh Sees – Warm Slime
Mariah carey – Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel
Katy perry – Teenage Dream
Dam Funk – Adolescent Funk
Die Antwoord – $0$
Heavy Cream – Danny

Caleb Bird’s (Tweak Bird) Top 5:

Tweak Bird. Photo by Brian Shilling

1. Melvins – The Bride Screamed Murder
2. The Soft Pack – S/T
3. Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
4. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
5. The Roots – How I Got Over

Tweak Bird – “Lights in Lines”

Steve Wynn:

Steve Wynn. Photo by Guy Kokken

Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here
Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM
Dirtmusic – BKO
Tame Impala – Inner Speaker
Phosphorescent – Here’s To Taking It Easy
Dungen – Skit I Allt
The Slummers – Love Of The Amateur
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
Hallogallo 2010 – Drone Schlager b/w Blinkgürtel (7” Single)
Chris Cacavas – Love’s Been Discontinued

Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 – “Resolution”

Jason Torbert (Goddamn Electric Bill):

Jason Torbert

Sadly, I’ve gotten into the trend of not listening to full albums anymore. Because of this, here are my super all-time favorite songs that I’ve listened to in 2010 (in no particular order):

Empire of the Sun – “We Are The People”
Arcade Fire – “The Suburbs”
The National – “Bloodbuzz Ohio”
Röyksopp – “Silver Cruiser”
Wild Beasts – “Devil’s Crayon”
Delorean – “Seasun”
Two Door Cinema Club – “Do You Want It All?”
Bon Iver – “re:Stacks”
Temper Trap – “Love Lost”
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – “40 Day Dream”

Goddamn Electric Bill‘s new album, Jazz, will be released Feb. 7, 2011 on Pro.Con Records.

Dean Wareham:

Dean Wareham

Jane Birkin – Di Doo Dah (reissue)
MGMT – Congratulations
MGMT – “It’s Working” (remix by AIR)
Hot Chip – “One Life Stand”
LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
Albrecht Mayer – Voices of Bach
Various Artists – Greenberg (soundtrack)
David Bowie – Station To Station (3-disc reissue)
Sand Pebbles – Great White Wonder (7″ single)
Cee Lo – “Fuck You”

Dean & Britta – “Not A Young Man Anymore (My Robot Friend Remix)”

Ross Flournoy (previously of the Broken West, now of Apex Manor):

Favorite Records of 2010 (In No Particular Order)

Ross Flournoy

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists: The Brutalist Bricks
Kenseth Thibideau: Repetition
Teenage Fanclub: Shadows
Radar Bros: The Illustrated Garden
LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
The Parting Gifts – Strychnine Dandelions
Le Switch – The Rest Of Me Is Space
Scott Claassen – Indio Sun & Other American Ballads
The Whigs – In The Dark
Robert Plant – Band Of Joy
Quasi – American Gong
Superchunk – Majesty Shredding

Old Records That Were New For Me (That I Fell In Love With)
Johnny Jenkins Ton – Ton Macoute!
Chuck Prophet – Soap And Water
Wreckless Eric – Greatest Stiffs
Los Lobos – Colossal Head
Raphael Saadiq – The Way I See It
Rocket From The Crypt – Group Sounds
The Magnetic Fields – Holiday

Ross Flournoy is the singer and guitarist for Apex Manor. Their debut album, The Year of Magical Drinking, will be released Jan. 25th on Merge.

Apex Manor – “Under the Gun”

Chris Brokaw:

Chris Brokaw

Stare Case – Eroded Brain (one-sided 10″)
Prurient – Palm Tree Corpse (3 cassette box)
Thomas Koner – Permafrost (3CD reissue)
Kevin Drumm – Necro Acoustic (5CD box)
Tamikrest – Adagh(LP/CD)
Conqueror/Black Witchery (split-LP)
Burzum – Belus (LP/CD)
Darksmith – Total Vacuum (LP)
Robert Turman – Chapter 11 (8 cassette box)
Relay For Death – Birth Of An Older, Much More Ugly Christ (LP)

Patrick Gough (Imperial China):

Imperial China

1. Aloha – Home Acres
2. Medications – Completely Removed
3. Hume – Penumbra
4. Maps & Atlases – Perch Patchwork
5. Tame Impala – Innerspeaker
6. Maserati – Pyramid of the Sun
7. Die Antwoord – $O$
8. Foals – Total Life Forever

David Armes (Last Harbour/Little Red Rabbit Records’ benevolent dictator):

Little Red Rabbit Records

2010 was the year Little Red Rabbit became busier than ever.  I had less money and more time but still not enough time.  So far away from enough time.  More listening dedicated to our own releases in order to check/comment/write press releases. This was/is a great thing because the bands we work with are so fantastic.  But a bad thing because in 2010 I listened to less ‘other’ music than ever before.  Thus, this list contains what stood out.  I allowed myself only three words to say why.  Sometimes the words expanded on each other; sometimes they looked like the band; sometimes they argued with themselves.

1. Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky (Young God)
Brutal. Punishing. Transcendental.

2. The Ex – Catch My Shoe (Ex Records)
Hectic. Danceable. Red.

3. Brave Timbers – For Every Day You Lost (Second Language)
Tender. Direct. Empathetic.

4. Clogs – The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton (Brassland)
Exquisite. Poised. Changeable.

5. Rowland S Howard – Pop Crimes (Liberation)
Yearnsome. Wiry. Regretful.

6. Richard Skelton – Landings (Type)
Timestretching. Fleeting. Windblown.

7. Barn Owl – Ancestral Star (Thrill Jockey)
Spacious. Lavalike. Tunnelised.

8. Kirsty McGee – Number 5 (Hobopop)
Patient. Careful. Intimate.

9. Lilium – Felt (Glitterhouse)
Tundralike. Ochre. Harsh.

10. Dan Heywood’s New Hawks – s/t (Timbreland)
Hebridean. Ornithological. Primitive.

Last Harbour – “If They’re Right”