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FILTER’s Top 10 of 2010: Brett Nelson, of Built to Spill

By Staff on December 9, 2010


FILTER’s Top 10 of 2010: Brett Nelson, of Built to Spill

Ah, the end of yet another fantastic year in music. 2010 was good to us, no doubt about it, and once again we find ourselves on the other side, having made it through a near-endless array of albums—from Teen Dreams to Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasies—all the better for it. Now comes the time when we sit back, plug in and reflect on the musical months in reverse. And as much as we love to put together our own best-of lists, we consider the bands themselves a far more fascinating glimpse at the sounds of 2010. Reaching out to some of our favorites, here FILTER presents a series of artists’ best-ofs running throughout the month of December. We've put in our own two cents on the Top 10 Records of 2010, so be sure to check those out, but for now we’ll turn it over to some of the artists who continue to make every year a highlight.

The facts and evidence are tough: not enough of the great indie acts of the '90s made it through unscathed, and even fewer continue an output that keeps pace with the beginning of their catalogs. One very large exception to this misfortune would certainly have to be Boise, Idaho's greats, Built to Spill. After releasing records through the legendary K and Up Records in the early '90s, Built to Spill made the major leap to Warner Bros. in 1997 with Perfect From Now On, the first in a long line of excellent LPs, including the latest, 2009's There Is No Enemy. In 2010, the band was handpicked by curator Matt Groening to play at All Tomorrow's Parties in Minehead, England, only one stop on a seemingly endless tour that will pick up again in Australia during January 2011. Here, bassist Brett Nelson gives us a great collection of what 2010 has delivered.

Devo, Something For Everybody (WARNER)

Crocodiles, Sleep Forever (FAT POSSUM)

The Prids, Chronosynclastic (VELVET BLUE)

The Stay Lows, Signature Bridge (210 AND THEN)

A Flock Of Seagulls, Listen [reissue] (ZOMBA)

Sleepy Seeds, Fainting Goats (SELF-RELEASED)

The Radio Dept., Clinging to a Scheme (LABRADOR)

Chikita Violenta, Tre3s (ARTS + CRAFTS)

Howard Jones, Human's Lib [reissue] (WEA/ELEKTRA)

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, History Of Modern (100%)

[Editor's Note: As huge fans of Built to Spill and everything they do, we here at FILTER are fully aware of both Bretts in the band, with last names Nelson and Netson, respectively. This article and the list was incorrectly attributed to Brett Netson who is, apparently, not as much of a new wave fan as Brett Nelson. Apologies to both Bretts.]


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