2010 in music: CK’s Second Quarterly Report

01Jul10

Here we go again! It’s now officially halfway through the year 2010. TK is busy hiking the Pacific Coast Trail, so I’m holding down CKTK duties while he’s gone. During the first half of this year, we officially launched our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Check those out for more frequent updates. Also, I just launched a new project, called The Indie Rock Alphabet. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Check it for one or two great songs each day.

You can check out our reviews from the end of March here (CK) and here (TK). This post will differ from last quarter’s reports because Apple decided to unceremoniously dump Lala back in May. As you probably know, that’s how we linked you to full album streams of new releases. This time around, I’ll be posting links to a YouTube video or two for each record in the top couple of tiers. It’s a way to highlight some of the greatness out there; if you want the rest of the record, I guess you’ll have to dig around for it. Our post-millennial lives are so difficult.

Now: Let's build a top ten list, shall we?

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

Broken Bells – s/t
Listen to The High Road and The Ghost Inside
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
Listen to Forced to Love and Art House Director
David Byrne w/Fatboy Slim – Here Lies Love
Listen to Here Lies Love and American Troglodyte
Hot Chip – One Life Stand
Listen to One Life Stand and I Feel Better
Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
Listen to Cold War and Tightrope (feat. Big Boi)
Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
Listen to World News and Sun Hands
The National – High Violet
Listen to Bloodbuzz Ohio and Afraid of Everyone
The Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt
Listen to Burden of Tomorrow and King of Spain
Vampire Weekend – Contra
Listen to Horchata and Run
Yeasayer – Odd Blood
Listen to O.N.E and Madder Red

Second tier
Records that are under consideration for the top ten. Right now, though, they’re just below that list. Click a title for a song.
The Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards
Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me
Jonsi – Go
Laura Veirs – July Flame
LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
Mates of State – Crushes: The Covers Mixtape
Phantogram – Eyelid Movies
She & Him – Volume Two

Worth mentioning
Records I liked that won’t be challenging for those top 10 spots
The Black Keys – Brothers
Caribou – Swim
Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame
Foals – Total Life Forever
Freelance Whales – Weathervanes
Los Campesinos! – Romance is Boring
Peter Gabriel – Scratch My Back
Vedera – Stages

Disappointments
Records that didn’t quite hit the spot
Motion City Soundtrack – My Dinosaur Life
The Rocket Summer – Of Men and Angels
Shout Out Louds – Work
Spoon – Transference

The jury is still out
Records I haven’t formed a solid opinion on
Against Me! – White Crosses
Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
Blitzen Trapper – Destroyer of the Void
Coheed and Cambria – Year of the Black Rainbow
Drake – Thank Me Later
Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be
Jack Johnson – To The Sea
MGMT – Congratulations
The Young Veins – Take a Vacation

Want to hear
Records that I haven’t gotten around to listening to for one reason or another
The Acorn – No Ghost
Animal Collective – ODDSAC (visual album)
Annuals – Sweet Sister (EP)
ceo – White Magic
Christina Aguilera – Bionic
Dinosaur Feathers – Fantasy Memorial
“Eclipse” soundtrack
Here We Go Magic – Pigeons
Jaguar Love – Hologram Jams
Kele – The Boxer
Pendulum – Immersion
Plants and Animals – La La Land
Punch Brothers – Antifogmatic
The Roots – How I Got Over
Travie McCoy – Lazarus
The White Stripes – Under Great White Northern Lights (CD/DVD)
Wolf Parade – Expo 86

Probably not
Records that won’t be making the top ten for one reason or another
Alkaline Trio – This Addiction
Andrew WK – Close Calls with Brick Walls / Mother of Mankind
Angels & Airwaves – LOVE
Archie Bronson Outfit – Coconut
Balmorhea – Constellations
Carolina Chocolate Drops – Genuine Negro Jig
Childish Gambino – I AM JUST A RAPPER
Childish Gambino – I AM JUST A RAPPER 2
Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles
Dominique Young Unique – Domination mixtape
The Drums – s/t
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
Growing – Pumps!
I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business – The World We Know
jj – jj nº3
The Knife – Tomorrow, In a Year
M.I.A. – /\/\/\Y/\
The Morning Benders – Big Echo
Neon Trees – Habits
The New Pornographers – Together
Owen Pallet – Heartland
Pantha du Prince – Black Noise
Sleigh Bells – Treats
Stan Ipcus – IPmatic mixtape
We Have Band – WHB
Zola Jesus – Stridulum

Excitement to be released
Records to look forward to for the rest of the year

7/2: The Hives – Tarred and Feathered (covers EP)
7/6: Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: Son of Chico Dusty
8/3: Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
8/24: Ra Ra Riot – The Orchard
Summer: How to Destroy Angels
9/14: Of Montreal – False Priest, Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
9: Hercules and Love Affair, Panda Bear – Tomboy, Mark Ronson – Record Collection
10/12: Antony and the Johnsons – Swanlights
11: Previously unreleased Michael Jackson record
Rumored/TBA: Blaqk Audio, Blink 182, Coldplay, Daft Punk, Fleet Foxes, Girl Talk, Gym Class Heroes, Interpol, Jack’s Mannequin, Jens Lekman, Jimmy Eat World, Outkast, Panic! at the Disco, Radiohead, Saves the Day – Daybreak, The Shins, Travie McCoy – Forgetting Katy Perry mixtape
Pushed to 2011: The Strokes, Cut Copy

Enjoy!

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