Instead of trying to remember what music I loved this year, these are the 10 albums iTunes says I played the most in 2K10:
1. Post War — M. Ward
2. Devotion — Beach House
3. Beach House — Beach House
4. Bitte Orca — The Dirty Projectors
5. Middle Cyclone — Neko Case
6. Teen Dream — Beach House
7. Mudslide Slim and the Blue Horizon — James Taylor
8. Rabbit Fur Coat — Jenny Lewis
9. The Mistress — Yellow Ostrich
10. (500) Days of Weezy — My Sick Uncle
Hmm, only 2 of these came out this year.
Related: major props to Pinna Storm for publishing two of the best year-end music pieces. Jessica Guilfoyle explains why Beach House’s Teen Dream is her album of the year. Jessie is absolutely correct (tho I’m partial to Beach House’s first two albums, as evidenced in my list). And Aminatou Sow writes the comprehensive guide to awesome culture stuff in 2K10. There are so many gems in her post — it turned me onto this James Blake cover of “Limit To Your Love.” The album leaked yesterday, and I can already tell it’s going to carry me well into 2K11.