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FILTER’s Top 10 of 2010: Staff Picks

By Staff on December 1, 2010

 

FILTER’s Top 10 of 2010: Staff Picks

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. To kick-off our month-long Top 10 series—featuring input from some of our favorite artists on their picks—we over at the FILTER HQ compiled our personal faves into this year's FILTER Top 10. In addition, we included the best reviewed albums that appeared in the magazine this year. What were your favorites? Leave them in the comments below. And stay tuned throughout the month for more Top 10 picks... Without further ado—

 

FILTER's Top 10 of 2010

1. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening (DFA/VIRGIN)

2. Beach House, Teen Dream (SUB POP)

3. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More (GLASSNOTE)

4. The National, High Violet (4AD)

5. The Walkmen, Lisbon (FAT POSSUM)

6. Gorillaz, Plastic Beach (PARLOPHONE/VIRGIN)

7. Surfer Blood, Astro Coast (KANINE)

8. The Black Keys, Brothers (NONESUCH)

9. The Tallest Man on Earth, The Wild Hunt (DEAD OCEANS)

10. Band of Horses, Infinite Arms (BROWN/FAT POSSUM/COLUMBIA)

Honorable Mentions:

Yeasayer, Odd Blood (SECRETLY CANADIAN); Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Before Today (4AD); Best Coast, Crazy For You (MEXICAN SUMMER); Broken Bells, Broken Bells (COLUMBIA); Jónsi, Go (XL); Hot Chip, One Life Stand (EMI)

Top FILTER Magazine Reviews of 2010

91% Band of Horses, Infinite Arms (BROWN/FAT POSSUM/COLUMBIA)

91% Charlotte Gainsbourg, IRM (BECAUSE/ELEKTRA)

91% No Age, Everything in Between (SUB POP)

90% Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest (4AD)

89% Pepper Rabbit, Beauregard (KANINE)

88% Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore, Dear Companion (SUB POP)

88% Y La Bamba, Lupon (TENDER LOVING EMPIRE) 

88% Rufus Wainwright, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu (DECCA)

88% Avi Buffalo, Avi Buffalo (SUB POP)

88% Sufjan Stevens, The Age of Adz (ASTHMATIC KITTY)

88% Neil Young, Le Noise (REPRISE)

88% RJD2, The Colossus (ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS)

87% Brian Eno, Small Craft on a Milk Sea (WARP)

87% John Grant, Queen of Denmark (BELLA UNION)

87% The Concretes, WYWH (FRIENDLY FIRE)

87% Joanna Newsom, Have One On Me (DRAG CITY)

87% Jakob Dylan, Women and Country (COLUMBIA)

87% The Apples in Stereo, Travellers in Space and Time (YEP ROC) 

87% The Morning Benders, Big Echo (ROUGH TRADE)

87% Titus Andronicus, The Monitor (XL)

87% Devo, Duty Now for the Future (WARNER)

87% LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening (DFA/VIRGIN)

87% Autolux, Transit Transit (TBD)

 

FILTER Staff Individual Lists

Alan Sartirana, Publisher

1. Active Child, Curtis Lane EP (FILTER)

2. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs (MERGE)

3. The Black Keys, Brothers (NONESUCH)

4. Local Natives, Gorilla Manor (FRENCHKISS)

5. The National, High Violet (4AD)

6. Broken Bells, Broken Bells (COLUMBIA)

7. Vampire Weekend, Contra (XL)

8. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Before Today (4AD)

9. Jónsi, Go (XL)

10. Amusement Parks on Fire, Road Eyes (FILTER)

 

Alan Miller, Publisher

1. Gorillaz, Plastic Beach (PARLOPHONE/VIRGIN)

2. The National, High Violet (4AD)

3. Greg Laswell, Take a Bow (VANGUARD)

4. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More (GLASSNOTE)

5. Jónsi, Go (XL)

6. Broken Bells, Broken Bells (COLUMBIA)

7. Phantogram, Eyelid Movies (BARSUK)

8. Fran Healy, Wreckorder (WRECKORDLABEL)

9. The Orb featuring David Gilmour, Metallic Spheres (COLUMBIA)

10. Badly Drawn Boy, It's What I'm Thinking Pt.1—Photographing Snowflakes (ONE LAST FRUIT)

 

Pat McGuire, Editor In Chief

1. Band of Horses, Infinite Arms (BROWN/FAT POSSUM/COLUMBIA)

2. The National, High Violet (4AD)

3. No Age, Everything in Between (SUB POP)

4. Cotton Jones, Tall Hours in the Glowstream (SUICIDE SQUEEZE)

5. Beach House, Teen Dream (SUB POP)

6. Bonnie "Prince" Billy & The Cairo Gang, The Wonder Show of the World (DRAG CITY)

7. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, The Road (MUTE)

8. The Walkmen, Lisbon (FAT POSSUM)

9. Warpaint, The Fool (ROUGH TRADE)

10. The Morning Benders, Big Echo (ROUGH TRADE)

 

Breanna Murphy, Associate Editor

1. Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest (4AD)

2. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Before Today (4AD)

3. Beach House, Teen Dream (SUB POP)

4. Tame Impala, InnerSpeaker (MODULAR)

5. Sun Araw, On Patrol (NOT NOT FUN)

6. Drake, Thank Me Later (YOUNG MONEY)

7. Women, Public Strain (JAGJAGUWAR)

8. Cloud Nothings, Turning On (CARPARK)

9. Perfume Genius, Learning (MATADOR)

10. Best Coast, Crazy For You (MEXICAN SUMMER)

 

Melissa Simonian, Layout Design 

1. Beach House, Teen Dream (SUB POP)

2. The Tallest Man on Earth, The Wild Hunt (DEAD OCEANS)

3. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More (GLASSNOTE)

4. The Black Keys, Brothers (NONESUCH)

5. Nas and Damian Marley, Distant Relatives (UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC/DEF JAM)

6. Angus and Julia Stone, Down the Way (NETTWERK)

7. Neil Young, Le Noise (REPRISE)

8. Jakob Dylan, Women and Country (COLUMBIA)

9. Tom Petty, Mojo (REPRISE)

10. Andrew Bird, Useless Creatures (FAT POSSUM)

 

Kyle Rogers

1. Mavis Staples, You Are Not Alone (ANTI)

2. The Walkmen, Lisbon (FAT POSSUM)

3. Active Child, Curtis Lane EP (FILTER)

4. Male Bonding, Nothing Hurts (SUB POP)

5. Flying Lotus, Cosmogramma (WARP)

6. Beach House, Teen Dream (SUB POP)

7. Surfer Blood, Astro Coast (KANINE)

8. Dr. Dog, Shame Shame (ANTI)

9. Bad Religion, The Dissent of Man (EPITAPH)

10. Yo Gabba Gabba!, Music Is Awesome, Volume 2 (FILTER)

 

Mike Bell

1. Casiokids, Topp Stemning På Lokal Bar (POLYVINYL)

2. Revolver, Music for a While (ASTRALWERKS)

3. J. Roddy Walston and The Business, J. Roddy Walston and the Business (VAGRANT)

4. Surfer Blood, Astro Coast (KANINE)

5. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More (GLASSNOTE)

6. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening (DFA/VIRGIN)

7. Sleigh Bells, Treats (MOM+POP/N.E.E.T.)

8. Hot Chip, One Life Stand (EMI)

9. Freelance Whales, Weathervanes (MOM+POP/FRENCHKISS)

10. Phantogram, Eyelid Movies (BARSUK)

 

Sam Feld

1. The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? (A)

2. The Orb featuring David Gilmour, Metallic Spheres (COLUMBIA)

3. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs (MERGE)

4. Junip, Fields (MUTE)

5. jj, jj n° 3 (SECRETLY CANADIAN)

6. Foals, Total Life Forever (SUB POP)

7. Delorean, Subiza (TRUE PANTHER)

8. Broken Bells, Broken Bells (COLUMBIA)

9. !!!, Strange Weather, Isn't It? (WARP)

10. Land of Talk, Cloak and Cipher (SADDLE CREEK)

 

Connie Tsang

1. Holy Fuck, Latin (XL)

2. Old 97's, The Grand Theatre, Volume One (NEW WEST)

3. The Whigs, In the Dark (ATO)

4. Delta Spirit, History from Below (ROUNDER)

5. The Acorn, No Ghost (BELLA UNION)

6. Gorillaz, Plastic Beach (PARLOPHONE/VIRGIN)

7. Deftones, Diamond Eyes (REPRISE/WARNER)

8. Melissa Auf Der Maur, Out of Our Minds (Auf der Maur/Phi)

9. The Growlers, Hot Tropics (EVERLOVING)

10. Darker My Love, Alive As You Are (DANGERBIRD)

 

Ewan Anderson

1. Yeasayer, Odd Blood (SECRETLY CANADIAN)

2. Best Coast, Crazy For You (MESICAN SUMMER)

3. Broken Social Scene, Forgiveness Rock Record (ARTS & CRAFTS)

4. Frightened Rabbit, Winter Of Mixed Drinks (FAT CAT)

5. Belle & Sebastian, Write About Love (MATADOR)

6. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening (DFA/VIRGIN)

7. Surfer Blood, Astro Coast (KANINE)

8. The Magnetic Fields, Realism (NONESUCH)

9. Dum Dum Girls, I Will Be (SUB POP)

10. Gorillaz, Plastic Beach (PARLOPHONE/VIRGIN)

 

Eli Thomas

1. Yeasayer, Odd Blood (SECRETLY CANADIAN)

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

3. Foals, Total Life Forever (TRANSGRESSIVE)

4. The Walkmen, Lisbon (FAT POSSUM)

5. The Tallest Man on Earth, The Wild Hunt (DEAD OCEANS)

6. Band of  Horses, Infinite Arms (BROWN/FAT POSSUM/COLUMBIA)

7. Cotton Jones, Tall Hours in the Glowstream (SUICIDE SQUEEZE)

8. The National, High Violet (4AD)

9. El Guincho, Pop Negro (YOUNG TURKS)

10. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening (DFA/VIRGIN)

11. Twin Shadow, Forget (4AD/TERRIBLE)

 

Wes Martin 

1. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening (DFA/VIRGIN)

2. Robyn, Body Talk (KONICHIWA)

3. Spoon, Transference (MERGE)

4. Wolf Parade, Expo 86 (SUB POP)

5. Surfer Blood, Astro Coast (KANINE)

6. Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (PURPLE RIBBON/DEF JAM)

7. Lower Dens, Twin-Hand Movement (GNOMONSONG)

8. The Walkmen, Lisbon (FAT POSSUM)

9. Sharon Van Etten, Epic (BA DA BING)

10. Pepper Rabbit, Beauregard (KANINE)

 

Sam Barnes 

1. The Tallest Man on Earth, The Wild Hunt (DEAD OCEANS)

2. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More (GLASSNOTE)

3. Wolf Parade, Expo 86 (SUB POP)

4. Best Coast, Crazy For You (MEXICAN SUMMER)

5. Local Natives, Gorilla Manor (FRENCHKISS)

6. Surfer Blood, Astro Coast (KANINE)

7. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening (DFA/VIRGIN)

8. Sleigh Bells, Treats (MOM+POP/N.E.E.T.)

9. Spoon, Transference (MERGE)

10. Aziz Ansari, Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening (COMEDY CENTRAL)

 

Tim Dove

1. The Get Up Kids, Simple Science EP (SIMPLE PSYENCE)

2. The Wonder Years, The Upsides (NO SLEEP)

3. Neil Young, Le Noise (REPRISE)

4. Fucked Up, Year of the Ox (MERGE)

5. Les Savy Fav, Root for Ruin (FRENCHKISS)

6. After The Fall, Eradication (MIGHTIER THAN SWORD)

7. Nails, Unsilent Death (SOUTHERN LORD)

8. Wavves, King of the Beach (FAT POSSUM)

9. Atlantic/Pacific, Meet Your New Love (NO SLEEP)

10. Make Do and Mend, End Measured Mile (PAPER AND PLASTICK)

 

Holly Gray

1. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More (GLASSNOTE)

2. Laura Marling, I Speak Because I Can (VIRGIN)

3. Yeasayer, Odd Blood (SECRETLY CANADIAN)

4. Lucy Schwartz, Life In Letters (FORTUNATE FOOL)

5. Villagers, Becoming a Jackal (DOMINO)

6. Ellie Goulding, Lights (POLYDOR)

7. Junip, Fields (MUTE)

8. Jesca Hoop, Hunting My Dress (VANGUARD)

9. Lissie, Catching a Tiger (FAT POSSUM)

10. Sia, We Are Born (MONKEY PUZZLE)

 

Jose Vargas

1. Odisea, Odisea (OVEJA NEGRA)

2. Polock, Getting Down From The Trees (NACIONAL)

3. Los Románticos de Zacatecas, Muchacha (MADAME)

4. El Guincho, Pop Negro (YOUNG TURKS)

5. Fuck Her, or the Terrorists Win, Fuck Brooklyn (DELHOTEL)

6. Dënver, Música, Gramática, Gimnasia (SELLO CAZADOR)

7. Klaus & Kinski, Tierra, Trágalos (JABALINA)

8. Javiera Mena, Mena (UNION DEL SUR)

9. Hello Seahorse!, Lejos. No Tan Lejos (MUN)

10. El Trío de Omar Rodríguez-López, Ciencia de los Inútiles (RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ PRODUCTIONS) 

 

Will Overby

1. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Before Today (4AD)

2. Dr. Dog, Shame, Shame (ANTI)

3. Gorillaz, Plastic Beach (PARLOPHONE/VIRGIN)

4. The Black Keys, Brothers (NONESUCH)

5. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening (DFA/VIRGIN)

6. Tobacco, Maniac Meat (ANTICON)

7. Wavves, King of the Beach (FAT POSSUM)

8. Wolf Mandrake, Too Hot for Your Booty

9. Harlem, Hippies (MATADOR)

10. Hot Chip, One Life Stand (EMI)

 

Andrea Narvaez

1. Beach House, Teen Dream (SUB POP)

2. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening (DFA/VIRGIN)

3. Ra Ra Riot, The Orchard (BARSUK)

4. Broken Social Scene, Forgiveness Rock Record (ARTS & CRAFTS)

5. Drake, Thank Me Later (YOUNG MONEY)

6. Band of Horses, Infinite Arms (BROWN/FAT POSSUM/COLUMBIA)

7. Kid Cudi, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (G.O.O.D./UNIVERSAL MOTOWN)

8. The Tallest Man On Earth, The Wild Hunt (DEAD OCEANS)

9. Land of Talk, Cloak and Cipher (SADDLE CREEK)

10. Neon Indian, Psychic Chasms (LEFSE)

 

Paul Familetti

1. Failures, Black on Black (YOUTH ATTACK)

2. The Walkmen, Lisbon (FAT POSSUM)

3. The National, High Violet (4AD)

4. Nas and Damian Marley, Distant Relatives (UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC/DEF JAM)

5. Sun City Girls, Funeral Mariachi (ABDUCTION)

6. Dirty Projectors and Björk, Mount Wittenburg Orca EP (SELF-RELEASED)

7. Gorillaz, Plastic Beach (PARLOPHONE/VIRGIN)

8. Beach House, Teen Dream (SUB POP)

9. Jónsi, Go (XL)

10. School of Seven Bells, Disconnect from Desire (VAGRANT)

 

Ryan Rosales

1. Jay-Z, Blueprint 3 (ROC NATIONAL/ATLANTIC))

2. Eminem, Recovery (SHADY)

3. The Black Keys, Brothers (NONESUCH)

4. Jack Johnson, To the Sea (BRISHFIRE)

5. Kid Cudi, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (G.O.O.D./UNIVERSAL MOTOWN)

6. Ra Ra Riot, The Orchard (BASRUK)

7. Band of Horses, Infinite Arms (BROWN/FAT POSSUM/COLUMBIA)

8. The Drums, The Drums (DOWNTOWN)

9. Hot Chip, One Life Stand (EMI)

10. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening (DFA/VIRGIN)

 

Take a look back, and check out FILTER's picks for 2009 and 2008.

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