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Playlist for January 4, 2011

THEME: Best Albums of 2010

By far, June saw the release of the best new music of the year. Although, once again there was plenty of solid new music marketed to please everyone's palate. Whether rock, folk, punk, alt country, roots or indie pop, you can't underplay the magic of many of these new tunes. Choosing the top 30 of the over one thousand CD's that graced my ears in 2010 proved a fickle process. I mean my mood probably swayed my judgment the day that I put this list together. Anyway, here is my feeble attempt to offer my listeners a glimpse of the music I believe should be heard.

Honorable Mention:
Jenny And Johnny - August's I'm Having Fun Now
Blue Giant - July's Blue Giant
Jesca Hoop - August's Hunting My Dress
Via Audio - March's Animalore
Marnie Stern - October's Marnie Stern
The Parting Gifts - November's Strychnine Dandelions
Les Sampou - May's Lonesomeville
Antony & The Johnsons - October's Swanlights
Patty Griffin - February's Downtown Church
Adam Haworth Stephens - September's We Live On Cliffs
Villagers - June's Becoming A Jackal
Gold Motel - September's Summer House
Joanna Newsom - February's Have One On Me
Azure Ray - September's Drawing Down The Moon
Laura Marling - April's I Speak Because I Can

Watson Twins - January's Talking To You, Talking To Me
The New Pornographers - June's Together
Stars - June's The Five Ghosts
Tender Trap - June's Dansette Dansette
Grinderman - October's Grinderman 2
Lost In The Trees - July's All Alone In An Empty House
Broken Social Scene - May's Forgiveness Rock Record
Elvis Costello - November's National Ransom
Guster - October's Easy Wonderful
La Strada - April's New Home
Adam Green - February's Minor Love
Agent Ribbons - September's Chateau Crone
Karen Elson - May's The Ghost Who Walks
Vampire Weekend - January's Contra
Doug Burr - May's O Ye Devastator

30) Coastwest Unrest - I'm A Ghost Now - 2:53 November's Old Weird America
29) Sufjan Stevens - Futile Devices - 2:11 October's The Age of Adz
28) Marina & The Diamonds - Numb - 4:14 from June's The Family Jewels
27) First Aid Kit - Sailor Song - 2:44 April's The Big Black And The Blue
26) The Bundles - Klutter - 3:34 from March's The Bundles
25) Belle & Sebastian - I Want The World To Stop - 4:34 from October's Write About Love
24) Colleen And Paul - Crepe Suzette - 2:43 from July's Colleen And Paul
23) Mountain Man - Buffalo - 1:56 from July's Made The Harbor
22) She & Him - Don't Look Back - 3:23 from March's Volume Two
21) June Gloom - Omaha - 3:16 from September's Wonderland
20) The Chapin Sisters - Boo Hoo - 3:19 from September's Two
19) Pearly Gate Music - Big Escape - 3:00 from May's Pearly Gate Music
18) The Dead Weather - Gasoline - 2:45 from May's Sea Of Cowards
17) Arcade Fire - Wasted Hours - 3:21 from August's The Suburbs
16) Zoe Boekbinder - Going Home - 2:45 from November's Artichoke Perfume
15) Eels - I Like The Way This Is Going - 2:35 from August's Tomorrow Morning
14) Breathe Owl Breathe - House Of Gold - 4:07 from September's Magic Central
13) Spoon - Is Love Forever? - 2:07 from January's Transference
12) Ed Harcourt - A Secret Society - 4:35 from June's Lustre
11) Mumford & Sons - Little Lion Man - 3:28 from February's Sigh No More
10) Sarah Jaffe - Clementine - 4:49 from April's Suburban Nature
9) Paleo - The King James Fakebook - 4:17 from October's A View of the Sky
8) Allo Darlin' - Kiss Your Lips - 3:46 from October's Allo Darlin'
7) Sissy Wish (Siri Wålberg) - Book - 3:35 from February's Beauties Never Die (Original Release March 07)
6) Maps & Atlases - Pigeon - 2:53 from June's Perch Patchwork
5) Living Sisters - Double Knots - 2:51 from April's Love To Live
{LA songbirds Eleni Mandell, Inara George and Becky Stark harmonize, delight and charm to mostly original folk pop songs.}
4) Of Montreal - Coquet Coquette - 3:44 from September's False Priest
{Kevin Barnes continues to successfully experiment with psychedelic pop to the delight of millions.}
3) Jonathan Richman - My Affected Accent - 2:54 from November's O Moon, Queen of Night On Earth
{The original modern lover delivers a witty, catchy acoustic pop album every few years. This is one of his best.}
2) The Black Keys - Tighten Up - 3:31 from June's Brothers
{Dan Auerbach's astounding guitar playing and soulful voice mingle with Patrick Carney's controlled drumming to produce achingly good blues rock.}
1) Katzenjammer - Demon Kitty Rag - 4:00 from June's Le Pop
{Accordion, banjo, flute, harmonica, ukulele along with harmony vocals combine to make this gypsy folk pop album by four talented ladies from Norway the best of the year.}