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Favorite Albums of 2010: #21-50 by Barbecue Bros
January 13, 2011, 8:59 pm
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Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
The Black Keys – Brothers

Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. Wuz Here
Books – The Way Out
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
ceo – White Magic
Curren$y – Pilot Talk
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
Free Energy – s/t
Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Glasser – Ring
Ghostface Killah – Apollo Kids
Hot Chip – One Life Stand
jj – n° 3
Jonsi – Go
Menomena – Mines
MGMT – Congratulations
Owen Pallett – Heartland
The Radio Dept. – Clinging to a Scheme
Ryan Adams & the Cardinals – III/IV
The Samps – s/t
Sleigh Bells – Treats
The Soft Pack – s/t
Spoon – Transference
Surfer Blood – Astrocoast
Twin Shadow – Forget
The Walkmen – Lisbon
Wavves – King of the Beach
White Denim – Last Day of Summer
Wild Nothing – Gemini

Favorite Concerts of 2010 by Barbecue Bros
December 22, 2010, 4:53 pm
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2010 continued the encouraging trend of a) bands actually coming to Charlotte instead of just Chapel Hill or Atlanta and b) me attending festivals and seeing a lot of great bands in a relatively short timespan. 2011 is already promising, as I already have Girl Talk in Charlotte as well as a reunited Dismemberment Plan in NYC on the calendar in late January. A return trip to Austin for SXSW 2011 and going to Bonnaroo for a third year in a row are also out there. In any case, here are my 5 favorite shows of the year.

5. Free Energy at Snug Harbor, Charlotte, NC, 6/2 – I always love a small club show where the band is just on, and this was certainly the case for Free Energy, a band I wasn’t too familiar with before seeing them that night. Kenny had a nice write up of the show here.

4. The National and Owen Pallett at Progress Energy Center, Raleigh, NC, 10/4 – My favorite current band in top form, with Matt Berninger doing his crazed lead singer thing (as opposed to him being painfully shy when I first saw them in 2005). As stated before, Owen Pallett was a revelation live.

3. Major Lazer at Pitchfork Music Festival, Union Park, Chicago, IL, 7/18 – This show was less of a concert and more of a performance art show. We thought we were just getting a good spot for headliners Pavement, but this turned out to be so much more than just camping out for a good spot. The show had Chinese dragon dancers, ballerinas, daggering, daggering from on top of a ladder, toilet paper, chugging Hennessy, and a bunch of other crazy shit I’m most likely forgetting, with Diplo and hypeman Skerrit Bwoy leading the way.

2. Pavement at Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA, 9/26 – I finally saw my favorite band ever this year (and two times at that). This one trumps the first time I saw them at Pitchfork because it wasn’t ridiculously hot and sweaty and the crowd’s median age meant it was too old for things like crowdsurfing and moshing. But also, the band wasn’t crunched for time in a festival timeslot with a noise ordinance looming and actually seemed to be in a good mood, which definitely showed on stage.

1. LCD Soundsystem at Bonnaroo, 6/11 – Quite simply, one of the most fun concert experiences I’ve ever had, and in the wee horus of 2:30-4am on the Friday of this year’s Bonnaroo at that. I would have loved for them to keep going past their timeslot, but unfortunately the people throwing glowsticks at the band kind of ruined the prospect of that for everyone. That band was tight, and each of the songs had so much energy live.

All the bands I saw this year listed in chronological order after the jump… Continue reading

Favorite Albums of 2010 & 1/2 by Barbecue Bros
July 9, 2010, 12:16 pm
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Halfway there, here are my favorite albums:
1. The National – High Violet (4AD)
2. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening (Virgin)
3. The Morning Benders – Big Echo (Rough Trade)
4. Beach House – Teen Dream (Sub Pop)
5. Big BoiSir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam)

6. Tame Impala – Innerspeaker (Modular Records)
7. Free Energy – Stuck on Nothing (DFA)
8. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor (Infectious Records Ltd.)
9. Sleigh Bells – Treats (XL)
10. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today (4AD)

11. Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record (Arts and Crafts)
12. Vampire Weekend – Contra (XL)
13. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor (XL)
14. Surfer Blood – Astrocoast (Kanine)
15. MGMT – Congratulations (Sony)

Others receiving votes: Black Keys – Brothers (Nonesuch), Here We Go Magic – Pigeons (Secretly Canadian), Wavves – King of the Beach (Fat Possum), The Soft Pack – The Soft Pack (Kemado), Wild Nothing – Gemini (Captured Tracks)