Speaker Box: End Of The Year Lists Special (SIMGE’s NOT Included…Yet)

It’s approaching that time of year again, where the hipster elite emerge from the dark depths of there sound proofed, wall to wall with speakers, listening hubs from where they’ve compiled their “Top Of The Year Lists,” in an attempt to reach the pinnacle of pretentiousness…and just to clarify, SIMGE will be joining them before the year closes.

Anyway, the lists have started to roll in and here are the first few:


Myspace’s Top 50 Albums of 2010

1) Odd Blood by Yeasayer…”By January, it seemed certain that Odd Blood might be one of the year’s best albums—and we still had another 11 month’s worth of releases to consider. But throughout 2010 there it was, this magical, tender and yet still unrelentingly creative masterpiece, following us with each passing day.”

2) My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West…”West reinvented himself as the music industry’s James Cameron, a maximalist auteur who knows that sometimes bigger actually means better. In turn, the songs on Fantasy are bulging with keening orchestral arrangements, anthems that lope and coil for nine minutes at a time, a budget that has room for a “living painting,” a 35-minute Fellini-influenced short film, costly King Crimson and Aphex Twin samples, cover art by Whitney-endorsed visual artist George Condo and a guest list that rivals the Grammy red carpet. But beneath all the bluster, West is still one of the most emotionally raw lyricists around…”

3) The Suburbs by Arcade Fire…”The Arcade Fire consistently create stunning records like The Suburbs, a watercolor of emotions and over-the-top anthems. Dr. Win Butler believes we’re all too wrapped up in in the minutia of modern life, too preoccupied with our iPhones to see the big reveal. From the majestic swirl of “Rococco” to the ping-pong guitars of “City With No Children” its not always easy to bring yourself to therapy. But the weird, self-involved doctors’ gentle coo always keeps you coming back to the couch.”

4) The Adventures of Bobby Ray by B.O.B...”As far as singles go, “Nothin’ On You” owned the first half of 2010 with its bullish R&B crossover appeal, while “Airplanes”—featuring Eminem and Paramore’s Hayley Williams—proved to be the most compelling rags-to-riches hip-hop narrative since Biggie declared he was no longer living in public housing. Of course, it could be argued that Bobby Ray shines brightest in between the hits: Whether it’s sampling Vampire Weekend, trading bars with T.I. or setting up Rivers Cuomo to deliver the hook, he has come a long way since he was self-deprecative enough to title a mixtape Who the Fuck is B.o.B? Conspicuously, he doesn’t curse nearly as much as he used to.”

5) This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem

Check the rest of the list here.


Paste Magazine’s Top 25 Music Videos Of 2010

1) “This Too Shall Pass” by OK Go…”Nobody puts as much care into music videos as OK Go, and they’ve outdone themselves with the Rube Goldberg version of “This Too Shall Pass.”

2) “The Wilderness Downtown” by Arcade Fire…”This interactive short film lets you put your childhood home into the video. VisitWildnerssDowntown.com to customize it for yourself.”

3) “Fuck You” by Cee Lo Green…”The kiss-off song of the year was already great with nothing but kinetic typography, but it got better with the introduction of Little Cee Lo and High-School Cee Lo, who grow up to turn things around on The Heartbreaker”

4) “Tightrope (feat. Big Boi)” by Janelle Monae…”Janelle Monáe can dance a little, and that’s never been more evident than this wonderfully choreographed video.”

5) “The Curse” by Josh Ritter…”Josh Ritter’s tale of an Egyptian mummy comes to life through artful puppetry.”

Check out the rest of the list here.


NME’s Top 75 Albums Of 2010:

Top 5:

  1. Hidden by These New Puritans…”It’s genuinely surprising,” wrote NME, “beautifully wrought and announces TNP as one of the most powerful artistic forces in Britain today.”
  2. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire…”An album that combines mass accessibility with much greater ambition. Pretty much perfect,” said NME.
  3. Teen Dream by Beach House…”A gem in the crown of the great chronicles of youth.”
  4. This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem…”Stripped-down synth-pop, robotic electro and smooth new wave that retains a powerful punk-funk undercarriage.”
  5. I Speak Because I Can by Laura Marling…”A slightly rootsier direction for Marling.”

See the rest of the list here.

NME’s Top 75 Tracks Of 2010:

  1. “Spanish Shara” by Foals…”Parched, creepy vocals and barely-there guitar slowly build to a thrumming, huge chorus.”
  2. “XXXO” by MIA…”Its self-evident awesomeness is timeless.
  3. “Tightrope” by Janelle Monae…”Uncontainable, high energy James Brown-indebted funk.”
  4. “Power” by Kanye West…”Musically he’s back in ‘Jesus Walks’ territory, with a hefty backing of rousing tribal chants, martial drums and an ever-swelling barrage of huge stabs of metal guitar.”
  5. “We Used To Wait” by Arcade Fire…”Needling, nagging piano chords backed by drums and slashes of muted guitar as Win frets.”

See the rest here.

Paste Magazine’s Top 50 Albums of 2010:

  1. This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem…”This Is Happening is, in all respects, LCD’s best album. There’s a remarkable sustained energy to this collection; its electronic textures thrum and shimmy, and wall after sonic wall is built up and torn down with impeccable precision.”
  2. The Archandroid by Janelle Monae…”The ArchAndroid is a fully immersive, theatrical experience. It’s a near-perfect R&B album; hell, it’s a fantastic hip-hop, psychedelic, neo-soul, dance and orchestral album too.”
  3. Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons…”More than anything else, this is an album chock full of gorgeous remorse—and it’s bursting at the seams. The tired snivels of the spindly-armed strummer have no place here; it’s an amped-up, bass-heavy, banjo-picking pity party made of the same violent stuff that once inspired a lusty 17th-century cleric to demand of his deity: ‘Batter my heart.'”
  4. My Beautiful Dark Fantasy by Kanye West…”My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a nuanced, intimately personal record wherein even ostensibly boastful tracks are tangled with insecurities, both personal and professional.”
  5. The Monitor by Titus Andronicus…”If Bruce Springsteen sowed the seeds of small-town introspection, his fellow New Jerseyites Titus Andronicus are flooding the fields. The punk quintet deconstructed postindustrial life with its gut-wrenching debut, The Airing of Grievances. And the band’s sophomore LP, The Monitor, crushes the rosy spectacles of heartland rock, peeling away the façade of barroom camaraderie to reveal an entire generation inured to those highs.”

Check out the rest here.

MOJO Magazines Top 50 Albums Of 2010:

1 John Grant – Queen of Denmark
2 Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
3 MGMT – Congratulations
4 Edwyn Collins – Losing Sleep
5 The Black Keys – Brothers
6 Paul Weller – Wakes Up The Nation
7 Midlake – The Courage of Others
8 Phosphorescent – Here’s To Taking It Easy
9 The Coral – Butterfly House
10 Doug Paisley – Constant Companion
11 Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
12 Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone
13 Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me
14 Manic Street Preachers – Postcards From A Young Man
15 Avi Buffalo – Avi Buffalo
16 Aerial Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
17 Roots Manuva meets Wrongtom – Duppy Writer
18 Caribou – Swim
19 Rumer – Seasons of My Soul
20 Grinderman – Grinderman 2
21 Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk
22 Sam Amidon – I See The Sign
23 Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings – I Learned The Hard Way
24 The Jim Jones Revue – Burning Your House Down
25 Foals – Total Life Forever
26 Gorrilaz – Plastic Beach
27 Field Music – Field Music (Measure)
28 DangerMouse and Sparklehorse – Dark Night of The Soul
29 Gill Scott-Heron – I’m New Here
30 Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
31 Neil Young – Le Noise
32 Robert Plant – Band of Joy
33 The Roots – How I Got Over You
34 Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
35 M.I.A. – // / Y /
36 LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
37 Teenage Fanclub – Shadows
38 Gonjasufi – A Sufi And A Killer
39 Wyatt, Atzmon, Stephens – For The Ghosts Within
40 Eli Paperboy Reed – Come and Get It
41 Tom Jones – Praise and Blame
42 Kelley Soltz – To Dreamers
43 The Besnard Lakes – Are The Roaring Night
44 Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
45 Roky Erickson with Okkervil River – True Love Cast Out All Evil
46 Peter Gabriel – Scratch My Back
47 Jane Weaver & Septieme Souer – The Fallen By Watch Bird
48 John Legend & The Roots- Wake Up!
49 Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate – Ali & Toumani
50 Matthew Dear – Black Cit

If you’re wondering who John Grant is, I can’t help you.  All I know is that he used to front a band named The Czars.  What makes his solo-debut worthy of a top spot on any list is beyond me.

Check out his single “I Want To Go To Marz” and judge for yourself:

Q Magazine’s Top 50 Albums of 2010:

1. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
2. Robert Plant – Band of Joy
3. Plan B – The Defamation of Strickland Banks
4. Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
5. Vampire Weekend – Contra
6. John Grant – Queen of Denmark
7. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
8. The National – High Violet
9. Paul Weller – Wake Up the Nation
10. MGMT – Congratulations
11. The Black Keys – Brothers
12. Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here
13. Beach House – Teen Dream
14. Hot Chip – One Life Stand
15. Yeasayer – Odd Blood
16. Foals – Total Life Forever
17. John Legend & The Roots – Wake Up!
18. Manic Street Preachers – Postcards from a Young Man
19. Grinderman – Grinderman 2
20. Take That – Progress
21. Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
22. Corinne Bailey Rae – The Sea
23. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
24. Bryan Ferry – Olympia
25. Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown
26. Klaxons – Surfing the Void
27. Midlake – The Courage of Others
28. Avi Buffalo – Avi Buffalo
29. Interpol – Interpol
30. Brandon Flowers – Flamingo
31. The Chemical Brothers – Further
32. The Drums – The Drums
33. Tricky – Mixed Race
34. The Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards
35. Man Alive – Everything Everything
36. The Roots – How I Got Over
37. The Coral – Butterfly House
38. Janelle Monae – The Archandroid
39. I Am Kloot – Sky at Night
40. Peter Gabriel – Scratch My Back
41. Belle and Sebastian – Write About Love
42. Tom Jones – Praise & Blame
43. Skream – Outside the Box
44. Villagers – Becoming a Jackal
45. Cherry Ghost – Beneath This Burning Shoreline
46. Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me
47. Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History
48. Edwyn Collins – Losing Sleep
49. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
50. Steve Mason – Boys Outside

About rote7123

Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May 2011 with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Professional Writing, as well as a degree in Communication Studies. He has held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet's Arts & Entertainment section, and has contributed to The Aquarian Weekly all while being the sole operator of Asbury Park's premier music news outlet Speak Into My Good Eye.
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