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Best of 2010: The MUST DIE Top 20 Albums

Top 20 Albums of 2010

If you could only take 20, which ones would you choose?  Sophie’s choice.

We would take these.  Desert islands are amazing on their own, but these albums would make ‘em much more comfy.

(in alpha order)

Avi Buffalo

Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo

It’s insane that these kids are just out of HS. Like a lot of Long Beach bands right now, they’re making some beautiful folk rock that would make Neil Young proud. Nice guitar work too. -J

Bear Hands Burning Bush Supper Club

Bear Hands - Burning Bush Supper Club

I’m waiting for this album to burn out but I just keep liking it more and more.  And sometimes when I close my eyes and listen to “Tablasaurus” I pour one out for Empire of the Sun.  -T

The Bird Day Collect Vibrations

The Bird Day - Collect Vibrations (free download)

I’m a sucker for falsetto and imaginative guitar work.  “Gonna Beg You” is my anthem. -T

Broken Bells Your Head Is On Fire

Broken Bells - Your Head Is On Fire 

Danger Mouse + James Mercer = indie pop album that winds up on all the Year End lists and in your mom’s soccer van. -J

Caribou Swim 

Caribou - Swim

This dark, dancey, electronic math-pop is great to throw on before or after a night out. His first album sounded like zombies, this one sounds like Four Tet. BTW, dude has a PHD! His thesis was aptly titled Overconvergent Siegel Modular Symbols. -J

Deerhunter Halycon Digest

Deerhunter - Halycon Digest

Bradford Cox’s voice and lyrics couldn’t be more perfect.  There are parts of this album that made me cry.  The word “epic” was invented for songs like “He Would Have Laughed”. -T

Delorean Subiza

Delorean - Subiza

Tropical, upbeat euro-dance pop from Basque country via Barcelona. -J

El Guincho Pop Negro

El Guincho - Pop Negro

Just watch the "Bombay" video. -J

Electric Sunset

Electric Sunset - Electric Sunset

This is one of the most underrated albums of the year.  Main dude Nic Zwart manages to create beautiful electronic grooves that are rooted in great pop melodies that he delivers with casual ease.  You can practically feel the snowflakes landing on your tongue. -T

Etherea Free Etherea

Etherea - Free Etherea (free download)

Electro hip-hop inspired jams. For lovers of Pogo, Bullion, and all things chill-fi. -J

J Cole Friday Night Lights

J. Cole - Friday Night Lights (free download)

You can say what you want about Kanye’s album.  J’s gots the better beats AND the better flows.  And you deserve better. -T

Jaga Jazzist One-Armed Bandit

Jaga Jazzist - One-Armed Bandit

When we have moon colonies, this will be the jazz music you listen to. Can’t wait. -J

Julian Lynch Mare

Julian Lynch - Mare

Beautiful, sleepy, smoke den music. Apparently his study of ethnomusicology really came to good use on this one. If you’re ever chilling hard, put this on. -J

Keith Canisius This Time It's Our High

Keith Canisius - This Time It’s Our High

This is like Mew on acid. Highly recommended on good speakers/headphones. -J

The Radio Dept. Clinging To A Scheme

The Radio Dept. - Clinging To A Scheme

Chill, Swiss grooves.  Pretty sure this dude on the cover only listens to The Radio Dept. -J

The Ruby Suns Fight Softly

The Ruby Suns - Fight Softly

A perfect poolside album.  We imagined what it would be like to never hear these songs again.  That thought made us very sad. -T

Tame Impala Innerspeaker

Tame Impala - Innerspeaker

Neo psych-rock from Australia. Can’t get enough of “Alter Ego” and “Runway Houses City Clouds”.  George Harrison was reincarnated to front this band. -J

Toro Y Moi Causers of This

Toro Y Moi - Causers of This

Chaz is the man.  This album was highly anticipated and it delivered in spades.  If this list weren’t in alphy order, this would probs be at the top. -T

Twin Shadow Forget

Twin Shadow - Forget

This man is very believable, but after reviewing his bass lines and swagger, I don’t think I’d let him date my daughter.  If somehow this album missed you, start with “At My Heels”.  The chimey guitars and dramatic chorus are as instant as it gets. -T

Wild Nothing Gemini

Wild Nothing - Gemini

I wish John Hughes had access to this album in the 80’s.  Imagine the possibilities. -J/T


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