Best of 2010 Tracks Part 1.
For quite some time now I have been wanting to start a blog focusing mainly on music, DIY projects, food, and all other things awesome. Seeing that the primary focus will be music, I thought a good place to start (albeit a little bit late seeing that it is April) would be to go through some of my favorite tracks of 2010. Starting today, in no particular order, here are 5 of my favorites. Stay Tuned for the next 5...
Spoon - "Who Makes Your Money"
Spending my college years in Austin, the hometown of Spoon, it wasn't hard to stumble upon these guys. You could hear them playing everywhere from the radio, to the bars, to local shops. Where their previous couple of albums prior to this (GA GA GA GA GA & Gimme Fiction) were radio ready indie pop, the band returns to a seemingly less accessible, but every bit as catchy of a sound similar to their Kill the Moonlight tracks. Who Makes Your Money for me was the stand out Track on the Transference record.
Avi Buffalo - "What's it In For"
I have always hated it when music critics refuse to compare the sound of one band to another. For me there is nothing better than a conversation starting with someone saying if you like "insert awesome band here" than you will love "insert new band here. In a year where we didn't get a release from the Shins, Avi Buffalo was the next best thing. Taking LSD before watching the below video optional.
Kids of 88 - "Everbody Knows"
I really can't remember where I first heard these guys, but I do know that they are from New Zealand and that they are catchy as all hell. Think Black Kids and MGMT.
The Morning Benders - "Excuses"
I absolutely love that everything from the 50's era is becoming cool again. From mid century modern furniture, to graphic design to music. Bands like camera obscura, vampire weekend, and now the morning benders are bringing back that retro sound that is every bit as relevant today as it was 60 years ago. You might also recognizes the below track from a recent Reese's Peanut Butter Cup commercial.
My Morning Jacket "All the Best"
Jim James of My Morning Jacket has arguably one of the most unique voices right now in rock music. Seeing that MMJ seamlessly blurs the line between many genre's (folk, rock, indie, country) they were a perfect fit to cover and breathe new life in to the song "All the Best". The track is the standout amongst several other gems on the Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows compilation of John Prine Cover Songs that came out the past year. Others worth checking out would be the Avett Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, and Conor Oberst Tracks.