Lots of good music was unleashed in 2010. Here are some albums I bought that I really liked:
David Bazan | Live at Electrical Audio
This session album was a special release for Record Store Day. No new material here… Bazan is backed by a full band, but the songs are polished. They really are a good reflection of Bazan’s live show. His vocals are a real strong suit, and this recording really emphasizes that.
Deftones | Diamond Eyes
I’m a long time Deftones fan. Loved these guys when I was in high school… but unlike many of the other bands they’re lumped in with, these guys are always changing and evolving their sound. Diamond Eyes is actually a pretty lush album.
The National | High Violet
Great from start to finish. Lots of what you’d expect from the National, but with a nervous energy that puts this album on the top of their catalog in my opinion. The songs are stripped down just right. Nothing feels over- or under-done. I was lucky enough to catch them live at First Avenue this summer, and that really reaffirmed my enjoyment of High Violet.
Red Sparowes | The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Answer
This album is a pretty standard release from L.A.’s Red Sparowes… but it’s great. These guys (and gal) make some epic tunes.
Rosetta | A Determinism of Morality
Rosetta is a heavy band known for it’s use of white space. Vocals are pushed back, but remain crushing. Astronaut metal.
Tokyo Police Club | Champ
These guys are pop music masters. Champ was on heavy rotation in my stereo this past summer. Great for long drives with the windows down.
Warpaint | The Fool
My friend Jesse recommended this album to me. This album has an interesting swagger that isn’t anything new, but is still great. Just the right amount of nods towards Joy Division and The Cure.
Albums not from 2010 but I acquired them then
You May Die in the Desert | Bears in the Yukon
This. Album. Is. Awesome. My old band appeared on a Japanese post-rock compilation a while back with these guys. The track they had on there was awesome. Finally got my hands on the full length and I honestly listen to this in full 4 times a week. Highly recommended.
The Mercury Program | Chez Viking
These guys are one of my all time favorites. Nice. laid back instrumental music with great rhythm. Nothing better than putting this record on when it’s raining outside. Not that it’s a dreary album… it just reminds me of rain.