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We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Albums Of 2010

By Will Oliver, December 24th 2010 — with 10 comments

There was a lot of music to digest in 2010. Lots. We saw a lot of new bands release hidden gems on bandcamp, along with new releases from seasoned veterans like Arcade Fire, The National, and Kanye West. Overall, I think this was a great year in music. It’s always tough to rank stuff, but it has to be done.

I spent a lot of time listening to music this year, and these were the 40 records that got the closest to my heart. This list is as honest as they come.

Take a look, these were my favorite 40 albums of 2010.

40. Yeasayer – Odd Blood

39. Klaxons – Surfing The Void

38. Miniature Tigers – Fortress

37. Drink Up Buttercup – Born And Thrown On A Hook

36. Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

35. Sleigh Bells – Treats

34. The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang

33. The Pass – BURST

32. The Drums – The Drums

31. Chief – Modern Rituals

30. Hot Chip – One Life Stand

29. Foals – Total Life Forever

28. Beach Fossils – Beach Fossils

27. Young The Giant – Young The Giant

26. Stornoway – Beachcomber’s Windowsill

25. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Let It Sway

24. Yellow Ostrich – The Mistress

23. The Radio Dept. – Clinging To A Scheme

22. Wolf Parade – Expo 86

21. Wavves – King Of The Beach

20. Magic Kids – Memphis

19. Spoon – Transference

18. Big Boi – Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

17. Surfer Blood – Astrocoast

16. MGMT – Congratulations

15. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

14. Summer Fiction – Summer Fiction

13. Villagers – Becoming A Jackal

12. Free Energy – Stuck On Nothing

11. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

10. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

Musically, this was one of best written ones yet. The music has always been there, but this was the bands most accessible yet. It’s indie rock done right. We believe in it because of albums like this.

9. Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History

Sure, they didn’t change the genre or add anything “new”, but who cares. There are enough bands trying way too hard out there. Two Door Cinema Club gave us an album full of fun, dance-rock songs that are meant to soundtrack your glory days. I can put this on anytime, and hit repeat until the morning after. That says a lot.

8. The Walkmen – Lisbon

The Walkmen added Lisbon to their already mighty discography. Smart written song after smart written song. It’s amazing how the band mixes their rockers with their atmospheric ballads so easily. Lisbon is just fantastic.

7. Vampire Weekend – Contra

Vampire Weekend are the real deal people. This album has incredible staying power. I was amazed to see how songs like “Giving Up The Gun” and “Diplomat’s Son” grew to be some of my favorites. It’s no bullshit indie rock that I can play anytime, anywhere. It’s the only CD that I had in my car all year. That says something.

6. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Arcade Fire mixed it up somewhat here, but their powerful song structures went no where. It’s a long album, but you won’t be checking the clock. Especially with gems like “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” backing it up.

5. Beach House – Teen Dream

Beach House’s songs are no longer hushed in a basement. The door was opened wide for the songs on Teen Dream. They had room to grow loud and proud, crafting some of the most intimate moments of the year.

4. Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz

Let’s face it, Sufjan Stevens can do whatever he wants. He can take auto-tune and electronic music and make a grown man cry. That’s just what he did with The Age Of Adz, an album that covers so much ground musically, but it’s true message is simple: Human emotion. Sufjan Stevens is just one of a kind.

3. The Morning Benders – Big Echo

I absolutely loved their debut album. Even so, if you told me they would create an album like Big Echo years later, I don’t know if I would have believed you. It’s a beautiful effort that captured the essence of being young at heart, but so mature at the same time. Any album with “Excuses”, “Promises”, and “Stitches” is hard to beat.

2. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West gave us the best rap album of 2010, period. Nearly every song has the potential to be a #1 hit. It’s unfair how good this album is. He has fans of all genres at his fingertips. We watched his every move, and waited eagerly for every G.O.O.D. Friday. You love to hate him, but it’s hard not to love him after this masterpiece. Kanye had his way with 2010. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

1. The National – High Violet

What else needs to be said? This was my go to record in 2010. It was impossible to declare a favorite. One minute it was “Bloodbuzz Ohio”, then it was “Conversation 16”, “Lemonworld” or “Terrible Love”. It’s an emotional album that speaks of the troubles of everyday life. You’re lying if you can’t relate to these songs. I was hanging on to Matt’s every lyric, absorbed and mesmerized.

Most people thought they would fumble after the solid Alligator, and the masterful Boxer. Guess again. They came back just as strong, and some people would make the case that this is their strongest, yet. It’s proof that The National are one of the best bands around right now.

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2010

By Will Oliver, December 24th 2010 — with 37 comments

Here we are, hours away from Christmas, and I am finally delivering you my best songs of 2010. I guess it can be considered my Christmas gift to all you guys. I heard more music in 2010 than ever before. It was hard to narrow it down, but these were the 100 songs that I thought were truly the best in my mind.

There’s not too much to say, other than I hope you discover something new here. If your a die hard reader, there shouldn’t be any surprises. If you can leave this list with one or two new songs that you enjoy, then I did my job.

Here are my favorite songs from the year that was, 2010:

100. Tamaryn – Love Fade
99. Ravens & Chimes – Division St.
98. The Chord And The Fawn – Love, Sex, And Rock ‘n Roll
97. Blake Mills – Hiroshima
96. The Bewitched Hands – Sea
95. Avi Buffalo – What’s In It For?
94. Gauntlet Hair – I Was Thinking…
93. The Tallest Man On Earth – King Of Spain
92. Wolf Parade – What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had To Go This Way)
91. Vermilion Club – Odd
90. Corte Real – Bastards
88. Sports – To Catch A Thief
88. Old Smile – Swept Up With The Tide
87. Lissie – Record Collector
86. Hey Marseilles- Rio
85. The Coral – 1000 Years
84. Caribou – Odessa
83. Sleigh Bells – Rill Rill
82. Interpol – Barricade
81. The Soft Pack – Mexico
80. Korallreven – Loved Up
79. Young The Giant – My Body
78. Tame Impala – Solitude Is Bliss
77. Glass Vaults – Forget Me Not
76. Tanlines – Real Life
75. Seapony – Dreaming
74. Indian Rebound – Sitges
73. Crystal Castles – Not In Love (Feat. Robert Smith)
72. Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
71. All The Damn Kids – Echoes
70. Faded Paper Figures – Invent It All Again
69. Pantha Du Prince – Stick To My Side (Feat. Panda Bear)
68. Glasser – Apply
67. Great Lakes – Ghost Brother
66. Male Bonding – Weird Feelings
65. Broken Bells – The Mall & Misery
64. Panda Bear – Alsatian Darn
63. Gobble Gobble – Lawn Knives
62. Wild Nothing – Chinatown
61. Wavves – Green Eyes
60. Stepdad – My Leather, My Fur, My Nails
59. Spoon – Out Go The Lights
58. The Pass – Treatment Of The Sun
57. The Drums – Down By The Water
56. Belle And Sebastian – I Want The World To Stop
55. Arctic Monkeys – The Afternoon’s Hat
54. Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks
53. Delta Spirit – Bushwick Blues
52. The Gaslight Anthem – Stay Lucky
51. The Head and The Heart – Sounds Like Hallelujah
50. Free Energy – Bang Pop
49. Magic Kids – Candy
48. Tapes ‘n Tapes – Freak Out
47. Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work
46. Cults – Go Outside
45. Delorean – Grow
44. Hot Chip – One Life Stand
43. Donovan Woods – Lawren Harris
42. Miles Kane – Come Closer
41. Yellow Ostrich – WHALE
40. Larsen B – Marilyn
39. Stornoway – Zorbing
38. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round And Round
37. Beach Fossils – Daydream
36. Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand
35. Foals – Spanish Sahara
34. MGMT – Siberian Breaks
33. Young Empires – Rain Of Gold
32. Little Comets – Joanna
31. Tennis – Marathon
30. Surfer Blood – Floating Vibes
29. Summer Fiction – Chandeliers
28. Yeasayer – O.N.E.
27. The Radio Dept. – Heaven’s On Fire
26. Wolf Gang – Lions In Cages
25. The Tins – Green Room
24. Ra Ra Riot – Boy
23. Big Boi – Shutterbugg (Feat. Cutty)
22. Smith Westerns – Weekend
21. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Sink/Let It Sway
20. The Vaccines- If You Wanna
19. Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
18. Deerhunter – Helicopter
17. The National – Conversation 16
16. Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
15. Chief – Night & Day
14. Beach House – 10 Mile Stereo
13. Cee-Lo Green – Fuck You
12. Deerhunter – Desire Lines
11. LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change
10. Vampire Weekend – Giving Up The Gun
9. Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill
8. Cut Copy – Take Me Over
7. The Walkmen – Blue As Your Blood
6. Young Galaxy – Peripheral Visionaries
5. Sufjan Stevens – Futile Devices
4. Summer Fiction – Throw Your Arms Around Me
3. Kanye West – Runaway (Feat. Pusha T)
2. The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
1. The Morning Benders – Excuses

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2010…So Far

By Will Oliver, July 4th 2010 — with 77 comments

With the 4th of July already here, its scares me to say 2010 is half way done. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was desperately waiting to hear Contra. That feels like so long ago now. Just goes to show you just how much music is out there now.

These are the 50 songs I’ve been giving warm love to all year. My hope is that you will find a few new songs that you will treasure. Or maybe you will re-consider a song that you passed over before. Either way, this is my list as honest as it comes. Only one artist got repeated on this list, and if any this year, they are deserving of two picks. You’ll figure out who it is…

So here it is, my favorite 50 songs of the year so far. Use it as a late 4th of July Playlist, or as the soundtrack for your next drive to the beach. I posted a ZIP file of all the songs at the end of the post, that way you can have them all in one convenient space. You can also just hit play and let the songs play through. Enjoy:

1. The Morning Benders – Excuses
2. The National – Conversation 16
3. Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill
4. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin- Sink/Let It Sway
5. Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
6. The Tins – The Green Room
7. Chief – Night & Day
8. Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
9. Beach House – 10 Mile Stereo
10. The National – Lemonworld
11. LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change
12. Vampire Weekend – Diplomat’s Son
13. All The Damn Kids – Echoes
14. Yeasayer – O.N.E.
15. Stornoway – Zorbing
16. Young Empires – Rain Of Gold
17. Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
18. Delta Spirit – Bushwick Blues
19. Delorean – Grow
20. Hot Chip – I Feel Better
21. Arcade Fire – We Used To Wait
22. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round And Round
23. Free Energy – Bang Pop
24. Battles – The Line
25. Spoon – Out Go The Lights
26. Wavves – Green Eyes
27. Kanye West – Power (Feat. Dwele)
28. The Coral – 1000 Years
29. Broken Bells – The High Road
30. MGMT – Siberian Breaks
31. Arctic Monkeys – Joining The Dots
32. Blake Mills – Hey Lover
33. Big Boi – Shine Blockas (Feat. Gucci Mane)
34. Caribou – Odessa
35. Glass Vaults – Forget Me Not
36. Distractions – All Night
37. The Radio Dept. – Heaven’s On Fire
38. GROUPLOVE – Colours
39. The Soft Pack – Mexico
40. Tanlines – Real Life
41. Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar
42. Tokyo Police Club – Breakneck Speed
43. of Montreal – Coquet Coquette
44. Gauntlet Hair – I Was Thinking…
45. Jónsi – Go Do
46. Surfer Blood – Take It Easy
47. Sleigh Bells – Crown On the Ground
48. Cults – Go Outside
49. Pantha Du Prince – Stick To My Side (Feat. Panda Bear)
50. Wild Nothing – Summer Holiday

Here is a new zip download of all the songs for you guys (as of 9/9): ZIP

Korallreven – The Truest Faith 7″

By Will Oliver, April 29th 2010 — with 2 comments

We only were allowed to post the remix to Korallreven‘s fantastic song “Loved Up” last November, and that was good enough to hold me. It is now April and the kind folks over at Acephale Records have let me know that the regular studio version of “Loved Up” will be included as a b-side on their new single “The Truest Faith”.

Korallreven consists of Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder, whose is the keyboardist for The Radio Dept. (see here). The band started three years ago on the South Pacific island Samoa where they were inspired by local Samoan Catholic church choirs, and breathtaking tropical nature. After listening to the two songs from this incredible single, I can assure you that Korallreven has successfully created the heavenly tropical sound they were searching for all along.

They are hard at work at a full length album that hopefully will be released later on this year. For now enjoy these two gem’s and gear up for the hot summer months.

[mp3]: Korallreven – The Truest Faith
[mp3]: Korallreven – Loved Up

If you like it be sure to grab the 7″ single from Acephale Records as there are only 500 copies available with no chance of a repress.

An Interview With Chris Chu of The Morning Benders

By Will Oliver, March 15th 2010 — with 1 comment

The Morning Benders have been one of my favorite bands ever since I saw them open for The Kooks in spring 2008. They moved even further up my list after releasing the wonderful Big Echo, and capturing my heart and adoration. Chris Chu and the band have been really busy touring and promotion the record, but he still made time for a short little interview with me. The guy is top class, and really friendly.

Check it out:

Will: My introduction to The Morning Benders was when you guys opened for The Kooks at Terminal 5 back in 2008. What do you remember about that show?

Chris: That show was a lot of fun. I remember the sound being kind of weird, but the crowd being great.

Will: Can you tell my readers how the Morning Benders came together?


Will: What was the song writing process like when you were writing Big Echo?

Chris: I wrote all the songs in one spurt, mostly in about a month or two. I generally write songs in families like that, so we know they belong together as an album. From the beginning we were calling them “Big Echo” songs. I wasn’t really clear why I thought they should be called that at the beginning, but as we started fleshing the songs out a bit it made more and more sense.

Will: How did the Yours Truly video come together? How rewarding was it for you hearing all the acclaim for it?

Chris: It was just us wanting to get together with all our friends and play a song. You see a lot of videos of bands performing songs in studio sessions or whatever these days, and I find a lot of them to be pretty boring. This was our attempt at making something special. I am so happy to see that people have been moved by the video, and have been affected enough to want to show their friends and such. It’s amazing!

Will: When did your brother become an official member of the band?

Chris: He’s been with us for almost a year now, since last spring. He went to Europe/UK with us, and did the Grizzly Bear and Girls shows.

Will: How has the moved from NYC changed your lives as musicians? I see you discovered the soup dumpling at Joe’s Shanghai from another interview. Isn’t it the greatest?

Chris: It’s been great so far. Honestly, the main reason I wanted to move to NY was the food. Joe’s Shanghai, for example, is incredible, and so unique in the states. Ippudo is really amazing as well. Diner in Brooklyn. Aburiya in midtown. They got it all.

Will: How does a song come together for the morning benders?

Chris: We start with the lyrics and melody, and then we infuse true love and deep thoughts/feelings.

Will: Favorite tour memory?

Chris: This crackhead sneaking in the back door at the Local 506 in North Carolina and pushing Julian out of the way and taking over his drum set. Right when we were supposed to start our set…

Will: With that said, Whats your “Almost Famous” moment? If you’ve never seen the movie (watch this: ). Whats the “defining” moment as the morning benders so far?

Chris: We had a literal “Almost Famous” moment in the van in Arizona, last tour. We stuffed 18 people in the van, and we were all singing “Tiny Dancer.” It was beautiful! I love that movie!

Will: What artists inspired the sounds on Big Echo?

Chris: Too many to list, but here are a few albums I was really into at the time.

The Radio Dept. – Lesser Matters
Big Star – Third/Sister Lover
Kevin Shields – Lost In Translation Soundtrack Stuff
Blur – Think Tank
Talking Heads – Speaking In Tongues
Dirty Projectors – Rise Above
Nico – Chelsea Girl

Will: Favorite beer?

Chris: I drink Gin.

Will: A band that my readers should know, that no one knows about?

Chris: The Magic Kids

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