Monthly Archives: December 2010

Albums of 2010: 10-1

10. Owen Pallett – Heartland By no means the only concept album in the top 10, Pallett’s first release since dropping the Final Fantasy name is a series of monologues by Lewis, an ultra-violent farmer subservient to a creator: Pallett … Continue reading

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Albums of 2010: 20-11

20. Dirty Projectors + Björk – Mount Wittenberg Orca It’s probably because of their innovative use of vocal techniques that Dirty Projectors can count Björk among their fans, and her interest led to the composition of this collaborative song cycle. … Continue reading

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Albums of 2010: 40-21

40. She & Him – Volume Two M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel’s second collection of cutesy, retro pop songs. 39. The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night Epic rock composed from tense guitar feedback, thumping drums … Continue reading

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Albums of 2010: longlist

40-21 | 20-11 | 10-1 The top 40 was selected from this longlist of 155 albums and EPs released during 2010: !!! – Strange Weather, Isn’t It? The Album Leaf – A Chorus of Storytellers The Album Leaf – There … Continue reading

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The Playlist, pt. 11: Christmas edition

Listen on: Spotify / we7* In a festive final entry of 2010, the Playlist signs off with a bunch of songs dedicated to the season. It’s an alternative selection, without Slade, Wizzard or McCartney (and the only Stevens in the … Continue reading

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The Unthanks – Union Chapel, London – 9 December 2010

Ten great gigs from 2010: #10 (written for The Yorker) Away from the folk scene, Northumbrian sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank are best known as the token (albeit deserving) folk nominees at 2008’s Mercury Prize. Setting aside their usual folk … Continue reading

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Belle and Sebastian – Latitude Festival – 17 July 2010

Ten great gigs from 2010: #9 Having kept a low profile since touring 2006’s The Life Pursuit, first band of twee Belle and Sebastian returned to playing on these shores at the middle class paradise of Latitude Festival. If the … Continue reading

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