Archive | December, 2010

Top (Lucky) 13 Albums of 2010

30 Dec

13) Freelance Whales – Weathervanes

According to, the least masculine thing I listened to all year. The moral is that I’m a sucker for banjo and songs about ghosts.





12) The New Pornographers – Together

After excellent solo efforts from A.C. Newman and Neko Case in 2009, the greying power-pop powerhouse proves that they can still bring it collectively.





11) Josh Ritter – So Runs the World Away

You just can’t shut the finely-crafted folk up. You just can’t.






10) The Hold Steady – Heaven is Whenever

Franz made like Charlemagne and “got caught up in some complicated things.” Craig tries out his not-so-golden pipes. Nevertheless, it’s still good, if no longer great, in Ybor City.





9) Paul Baribeau – Unbearable

Spare solo acoustic honesty. Sweet beard. Winning combination.






8) Superchunk – Majesty Shredding

Long-absent indie legends return with quality dad rock. Nothing wrong with that. Sweet video for lead single.





7) The National – High Violet

Matt Berninger’s voice is still so much cooler than yours. And a few of the songs are just impossible to get out of your head.





6) Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Brutalist Bricks

He’s been upping the vegan punx for 20 years. Sweet video for second single.






5) Drive-By Truckers – The Big To-Do

According to, the most masculine thing I listened to all year. Country-tinged tales of working-class America.





4) Titus Andronicus – The Monitor

The War of Northern Aggression just got so much cooler. Incidentally, this LP is so long, it spans across approximately five Aprils.





3) Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks

Sad Scottish man rues own youth, denies obvious unhappiness, accompanied by very dense production.





2) Frontier Ruckus – Deadmalls and Nightfalls

The folksy, wordy decline of Greater Detroit put to tape. And their best song (“Mona and Emmy”) isn’t even on this album. If it was, there may have been co-number ones.





1) The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt

The compact one-man tribute to open guitar tunings himself. Nobody really knows what he’s singing about but him, but does it matter? I say no. Keep confounding me, Kristian.