Armordillo’s Top 10 Albums of 2010 #5-1

20 12 2010

5. Twin Shadow- Forget

Surpassing the eighties worship of this day and age, Twin shadow and Producer Chris Taylor (of Grizzly Bear) create an album of accomplished depth and emotion. Dark indie musings paired with a murky disco vibe make this perfect for either the bedroom or the dance floor.

4. LCD Sound System- This is Happening

One of the biggest Indie Icons of the past five years released his second masterstroke in a row.  Supposedly his last album, James Murphy continues to shed the Dance-Punk tag and brings more emotional weight to his songwriting.  Tracks such as All I Want and I Can Change show him raw and flipped on his back with his belly exposed.  This doesn’t make This is Happening any less listenable though, and of course,  there are still tracks to dance yourself clean.

3. Broken Social Scene- Forgiveness Rock Record

Bringing to the table their usual army of Guitars, Synths, Strings, Huge Hooks, and layered Songwriting, Broken Social Scene is a band everyone should know of. Shifting their approach since their self-titled album from five years earlier, production by Tortoise’s John McEntire really opens the songs up to breathe.  For that, Forgiveness is a much more spacious and light affair while still delivering a stellar batch of songs.  While initially puzzling for long time fans, this new feel allows for slowly unraveling  layers of sound  that grow on you with each listen.

2. Deerhunter- Halcyon Digest

Bradford Cox and Company’s explorations into dream pop reach their Zenith by taking their lo-fidelity bedroom recording style and opening it up to the world.  Instead of masking their songs in reverb and shards of noise like in the past, they let the songs speak for themselves resulting in the most approachable album they’ve ever recorded.  Since the first time I heard this it felt like an indie classic and I don’t feel that will ever change. Well, maybe it will, if Deerhunter can ever top this.

1. Local Natives- Gorilla ManorAn Album so consistent with incredibly balanced songs where every musician plays their part so perfectly it sounds almost democratic. L.A.’s Local Natives form gorgeous, uplifting,  three-part harmonies paired with heavily percussive guitar/piano-driven folk rock.  Once Described as the West Coast Grizzly Bear, their music is much warmer and uplifting.  Local Natives try to win your heart over rather than impress, which makes for an amazing debut where start to finish.  Every song is great.


Armordillo’s Best of 2010 Track Runners Mix

16 12 2010

Here’s me looking back on a great year of music with some of my favorite songs in no particular order. 2010 to me seemed to be the year of the niche. Instead of  rallying under one flag(or band), peoples opinions are divided pretty much across the board. Rather than career-defining epics like previous years, the releases this time seemed to scratch a certain itch or fill a void. Love it or Hate it, that is  what makes 2010 one of the most diverse and interesting years of tunes in recent memory.

Top 10 Albums of the year are coming soon!

-Armordillo’s Best of 2010 Mix-

  1. Floating Vibes x Surfer Blood
    Album: Astro Coast
  2. You x Gold Panda
    Album: Lucky Shiner
  3. Revival x Deerhunter
    Album: Halcyon Digest
  4. Solitude Is Bliss x Tame Impala
    Album: Innerspeaker
  5. Promises x The Morning Benders
    Album: Big Echo
  6. Woe Is Me x The Walkmen
    Album: Lisbon
  7. Blessa x Toro Y Moi
    Album: Causers Of This
  8. David x The Radio Dept.
    Album: Clinging to a Scheme
  9. Aminals x Baths
    Album: Cerulean
  10. Dead Nationale x Parades
    Album: Foreign Tapes
  11. Walk In The Park x Beach House
    Album: Teen Dream
  12. Anyone’s Ghost x The National
    Album: High Violet
  13. Polybreak x FUR
    Album: Polybreak
  14. Superfast Jellyfish (feat. Gruff Rhys & De La Soul) x Gorillaz
    Album: Plastic Beach
  15. Texico Bitches x Broken Social Scene
    Album: Forgiveness Rock Record
  16. And This Is What We Call Progress x The Besnard Lakes
    Album: The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night
  17. Slow x Twin Shadow
    Album: Forget
  18. Modern Man x Arcade Fire
    Album: The Suburbs
  19. Cubism Dream x Local Natives Album: Gorilla Manor

Squeezebox: Yppah- You are beautiful at all times (2006)

12 12 2010

Just when you think you’ve heard it all, an album appears that offers a familiar but new twist to beat music.  Texan Joe Corrales under the alias Yppah (happy! get it? I didn’t notice for the longest time) offer up a intriguing  collision of styles on his debut.  Fusing eclectic genres: the sonic textures of down tempo electronica, hip-hop break beats with reverbed indie guitars and melodies.  It all blends together for a lush, melancholy version of electronic shoegaze, hip hop thing (genre pending).  Soothing and contemplative, its one of those rare electronic albums that feels like it has a life-force of its own.

9.3/10 -Armordillo

Yppah on

Squeezebox:Damu the Fudgemunk-Supply for Demand(2010)

9 12 2010

Talk about Prolific. D.C’s Damu the FudgeMonk, First Appearing with Insight in Y society on their 2007 album Travel at your own place released an album that takes the listener back to the early 90s.Combining dusty horn and keyboard samples with stand up bass and booming drums, Damu recalls the production style of Beat legends Pete Rock, Prince Paul, and early Premier for the 21st century. In little over 3 years since then Damu has released Album after Album of consistently strong instrumental Hip hop. From the free download albums Wonka beats,Spare time,&Overtime (A True man of the people) to his Magnum Opus How it should sound vol. 1&2. In such a short time he has proven himself to be one of best Beatminers of the decade and truly a link to the past for those of us wishing tribe still made records and MTV still played Music.

Supply for demand continues his winning streak of fantastic crate digging, while adding in some new ideas and evolving his sound. If you have his earlier albums you’ll notice somethings have changed with this release.The heavy Jazz influence is definit
ely still present but the arrangements are now murky and chaotic,the melodies are now more subtle and buried in the mix.Although the approach has changed slightly, it is far from alienating.The heavy Jazz influence on his work is still there for fans old and new. Damu also takes his turn behind the microphone proving himself a surprisingly solid MC on a couple of tracks. Whether ripping it about his hometown on DC Joint or just word weaving between the Bucktown horn sample and Suzanne Vega  on Bright Side, he proves himself better than 99% of Producers who think they can rhyme (here’s looking at you Kanye) and can hold his own with his peers. The Only Flaw to this album is the length: with only 9 only and a bunch of instrumentals, if feels more like an E.P. than anything. Still, it is likely to be one of the Underground releases of 2010 and another Notch on The Fudgemonk’s MPC. 8/10        -Armordillo

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