Tracks Of 2010

Sitting here at Le Tour Ivoire, high up on the 13th floor of this magnificent imaginary dreamscape, we are flicking through our journals, calendars and diaries to recall and attempt to categorise and contextualise the past twelve months. As ever, there was a rush for publications and web presences alike to get there first with the best albums, singles, bands, artists, concerts, films, books, TV shows and events, no matter how localised or cultish, and to order them into a prioritised cohesion. By November, most of these arbiters of taste had decided on their chosen highlights, and presented them as some sort of Christmas gift, in order to step away from the action and spend the remainder of the year at the watering hole in some kind of sweet relief…

We had to wait until the year was over, as we were concerned that something would sneak out at the last minute! It did…Diane Birch’s marvellous collaboration with The Phenomenal Handclap Band, ‘The Velveteen Age’, appeared from nowhere on 13th December; Rough Trade snuck out the first taster from The Decemberists’ forthcoming album, in the shape of ‘Down By The Water’ in mid-November, then a 7” only release of ‘January Hymn’, coupled with a cover of The Grateful Dead’s ‘Row Jimmy’, was issued in December; Brian Jonestown Massacre re-emerged with a stunning new two tracker, ‘Illuminomi’ and ‘There’s A War Going On’, both of which arrived on iTunes on the last day of the year!

So, without further ado, and in purely alphabetical order by artist, here are our top 150 tracks of 2010…

There Is A WindThe Album Leaf (From ‘ A Chorus Of Storytellers’)
Passarinho • Aleuda (From ‘Far Out Spaced Odyssey’)
It’s Been So Long • AM (From ‘Future Sons & Daughters’)
RococoArcade Fire (From ‘The Suburbs’)
City With No ChildrenArcade Fire (From ‘The Suburbs’)
Bright Lit Blue SkiesAriel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti (From ‘Before Today’)
Round And RoundAriel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti (From ‘Before Today’)
Butt House Blondies Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti (From ‘Before Today’)
Green Glass BottlesAtlas Sound (From ‘Bedroom Databank Vol. 1’)
Truth Sets In Avi Buffalo (From ‘Avi Buffalo’)
What’s In It For?Avi Buffalo (From ‘Avi Buffalo’)
Zebra Beach House (From ‘Teen Dream’)
Norway Beach House (From ‘Teen Dream’)
Walk In The Park Beach House (From ‘Teen Dream’)
Ramona Beck (From ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World’ Soundtrack)
Glass PrinterThe Besnard Lakes (From ‘The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night’)
AtmosphereDiane Birch & The Phenomenal Handclap Band (From ‘The Velveteen Age’)
A Strange Kind Of LoveDiane Birch & The Phenomenal Handclap Band (From ‘The Velveteen Age’)
I Heard Ramona SingFrank Black (From ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World’ Soundtrack
TelephoneThe Black Angels (From ‘Phosphene Dream’)
She’s Long GoneThe Black Keys (From ‘Brothers’)
Black MudThe Black Keys (From ‘Brothers’)
Too Afraid To Love YouThe Black Keys (From ‘Brothers’)
The Hair SongBlack Mountain (From ‘Wilderness Heart’)
Red Rocking ChairBlack Prairie (From ‘Feast Of The Hunters’ Moon’)
The Man Who Would Speak TrueBlitzen Trapper (From ‘Destroyer Of The Void’)
Tempo 116.7 (Reaching For Dangerous Levels Of Sobriety)Brian Jonestown Massacre (From ‘Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?’)
IlluminomiBrian Jonestown Massacre (From ‘Illuminomi’ Single)
The Mall & Misery Broken Bells (From ‘Broken Bells’)
Leaving SongBroken Records (From ‘Let Me Come Home’)
Navalha CegaBurro Morto (From ‘Oi! AA Nova Musica Brasiliera! Um Disco’)
Silent Time of EarthCandy Claws (From ‘Hidden Lands’)
HummingbirdThe Captive Hearts (From ‘Hummingbird’ Single)

Set My Soul On FireThe Captive Hearts (From ‘Hummingbird’ Single)
OdessaCaribou (From ‘Swim’)
SunCaribou (From ‘Swim’)
Careful With That HatCitay (From ‘Dream Get Together’)
Mirror KissesCitay (From ‘Dream Get Together’)
Didn’t YouCloud Nothings (From ‘Didn’t You 7″ Single)
Butterfly HouseThe Coral (From ‘Butterfly House’)
Go OutsideCults (From ‘Go Outside’ 7″ Single)
Now You Love My Remix (Zia McCabe and Jeremy Sherrer Remix)The Dandy Warhols (From ‘Earth To The Remix Vol. 2’)
Backseat (Heaven Loves The Driver)Darker My Love (From ‘Alive As You Are’)
RevivalDeerhunter (From ‘Halcyon Digest’)
Memory BoyDeerhunter (From ‘Halcyon Digest’)
HelicopterDeerhunter (From ‘Halcyon Digest’)
Fountain StairsDeerhunter (From ‘Halcyon Digest’)
He Would Have LaughedDeerhunter (From ‘Halcyon Digest’)
Down In The Street BelowThe Divine Comedy (From ‘Bang Goes The Knighthood’)
An AdmissionDreamend (From ‘So I Ate Myself, Bite By Bite’)
Art VandelayDucktails (From ‘Hamilton Road’ 7” Single)
ShakyThe Duke & The King (From ‘Long Live The Duke & The King’)
Vara SnabbDungen (From ‘Skit I Allt’)
In My Younger DaysEels (From ‘End Times’)
Paradise BluesEels (From ‘End Times’)
Little Bird Eels (From ‘End Times’)
I’m a HummingbirdEels (From ‘Tomorrow Morning’)
Be My GirlEl Goodo (From ‘Coyote’)
Information OverloadEl Goodo (From ‘Coyote’)
StrangersElephant Stone (From ‘The Glass Box’)
The Ghost Who WalksKaren Elson (From ‘The Ghost Who Walks’)
The Ruth Is In The Dirt Karen Elson (From ‘The Ghost Who Walks’)
Cruel SummerKaren Elson (From ‘The Ghost Who Walks’)
Empty EyeEndless Boogie (From ‘Full House Head’)
Marching SongEsben &The Witch (From ‘Marching Song’ Single)
The World Is All There IsFool’s Gold (From ‘Fool’s Gold’)
Pumped Up Kicks Foster The People (From ‘NME Radar Compilation’)
Candy Girl Ganglians (From ‘Monster Head Room’)
The WalkerGayngs (From ‘Relayted’)
Carolina Girls (From ‘Broken Dreams Club’)
To BingeGorillaz Featuring Little Dragon (From ‘Plastic Beach’)
Duet Gonjasufi (From ‘A Sufi And A Killer’)
TC And HoneybearJohn Grant (From ‘Queen Of Denmark’)
Sigourney WeaverJohn Grant (From ‘Queen Of Denmark’)
Jesus Hates FaggotsJohn Grant (From ‘Queen Of Denmark’)
Thank Girls FMHappy Birthday (From ‘Happy Birthday’)
HibernationHere We Go Magic (From ‘Pigeons’)
Ready For The WorldHow To Dress Well (From ‘Love Remains’)
Bricks Or CoconutsJacuzzi Boys (From ‘Bricks Or Coconuts’ 7” Single)
Us LaterJaill (From ‘That’s How We Burn’)
I Think I Like U 2Jamaica (Free download from RCRDLBL.COM)
SwitchbladeJenny And Johnny (From ‘I’m Having Fun Now’)
Big WaveJenny And Johnny (From ‘I’m Having Fun Now’)
Animal Jenny And Johnny (From ‘I’m Having Fun Now’)
Straight Edge Of The BladeJenny And Johnny (From ‘I’m Having Fun Now’)
SlavedriverJenny And Johnny (From ‘I’m Having Fun Now’)
SDPThe Kissaway Trail (From ‘Sleep Mountain’)
Wish You Were HereBettye LaVette (From ‘Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook’)
Sleepless In SilverlakeLes Savy Fav (from ‘Root For Ruin’)
Completely ExposedJamie Lidell (From ‘Compass ‘)
Fair GameThe Like (From ‘Release Me’)
Record Collector Lissie (From ‘Catching A Tiger’)
In SleepLissie (From ‘Catching A Tiger’)
Lost The Lovetones (From ‘Lost’)
In Your EyesThe Lucid Dream (From ‘In Your Eyes’ Single)
CongratulationsMGMT (From ‘Congratulations’)
Mushrooms & RosesJanelle Monáe (From ‘The ArchAndroid’)
Sir GreendownJanelle Monáe (From ‘The ArchAndroid’)
Speed MoonDuo (From ‘Killing Time’’)
GlitterNo Age (From ‘Everything In Between’)
Coquet CoquetteOf Montreal (From ‘False Priest’)
No One But YouDoug Paisley (From ‘Constant Companion’)
Keep The Dog QuietOwen Pallett (From ‘Heartland’)
Gay AngelsPerfume Genius (From ‘Learning’)
Los AngelesPhosphorescent (From ‘Here’s To Taking It Easy’)
Tip Of Your TonguePorcelain Raft (From ‘Tip Of Your Tongue’ Single)
Wasted In JacksonLauren Pritchard (From ‘Wasted In Jackson’) Shark Ridden WatersGruff Rhys (Free download from Gruff’s website)

Dear GodThe Roots featuring Monsters Of Folk (From ‘How I Got Over’)
Backseat LivingRoses Kings Castles (From ‘Suburban Timebombs’)
Inner Love In Outer SpaceRoses Kings Castles (From ‘Suburban Timebombs’)
Come To Me HighRumer (From ‘Seasons Of My Soul’)
I’m New HereGil Scott-Heron (From ‘I’m New Here’)
I’ll Take Care Of YouGil Scott-Heron (From ‘I’m New Here’)
GirlfriendTy Segall (From ‘Melted’)
Blow Yr Brains In The Morning RainSerena Maneesh (From ‘S-M2: Abyss In B Minor’)
Chickens In LoveEdward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros (From ‘Chickens In Love’)
Wishes And StarsHarper Simon (From ‘Harper Simon’)
A House Up On A HillJason Simon (From ‘Jason Simon’)
Desert God Sleepy Sun (From ‘Fever’)
Imagine, Pt. 3Smith Westerns (From ‘Dye It Blonde’)
Answer To YourselfThe Soft Pack (From ‘The Soft Pack’)
Hillary, Oh HillaryBen Sommers (From ‘Hillary, Oh Hillary’ Single)
You Are Not AloneMavis Staples (From ‘You Are Not Alone’)
PineconeKelley Stoltz (From ‘To Dreamers’)
VentriloquistKelley Stoltz (From ‘To Dreamers’)
Friday In ParisThe Strange Boys (From ‘Be Brave’)
Swallowed By The Night Sun Airway (From ‘Oh, Naoko’)
The StakeoutSun Araw (From ‘On Patrol’)
Disappearance Of The Skyscraper Suuns (From ‘Zeroes’)
LucidityTame Impala (From ‘Innerspeaker’)
Solitude Is BlissTame Impala (From ‘Innerspeaker’)
Shock And AweTeenage Fanclub (From ‘Shadows’)
Sloppy Surfin’3D Acid Glases (From band’s MySpace page)
Losing Momentum (For Jim Jarmusch)Kurt Vile (From ‘Square Shells’)
The Burning MountainVoice Of The Seven Thunders (From ‘Voice Of The Seven Thunders’)
Undertow Warpaint (From ‘The Fool’)

Veil Weekend (From ‘Sports’)
Black LotusThe Whigs (From ‘In The Dark’)
Through Your WindowsWhite Denim (From ‘Lat Day Of Summer’)
Queen Of The SunWindsor For The Derby (From ‘Against Love’)
One Of Your PillsThe Woe Betides (From ‘Never Sleep’)
Contact Wooden Shjips (From ‘Contact’ 12” Single)
Blood Dries Darker Woods (From ‘At Echo Lake’)
Suffering SeasonWoods (From ‘At Echo Lake’)
I Don’t Get Much Young Prisms (From band’s MySpace page)
Memory SystemThe Young Sinclairs (From ‘We Spoke Our Minds’)
Precious StonePete Yorn (From ‘Pete Yorn’)
Walk With MeNeil Young (From ‘Le Noise’)
Peaceful Valley BeyondNeil Young (From ‘Le Noise’)

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