Obligatory Best of Songs (and albums) 2010

I know I’ve been procrastinating the blog and the sharing of music that really does bring me pleasure. Why do I not do it then? Well, I’m a very good procrastinator, and… well that’s all I got at the moment. This year, as with last, some of my favorite finds have been unearthed by tracking down the tunes to the TV show Chuck. I always look forward to that show, if for the music alone. Actually recently the soundtrack has outshone the plot by quite a few kilowatts.

Caveat: You’ll notice my “best of” mixes have nothing to do with actual “best” albums/songs, but rather what I liked best or rather what I like at this very moment better than the others. This is completely arbitrary to my personal taste and preference.

Here are some of my favorite songs that were released last year.

The Happiest Lamb|Audra Mae
In My Sleep|Austin Hartley-Leonard & Kendall Jane Meade
On My Way Back Home|Band of Horses
Howlin’ For You|The Black Keys
Beat The Devil’s Tattoo|Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Crossfire|Brandon Flowers
The Ghost Inside|Broken Bells
Jackie Wants A Black Eye|Dr. Dog
I Like The Way This Is Going|Eels
The Diamond Church Street Choir|The Gaslight Anthem
Big Wave|Jenny and Johnny
Change Of Time|Josh Ritter
I Will Live On Islands|Josh Rouse
Think I’ll Go Inside|Joshua Radin
Little Lovin’|Lissie
Witchcraft|Matt Costa
Starting|Matt Pond PA
Congratulations|MGMT
Precious Stone|Pete Yorn
Beg, Steal Or Borrow|Ray LaMontagne
Solitary Gun|Rogue Wave
I Can’t Get Enough|Rooney
Thieves|She & Him
King Of Spain|The Tallest Man On Earth
Holiday|Vampire Weekend

You can download the entire mix by clicking – HERE. (As with last years mix – it doesn’t fit on a standard CD-R, I was too lazy to whittle it down (again) and I couldn’t delete a couple songs, so if you want to fit it, you’ll have to pick a couple to remove before burning, if you still use those archaic discs.)

I usually don’t list my favorite albums, but without thinking terribly hard about it – off the top of my head the ones that stand out to me in the last year are (in no particular order):

Infinite Arms|Band of Horses
So Runs The World Away|Josh Ritter
Tomorrow Morning|Eels
American Slang|Gaslight Anthem
Brothers|The Black Keys
Broken Bells|Broken Bells
American VI: Ain’t No Grave|Johnny Cash
The Grand Theatre Volume One|Old 97’s
Downtown Church|Patty Griffin
Contra|Vampire Weekend

Happy New Year. (better late than…)

Obligatory Best of 2009

As we say goodbye and good riddance to 2009 and welcome in the new year and the promise of new and exciting things and hopefully a better year than the past, I’ve been looking over the music from the last year and reflecting. It hasn’t been a stellar year for music. Have we had a stellar year of music in the last decade? I’ve been enjoying the “best of” posts lately on various other blogs that seem to be far more ambitious and less lazy than myself and finding a few albums that I may have missed along the way. Looking through my music and sorting by year and reviewing posts this year it looks as if I neglected to post about a few albums that I’ve enjoyed this year. I’ve put up mixes of my favorite songs of the year for each of the last three years and this will be number four. I have probably been remiss in listing my favorite albums of each of these years including 2009, but if I feel a bit more ambition than I have lately, I may just have to start a new trend by doing just that. These “best of” mixes are usually just what I feel like are my favorite songs that have been released over the last year and some of which I probably posted here on this blog. There were quite a few good songs and/or albums this year in retrospect, I hope you enjoy.

Oh No|Andrew Bird
Wantin’ Her Again|Ben Kweller
French Navy|Camera Obscura
The Summer|Coconut Records
Fugitive|David Gray
That Look You Gave That Guy|Eels
Daddy’s Gone|Glasvegas
Airstream Driver|Gomez
Two Weeks|Grizzly Bear
First Train Home|Imogen Heap
Maybe|Ingrid Michaelson
All Is Love|Karen O and the Kids
Falling In Love At a Coffee Shop|Landon Pigg
Can’t Feel A Thing|Lucero
Never Had Nobody Like You (Featuring Zooey Deschanel)|M. Ward
Magpie To The Morning|Neko Case
Relator|Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson
Lisztomania|Phoenix
Us|Regina Spektor
I Need To Know Where I Stand|Rhett Miller
When I Go|Slow Club
(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To|Weezer
You and I (featuring Feist)|Wilco
Bitter Heart|Zee Avi

You can download the entire mix by clicking – HERE. (It doesn’t fit on a standard CD-R, I was too lazy to whittle it down and I couldn’t delete a couple songs, so if you want to fit it, you’ll have to pick a couple to remove before burning)

Happy New Year.