As usual, my ‘favorites of 2010’ list does not comprise only or even mainly songs released this year, just things that were new to me.
Metric’s pop hooks are just merciless. (That sounds like a 1-sentence homage to Rolling Stone-ese, but it’s true.)
The Carolina Chocolate Drops were mesmerizing in concert–I don’t think I’ve ever seen a MN audience so ensorcelled.
Apparently string/jug bands like CCD are what the early blues divas (Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey) typically toured with, not the jazzy horns and pianos that you hear on their records (at least according to History of the Blues by Francis Davis).
Maybe the CD that we listened to most this year, Broken Bells is a collaboration between Danger Mouse and the Shings dude whose name I can naver remember:
This Beirut song was a special favorite of Shelster’s this fall:
From Okkervil River, the guys who did the song about John Berryman:
For some reason, I love this band’s name, The Rural Alberta Advantage. Also love the jittery nervous drums with cello.
And how about some ’80s retro Japanese bossa nova:
Not necessarily new but listened to a lot: Watson Twins (sadly they did a really lame set at the Cedar), “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Sterive Wonder, “Brick House” by the Commodores, “Statesboro Blues” by Blind Willie McTell, some Grizzly Bear, David Bowie, Petula Clark, Patsy Cline, Mississippi John Hurt, Amelia Curran, and the staff at the University of Ghana post office.