Peanut’s Playground Presents: The Year That Was 2010, In Music And Whatnot…

Photography by cheskahill

Fuck I hate this time of year!

When you’re a music blogger people always want to know what your favorite albums of the year were. Not surprising since you’ve been bugging the hell out of people all year long with your ‘posts’ and your ‘articles’ and your ‘recommendations’ and shit. But that doesn’t make the task ahead any less daunting!

Choosing 10 or 15 or 25 albums among the hundreds one listens to in a year is not easy at all. Better said, it’s a pain in the ass to do! Which albums to include, which albums to leave out. What will people think when I choose this one over that one… *sigh*

Luckily I usually don’t give a rat’s ass what people think about my taste in music, and this year isn’t any different. I’ve included some albums that normally wouldn’t even come close to bearing the title ‘Best Of The Year’ but they happen to be among my favorites of 2010, and that’s what this list is all about after all.

My list has five overlaps with Ol’ Tsuru’s list of 25 Tsururific albums which pretty much sums up why our teaming up  on Tsururadio has worked rather well so far. Not too many similarities, not too few either. Some stuff that he’s disappointed about, some stuff he pointed me to in the first place.

Enough intro already, let’s get started!

Honorable mention: The Best Of by Suede

Everyone should have this collection. Every song on it is worth your attention and their back catalogue has about a gazillion more of those to enjoy.

25. Happiness by Hurts

Not a great album at all, but damn there are some great songs on it nonetheless. Read my earlier blurb here.

24. Tourist History by Two Door Cinema Club

Extremely catchy and addictive. You will plays this for weeks in a row! Nuff’ said.

23. The Drums by The Drums

Much more below the surface than you’d expect at first glance. Good melodies. Cool guys.

22. Contra by Vampire Weekend

I couldn’t care less for their debut (which supposedly is better than this follow-up), but I like this. It’s fun.

21. Below The Belt by Danko Jones

Danko Jones never disappoints. That’s not Danko’s style. Danko’ ROCKS! Read my earlier blurb here.

20. The Boxer by Kele

One of the most surprising releases of 2010. Completely different than his work with Bloc Party. Not any less good though! Read my earlier blurb here.

19. Sir Lucious Left Foot The Son Of Chico Dusty by Big Boi

Best hip-hop album of 2010, hands down. Read my earlier blurb here.

18. I Learned The Hard Way by Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings

Almost this year’s best soul release. Not quite, but a brilliant runner-up!

17. Turning On by Cloud Nothings

Sounds like it was recorded in a toilet, but the quality of the songwriting reveals hints of future greatness!

16. Innerspeaker by Tame Impala

Psych-indie or something like that. Like Grizzly Bear with guitars. And good too!

15. A Sufi And A Killer by Gonjasufi

Don’t talk, just listen. And read my earlier blurb here.

14. Grinderman 2 by Grinderman

When Nick Cave wants to rock, Nick Cave wants to ROCK!

13. Fire Like This by Blood Red Shoes

Cute girl, ugly dude. Guitar, drums. Rock, hard.

12. Are You My Mother? by Kathryn Calder

This is the ‘other female singer from The New Pornographers’. I might like this one better than the ‘other female singer from The New Pornographers’ though.

11. Teen Dream by Beach House

Sweet and cute. And credible too. I like.

10. Down The Way by Angus & Julia Stone

See number 11.

9. Odd Blood by Yeasayer

Yeasayer make the top 10 on the strength of three of the best songs of 2010. The rest is less, but still pretty okay.

8. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire

Never cared for Arcade Fire much, until they started adding memorable melodies to their songs. This is the album where that happens.

7. Brothers by The Black Keys

Reliable as always. A bit poppier than before and I like it even more because of it.

6. Together by The New Pornographers

See number 7.

5. Expo 86 by Wolf Parade

Don’t believe the (negative) hype. No, not even Tsuru’s ramblings. This is an excellent album.

4. Before Today by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafiti

Weird and unique. Quite possibly brilliant. Read my earlier blurb here.

3. Postcards From A Young Man by Manic Street Preachers

This really is a last shot at mass communication, and a very very very good one indeed! Read my earlier blurb here.

2. Good Things by Aloe Blacc

Not just the best soul album of 2010, but almost the best of album of 2010 period! This album is amazing from start to finish and should be listened to even though soul isn’t your first choice in music. It’s relevant, maybe even essential. That’s all that matters.

1. Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You by Lightspeed Champion!!!!!!!!!

Tsuru said it very well when he shouted  “Holy shit, where you been LC?” This guy is AMAZING!! Meaningful lyrics, heartfelt vocals, melodies that will haunt your brainwaves for years to come!

I think Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You is a near flawless album which has all the qualities that should put it at the top of my list, and waddayaknow, it’s right there.

The Year That Was 2010, In Music And Whatnot Mixtape

(full zip)

Part 1 / Part 2

1. Lightspeed Champion – There’s Nothing Underwater

2. Aloe Blacc – Femme Fatale

3. Manic Street Preachers – Some Kind Of Nothingness

4. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafiti – Can’t Hear My Eyes

5. Wolf Parade – What Did My Lover Say

6. The New Pornographers – Silver Jenny Dollar

7. The Black Keys – The Only One

8. Arcade Fire – Modern Man

9. Yeasayer – Madder Red

10. Angus And Julia Stone – And The Boys

11. Beach House – Used To Be

12. Kathryn Calder – Slip Away

13. Blood Red Shoes – Colours Fade

14. Grinderman – Mickey Mouse And The Goodbye Man

15. Gonjasufi – She Gone

16. Tame Impala – Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind

17. Cloud Nothings – Hey Cool Kid

18. Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings – Better Things To Do

19. Big Boi – Turns Me On

20. Kele – Tenderoni

21. Danko Jones – Full Of Regret

22. Vampire Weekend – Giving Up the Gun

23. The Drums – Book of Stories

24. Two Door Cinema Club – Undercover Martyn

25. Hurts – Sunday

Bonus: Suede – Heroine

Don’t forget to check out my other articles, in case you’ve missed them (which would be an absolute shame, because they’re great and shit).



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7 comments for “Peanut’s Playground Presents: The Year That Was 2010, In Music And Whatnot…

  1. December 5, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    On @TSURURADIO Peanut’s Playground Presents: The Year That Was 2010, In Music And Whatnot… –

  2. patrick
    December 6, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Thanks for the list! agree with the Wolf Parade choice…one of my favorites of the year as well.

  3. December 7, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Thanks Peanut! I love how cynical you are! (a good contrast to always happy-go-lucky me… ha!)

    ….And now I DEFINITELY gotta buy me some Lightspeed Champion!!!

  4. December 7, 2010 at 7:57 PM


  5. December 12, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Nice list! I didn’t realize you were such a fan of Aloe Blacc. Have you ever listened to his stuff as Emanon? I find it a little strange that he went soul singer on everyone–kind of like Mayer Hawthorne (formally/still DJ Haircut).

  6. December 13, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Thanks for getting me hooked on Two Door Cinema Club :)

  7. January 19, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Kele at Coachella 2011!!!

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