2010 in music: CK’s quarterly report

31Mar10

Here it is, folks: My report on the first quarter of 2010. It’s been a solid year so far. This list is presented with minimal commentary; just know that you’ll see many of these records in my “Best of 2010” post nine months from now.

But you don’t have to take my word for it…

LeVar Burton says, "click on a link to hear the album!"

Top 10 contenders
Records that I think stand a chance of making my year-end top ten list

Broken Bells – s/t
Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me
Jonsi – Go
Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
She & Him – Volume Two
Vampire Weekend – Contra
Vedera – Stages
Yeasayer – Odd Blood

Disappointments
Records that didn’t quite hit the spot
The Rocket Summer – Of Men and Angels
Spoon – Transference

Probably not
Records that won’t be making the top ten for one reason or another
Andrew WK – Close Calls with Brick Walls / Mother of Mankind
Angels & Airwaves – LOVE
Archie Bronson Outfit – Coconut
Balmorhea – Constellations
Childish Gambino – I AM JUST A RAPPER
Childish Gambino – I AM JUST A RAPPER 2
jj – jj nº3
The Knife – Tomorrow, In a Year
Pantha du Prince – Black Noise

Worst Song of the Year
I mean, seriously
Ke$ha – Blah Blah Blah (live on American Idol, feat. 3OH!3)

Want to hear
Records that I haven’t gotten around to listening to for one reason or another
Alkaline Trio – This Addiction
Annuals – Sweet Sister (EP)
Free Energy – Stuck on Nothing
Freelance Whales – Weathervanes
Hot Chip – One Life Stand
Laura Veirs – July Flame
Los Campesinos! – Romance is Boring
Owen Pallet – Heartland
Peter Gabriel – Scratch My Back
Shout Out Louds – Work
The White Stripes – Under Great White Northern Lights (CD/DVD)

Excitement to be released
Records to look forward to for the rest of the year, with links to streams, confirmations, previews, interviews, and rumors

4/6: Jonsi – Go
4/6: David Byrne w/Fatboy Slim – Here Lies Love
4/13: MGMT – Congratulations
4/13: Coheed and Cambria – Year of the Black Rainbow
5/4: Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
5/11: The National – High Violet
5/18: Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
6/1: Hot Hot Heat – Future Breeds
6/29: Animal Collective – ODDSAC “visual album”
9: Panda Bear – Tomboy
9: The Strokes
11: Previously unreleased Michael Jackson record
Rumored/TBA: Arcade Fire, Blaqk Audio, Blink 182, Coldplay, Daft Punk, Fleet Foxes, Gym Class Heroes, Interpol, Jack’s Mannequin, Jimmy Eat World, Of Montreal, Panic! at the Disco, Radiohead, Saves the Day – Daybreak, The Shins

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2 Responses to “2010 in music: CK’s quarterly report”

  1. 1 Nic Vargus

    You should check out the new album by “I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business” too. It’s a bit more produced than the prior, and I’m still judging it, but it’s got more than a few amazing songs on it, which definitely makes it worth the purchase, or stream, or whatever.

    Pretty small disappointments list so far!

    • 2 ck

      Very cool! I’ll add it to my list of albums I need to check out. Thanks for the tip.


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