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Gail’s Top 10 CDs of 2010!


I’ll say one thing about 2010: it was a better fucking year for new music here at the Chickpad.  Some of you might recall that when compiling my “Year End” list of 2009, I couldn’t even come up with ten CDs that I could admit to having listened to, let alone liked. That was weird, but what can I say? Today’s music just isn’t yanking my chain the way new records used to get me all hot and bothered, even as recently as, say, two or three years ago. Fans of the Rad Blog know that I wrote about Art and various facets of Pop Culture exponentially more often than I ever wrote about new music or bands that were turning me on. The times, they are a-changin. By semi-switching alliances from Music to Art I know I missed out on a lot, but I did discover ten aural gems this year that I think you should have in your record collection.

MGMT, Congratulations

I tagged the sophomore effort by Brooklyn’s MGMT as Album of the Year way back when it was first released at the beginning of 2010, and my mind hasn’t changed. In 2010, who else but MGMT is releasing albums crammed full of homages to surf music and Brian Eno? No one else, except maybe…

Mark Ronson & The Business, Record Collection

Everything old is new again! The thoroughly sublime and appropriately entitled Record Collection is the best album of 80s music in twenty-five years!

Posies, Blood Candy

Blood Candy proves that The Posies are the closest thing we’ll ever see to a second incarnation of The Beatles.

Cameron Meshell, Prizefighter

Shreveport, LA in 2010 is a very long way from London, England in the 70s, but that sleepy little town has nevertheless managed to spawn singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Cameron Meshell, whose blissfully malleable vocals conjure the heady ghost of the late, great Freddie Mercury like no ouija board ever could. Discover Cameron Meshell at his finest on his knockout second full-length release, Prizefighter.

Gripweeds, Strange Change Machine

Best. Sixties. Revivalist. Band. Ever.

Ratt, Infestation

Shamelessly unapologetic worshipper of the ’80s Metal that I am, if you’d told me last year that in 2010 I’d be putting an album by Ratt, Los Angles-based icons of Hair Metal, on my list of favorite CDs, even I would have laughed you off the face of the Earth. So no one was more surprised than me to hear Ratt, valiantly holding on to most of its original line up (RIP Robin Crosby), sounding as on top of the rock world as they did in 1987, serving up a collection of classic metal songs with more visceral sex appeal and crunchy, loud guitars than you could imagine. Someone tell me where these guys are hiding their time machine.

Hawkwind, Blood of the Earth

Hawkwind have been a band for longer than most people reading this have even been alive. I am not fronting when I say that the songs on Blood of The Earth will appeal to all genres of metal, prog and hard rock fans of bands as varied as Zodiac Mindwarp, Jimi Hendrix, The Pretty Things, Yes and Nine Inch Nails. Must own!

American Bang

Except for MGMT, southern rockers American Bang are the only “new” band on this list, because they kick ass and take names. I mean, don’t they just look like they rock? If I were 25 years old I’d be in the front row of their shows throwing my panties on the stage. Plus their bass player writes a food blog!

Robert Plant & The Band of Joy

This collection of Americana covers by rock god legend Robert Plant and his amazing Band of Joy makes the list because their magical show at the Bowery Ballroom this winter was the best show I attended all year. Led Zeppelin!

 

Bryan Ferry, Olympia

It’s about his voice. Olympia hasn’t exactly checked in as a critics’ favorite, but as far as I’m concerned, the former Roxy Music front man could sing a menu and I’d get on board.

How about you guys? Feel free to leave your top picks in the comments!

Rad CD of The Week: The Posies’ Blood/Candy

Back in 1995, The Posies – being for all intents and purposes the ridiculously talented core duo of Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow – contributed a cover of “Richie Dagger’s Crime” to the CD A Small Circle of Friends; a Germs tribute collection put out by the now-defunct Grass Records. The Posies chose to interpret one of The Germs’ most – by extremely loose-definition – “Pop” tunes by reworking it as a sort of hybrid of The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” meets “You Won’t See Me” – right down to the “Ooh, la la la” harmonies. It was a genius move, and something only The Posies could have pulled off. You know Auer and Stringfellow were high-five-ing and slapping each other on the back for at least a couple of weeks over that idea.

While I’d bet a million dollars that only a handful of the most hardcore Germs or Posies fans, or rock critics that were lucky enough to get a review copy of A Small Circle of Friends, ever even heard this track, it’s nevertheless the song that comes to my mind first whenever anyone mentions The Posies. Because, gee whiz, these guys have huge balls and the talent to back up those balls. In the intervening years, The Posies have broken up and reunited a few times and generally avoided becoming the household name they deserve to be, but if you’ve ever heard any of their music, you know this is a band to pay attention to when Auer and Stringfellow decide to get their shit together and record a new album. That time has come again after a five-year wait, with the impending release of Blood/Candy ; a twelve-track collection of amazing songs that revives a classic Posies sound while taking their power pop vibe to the next level.

Blood/Candy is exciting not because it sounds modern at all – it emphatically does not – but because it sounds so sublimely retro; like the best of the 60s and 70s radio pop/rock that anyone over 40 grew up listening to and losing their minds over. Jesus, I could listen to “For The Ashes” over and over again and never get sick of it. Definitely one of the five best albums released so far this year, Blood/Candy belongs in your collection if you dig The Beatles, Jellyfish, The Hollies, America, Blur, Peter-Gabriel era Genesis or any band that reminds you of any of those bands. It’s that pure and yet that eclectic. I love this album.

Blood/Candy (Rykodisc) will be released on September 28, 2010. In early November The Poises embark on a US tour with co-headliner Brendan Benson. I’d say this is a tour not to be missed.