Best of 2010: I Don’t Give Two Fucks About Your Review…

2010 was kind of blah. It wasn’t shit. It wasn’t amazing. It just kind of was. For me anyway. Whatever. Since I never post anything anymore, I thought I’d wrap up the not posting year by giving a short assessment of my favorite shit of 2010. Without further adieu, here is the BEST OF 2010 according to this stupid blog.

I know I’m missing things – obvious things likely – so if your feelings are hurt, send in your choices and I’ll print ’em up in the upcoming BEST THING I HEARD ALL YEAR 2010 feature.

This picture is the best thing I saw all year. PERIOD.

BEST EP: HAMMER & THE NAILS 12″ Maxi ep

The debut ep from HATN was one of the most anticipated records of 2010, and it did not disappoint. From the  war-drum opening, to the final note, it was an instant classic, leaving in it’s wake all generic “streetpunk” and setting the standard for modern day oi! bands.

Runners up: Tommy & the Terrors “Problem. Reaction. Solution.”, The Templars/New Chords split, The Rival Mob “Hardcore For Hardcore”, Vaccine “Human Hatred”,  Battle Ruins s/t, The Heartbreaks “I Didn’t Think It Would Hurt to Think of You”, Pressure 28 “Spirit of 69”, 45 Adapters “DTAWDD”


BEST RECORD: PAUL WELLER: WAKE UP THE NATION

Runners Up: Len Price 3 “Pictures,” Marching Orders “Days Gone By”, Mumford & Sons “Sigh No More”, Manic Street Preachers “Postcards From a Young Man”

Probably not a surprise that Weller gets my nod for Wake Up the Nation. His previous two records, and especially 22 Dreams, were fantastic, but Wake Up the Nation finds Weller re-inspired and  experimenting with styles as he never really has before. This record is closest in spirit to The Jam’s Sound Affects, and just as he did then, when he took inspiration from peers like Wire and Gang of Four, this LP finds Weller at his most modern as well. Collaborations with Kevin Shields  and former Jam bassist Bruce Foxton, as well as spiritual guidance by infamous DJ Simon Dine yield the best results of 2010.

Hot on Wake Up the Nation’s heels is Len Price 3’s “Pictures” which is probably the closest approximation the the early years of The Who that I’ve ever heard. Also short-listed, Marching Orders Days Gone By, probably my favorite oi! record of the year, the majestic indie folk of Mumford and Sons debut, and Manic Street Preachers Postcards From a Young Man which kicked out the anthems like it was 1995 again.

 

 

BEST DEMO: Sydney Ducks.

Runner up: Boston Strangler. This shit is seriously good. Boston early 80’s soundalike. Best cut is the last one, which throws a little oi! bent into the game. Not sure what other demos I heard in 2010. But these two are good enough. Waiting for that MFP demo to drop….

Sydney Ducks seemingly came out of nowhere to provide  a burst of much needed originality in a somewhat stagnant scene. At first listen, a Templars-like approach would be a good starting point, but further listens reveal a multi-layered delivery that is all their own, highlighted by guitar sound that owes as much in places to The Beatles and The Jam as it does early Skrewdriver. Eagerly await the first official release by the band. Demo tape coming soon from Rock’n’Roll Disgrace records.

 

 

BEST REISSUE: ORANGE JUICE: COALS TO NEWCASTLE box set

Runners up: Superyob “Aggrophobia” LP, Negative Approach “Friends of No One”, The Jam “Sound Affects”, Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Searching for the Young Soul Rebels”

The reissues this year were many, and surprisingly, the quality level on most of them is fairly high. Extra tracks, live sets, live DVDs, demos, are all order of the day on as many bonus discs as one may care to wade through. The Jam’s Sound Affects, Dexy’s Searching For the Young Soul Rebels, Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town, Dylan’s Mono box, The Stones Exile on Main St, Bowie’s Station to Station, all were serious contenders for re-issue of the year, but ultimately, Orange Juice’s Coals to Newcastle came out as my favorite. An exhaustive 6 disc set, it covers everything the band did and then some, with requisite DVD included. An underrated band that literally launched the careers of most indie bands, pick up this box set and see where the likes of The Smiths, Franz Ferdinand, The Heartbreaks, etc, got their inspiration from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST BAND: HAMMER & THE NAILS

Runners Up: Paul Weller Movement, Len Price 3, The Rival Mob, 45 Adapters, New Lows, Mumford and Sons, Sydney Ducks et al ad nauseam.

Hammer & the Nails are the best band playing today. The addition of one of only two fans in the world of the second DYS record should make them that much more – ahem – masculine. However, the list of great bands playing today is near endless. From the band everyone loves, Rival Mob to the original bent 45 Adapters come with, to Mumford and Sons,New Lows and Sydney Ducks, pretty much every band I’ve mentioned in any category on this entry is a favorite.

 

 

BEST LIVE ACT: THE LOVELY LADS

Though their esteemed bass player may disagree with my choice, The Lovely Lads reunion set at PLAY IT LOUD II was my favorite single set of 2010. Having never seen them live before, they didn’t disappoint. Brendan is the best singer in the scene. Period. End of. The band sounded suitably tight, and crushed their set that included most everything from their LP as well as covers of Public Enemy and Absurd.  TOPS.

Runner up: THE TROUBLE. PLAY IT LOUD SET(s). Take your pick between day or night set, but the day set had the honor of being first (obviously) so the ‘wow’ factor was in full effect. Band sounded tight as ever, and people went nuts for both sets. The PLAY IT LOUD show was easily the best live event I hit all year. Hat tip to Sound Action, LTD for making it happen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST LABEL: ROCK’N’ROLL DISGRACE. The only brand that matters. ’nuff said. (What can you say, obviously I picked this label.)

Runners up: Painkiller, Triple B, Six Feet Under, Longshot.


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PERSON OF THE YEAR: LIAM GALLAGHER

Runners up: Jimmy Flynn, Robert Belmonte

It was tough to decide between Liam Gallagher, Bob Belmonte and Jimmy Flynn. Liam’s band Beady Eye kicked it with 3 solid tunes (sure, “Bring the Light” gets a little tedious, and “The Roller” is very “Instant Karma”-ish but still…) and he launched a clothing line, PRETTY GREEN that got him the Draper Award for Best Men’s Line. A good year for Gallagher Jr that ultimately trumped Jimmy’s moxy, work ethic, and promotional savvy as well as Bob’s stunningly quality record label and rapist wit. Believe me, if i had to choose personality wise, Liam would come in dead last.

Flynn

Belmonte


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2 Responses to “Best of 2010: I Don’t Give Two Fucks About Your Review…”

  1. My choices:

    Burzum – Belus
    Mother’s Children – That’s Who!
    Nomos – Notes From the Acheron
    Hammer and the Nails – Maxi EP
    Battle Ruins – S/T
    Vaccine – Human Hatred
    Agalloch – Marrow of the Spirit
    Give – both EPs
    The Rival Mob – HC4HC

    Best labels:
    Deranged Records, Rock N Roll Disgrace.

    Best live acts:
    Boris
    The Rival Mob

  2. Billy Shears Says:

    Nice Sam, will include your choices on “Best Thing I Heard All Year” post in next week or so. Good calls, by the way…..

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