My 2010 Music in Review

Sorry, Brotherocean. I’m going to keep you in my pocket until you get an American release in 2011, because I just couldn’t bear to take the title away from Plastic Beach. What kind of treatment would that be to Damon Albarn on the eve of him giving us all a totally free followup album whose lead single already undeniably kicks ass?

Anyway, yeah. “Monster” was the obvious pick, of course, for being the first verse in a song whose starting point I memorized (3:39) within hours of first hearing the track because I was going to have to skip back to that on my iPhone, over and over again, because FIRST THINGS FIRST I EAT YOUR BRAINS

15 other tracks I really liked this year:

  • Das Racist – Rainbow in the Dark (Anamanaguchi Remix)
  • Mr. Dream – Knick Knack
  • Janelle Monae – Tightrope
  • Los Campesinos! – The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future
  • Mariah Carey – Up Out My Face f. Nicki Minaj
  • Martina Topley-Bird – Lying
  • Massive Attack – Saturday Come Slow f. Damon Albarn
  • Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill
  • Usher – OMG
  • The-Dream – FILA
  • Robyn – Dancing on my Own
  • Gyptian – Hold Yuh Remix f. Nicki Minaj
  • Shawn Christopher – Catch Me If You Can
  • Mark Ronson – Bang Bang Bang f. Q-Tip
  • MIA – XXXO Remix f. Jay-Z

15 other albums I liked this year:

  • Robyn – Body Talk
  • Major Lazer/La Roux – Lazerproof
  • Fang Island – s/t
  • The-Dream – Love King
  • LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
  • We All Inherit the Moon – 月継
  • Sleigh Bells – Treats
  • Eluvium – Similes
  • CyHi Da Prynce – Royal Flush
  • Das Racist – Sit Down, Man
  • Gucci Mane – Jewelry Selection
  • Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  • Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
  • Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday
  • Sufjan Stevens – Age of Adz

Lastly, here’s a very low-resolution version of my listening habits from this year, filtering it down only to the music I listened to a lot within a short span of time. (For those curious, “SNES” in this case is the Mother 2 soundtrack, which I was listening to a lot this spring for some reason, and “GBA/DS” is Gyakuten Meets Orchestra, which we played for almost an entire day while playing some serious competitive Clue with visiting friends in October.)