This is a compiled list of awesome that it took me about 3 weeks to put together, then edit out. This list is composed of albums that had a major release or push behind them. I’m leaving out mixtapes and other smaller projects because you guys get your own list soon.
So basically, these are the albums that moved me, made me happy or made me feel some kind of way about something amazing. The More Detailed Version of My Top 25 Artists via last.fm post; This list contains everything that I was listening to via iPods, Car and Bedroom Stereos. Stuff that was given to me behind the scenes… and played there as well. The music I listened to while I traveled the world. Label Work. Concert funs. Great times.
This list is in absolutely no real order; other than genre, perhaps.
If I really liked it, I’ll throw a * by it.
**Kaki King - Junior (Root, Root Root for the Home Team.)
***Blood Red Shoes – Fire Like this (Honored to be at their first LA show.)
Cold War Kids - Behave Yourself (Nice with the Erykah Badu Reference.)
*Vampire Weekend – Contra
****The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards (Thanks, NoPayne.)
Los Campesinos! – Romance is Boring (Thanks, last.fm buddies.)
Juliana Hatfield – Peace and Love (recorded produced released on her own label)
*Joanna Newsom -Have one on Me (3 discs of harptacular, post vocal cord surgery goodness.)
MGMT – Congratulations
*Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist (I found you in Spain and I will never forget you.)
***Sleigh Bells – Treats (WOOOOOOOW.)
Broken Bells - Broken Bells (All around DangerMouse Win.)
*Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can (This little girls been at it since she was 15, dropped her first album at 18. And shes already a pro.)
She and Him – Volume 2
*Melissa Auf der Maur - Out Of Our Minds (If you want to see what Kayne was TRYING to do with the “Runaway” movie, watch MAdM’s “Out Of Our Minds.”)
*Kate Nash - My Best Friend Is You (Well I think she’s a BITCH.)
Sara Bareilles – Kaleidoscope Heart
**Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (Winning with the Spike Jones Video.)
*Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (Not only did she make a quality Pop Album (I thought that was an Oxymoron) and make an Unplugged Album out that kinda rocked my socks off… she put my bestest buddy Elle B. on as her Lead Background Singer. Everyone WINS.)
Interpol - Interpol
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
*Of Montreal - False Priests
The Black Keys – Brothers (with the surprise win.)
Yeasayers - Odd Blood
Massive Attack – Heligoland
Sevendust – Cold Day Memory (I’m just happy to see these guys still at it)
Bleeding Through – Bleeding Through (good metal is good metal)
**Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare (Nice comeback. Peace to the family of The Rev.)
Randy Weston – The Storyteller (He’s 84 and is basically, like… still playing the piano proving he’s one of The Greatest of All Time.)
***Wynton Marsalis (Lincoln Center Orchestra) -Vitoria Suite (I bought it during a stop in Switzerland. It’ll be forever awesome for several reasons.)
Esperanza Spalding - Chamber Music Society
Antonio Sanchez – Live in New York at Jazz Standard (This dude can drum his ass off.)
Herbie Hancock - The Imagine Project (Peace to Tal Wilkenfeld.)
***Corrine Bailey Rae – The Sea (Beautiful Recovery.)
Janelle Monáe – The ArchAndroid (Suits 2 and 3)
Georgia Anne Muldrow – Kings Ballad (Impressive.)
*Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)
Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings – I Learned The Hard Way
****Damian Marley & Nas – Distant Relatives (Landmark album for Hip Hop as a Culture.)
**Jake One and Freeway – The Stimulus Package (Jake One brings back Boom Bap. It never left tho.)
****The Roots – How I Got Over (The Art of Hip Hop Composition and Storytelling.)
***Black Milk – Album Of The Year (He’s not lying tho. Shoutout to Wynton Marsalis’ 1981 Version.)
Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
*Cypress Hill – Rise up (You’ll forever remind me of riding through DC. Sample usage in this album was greatness. Underrated.)
**Curren$y – Pilot Talk 1 and 2
**Bun B - Trill OG (Youre gonna force me to like Drake, huh.)
**Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (I hate it AND I love it. GENIUS.)
***DJ Jedi – Prince and Friends (I don’t even like Prince like that. And this is AWESOME.)
RJD2 - The Colossus
**Shy Guy – Beats. James Beats. (Surprise Beattape Win of the YEAR.)
*Big Boi – Sir Luscious Left Foot: Son Of Chico Dusty
*Donwill (of Tanya Morgan) – Don Cusack In High Fidelity
***E-40 – Revenue Retrievin’: Day Shift (Westcoast winnin on the low.)
Murs & 9th Wonder – ForNever
Reflection Eternal – Revolutions Per Minute
Devin The Dude – Suite #420
*Von Pea – Pea’s gotta have it
*Most of the stuff Madlib Did, Including his Coffee.
Shoutout to stuff that was released in 2009 or 2008 that got worn out in 2010 like it was new:
Company of Thieves
Cage The Elephant
Mumford and Sons
I’m posting this up now; and coming back to post pictures later (its New Years, lemme go party).
If I omitted something, let me know. Nicely. I can’t think of everything.
But I hope you enjoy and investigate. Possibly find something new.
This really was a Stupid, Yet Mindblowingly Amazing Year. You guys out there have a Safe and Happy New Year. Here’s to another Prosperous Decade of More Winning, Lots more Traveling. Less Losing, and Revenue Generating.