Thursday, December 23, 2010


Here is a list of albums and events that proved to make 2010 unforgettable. If push came to shove, and I had to pick an "album and show of the year" it would be a tie between Burzum's Belus and Best Coast's Crazy For You (both controversial artists in two very different ways) and then the best live event being the amazing return of Sleep.

It was a great year guys, thanks to all the musicians and friends who made it possible.

Love Lion


The Best of 2010 (in no particular order)

Beach House - Teen Dream (Sub Pop)
Etienne Jaumet - Night Music (Domino) (confession, this came out in 2009, but I didn't find it until January 2010)
Best Coast - Sun Was High (So Was I) 45 (Art Fag)
Best Coast - Crazy For You (Mexican Summer)
Margik Markers/Sic Alps - Tour Only 12" (Yik Yak Records)
Sylvester Anfang II - Commune Cassetten (Blackest Rainbow)
Ken Camden - Lethargy & Repercussions (Kranky)
Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Steps Ahead (Strut)
Blessure Grave - Judged By 12, Carried By 6 (Release the Bats)
Sun Araw - On Patrol (Not Not Fun)
Caribou - Swim (Merge)
LA Vampires Meets Zola Jesus (Not Not Fun)
Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh (Universal Motown)
Phil Cohran - Armageddon (Katalyst)
Pantha du Prince - Black Noise (Rough Trade)
Cacaw - Cacaw (Permanent)
Dum Dum Girls - Blissed Out (cassette) (Art Fag)
Fielded - Terrageist (Catholic Tapes)
Janelle Monae - The Archandroid (Bad Boy)
Geffika - Geffika (cassette) (Love Lion)
Emeralds - Does it Look Like I'm Here? (Editions Mego)
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today (4AD)
Amen Dunes - Murder Dull Mind EP (Sacred Bones)
Wild Nothing - Gemini (Captured Tracks)
Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal (Editions Mego)
Julian Lynch - Mare (Olde English Spelling Bee)
The Dream - Love King (Def Jam)
High Confessions - Turning Lead Into Gold... (Relapse)
Dirty Beaches - True Blue/Sweet 17 45 (Zoo Music)
Purple Rhinestone Eagle - The Great Return (Stank House/Love Lion)
Blut Aus Nord - What Once Was... Liber I (Debemur Morti)
Angel Olsen - Lady of the Waterpark (cassette) (Love Lion)
Tinsel Teeth - Trash As The Trophy (Load)
Dead C - Patience (Badabing)
Brain Idea - Survival Scrolls (Permanent)
Games - That We Can Play (Hippos In Tanks)
Burzum - Belus (Back on Black)
SleepOver - Outer Limits 45 (Forest Family)
Deathspell Omega - Paracletus (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)
Electric Wizard - Black Masses (Rise Above Religion)
Phil Cohran - African Skies (Captcha Records)
Heavy Winged - Sunspotted (Type)
Woodpecker Wooliams - Sleeping Under Dark Suns (cassette) (My Dance the Skull)
No Joy - Ghost Blonde (Mexican Summer)
Over - s/t (cassette) (Night People)


Thrones - Empty Bottle
Best Coast - Empty Bottle/Pitchfork/Metro
Sleep/Ga'an - Logan Square Auditorium
Joan Jett - 7/11 Parking Lot
Omar Souleyman - Grant Park
Solvent - Home Sweet Home, New York
Enslaved - House of Blues
Cacaw - Ball Hall
John Wiese - MCA (Wire Festival)
Julian Lynch - Gravity Records, North Carolina
Cropped Out Festival, Louisville, Kentucky
The Clean - the Bottom Lounge
Riccardo Muti - Millennium Park

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