The Best of 2010 (Lists, Bitches)

It’s that time of year again, i.e. a reason to justify having a blog no one ever reads, most likely because I never enter any, um, entries. Anyway, since it’s the thing to do, I’ll give you my top 25 in bursts of 5 every day this week, ascending to Numbers 5 through 1 on Friday:

25. Aloha – “Home Acres”

24. Wavves – “King of the Beach”

Look at the cover. I mean look at it. There’s a song called “Post-Acid,” and the dude is routinely busted for pot possession. That should give you an idea of what’s going on here. A big step up from last year’s “Wavvves,” in that the songs are intelligible.

23. Woven Bones – “In and Out and Back Again”

A very cool record that lasts about 25 minutes. Almost scary in its garage authenticity. Yet enough of a groove to hold on to while nodding off. Think of a lazier, poor (ok homeless) man’s Warlocks. In the year of the bedroom pop thing, Woven Bones are a welcome mix of scuzz, sludge, and probably a screen with car accidents being played over on a loop if you saw them live.

22. The Ponys – “Deathbed + 4”

Now we’re getting somewhere. I’ve always loved the Ponys. This one is just an EP, but the last 2 songs are the shit. They’re just big, pounding, nasty, repetitive rockers, with that traditional Ponys-new wave-80s-Cure-Television scream. “And we are, the pop culture, uh uh.” Something like that. It all makes sense really loud in the car actually.

21. Citay – “Dream Get Together”

A very surprising pop effort. I never bought it, but I should have. It would probably stay in my car for a while. It’s kind of Dandys meets Built to Spill, meets the Apples in Stereo. Yes, the 90s – that’s what I was looking for.

See you tomorrow,

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