Filed Under The Store | December 18, 2010
Ok we’re a little long-winded this year, but there was a lot to be excited about. As mercurial as music is, this year had something special about it. With no further ado…
New Releases Top 10 in No Particular Order
Deerhunter – Haylcon Digest
Frightened Rabbit – Winter Of Mixed Drinks
Fresh And Onlys – Play It Strange
Loscil – Endless Falls
Brian Eno – Small Craft On A Milk Sea
Kathryn Calder – Are You My Mother?
Royksopp – Senior
Barn Owl – Ancestral Star
Black Angels – Phosphene Dream
Dean & Britta 13 Most Beautiful Songs For Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests
Top 6 Re-Issues
C’est Chic – French Girl Singers Of The 1960’s
EMAK – Synthetic History Of …
Jim Sullivan – U.F.O.
The Clean – Modern Rock
The Clean – Getaway
Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street re-issue
Pavement @ The Queen E
Deerhunter @ The Rickshaw
Fond Of Tigers @ The Commodore
Frightened Rabbit @ The Biltmore
Record Store Day @ Red Cat Records with Loscil, Aunt’s & Uncles, Ladyhawk & Dan Mangan
TOP 10 New Releases
Emeralds – Does it look like I’m here?
Neil Young – Le Noise
The Budos Band – III
White Noise Sound – White Noise Sound
Pantha Du Prince – Black Noise
Owen Pallet – Heartland
Brian Eno – Small Craft on a Milk Sea
Besnard Lakes- Are the Roaring Night
Marnie Stern – Marnie Stern
Fresh and Only’s- Play it Strange
Joanna Newsom – Vogue
Fond of Tigers – Commodore
Aunts and Uncles/Dan Mangan/Ladyhawk/Loscil Record Store Day
Grinderman – Commodore
Emeralds/Caribou – Vogue
Morgans Recital – 400 Block East 10th
Four Tet – Rounds
Nice Face – Inner Etwas
John Fahey – The Yellow Princess
Parasites of the Western World
Ford’s Top Ten of 2010
As per Jan LaRue’s Practical Guidelines For Musical Style Analysis:
1.SOUND EMERALDS: Does it Look Like I’m Here?/ELEPHANT 9: Walk The Nile
2.HARMONY KONONO No.1 Assume Crash Position
3.MELODY KATHRYN CALDER: Are You My Mother?
4.RHTHYM ELLIOT CARTER: The Music Of… Vol 8
5.SUB POP Congratulations on a triumphant return to relevancy and a career year (MALE BONDING, NO AGE, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, etc)
6.GESTURE NINA NASTASIA: Outlaster/OWEN PALLET: Heartland
7.GROWTH Aleksander Melnikov: Shostakovich – Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87
8.CONTOUR ROYKSOPP: Senior/ MI AMI: Steal Your Face
9.TEXT INFLUENCE THE FALL: Your Future, Our Clutter
10.SOME TOTALLY SURPRISING SHIT TOM JONES: Praise and Blame/Robert Plant: Band of Joy
1. NICE FACE: Inner Etwas
2. FELA: all of ‘em
3. V/A: Turkish Freakout
4. Joe Tex: Singles A’s and B’s 1960-1964
5. Government Issue: Boycott Stabb
KILLING JOKE at Venue
INVASIVES, LAURA BARRETT, YONCALIA DRAIN, THE KETTLE BLACK at Scratch Records
X/MUDHONEY at Dundas Square
PRAZAK QUARTET at the Vancouver Playhouse
LOSCIL,LADYHAWK,DAN MANGAN,AUNTS & UNCLES at Red Cat Records
Ellis’s top 10
WOMEN – Public Strain LP/CD
White Rainbow & Stag Hare – White Stag LP
Teengirl Fantasy – 7AM LP/CD
MGMT – Congragulations LP/CD
Sun Araw – On Patrol + Off Duty LP/CD
Bitchin Bajas – Tones/ Zones LP
Woods – Songs of Shame LP/Tape/CD
Serena maneesh – S-M 2: Abyss In B Minor LP/CD
Cloudland Canyon – Fin Eaves LP/CD
Silly Kissers – Precious Necklace 10 inch
Top Two 7 inches
Brazilian Money -Doing What I Want EP
Role Mach/ Apollo ghosts (Split on Geographing Records)
Top Three Cassettes
Duzheknew/ Cousins – tour tape
Apollo Ghosts/ Thee Ahs
No Ufo’s – Soft Coast/ Mind Control
Top 5 shows
Apollo Ghosts/ Dirty Beaches/ Shawn Mzraek Lives @litlle Mountain Gallery
Man Man & Lets Wrestle @ the Rickshaw
Caribou @ the Rickshaw
Braids @ GOODIE & Sled Island
Woods/ The Mantles/ Art Museums @ The Media Club
White Fence – S/T
A tightrope balance of 60′s freak out and heart wrenching folk songs.
Happy Birthday – S/T
More bands need to utilize power pop tendencies as well as they do.
Women – Public Strain
Western heros. US Maple, Television, and Glenn Branca in a paper bag. Insurmountably fresh “art rock”.
Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here?
Taking analog synthesizers to the next level. See them live and you will be surprised at the amount of headbanging.
Mount Kimbie – Crooks and Lovers
Wonderfully subdued melodies and one of the most organic sounding sample-based albums I have ever heard.
Broken Water – Whet
The best active band in the Republic of Cascadia
Loscil – Endless Falls
Every night before I go to bed, I play this album.
Forest Swords – Dagger Paths
Rangers – Suburban Tours
Julian Lynch – Mare
All these albums were released on Olde English Spelling Bee, a label that really grabbed my ears this year. Their releases are stylistically different, but have a great retro-futuristic aesthetic that runs throughout. Check them out at http://oesbee.blogspot.com/.
Favourite Local Release of 2010:
Apollo Ghosts – Mount Benson
Matmos + So Percussion @ Biltmore – They played in Quadrophonic sound, had too much gear to count, and were endlessly charming. You can’t beat this one.
Guided By Voices @ Showbox SODO – The night I crossed “share tequila with Bob Pollard” off my bucket list.