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FILTER’s Top 10 of 2010: Kate Nash

By Staff on December 16, 2010


FILTER’s Top 10 of 2010: Kate Nash

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.

British singer/songwriter/fashion symbol/vixen Kate Nash first made a splash in 2007 with her debut, Made of Bricks, and one of the year’s top singles, “Foundations.” Though compared early on to fellow Brit Lily Allen, Nash distinguished herself clearly, especially with her sophomore release, My Best Friend Is You, in 2010. The album reached number eight on U.K. charts and Nash toured widely throughout the year. Never one to rest on her laurels, Nash is rumored to be planning a double album (inspired, in part, by Beyoncé’s I Am… Sasha Fierce) sometime between 2011 and 2012. Below, Nash gives us a great collection of videos and albums that made an impact on her 2010.

Kate Nash's Picks

Adam Green, Minor Love (ROUGH TRADE)

The latest release from Adam Green is my favorite solo stuff that he's done.

Beach House, Teen Dream (SUB POP)

I heard it first when I was in a Salvation Army buying cheap suitcases on tour in the U.S. I got the clerk to go into the back and tell me what the song was because I liked it so much.

Laura Marling, I Speak Because I Can (VIRGIN)

I've been a big fan of Laura's since she first stepped into the scene in 2006, I think she is just beautiful and smart and it's like she's lived a thousand years even though she's only 20. Her new record is astounding.

Quasi, American Gong (KILL ROCK STARS)

I'm pretty sure “always listen to this on long journeys in the car and think about stuff” is written somewhere inside the sleeve, so that's what I tend to do.

Sia, We Are Born (MONKEY PUZZLE)

Sia is cool. I love how fun she makes you think life is. There's also a lot of sensitivity and soul to her music and I love this record. Her videos are the best.


Really like artwork and videos and I think the record is very cool and smart.

Supercute!, Handmade Spray Painted Demo

Took these girls on tour and they are some of the best people in the world that I've ever met. Smart and fun and cute (obviously). Writing songs about things like the relationship between “Drugs & Candy”—“We'd rather share a Kit Kat than a pipe of crack” (yum, me too, I like totally relate!). I love their innocence and passion mixed with intelligence and politics. They're into Elliott Smith and Syd Barrett so have all these dark crazy surprising melodies mixed with a sweet topic.

Brigitte Aphrodite, “Zombie Ex-Girlfriend” video

It's the “ex-girlfriend” part you want to be scared of. This was done especially for Halloween and is very funny. Live, Bri is a mixture of theatre and rock and roll—she's like David Bowie or Marc Bolan with a bit of Ari Up. There's also something incredibly unique about her that can't be compared to anyone. She's actor-turned-comic-turned-comedy songwriter-turned-songwriter-turned-rock and roll-glitter ball-Christmas tree decoration.

MEN, “Off Our Backs” video (IAMSOUND)

I got the chance to play with MEN at the beginning of the year and their show was so much fun. Really like this song and love love love the video, especially tap dancing by JD. 

The Cribs, “Housewife” (non-album single)

Exciting fresh new material, it makes me feel happy and sad at the same time. Something about it makes me feel melancholy and longing, and something about it makes me smile and want to dance.


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