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
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…)


Season 3 with Charles Bartowski

Chuck this season had some definite ups and downs, and I’m happy with the direction in which it ended. The last few episodes really started to get on a good track (imho). Though I didn’t always enjoy the episodes this year, I always enjoyed the soundtrack and it’s probably my favorite so far. I Have to say that these soundtracks from the show have been more prevalent on my iPod than any other mixes and though I already listen to quite a few of the artists featured, the ones I’ve been introduced to through the show have integrated seamlessly into the musical fray I enjoy so much. And it is nice this year when the show has been renewed for the fourth season to not have to worry about if it is going to be around again.

Model Homes|In-Flight Safety
Living A Lie!|Daniel Zott
Young Adult Friction|The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Bears|Sam Isaac
Astair|Matt Costa
Faces In The Dark|The Generationals
A Sleep Be Told|The Traditionist
Bedside Manner|Dawes
Swim Until You Can’t See Land|Frightened Rabbit
In My Sleep|Austin Hartley-Leonard and Kendall Jane Meade
Down River|The Temper Trap
Kettering|The Antlers
Bye Bye Bye|Plants and Animals
Holiday|Vampire Weekend
Four By Four|Shout Out Louds
Sans Soleil|Miike Snow
Jackie Wants a Black Eye|Dr. Dog
Here’s Looking At You, Kid|The Gaslight Anthem
The High Road|Broken Bells
On My Way Back Home|Band of Horses
Don’t Hideaway|Bishop Allen

You can download the whole mix (soundtrack) by clicking over HERE.

Chuck Soundtrack Season 2
Chuck Soundtrack Season 1