Michael Sakas and I wouldnâ€™t be pretentious unless we made a â€œBest Ofâ€ list. I would like to claim that my half of the list reflects the best music to come out in 2010, but it doesnâ€™t. It takes more than one person to quantify that, and I am but a lone man with a sometimes-limited ear.
Instead of writing about what was best, I decided to write about what I listened to the most.
My Top 5 list of epically self-indulgent proportions includes …
1. Avi Buffalo, self-titled
Its debut album is a clinic in northwest-sounding indie rock. Itâ€™s a cross between Built to Spillâ€™s face-melting nature and The Shinsâ€™ high pitch, hook-heavy melodies. â€œRemember Last Timeâ€ has my vote for best song of the year.
2. Archie Bronson Outfit, â€œCoconutâ€
Itâ€™s noisy, poppy, ugly and unfamiliar in familiar ways. Iâ€™ve listened to this album more than any other this year, and every time I do I find something new.
3. Future Islands, â€œIn Evening Airâ€
Theyâ€™re labeled as â€œPost Wave.â€ I donâ€™t know what that is. They sound like the happiest moments in life. Or maybe post-life. Presently, though, Sam Herringâ€™s vocals make the band. Iâ€™d take his word over Walter Cronkiteâ€™s any day.
4. Women, â€œPublic Strainâ€
Women is a band that changed the way I think about music. It was recently reported that they broke up, which would be a true shame. I want to remember seeing them play their brand of garage rock just once in my life.
5. Salem, â€œKing Nightâ€
They are an easy band to hate on: a few Europeans playing a style of music labeled â€œWitch House.â€ Itâ€™s electronic music with bottom heavy synth lines, distorted and sometimes chopped vocals and an overall gothic feel. I love it.
You can look to KCSU for a more well rounded list. Theyâ€™ve compiled a top 30 that should be out soon. My ego is far from it, so itâ€™s probably pretty sound.
Music reviewer Nic Turiciano can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.