1. Tame Impala - Alter Ego by defacto

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3. Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) by MCMLXXXVIII

4. 05 Balam Acab- See Birds (sun) by tastemakersdallas
5. 09.The Fatty Acids - Nobody Is Filming by tastemakersdallas
6. Gauntlet Hair - I Was Thinking by matthewflaherty

7. 01 The Whitsundays - There's a Monkey on My Back by tastemakersdallas
8. 02 The Strange Boys - A Walk On The Bleach by tastemakersdallas
9. 08 - Teen Daze - Spin Around, Go Ahead by tastemakersdallas
10. Cults - Go Outside by Hipstersw/kids

11. Carolina by Girls by musicismyhappiness

12. 09 Young Mammals - Mosquitobot by tastemakersdallas
13. Lower Dens - I Get Nervous by ObscureSound

14. ceo - White Magic by tacking

15. Bullfighter Jacket by Miniature Tigers by John Grimley

16. Caesar - Ty Segall by musicismyhappiness

17. Avi Buffalo - Remember Last Time by subpop

Fresh & Onlys - Waterfall from Eighty Four Films on Vimeo.

19. American West by Sun Airway

20. Up Past The Nursery - Suuns by rawmarion

21. Silver Screen by Beat Connection

22. 06 Desire Lines by michel-heberton

23. Here We Go Magic - Collector by createspark

24. 06 The Whitsundays - How Long Will You Go On by tastemakersdallas
Someday Soon by Harlem

26. 08 Sonny and the Sunsets - Chapters by tastemakersdallas
27. Moonhearts - Deathstar Pt. 2 by ashesofcolor

28. Fitz and The Tantrums - Money Grabber by The Clothes Hangar

29. 03 - Matt K. Shrugg - Freakout by tastemakersdallas
30. Real Estate - Out of Tune by futuresoundstemporary

31. B - Lumerians - Chevaux Fous by tastemakersdallas
Tame Impala 'Lucidity' from The Gingerbread Man on Vimeo.

33. Keepaway - Yellow Wings by colorfultadpole

34. 10 - Jukebox the Ghost - The Stars by tastemakersdallas
35. Summer Camp - Round The Moon by The Drift Record Shop

36. Empress by yawn

37. 05. The Fatty Acids - Pissing Into Flames by tastemakersdallas
38. Sufjan Stevens - Vesuvius by Tills

39. 10 Sonny and the Sunsets - Lovin' on an Older Gal by tastemakersdallas
40. 03 - Magic Places - Digital Lightspeed by tastemakersdallas
Those Darlins - Cannonball Blues from LaundroMatinee on Vimeo.

42. Woozy Viper - "You Cant Find Me" by ElectricComicBook
43. 06 Young Mammals - Analogue by tastemakersdallas
44. Javelin - Intervales Theme by rosssweinstein

45. 07 Forest Magic - WONDER IF by tastemakersdallas
46. 11 - Magic Kids - Cry With Me Baby by tastemakersdallas
47. Tobacco feat Beck – Grape Aerosmith by IR1KI

48. Blackbird Blackbird - Pure by blackbird blackbird

49. 10 - Weed Diamond - All Of Denver Is Wasted by tastemakersdallas
50. 05 Ratatat - Bob Gandhi by tastemakersdallas



photo source: winghamakoostikfestival.com.au

I've recently started growing an attraction towards all that is Australian; mainly because of 'Summer Heights High', beautiful free-spirited women, and Tame Impala.  Today we can add another name to the list of gems down under... Love Parade.  Their six song EP, 'The Strawberry Situation' runs just under 18 minutes and is a nice blend of psych rock and acoustic surf jams. 

Love Parade - The Strawberry Situation - 2010



I don't think I will ever read a review by Ryan Dombal on Pitchfork ever again.  I've never known less about an album after reading a 1600 word critique.  Here he attempts to give us a review on Kanye West's new album 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' and ends up shitting out a painfully long account of Kanye's life.  I downloaded the album earlier this week and was very optimistic about its potential.  The last one was terrible IMHO and I know he could do better.  After noticing that Kanye's new album received the coveted....
I wanted to see what he had done differently to accomplish something that so many brilliant bands/artists don't even come close to.  I decided that even though the review looked a lot longer than most of those on pitchfork, this is 'the new KANYE' and they really want to let us know what's so damn shutter-shade-cool about MBDTF.  NOPE.  Go somewhere else.  This review isn't about the album, it's about the person.  I think he must have copied half of the shit out of Wikipedia, although I'm not going to check.

I'm going to listen to it myself for the first time and give a 1 sentence review that's more insightful than what this individual could do in 5 pages (dbl spaced so the boss thinks it's longer.) 

Stand by...

Kanye West's new album is a step up from previous works, primarily contributed to the fact that he's standing on the shoulders of every talented artist he knows that doesn't hate him,  but still marred by West's own ignorant paradoxes, obvious puns, post-South-Park-angst, and tone-deaf harmonies. 

I really don't think this guy even listened to the album.  A ten out of ten is ridiculous on an album with hits and misses.  Ryan, if for some reason you read this, my advice is to never give an album a 10.0 again because people will read it.



These are 10 best bands that were new to me during 2010.  With the possible exception of 1 or 2, none had released any material before this year.

1.  Gauntlet Hair - Only 5 songs are recorded from these guys and their full length is already my most anticipated album of 2011.  Get a head start here...

2.  Tame Impala - This band came out of nowhere with the best release of 2010 and I can't wait to see what they do in the coming year. Download Innerspeaker

3.  CEO - While The Tough Alliance's Eric Berglund is by no means a newcomer to the music scene, his alter-ego 'CEO' made a huge debut this year with one of my favorite EP's 'White Magic' .

4.  Balam Acab - What can I say about 'See Birds' that would do it justice?  This is another EP that was amazing and generally overlooked by most.  A 5 song ride that takes you everywhere you want to go and leaves you wondering if you're really stoned or if music alone can get you high.  Get it here if you haven't already...

5.  Beat Connection - Their Surf Noir EP is brilliantly done and extremely fun to listen to.  The song 'Silver Screen' is one of my favorties from the year and sounds very similar to 'The Police' or the like...

6.  Summer Camp - Very secretive group from London.  All I have heard by them is the Young EP, but it is very promising.  I was lucky to even find this picture.

7. Cults - I had the pleasure of seeing Cults open for Twin Sister and Morning Benders and was completely blown away with the power in Madeline's voice.  I am really looking forward to seeing what they do in 2011.  Download 3 songs now from their bandcamp.

8.  Keepaway -  I nearly forgot about these guys when compiling this list, but I didn't because their EP 'Baby Style' is unforgettable.  The first song Yellow Wings got somewhere around a 9.0 or 9.2 on p4k's BNM.  Now you can even get a second EP, Kompetitor, from their bandcamp page.

9.  Young Mammals - Houston's own released their debut, Carrots, this year and have been stimulating internet buzz all over ever since.  I had the pleasure of seeing them play with Lower Dens a couple months ago and they sound just as amazing live as they do on the album.   

10.  FUR - Bryce Isbell currently resides in Denton and blessed us with his full length album 'Witches' earlier this year.  Isbell is a friend of Alan Palomo (Neon Indian) and I have to say that he seems to be just as talented as his buddy.


TOP 20 OF 2010

This is by no means intended to be the 'Ulitmate 2010 list'; just my 20 favorite albums I heard this year.  Other lists will follow.
1- Tame Impala - Innerspeaker

3- Fang Island - Fang Island

4- The Fresh and Onlys - Play It Strange
5- Blackbird Blackbird - Summer Heart LP

6- Ty Segall - Melted

7- Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz

8- Harlem - Hippies

9- The Whitsundays - Saul

10- Young Mammals - Carrots

11- Teen Daze - Four More Years

12- The Fatty Acids - Stop Berries, Berries and Berries, Berries

13- Suuns - Zeroes QC

14- Yeasayer - Odd Blood

15- Fitz & the Tantrums - Pickin' Up the Pieces of Love

16- The Strange Boys - Be Brave

17- Beach House - Teen Dream

18- Miniature Tigers - Fortress

19- Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo

20- Forest Magic - Is Energy