My friend Zach over at Rangle Life Records always gets people to assemble some favorite lists from the year for his blog, and although its already kind of early I put something together for him. No particular order, just the first ten things that popped into my head.
Moon Duo "Motorcycle, I Love You" (youtube) One of my most listened to bands from 2010 would have to be Moon Duo. I had their Escape album on repeat for weeks. A great fuzzed out minimalist drug-rock sound with really warm guitar/synth tones. Minimal repetitive guitar riffs over basic floor tom+tamborine rock roll beats and buried vocals along the lines of Jesus & Mary Chain doing covers of Suicide, or chopped and screwed versions of The Gories mixed with Neu.
Turk Disco "Balagan" (youtube) After my obsession with Dj Mujava's "Township Funk" (2008) I've been on the search for more of this type of thing. "Township Funk" was dubbed South African Kwaito as far as genre, but any other Kawito I've found sounded more like African hip-hop than weird, catchy, African electro house, which eventually led me to going more Global Bass, and then finding house tracks with a more folk/Balakan/rock influence. One night I was searching youtube for "Turkish Disco" and landed on this gem of a track and also very weird video:
Riva Starr "FanfareOne" Continuing my theme of strange house/folk/Balkan/rock, Riva Starr has been doing some great tracks and I loved this killer dance track with atypical latin swing, mostly I love on the horn hooks! Free download via Rrcd Lbl, great deal there. If you have favorite house tracks based on horn samples please email me.
Ratatat "Neckbrace" (youtube) The weirdest and catchiest song on LP4; tweaked futuristic vocoder disco with string flourishes!? I never get tired of this song.
Dangerous Boys Club - VRIL LP I don't actually have a copy of this record (yet), but I did go to see them live whenever possible in 2010 and was at the record release party, so I know its out!
Indian Jewelry - Totaled LP As long as were talking about experimental, dark, rock bands, I don't have a specific song to mention here either but Indian Jewelry always come to mind. I like these guys and they had a new record in 2010 and they are ALWAYS on tour.
Glass Candy "Covered in Bugs (2010 Feeling without Touching 12inch version)" Glass Candy gets new age with surrealistic spoken word lyrics and sax solos. Getting so weird on this one, and its great.
White Flight "Panther" Finally released! The most epic pop track ever about the aliens that live inside of Mount Shasta. I'm not just saying this because the list is for Zach, or because Ratatat produced it, I just love the song.
Antoine Dodson "Bed Intruder Song" (youtube) The best viral video remix of the year; I actually bought the mp3 on iTunes after seeing this video. Really great hook!
LIl' Wayne (I can't even pick a particular song) Still the best rapper of 2010. You can keep the Kanye and Drake albums. Kei$ha is embarrassing.