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FILTER’s Top 10 of 2010: Titus Andronicus

By Staff on December 20, 2010

 

FILTER’s Top 10 of 2010: Titus Andronicus

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.

New Jersey’s on to something. The great state that gave us The Boss, Yo La Tengo and The Wrens is currently in the midst of a bit of a musical boom. And it’s not just the state at large, but the close-knit neighboring suburbs of Ridgewood (home to Julian Lynch, Big Troubles and all four members of Real Estate—plus their individual projects: Ducktails, Predator Vision and Alex Bleeker and the Freaks), Glen Rock (Andrew Cedermark, Liam the Younger) and nearby Livingston (the HQ of heterogeneous neighborhood label Underwater Peoples ). Each of the aforementioned bands is currently having its due moment, perhaps with Glen Rock’s raucous and brawling Titus Andronicus leading the charge. The fivesome has two LPs in its catalog, including this year’s acclaimed Monitor on XL. Thundering through a tour and festival appearances (Pitchfork, FYF) with an unforgettable live show, Titus Andronicus continues its siege in 2011, embarking on Eastern and Midwest appearances with The Pogues in March. Below, the band features Emeralds’ latest drone masterpiece and a couple of friends and neighbors in its best of 2010

Titus Andronicus' Picks

Andrew Cedermark, Moon Deluxe (UNDERWATER PEOPLES)

Emeralds, Does It Look Like I'm Here? (EDITIONS MEGO)

Free Energy, Stuck on Nothing (DFA)

Let's Wrestle, In the Court of the Wrestling Let's (MERGE)

Liam the Younger, Revel Hidden Worlds (BRAVE MEN RUN)

Julian Lynch, Mare (OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE)

Owen Pallett, Heartland (DOMINO)

Salem, King Night (IAMSOUND)

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

Dustin Wong, Infinite Love (THRILL JOCKEY)

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