Wednesday, 1 December 2010

robin's top albums of twothousandten.

robin's top albums of 2010,
//with no links omg\\
because someone had to.

hi. i'm robin.

when this blog started up, i was just a chirpy kid on a mission to make the best damn buddy cop script of all time. unfortunately, all my musings were based on one-dimensional wannabes. the route-one sidekick, "dylan," for instance, lacked any punch. "rudy" was just a super-serious dr. cox. and kiran was swedish, so that didn't work.

but thanks to the existence of this blog i'm on a constant mission to listen to music. the whole solving-crime thing has taken a backseat.

i'm alert and on the hunt for music, yo.

10. no age - everything in between

sometimes i just really want to go for a tranquil skate around the park. mostly, this happens when i listen to no age, because, in all honesty, i never learned to skateboard. i had one of those fake ones you have as a child but all i ever did was sort of sit on it and fall slowly down my garden.

but this album is really great, and very 'transcendent' or whatever everyone says. lots of cool songs and interludes and no age don't suck anymore. to quote dylan sinsicalchi: "this is awesome."

he probably said that. he says that about a lot of albums.

9. maps and atlases - perch patchwork

sometimes i'll look at his facebook statuses and feel really bad for keelan. he has so many essays and usually they're about modernism, which i think drove him to the brink of insanity. but if keelan harkin was writing an essay on perch patchwork, what would he say? he'd say... think of a better opening.

no but seriously, i think he'd laugh at any form of math rock. and so would i, there's this band in my town who think they're insanely experimental for guitar taps and shit, and basically they suck. and all they listen to is maps and atlases, which means they have a tendency to rip off don cab. a lot.

this album, and maps and atlaess in general, is great. rustic and all that.

8. defiance, ohio - midwestern minutes

i don't live in america, so i wouldn't know, but im fairly sure defiance, ohio are just one of those bands that beat up america with words.

and this was the only punk album of the year i really got all pissed off and immersed by/in

made me all:

7. cherry ghost - beneath this burning shoreline

simon aldred, the guy who wrote this album, compared 'kissing strangers', the album's best track, to the works of frank sinatra. he's kinda right.
made obvious from this post: robin has never actually listened to sinatra.

6. the war on drugs - future weather

good music about about a man coming to terms with not garnering as many bob dylan comparisons as the tallest man on earth.

well if he ever gets to slumber... :(

5. deerhunter - halcyon digest

usually any critque on deerhunter woul
d just be the lines "pass the joint" and all that, but as someone who lives in tunbridge wells, cocaine pathway of brighton and london, i am only able to tell you this:

don't do cocaine.

halcyon digest is that album of the year where a band becomes a favourite band. it's not a house anymore... it's a home!

4. rogue wave - permalight

i wish i had posted my review in multicolour

3. women - public strain

you guys probably think i actually like disliking albums that dylan loves, but it's not true. just because i al
ways align myself as 'team kiran' that doesn't mean i don't occasionally listen to people with hilarious facial hair.

and i felt like a complete drag not liking this album, but i find mostly with records like this (that just go on and on and on and on and on) i just need a little push. an
d that push was snow.


2. sufjan stevens - the age of adz

this year, everyone made a big deal about how this album was sufjan becoming royal robertson and going absolutely nuts. but what people fail to understand is that this year i did something far bigger: i became sufjan stevens.

was it the ten thousand times i listened to him from october to the now? or was it the fact that i started a tribute band with two friends and a casio keyboard? who's the real sufjan

get real get right? oh i'll get real, alright.
but yeah, good effort sufjan.

1. the magnetic fields - realism

me: i'm a huge fan. realism changed my life.

SM: oh. mm. huh.

me: can i have your autograph?

SM: [eyes widen] huh.


this year was good for:
  • indie pop that i will forever refer to as 'twee'.
  • my discovery of the concept of 'twee' and my ambitions to create music that is above all, twee.
  • recieving university offers from places i don't want to go to all that much.
  • being a river, a tall tree or a volcano.

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