Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Smell ya, 2010

Note: These lists are numbered, but only to satisfy convention. I happen to be one of the most indecisive human being on the planet, so pretty much everything other than my album of the year designation is arbitrarily ranked.

Albums of the year

1. Kanye West | My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

2. Menomena | Mines

3. Flying Lotus | Cosmogramma

4. oOoOO | CDR021

5. Tyler, the Creator | Bastard

6. Earl Sweatshirt | EARL

7. Arcade Fire | The Suburbs

8. Gorillaz | Plastic Beach

9. The Radio Dept. | Clinging to a Scheme

10. Grouplove | Grouplove

Honorable mention: Young the Giant | Young the Giant

Songs of the year

1. Kanye West | “All of the Lights”

2. Gorillaz | “Empire Ants”

3. Menomena | “Taos”

4. Marco del Horno & DJ Swerve | “Ho! Riddim (Vocal Mix) (ft. P-Money)”

5. Zeds Dead | “White Satin”

6. oOoOO | “No Summr4U”

7. Arcade Fire | “Empty Room”

8. Salem | “King Night”

9. Bassnectar | “Bass Head”

10. DJ Fresh | “Gold Dust (Flux Pavilion Remix)”

Honorable mentions: Kanye West | “Christian Dior Demin Flow (ft. Kid Cudi, Pusha T, John Legend, Lloyd Banks & Ryan Leslie)” and Big Boi | “Daddy Fat Sax”

Top personal discoveries of the year

1. Joker | “Psychedelic Runway” (2009)

2. Deadmau5 | “Strobe” (2009)

3. Maserati | “Monoliths” (2009)

4. Xploding Plastix | “Sports, Not Heavy Crime” (2001)

5. Nujabes | “Aruarian Dance” (2004)

6. Deltron 3030 | “3030” (2000)

7. The Soul’s Release | “Elska Min” (2007)

8. Scarub | “If You Only Knew” (1999)

9. Lemon Jelly | “The Staunton Lick” (2000)

10. Ott | “The Queen of All Everything” (2008)

Honorable mention: The Beta Band | “Dry the Rain” (1998)

Most anticipated albums of 2011

1. Radiohead | LP8 (TBA)

2. Joker | LP1 (TBA, Universal)

3. Sugar Glyder | Lovers at Lightspeed (February 11, self-released)

4. Madvillain | LP2 (TBA, Stones Throw)

5. Kanye West & Jay-Z | Watch the Throne (TBA)

6. Anything and everything Night Slugs

7. The Avalanches | LP2 (TBA)

8. Explosions in the Sky | LP6 (TBA, Temporary Residence)

9. Desto | LP1 (TBA) [wishful thinking?]


Anonymous said...

hey just an idea -- if you put up the actual songs, it will probably bring in a bunch of traffic from HypeMachine.. and thus increase the likelihood that the Kanye piece gets spread to a wider audience

Steven Hummel said...

I would agree with you 100% about a month ago. However, the new Hype Machine doesn't really drum up any traffic anymore unless you're the first one to post a song, and since pretty much all of these songs have been posted before, uploading them all would more or less just be an exercise in time wasting and temptation of the RIAA.

I've posted my Kanye piece on several forums, tweeted about it, posted it on reddit, and put it as my Facebook status. I've tried every avenue I can to get my work out there. I've postulated several problems:

(1) I'm not Pitchfork/GvB/Aquarium Drunkard/etc., so no one cares what I have to say.
(2) Because I'm a full-time student and I had to tend to those obligations before I could devote four all-nighters over winter break to this, people assume I've just reiterated what's already been said because it didn't come out before MBDTF's release. The thing about the internet is that, to many, the new Kanye album is ancient history because it's over a month old now and there's a new album out there by now to hype and anticipate.
(3) The piece is just not good.

I need to make a viral video or something. Or pair it with the next Derphead release. I don't know.

Regardless, I appreciate the suggestion, Anonymous. Hope at least you enjoyed it.


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