Sunday, January 2, 2011

Relentless Noisemaker's 2010 Top 150 Tracks

Well guys, this has been a crazy year! I never thought that the blog I created for just my friends (with the tag line "I'm not a writer; I just like music") would ever turn into this but I am so excited that it has. This has introduced me to so many wonderful artists (of all kinds), readers and fellow bloggers and I am truly grateful for that, as well as the opportunity to get to 'know' so many of you over the last few months. Thank you all for your love and support.

So, the list...well, I couldn't just stop at 10, 25, 50 or even 100 so I decided 150 was a good number; there was just so much awesome music this year and I thought it needed to be celebrated and shared and also made accessible to those who have never heard these songs before (a list without MP3s would have saved me a lot of time but who, honestly, is going to take the time to look up all of these songs?...and they definitely need to be remembered and listened to again). Also, please let me emphasize that there is such a fine line between the 1st and the 150th song (and any song that has appeared on this blog, in general) but as my blogger 'duty' I had to make a list and order them but know that they are all tightly snuggled inside my heart as a single unit.

So, Happy New Year, everyone! This will either cure your hangover or give you more of a headache because you don't agree with it but, either way, you'll have a long playlist to chill out to or to start practicing those New Year's dance moves to. I hope you find some enjoyment in this list and possibly walk away with some new tunes.

Also, please remember to support the artists (and labels!) by purchasing their music and going to see them live! Enjoy!

151 Friends - Since I Made A Mistake (151, since I made a mistake)
150 Javelin - Oh! Centra
150 Deer Tick - La La La
149 Perkasie - Beers and Grills
148 Deastro - Mowgli The Lynx
147 Peter Wolf Crier - Crutch & Cane 
146 We Were Promised Jetpacks - Short Bursts (Alternate Version)
145 Frightened Rabbit - Swim Until You Can't See Land
144 Scanners - Goodbye
143 Gayngs - Cry
142 LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean
141 Pretty Lights - Understand Me Now
140 Seabear - Lion Face Boy
139 She & Him - Thieves 
138 Wise Blood - STRT SRNS
137 Grass Widow - Give Me Shapes
136 Keep Shelly in Athens - Running Out of You (DannielRadall Version) 
135 JJ - Things Will Never Be the Same
134 Weed & Foxes in Fiction - Teenage Dream (Katy Perry Cover) 
133 Paper Bird - Lost Boys
132 Toro Y Moi - Low Shoulders
131 Dr. Dog - It
130 The National - Sorrow
129 Petter & The Pix - Last Time
128 Weekend - Coma Summer  
127 Drew Danberry - Many Are Cold, but Few Are Frozen
126 The Morning Benders - Wet Cement
125 The Happy Hallows - Silver
124 Sonny & the Sunsets - Strange Love 
123 Dum Dum Girls - Play With Fire
122 Pure Ecstasy - Voices
121 Ducktails - Hamilton Road 
120 Surfer Blood - Take It Easy 
119 The Wave Pictures - I Love You Like A Madman
118 Deerhunter - He Would Have Laughed
117 Woom - Backwards Beach
116 Glasser - Home
115 Yeasayer - Ambling Alp
114 Four Tet - Angel Echos
113 The Besnard Lakes - Albatross
112 Seapony - With You
111 Ice Cream Shout - Tattooed Tears
110 Warpaint - Ashes to Ashes (David Bowie Cover)
109 Seamonster - The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (The Rocketboys Remix)
108 Tune-Yards - Real Live Flesh
107 Caribou - Jamelia
106 Miniature Tigers - Goldskull  
105 Emily Reo - On the Beach
104 Kurt Vile - Freeway
103 The Black Keys - Never Gonna Give You Up
102 Wavves - Baseball Cards
101 The Tallest Man on Earth - Like the Wheel
100 Autre Ne Veut - Demoneyez
99 Algodón Egipcio - El Ingenio Humano
98 Palms on Fire - Deep Forest 
97 Jonquil - It Never Rains
96 Cosmetics - Sleepwalking
95 Lester Brown/Mickey Mickey Rourke - Never Cry
94 Anika - Yang Yang
93 The Fruhstucks - She Doesn't Know
92 Justin Townes Earle - One More Night in Brooklyn
91 Fiveng - Skin
90 Gay Boiz - High Level Alchemy
89 Chief Black Cloud - Aloha Fordlita
88 J. Views - Salty Air
87 Weird Korea - Dagger
86 Pepepiano - Bruce Springsteen
85 Mutual Benefit - Stargazer
84 Holy Spirits and Gem Club - Fingertips 
83 Kohwi - Mesa
82 Port City - Feel it Out
81 Happy Trendy - Skinny Ghost 
80 Evenings - Babe
79 Jaded Hipster Choir and Teen Daze - Low Glow
78 Houndsds - high@work
77 Teen Daze - Let's Fall Asleep Together
76 Glass Animals - Life Lomographic
75 Girls - Heartbreaker
74 Porcelain Raft - Dragonfly
73 Baths - Hall
72 Braids - Lemonade 
71 Candy Claws - Silent Time of Earth
70 Memoryhouse - Sleep Patterns
69 French Films - Take You With Me
68 Sea Oleena - Island Cottage
67 Craft Spells - You Should Close the Door
66 Class Actress - Careful What You Say
65 Arcade Fire - The Suburbs  
64 Diamond Messages - Liquid Summer
63 Millionyoung - Calrissian
62 SLEEP ∞ OVER - La Rose
61 Gobble Gobble - Lawn Knives
60 Shimmering Stars - I'm Gonna Try
59 The Love Language - Heart to Tell
58 High Places - On Giving Up
57 Indian Jewelry - Excessive Moonlight
56 Generationals - Trust
55 Dominant Legs - About My Girls
54 To The Happy Few - Guide My Eyes
53 El Guincho - Bombay
52 Outer Limits Recordings - Sugar Pie 
51 The Strange Boys - Be Brave
50 Museum of Bellas Artes - Watch the Glow
49 Coolrunnings - I Am You (Star Slinger remix)
48 La Femme - Sur La Planche
47 Damien Jurado - Arkansas
46 Delorean - Real Love
45 Computer Magic - The End of Time
44 Archie Bronson Outfit - Hoola
43 Parenthetical Girls - Evelyn McHale
42 Beach House - Take Care
41 Jónsi - Kolnidur
40 Beach Fossils - Daydream
39 Air Waves - Knockout
38 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Nothing But Our Love
37 The Ruby Suns - Two Humans
36 Y La Bamba - Juniper   
35 Small Black - Search Party
34 Games - Midi Drift  
33 Harlem - Gay Human Bones
32 Love is All - Bigger Bolder
31 Neverever - Blue Genes (also released in '09 as the Champagne Socialists)
30 White Hinterland - Icarus 
29 Wild Nothing - My Angel Lonely
28 Twin Shadow - Slow 
27 Active Child - Wilderness
26 The Growlers - The Moaning Man From Shanty Town
25 The Radio Dept. - Never Follow Suit
24 Wild Eyes - Domir Dom
23 Walsh - Birthday Girl
22 The Hundred in the Hands - Ghosts
21 Crystal Castles - Empathy
20 Phantogram - When I'm Small 
19 Persona La Ave - Beach 1
18 Dom - Bochicha  
17 Tennis - Marathon
16 Kisses - Bermuda 
15 Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round and Round
14 Twin Sister - Lady Daydream
13 Familjen - Man Ser Det Från Månen
12 Black Tambourine - Dream Baby Dream
11 Blackbird Blackbird - Starlight (feat. Steffaloo) 
10 Summer Camp - Round the Moon
09 Tree Hopping - Bird Road
08 Fluffy Lumbers - Adoration
07 Future Islands - The Ink Well (only released on vinyl; watch the video)
06 Big Troubles - Bite Yr Tongue
05 James Ferraro - Killer Nerd
04 Greatest Hits - Ambulance
03 Guards - Don't Wake The Dead
02 Ghost Animal - In Your Room (Golden Ages remix)
 "In at #17  #1, this is The Sweethearts
with Burnin' Through the Nite"!!!!!!!

01 The Sweethearts - Burnin' Through the Nite | Out on Olde English Spelling Bee

The Sweethearts "Burnin Through The Nite" from OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE on Vimeo.

BONUS: Two tracks from the future! They should be on this list because I fell in love with them in 2010. Actually, the first artist, Raw Thrills aka Zak Mering is part of the duo (with Sam Meringue) sitting at the number one spot. He has a couple others in this list, too. If you haven't noticed yet, Zak Mering is, without a doubt, my favorite artist of the year. So watch out for him and all his projects, and also watch out for Hands and Knees, too! They're both setting a pretty high bar for 2011.

Raw Thrills - How Can I Trust Her | Hear More
Hands and Knees - The Moonlight is Wicked | Hear More

A final note: as much as I'd like to think I heard everything that came out this year, that couldn't be farthest from the truth; there is no way in hell any of us can listen to everything that is produced in one year (not even the big guys) but we all do what we can, right? It's a never ending list of music; and I'm certain that you have tons up your sleeve that I haven't gotten a hold of yet. Just checking out some of the many music blogs that exist this year has made me realize that. So, here's to the New Year and to more discoveries!!

Thanks to all of you!



  1. Great stuff! Thanks!

  2. Thanks, guys!! So glad you like it!! This was no easy task so I really appreciate the support!!

    I hope you find as much enjoyment in these songs as I do!! xoxo

  3. Freaking pineapple awesome.

  4. Good Job ol' lala pal. I had ambitions of doing a large list, but I like you have a 8-5. I must master the lunch and break blogging!

  5. HEY! Blacklisted, right?! What's up? Crazy seeing you around these parts. I miss Lala... Creating a list without the click and drag option and doing it all through an FTP management tool + HTML was a b*tch! Psyched you like the list!

    And lunch breaks are too short in my opinion... :/


  6. Yeah man this is freakin awesome. so much music, so little time...

  7. Enjoyed these! Don't know how you found the time [actually I can guess ;)] but well done

  8. Thanks for the wealth of music...just discovered your blog and love it!

  9. So happy to read all of these comments - thank you, really. xo

  10. Impeccable taste dear comrade. You have just convinced me to follow your exploits.

  11. Why don't you leverage this blog into a full time job so that you don't have to worry about it. Check out positions at ad/marketing/pr firms doing content management and communications. This could act as your portfolio for writing/communication skills.

  12. @Rory: welcome aboard! :D

    @Danny: That would be pretty rad. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment, I really appreciate it :)

  13. Arcade Fire at Coachella 2011!!!

  14. Low Shoulder and The Suburbs are way to high on this list.

  15. I knew someone would say that eventually :)
    Thank you for your opinion. xo

  16. Thanks for the list. The order is way off, but I like the effort. You at least got most of them on there, but WHERE IS "College?"

  17. thank you for listening <3

    and not on the list for a reason :)

  18. I’ve been listening to all the songs for the last two hours (at work, of course). Great collection!

  19. Amazing list. Found some new stuff i'd missed.

    Thats my 2010 list if you're interested:

    thanks for making this.

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  22. Stumbled upon this today - spent the rest of the day listening to ti at work.. Love it. So so rad. Just add some more Australian stuff next time haha... But seriously - really great.