Brent Amaker’s Top 5 Albums of 2010

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1. The SwordWarp Riders

I like me some good heavy metal music.  I also like a good science fiction film.  So when The Sword released this heavy metal science fiction concept album, I was first in line to snatch it up.  I bought it on vinyl and would recommend you do the same.  The artwork is beautiful, the music is even better, and it plays like a true album.  Grabbing an MP3 off the internet would be a big mistake.  This record is meant to be digested as a full length record.  Hang out in a comfy spot with a cold beer and a powerful sound system.  Try syncing it up with David Lynch’s sci-fi epic “Dune” on the big screen.  It works!

2. Dungen –  Skit I Allt

Dungen has been a Brent Amaker and the Rodeo fave since our first European tour.  We spent countless hours being driven from show to show while living in a small town in Belgium.  My guitarist brought a cassette tape of an early Dungen release and we put it into heavy rotation.  Since that time I have bought every Dungen release available and caught as many of their live shows as possible.  The new record is a bit of a departure from the others, but I expect that from Dungen.  If you aren’t into a band that challenges you with their music, you probably wouldn’t like Dungen anyway.  Some people describe Dungen as Swedish Jazz Metal.  I just call them GREAT.  This record is as good as anything they have done previously.  Dungen is back in heavy rotation, but this time it’s on my turntable.

3. The Young EvilsEnchanted Chapel

I live in Seattle and one of the advantages of living in this city is that I am surrounded by so many great up and coming bands.  The Young Evils released their debut LP Enchanted Chapel earlier this year and I can’t get their songs out of my head.  This record is well crafted, the songs are catchy, and if you hear it once, you want to hear it again.  Local writers like to compare them to the Vaseline’s.  If I had to choose between the two bands, I’d pick the Young Evils every time.  Get on line and check them out:  http://www.myspace.com/theyoungevils.  They are already a big deal in Seattle and I suspect their success will spread around the globe very soon.

4. DEVOSomething For Everybody

I love DEVO.  They are a big influence for me and my band.  So much so that we traded in our cowboy clothes for DEVO outfits in one of our music videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkxjAYL50Y8. I gotta say, I didn’t expect much from DEVO at this point in their career. Let’s face it, DEVO hasn’t released a new record in years.  And guess what?  After all these years, they’ve still got it!  This record may not be as good as Freedom of Choice, but it’s damn close.  If you ever liked DEVO;  If you ever sang a verse of  “Whip It” or “Gates of Steel,” you should own this album.  DEVO is back, and this is a GOOD thing.

5. The Black AngelsPhosphene Dream

This is my first Black Angels record.  I saw their live show earlier this week and was blown away.  I may have been the only person at the concert who was not a hardcore Black Angels fan.  Let me clarify.  I wasn’t a hardcore fan before seeing them live, but I certainly am now.  I don’t care if their earlier stuff was darker.  I don’t care how their music may have changed over the years.  This record kicks ass!  Buy it.

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