It Was A Very Good Year: Mad City Music Exchange’s Favorite Albums of 2010

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The always awesome folks over at Mad City Music Exchange have decided to share some of their favorite albums of 2010 with us.  These guys and gals have access to quite the collection of tunes to say the least, so it’s pretty cool to see which new releases stood out in the crowd for them.

Check out their faves below, and stay tuned as we’ll be posting more “best of 2010” lists from local musicians, venue owners, concert photographers, and our own True Crew as the year draws to a close.

Mad City Music Exchange Staff Picks The Best Albums of 2010


Shane Shane

Lake – Let’ s Build a House

Yeasayer – Odd Blood

Effi Briest – Rhizomes

Die Antwoord – Enter the Ninja

CocoRosie – Grey Oceans

Asumaya – s/t

Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today

OOIOO – Feather Float (I know it’s 10 years old, but STILL…)



Fela Kuti & His Africa 70 – My Lady Frustration EP

Rush – Beyond the Lighted Stage

Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – I Learned the Hard Way

The Besnard Lakes – …Are the Roaring Night

The Radar Bros. –  The Illustrated Garden

Torche – Songs for Singles

Superchunk – Majesty Shredding

Shearwater – The Golden Archipelago

Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be

Groove Armada – Black Light

Peter Case –Wig!

Dessa – A Badly Broken Code

The Weakerthans – Live At The Burton Cummings Theater



Personal & The Pizzas  – Raw Pie

Laura Veirs – July Flame

Johnny Cash – American VI: Ain’t No Grave

Horse Feathers – Thisled Spring

Peter Case – Wig

Wolf People – Tidings and Steeple

Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be

Roky Erickson & Okkervil River – True Love Casts Out All Evil

Drive By Truckers – The Big 2 Do

Endless Boogie  – Full House Head

The National – High Violet

Jason Urick – This Fussing and Fighting

Paul Weller – Wake Up The Nation

*** Honorable Mentions ***

To Rocco Rot – Speculation

Arcade Fire – Suburbs

Superchunk – Majesty Shedding

The Thermals – Personal Life



Disappears – LUX

TY Segall – Melted

Dirtbombs – Race to the Bottom 12”

Outrageous Cherry – Seemingly Solid Reality

Black Keys – Brothers

Roky Erickson & Okkervil River – True Love Casts Out All Evil

Midwest Beat – At The Gates (on vinyl)

Second Family Band – Dream Release

Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart

Dungen – Skit I Allt

The Greenhornes – Four Stars

Steve Wynn & the Miracle Three – Northern Aggression



Marc Ribot – Silent Movies

Mary Halvorson –  Saturn Sings [highly recommended]

Zeena Parkins – Between The Whiles

Daughters – Daughters

Raoul Björkenheim & Lukas Ligeti – Shadowglow [highly recommended]

From the Rune Grammofon and Smalltown Superjazzz Labels:

Scorch Trio – Melaza

Puma – Half-Nelson Courtship

Stian Westerhus – Pitch Black Star Spangled

Peter Brotzmann – 3 Nights In Oslo (5 disc box set – The sound and packaging on this are stunning.)

Ken Vandermark & Paal Nilssen – Love Duo Milwaukee Volume and Chicago Volume

Nels Cline helped make 2010 Year of the Guitar:

Nels Cline Singers – Initiate

Rova Saxophone Quartet & Nels Cline Singers – The Celestial Septet

Nels Cline – Dirty Baby

4 Responses

  1. Top Ten 2010 CDs
    1. Gemini-Wild Nothing
    2. Go-Jonsi
    3. Before Today-Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
    4. Innerspeaker-Tame Impala
    5. Movement in a storm-James Yuill
    6. In Praise of More-The Engineers
    7. The Ocean Tango-The Ocean Tango
    8. The Reluctant Graveyard-Jeremy Messersmith
    9. A Balloon Called Moaning-The Joy Formidable
    10. Between the Sounds-The Candles
    Top Ten Songs 2010 (no particular order)
    1. “Summersongs in the Snow”-Labrador
    2. “The New Improved Hypocrisy”-The Radio Dept.
    3. “Norway”-Beach House
    4. “I Didn’t See It Coming”-Belle & Sebastian
    5. “Under the Gun”-Apex Manor
    6. “Funeral Song”-Minks
    7. “Recalling”-The Proper Ornaments
    8. “Transporpirações”-Le Almeida
    9. “Always”-Junip
    10. “Since April Left”-The Metric Mile

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