Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs, contributing writer to Relix Magazine, AOL’s Spinner.com and Pittsburgh’s City Paper. This morning, Justin shares his top picks for 2010.
In case you missed it here’s what he played:
Suckers, “A Mind I Knew” - This band, who made my favorite album of the year, creates off-kilter, exotic sounding anthems. Each song builds and twists unexpectedly, usually marked by a wild yelp of gang vocals or some explosive guitar. The weirdest, and most fun, record of the year.
Dr. Dog, “Where’d All the Time Go” – These Philly boys are the success story of the year – the band’s been toiling around playing mid-level venues for almost a decade, but with this year’s Shame, Shame, they’re finally among indie’s elite bands. This is my favorite jam from that album.
Cee-Lo, “No One’s Gonna Love You” – The man behind “Fuck You”/”Forget You” cut a cover of the best Band of Horses song this summer, and this version hit the internet (with a very NSFW video) by storm. Unfortunately, the version on Cee-Lo’s new album, The Lady Killer, is kinda lame, but no matter — this cut is utterly gorgeous and haunting. Who knew the best song of the year wouldn’t come from an album at all?
I was drawn to albums from all different genres this year – there wasn’t one trend that resulted in the most great music.
Here’s Justin’s Top 10 Albums of 2010:
10. Sharon Van Etten – Epic
9. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles
8. Baths – Cerulean
7. LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
6. Twin Shadow – Forget
5. Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame
4. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
3. Corinne Bailey Rae – The Sea
2. Janelle Monae – The Archandroid
1. Suckers – Wild Smile
Just barely missed the list:
Big Boi – Sir Lucious Leftfoot, The Son of Chico Dusty
Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
The Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Tame Impala – Innerspeaker
Liars – Sisterworld