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Favorite music of 2010

Below is a list of some of my favorite music from 2010, not necessarily in order. I focused on music that came out in 2010, but included a couple songs released in 2009 that I discovered in 2010.

TOP ALBUMS

  1. Oddblood,” Yeasayer (2010) — e.g.: “Ambling Alp”
  2. Gorilla Manor,” Local Natives (2010) — e.g.: “Camera Talk”
  3. Go,” Jonsi (2010) — e.g.: “Tornado”
  4. Broken Bells,” Broken Bells (2010) — e.g.: “Trap Doors”
  5. Body Talk,” Robyn (2010) — e.g.: “Indestructible”
  6. Tron Legacy” [Soundtrack], Daft Punk (2010) — e.g.: “Tron Legacy (End Titles)”
  7. Plastic Beach,” Gorillaz (2010) — e.g.: “Rhinestone Eyes”
  8. Green Grow the Rushes,” John Vanderslice (2010) — e.g.: “Thule Fog”
  9. The Courage of Others,” Midlake (2010) — e.g.: “Rulers, Ruling All Things”
  10. The Winter of Mixed Drinks,” Frightened Rabbit (2010) — e.g.: “Nothing Like You”

(Honorable mention – albums)

NOTABLE SONGS

  1. For the Summer,” Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs (2010)
  2. I Want To Go To Marz,” John Grant (2010)
  3. Fool’s Day,” Blur (2010)
  4. The Book of Love,” Peter Gabriel (2010)
  5. Flume,” Peter Gabriel (2010)
  6. Animal,” Neon Trees (2010)
  7. The Wild Hunt,” The Tallest Man on Earth (2010)
  8. So This Is Goodbye (Pink Ganter Remix),” William Fitzsimmons (2010)
  9. Sweet Disposition,” The Temper Trap (2009)
  10. Sleepyhead,” Passion Pit (Dec. 2009)
  11. Fallin’ & Flyin’,” Jeff Bridges (2010)
  12. Boyfriend,” Best Coast (2010)
  13. Real Love,” Delorean (2010)
  14. Tighten Up,” The Black Keys (2010)
  15. Sick of You,” Cake (2010)

(Honorable mention – songs)

Music Seen

Intro (skip to Music Seen article if you’re impatient)

I was taking our dog for a walk about an hour or so ago thinking about the events of the day and my station in life when it occurred to me, “I should post this!”  Well, after it just took me about a half hour to log on to this site as me (I love computers!), I decided not to share.  What is life without a little mystery?!  Here’s a little sample of what it’s like to be me, though.  The music side of me, the side that’s safe, but opinionated (in a good way).

Music Seen

Since I last posted I’ve seen the Chicago band Hairbanger’s Ball twice in Bloomington and I’ve seen Skillet, Puddle of Mudd, and Shinedown in Peoria.  Hairbanger’s Ball was pretty good, but not great when I saw them in January.  When I saw them again last month, they were at the height of their glory.  The following is a post I made on their Web site, hairbangersball.com:

Awesome!
Your show at Daddios on Saturday was a full-frontal musical assault! From your set opening Poison’s “Talk Dirty to Me” to Motley Crue’s “Girls, Girls, Girls” (1st set) you kept the energy flowing and the crowd jumping. Thanks for adding Journey to your set along with Claire and The Kid. Polly, with her rock-star stage presence, was awesome as usual! An added bonus this time, was arriving early and catching you guys at sound check without your wigs and get-up on. You guys never fail to deliver, but this show rocked even harder than usual! Keep rockin’!



My friend and I were in the front row at this show!  We were close enough to touch the stage and bump fists with and hi-five the lead singers!  Unfortunately you won’t see us under their pictures tab since we left after the first set and all the pictures were taken during the second set.  Oh well.

Their next show at Daddios in Bloomington is 10 p.m. March 27.

The concert collaboration of Skillet, Puddle of Mudd, and Shinedown was a mixed bag.  Let me start with the least memorable band, Puddle of Mudd.  They played the two songs I like, “Blurry” and “Spaceship,” and a host of forgettable songs that kept coming back to “She Hates Me.”  They seemed to go over their allotted time, but kept on playing, even returning to the stage once to play another round of  “She Hates Me,” no doubt.

The headliner, Shinedown, was only slightly better.  They, also, have about two songs that I really like, “If You Only Knew” and the song that I can never get enough of, “Fly From The Inside.”  Some of my issues with them in concert, though, are this:  They only played about half of  “Fly From The Inside” while they played an extended version of “45” (which I hate) that included a rambling anti-suicide message.  The lead singer didn’t realize that loud, fast, continuous music gets people going at a concert not slowed-down filler and frequent breaks in the music to give pep talks, one of which included (I kid you not), “No more yawning.”

In all, Shinedown’s strength as a band is found in their lead singer’s voice.  He is, without question, one of my favorite singers.  Their songwriting could use a little work as a whole, including adding more songs with a wider variety of tempos (especially faster tempos for their live performances) and they need more interesting drums (I say as a drummer).  They definitely have the potential to appeal to me more with some tweaking, but I will always love them for the two songs I mentioned above.

Now I come to the best performance of the night, which also happened to be the first, Skillet.  They opened their set with “Hero” with a driving beat and drummer singing backup.  One of the few bands I know of with a female drummer and she was awesome!  She had a flat black set with platinum cymbals that she played with agitated finesse.  They soon followed up with “Monster” which, although not my favorite song, rocked live!  They played with such intensity that mosh pits opened up on two different songs (the only mosh pits the whole night) and people were just crazy into it.  Toward the end of their disappointingly short set (due to them being an opening band, not the headliners), they pulled one off of the album, “Collide” (2003), which happens to be the only Skillet CD I have ever owned until now.  I believe they played, “Under My Skin” and it was great to hear some of their old stuff.  They kept the energy high, the crowd pumped, and added interest to their set by adding electric string instruments at times.

Going in to this concert, I expected that either Skillet or Shinedown would be the show-stealers of the evening, and I was not disappointed.  Skillet dominated and I hope to see them again!

Coming Soon

My next concert will be: Winter Jam at Redbird Arena (Normal) on 6 p.m. March 27. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show ends around 10 p.m.

Billed as “Christian music’s largest tour,” this show is a family-friendly event with a lengthy line-up of Christian artists including: Newsong, Newsboys, Third Day, Fireflight … etc. It only costs $10 at the door (no advance tickets necessary or available) and is sure to be amazing. I attended a Winter Jam in Peoria (?) a few years back and really liked it. I’m taking my son for sure. He’s 13 and needs some more concerts under his belt.  Cool. See you there!

Hairbanger’s Ball

This Saturday, the local band, Hairbanger’s Ball is playing at Daddios in Bloomington ($5 cover).  If you love 80’s hair bands, or were too young to ever experience the phenomenon, you need to be at this show!  They usually play from about 10pm-2am with an hour or so break between sets.  You can expect to hear music from Poison, Whitesnake, Europe, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, etc complete with all the drum-stick-twirling, headbanging stage antics that dominated 80’s rock performances.  So come out and have fun!

Check this band out at hairbangersball.com

‘Playing with the Past’

Saw these bands (below) last night in Edinburgh at a show called “Playing with the Past.” Here’s some info about the three bands:

eagleowl — eagleowl believe in doing things right, rather than doing things fast. A ragbag of instruments (violin, ukulele, double bass, electric guitar, harmonium, glockenspiel, mandolin…) and influences – blending the traditional with the experimental to create a lush, emotional soundscape.

FOUND — A local experimental pop band. Their music moves between many different styles, giving nods to the past while looking forward. Live, they often fuse acoustic instrumentation with electronic manipulation. They have been known to craft their own weird and sometimes wonderful instruments in the pursuit of the new sound.

Meursault — Meursault combine scratchy electronics with traditional instrumentation and introspective lyricism. The music has a rhythm that drives it on through everything as if, even in heartbreak, it has somewhere very urgent to go.

Magical musical show


Noir Art Emporium
Originally uploaded by utini.

Noir (hangatnoir.com) hosted four musicians last night. — I worked the door.

We still buy music on CD

I didn’t have time to go to the EMI CD delete sale, but Julie did and she found some pretty good stuff, the Tibetan Freedom Concert and the latest from The Redwalls, The Thrills, The Ceasars, Turin Brakes, and OK, Go.


The main reason I didn’t have time Wednesday was because the ultimate team took a road trip to Bloomington-Normal to play against the Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University teams. We left J’ville around 5 p.m., played two hour-long games, got some fast food, headed home, and got back to about 11:45 p.m.

DJ Guido

I’ve been test driving this “personal radio station” doodad at Last.fm … so one could listen to a radio station with music based on stuff I like … if one wanted to. I don’t know who would, but you’re welcome to anyway.

Music listening party

Listened to the new Weezer album, “Make Believe” and the new Nine Inch Nails album “With Teeth.”

Pretty good turnout for Ultimate last night — six-on-six plus seven onlookers (four of which have played in the past). Two drove over from Springfield. It’s been pretty warm lately. I’m going to have to start remembering to bring water.

It’s been kinda hot and sticky all week. We’ve been trying to stay cool around the house and have windows open and fans going and such. The fan left on at night came back to bite me last night, as I woke up with a sore throat. Wish I could set it to turn off after about two hours.

Guido’s CDs

Here’s MOST of my CDs not including movie soundtracks, blues albums, world music and some other misc. I don’t have typed in yet.

1. Ryan Adams – Gold

2. Ryan Adams – Demolition

3. Ryan Adams – Rock and Roll

4. Ryan Adams – Love is Hell, Part 1 [EP]

5. Alice in Chains – Dirt

6. Alice in Chains – Jar of Flies

7. Alice in Chains – Unplugged

8. American Hi-Fi – The Art of Losing

9. Tori Amos – Boys For Pele

10. Tori Amos – To Venus and Back

11. Fiona Apple – Fiona Apple

12. Fiona Apple – When the Pawn…

13. Apples in Stereo – The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone

14. Louis Armstrong – All-Time Greatest Hits

15. At The Drive-In – Relationship of Command

16. Badfinger – The Very Best Of

17. Badly Drawn Boy – Have You Fed The Fish

18. Arykah Badu – Baduizm

19. Baka Beyond – The Meeting Pool

20. Bestie Boys – Ill Communication

21. The Beatles – The White Album

22. The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour

23. Beck – Odelay

24. Ben Folds Five – Whatever and Ever Amen

25. Belle and Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister

26. Beulah – The Coast is Never Clear

27. Beulah – When Your Heartstrings Break

28. Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Midnight Radio

29. Bjork – Post

30. Blur – Leisure

31. Blur – Modern Life is Rubbish

32. Blur – Parklife

33. Blur – The Great Escape

34. Blur – Blur

35. Blur – 13

36. Blur – The Best Of

37. Blur – Think Tank

38. The Bogmen – Life Begins At 40 Million

39. The Bogmen – Closed Caption Radio

40. David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World

41. David Bowie – Hunky Dory

42. Tracy Bonham – The Burdens of Being Upright

43. The Breeders – Last Splash

44. Bright Eyes – Lifted

45. Jeff Buckley – Grace

46. Jeff Buckley – Sketches For My Sweetheat The Drunk

47. Bush – 16 Stone

48. David Burne – Uh-Oh

49. Cake – Fashion Nuget

50. Jerry Cantrell – Boggy Depot

51. Charlatans UK – Charlatans UK

52. Charlatans UK – Between 10th and 11th

53. Cibo Matto – Viva La Woman

54. Cibo Matto – Stereotype A

55. Coldplay – Parachutes

56. Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head

57. Paula Cole – This Fire

58. Collective Soul – Collective Soul

59. Concrete Blonde – Bloodletting

60. The Connells – Ring

61. The Connells – Weird Food and Devistation

62. The Connells – Still Life

63. Mark Copely – Limited Lifetime Guarantee

64. Cornershop – When I Was Born For The Seventh Time

65. The Cooper Temple Clause – Kick Up The Fire And Let The Flames Break Loose

66. Nikka Costa – Everybody Got Their Something

67. Counting Crows – August And Everything After

68. Counting Crows – Recovering The Satellites

69. The Cranberries – No Need To Argue

70. The Cranberries – To The Faithful Departed

71. Crash Test Dummies – God Shuffled His Feet

72. Sheryl Crow – Tuesday Night Music Club

73. Sheryl Crow – Sheryl Crow

74. Sheryl Crow – The Globe Sessions

75. Crowded House – Crowded House

76. Crowded House – Woodface

77. The Cure – Disintegration

78. D’Angelo – Voodoo

79. Dandy Warhols – The Dandy Warhols Come Down

80. Dandy Warhols – 13 Tales From Urban Bohemia

81. Dandy Warhols – Welcome To The Monkey House

82. Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism

83. Death Cab For Cutie – Photo Album?

84. Deep Forest – Deep Forest

85. Deep Forest – Boheme

86. Del Amitri – Some Other Sucker’s Parade

87. Del Amitri – Twisted

88. Devo – Greatest Hits

89. Dido – No Angel

90. Dishwala – Pet Your Friends

91. The Donnas – The Donnas

92. The Donnas – Spend The Night

93. Durran Durran – Decade

94. Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks

95. Bob Dylan – Love and Theft

96. Eels – Beautiful Freak

97. Evanessence – Fallen

98. Eve 6 – Eve 6

99. Everclear – Sparkle and Fade

100. Everclear – So Much for the Afterglow

101. Faith No More – Angel Dust

102. Fastball – Make Your Mama Proud

103. Fastball – All The Pain Money Can Buy

104. Filter – Title Of Record

105. The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

106. Foo Fighters – Foo Fighters

107. Fountains of Wayne – Utopia Parkway

108. Fountains of Wayne – Welcome Interstate Managers

109. Frans Ferdinand – Frans Ferdinand

110. Frente! – Marvin The Album

111. Nelly Furtado – Whoa, Nelly

112. Garbage – Garbage

113. Garbage – Version 2.0

114. Gomez – Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline

115. Gomez – Liquid Skin

116. Gomez – Bring It On

117. Goodness – Goodness

118. Goodness – Anthem

119. Gorillaz – Gorillaz

120. Grandaddy – Sumday

121. Guided By Voices – mix

122. Guster – Keep It Together

123. Guster – Goldfly

124. Guster – Lost And Gone Forever

125. Handsome Devil – Love And Kisses From The Underground

126. Hall & Oats – Greatest Hits

127. Ben Harper – Live From Mars

128. Ben Harper – Welcome To The Cruel World

129. Ben Harper – Fight For Your Mind

130. Ben Harper – Burn To Shine

131. Ben Harper – The Will To Live

132. P.J. Harvey – Rid Of Me

133. P.J. Harvey – To Bring You My Love

134. P.J. Harvey – Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea

135. The Juliana Hatfield Three – Become What You Are

136. Helmet – Meantime

137. Jimi Hendrix – The Ultimate Experience

138. Kristin Hersh – Hips And Makers

139. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

140. Hootie and the Blowfish – Cracked Rear View

141. Hot Hot Heat – Make Up The Breakdown

142. Idlewild – 100 Broken Windows

143. James Iha – Let It Come Down

144. Ivy – Long Distance

145. Mick Jagger – Goddess in the Doorway

146. James – Laid

147. James – Whiplash

148. The Jesus and Mary Chain – Stoned and Dethroned

149. Jet – Get Born

150. Jethro Tull – Original Master

151. Jewel – Pieces Of You

152. Norah Jones – Come Away With Me

153. The Judybats – Down In The Shacks Where The Satellite Dishes Grow

154. The Judybats – Full-Empty

155. Kelis – Kaleidoscope

156. King’s X – Gretchen Goes To Nebraska

157. King’s X – Faith Hope Love

158. King’s X – Ear Candy

159. Chantal Kreviazuk – Under These Rocks and Stones

160. Kula Shaker – K

161. Led Zeppelin – II

162. Led Zeppelin – IV

163. Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy

164. Ben Lee – Breathing Tornados

165. Lemonheads – Lovey

166. Lemonheads – It’s A Shame About Ray

167. Lemonheads – Car Button Cloth

168. Sean Lennon – Into The Sun

169. Letters to Cleo – Aurora Gory Alice

170. Lit – A Place in the Sun

171. Live – Mental Jewelry

172. Live – Throwing Copper

173. Live – Secret Samadhi

174. L.P. – Suburban Sprawl and Alcohol

175. Luscious Jackson – Natural Ingredients

176. Luscious Jackson – Electric Honey

177. Postal Service – The District Sleeps Alone Tonight

178. Ray Lynch – No Blue Thing

179. Ray Lynch – Deep Breakfast

180. Stephen Malkmus – Stephan Malkmus

181. Marcy Playground – Shapeshifter

182. Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane

183. Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See

184. Mazzy Star – She Hangs Brightly

185. Loreena McKennitt – The Mask and Mirror

186. Sarah McLachlan – Solace

187. Sarah McLachlan – Into The Fire

188. Sarah McLachlan – Vox

189. Sarah McLachlan – Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

190. Sarah McLachlan – Surfacing

191. Meat Puppets – Too High To Die

192. Men At Work – The Best Of

193. The M.I.B.s – Arrive!

194. Milla – The Devine Comedy

195. Midnight Oil – Earth and Sun and Moon

196. Moby – Play

197. Modest Mouse – Good News For People Who Like Bad News

198. Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill

199. Muse – Showbiz

200. Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – God Fodder

201. Nickel Creek – Nickel Creek

202. Nickel Creek – This Side

203. Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine

204. No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom

205. Oasis – Definitely Maybe

206. Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?

207. Oasis – Be Here Now

208. Go – Go

209. Our Lady Peace – Happiness Is Not A Fish You Can Catch

210. Our Lady Peace – Clumsy

211. Ours – Precious

212. Ours – Distorted Lullabies

213. Beth Orton – Central Reservation

214. Beth Orton – Daybreaker

215. Christopher O’Riley – Plays Radiohead

216. Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted

217. Pavement – Terror Twilight

218. Pearl Jam – Ten

219. Pearl Jam – Pearl Jam

220. Pearl Jam – Vitalogy

221. Michael Penn – Resigned

222. A Perfect Circle – Mer De Noms

223. Liz Phair – Whip-Smart

224. Liz Phair – Juvenalia

225. Liz Phair – Whitechocolatespaceegg

226. Liz Phair – Liz Phair

227. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

228. Pink Floyd – A Saucer Full of Secrets

229. Pink Floyd – Works

230. Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother

231. Pink Floyd – Animals

232. Pink Floyd – The Wall

233. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

234. Pink Floyd – The Division Bell

235. Pink Floyd – Momentary Lapse of Reason

236. Pink Floyd – A Collection of Great Dance Songs

237. Pink Floyd – Meddle

238. Pink Floyd – Echoes

239. Pixies – Bossanova

240. Placebo – Sleeping With Ghosts

241. Poe – Haunted

242. Poor Old Lu – The Waiting Room

243. Portishead – Portishead

244. Portishead – Dummy

245. Powderfinger – Odyssey No. 5

246. Cat Power – Free

247. The Presidents of the United States of America – The Presidents of the United States of America

248. Primus – Sailing The Seas of Cheese

249. Q-Tip – Amplified

250. Queens of the Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf

251. Radiohead – Pablo Honey

252. Radiohead – The Bends

253. Radiohead – Amnesiac

254. Radiohead – OK Computer

255. Radiohead – Kid A

256. Radiohead – Hail to the Thief

257. Rasputina – Thanks for the Ether

258. Reef – Glow

259. R.E.M. – Life’s Rich Pageant

260. R.E.M. – Eponymous

261. R.E.M. – Automatic for the People

262. R.E.M. – Up

263. R.E.M. – Out of Time

264. R.E.M. – Monster

265. R.E.M. – New Adventures in Hi-Fi

266. Remy Zero – Villa Elaine

267. Remy Zero – The Golden Hum

268. Damien Rice – O

269. Marty Robbins – The Best Of

270. The Rolling Stones – Some Girls

271. The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers

272. Rooney – Rooney

273. Rush – Chronicles

274. Rush – Counterparts

275. Rush – Roll the Bones

276. Otis Rush – Ain’t Enough Comin’ In

277. Sausage – Riddles Are Abound Tonight

278. Say-So – Laugh, Cry, Pray

279. Seal – Seal

280. Semisonic – Pleasure

281. Semisonic – The Great Divide

282. Semisonic – All About Chemistry

283. Ron Sexsmith – Cobblestone Runway

284. The Shins – Oh Inverted World

285. The Shins – Chutes Too Narrow

286. Shivaree – I Ought To Give You…

287. Smiths – Best… One

288. Sponge – Rotting Pinata

289. Sponge – Wax Ecstatic

290. Spoon – Kill The Moonlight

291. Soul Coughing – Ruby Vroom

292. Soul Coughing – El Oso

293. Soundgarden – Superunknown

294. Soundgarden – Down on the Upside

295. Squirrel Nut Zippers – Hot

296. Starsailor – Love Is Here

297. Starsailor – Silence Is Easy

298. Sting – 10 Summoner’s Tales

299. Joss Stone – The Soul Sessions

300. The Stone Roses – Second Coming

301. Stone Temple Pilots – Stone Temple Pilots

302. Stroke 9 – Nasty Little Thoughts

303. The Strokes – Is This It?

304. The Strokes – Room On Fire

305. Sugar – Copper Blue

306. Sugar – File Under: Easy Listening

307. The Sundays – Static and Silence

308. Superdrag – Head Trip in Every Key

309. Supergrass – I Should Coco

310. Supergrass – Supergrass

311. Supergrass – Life On Other Planets

312. Supergrass – In It For The Money

313. Talking Heads – Sand in the Vaseline

314. Tenacious D – Tenacious D

315. They Might Be Giants – They Might Be Giants

316. They Might Be Giants – Apollo 18

317. They Might Be Giants – Lincoln

318. They Might Be Giants – Flood

319. They Might Be Giants – John Henry

320. They Might Be Giants – Factory Showroom

321. They Might Be Giants – Mink Car

322. Throwing Muses – University

323. Toadies – Rubberneck

324. Tonic – Lemon Parade

325. Tool – Undertow

326. Tool – Aenima

327. Tool – Lateralus

328. Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players – Vol. 1

329. Track Star – Lion Destroy The Whole World

330. Travis – The Man Who

331. Travis – 12 Memories

332. Trip Shakespeare – Lulu

333. UB40 – Labour of Love II

334. U2 – The Joshua Tree

335. U2 – Achtung Baby

336. Val Gardena – River of Stone

337. Suzanne Vega – Solitude Standing

338. Suzanne Vega – Nine Objects of Desire

339. Veruca Salt – American Thighs

340. Verve – A Storm in Heaven

341. The Verve Pipe – Underneath

342. Violent Femmes – Add It Up

343. Louden Wainwright III – Career Moves

344. Louden Wainwright III – Little Ship

345. Rufus Wainwright – Rufus Wainwright

346. Rufus Wainwright – Poses

347. Rufus Wainwright – Want One

348. Ween – Chocolate and Cheese

349. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells

350. The White Stripes – Elephant

351. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

352. Hank Williams – Best Of

353. Stevie Wonder – Song Review

354. Yellowcard – Ocean Avenue

355. Yes – Best Of

356. Pete Yorn – musicforthemorningafter