My Top Five Albums of 2010 – Connor

Nothing glamorous today, folks! I just thought I’d give you a long overdue (read: belated cause I’m a lazy fuck) list of some of my favourite things that came into existence over the last year. THAT’S RIGHT! A 2010 “Best Of” list from Grub Street! You feel that? That ‘s what it feels like… when dreams come true…

So here you are, just some humble and innocuous opinions on the year that was. Enjoy, and please, feel free to share your opinions as well.

Top Five Albums of 2010 (With respects to Rob from High Fidelity)

Odd Blood – Yeasayer

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This was a bold new direction for me; coming from strict indie-rock backgrounds and having certain, chaotic psych-rock expectations from their first album. But I was absolutely blown away by the relatable pop-influenced rhythms and serious, impressive lyricism. Honestly, the album embodies everything I’ve ever want from pop music: I can finally talk about the amazing addiction of certain hooks without being down-trodden about the terrible lyrics therein. It reminds me of the sound that Radiohead used for In Rainbows, but more up-tempo, and with many of the same themes. It was a wonderfully mature follow-up to their first album; it seems they were able to focus each track to produce the highest quality pop-rock they could.

Download These: Ambling Alp \ O.N.E. \ Madder Red

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10 Great Indie Bands (You’ve Probably Never Heard Of) – Part 1/4

Despite what many people might think, there’s more to indie music than Jack White. There seems to be a growing legion of young persons today that are attracted to the indie music scene, but would rather not put any effort into actually… you know, listening to the music. Yes, yes; we all get a kick out of the lead singer from Kings of Leon’s voice, and yes, Death Cab For Cutie does have a peculiar name… we’re so indie, TOTALLY not mainstream. Well these people deserve a special rung in the deepest circle of hell, right next to people who dress up their animals in human clothing.

You see, there’s so much more to Indie Music than the bands big enough to get onto David Letterman regularly. There’s a wild world out there of crazy assholes who, sure, have a lot of crazy, asshole-y antics, but make KILLER music! And they’ll never get the recognition they deserve because… well they’re indie. That’s kind of the catch-22 of alt-rock… don’t worry, you’ll get it soon. What I’m saying is that, for you people who enjoy dipping your feet into the pool of indie music, but refuse to dive in head first to what’s probably the most fulfilling music genre today, be prepared to get WET when you read… Continue reading