favorites of two thousand ten

Instead of a “Best Of” list, M|H is presenting you with a favorites list. There were too many purportedly great albums, songs, and shows we didn’t get around to hearing/seeing. The albums are listed chronologically, but other than that there’s no particular order to our selection. Please point out our glaring omissions.

Spoon – Transference – 01.19.10
-Essential Track: Written in Reverse
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More – 02.16.10
-Essential Tracks: White Blank Page, The Cave, Sigh No More
Local Natives – Gorilla Manor – 02.16.10
-Essential Tracks: Wide Eyes, Airplanes
Horse Feathers – Thistled Spring – 04.20.10
-Essential Track: Cascades
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs – 08.02.10
-Essential Tracks: Suburban War, We Used to Wait
The So So Glos – Low Back Chain Shift EP – 10.12.10
-Essential Track: Lindy Hop

Courtship – Ride
Delta Spirit – Bushwick Blues
The Naked and Famous – Young Blood
Cults – Go Outside
The Love Language – Heart to Tell
Yeasayer – O.N.E.
Let’s Wrestle – We Are the Men You Will Grow to Love Soon
Broken Bells – The High Road
The Shout Out Louds – Fall Hard
Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore – Something, Somewhere, Sometime
Vampire Weekend – Run
The Black Keys – Tighten Up
The Soft Pack – Answer to Yourself
Frightened Rabbit – Swim Until You Can’t See Land

Paul McCartney
Owen Pallett
Janelle Monae
The Antlers
Matt & Kim
Sleigh Bells
Horse Feathers
Great Lake Swimmers

Want a more in-depth analysis of some of 2010’s best? Keep an eye out for Jonk Music‘s Best Songs of 2010 list. Jon was kind enough to ask us to weigh in on some of year’s best songs.

if something looks familiar, then something is wrong

Los Angeles band Darker My Love often gets described as “psychedelic rock”, which brings to mind noodling, too-long songs, and better living through chemicals. After seeing them at the High Noon Saloon in Madison, Wisconsin on November 18, 2010, it seems like an incomplete description for the band.

Darker My Love’s strength lies in bringing wave after wave of sound anchored by pop-worthy melodies (The Byrds came to mind on several occasions).  Dan Allaire is a monster on the drums, and vocalist Tim Presley’s timbre is equally at home in modern indie and retro rock.

Headlining the night were fellow Californians Delta Spirit, an Americana band with an ass-kicking edge. Explosive and energetic, the band brings a rock and roll revival to the teeming masses that at times borders on religious experience. Check out their video for “Bushwick Blues” here.

Click the photos for more images of both Darker My Love and Delta Spirit.