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FILTER’s Top 10 of 2010: Weekend

By Staff on December 17, 2010

 

FILTER’s Top 10 of 2010: Weekend

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 band simply known as Weekend had a strong finish to 2010. The childhood friends from San Francisco released their first album, Sports, on November 9 through Slumberland Records, only a year out from their formation in 2009. Leading up to its debut, the trio was featured on NPR and a number of blogs, and put out two now-sold-out pressings (one on Mexican Summer, the other on UK label Transparent). Rapidly garnering a fan base outside of its San Francisco pocket (where others in the city, like Girls and Young Prisms roam), Weekend has been favorably compared to the early records of Sonic Youth and No Age, and with the overwhelmingly positive reception Sports has received, the band looks to have a busy 2011 upcoming. Below, the band includes some tapes, fellow San Franciscans and…themselves in their best of 2010.

Weekend’s Picks

The Fall, Your Future Our Clutter (DOMINO)

Speculator, Lifestyle (LEAVING)

Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles II (FICTION)

Terry Malts, Distracted (LOGLADY)

Big Troubles, Worry (OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE)

Oneohtrix Point Never, Returnal (EDITIONS MEGO)

Killing Joke, Absolute Dissent (SPINEFARM/UNIVERSAL)

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

Rick Ross, Teflon Don (MAYBACH/SLIP-N-SLIDE/DEF JAM)

Weekend, Sports (SLUMBERLAND)

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