Favorite Albums of 2010

Band of Horses,
Band of Horses, Infinite Arms
For when you run away from home and want to keep on running.
Current Favorite: “Blue Beard” (download)

Broken Social Scene, Forgiveness Rock Record
For when you’re ready to start all over again.
Current Favorite: “Water In Hell” (download)

Chief, Modern Rituals
For when you want to lay it all out on the table.
Current Favorite: “Stealing” (download)

Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest
For when you want to try living in someone else’s world for awhile.
Current Favorite: “Revival” (download)

Eli Paperboy Reed, Come And Get It
For when you want to build up confidence to ask out that pretty girl or handsome guy.
Current Favorite: “Just Like Me” (download)
(Also winner of the Best Album Art Award.)

Giant Travel Avant Garde, Giant Travel Avant Garde
For when you’re having an out-of-body experience.
Current Favorite: “Indica Jewels” (download)

Grinderman, Grinderman 2
For when you want to burn the house down, then fuck all night in a seedy motel.
Current Favorite: “Evil” (download)

Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
For when you’re not sure what you said last night.
Current Favorite: “Runaway (Feat. Pusha T)” (download)

Les Savy Fav,
Les Savy Fav, Root For Ruin
For when you need to stand up for yourself.
Current Favorite: “Let’s Get Out Of Here” (download)

Sleigh Bells,
Sleigh Bells, Treats
For when you feel like it couldn’t get any better than this.
Current Favorite: “Treats” (download)

Yeasayer, Odd Blood
For when you’re falling in love and for when you’re falling out of it.
Current Favorite: “Grizelda” (download)

Honorable Mentions/Best of the Rest

The Black Angels, Phosphene Dream
The Black Keys, Brothers
Black Mountain, Wilderness Heart
Cee-Lo Green, The Lady Killer
Janelle Monáe, The ArchAndroid
Lilum, Mediums
Spoon, Transference
The Walkmen, Lisbon
Warpaint, The Fool
Wolf Parade, Expo 86

Bands/Albums That Aren’t My Thing

Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
The National, High Violet
Surfer Blood, Astro Coast
Vampire Weekend, Contra


Best Comeuppance: The Stop Sleeping On This Guy Award

Cee-Lo Green, “Fuck You” (download)

Best Redhead Convert: The Fuck M.I.A. Award


Best Live Bands: The I Love You More Than I Hate Ticketmaster Award

Faith No More
Murder City Devils
Les Savy Fav
Wild Beasts

Best Use of My Name in a Song: The Narcissism Award

Wiz Khalifa, “Damn It Feels Good To Be A Taylor” (download)

Albums From 2009 I Still Listen To A Lot: The Retrospective Award

The Jobz, Gentler
Neko Case, Middle Cyclone
Wild Beasts, Two Dancers

Best Television Shows: The Netflix/Sidereel Award

Deadliest Catch
Friday Night Lights
Mad Men
True Blood

Best Movies: The When Can I Pre-Order This On Blu-Ray? Award

Black Swan
North Face
True Grit