The year end 2010

It was another year of the same bad headlines we’ve become accustomed along with new dire warnings and added tales of imminent disaster. Meanwhile, depression became even more a part of so many lives as the number of those clinically afflicted grew. Could there be a connection?

While that perpetual black cloud was going on some notable things occurred and a few caught my attention. Surfer Kelly Slater won his 10th world title showing a rare dominance that has spanned two decades. Driver Jimmie Johnson won his 5th consecutive Sprint Cup title in what had to shut up even more of the naysayers who live in denial. And last but not least, 16 year old Abby Sunderland attempted to sail around the world and although her mission was ultimately cut short in the Indian Ocean, she showed a courage and will that is non-existent in the paper heroes we see propped up in the media time and time again.

As usual I listened to a lot of music and below are some of this year’s releases that at one point or another stood out.  There is no hierarchical order with regards to the list and I’m quite sure I’ve forgotten some things.  Have a happy Christmas or whatever you do.

Titus Andronicus – The Monitor
Field Music – Measure
Prismo Perfect – Out Of Nowhere EP
Dylan LeBlanc – Pauper’s Field
Foals – Total Life Forever
The Young Friends – Hela
Carl Barât – Carl Barât
Sharon Van Etten – Epic
Avi Buffalo – Avi Buffalo
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
Twin Shadow – Forget
Jonquil – One Hundred Suns
Mgmt – Congratulations
CocoRosie – Grey Oceans
Shout Out Louds – Work
Maps & Atlases – Perch Patchwork
Orange Juice – Coals to Newcastle (box set)
Roky Erickson with Okkervil River – True Love Cast Out All Evil
California Wives – Affair EP
The Chapin Sisters – Two
Stornoway – Beachcomber’s Windowsill
Dream Syndicate – Medicine Show (reissue)
Los Campesinos! – Romance Is Boring
Lightspeed Champion – Life is Sweet! Nice To Meet You.
Georg Levin – Late Discovery (single)
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

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