What My Favourite Bands Liked in 2010
The super influential make-or-break band-buoyancy aid Pitchfork have just asked a whole ton of their groups to write down what music/anything at all influenced them last year. Both Vampire Weekend and Deerhunter released eminent records to the masses, encompassing innumerable end of year lists. All filtered out, here are my favourites! The quirky Bradford Cox, the quietly productive James Blake, the intellectual Vampire Weekend and the fervent Bon Iver.
Bradford Cox, Deerhunter
- Lower Dens: Twin Hand Movement
- Women: Public Strain
- Casino Versus Japan: Night on Tape
- Stereolab: Not Music
- Panda Bear: “Slow Motion”
- Janelle Monáe: “Tightrope”
- Laetitia Sadier: The Trip
- Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 and The Original Mono Recordings [especially John Wesley Harding in mono. The bass and drums!]
- Spoon: Transference
- MGMT: Congratulations
- The TASCAM DP-008 portable 8-track recorder which has changed everything for me. Everybody should own one.
- Eventide: PitchFactor: I was about to give up writing with a guitar and then this thing came along.
- Home-made hand sanitizer: Add ginger, vetiver, and cinnamon oils for INTERESTING EFFECT!
- Source Naturals Wellness Herbal Resistance Liquid (ALCOHOL-FREE VERSION! OTHER VERSION TASTES LIKE BURNING)
- Mississippi Records in Portland
- Leica D-Lux 4
- Ria’s Bluebird
- Toys and Techniques blog
- Ohio in October
Top 10 Tracks of 2010
- Digital Mystikz: “Eyez”
- The Tallest Man on Earth: “Love Is All”
- Arthur Russell and the Flying Hearts [ft. Allen Ginsberg]: “Ballad of the Lights”
- Grouper: “Vessel”
- Joanna Newsom: “Baby Birch”
- Mount Kimbie: “Before I Move Off”
- Mala: “Don’t Let Me Go”
- DJ Nate: “Back Up Kid”
- Big Boi [ft. André 3000 & Raekwon]: “Royal Flush”
- Tallest Man on Earth: “The Drying of the Lawns”
Ezra Koenig, Vampire Weekend
- Ke$ha: “Your Love Is My Drug”
Even though she put me on ice, I can’t deny this song. My favourite of her singles by far.
Everyone can relate to this song.
- Yoland Be Cool & DCUP: “We No Speak Americano“
First heard this track when Baio was DJing in Australia. It kind of reminds me of “Lucas With the Lid Off”. Remember that song? Wow. I just looked at Lucas’ Wikipedia page. His father and brother founded Pottery Barn. I didn’t know that!
Chris Baio, Vampire Weekend
Still floors me every time I listen to it. Without a doubt the greatest song ever to touch on both suicide and Austin Powers.
- Space Ranger: “Chocolate Bar”
This is an awesomely physical track. I love how a few simple elements are cleverly strung together for seven and a half body-shaking minutes. I plan on doing the dishes to this song next time I’m home.
- Tensnake: “Coma Cat”
My favourite thing I’ve heard all year. It manages to stir up some pretty heavy emotions in me while having barely any lyrics.
Rostam Batmanglij, Vampire Weekend
- Francis and the Lights: “Get in the Car”
I love the lyrics of this song. There is something unknowable and creepy about what’s described here. I think Francis is talking about the sinister side of ambition.
I loved this song the most when the album came out. Then touring together I got to see another side of it live. Sometimes Alex would oscillate with the slide so much that his guitar tone became spookier than ever. Victoria would occasionally bend her voice up into notes that can only be described as “money.”
- MGMT: “Someone’s Missing”
I can see that strong purple colour from the album art in my head when I listen to this song.
Chris Tomson, Vampire Weekend
- Drake [ft. The-Dream]: “Shut it Down”
Drake’s whole album is filled with great songs (“Over”) and lines (“get my fucking buffet on”), but this one really stands out. With a structure fairly reminiscent of the mountain setting on a treadmill, “Shut It Down” is pretty damn sexy. Also, it’s pretty fun to insert a friend’s name in the “go, go, go get ’em” part.
- Enrique Iglesias [ft. Pitbull]: “I Like It”
While I don’t agree with the lyrical message of infidelity in the first verse, you really can’t deny that chorus! This song narrowly beat out Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” for my club-y selection.
I heard this song for the first time on Portuguese radio a few weeks ago and really liked it. I’ve listened to it a few times since and it’s only gotten better! Fundamentally, very sound.
Justin Vernon, Bon Iver
- Sade: Soldier of Love
- Megafaun: Heretofore EP
- Beach House: Teen Dream
- Sharon Van Etten: Epic
- The Tallest Man on Earth: The Wild Hunt
The Tallest Man on Earth’s record, The Wild Hunt, is some of the most perfect music that I have ever heard. Right when you thought the echelon of song-writing with a guitar had flew the coop, Kristian [Matsson] came along and blew it all to bits and left it with new skin and red blood. These songs are sacred to me.
-James Godwin, January 4th, 2011
- Sony Music ‘mistakenly removed’ Bradford Cox songs (guardian.co.uk)
- 25 Artists We Love Pick the Year’s Best Music (spin.com)