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Musical Pairings’ Best of 2010 (so far)

Twenty-ten has proven to be a pretty fantastic year for music so far, and with half of the year already behind us, I decided it was time to put together my list of the best of 2010 so far.  Let me know what I missed, what I overrated, what I underrated, or what I got just right.  Perhaps more importantly, download a cut or two from bands/albums you haven’t heard yet – maybe you’ll find something you like.

Best Albums of 2010 so far:

1. The National – High Violet :: The National – Afraid of Everyone
2. Beach House – Teen Dream :: Beach House – Silver Soul
3. The Morning Benders – Big Echo :: The Morning Benders – Excuses
4. Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be :: Dum Dum Girls – Yours Alone
5. Sleigh Bells – Treats :: Sleigh Bells – Tell ‘Em
6. Spoon – Transference :: Spoon – Got Nuffin
7. Yeasayer – Odd Blood :: Yeasayer – O.N.E.
8. Surfer Blood – Astro City :: Surfer Blood – Floating Vibes
9. Toro y Moi – Causers of This :: Toro y Moi – Blessa
10. Male Bonding – Nothing Hurts :: Male Bonding – Pirate Key

Best EPs of 2010 so far:

1. Memoryhouse – The Years :: Memoryhouse – Sleep Patterns
2. Washed Out – Life of Leisure :: Washed Out – Belong
3. Blackbird Blackbird – Happy High :: Blackbird Blackbird – So Sorry, Girl
4. DOM – Sun Bronzed Greek Godz :: DOM – Living In America
5. Chiddy Bang – Air Swell :: Chiddy Bang – Hey London (feat. Hot Chip)
6. Teen Daze – Four More Years :: Teen Daze – Shine On, You Crazy White Cap
7. Sex Church – 6 Songs By Sex Church :: Sex Church – Ghost
8. Twin Sister – Color Your Life :: Twin Sister – All Around and Away We Go
9. Kurt Vile – Square Shells :: Kurt Vile – Invisibility: Nonexistent
10. Jetskiis – Spraycation :: Jetskiis – Moonlight Kawasaki Ride

Best singles/7″s of 2010 so far:

1. Cults – “Go Outside” 7″ :: Cults – Go Outside
2. Best Coast – self-titled 7″ :: Best Coast – The Sun Was High (So Was I)
3. Ariel Pink – Round and Round
4. Hard Mix – Alright
5. Memoryhouse – “To The Lighthouse” 7″ :: Memoryhouse – To The Lighthouse
6.  Hoodie Allen – You Are Not a Robot (feat. Marina & The Diamonds)
7. Janelle Monae – Tightrope (Wondamix)[feat. B.O.B. & Lupe Fiasco)
8. The XX – You’ve Got The Love (Florence & The Machine Cover)
9. Gil Scott-Heron – New York Is Killing Me
10. Joanna Newsom – Good Intentions Paving Company

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Posted by Matthew Hickey

Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • Stephanie

    matt you are amazing.

  • Stephanie

    downloading now!!

  • wow.. great list. Thanks.

  • Kathy

    Check out Suckers now!! If you want some good indie pop, you have to check them out. I’ll do you a favor and give you the link to their video from SXSW, “Before Your Birthday Ends”:

  • Ringo

    Awesome list! Thanks for the tunes. I’ve been craving for some new music.

  • shonaghosh

    Ace list. Surprised you missed out Jonsi’s Go though.

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  • I kinda want to point out that since this post I already have a number of albums, EPs and singles that would have changed this list a little. Best Coast, Big Boi, Lake Radio, Teen Daze, and Arcade Fire are a few of the responsible parties.

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  • Hi there, please tell us when we will see a follow up!

  • Matthew

    Hey Wesley – full Best of Lists are coming soon. We’ll be doing a Best 7″ vinyl records, best EPs (digital and vinyl), and Best Full Length albums. The Top Albums list won’t go live until very close to the end of the year or even the beginning of next so we can be sure we don’t miss anything good!

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